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Old November 12th, 2014, 03:07 AM
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Weakness of a D90

I'm going to take my D90 on a three day outing. I'm going on the Southern California Rover trip to Death Valley. As this is the first major off road trip in the last 8 to 10 years of my Rover's life I want to be sure it can make the full distance.

That said, are there any known weakens a D90 has I should double check before I set out on this trip?
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Old November 12th, 2014, 04:38 AM
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I suppose "weaknesses" can be put down to driver input... if you drive carefully, and view the vehicle as your only means of getting back home, then even a bone stock defender is perfectly capable for all manner of terrain.


But mistakes do happen. Here in the UK the main upgrade is CV joints, and halfshafts, and a steering rod guard.


suspension is more than capable ((unless you want to do rockcrawling which is a whole other topic).


a winch may help.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 06:00 AM
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Weakness like the oil cooler lines?
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Old November 12th, 2014, 06:16 AM
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Fuel pump relays.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 06:51 AM
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if you're with the SCLR gang, you'll be fine.

Frank is leading and is a great trip organizer. It's a pretty mellow trip, so i wouldn't expect much to go wrong. Trona pinnacles is an amazing spot to start.

Hopefully you have a little kit with fluids and smaller tools just in case, and maybe some fuel, but you'll be seeing pavement at some point, so not past the point of no return.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 07:22 AM
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You should be fine but it's always a good idea to pack some fluids and some tools. Power steering fluid, etc.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 07:36 AM
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Talk to the guys your going with. Their experience is the best teacher. My knee jerk starting point is extra gas can!
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Old November 12th, 2014, 08:26 AM
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My recommendation is to have the truck thumbs up BEFORE you hit it then you only need the basics. You cant plan for every failure just the common ones. I've had my D90 for almost 5 years and the only think to happen was that I've run dry on fuel, however I always have a full can.

I should mention I do carry spares like common tools, hoses, a belt, tire repair, and misc. junk. but that's always not just hitting the trail. Have Fun this is the best time of year in the valley! oh and take a camera!!
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Old November 12th, 2014, 09:13 AM
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I'm going to take my D90 on a three day outing. I'm going on the Southern California Rover trip to Death Valley. As this is the first major off road trip in the last 8 to 10 years of my Rover's life I want to be sure it can make the full distance.

That said, are there any known weakens a D90 has I should double check before I set out on this trip?
If I were taking a truck into death valley even in November I'd be all about the cooling system.
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if you're with the SCLR gang, you'll be fine.

Frank is leading and is a great trip organizer. It's a pretty mellow trip, so i wouldn't expect much to go wrong. Trona pinnacles is an amazing spot to start.

Hopefully you have a little kit with fluids and smaller tools just in case, and maybe some fuel, but you'll be seeing pavement at some point, so not past the point of no return.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 10:04 AM
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Old November 12th, 2014, 10:06 AM
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haha yes. recovering Abeer.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 10:19 AM
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I'd also reiterate that oil cooler lines should be upgraded or removed. Id say we see a lot of ignition modules go bad-- it needs to be relocated unless your using different distributor. Otherwise, make sure all fluids are topped up and you have enough gas for the journey.

Traveling with a multi vehicle group is the most important part, by far.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 10:34 AM
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Transfer case popped into neutral on a descent and I flopped.

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Old November 12th, 2014, 10:36 AM
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an extra belt. they're like umbrellas; you only need them when you don't have one.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 12:49 PM
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Well I had the water pump replaced this summer. They did the belts and the upper/lower hoses. I have a gas can but no mount so I'll work on that. I get 150 miles to the tank, so I hope this won't be an issue.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 01:02 PM
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150 per tank! Man I have an auto and I get a min of 175...That's funny most gauge per gallon not tank...lol.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 01:15 PM
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David -

IIRC there are actually a couple of other defenders going on this trip so you should be fine. The trails you are doing are pretty mellow. I'd shoot Bill Ruttan an email and see what he's doing fuel wise since you both have NAS 90's and probably will get similar fuel mileage. He's run this trip before with Frank and knows what to expect. I'd just give the truck a once over and make sure everything looks good before you head out. Never hurts to pack extra fluids, just in case since you are going to be a bit out there.

Even with the remote possibility something would go awry you are in good hands. We always make sure everyone gets home on SCLR trips


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Old November 12th, 2014, 06:28 PM
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Thanks all for your input! I changed the spark plugs and I am getting a bit better gas mileage now. Before the gas mileage was 10 miles to the gallon on good days on city streets. I will bring my jerrycan.

How about getting an extinguisher?
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150 per tank! Man I have an auto and I get a min of 175...That's funny most gauge per gallon not tank...lol.
I refuel every 150 miles about. I don't think I've ever gone over 180. I have fuel anxiety and sit in traffic for over an hour every night on my way home, so I don't take chances. I get between 13-15 MPG usually. I also don't trust that I have a full tank when I refuel, so I account for that when planning fuel stops.
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