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PostSubject: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:43 am

Some photos of our Land Rovers

Our newest Land Rover



Our Hybrid went to a new home around the corner



Red 110 overland vehicle doing what it is meant to do



The Disco getting its wheels wet



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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:10 am

Puma eh ... nice.

I gather that square middle of the front bumper is for a removable tow-ball, or maybe something else? I suppose it could be used a jacking point for a hi-lift too?
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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:44 am

It is a 2" square receiver.

Can fit a drop plate with tow ball attached, recovery billet etc

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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:27 am

Makes good sense. Have toyed with the idea before of purchasing a detachable winch, that way it can be used at the front or back as required and at all other times it's locked away safe and sound under a seat - away from prying eyes and out of harm's! Besides, 99% of the time a static winch just sits there redundant.

I am starting to re-kindle ideas as I really want to get my RR Classic ambulance up 'n' running as a camper in 2011, so the 'movable winch' idea is a distinct posibility.
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PostSubject: Red 110   Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:11 am

Two questions about the Red 110:
1. Did the bonnet mounted spare significantly get in the way, or this an excelloent place for a spare (accessible, weight low down etc) ?
2. What bonnet mounting kit did you use for the spare ?

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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:27 pm

Richard....

There are 2 drawbacks to having a bonnet mounted spare

1. It does impend vision slightly
2. Makes the bonnet heavy to lift open

But....it's better than carrying the spare up on the roof, especially in situations where you need a 2nd spare handy. Ideally in my opinion, a rear mounted spare (on an aftermarket wheel carrier) is the best first option, followed by bonnet mounted, followed by roofrack Smile followed by unside the rear luggage area (which REALLY uses precious stowage space and can be a pain to remove when needed)
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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:41 am

Richard on long trips we carry two spares and a couple of inner tubes as well even though we run tubeless tyres.

The rear one is on a WVA swing away wheel carrier, the front one is bonnet mounted. Found it was easier and cheaper to buy a second hand bonnet with the kit already mounted. Think it cost me £60 for second hand bonnet with kit on. Bonnet was green but matt black paint sorted that out.

Yes it impairs visibility to nearside front wing when parking. Barbara manages to drive it ok and she is not the tallest of women. Weight on bonnet is a slight problem. I replaced the folding bonnet stay with a rigid bonnet stay.

Get yourself a decent tyre deflator and inflator, plus a decent puncture kit

If you go to any of the outdoor shows come and find us and have a good look around it. It is not a shiny bling vehicle but it is used for what it is meant to be used as.

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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:19 am

Vixen wrote:
Richard....

There are 2 drawbacks to having a bonnet mounted spare

1. It does impend vision slightly
2. Makes the bonnet heavy to lift open

But....it's better than carrying the spare up on the roof, especially in situations where you need a 2nd spare handy. Ideally in my opinion, a rear mounted spare (on an aftermarket wheel carrier) is the best first option, followed by bonnet mounted, followed by roofrack Smile followed by unside the rear luggage area (which REALLY uses precious stowage space and can be a pain to remove when needed)


...and even heavier should the support arm collapse for any reason whilst your nugget is beneath the bonnet! That's going to hurt , right? mad

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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:58 am

T62 wrote:
Vixen wrote:
Richard....

There are 2 drawbacks to having a bonnet mounted spare

1. It does impend vision slightly
2. Makes the bonnet heavy to lift open

But....it's better than carrying the spare up on the roof, especially in situations where you need a 2nd spare handy. Ideally in my opinion, a rear mounted spare (on an aftermarket wheel carrier) is the best first option, followed by bonnet mounted, followed by roofrack Smile followed by unside the rear luggage area (which REALLY uses precious stowage space and can be a pain to remove when needed)


...and even heavier should the support arm collapse for any reason whilst your nugget is beneath the bonnet! That's going to hurt , right? mad
Ouch ... not good! Obviously you need to make certain you have a device that makes it impossible for the stay to collapse, especially when the wind gusts and violently shakes everything. Have a look at the stay on the Land Rover Lightweight for ideas. Can't believe the British Army would allow a flimsy stay to be fitted. I owned a LR Lightweight myself many moons ago, but really can't remember what the stay looked like.

Surely fitting a couple of rams from an estate car would help? They are two a penny from a breakers, and estates like Volvos must have heavy ol' tailgates.

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PostSubject: Re: 4x4 Overlander Vehicles   Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:02 am

T62 wrote:
Vixen wrote:
Richard....

There are 2 drawbacks to having a bonnet mounted spare

1. It does impend vision slightly
2. Makes the bonnet heavy to lift open

But....it's better than carrying the spare up on the roof, especially in situations where you need a 2nd spare handy. Ideally in my opinion, a rear mounted spare (on an aftermarket wheel carrier) is the best first option, followed by bonnet mounted, followed by roofrack Smile followed by unside the rear luggage area (which REALLY uses precious stowage space and can be a pain to remove when needed)


...and even heavier should the support arm collapse for any reason whilst your nugget is beneath the bonnet! That's going to hurt , right? mad

That is the reason why I changed the folding one for a one piece one off a Series(??)


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