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Old 07 December 2010, 12:10   #31
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well your the man to know as your near the coast so yes im up for it once i have got boat home (collect from Portsmouth thurs) and tested the engine a few times on River so should be ready to go from Feb my next weekends off unless you fancy a mid week some time as can do them also.
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Old 09 December 2010, 16:20   #32
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got the boat today and tbh i could of towed it behind a push bike! its very light so no your all correct i dont need a 4x4, although that dont mean i dont WANT one lol
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Old 10 January 2012, 18:50   #33
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If you can't drag an SR4 up it with a 2WD car, then it's not fit to be called a slipway..................(or you need driving lessons)
Fully agreed......SR4 should be in and out with any motor.
However, if the slip has any width then attack the incline at an angle until your clutch is fully in. This reduces the slip angle to get motion. Then you need commitment to run up the slip to a clear flat.
2WD is ample, angle of initial tow helps a ton hence the first few yards at an angle to the slip.
Few bags of sand on a slippery slip under your drive wheels work a treat, in an emergency.......could be your ballast?
Tricky but useful excercise if planned properly:
once your boat is fixed on the trailer........back into water gently on full lock to reduce the trailer weight (only recommended if traction to driving wheels is guaranteed esp useful technique for FWD, and make sure your boat engine isn't dragging in the water by lifting it) and incident slip angle.
Staighten your steering to drive across the slip as you pick up the drive (with your lightenend load and less incline).
Once you have traction it's home and dry but make sure that you don't need to stop at the top until you get to a flatter area for the trailer to be on, not just the car.
This is all "when it all goes wrong" stuff but works a treat.
Good to know and very useable, also doesn't look like a panic attempt if you do it with forethought.........ie when "chip and ice-cream eating well wishing onlookers" wish for a YouTube entry are waiting for a spectacle.
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Old 10 January 2012, 19:14   #34
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erm well i usually take my boats to whitby and the slip can be steep depending on the tide, but if you can cope with a 5mtr im sure it will suite me just fine?
is yours manual or Auto? i just dont know if i can go the auto route just yet? im still in my 30s and it just seems wrong to drive an auto! (sorry guys)
Are you sure your teenage years will be relived in a 75 or Freelander?
With the clutch problems go with the auto FreeLander.....much better in a car with no lo ratio if you would like to "reproduce" lo ratio to any extent.

I believe the TD4 FL has a lock up at 50 mph so fluid power loss is irrelevant on a motorway sprint. The manual BMW box (as with all BMW's) is not the stuff of teenage dreams anyway. If you have female company the you'll be happier with the auto box.

The TD4 FL1 is German assembled. If you get a good 3 door then you have a good car, just get some properly sized tyres with 2 terrain tread. The standard size is too small as far as overall diameter is concerned. Larger sidewalls suit the car better, fill the arches and suit your car use more. And the speedo is actually set up to accurately read for these. Kumho do a fantastic tyre for 15 inch rims as an AT rubber. Will give you slipway grip too.

Also "CHIPS EXPRESS" do a superb remap for the TD4.

Hope this helps dude
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