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Old 02 November 2012, 10:21   #71
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The G Wagen was a well engineered kit mechanically, but was a shocker for rust. The diff locks make a huge difference and in the G Wagens case, helped compensate for quite poor articulation. The old diesel was a bit of a slug, but reliable. I haven't had a look at the newly relaunched model now available, With the new range of engines, it could be a different story.

Of course, the UK spec 80 series Land Cruiser had difflocks as standard. Another thing that made them outstanding!

We install a lot of difflocks (we have been ARB main agents for 20+ years) and they really do transform the vehicles off road. Traction aids are ok to a point, but a lot of them simply run the ABS brake system in reverse and lock the wheel that is trying to spin, by using the brake system. This is fine for the occasional nudge to keep it going, but a day in the serious poo will leave you with no brake pads left. You can't beat a mechanical diff lock in my opinion.
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Old 02 November 2012, 10:30   #72
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The comment regarding on;y as good as the tyres its shod with is true. One of the main headaches for 4x4 SUV owners these days is the limited choice of off road tyres. This obsession with big rims and low profile tyres has completely screwed the abilities of the modern 4x4.

I run BFG AT's on all my road going 4x4's. Good road manners, usually good for 40k, fantastic in snow, good on sand and will cope with mild muddy stuff.

The Bowlers are built for speed and are not much use at clambering about over terrain where you need articulation. They have come a long way from the original concept.
+2 wheel arch and 20inch rims all restrict proper off road tyre choice.

One of the main features with the bowlers I reackon is the ramp angle achieved, which is often overlooked in many modern 4x4's, plus the usual v8 compliments the bowlers of course. making the ideal vehicle for the comp, and the 90 for trailing, Horses courses n all that, I reackon the op should get a unimog not much would stop them.
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Old 02 November 2012, 10:40   #73
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Unimog is a great piece of kit, but you wouldn't want to drive it as a road vehicle for long. It certainly wouldn't notice a RIB on tow. Mind you, you probably wouldn't be able to see the rib in the mirrors either.
i was trundling round in an original military Humvee for a while, that I had been offered. I was sorely tempted to buy it, but after a couple of days, the novelty wore off and the sheer impracticability of it changed my mind. It was interesting when I took it to Tescos for some shopping. It had a wheel in 4 parking spaces. I sat back and watched peoples reaction. It was a 50/50 split and people loved it or hated it. Would have been a nice toy, but I wouldn't have used it enough to justify tying up that much cash.
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I wouldn't propose this vehicle as a good tow vehicle for on road, however it will cope with just about any beach situation!
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I wouldn't propose this vehicle as a good tow vehicle for on road, however it will cope with just about any beach situation
It needs a beach? What about the harbour wall, a pier, a cliff ...

Amazing. Is the drive through hydraulic motors?
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One of my little Landys, front and rear winch's and diff locks, auto and running 36 Simex - not alot stops her
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One of my little Landys, front and rear winch's and diff locks, auto and running 36 Simex - not alot stops her
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It needs a beach? What about the harbour wall, a pier, a cliff ...

Amazing. Is the drive through hydraulic motors?
It has a huge central, lockable diff in the middle of the chassis and has chain drives going down each suspension arm. The axle travel is measured in feet! This is the exception where independent suspension easily beats a beam axle.

Nice 90 Lee. What engine? 8274 on the front?
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It has a huge central, lockable diff in the middle of the chassis and has chain drives going down each suspension arm. The axle travel is measured in feet! This is the exception where independent suspension easily beats a beam axle.

Nice 90 Lee. What engine? 8274 on the front?
Tuned 300tdi, Giggled 8274 ( twin bow 2's ) on the front and up-rated 8274 running in the rear, albrights and plasma rope, very fast and powerfull
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That lot should get you through just about anything!
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