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Old 25 June 2006, 12:00   #11
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With regards the Frontera Diesel engines I once read that as they got newer they got smaller in cc but still managed to retain the same power.
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Old 28 June 2006, 07:19   #12
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Did you get it ? - Hows it going ?
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Old 28 June 2006, 17:23   #13
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Bought it, everythin seems fine. Needs a wheel alignment and a service, ( I am i mechanic so shouldnt cost much) Gave it a good wash n hover, not to bad. Loads of power and torque. Thinking of getting mud terrain tyres, any advice on make? prices? 255/65r16
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Old 28 June 2006, 17:42   #14
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I've got BF Goodrich A/T (all terain) there a good all rounder on and off road, good for 100mph, there about £100 each, but last for ages 30k+. You can get the same tread from collway (remold/recycled), for £50 each grips not as good on wet roads and they a bit vague at speed, but still a good tyre, they also do a mud terain. If your not going to tow to far, I would fit the collway M/T !!! nice and chunky.
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Old 28 June 2006, 19:34   #15
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Bought it, everythin seems fine. Needs a wheel alignment and a service, ( I am i mechanic so shouldnt cost much) Gave it a good wash n hover, not to bad. Loads of power and torque. Thinking of getting mud terrain tyres, any advice on make? prices? 255/65r16
Oooh Nooo Tooo Late.....I was gona suggest something more reliable than a Fronterra and just as cheep, but I won't bother now as you've bought it .

Good luck with your new purchase.
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Old 28 June 2006, 19:41   #16
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I have been contemplating a cheap 4wd . Our car hardy gets used as My work Transit does all the weekend boat towing /camping surfing trips .

The transit tows really well but is a pig for reversing a trailer into my drive and is next to useless on a slipery surface .

So what is a good cheap 4 wd thats better than a frontera . I have seen a few terano's around lately quite cheap , and there is a suzuki Vitara down the road but me thinks its too small . I don't see many diahatsu 4 tracks around these days .
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Old 28 June 2006, 21:36   #17
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Hi Ian. If I was you I would not spend the money on a 4wd. Unless you really want one of course. For the budget minded Boater. Make sure trailer is equipped with a good swivel wheel tongue jack. In that way you can disconnect and manhandle the thing into the driveway. On your Transit: before launching let the rear tyres down to 10 psi. they will grip like the preverbial to a blanket. After recovery drive to nearest garage and air back up. Saves a vehicle, insurance etc, etc, and only takes you a few extra mins. Having said all that I have a 5.7 ltr. V8 Chevy 4wd Suburan that will "climb a telegraph pole" but has a 40 gall petrol tank, Ouch. Regards, Tony
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How big is your new RIB? its surprising how difficult it can be to move something like a 4M RIB up a slope on your own as Limey Linda says, particularly as you probably won't have a handbrake on the trailer to hold it back when you need a rest.

Limey, you've obviously been away from the UK too long to suggest letting tyres down for recovery then pumping back up at the nearest garage.
Garages over here are closing down by the dozen, the air pumps at the smaller ones are all broken, and those at the 'Out of Town' supermarkets are often positioned where a car/van and trailer would not get near them.

Also the car would be so unstable towing a boat on the road with low pressure in the back tyres.

Cheap 4x4's, I'd recommend an early LWB Shogun/Pajero(Sits back and waits for the flack), Proper 4x4, with the weight for stable towing, low ratio box and switched diff locks, and if you don't use it that often the 3.5l V6 petrols are cheap to buy and go OK. My old 2.8TD was a great car that felt much less fragile than my new shape 3.2TD. The Teranos are also great buys. Friend of mine picked one up last summer from a dealer, 'M' reg with only 13K on the clock for under 6 grand. Hasn't missed a beat in the 15K he's put on it.

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Fourtraks are great (had one and loved it!) if you can stomach the 24mpg fuel bills

I wouldn't get rid of my Mu now-it's pretty much the best parts of a Trooper mixed in with the best parts of a Frontera sport and even turns into a double bed

There's not really anything wrong with Fronteras as long as you don't buy an early Bedford engined one like my old one or a petrol-Anything with the Isuzu engine will probably outlive the driver.
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Old 29 June 2006, 13:36   #20
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The launching isn't really the problem , I have a winch if the tranny loses traction .
The hardest part is getting the thing turned outside my house and into the drive . I live at the end of a close and my drive is quite steep sloping downhill, so pushing the boat in isn't an option . The transit is crap for reversing a trailer as its quite long and wide .

Was thinking about a motor mover but they are quite expensive and not sure if they will work on a slope .

Just glad I didn't get bigger than the 4.9m rib
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