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    Red face Lesson on dirt roads - flying Disco

    Hi All

    Thought i would share a little word of caution for any of the noobs (like me) - especially for traveling on sand roads.

    Went away this last weekend to a farm in Ellisras, on the way there I had to travel down a sand road for 30km's, first 10 was really smooth and as wide as 4 lanes so was hitting the pedal a bit heavy - out of the blue (as is always the case ) this water diverging speed bump ran across my path and I instinctively hit the brakes, ABS kicked in and the only option was to take my feet off all the pedals and my landy went airborne. Luckily the sand was fairly soft so the landing wasn't too hard and she just pushed on through - i was lucky and learnt my lesson, don't mess with sand roads no matter what you driving. One thing is for sure, if I ever doubted a landy, this flying experience showed me how tough the landy is.

    After arriving, i gave her a good once over with a beady eye but saw no damage or visible damage at least, is there anything i should look out for in terms of what i may have damaged? or is this what they were built to take

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    John
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    Flying in a straight line is fine, Disco's dont drift nicely though!
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    Well done for keeping your cool.
    I would say the car is OK.
    But perhaps you should climb underneath and check for obvious damage:
    Track rod bent ? for instance.

    Dave

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    Thanks Guys

    Yup, luckily there was enough width on this road, hit the bump at an angle as they are normally not straight across but at an angle for water flow, so she drifted in the air a bit but on landing she shot straight, checked rods and all looks good, lesson learnt!!!

    The 3 other chaps in the landy were very quiet for about 5 minutes until one of them sofly suggested I stop for him to stretch his legs, i think he just wanted to get out the landy and walk the rest of the way

    John
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