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SummitFever

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It might HDPE based (smells a bit like wax when burnt) but the flame is blue with yellow tip (which is typical of nylon). It also machines nothing like HDPE (very minimal tearing with nice chips). It might be HDPE with some sort of fibre reinforcement or impregnation or maybe some sort of nylon. I "think" it's used for glide rings/sliding surfaces. Don't think its teflon.
 

Dales Cannon

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Looks like FRP which typically has a nylon base but not always. Odd that it machines nicely, the only FRP I have turned tore like a bastard even with sharp tools.
 

Dales Cannon

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Would love to know the 1ry and 2ry lengths. I hope they still have a bit to do to the rear brake lines.

Very nice work.
 

Haakon

Not happy, Jan.
Latest bit of awesome:

It’s such a trip seeing the Ro80 in this series... Grew up with it as the family car and I forget it’s rare. The car I grew up in is still complete and technically running, but has 250000 Miles (not kms) on it (only the third engine, NSU wankel reliability not quite as per the reputation) on it and hasn’t been registered in 15 years since I bought them the first magna wagon...

Dad traded his 2yo 240Z in on the 3 year old Ro80 when Mum became pregnant with me. I still kinda wished he’d kept the Z...

I should go down with a trailer and take it off him - and hand it back restored. Win tatts and send it Restopower...
 

John U

MTB Precision
Just bought a Ranger. Keen to get into a bit of 4wding. Got no idea at the moment. But have a few upgrades listed.
Winch, suspension, snorkel, bash plates and recovery points.
Edit - tyres.
What I’m really surprised by is the level of general disengagement from the shops I’ve been to so far.
 

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Haakon

Not happy, Jan.
Just bought a Ranger. Keen to get into a bit of 4wding. Got no idea at the moment. But have a few upgrades listed.
Winch, suspension, snorkel, bash plates and recovery points.
Edit - tyres.
What I’m really surprised by is the level of general disengagement from the shops I’ve been to so far.
Is that the one where if you take longer than 10 minutes to drain the oil the pump empties and you have to tow it to a dealer to have the pump primed?
 

creaky

The obviative
Just bought a Ranger. Keen to get into a bit of 4wding. Got no idea at the moment. But have a few upgrades listed.
Winch, suspension, snorkel, bash plates and recovery points.
Edit - tyres.
What I’m really surprised by is the level of general disengagement from the shops I’ve been to so far.
Congrats.

My advice from past experience.....

Start mods with, in order of importance for heading off-road:
  • Tyres
  • Recover points + recovery kit
  • Suspension
That will be more than enough for getting you some experience on the tracks with other vehicles around to assist. Consider a club or training course if you are not confident.

See how you are going and what kind of 4wding you are enjoying after a year and then consider getting the winch + bash plates etc. These are essential for some situations but you really start adding weight with these types of mods, which causes it's own issues.

Unless you re-engineer them completely the utes aren't as capable on extreme tracks as coil sprung wagons with shorter wheelbases. They are fantastic for off road touring and hauling camping gear around though.

I'll forgive you for buying a Ford. At least it's not an Amarok.
 

Flow-Rider

Wheel size expert
Just bought a Ranger. Keen to get into a bit of 4wding. Got no idea at the moment. But have a few upgrades listed.
Winch, suspension, snorkel, bash plates and recovery points.
Edit - tyres.
What I’m really surprised by is the level of general disengagement from the shops I’ve been to so far.
Best thing to do is join a 4x4 club, especially when it comes to recovering vehicles with snatch straps because you'll need to learn how to use recovery gear. It's better travelling in groups until you learn what you're capable of in your vehicle too.

One thing I can't stand is seeing kids in the firing line of a snatch strap that isn't even anchored safely to a forbie. I've seen one punch a hole straight through the tailgate of an old jeep with the shackle still half attached to it.
 

beeb

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One thing I can't stand is seeing kids in the firing line of a snatch strap that isn't even anchored safely to a forbie. I've seen one punch a hole straight through the tailgate of an old jeep with the shackle still half attached to it.
The other 'ol' faithful' horrow show you see on the trails is the snatch-strap over the tow-ball. Nothing like firing an impromptu cannon-ball into an already stuck vehicle...
 

Flow-Rider

Wheel size expert
The other 'ol' faithful' horrow show you see on the trails is the snatch-strap over the tow-ball. Nothing like firing an impromptu cannon-ball into an already stuck vehicle...
Funny watching some of them turn up on the beach, no snatch strap, no recovery tracks, no shovel and some of them with no drinking water. Then you get the slightly smarter ones that have a snatch strap and wrap it around the cheap alloy nudge bar.
 

Dales Cannon

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Had a few hiccoughs with the differential. The new gear set has larger bolts into the carrier so the LSD carrier had to be drilled out. Difference between 28 spline and 25 spline axles I guess. Then the new pinion didn't come with a crush washer so grabbed a used one and discovered another difference, there must be different crush washers, this one is 2mm too long. I will measure properly through the week and machine the washer to suit. So no differential fitment.

However the Chinese Golf washer bottle arrived complete with Chinese characters on the cap!

Made yet another bracket today and bolted it in. Had to remanufacture the bracket because when I put fitted the light housing the damn thing slipped back out so I had to move the bracket (and bottle) back about 20mm to fit the headlight. Perils of working alone. Basic bit of cutting and bending and drilling and dimpling. Naturally none of the faces are square so the folds are on various angles. I picked up a piece of 2mm gal sheet 250x2000 for $10. I split 70mm out of this for the bracket. I have to make some other brackets and will use this to fill in the Watts linkage bracing etc. Plenty strong enough.









I probably should move the expansion tank back a bit but there is a good 10mm clearance and the washer filler is fine so I am leaving as is, at least for now. The filler neck is held on with a rusty old 2" exhaust clamp. Couldn't see the point of doing anything fancy when cheap and cheerful works.

Sadly the old pump is seized so another will need to be bought. I will cover the back side of the bottle with Dynamat to give it some stone protection.

In other news the press is working well. It is so nice not to have to hold the work to stop it moving around while you run the press. Thinking now might be a good time to retire the old pedestal drill too. When you use the hole saws it bounces and vibrates so badly you end up in the next postcode.
 
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link1896

Eats Squid
Monday arvo's WTF moment:
"Melbourne's only ZF gearbox authorized repair agent, we rebuild and repair all varieties of ZF gearboxes".

service manager "of no, we don't carry or refurb mechatronics units, just buy in from BMW".

It probably just needs fresh oil and a seal, but I'd rather have a spare up my sleeve. 200usd for a working assembly out of the US. Torque converter has twice locked up when it shouldn't have at ~10km/h road speed with engine at about 1600rpm. almost broke my neck, wholly fuck. No codes thrown by the computer yet.

If valve or solenoid sealing surfaces need machining, let the fun begin.
 
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Dales Cannon

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VF or ZF? The VF runs a GM box no?

Since I am here the diff is done. Just need to throw the axles back in and the brakes on then I can do some test fitting. I think the decambered single leaf springs we bought will be too low. That is not an issue because I have a buyer who will take them off our hands and I can run standard Escort leaves until the new standard height single leaf springs arrive. Front is together, I decided to skim the hub faces because there was a little run out in the aftermarket hubs we bought. Enough for the rotors to scrape on the pads for about half a turn. Machining was probably on the limit of what my little lathe is capable of but took 0.2mm of the face to square it all up. They run perfectly now. Wont be much happening for a week or two since some work has cropped up.
 
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