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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen B
    Graeme Hird wrote: "Landrover use electronics to control wheel slip through their brakes effectively transferring all power to the wheel with traction when one starts slipping.

    Sort of like a digital version of a diff lock ..."


    More like a fiddle brake than a diff lock?

    Here are axle diff locks for a Defender.
    More like a cheap Japanese knock-off of someone else's product - something Toyoto excels in.
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    George asked; "Can you elaborate on the "fiddle brakes" subject ? I have no idea what you're talking about..."

    Fiddle brakes are individual hand brakes for the rear wheels. Trials cars usually have them I think. They can be used to help when turning, for control going down hills and to slow down or stop a wheel that has lost traction. It's an alternative to the brute force approach. An eccentric climbing friend of mine fitted them to his Escort van. I'm not really into off-roading, by the way, at least not with the assistance of an infernal combustion engine. I just used to live with someone who was into it, and shared the kitchen with parts from four or five Land Rovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wooten
    FWIW,

    ... diesel 4wd ....
    Who makes diesel 4WDs?
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    Ford and Dodge and now Chevy

    In Australia I have heard you can get the cummins dodge diesel in the jeep

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    Quote Originally Posted by hortense
    Who makes diesel 4WDs?
    Land Rover.


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    George I know what you mean about the space. We remove the back seat and still have the back piled high when we spend two weeks in the Carolina's every other year. We'll spend a week at the beach, then the second week at the mountains (around Brevard).

    But, you get good at packing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wooten
    Ford and Dodge and now Chevy

    In Australia I have heard you can get the cummins dodge diesel in the jeep
    In Australia, you can also get Toyota and Nissan (the Patrol is excellent, BTW) 4WD with diesel engines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wooten
    FWIW,

    after many years of off roading in desert areas in high heat, going through several jeeps-good vehicles- I have switched to diesel 4wd engine, I can leave it running all day with the air on full blast....(In over 100 degree heat) it doesnt heat up and is the most awesome workhorse I have had climbing or pulling incredibly heavy loads....the milage is equal to or greater then the 6 and eight cylinder gas engines I used for so many years and on long hauls is quite good....i can manually lock my hubs or switch on the fly etc....so far I am happy with it....
    Diesel is definitely the right engine for an off-road vehicle. It runs without the need of electricity (no sparkplugs and their cables getting wet), it has lots of torque and (most important) can give its torque on low rev's (unlike gasoline engines). Diesel is also safer to carry in portable tanks for refuelling on long rides (where there are no gas stations). The only problem is low temperatures, when it tends to freeze. You have to think about anti-freeze additives beforehand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen B
    George asked; "Can you elaborate on the "fiddle brakes" subject ? I have no idea what you're talking about..."

    Fiddle brakes are individual hand brakes for the rear wheels. Trials cars usually have them I think. They can be used to help when turning, for control going down hills and to slow down or stop a wheel that has lost traction. It's an alternative to the brute force approach. An eccentric climbing friend of mine fitted them to his Escort van. I'm not really into off-roading, by the way, at least not with the assistance of an infernal combustion engine. I just used to live with someone who was into it, and shared the kitchen with parts from four or five Land Rovers.

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    Helen
    Interesting. Someone has to be a real good off-road driver in order to operate them, I guess...
    I agree with you, off-road driving cannot be compared with trekking, but it gets you there faster. I prefer going as far as I can with my car (not very far, yet) and then walk the rest of the way up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterDendrinos
    Well this is where i was at several years ago with the family and my Sequoia. Now that the kids have grown up and have their own cars, i an able to dedicate the Sequoia to photography. So air lockers front and back, hydraulic shocks front and back, winch, brush guard all around, skid plates under entire bottom of vehicle, air bags in rear springs, lift kit, bigger very aggressive tires, new exhaust system, new front bumper.

    That ought to get me where i want to go!!


    Pete
    Wow, Peter, it seems that you have really decided to get mean... This model is completely unkonown to me (and the European market, I guess) but it seems huge. And all those accessories... It must now weigh 3 tons... I have to say that I once tried to handle a 2-ton Land Cruiser with 4 passengers and luggage on mud, and it was no fun at all... Of course, the tyres didn't help (not mud tires) and there were no front or rear diff locks available. No electronic traction control either...

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