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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:51 PM
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Question Offroad Help

I want to know what parts/fluids/tools to bring with me when offroading. Also what are some basic offroading techniques for defenders, best rpm range etc. I finally got my truck running again and I don't won't to screw up and break something that could have been avoided.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 04:36 PM
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I always bring a box of tools, secured so it does not kill you in a roll over and some oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid. Make sure you check the truck over prior to hitting the trail. And if you have a winch, make sure you bring your recovery gear, tree strap, snatch strap and pulley and a D-ring or two.

As far as off-road driving, use the approproate speed for the terrain. Slower is better.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 04:39 PM
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as slow as possible, as fast as necessary
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 04:43 PM
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All of what Scott said and a buddy just in case you cant get out of trouble yourself.
I never wheel alone anymore. I got in to much trouble.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:18 PM
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no matter what u bring as spares there is always something u don't have, tow a spare defender
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:39 PM
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as slow as possible, as fast as necessary
That is a good one to remember. Go prepared, have extra food and water cause you will probably be out longer than you expect. There is a lot to be said about going with others and studying the terrain before trying it. Check the depth of water crossings or mud holes. As a Corporate Spokeshole and LRNA driving instructor TREAD LIGHTLY.http://www.treadlightly.org/

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:39 PM
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Can you use BTM on a 90? Are there special tools I need? What weights of fluids?
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 11:15 PM
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I always buy extra fluid whenever i flush the oil, tranny and gear box. i get an extra liter or 2 for each and bring them with me because you never know if will need it down the line. i usualy bring tools i know i will need, like my set of large wrenches and socket set, hammer and some cutting tools too. hose clamps come in handy and some Gorilla Tape to tie or hold things down that might come (rip ) off.

drive slow and always with a buddy or two. and make sure one of you has some good recovery gear to help the other out. i went by myself once and found out the hard way and stranded. not a bright idea!

bring food too, because eating on the trail rules!
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Old January 24th, 2007, 01:02 AM
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Emergency medical kit, lights, space blanket. A gallon of pre-mixed anti-freeze. For deep desert or long trips, I also take a box of spares, including one each of all relays, spark plugs, o2 sensors and other sensors, fan belt and fan wrench, etc. Can never, ever have enough...
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Bill Burke has some excellent videos that answer your questions.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Whenever I place an order to whomever, like RN, AB, BP, etc. I add some spares to my order like solenoid, dist cap, etc. You have a '97 so you most likely won't get bit my the 'no start' monster, but as a '95 owner I'm always preparing for it.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 06:44 PM
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One thing I learned from Mr. Burke is that Defenders have a very strong idle. I've idled up some pretty steep climbs with me feet on the floor. Also, if you're in 4 Low, you can start the engine with the clutch engaged. This comes in handy when you've stalled the engine in a technical area.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 12:17 PM
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You mean without the clutch engaged.

Hmm. I mean that you don't have to push in the pedal.... but he has a 97.
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anybody have a list of tools and parts they take along with them? I'm planning on going down to austin in a few weeks for my first "real" trip since I've got my tuck running again so any help is appreciated.
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