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Old September 30th, 2016, 05:42 PM
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Old October 1st, 2016, 01:57 AM
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Hey thanks for sharing the article Ben!

------ Follow up post added October 1st, 2016 12:03 AM ------

Hey that is so cool! I must say, without the help of Andrew Faber and Mike Weight at LR Service Centre my project would not have been possible. Many special thanks to them.
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Old October 1st, 2016, 02:18 AM
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Just a little critique of the article, the information on how the 2.8i Defender was developed isn't exactly accurate. Many parts are indeed one-off and unique such as the bell housing which is not the same as on the RR P38 DSE, as we have discovered. So many parts certainly did not come from the LR parts bin, but were rather original creations developed by the industrious and amazing South African people.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 09:13 PM
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I didn't realize how important it is to have a good spray gun until I started researching. Based on recommendations I got a Sagola 4500 Xtreme Digital. It's made in Spain. I ordered it from Racing Colors in Barcelona and it got here in only a week.

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Well I can't do any painting yet. We're being bombarded with some major storms with the remnants of a typhoon. Hopefully we'll have some good weather before spring.

One thing I don't like on the Defender are all those Phillips-head screws on the floor plates, hinges, bulkhead diaphragm, front wings, etc. I had to lock a vice-grip onto the rusty ones to get them off or use the angle grinder. So I'm replacing all of them with the torx screws found on the Puma trucks.

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Well I can't do any painting yet. We're being bombarded with some major storms with the remnants of a typhoon. Hopefully we'll have some good weather before spring. One thing I don't like on the Defender are all those Phillips-head screws on the floor plates, hinges, bulkhead diaphragm, front wings, etc. I had to lock a vice-grip onto the rusty ones to get them off or use the angle grinder. So I'm replacing all of them with the torx screws found on the Puma trucks.
Fill them with anti-seize and they will come off. The problem is that they rust to the captive plates.
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Also, spray the captive plates from below with clear waxoyl.
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Old October 15th, 2016, 06:50 PM
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Yeah, I had to cut the floor plate screws off from below; the slot head ones by the seat box because I couldn't grab onto them with the vice grips. Maybe I can just put some anti-seize on the new ones, but I don't anticipate them needing to come off again.
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... but I don't anticipate them needing to come off again.
Never, ever operate under that assumption. It is a Land Rover.
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Never, ever operate under that assumption. It is a Land Rover.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 03:51 PM
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Yeah, that's true. I guess they will need to come off again when I get a new bulkhead later. Things don't rust around here much, but even if they did now I know how to get them off. It's amazing the skills I've learned over the course of this project.

The other day I started researching torx bits and screwdrivers. I used a HF torx bit to take off the roll cage bolts, but it's not real great, so I think I'll get a Snap-On bit to re-install them. I remember when I had to take the vibration damper off the front of my old S54 engine there are 4 external torx bolts securing it and I used a HF socket and it stripped. Cheap metal and it didn't fit very snug. So I got a Snap-On socket and it was a perfect fit and worked great. For the small screws I can use a screwdriver. I was planning to get Snap-On for those too, but they're $25+ each. So I started looking for alternatives. I read any of the European brands are good for torx, like PB Swiss, Hazet, Stahlwille, Gedore, Witte, Wera, Wiha, etc. The PB Swiss SwissGrip look nice, but they're about the same price as the Snap-On ones individually. There's a set on Amazon, but it's missing the T30 I need. So I ended up purchasing a Gedore 5-piece set for $26.50 I found on eBay. They arrived today. They look like good quality.

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Yeah, that's true. I guess they will need to come off again when I get a new bulkhead later. Things don't rust around here much, but even if they did now I know how to get them off. It's amazing the skills I've learned over the course of this project. The other day I started researching torx bits and screwdrivers. I used a HF torx bit to take off the roll cage bolts, but it's not real great, so I think I'll get a Snap-On bit to re-install them. I remember when I had to take the vibration damper off the front of my old S54 engine there are 4 external torx bolts securing it and I used a HF socket and it stripped. Cheap metal and it didn't fit very snug. So I got a Snap-On socket and it was a perfect fit and worked great. For the small screws I can use a screwdriver. I was planning to get Snap-On for those too, but they're $25+ each. So I started looking for alternatives. I read any of the European brands are good for torx, like PB Swiss, Hazet, Stahlwille, Gedore, Witte, Wera, Wiha, etc. The PB Swiss SwissGrip look nice, but they're about the same price as the Snap-On ones individually. There's a set on Amazon, but it's missing the T30 I need. So I ended up purchasing a Gedore 5-piece set for $26.50 I found on eBay. They arrived today. They look like good quality.
If you operate under the assumption that some day you will sell the truck (or die) and that the person who owns it next should sing your praises rather than curse your name, you will never be disappointed with you how do things.
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Yeah I agree, but obviously the previous owners didn't operate under that assumption. I personally don't understand why anyone would neglect a vehicle and treat it so poorly to the point where it should go to the scrapper. Besides the extensive corrosion, it had lots of very odd repairs like the kind ECR complains about on their website, e.g. welded something when it should be bolted (because they lost the bolt and didn't want to bother looking for one?) or used the wrong part like something they had lying around, and lots of little things here and there that were just missing; things you wouldn't even expect anyone to mess with (I'm just left with...why?). I don't have negative feelings to whoever has owned it before, but I think they're very odd people who don't appreciate or respect things as I feel they should. Hopefully they aren't like that anymore.

It should be a pleasure to work on from now on and I should feel happy I'm trying to give life to something that was on it's very last leg.
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Ha. I bet we all have funny stories with Landrover and defender ownership where we were caught cursing previous owner.
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A while back I paid a tuner to flash my ECU to disable EWS (immobilizer), but since then the EWS delete and tuning software has been publicly released. So I bought another ECU to do it myself (I'll keep the first one as a backup). I made an ECU bench flashing harness to connect it to my computer via an OBD2 USB cable (INPA/EDIABAS) and to a 12V power supply. It turned out to be really easy to do and now I can make adjustments for things like the throttle pedal. This makes the M54 engine a great candidate for swapping into any Defender. I think it would be especially great for 97s because it's fully OBD2 compliant and the bellhousing to mate the engine to the ZF auto gearbox is readily available. Of course another option is to wire in the EWS as long as you have the matching control unit and key, but you could only practically wire in the EWS III-D system from the Z3 which doesn't require a K-bus. If you went that route, you could still make tunes using the software linked below, but you'll need to make sure you have the correct definition file for the software version on the ECU. Apparently only the definition file for version MS430056 is well developed and I haven't found that software version for a Z3 ECU (amongst BMW's SP-Daten files), so it would still be ideal to flash it with the EWS delete file to get the full tuning benefit (which changes it to version 56 and a stock E46 configuration).

I'm selling the ECU bench flashing harness and there's more information about them and my other harnesses here: Plug and Play Wiring Harness Adapters for S54, M54, M52TU, & More - R3VLimited Forums.

Info and the software for the MS43 ECU can be found here, and here.



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Old October 28th, 2016, 03:06 PM
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I decided that the whole EVAP system needs an overhaul. Iíd like to replace the fuel vapor separator, but unfortunately itís NLA (both ESR2691 and WLL100100). Fortunately however, I found the pressure relief valves so I can replace those. Theyíre part number NTC7567, but one is also included on the vapor separator to atmosphere tube for the Disco 1 & RRC, which costs less, so I ordered two of those instead. Itís part number NTC7493. It looks like Land Rover may not be manufacturing them anymore because they are definitely old stock. The packaging has severely suffered the effects of age and the relief valves say ďMade in W-Germany.Ē So get them while you can.

It looks like the roll-over vent valves on top of the tank are the same as a 95 or older Jeep Wrangler. The part number is J5360058 and the grommet is 52018823. I havenít compared them to the old ones yet, so hopefully they are correct.

I was planning on mounting a BMW charcoal canister somewhere in the engine bay, but I decided it will be best to use an original type so I can use the bracket that was already on the truck, so I got a new one of those. The old one has the purge valve built onto it, so I got the 97 D90 version so I can use the M54ís purge valve (which looks like the same part on the 97 D90). Land Rover wants over $500 for it, but I found it for $26 on Amazon. Itís ACDelco 215-153.

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No Defender updates (hopefully itíll be a quick winter), but I'll show you my new daily driver. Itís an 06 X3 with a 6-speed manual. Silver grey on terracotta with silver cloud trim. Itís such a rare combo Iím sure it was a special order. It came from Bellevue. I was tempted to get an 07 or newer because they updated it a bit and the engine makes a little more power, but I decided I didnít want the N52 engine. Itís not very DIY friendly with complicated Valvetronic, not as robust, has expensive ancillaries, no dipstick, and up until about 2009 it had a design flaw that causes the engine to tick (info on that here). I also thought it will be nice to have the same engine thatís in the Defender and I can enjoy it before the truck is ready. I really like it so far. Itís like a Z4 SUV.



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Andrew,

I thought you would appreciate this! The BMW M2's Top Engineer Has this Amazing 'Red Mamba' Land Rover Defender
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