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Question by: Arnold Els Answer by: Arnold VenterI own a ‘08 Ford Ranger TDCI with a vibrating problem on the front RHS of the vehicle. I have had the tyres and shocks replaced, the alignment has been checked several times and I’ve even had the wheels high-speed balanced, but the problem persists. The vibrations are only noticeable from about 50 km/h, but it gets worst at 110 km/h and can also be felt at 150 km/h. I’m aware that this is fast, dangerous driving but I need to sketch the scenario here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Arnold Els…

Question by: Rainer Scherzinger Answer by: Dennis MaytomI own a Land Cruiser 100 VX with air suspension. The ride of this vehicle is fantastic, the most comfortable of any 4×4 I’ve ever driven. The problem is that my Cruiser stands at a slight angle where the rear RHS is lower than the LHS – about 25 mm or so. I’ve tried swopping the rear coils from left to right but this hasn’t solved the problem. I could install a 10 mm OME spacer but that would still leave me 15 mm short. Do you have any suggestions as to how…

Question by: Johan Palm Answer by: Dennis MaytomI own a Nissan Navara 4.0 and would like to upgrade the suspension. My personal experience with the OE suspension is that it’s too low for serious off-road work. I plan on overlanding with this bakkie to Namibia and Botswana but would like to have more confidence in the vehicle’s suspension system. I’ve chatted to various people about possible suspension upgrades and many folk speak highly of Old Man Emu, but will this system improve the Navara’s off-road ability while retaining on-road driveability? Johan Palm THE EXPERT’S OPINION: The Old Man Emu suspension…

Question by: Arthur Manning Answer by: Arnold VenterI own an ‘00 Colt 2.8 TD. For some time now I’ve had a problem where the vehicle starts easily in the morning, but after running for a short while it splutters, spews out white smoke and then cuts outs. I then have to swing the engine for several seconds before it eventually fires to life again. I’ve tried bleeding the lift pump, but from what I can tell there’s no air in the system. I’ve also had the injectors checked and the lift pump replaced. This vehicle is regularly serviced so all…

Qusetion by: Corné Opperman Answer by: Ronald HairbottleI drive an ‘84 Nissan Patrol SWB. It has a limited-slip diff at the rear and nothing up front. If I were to fit a diff-lock to this vehicle would it be advisable to put it at the rear, or should it be installed up front? If fitted to the front, will the locker affect my vehicle’s turning circle? Also, in terms of diff-locks, what options do I have for the Patrol? Corné Opperman THE EXPERT’S OPINION: The efficiency of your current limited-slip diff (LSD) will be marginal, now that the vehicle is…

Question by: Versey Heydenrych Answer by: Arnold VenterI recently purchased an ‘09 Triton 3.2 DC. About two months ago I bought a 72-litre auxiliary tank from Front Runner, increasing the Triton’s fuel-carrying capacity to 147 litres. Unfortunately, the added fuel range has upset the vehicle’s onboard computer, which no longer accurately calculates the fuel consumption and estimated tank range. Is it possible to recalibrate this system for a 147-litre fuel tank? On a separate note: I replaced the Triton’s front bumper with an aftermarket winch bar and also fitted larger AT tyres (265 / 70 / 16). After performing these…

Pic by Robin BrownIt’s called the Yellow Thing and it’s built using Discovery 1 mechanicals and a uniquely fabricated body of monocoque construction; the shell and roll cage are made from 3CR12 stainless steel, the doors and bonnet from aluminium and the fenders from fibreglass. Robin Brown is the man behind this creation and it’s seen here at the Rhino Park near Pretoria.

Pic by Justin Bean Driver: Stacey BeanWhat you’re seeing here is an attempt at a Land(y) speed record. That’s right, Justin Bean snapped this shot of his sister Stacey driving his Defender Td5 110 DC to possible fame and glory on Verneuk Pan while en route to the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. Note the cunning use of aerodynamic aids to maintain downforce. Although the actual speeds attained are still being verified by the authorities, Justin hints that Tracey came very close to cracking triple-digit velocities. Thrilling stuff…

Pic by Richard WhiteheadThis diesel Hilux 4×4 is the one with the auto box. It belongs to Richard Whitehead of Benoni who reports that it offers a great combination of power and ability. It’s seen here at De Hoop campsite in the Richtersveld on Christmas Day last year. Although still new (it was bought in June 2009), it’s already well travelled, having been to the Tuli Block, Lesotho and Sani Pass, Richtersveld and southern Namibia.

Pic by Peter BreitensteinNow this is an interesting vehicle. This pic was sent to us by Peter Breitenstein of Namibia who says that this Mitsubishi Delica is basically a Pajero but with a different body; It has Super Select 4WD and low-range, and is powered by the 2800 turbo-diesel with intercooler. He says that with the rear seats removed, this 8-seater becomes a great camping vehicle. Here it’s seen tackling a stretch of rough trail between Ruacana and the Epupa Falls.

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