LANDROVING IN KZN

October 2006

ESTON GATES   September 2006

40 Land Rovers in total and 23 Land Rovers of all types in the LROC KZN 3rd Gates Challenge of 2006. The Gates events are scored and the points carried over to the AGM where a few Floating trophies and certificates will be awarded for the Gates Challenge. You do not need to come 1st or compete in all the Gates Challenges to be awarded a floating trophy or a certificate. 

The Gates events are a challenge but a fun challenge. It’s an easy way to get to know your vehicle under a controlled environment. Thanks to Henry and Ryan for helping me set up the Gates on the Saturday and for Dave for the scoring on the day. The last Gates Event for 2006 is on the 5 November at Eston Quarry. If you have not done a Gates Event come along and see what it’s all about. 

Some do it for fun, others are serious and a few attempt it for the 1st time. But at the end of the day it not who has the least penalty points or who battled on each obstacle, its all about getting to know your Landy and having fun. 

The 1st obstacle had a few attempt it with a rush with out success. Taking it slow and letting the tyres and the low gear find the grip and pull the vehicle through was the way to go. The 2nd gate was a climb with the start 1m up the slope. This sorted out the bunch, as a few were unable to get much more than half way up. Here gear selection was important. 1st gear on most vehicles was not the correct gear. I used 2nd gear and let the tyres find the grip. Once the tyres start to spin, most back off and never get to the top. Once the tyres start to spin there are two things one can do. 1. Turn the steering from left to right to try and find some grip with the front wheels. 2. Tap the foot brake while keeping the rev’s up. This will slow down the spinning wheel and hopefully apply the torque to the other wheel. A simple limited slip diff action. 

That’s what it is all about. Trying different approaches on each obstacle and see what works for you. The Landy is capable of doing it, you need to tell it what you want to do.


WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS

 Remember it’s your club and you will get out of it what you want to. You have purchased THE BEST 4 x 4 x FAR and now its time to use it. See you at the next club event.

Johann Maree                              Ladysmith                                 Defender 110 TD5
Robert Fraser                               Mooi River                                Defender 110 Tdi
                                                                                                          Freelander
Bruce Fraser                                Mooi River                                 Defender 110 TD5
                                                                                                          Freelander

Current LROC KZN membership stands at 147 members.

Future Events

When

What, where

More Info.

Grade

21 – 22 October

The Broadleaze Adventure

It’s a fun event for the whole family. Be prepared for a trail with a difference. More info below and please take note of the cut off date for the Sunday Spit Braai.  Give George a call for more info.

1 - 3

Sunday

5 Nov

4th and last Gates Event for 2006.

 Eston is the venue again. Meet at the quarry at 08h30 to start the gates event at 09h00. Give George a call if more info is required.

3 - 5

Mid November

Land Rover vs Toyota

High Stakes, Cato Ridge is the venue for the Annual Land Rover vs Toyota Challenge.   WANTED  Land Rovers to take part in the challenge. Both standard and modified required.  Give George a call for more info.

3 - 5

November

Hidden Valley, Mooi River

Camp over. More info to follow

1 - 3

Dec 27-31

Lesotho

More info to follow

1 - 3

Dec / Jan

Transkei

A trip down the Transkei Coast. Read below

1 - 3

 18 – 20 Jan 2007

Duzi Canoe

Looking for a break from the office, then give Henry a call and be part of the Duzi. The LROC provides marshalling on the Duzi. Call Henry for more info.

1 - 3

Mid Feb 2007

LROC KZN 18th AGM

Its almost AGM time again. If you are interested in getting involved in the running of the LROC, please give George a call. New blood on the committee is always good for club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAIL GRADING All our events from now on will have a Trail Grading according to the 5 grades below. 

1.       Complete novice soft dirt road trail, no low range required. Suitable for all Land Rovers including the Freelander.

2.       Limited low range required but suitable for the novice driver. Suitable for all Land Rovers with certain trails not suitable for the Freelander.3.       Low range and limited off road knowledge required. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

4.       A low range technical trail suitable for the experienced. The inexperienced will be able to do the trail, as assistance will be available from the more experienced members. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

5.       Extremely technical, suitable for the experienced only with the possibility of vehicle damage. Only suitable for "Series" Land Rovers.  Ha Ha 


THE BROADLEAZE ADVENTURE involves all in the vehicle. It’s not a vehicle breaking trail, but one suitable for all Land Rovers. A short trail with hidden clue’s and riddles, along with a few special tasks.  Camp over on Saturday or just come for the main trail on Sunday.

EVENTS SCHEDULE.    

DIRECTIONS TO BROADLEAZE.  From Durban take the N3 to PMB. Turn off the N3 at the Market Street off ramp. Go past the Market entrance and turn left into CB Downs’s road. At the next robot turn left into Murray Road. Continue up Murray Road to the top of the hill. The entrance to BROADLEAZE is at 200 Murray road on the right after the Water Reservoir. Follow the LROC signs to the Camp area.

TIME RUNNING OUT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BOOKED FOR THE BROADLEAZE SUNDAY SPIT BRAAI.

13 October 2006 is the deadline to book for the spit braai.

TRANSKEI TRIP 27TH DECEMBER 2006 – 6TH JANUARY 2007.

We are planning a trip up the Transkei Coast, keeping as close to the coast as possible.  There are a lot of tracks, shipwrecks, good fishing spots etc on “tracks 4 Africa” and we will be using a GPS to navigate all the way to the great Kei River which we will cross the Ferry. We will be travelling for approximately 3 hours per day between campsites.  The balance of the day will be spent exploring, fishing, swimming etc.  Camping will be very rustic so bring all.  For more information contact Gary on 031-2666503 or cell 0721186599.

Please Note : A meeting for all interested will be held early November to discuss the route and the trip. It will held on a Saturday afternoon at Henry’s place and will consist of a BYO braai. Please keep in contact with Gary for more info as only those who have shown interest in the trip will be contacted.


TECHNICAL SATURDAYS. Comment required if you think that it’s a good idea .

Are you building up an old Series Land Rover, or fitting a diesel engine, removing the gearbox, replacing a broken diff, fitting power steering , fitting a new head , what ever etc etc. Do you need help, either moral or physical ?? Many of us have worked on our Land Rovers and wished that another set of hands was available.

 

The proposal is to invite interested members along to your garage to offer assistance. You have a job to be done on a Saturday and we come along and offer assistance. In fact other members can learn from the experience as well.

Give George a call if you think that it will work.


 

Ron Scafturis  “Series 111S ADE”  and  Richard Cullen “Series 111” on the right


You know you’re a Landy nut when...

Your constantly asking your significantly other is there's anything lying around the house that can be sold to buy the next item on your "Wish List".

Your lawn mower has a grill guard, tow hooks, fog lights, and can ramp 800.

You skimp on groceries to save up for that lift, new tires, lockers, etc.

You buy real cheap tires for your car, so you can save $$$ for the BFG's.

Your Christmas list begins with  ARB... (and your significant other knows what these are).

More than one Landy Spares supply house recognizes your voice and greets you by name when you call.

You get upset when people don't return the Land Rover headlamp flash.

Your friends don't recognize you without muddy clothes and a tow strap in your hand.

You get offended when people call a Landy a Jeep.

You get offended when people call your Landy “cute".

Crawling around in the muck under your Landy is much more appealing than reclining on the sofa, watching women's volleyball on TV with a beer in your hand.

People know you by your "brokes"----"Oh, you're the one who broke a drive shaft last weekend!"

You've ever tried to convince your significant other you needed that winch to do work around the house.

You have enough spare parts to build another Landy.

When you see a Landy that's never been off-road you are reminded of animals at the zoo.

Your reading material in your bathroom consists of Landy catalogs, topographical maps, and  4X4 magazines, none of which have centerfolds.

You know that getting from point A to point B involves being winched at least once.

You save broken Landy parts as
" memento’s".

You drive over curbs instead of backing up.

Your idea of a car wash is driving through a mud puddle.
                                                                                               


Land Rover Owners Club KZN   Gates Sep 2006         (Total 11 Gates)
 

Driver

Vehicle

Class

Score

Comment

Gates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig de Winnar

D Range Rover

Lwb + Lockers

590

 

11

Jan Viljoen

Series 111S

Lwb + lockers

460

 

9

Paul Chantler

Series 111

Lwb + Lockers

430

 

11

Alan Swatton

D Range Rover

Lwb + Lockers

410

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Goswell

Series 111S

Lwb

460

 

11

Kingsley Kemp

D Range Rover

Lwb

430

 

11

Robert Fraser

Defender 110 Tdi

Lwb

400

 

10

Alfie Shilton

Range Rover

Lwb

400

 

11

Ryan van Wijngaard

Series 11

Lwb

350

 

11

Ron Scafturis

Series 111S

Lwb

360

 

11

Ryan Goswell

Range Rover

Lwb

320

 

11

Terry Goswell

Range Rover

Lwb

280

 

11

Bob Lemon

Range Rover

Lwb

280

 

11

Don Erwin

Range Rover

Lwb

180

 

11

Graeme Poulson

Series 111 V8

Lwb

20

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Evangelista

Defender 90 V8

Swb

560

 

11

Brian

Series 1

Swb

470

 

11

Mike Cullen

Defender 90 V8

Swb

420

 

11

Gary Clinton

Defender 90 Td5

Swb

420

 

11

Wesley Goldstone

Series 111

Swb

370

 

11

Zane van Rensburg

Series 11

Swb

310

 

11

Richard Cullen

Series 111

Swb

130

 

6

Les Williams

Series 11

Swb

70

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graeme Poulsom  “Series 111 V8” and Allan Swatton “ D Range Rover V8 “ on the right


This is a gear driven limited slip differential. TruTrac limited slip differentials work by being able to sense differences in wheel spin and are able to compensate for this by biasing more torque to the wheel that has the most traction. They operate very smoothly, are completely automatic, have no adverse effect on handling and are very durable because they have no clutch hes or cones to wear out unlike traditional limited slip diffs. They are also very reliable and cost effective because they have no actuating mechanisms such as cables, air lines, compressors and electrical connections to malfunction. They can be installed in either the front or rear diffs, although we consider them ideal for the front diff for one huge reason - you can steer with them fully operating! They allow one wheel to rotate slightly faster than the other, allowing this diff to totally compensate for the different distances traveled by your tires even in a sharp turn. One major disadvantage of a fully locked front diff, whether fully selectable or automatic, is the inability to steer or the effort required to steer. Consider this - you are negotiating a very difficult and highly technical section of trail with a sharp turn somewhere in it. Your options are 1) try to remember to unlock your front diff at just the right time hoping that there isn't too much preload on your axle components and that your diff actually unlocks because if it doesn’t it may require you to stop to do so. 2) The other option is to try to muscle your steering around as required. The problem with this option is that if you are not successful you need to stop, unlock your diff, backup slightly, steer, relock diff and proceed. Oftentimes, if the turn is not too sharp, you can successfully negotiate the turn but you will put a tremendous amount of stress on your front end components, particularly if you have power steering, hence risking the possibility of a catastrophic failure of these components. Personally when I'm negotiating a very difficult and highly technical section of trail, I like to concentrate on picking and maintaining my line and using just the right amount of momentum to successfully negotiate the trail. A Trutrac allows you to concentrate on your driving!

The only minor disadvantage of a Trutrac is that when you are stopped with no forward momentum and the unit is not engaged, it can function as a conventional diff. This situation is easily rectified by briefly, lightly applying the brakes to "fool" the unit into thinking you are moving and it will engage. This situation is very uncommon, particularly when you have a fully locked rear diff and occurs only when you are fully stopped. Another thing you will notice with this unit is that your steering will feel slightly "heavier", although only slightly. If you weren’t used to the vehicle you probably wouldn't notice it. Note: This only app lies to vehicles without power steering! These minor disadvantages are more than offset by the many advantages of this unit and as a result this isn’t diff of choice. This diff also makes a great rear diff if your four wheeling doesn't run to the extreme. If you prefer off roading that stops short of the extreme but would like the benefits of a traction diff, TruTracs make a great rear diff also - effective, smooth operating, inexpensive and easy to install. TruTracs are a 4 pinion design and as a result have the benefit of being much more durable than a stock diff carrier.

 

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