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    BFG KM MUD Tyres

    Many I ask if any one is using BFG MFG MUD tyres on an 80 as a daily driver, I ask as I am on the cusp of replacing my all terrains ,( the old version) not worn out but scruffy they’ve done about 40k miles and still quite good, I fancy the new Mud versions, but, are they as good as theA/Ts...
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    Heartache

    Up to now in this CV19 crisis our firm has carried on working as we are in the “ food chain” and believe me we are working the hardest we have ever, of course we are short handed over burdened with stuff we have never had to cope with before, but, I really appreciate as I’m sure all of us do...
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    Apologies if this is old hat, but I have been watching a lot of you tube videos with Ronnie Dahl, Andrew PW and Paul Marsh, by and large I agree all the time with their comments. They talk sense, but, and it’s a big but, they all favour the 70 series Landcruiser. You see I’m an 80 owner...
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    Hearsay and rumour

    I was told from an unsubstantiated source that a company/ garage in west London is buying the electric drivetrains from accident damaged cars and fitting them into classic cars to enable the owners to drive into central London after the new emission Laws take effect later this year. Now I don’t...
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    80 series front disc rotors

    just watched a y tube video from 4wd action on upgrading the brakes on a double cab something and I was interested in the brake parts he uses to increase the braking efficiency. At the moment I’m on the cusp of a little upgrade myself, when I apply my brakes there is a gentle “pulsing” which...
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    The price of insurance

    im sure this has been posted lots of times, but I feel I’ve been enlightened, about last Ocober ‘19 we had a “ quote” unsolicited from SAGA for house insurance, I’ve been with the NFU for years and happily so. However SAGA offered the same insurance in some areas more, but it meant I saved about...
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    Short excursion to the Alps

    Spent a week going to the Alps for my wife to ski, mid Jan 2020, many years ago I loved to take part in the Croisiere Blanche, it was a 4x4 event held at a ski resort in the Haut Alps at a small town called Orcieres Merlet. While my pal and I drove the course ( over 3 days) our wives would ski...
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    Beware of dirty Diesel

    my story starts a week ago when I arranged for my sons Toyota Avensis ( great car) to have a service, we use and have used the same guy for years, and we have the greatest regard and respect for him ( his nickname “ Dave the diesel), he reported that the fuel filter was ok but to pay attention...
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    80/105 question

    hello, I am an fan of the 4xOverland videos on the ‘tube, I notice that on more than one occasion the 105 Bruiser is referred to as an 80 series chassis / running gear with a100 series body. Well, the first thing I notice is that the 105 has 5 stud wheels, ( not thee 80 six std) is this the only...
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    Carrying spares on a long trip

    For a few years I have included in my spares kit Electrical repair spares.( especially as my bruiser being an automatic, no tow start) I believed that if my starter motor gave up on a trip I would be able to effect a repair because I had the offending replacement parts with me. Well, to be...
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    Fired up for an adventure

    I’ve been on the u tube and I’ve watched a few episodes of the “ Bush Tucker Man” and the man is Les Hiddins. What an absolute treat, I tried to watch all of them back in the day when they were broadcast on the TV, now I can catch up, and to be honest I can’t tell if I’ve seen the episode or...
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    Errr, maybe I should’ve taken notice...

    Going through some photos and came across this, it was when I was with my old Duchess on a little excursion put on by the GRM ( Grand Randonuers Motorises) in the French Alps last May 2018, took the Yellow peril ( jeep/ Landy hybrid) as I don’t like to get the Bruiser too scratched ( if it ain’t...
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    Window lift door switch

    help please , my 80 series door switch got wet with a gob of snow falling on it, the result was ( even after drying it quickly) , was all switches worked but the drivers window switch worked for down but not for up, this happened whilst in the French alps a week ago, took the door card off and...
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    Make your mind up, which build

    I’ve been watching a lot of videos the last couple of years and have enjoyed most, I like Ronnie Dahl, 4x4 action, Andrew P. W. ( 4xOverland) etc. I completely “ get” it’s overlanding ( touring?) or off-roading and most of the time they can cross each other’s borders, no problem there, and here...
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    Sardinia 4x4

    hello, I’ve been looking at you tube vids of Sardinia because I and the crew want to tour there in September. We have our eyes on a road book advertised in the French magazines. I’ve been there on a “holiday factory” holiday last year, so it’s not like I don’t know the place, but that’s just...
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    Trying to save space

    IAs ever in the 80 Bruiser, although these trucks appear cavernous, I’m trying to save a bit space where I can. One of the items I like to keep in the truck is an emergency coat, warm waterproof and handy. The coat I use is a hi-viz bomber style jacket. The only thing is, it’s puffy and takes a...
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    Roughtrax

    I want to report that I’ve had a really good experience with roughtrax, I’ve not received the goods yet ( only ordered today) but in establishing what I needed their response was 1st class, I emailed with an enquiry and the very next day ( morning ) I had a reply, polite and helpful, I felt like...
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    Can anyone explain?

    hello, as an 80 series fan and owner, my pipe dream would be to have a "proper" conversion to make it a sleep inside camper, that's my mindset. Well, you may ask, as I have done, is why not have a 70 series trooper? Well, I don't doubt the off road agility and capabilities of the 70, what I...
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    Commendation

    Hello to all, I've been lurking around this forum for a while now, posted a few items etc and admit to not being a " star" poster, but I feel commendation is due to a great forum! To all of you, the posters, the readers, the supporters. Warm, friendly, helpful and a ton of other appreciative...
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    Envious......yes, a tad

    travelling north to the Dartford crossing on the M25 this morning, there, travelling in the opposite side ( north to south) was a gaggle of Land Rovers, all kitted up heading toward to what I assumed was the Channel crossings. Where were they going? Who can tell?, but they looked quite tidy...
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    Fernreisemobiltreffen or Willy's Treffen. heard of it?

    Hello everybody, i found this event held in the Moselle area of Germany whilst trying to wrangle a little adventure for a few days with the duchess, looks similar to the Allrad Arbentaur but it seems it's not a "commercial" event. All about meeting up with likeminded adventurers for what it...
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    Request from a Technophobe

    hello, since I first bought a Garmin Pilot in 1999 I've loved GPS, finally got my head round putting in the long/ Lat waypoints, then upgraded to the " Streetpilot" and enjoyed it for years, it did everything I needed, good in towns and still with the option of putting in waypoints, loved it...
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    I really, really, want a truck like this......

    just watched a y.. Tu.. Video of a TLC4x4 FJ80, wow, first I'd like the money to afford the truck, then the pleasure of buying one like it. These people are amazing, what a fantastic restoration. I don't know how to post the reference contact, try and have a look, it's great. They take a great...
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    Fridge slide sorted

    I've had a fridge slide for a few years now but never been totally happy with how it fitted in the back of the 'bruiser. Finally, I've had time to sort it how I think it was meant to be. It's an Engel 40 ltr, sitting on a sprung base, in a Waeco slide. Well, the mounting of the slide is now...
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    Pipe dream

    I'm sure that most of us love our vehicles andwould love to buy a brand new vehicle of the same model, ( cash permitting) obviously not available, so the option is a rebuild, my pipe dream would be to have my engine 80 HDT totally remanufactured. Has anyone on this forum ever rebuilt an engine...
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    Russian outing

    Hi, here are a couple of pics that my pal Jacques sent me of his trip in Nov/ Dec 2016, he was away for 8 weeks or so, Driving from Marseilles in France the the Murmansk Peninsular in Russia and back. Sounds like fun eh? He had to be self sufficient for 1k kilometres and for at least 4/ 5 days...
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    My excursion to watch some ice racing

    Just returned from Italy in the Bruiser. Two reasons, one my first solo ( me and the Bruiser) road trip, and two, to watch some ice racing, cars and bikes. Long way to go, used loadsadieselcash, but I had great fun. It started when a chum of mine was telling me about his son building a flat-...
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    I met Mr Rude today

    I went to a classic car show today at Canvey Island in Essex, the display was at the Bus and coach museum and the grounds of the school next door. Really great display from fire trucks, American cars through to minis. The standard was exceptional, a trip down memory lane is always a delight...
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    Corsica 4x4 Sept 2016x Bruiser

    My wife and I have returned from a very enjoyable trip to Corsica, the truck ( 4.2 diesel 80) performed magnificently , now home done and dusted. We went with two other vehicles with 4 people in our vehicle and 2 each in the others. We had a road book bought on the net, and we prepared by...
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    Air con compressor question

    Hello, I need a new air-con compressor for the 80 series Bruiser. I see on flea bay pumps advertised that are Ford Transit units compatable to use with the 80. The issue is they are £100 cheaper than the Toyo units advertised, yep big saving, trouble is I am a sceptic, are they really the proper...
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    Ifor Williams trailer for sale

    It's a 2700 kg ,GD85G model, twin axel, ideal for landscapers / garden maintenance, takes a big mower, has ramp, ( will not take a car) the high heavy duty mesh sides are removable, in very good condition all round, the galvanising is in very good condition, spare wheel, and locks all work...
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    Mounting an Engel/Waeco Fridge

    ive had Engels for best part of 16 years now, ( on the second one now) the original I bought was second hand, it came mounted on a 6 Spring suspension board, ( marine ply I think) so it has its own mini suspension, it has only an inch or two movement and looks a bit wobbly , it makes the unit...
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    IT mechanics

    congratulations on the "new" site, it always amazes me the skills that all you IT chaps have, I can barely do a post with a picture, yet to accomplish this, to me, it's incredible. Well done and thanks, Best regards, Bill Westley
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    What's the advantage?

    Hello, fishing for opinions on the advantages of either an 80 that I have and is " sorted" , or a 70 series troopy ( besides the obvious space) is the transmission better/ stronger, ( obviously no turbo, no problem for me) how are the brakes? 4wd system, diff Locks etc etc, are they the same...
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    Excursion down memory lane

    Recently, my wife got an offer on the tinternet for a reduced price to stay at the Brooklands Hotel at Weybridge, very handy for a visit to the Brooklands Museum and Mercedes World. As a surprise for me she booked it for a Sunday night, the upshot of it being I spent the whole of Sunday in the...
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    Tray backs

    Been housebound with man flu and I've been watching a few Ozzie you tube videos, now while I give a lot cred to the Ozzies, I don't " get" the tray back bit. As far I can see unless you are schlepping something big and dirty about ( GS maybe) you lose an enormous amount of dry useable storage...
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    Replacement Cummins Engine

    Found a Y... Tube video by a company called Jonesies, and this Amercan company fits a Cummins engine into a j80, they do a very smart, professional job, I really enjoyed the vid. The engine they use aparantly is very common in USA, it's the same engine as used in the old series DAF 7.5 ton...
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    Robbed by bandits!! so best regards to all,

    At the beginning of September my wife and I were on our way to the French Alps for a little 4x4 excursion, we stayed overnight at Valence. We had a few spare days before we rendezvoued with the other over landers. Only stayed at an Ibis, it was all we needed. The next day we wanted some shopping...
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    Front seat change

    My original front seats are past their best, I've had posh canvass seat covers, very expensive but they ain't really cut the mustard although they looked very nice when new. A good pal of mine was scrapping his Volvo V70 and asked if I needed anything from it. So I inherited the fron leather...
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    What's your opinion?

    I have a 12 valve 80, it has a big inter cooler, I've butchered the front grill to let air through but I don't like the look, I'm gonna fit a grill from the 24 valve model as it looks as if it would let more air through and easier, and tidy it up, can't help feeling it don't "" look right" am...
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    My new inter cooler 80 series

    I thought you might like my inter cooler, hope the pics show it well, I've had it about a year now, I'm very pleased with it, good pick up and it feels very nice towing, the "Turbo" bridge is a strengthening brace, looks good eh? No, I didn't fabricate it, a very good friend did all the work...
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    Italian Alps 2014

    Hi, back now from a few days froading in the Italian Alps, well, so close to France they could have been the French Alps. The place? Bardoneccio near the Frejus tunnel very west Italy, just 10 mins in from Briancon, France. 200 miles in 3 days of superb scenery, diff locks not required but very...
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    Electric disaster on the autoroute

    After a week in the Italian Alps laning etc, we were off to the sunny Costa Brava, gets as far as Nimes, and the temperature climbing nicely( not the truck) switches the air con from "low" to "2" game over , no ignition circuit, no warning lights, nix.... Wipers radio horn lights, all ok, just...
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    The power of Media

    Recently watched on you tube a Top Gear program from 1991 where Mr Clarkson pits a G Wagon, Landcruiser 80 and a Range Rover Vogue against each other, I found it interesting to note some of the remarks, he thought the diesel G Wagon to be sluggish, the cruiser far too many switches and a "...
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    Allrad und Arbentuer at Bad Kissengen

    Returned Saturday from the show in Germany, this was the first time I've visited the show. Wow, an amazing experience. I don't know how many attend, but it must be thousands, and that's just at the camping place. Anyone who has seen the video on you tube of last years event probably wouldn't...
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    What's your 80 worth?

    My friend named Jacques, is French, lives in the " Lozere" region, has bought himself a 1994 cruiser 80 HDT for touring, comes with almost everything including a roof tent. BFG s , you know, all the right kit, about 200k on the clock, how much? For me, a staggering €24,000, and his remark was...
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    I don't speak French but.....

    I don't speak or read French but I've been buying this magazine for a couple of years now, "Universe TOY" sounds as if it could be rude but it's not, it's just about Toyotas, mainly 'froaders, mods, expeditions, all the stuff we like about Toyos, BUT, it's in French. There have been articles on...
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    15" aftermarket steel wheels FREE!!!

    Hi, I have 5 steel wheels 15" for anyone who wants them, I live in South Essex pm me if you want them, I will keep them for another 7 days then if not required the collectors will have the. Best regards, Bill Westley
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    Exploring North Portugal in June

    I'm planning a last minute trip to the above leaving early June, two trucks, two couples ( old but not quite decrepit) nothing in stone yet but plan to ferry to Bilbao turn west and generally follow coast around to North Portugal. We plan to camp/ auberge, relaxing touring with some exploring...
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    80 series 12 valve injectors wanted

    I need a set of injectors for my Bruiser, obviously the newer the better, but I plan to totally refurbish before fitting, or not as the case may be, what have you and how much please?
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