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Old June 26th, 2012, 04:08 AM
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Driving like a maniac

Ok - Just wanted to know who drives their 90 or 110 like a sports car. ME, the thing handles well with or without swaybars and has some pretty good get up and go. I am always tossing it into corners.
Anyone else?
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Old June 26th, 2012, 04:34 AM
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Old June 26th, 2012, 05:53 AM
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Yup when the mood grabs me. It's pretty fun to chuck around.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:10 AM
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Mmmmm have you ever driven a sports car? A defender is nothing like it lol. Too be honest I drive like a grandma on the road. Once you've driven on a racetrack you realize there is no point driving fast on the street anymore
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:45 AM
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I have been acused of being slightly aggressive on a number of occassions! I am also the only Defender owner I know who is annoyed by that pesky governor that keeps us under 90!
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:48 AM
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Once you've driven on a racetrack you realize there is no point driving fast on the street anymore
Running late for somewhere you need to be is one, and just cutting down travel time in general.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:54 AM
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Once you've driven on a racetrack you realize there is no point driving fast on the street anymore
Completely agree with this point.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Handles well? On its roof, maybe, LOL
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Old June 26th, 2012, 09:27 AM
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My mechanic tells me he might as well replace my gas pedal with a toggle switch...

And I disagree with the track comment...

http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2010/1...road-offences/

The list of F1, Indy and NASCAR drivers who have been ticketed for driving fast on the road goes on and on....
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Old June 26th, 2012, 09:39 AM
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It handles well for that type of vehicle but driving it like a sport car? It's like doing a quarter-mile run with a steam tractor... No point doin'! On the other hand when in a hurry one can get the best (fast is not the word here) out of it with your foot down but, is it better (faster) ? Or does it take a sh@t load of fuel for nearly nothing faster?

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I think there may be a slight disconnect here as I have noticed with the little bit of participation so far that those of us who claim the spirited driving style with our 90 seem to be in NAS/V8 trucks while those who don't see the point are running 200/300tdi's. While I know that my 90 is far from a sports car, I rarely find myself lagging off the line or wanting for more in the top end. The worst I encounter is some long steep grades that will begin to drag you down unless you downshift...on the flip side, there are a number of tdi trucks around and I agree that you will lose a drag race to just about anything with a motor (and probably some things without)!
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Old June 26th, 2012, 10:18 AM
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Completely agree. The V8 is not high performance by any stretch, but it's got relatively decent get up. The gearing holds it back and the aerodynamics are about the same as a brick, so it struggles at speed.
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on that note I will add my 95 lwb with eas, I have set cruising height 1/2 inch lower that specks with arnott bags...I like the look of other drivers when I toss it in to ramps at speeds higher than posted and they stay back specting to see a roll over.
many other suvs are simply not capable of such and the few which are, the drivers do not feel comfortable with those abilities. priceless
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Old June 26th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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I have been acused of being slightly aggressive on a number of occassions! I am also the only Defender owner I know who is annoyed by that pesky governor that keeps us under 90!
If it is a 95 or 94 get an ECU from a Classic 3.9 that will take care of the 90mph limit!!!!

------ Follow up post added June 26th, 2012 11:32 AM ------

Yes driven on a track and yes owned an M roadster and currently an s60R. Point I should have made is that the 90 like some of you pointed out is handles well with the V8. Californians in general drive agressively. If you are not doing 75 or 80 you are getting cut off or passed. Our CHP's goal is traffic movement not revenue streems from traffic. To me it is more than capable on and off road and I am glad to know that some folks push the truck to the limits in both arenas and puts a big smile on my face.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 11:37 AM
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I have to admit I do this too much. Usually drive 80mph at all times. I know I shouldn't, being on 35" tires and 3" lift. But my truck honestly handles amazing on the road. combined with that silky smooth gearbox sometimes I feel like a racecar driver. A nice strong set of brakes always helps.

Thanks god the 300Tdi is going in to slow me up.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 11:43 AM
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My mechanic tells me he might as well replace my gas pedal with a toggle switch...

And I disagree with the track comment...

http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2010/1...road-offences/

The list of F1, Indy and NASCAR drivers who have been ticketed for driving fast on the road goes on and on....
have you ever driven fast on a track?

Anyone who drives fast on the street is unnecessarily endangering the lives of other people and should be prepared to accept the consequences.

Yes I have driven fast on the road in cars an bikes ... North of 150mph and that makes me an idiot.

Yes I have driven fast on a track ... And that's what made me realize I was an idiot for endangering other peoples lives.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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have you ever driven fast on a track?

Anyone who drives fast on the street is unnecessarily endangering the lives of other people and should be prepared to accept the consequences.

Yes I have driven fast on the road in cars an bikes ... North of 150mph and that makes me an idiot.

Yes I have driven fast on a track ... And that's what made me realize I was an idiot for endangering other peoples lives.
When you realize that the other racer are everybody else on the street it suddenly looks like a big crash is inevitable. Younger I might have gotten lucky and never had an accident but when I come to think of it, it was plain foolish....

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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:36 PM
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When you realize that the other racer are everybody else on the street it suddenly looks like a big crash is inevitable. Younger I might have gotten lucky and never had an accident but when I come to think of it, it was plain foolish....

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Was not disagreeing the the premise that speeding/reckless driving is bad....I was disagreeing with this comment:

"Once you've driven on a racetrack you realize there is no point driving fast on the street anymore."

Obviously, Lewis Hamilton, Damon Hill, etc, etc. have driven on a track more and better than any of us and it did not make them realize driving fast on the street was pointless.

Driving on a track does not instantly change your attitude towards driving fast on the road.

Personally, I have no self control so I buy slow, lumbering British vehicles so that even if I drive them as fast as they are capable...it is still not very fast :-)

...and I have driven fast cars both on and off track...
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When I was young and dumb, yes.

However, I've been a firefighter/paramedic here in LA for a number of years. I wish I could make all the Blvd heros pick up body parts of unintended victims. Two things I will not do... drink drive and drive aggressively on the street.

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I don't get the point of this thread. By using the term maniac in the title you sort of make admission that you are being somewhat reckless. I don't care if you are in a Rover or what, I don't want you on my road.
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