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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:03 AM
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RHD.. in a Tithonus?

Hey everyone-

I'm coming back over to the dark side. My first LR was a D2. Ended up letting it go and have regretted the decision ever since.

I'm looking to purchase a Tithonus RHD. My question, how's it to drive one on a regular basis? Is it just one giant blind spot that you get used to or are there other tips you can send my way?

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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:14 AM
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The gigantic blind spot is whole other story.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 02:50 AM
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Passing and over taking is the only issue i ever have in rhd vehicles. You just bring along your significant other or a friend as a spotter! But if you have the 2.5N/A in the truck you wont h ave to worry about passing very much.

I have thought about hooking up a reversing camera into the left fender and have it broadcast when my left blinker is on or something like that.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 06:24 AM
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Old December 10th, 2015, 06:42 AM
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Old December 10th, 2015, 07:16 AM
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You can get glass added to the hard top. This cost me $500. I just dropped off the top with some rough lines drawn on the outside and picked it up a week later.

I also added a Series wing mirror to the top of the right wing (before the glass was added, and I have a LHD) as an additional safety precaution. In your case, you'd add it to the left wing. It bolts right on to the antenna box mount - no drilling required.

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Old December 10th, 2015, 07:23 AM
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Tollbooths and drive through's are the biggest issues. But you get used to reversing through them....
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Old December 10th, 2015, 08:38 AM
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You can also get a Tithonus right from the uk auctions. Or just find someone who has been sitting on theirs for a while and is willing to unload it.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 12:17 PM
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I think Safarihp has a RHD for sale
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Old December 10th, 2015, 12:33 PM
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Its like driving any other car really. Blind spots are just on opposite sides. Biggest thing is working the gear shift, after driving for a solid hour or two youll be use to it. Just get use to not getting anywhere fast or having anything equivalent to modern acceleration. Pedals are in the same position from Rh to Lh sides.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:10 PM
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I drove RHD in Ireland - took about 5 minutes to get used to the stick in the left hand. But that was RHD in an RHD country, so not entirely the same as an RHD here.

Question - Why is overtaking in a RHD any different than LHD? In my LHD I have merged right before.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:19 PM
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Driving RHD is not a big deal. At all. You get used to it in minutes and never think about it again. Living with it is another story.

I live on a military installation - so going through the gate is a huge pain. This is especially bad in the winter because I have to stop prior to the gate, unbuckle and lean past my cubby to hand crank the left window. Drive throughs a are a no-go but who needs that junk anyway. Tolls aren't bad if you have an ez pass.

I wouldn't want to have a RHD vehicle with no rear windows. Merges and abnormal intersections would potentially be very difficult to safely navigate without taking a leap of faith. Regardless of Windows, Some left hand turns across multiple lands of traffic can be hazardous if your view is blocked by the opposing traffic's turn lane. A left hand seat affords a driver the ability to see oncoming traffic with less obstruction. Not a big deal, just take less risks.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:21 PM
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The windows are a must, I turn around and check my blind spot through them, but agree with previous posts, its really a non-starter.

I enjoy RHD personally, and to be fair I don't really spend great lengths of time in my 90 except on weeks and when I am out and about doing things that it really doesn't matter. Even with the 300 TDI I don't overtake all that often (maybe its the 34" tires) but when I do those extra windows make all the difference.

I also have a pair of those little blind spot mirrors in but there aren't that may blind spots when you have 5 windows in the back.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:22 PM
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You want some good mirrors at least. You can still get screwed at corners that are on oblique angles without a blind spot window but most places are okay with blind spot mirrors...

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Question - Why is overtaking in a RHD any different than LHD? In my LHD I have merged right before.
LOL, it's not a RHD/LHD issue. It's a 68 horsepower issue.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:49 PM
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Think two lane road, going around a slow truck. You cant see through it, so you hug the center line and look for oncoming traffic. In a RHD you would have to be fully committed to be able to see around the truck. You can hug the fog line and look around the right side of the truck, but its a little more unnerving.

But that is all theoretical with an NA diesel. you wont be passing anyone. you are the truck that gets passed.

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Gotcha - I was thinking highway. Not many two land roads here on Long Island where they allow overtaking. And yeah - the only one you are passing in a 2.5 NA is probably a piece of farm equipment.
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I live on a military installation - so going through the gate is a huge pain. This is especially bad in the winter because I have to stop prior to the gate, unbuckle and lean past my cubby to hand crank the left window.
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Driving RHD is not a big deal. At all. You get used to it in minutes and never think about it again. Living with it is another story.

I live on a military installation - so going through the gate is a huge pain. This is especially bad in the winter because I have to stop prior to the gate, unbuckle and lean past my cubby to hand crank the left window. Drive throughs a are a no-go but who needs that junk anyway. Tolls aren't bad if you have an ez pass.

I wouldn't want to have a RHD vehicle with no rear windows. Merges and abnormal intersections would potentially be very difficult to safely navigate without taking a leap of faith. Regardless of Windows, Some left hand turns across multiple lands of traffic can be hazardous if your view is blocked by the opposing traffic's turn lane. A left hand seat affords a driver the ability to see oncoming traffic with less obstruction. Not a big deal, just take less risks.
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