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Old December 1st, 2015, 09:01 PM
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This little guy arrived from Germany today. A Hella LED flasher. Hope it works good.

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Old December 1st, 2015, 09:23 PM
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Very nice Chip!

I have to say that Bimmer mill looks very good on top of the galvy LR chassis.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 06:01 AM
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Got the engine & drivetrain on the chassis.


How does the axle/sump area look?

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Old December 2nd, 2015, 12:44 PM
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How does the axle/sump area look?

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It looks good. There looks to be adequate room for axle articulation. The left side of the sump comes sorta close to the side of the frame, like an inch and a half maybe, but that's okay. It's not quite as close as the parking brake drum is to the frame. I think an E46 oil pan would give it more room there.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 04:01 PM
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I tried test fitting the M54 headers and the front one will not fit because the engine mount is in the way. So I ordered the M52 headers that are installed on the 2.8i. Of course that means I also need to separately install catalytic converters. I've heard aftermarket catalysts aren't very good, so after researching a bit online I read CARB compliant ones are a lot better. They have a 5 year warranty and failure during that period can't exceed 4%. And of course lower emissions is a good thing. So I selected ones that are specifically approved for an OBD2 Defender 90 by California. I don't plan on moving there, but if I did that should help eliminate any problems passing smog.

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Old December 15th, 2015, 02:08 PM
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My headers arrived today. $60 shipped from the UK. The US M52 headers can't be used because they have holes in them for secondary air injection which the M54 headers don't have. I just test fitted them and they fit great.

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Old December 15th, 2015, 07:29 PM
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My headers arrived today. $60 shipped from the UK. The US M52 headers can't be used because they have holes in them for secondary air injection which the M54 headers don't have. I just test fitted them and they fit great.
So these headers are UK/Euro spec M52?

How do the insides look? Any plans for porting &polishing?

And are you going custom DPs or have you found LR parts that will work?
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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:54 PM
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So these headers are UK/Euro spec M52?

How do the insides look? Any plans for porting &polishing?

And are you going custom DPs or have you found LR parts that will work?
Yeah, they're Euro M52. I found them using the part numbers Land Rover lists for the 2.8i. I didn't want to take a chance again on headers that may not work. They look clean. I don't think a port & polish is necessary since they're stock. What are DPs?

Installed.

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Old December 15th, 2015, 11:08 PM
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DP's = downpipes

Wondering how you are going to match the 2 header to the rest of the 90 exhaust.

They look great installed btw!
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Old December 15th, 2015, 11:49 PM
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The exhaust will have to be custom. I got flanges from Turner Motorsport to match up to the headers. And new gaskets. It'll be dual 2" to the rear muffler then single 3" out. I have a new Borla muffler. I have a center muffler from a Z4 also so hopefully that can go in as well. I saved the old exhaust the shop can study for routing.
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I was just reading your build thread. very cool build. I see that you're trying to maintain m54 emissions standard. I believe if you do not run the catalytic converters that are manifold mounted, going to be tough to maintain the standard. that engine expect the catalytic converters to be online much sooner than one that has cats further down the line. it is very possible you will get a service engine light because of this. I know that the Exhaust and drive shaft clearance on that side is very tight. just wondering if you thought about this.keep up the good work beautiful build!
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Are they just bare metal? If so, Jet Hot coating is nice to prevent rust and they have a really good warranty on their coatings. I can't remember the price, but I don't think it was crazy.

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Old December 16th, 2015, 01:34 PM
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I was just reading your build thread. very cool build. I see that you're trying to maintain m54 emissions standard. I believe if you do not run the catalytic converters that are manifold mounted, going to be tough to maintain the standard. that engine expect the catalytic converters to be online much sooner than one that has cats further down the line. it is very possible you will get a service engine light because of this. I know that the Exhaust and drive shaft clearance on that side is very tight. just wondering if you thought about this.keep up the good work beautiful build!
Hey thanks. I think my ECU has been setup not to have a problem with that, but if not some adjustments would fix that. The 2.8i engine mount comes up too far to mount the manifold catalysts, at least the front one. I could mount the rear one, but I don't think that would be ideal to have a different setup on 3 cylinders. I think emissions will still be very low with the CARB compliant catalysts. Certainly lower than any other Defender. I'll ask my exhaust guy to mount them as close as possible to the manifolds. They are much shorter than the catalyst manifolds.

I didn't notice the M54 has a different number of studs than the M52 until I installed them. So I found out there is an M54 version of these headers that have the correct number of bolt holes which would look cleaner. For future reference.



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Are they just bare metal? If so, Jet Hot coating is nice to prevent rust and they have a really good warranty on their coatings. I can't remember the price, but I don't think it was crazy.
Very nice. I don't think I'll worry about coating them. They are stainless steel, not cast iron like M50 headers. Well except for the flanges I guess.
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Old January 18th, 2016, 10:28 PM
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I haven't worked on the truck much due to the weather, but spring is coming and I'll be back to work soon. I got some new parts though. The top and front of the driver's side front wing has dents, so I got a new one of those. The new one arrived with a dent in it though, so the dealer is going to send me a replacement when they get them in again next month. I tried to get them to give me a credit for repairing it, but I guess they thought the estimate I got from a local shop was too much. Hopefully the new one will be dent free. Always a pain shipping body parts. The new doors I bought from the UK arrived with little dents on them too, but hopefully the auto body dude and fix them up good.

I also got new Mercedes ZKW headlights (Geländewagen). They have 3 tabs built onto them so I was trying to figure out how to mount them today. The ring/bracket they came with can't be used. There's an adjusting screw on one of the tabs, and a pivot thing on the other upper one, and the lower one is where the electric leveling motor attaches on the Mercedes. So what I'm going to do is take the pivot thing off and add 2 more adjusting screws (ordered them from the Mercedes dealer), and then just drill 3 new holes in the old Defender ring/bracket, and put a nut on the back, maybe a wing nut for easy adjustment. I think that'll work good. It's pretty silly of me to go this route, but I think they just look so cool.

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Old January 18th, 2016, 10:41 PM
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I'd love to see these on (illuminated). Do you have a link to a G with these? Most I've seen are hid. I'd also like to see the brightness of the position light (your intended dlr)
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Old January 18th, 2016, 10:52 PM
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Yeah, here's one:



And here they are on:



I think these were used from 2002 to 2006, then they switched to the Bi-Xenons for 2007. These are still used on the G300 Professional though. I wanted the Bi-Xenons but they are way too big to fit without serious modification to the front wings. A lot of people have replaced these H4 headlights with Depo projectors that look like the OEM xenons but they are awful quality (they get water and condensation inside them) and the beam pattern isn't as good as the ZKW H4s.
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Thanks. I'm really mostly curious about the ability of the positioner to be bright enough to be used as a dlr. I remember hella had a line of full sized 3k or 4K floods with what they called "city lights" but never saw them on. I have their Celis 4K's on my P38, but don't consider them bright enough as dlr's.
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Old January 19th, 2016, 12:38 AM
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I don't really want them very bright myself; going for the subtle look, so the little bulb in there will be fine for me. I guess you could find a bright LED to stick in there.
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Gotcha. Well, I'm looking forward to seeing them on your truck! Good luck with everything.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 12:51 PM
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I'm replacing the seat boxes and I got the Puma battery tray. So I tried to figure out what size battery the Puma trucks use. The closest I could come up with is size H6. I got one at Advance Auto Parts because I had a reward to use. Between that and a promo code it came out to $111 for an AGM.

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