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Old April 4th, 2006, 03:58 AM
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Best fluid for the R380?

So I did a search and read various posts, but never came up with a diffinitive answer. What is the best fluid to use in the R380 tranny?

I just got my tranny rebuilt for the second time this year (second gear synchro was COMPLETELY stripped, both times), and I want to make sure that I don`t have to do this a 3rd time any time soon. Any input as far as fluids go would be appreciated. The builder just put ATF fluid in it. Is ATF sufficient? Any input would be appreciated.
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ATF is what LR recommends.. I have heard the Redline MTL is the way to go though. THat is what is going in mine next change...
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Old April 4th, 2006, 10:36 AM
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Yeah, this is talked about in another thread somewhere. I noticed a huge difference when I switched to MTL. It seems that the ATF is just too thin for the synchros IMO.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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LR sells their own version of ATF which supposedly works great. I have Redline MTL in mine, but i'd be curious to hear what Rob D has to say on the matter.
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Redline's MTL worked wonders for my R380. I like that you can basically get it anywhere. I searched the fourm back when i was trying to make the same decision and learned there are fluids marketed only in the UK but I didn't like the fact that getting it when i needed it might be an issue.

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On Rob D's advice I switched to Royal Purple. Can't notice a difference from MTL but rob is the man. Plus royal purple is a little cheeper than MTL at summit
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Yeah, Royal Purple is good stuff too, I recommend it also. I have seen the results from MTL though and I'm sure RP is similar. Both very much better than ATF, IMO
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Redline MTL here even my mother noticed the difference
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Redline MTL it`ll be. Thanks guys
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Before you do anything, have a look here:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3182

and here:

http://www.landroverfaq.com/viewtopi...ighlight=mtf94

and here:

http://www.caltex.com.au/products_oi...?id=107&area=1

I recommend you use MTF94 (Texaco product), LR ref. Nš STC5157 & STC5158
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