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    [QUOTE=donh54;2806497]Beats me how people like Len Beadell survived opening up the country they did, with nowt but a Series 1 or 2 Landy, with no CDL, and open diffs. Traction must've been different back then[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by donh54 View Post
    Beats me how people like Len Beadell survived opening up the country they did, with nowt but a Series 1 or 2 Landy, with no CDL, and open diffs. Traction must've been different back then
    Quote Originally Posted by harro View Post
    And probably a very well used shovel
    Well used shovels never lasted as long as my grandfather's axe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donh54 View Post
    Beats me how people like Len Beadell survived opening up the country they did, with nowt but a Series 1 or 2 Landy, with no CDL, and open diffs. Traction must've been different back then
    If you have listened to Len's wonderful and often hilarious speech, you'd know that he spent a lot of his time bogged, and that most of the time he had over half a dozen Series vehicles at his disposal. Imagine what he could have achieved with a CDL equipped D2.

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    Didn't he also have a dozer to drag him out of bogs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by johntins View Post
    If you have listened to Len's wonderful and often hilarious speech.....
    Never heard the speech, but read the 'Bush' book collection.
    My lasting impression of those tales was relentless 'repairing of tyres every day and night', and 'eating tinned beef and dry biscuits'
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    CDL

    I will start by saying that everyone can drive their Land Rover the way they wish, But why you would think that driving down a grave/ sand road at 80 to 100 Kmh in a straight line that all of the wheels are not turning at the same speed is beyond me. Yes, every time we turn there is a slight difference between left and right / back and front but thatís what the Diffs (all 3) are there for.
    As for drive feel / control I would much prefer the feel of the CDL working the way it was meant for rather than locked up. As I stated in my first post never over 40Km/h and only when wheel spin is likely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AK83 View Post
    Never heard the speech, but read the 'Bush' book collection.
    My lasting impression of those tales was relentless 'repairing of tyres every day and night', and 'eating tinned beef and dry biscuits'
    It is worth the effort. His family have put it up as a pay to own thing. I heard it first on a trip, from a cassette tape. I could never get the bloke who had the tape to make me a copy. Len is brilliant, and funny. I will try to find the link. You will need to pay, but so what.

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    Here

    I think you will find links to Len's speech here. Give the blokes family a $ or two, and laugh: His stories are worth the price of admission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johntins View Post
    I think you will find links to Len's speech here. Give the blokes family a $ or two, and laugh: His stories are worth the price of admission.

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    I've read his books and heard parts of his speech. I'll gladly pay for the full speech. Thanks for the link!
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    Locking CDL and keeping roof loads down

    If anyone is still in doubt about locking the CDL as often as possible (ie whenever off tarmac), watch this video. Land Rover Defender Talk. Andrew St Pierre and John RIch - YouTube

    Also, IMO, it might help to think about the Defender 4x4 system a little differently. Instead of seeing it as an on-road system that can be occasionally locked up for off-road Think about it the other way round. ...Defenders are primarily off road vehicles. As such, the CDL is designed to be locked all the time. Unlocking it simply enables you to drive on bitumen without causing transmission wind up. So leave the CDL locked, unless you need to drive on the tarmac/bitumen. Simple.

    Roof loads? Itís an absolute no brainer to keep weight low. A roof rack is for a wet swag, perhaps a second spare tyre if on an extended overland trip and collecting firewood close to camp. Keep all other heavy objects such as tools, fuel, gas bottles, water, etc off the roof. Pack lighter. Itís too dangerous to be top heavy.

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