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    Default Re: Crossing the Namib From Kanaan to Meob bay to Walvis bay

    Episode 3 uploaded
    Some may have seen a draft of it yesterday
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    Thank you Jors, enjoyed the new episode again, lots of fun was had it appears. This is still a box unticked in my book and needs addressing

    Did you mainly use LR?

    Looks like one requires fulltime concentration, maintain a comfortable distance from the guy in front, check sand conditions, establish what gear and how much momentum all the time.

    Luckily you have a lot of experience of the NC sand, but does that differ much from the Namib sandy conditions?
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    Default Re: Crossing the Namib From Kanaan to Meob bay to Walvis bay

    Nice videos !

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    GoPro 7 black ...
    Does it do all the image stabilizing or is there something else.

    Lots of shaking/movement from the vehicle but the image is very smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    Thank you Jors, enjoyed the new episode again, lots of fun was had it appears. This is still a box unticked in my book and needs addressing

    Did you mainly use LR?

    Looks like one requires fulltime concentration, maintain a comfortable distance from the guy in front, check sand conditions, establish what gear and how much momentum all the time.

    Luckily you have a lot of experience of the NC sand, but does that differ much from the Namib sandy conditions?
    I did not cath the first part of the story about the forming of the dunes on camera, the dunes are formed by sand brought down by the Orange river being pushed north by the Benguela current that is then deposited and blown inland by the prevailing SW wind, so the sand is very similar to what we had at Amam.

    In the smaller dunes with grass we used mainly LR , amd the second day was LR all the way down to the coast, on the second day the FJ stopped shifting into 5th in LR , something i still have to fix , a sensor or something maybe, but it shifts into 5th in high range.
    On the challenge dunes on day 3 and 4 I reached up to 140 km/h on some climbs an high range was used all the time, also on the drive north.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Nice videos !

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    Does it do all the image stabilizing or is there something else.

    Lots of shaking/movement from the vehicle but the image is very smooth.

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    The Gopro 7 does an excellent job of image stabilizing, there seem to be a big jump from the earlier models to the 7 black which was why I got it in the first place.
    the Gopro 8 and up seem to be even slightly better , but the 7 does well enough for me and the price was good.

    I did not have to do anything to the footage during editing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    I did not cath the first part of the story about the forming of the dunes on camera, the dunes are formed by sand brought down by the Orange river being pushed north by the Benguela current that is then deposited and blown inland by the prevailing SW wind, so the sand is very similar to what we had at Amam.

    In the smaller dunes with grass we used mainly LR , amd the second day was LR all the way down to the coast, on the second day the FJ stopped shifting into 5th in LR , something i still have to fix , a sensor or something maybe, but it shifts into 5th in high range.
    On the challenge dunes on day 3 and 4 I reached up to 140 km/h on some climbs an high range was used all the time, also on the drive north.
    Are you sure the FJ is supposed to shift into 5th in LR?
    I'm asking because mine doesn't do it either. I bought it 2nd hand, so I don't know whether it did when new. I thought it logical, that the tall 5th overdrive gear doesn't get used when driving in LR, since LR would mostly be used for slow, high torque applications.
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    I'll check our FJ as well wrt 5th gear usage in LR. The manual does not state anything wrt 5th gear not allowed whilst in LR. It makes perfect sense not to use 5th as it must be a tiny gear compared and is used just as overdrive. Even in 2WD it will fairly quickly select 4th when laboring a bit.

    Checked the Net and the below Aussie discussion also confirms 5th not allowed whilst in LR. In HR it will select 5th.

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    Default Re: Crossing the Namib From Kanaan to Meob bay to Walvis bay

    I am pretty sure it did shift into 5th when I got it. I could be wrong, but Ill see if I can see it in some of the older footage.

    It seems like it could be a fault code that is set that then prevents the shifting into 5th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    I'll check our FJ as well wrt 5th gear usage in LR. The manual does not state anything wrt 5th gear not allowed whilst in LR. It makes perfect sense not to use 5th as it must be a tiny gear compared and is used just as overdrive. Even in 2WD it will fairly quickly select 4th when laboring a bit.

    Checked the Net and the below Aussie discussion also confirms 5th not allowed whilst in LR. In HR it will select 5th.

    https://fjcc.com.au/forum_fjcc/index.php?topic=5322.0
    It seems strange, but perhaps it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    I'll check our FJ as well wrt 5th gear usage in LR. The manual does not state anything wrt 5th gear not allowed whilst in LR. It makes perfect sense not to use 5th as it must be a tiny gear compared and is used just as overdrive. Even in 2WD it will fairly quickly select 4th when laboring a bit.

    Checked the Net and the below Aussie discussion also confirms 5th not allowed whilst in LR. In HR it will select 5th.

    https://fjcc.com.au/forum_fjcc/index.php?topic=5322.0
    There is not a definite answer in that thread , speculation. i seem to remember getting 5th , will still investigate.

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    There is not a definite answer in that thread , speculation. i seem to remember getting 5th , will still investigate.
    As far As I remember it goes to 5th in LR, but then those speeds I already went back to high range. In fact I only used LR to get out of trouble.
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    Default Re: Crossing the Namib From Kanaan to Meob bay to Walvis bay

    The situation was having a couple of small steep dunes with tight turns, then 200m flat to the next couple of small dunes with tight turns.
    LR was much better than HR in the tight turns, but I wanted to move quicker to the next one without changing from LR to HR and back every time.

    I am talking about hours on end of this, would be hard work for the drive train in HR so I stayed in LR. I am sure I started it with a 5th gear though, will investigate further. That said at Amam with Hedgehogs group I was in LR all the time and there I definitely had a 5th, I even did the first drag race on the pan in LR and was catching up towards the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    The situation was having a couple of small steep dunes with tight turns, then 200m flat to the next couple of small dunes with tight turns.
    LR was much better than HR in the tight turns, but I wanted to move quicker to the next one without changing from LR to HR and back every time.

    I am talking about hours on end of this, would be hard work for the drive train in HR so I stayed in LR. I am sure I started it with a 5th gear though, will investigate further. That said at Amam with Hedgehogs group I was in LR all the time and there I definitely had a 5th, I even did the first drag race on the pan in LR and was catching up towards the end.
    Ah the "dice"

    Then from there I suspect the following = valve-bounce in 5th LR = blown fuse (somewhere)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    Ah the "dice"

    Then from there I suspect the following = valve-bounce in 5th LR = blown fuse (somewhere)
    Didn't get up to the red line, the FJ doesnt red line at 4 500 like the diesels

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    But I am also convinced that I had 5th for the first part of the Namib.

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    Back on topic, I have a question, I have a number of people saying the videos are too long, yet I cannot imagine cutting more out without loosing the spirit of it, any comments on the length of the videos? Keen to learn here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    Back on topic, I have a question, I have a number of people saying the videos are too long, yet I cannot imagine cutting more out without loosing the spirit of it, any comments on the length of the videos? Keen to learn here.
    I can watch up to 60 minutes if interesting, but as Joe ave I'd say up to 20 minutes should be fine. I hate the short video stabs without any form of message.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    Back on topic, I have a question, I have a number of people saying the videos are too long, yet I cannot imagine cutting more out without loosing the spirit of it, any comments on the length of the videos? Keen to learn here.
    Hi Jors
    Time is not a factor for me and I enjoy the way you have done it.
    Those that have a problem can just fast forward.
    Your Orange River flood bulletins were perfect time for that reporting.
    This is an adventure which I will unfortunately never be able to do, so leave as is.
    Thanks for all you are doing for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    Back on topic, I have a question, I have a number of people saying the videos are too long, yet I cannot imagine cutting more out without loosing the spirit of it, any comments on the length of the videos? Keen to learn here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post

    Luckily you have a lot of experience of the NC sand, but does that differ much from the Namib sandy conditions?
    I have found Namib sand to be more compacted and easier going than Kalahari sand.
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