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  1. DieselRanger

    Oops

    Mine is a 2017 with around 90K miles on it...and I've had almost zero maintenance expenses aside from scheduled service, and a couple warranty repairs that were done without issue. Not routinely off-roading in extreme conditions - but I giv'er when I do. Might add one of these to the kit, and...
  2. DieselRanger

    budget performance cars

    I had a 2001 A4 2.8 Avant Quattro Sport 5MT and I loved that thing. Everything RS4 but the engine and brakes. I wanted an S4 but alas, they were a bit out of my reach....
  3. DieselRanger

    budget performance cars

    I was --> <-- this close to buying a 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage that was on BaT that ended up going for ~$25,000. It had 80K miles on it, and the video showed it drove very well. Astons are to me the most desirable GT vehicles, full stop. Well sorted ones that get driven, as this one had...
  4. DieselRanger

    L494 RRS onboard air

    This is awesome. You should license this design to the aftermarket distributors - the Discovery 5 has a similar unused space. If you built the plate and pre-cut the lines, everything looks like it would be fairly easy to install.
  5. DieselRanger

    New Defender News

    So...somehow, a V8 is more emissions compliant than a MHEV straight-6??? What bizarro world are we living in? Wish we could get the D350 here in the US. That would get me to replace my D5 Td6 with a Defender. Those numbers are ideal for a mid-sized SUV built for offroading and long-distance...
  6. DieselRanger

    Revealed: Range Rover EV

    This is the right vehicle to electrify within the Land Rover portfolio. This will attract buyers who were considering an R1S or otherwise waiting for an electrified Cayenne or Bentley.
  7. DieselRanger

    New Defender News

    MOAH POWAH is great and all, but honestly, I'd prefer it if they released a V8 turbodiesel with 400hp and 600lb-ft+ of torque for this vehicle, with electric turbos. Or even uprate the I-6 D300 with an electric supercharger and electric turbo with the MHEV KERS... Logically that power in a gas...
  8. DieselRanger

    Is this why JLR are dropping Land Rover?

    Hate to break it to you, it's been this way since the late 1990s. Land Rovers were always expensive, rare, and of those that sold in meaningful numbers, well-appointed.
  9. DieselRanger

    Is this why JLR are dropping Land Rover?

    JLR are not dropping Land Rover. JLR is the brand; they are differentiating between Jaguar, Land Rover, and Range Rover as sub-brands, and then simplifying model ranges within. You will still get a green oval and the words LAND ROVER on your vehicles.
  10. DieselRanger

    when is it time to move on.

    Portals are cool, but with air and independent suspension, do you really need them? They cost a lot in terms of efficiency and maintenance for frankly little gain in ground clearance on the new D7 architecture. The bottoms are flat anyway, no pumpkins, so raising the suspension on subframe lifts...
  11. DieselRanger

    when is it time to move on.

    TR2 and the low range gearbox are essentials IMO, but a locking rear diff isn't unless you plan on towing in deep snow or mud. Low range is good for the steep rocky/loose stuff (think San Juans/Ouray area or Mosca Pass), and the diesel plus Low Range makes it almost effortless. Red Noland JLR...
  12. DieselRanger

    No commentary needed....

    Wow, I came here to mention that I saw one in Colorado Springs just the other day, and it looked cool, but dayum....this is worse than a Land Rover thread. But, people wanted a classic Defender clone, so....
  13. DieselRanger

    when is it time to move on.

    Can't emphasize enough that the key to any diesel engine's longevity is to drive it hard but take it easy. Long highway trips and offroad in low range - the stop-and-go will kill it. Source a diesel from the Western US except for LA or the Bay Area.
  14. DieselRanger

    when is it time to move on.

    My 2017 D5 Td6 has been utterly rock solid - I will drive it until the wheels fall off. 18" Compomotive wheels, 70-series tires, and Lucky8 rock sliders and she goes anywhere I point her. Can't beat the torque for offroading above 10,000 feet in Colorado. And 500 mile range on the Interstate...
  15. DieselRanger

    LR3 Air to Coil conversion.....one year later.

    Nice! How did Starlink work for you?
  16. DieselRanger

    In Praise of the Humble Rental Car

    Rental cars are widely regarded as the fastest cars in the world. Once rally'd a late-90's Chevy Cavalier up Pike's Peak (when it was gravel), and liberally used parking-brake slides around corners on the downhill.
  17. DieselRanger

    Functional differences between Discovery L462 and RRS L494

    Also in the RRS, for a full sized spare you have to sacrifice even more cargo space as it requires a raised interior cargo floor cover, or you have to buy something like a Wilco Hitchgate tire carrier
  18. DieselRanger

    Functional differences between Discovery L462 and RRS L494

    The L494 and L462 are indeed the same platform, but the Defender L663 is beefed up a bit in strength appropriate to its more offroad focus. The L494 and L462 are both D7u, the Defender L663 is the D7x. The running gear in the RRS and D5 are the same. The chassis tuning and some options are...
  19. DieselRanger

    Post pictures of your Land Rover.

    Yeah that playa would have been fun in maybe late September / early October on those Pirellis. Unfortunately it wouldn't have mattered what kind of tires he was on in those conditions.
  20. DieselRanger

    Post pictures of your Land Rover.

    Air suspension, no rubbing at any height. No lift rods. The only slight issue is shoehorning the fully inflated full-size spare in the spare well under the back...took some doing.
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