Cliff’s Unofficial L322 ‘Full Fat’ Range Rover Buyers Guide Releases Tomorrow! Thanks everyone who has pre-ordered the book. Just a quick heads up though, Amazon told me I had until the 26th to make changes, but locked me out on the 26th. SO I cannot update the book until it goes live, but we have an update in the pipeline. Therefore there will be a quickly released update within the next few days and I hope everyone downloads that version because it is more finished.
Here is a quick reference to the book:
The first ebook from OffRoadRover.com: Cliff’s Unofficial L322 ‘Full Fat’ Range Rover Buyers Guide is now available on Amazon.
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We took a Range Rover from Denver to LA to Denver to Washington DC, to Rehobeth Beach, DE, to Greenwich, CT and back to Rehobeth Beach then all the way back to Denver. This was a massive trip going from the West Coast, Disney Land, Las Vegas, all the way to Rehobeth Beach, DE which is a beautiful small beach town without sales taxes and with great shopping.
This trip was massive, going through death valley in 129 degree start and stop traffic the Range Rover didn’t give up. Thank God!
In the middle of nowhere, no cell phone service, the desert the Range Rover drove as she should. The only casualty another dash light in addition to the common RR CEL. The red battery signal which forebodes the ides of march for your alternator. She is still running.
We have done this trip in pieces but never within a week of each leg. This trip was huge. In fact this trip made me realize it is time to write an Range Rover Off Road ebook. Look for
it soonit on Amazon now!
The Range Rover has always featured innovated 4 wheel drive systems but there are many versions of these drive systems, in addition to the host of other Land Rover off road technology.
The first thing to note is that 2wd needs 1 open differential to ensure power is delivered smoothly around corners. This also means that if one of those wheels has no traction the open differential sends all of the power to the wheel with the most slip!
An all wheel drive system adds two more open differentials, one in the center between the fore and aft and two open differentials on each axel. In this system again the power will go to the wheel with the most slip. So basically if one wheel has no traction you still aren’t moving by positive power train action.
A permanent 4wd system like those employed on range rovers provide a viscous coupling in the p38a, a torsen in the 2003-2005 Range Rover, and electronic locking in the 2006-on. The point of the (partially) locked center differential is that some power will be sent to the opposing axel so if one wheel has no traction you will still be able to move. Or if both front or both rear wheels have no or limited traction you will be able to move forward, unless truly no traction is provided and then you would need a locker, or an electronic locker.
A main difference between the h1 and the hmmvee is the differentials in the H1 are torsens and the hmmvee had lockers. The G500 also has 3 lockers.
A 4wd system implies a true center locking center differential and a low range, although new gearing and gearboxes have made some off-roading available without low range.
One thing many don’t consider, is you can actually add OEM Land Rover Paddle Shifters to 2010-2012 Range Rover L322. I was first made aware of this via an ill titled thread on rangerovers.net.
The only issue with the install is that the L connector from the paddle shifters is the wrong sex to connect to the the wheel connector. There are a few work arounds. The one I would reccomend is using Powerful UK LTD who provides a sex adapter for the Range Rover “Flappy Paddles”. The harder way which is of course the way I choose is to mock up a connector using a small 4 pin computer 3.5″ disk drive power cord shaved down and pressed in very tight. It took a few hours to get the connector just right and I still worry that the connector may loose itself. The best advice I read is to ensure the flappy paddle plus and minus symbols light up with the lights on which will ensure they are wired properly.
While this isn’t the most important Range Rover issue I’ve ever blogged about, I picked up a “Reduce” brand two pack of stainless steel vacuum insulated tumblers. These two cups fit the Range Rover center console perfectly and look good in the car. As in you can use the both cups in the cup holder in the same time.
They have a unique lid with a straw, sip, or gulp option on the same lid, a straw lid is about $10 extra from Yeti. So it may not be Yeti quality but this Costco cup addition comes in at $20 which is very reasonable and a great accessory for every Range Rover 2007-2012 owner.
These cups are great for iced coffee and drinks, Reduce claims a 24 hour cool performance from their stainless steel vacuum double wall construction. In practice you can leave an iced drink in the sun light in your Range Rover, come back after running some errands and come back to a nice cool drink.