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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:37 PM
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Roverdrive

What is the skinny on these units? I am thinking of mating one to a TD5 with standard 1.43:1 transfer case, and I would like to know how the Roverdrive holds up. I have a 109 with diesel engine and Fairey OD number 2 (#1 lasted for 20+ years, but only 30K miles), so I am familiar with the Fairey limitations. The TD5 is a daily driver, OEM tire size. I just want a unit that will hold up. Anyone with serious mileage experience using the Roverdrive?
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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Have you looked into a transmission from Ashcroft?
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:52 PM
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There are threads about the Roverdrive on here and on Guns & Rovers which is mostly series but still solid information and other rover sites. I believe he has specs on his website, http://roamerdrive.com/faqs.html . I had it in my series for a while driving up and down from Carolina to Jersey and back and it is a solid bit of kit. I liked that it shared the oil with the transfercase.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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Randy, TDIGuy is using one. He also sells them.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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I am pretty happy with my R380 tranny as is. Around town and off-road, which comprises most of my driving, I don't have any issues with things as they are. I had a 1.2:1 transfer case (which is available for anyone wanting one) for a while. The engine handled the steep gearing on the highway, but high range first gear required a lot of clutching and sucks off-road. I love the 1.43:1 ratios, but miss the lower noise, fewer rpms, and fuel mileage of the 1.2. Before I buy and bolt on a Roverdrive, I just want to know if they are reasonably dependable, and I have not seen any threads posted about that. Thanks for your input.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 04:27 PM
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....and sucks off-road..
I don't understand this bit. What does high range have to do with off road?

The Roverdrive will be fine. But the 1.2 should also be fine with a TD5. You just need a remap to up the power.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 05:36 PM
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The 1.2 works fine with the TD5, but you won't get much use out of first gear... Or at least here in flat Georgia.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 05:45 PM
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The 1.2 works fine with the TD5, but you won't get much use out of first gear... Or at least here in flat Georgia.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:03 PM
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I drove a V8 D90 for 9 years, and, like a dummie, sold it. Yes, I like the V8. I just like the TD5 more. I often pull a trailer with it, and like the gearing of the 1.4. Yes, I pulled it just fine with the 1.2, but it worked the clutch taking off from a dead stop, which seems to occur often in traffic. My thinking here is that the 1.43 transfer coupled with the Roverdrive would give me nearly perfect choices. Just looking for experiences from others, especially when the Roverdrive is fitted to a 110. Will the Roverdrive hold up to the extra weight?

And as to Red90's lack of understanding regarding high range and off road, us flatlanders find it not so unlikely for that to happen. Taking off in first gear high range with a 110 TD5 mated to a 1.2 tranny off-road is just about as clutch-straining as taking off pulling a trailer on the tarmac.
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I agree on a stock truck a 1.2 leaves first gear too high. However a simple power increase fixes that problem.

My point on "off road" is that being in high range is not off road by my definition.

The roverdrive is heavily tested in 110s so will be fine.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:21 PM
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What power fix do you recommend? Any knowledge regarding potential engine damage or shortened life?
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A remap is the easiest. Then you can get into larger intercoolers and better turbo along with remaps. The TD5s seem to take quite a bit more power safely with no degredation in longevity.
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I fitted a Roverdrive to my Lightweight after the restoration. Mine was full of aluminum machining debris, which fouled the syncros. Ray sent me out parts at no charge, but I was stuck with the labor and the bill for lots of oil (since the Roverdrive shares oil with the transmission, I had to perform several flushes before I was sure that no debris remained).

If you get one, I suggest a thorough interior inspection before installing the unit.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 05:15 PM
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Many thanks for that advice. Lots of good feedback from my original question.
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Is there a source for the Roverdrive stateside? Can't seem to find anyone home at WiseOwl parts.
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Is there a source for the Roverdrive stateside? Can't seem to find anyone home at WiseOwl parts.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 10:38 AM
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I am probably unable to see the nose at the end of my face, but I cannot find Randy TDiGuy among the membership roster for Defender Source. Is there another way to contact Randy?
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You can get them direct as well.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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This the place to contact: http://roamerdrive.com/index.html and get one.

Wiseowl was a different company and they folded awhile back.
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Hey Mamba, did you ever add the Romerdrive to your TD5? I am looking at doing the same to my TD5. Curious as to how it's worked out for you. They are made about a 10 minute drive from where I live, but I would really like some "real world feedback" from anyone that has some miles on one.
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