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TeriAnn
04-22-2007, 11:11 AM
Does anyone else feel that they just don't fit into Land Rover convoys because of engine and gear ratio changes?

I'm running a T-18 with granny first, Ashcroft high ratio kit, 4.7 R&P and 33.3" dia tyres. My engine gets best fuel economy in the low & mid 2000 RPM range.

On the tarmac this means best highway fuel economy around 60 MPH. Coilers with the fifth gear & 3.54 R&P like to convoy around 70-75 MPH, which I can do (Around 3000-3300 RPM) but prefer not to because fuel mileage goes down.

Stock engine Series rigs like to convoy around 55 MPH, which is fine by me, except that if the vehicles see a mountain on the horizon they start to slow down. Same with a head wind. I just have a difficult time doing 45 on the freeway when my rig isn't bothered by the mountain or the headwind.

It seems like one group is just a tad too fast and the other slows down too much for headwinds or hills. Convoying is just not as fun as it used to be.

On the trail, except for one gear, it seems like everyone is just a little too fast or a little too slow for my engine's sweet spot and my gearing. The exception is my high range first gear is very close to stock Series low range second gear. On trails that stock Series rigs take in low range Second I can happily convoy. I haven't trailed with coilers enough to know their natural off road speeds. I know they tend to take trails a little faster than I tend to.

Does anyone else feel that their gearing is taking some of the fun out of convoying with other Land Rovers?:(

Am I just being too picky?

junkyddog11
05-09-2007, 06:47 AM
It's all about the drafting :D

Mercedesrover
05-09-2007, 09:33 AM
It's all about the drafting :D

Ain't that the truth. Here's a picture of me doing about 75mph tucked behind a Disco I on the 2000 B2B trip. We spent lots of time on the highway on that year. Not much of an off-road trip. More like an on-road trip.

http://seriestrek.com/miscimages/53and56draft.jpg

Convoys are fun but can get tiring. Everyone's truck runs differently and is happy at different speeds. May Rangie loved to run at 75 all day long. But the Series? Not so much. It loves 60mph.

Good communication is key and I now run a 60-watt 2-meter ham radio and a 40-watt mobile programmed to the FRS frequecies, (don't tell anyone) as well as a CB. CB radios suck.

jim