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Steg's Supplies New Tuning Product For Land Rover 200 / 300 TDi 1

Steg’s Supplies New Tuning Product For Land Rover 200 / 300 TDi

Anyone with a Land Rover 200 or 300 TDi will be aware that the engines tend to lack power, however we have been secretly testing a product from Steg’s supplies that is set to be a real game changer for anyone with a sluggish agricultural engine!

The new tuning product takes less than two minutes to fit, even the least mechanically minded person could fit it. Whilst we have been sworn to secrecy about the latest innovation from Steg’s supplies, we can reveal that we gained a lot of power after fitting it.

Keep your eyes on Steg’s 4×4 because this is going to fly off the shelves and trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on this!

If you can’t wait to get more gains from your Land Rover, then you can always try a Chris Mason Boost Pin or a Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer from Nick Steggel. With both bits of kit fitted there has been a power increase of over 30bhp reported, this is backed up by a dyno test which a customer actually made a video of.

I wonder if they can hook me up with some wheelie bars!!

Jaguar Land Rover: All Routes Open by Spark44 2

Jaguar Land Rover: All Routes Open by Spark44

A Good Service Is Running On All Routes: Land Rover – Above & Beyond

Land Rover is running a tactical advertising campaign during the UK’s recent snow storm. The ad illustrates that winter is when their vehicles comes into their own. It is also having a cheeky dig at all the travel services and two wheel drive vehicles that were halted due to adverse weather conditions.

The advert shows a snowy scene with nothing but Land Rover tire tracks going down the middle of a snow covered road, in the distance there are snow covered mountains and dark looking storm clouds. It was shot in the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The ad was created by Nick Thompson and Joshua Haines at Spark44.

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It is based on the insight that some Land Rover owners actually enjoy driving in the snow, which certainly seems to be the case with hordes of 4×4 drivers turning out to assist emergency services, deliver aid and rescue equipment, check on the elderly and offer lifts to those in need during the recent ‘snowmageddon’.

Credits

Chief Creative Officer, Spark44

Brian Fraser

Creative Directors, Spark44

Matt Statham, Chris McDonald

Creative Team, Spark44

Nick Thompson, Joshua Haines

Account Team, Spark44

Sophie Ford-Masters, Richard Oakes, Holly Abbotson

 

4x4 Community Pull Together During Worst Weather In 50 years 4

4×4 Community Pull Together During Worst Weather In 50 years

Unsung hero’s from Devon and Cornwall have spent almost 48 hours straight driving NHS staff and patients all over Cornwall and Devon free of charge during the red weather warning.

Neil Bradford and Claire Bryant are well known for their charity work among the Land Rover community, they run Facebook groups ‘Charity Mania 4×4‘ and Land Rover Charity Events along with Polly Bryant using Land Rover based events to raise money for charity, so it was only natural that they would respond to the NHS appeal for 4×4 owners to help staff get to and from work.

As ever we are extremely grateful to all our staff for their ongoing incredible work during the severe weather and we sincerely thank anyone who is able to donate some extra time and skill to keep our patients safe and well this weekend.

Finally I’d like to add that we are hugely grateful to all those 4×4 drivers who have helped us so far. If any other 4×4 drivers can help this weekend please contact the Exeter Transport Hub on 01392 403913 as soon as possible.

Claire BryantGroupIf anyone is able to help please do. I know it’s started thawing but still need 4×4 to access most areas”

Thursday 1st March:

As soon as the bad weather started pushing in, the Land Rover Charity team got to work helping out where needed. Thursday as the snow began to settle Neil Bradford started helping those in need.

Using his Land Rover 110 to aid South West Water Workers in Kingsteignton, Neil collected their manager before going to the Totnes to collect safety equipment and supplies for workers who were stranded at work on Dartmoor nr Holne.
After dropping off safety equipment in Holne he then drove the manager back to Kingsteignton and workers home to Dawlish.

The day was by no means over, after leaving Dawlish Neil rescued two elderly women along who had become stranded whilst looking after their granddaughter. The elderly women had got stuck in a dangerous position, after the stranded vehicle was pushed to the side of road he then dropped the ladies home in Langston Cliff.

Not only was there chaos on the roads, but trains had also stopped running leaving people stranded and in need of a lift home in the snow. Some people had began to walk the 3.5 miles from Dawlish to Teignmouth in the treacherous conditions. Neil began ferrying stranded rail passengers up until 10.30pm.

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Friday 2nd March:

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Land Rover owner, Malcolm Pelmear was busy ferrying nurses during storm Emma and asked Neil to help out the next day. The pair were up at 6 am Friday morning and spent the day taking nurses to and from Newton Abbot hospital and picking up other walkers along the way.

One of the walkers that was picked up was a young dad who had to get essential food to his kids.

Saturday 3rd March:

Today the volunteers were up at 5.30 am to do it all again. The 4×4 community has really pulled together during some of the worst weather conditions in almost 50 years. Neil Bradford, Claire Bryant, Malcolm Pelmear, Ben Walker, Dave Horswell, Mathew Taylor, Rowan Lawson Sutton…. These are just a few of the local heroes that risked going out in the blizzards and treacherous driving conditions to help out others in need.

Blizzards driven by strong winds, causing drifting snow and bitter cold have caused death and disruption as the weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East” clashes with Storm Emma to create some of the worst weather in almost 50 years.

The Met Office issued a red warning on Thursday across Devon and Cornwall and declared a ‘Major Incident’ as temperatures plummeted and snow fell up to 50cm in some areas.

Schools closed, hospital appointments were cancelled people were left stranded. Drivers, that ignored warnings not to go out, or had no choice but to travel in the snow and ice, were left stranded on roads right across the UK in freezing temperatures.

Emergency services struggled to clear heavy snow and abandoned vehicles that had broken down or crashed. Many rail and air travelers also endured found themselves stranded.

There were 4×4’s out in force, not only in Devon and Cornwall, but all over the country helping people out, recovering vehicles, delivering supplies, offering lifts, helping the emergency services. It is fantastic to see how the 4×4 community pull together in a time of crisis and put themselves and their vehicles at risk for the good of others. Of course we would love to name you all, but obviously that’s impossible. Everyone that has helped has been truly amazing and need a huge thank you.

If you have a video or a story to share then please share it in the comments.

 

Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour 18th-27th August 2018 7

Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour 18th-27th August 2018

Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour hosted by Land Rover Charity events and charity Mania 4×4 will take place from the 18th to the 27th of August 2018.

Meet at 10am leave at 11am
Everyone will be given a clue sheet for the route you choose Routes are A all road and B all road and some green lanes C easy green lanes with some roads D medium green lanes with some roads E harder green lanes with some roads, you will need to follow the directions to get the clues; collect words, numbers, symbols; all the while you can enjoy the scenery and explore the local community.

Start Haytor Top Car Park TQ13 9XT. Meet from 10am leave 11am End The Royal carvery Hotel you can purchase food here.

£5 per truck to take part – any Land Rover or 4×4 vehicles can take part as long as road legal. Our charities this year are Children’s Hospice South West; LARF CORNWALL and CORNWALL SEARCH & RESCUE

Itinerary – Cornwall 2018
A route plan will be available on arrival – sites are ‘wild camping’ – toilets and water will be available. A utility tent where you can freshen up will be provided – bring your own travel shower if required.

All arranged outings and meals are optional

Day 1 Saturday 18th August Meet and greet
Arrive at The Countryman Inn, Launceston PL15 8NL (nr North Petherwin) from 10am.
Live Band Saturday Night.

Day 2 Sunday 19th August
Function Room booked for Sunday lunchtime from midday – 2pm if you wish to join in for Carvery or Special Board available – (charge applies)

One of the local landowners will lead us out for a leisurely drive around the area to include a few green lanes – setting off approximately 4pm.

Day 3 Monday 20th August
Depart The Countryman Inn by 11am

Travel to site 2 nr Penzance TR19 6EJ. We will take in some of the coast road to explore the North Cornwall coastline. Alternatively you can drive directly to the site.

Day 4 Tuesday 21st August &
Day 5 Wednesday 22nd August

Days free to explore the area. Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 6 Thursday 23rd August
Depart by 11 am. Travelling to site 3 Pendoggett PL30 3HQ.

Day 7 Friday 24th August
Day free to explore the area.
Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 8 Saturday 25th August
Depart by 11 am. Travel to Pentille Castle PL12 6QD via Bodmin Moor.

Day 9 Sunday 26th August.
Day free to explore the area
Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 10 Monday 27th August.
Time to say farewell to your new friends or spend some time exploring either as groups or individually before heading off.

Tickets are now on sale at £60 for one Land Rover for all the tour or £20 per a day not per person please don’t forget before you purchase your ticket this is for wild camping every Land Rover will receive a plaque

For booking tickets or questions about the event please contact Neil or Claire here.

How To Install A Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer For More Boost On 200 TDi / 300 TDi 8

How To Install A Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer For More Boost On 200 TDi / 300 TDi

I have just received my Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer which is designed to give any engine using a Bosch VE injector pump extra boost. I am fitting my spacer kit to a 200 TDi Land Rover engine and figured I would do a walk through guide.

I got the kit from Steg’s Supplies, it consists of the following:

x2 Genuine Bosch O rings
x1 Timing spacer
x1 pre-load washer
x2 longer bolts

I also got a Boost pin in the kit which is a fully hardened Boost pin and not a cheap imitation from fleabay!

How To Install A Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer For More Boost On Bosch Injector Pump

Bosch VE timing cover plate

Step 1: Remove the plate shown in the image above from the side of the Bosch injector pump by undoing the x2 torx bolts.
Step 2: Remove the spring
Step 3: Remove the old O ring
Step 4: Place a new O ring where the old one was.
Step 5: Place the other O ring into the spacer from the kit.
Step 6: Replace the spring
Step 7: Place the spacer with the o ring facing against the plate
Step 8: Insert shim washer into plate and bolt up with the new longer bolts.

Purchase Dynamic Timing Advance Spacer For More Boost

How to Install A Boost Pin:

Installing a boost pin is easier than a dynamic advance timing spacer, only because there is more space.

Step 1: Remove the four screws from the top of the diaphragm housing, leaving the boost pipe intact.
Step 2: Remove the diaphragm and pin
Step 3: Use x2 10mm spanners to undo the original pin from the diaphragm.
Step 4: Replace old pin with your new boost pin. Note the small dot on the diaphragm, the notched out part of the pin needs to line up with that dot.
Step 5: Remove the spring and take out the nylon washer
Step 6: Replace spring
Step 7: Grease the new pin in the notched out section
Step 8: Replace the pin with the small dot facing the front of the engine.
Step 9: replace housing top.
Step 9: Enjoy!

Purchase Boost PIN… NOT boost RING here

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review 9

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review, worth it or not?

We had a set of normal dislocation cones fitted to our Defender 90 with a 2″ lift kit and found that a lot of times the springs would not relocate properly whilst traversing the Cornish byways. We would have to jack the vehicle and physically knock the springs back into position again.
You could could get over the issue of the springs not relocating properly by reversing the relocation setup, by setting the cones on the axle instead, but we figured we would give Gwyn Lewis hooked challenge spring re-locators a try.

What Are Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators?

The rear spring re-locators were designed by Gwyn Lewis for a challenge truck setup with long travel shocks fitted. With that in mind, you can imagine they are heavy duty made from 6mm mild steel and are also galvanized for protection against the mud and water.

The spring re-locators have been designed to catch the last coil of the spring to stop it from coming past the re-locator, this obviously stops the issue of the spring popping out and not relocating properly. The design itself means that relocation is not only guaranteed but it is smooth and with virtually no noise, you do not get that awful banging noise that you get with conventional cones when the springs re-locate.

Another feature of the Gwyn Lewis hooked spring re-locators is that you can place a round bar or a wheel brace through the spring and re-locator to minimise axle movement when using a hi lift jack, this makes jacking up so much easier and safer when using a Hi-lift.

Installation Difficulty Rating:

Fitting the hooks is relatively straight forward and shouldn’t take much longer than an hour with the correct tools.

Here is a guide taken from the Gwyn Lewis website:

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review 10  A pair of rear spring re-locators, top plates, 4 M10X45 and 4 nylock nuts.

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review 11 Slide the re-locator top plate into place with the bolts facing down.

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review 12If fitting to a Discovery or a RRC place the retaining plate from underneath.

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review 13 Lift the re-locator into place with the hook of there-locator facing inwards.Tighten the bolts until the retaining plate is in contact with the re-locator and ensure that there-locator is square in the spring seat.

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review 14 When mounting the spring ensure that the re-locator hook catches the last full coil of the spring.

Verdict:

Since we have fitted the hooked re-locators to our Defender 90 we have not had any issues with the springs re-seating. The re-location is smooth and quiet, the flex isn’t restricted at all. We advise that you buy the bottom retainer plates to prevent the springs being pulled off the axle, these are also made and supplied by Gwyn Lewis.
In our opinion these are well worth investing in 100% better than conventional cones.

Manufacturer: Gwyn Lewis 4×4

Fits: Defender 90, Discovery 1, RRc (will not fit 110/130 models)

Weight:- 4KG

Website: https://gwynlewis4x4.co.uk

Purchase Hooked re-locators here.

New 2018 MOT Rules & How They Will Affect You 15

New 2018 MOT Rules & How They Will Affect You

*New 2018 MOT Rules & how they will affect you…

*New stricter assessment of diesels fitted with particulate filters from May

*If any visible smoke is emitted from the exhaust the car will fail the MOT 

*New defect categories also being introduced – ‘Minor’, ‘Major’ and ‘Dangerous’

*The latter two will result in an automatic test failure – Minor will still pass 

*New inspections of reverse lights and brake discs will also be introduced

New stricter MOT rules for particulate filters designed to reduce harmful exhaust-pipe pollutants are being rolled out by the Government in a bid to crackdown on diesel cars.

A new MOT Inspection Manual draft document states that any vehicles fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), should be checked so that ‘no visible smoke is emitted from the exhaust during the metered check’.

If smoke is detected, the car will automatically fail the examination which is bad news for those of us that roll coal!

MOT testing stations have been required to check for a DPF during the inspection of the exhaust system as part of the MOT test since February 2014.

The vehicle will ‘automatically fail the the roadworthiness check if the filter had been fitted as standard but is found to be no longer present’, the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency says.

The changes due in April will require an inspection to ensure these filters are functioning correctly, else the car will fail under a ‘Major’ defect – one of three new criteria that will also be added to the test in four months’ time.

HID’s installed into halogen headlight units will now get a major fail even if the aim is correct. It has always been an offence to fit HID bulbs to halogen headlamps so the MOT now falls in line with that.

Reverse lights are now part of the MOT for any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards). Daytime running lamps (DRL’s) & front fog lamps must work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards).

Engine Management Light is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started.

Brake pad warning lights are a major fail

Handbrake with excessive travel is now a major fail. Before it would only a fail if there was no reserve travel.

Contaminated (dirty) brake fluid is a major fail. Not sure how that will work as the MOT tester isn’t allowed to remove the fluid cap.

Oil leaks (engine, gearbox etc.) can be a major failure if they are deemed large enough.

It seems they have removed the failure for tyres not being fitted according to sidewall instructions. Inner/outer or rotation incorrect.

Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices, this includes DPF’S and EGR’s is now a major fail.

Where a DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded, it will now fail.

A vehicle fitted with a DPF that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail

Emissions limits for diesels registered on or after 1st of January 2014 have been reduced. All diesels will now need to pass the limit that was set by the manufacturer when the car was new. This can be found on the VIN plate. For example the current limit for your diesel car may be 1.50. That could change to as low as 0.30 with the new rules.

Let us know your thoughts on the new rules Landy owners!

Dynamic timing kit setup

What is a Boost Ring & do they work on Land Rovers?

‘What is a boost ring & do they work on Land Rover engines?
This is a frequently asked question, so lets look into ‘Boost Rings’, what they are, what they do and if they work!

A ‘boost ring’ is a spacer which is also known as a ‘Dynamic Timing Advance Spacer’ which fits to Bosch VE fuel injection pumps resulting in advanced timing and subsequently more power on engines with a Bosch VE injector pump such as Land Rover TDi.

How Does a Boost Ring / Dynamic Timing Advance Spacer work?

The fuel-injection system is responsible for supplying the diesel engine with fuel, the injection pump generates the pressure required for fuel injection.
The fuel under pressure is then forced through the high-pressure fuel-injection tubing to the injection nozzle which then injects it into the combustion chamber which gives us power….

The fuel-injection system includes the following components and assemblies:
Fuel tank
Fuel filter
Fuel supply pump
Injection nozzles
High-pressure injection tubing
Governor
Timing device (where required)

The combustion processes in the diesel engine depend to a largely on the quantity of fuel which is injected and the method of introducing this fuel
to the combustion chamber. This is where the fuel injection timing comes into play!
The fuel-injection timing and the duration of injection, the fuel’s distribution in the combustion chamber, the moment in time when combustion starts, the amount of fuel metered to the engine per degree crankshaft, and the total injected fuel quantity in accordance with the engine loading. The optimum interplay of all these parameters is decisive for the faultless functioning of the diesel engine and of the fuel-injection system.

We can manipulate the timing by installing a Dynamic Timing Advance Spacer which will advance the timing. When we advance the timing it results in reduced time to burn off the injected fuel, the injector pump will compensate this and injects the fuel earlier. If we now turn up the pump we increase the length of the injection event to increase the amount of fuel delivered. This longer injection event requires the timing to be advanced further to ensure the fuel burns completely without smoke and optimise the power output and fuel economy.

Installing a Dynamic timing advance ring will result in the engine being more responsive and burning cleaner which in turn will reduce exhaust gas temperatures and emissions, something which the new MOT laws in 2018 will be clamping down on.

We recommend using Stegs Supplies for buying Dynamic Advanced Spacers they use official Bosch seals which are top quality.

The Dynamic timing device can drastically improve a Land Rover TDI engines performance and is really easy to install.

The hydraulically controlled timing device is located in the bottom of the distributor pump’s housing, at right angles to the pump’s longitudinal axis whereby its piston is free to move in the pump housing. The housing is closed with a cover on each side.

There is a passage in one end of the timing device plunger through which the fuel can enter, while at the other end the plunger is held by a compression spring. The piston is connected to the roller ring through a sliding block and a pin so that piston movement can be converted to rotational movement of the roller ring.

Bosch VE timing cover plate

We are interested in removing the plate outlined in the image above and installing the Dynamic timing advance spacer, its a really simple job which is only hindered by the lack of space, however if you do not feel confident in performing the task yourself, check out Steg’s supplies as they have a list of approved fitting centers across the UK.

Purchase a genuine Bosch parts Dynamic Timing Advance Spacer here.

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How To Tune A Land Rover TDI Engine For Increased Power

How to tune a Land Rover TDi engine for more power is something we all wonder at some point or another and we have a simple solution that will not only increase performance, it will also result in better fuel economy!

Tuning your TDi: The easy way….
Almost all Land Rover TDi engines are fitted with the Bosch VE rotary injection pump which is common to many engines from the 1990’s.
There are a couple of simple modifications that can be made to the Bosch VE pump to improve performance and even fuel economy. Both modifications are relatively simple to do with minimal tools required.

Bosch VE Pump Components

Bosch VE Pump

⦁ Boost Pin
A boost pin replaces the standard guide pin inside the Bosch VE LDA housing (also known as a AFC housing).

The guide pin has a profile machined into it which controls fuel delivery under boost pressure, as the boost pressure rises the guide pin is pushed downwards and the maximum fuel delivery available is increased. The boost pin is designed to allow you access to the full travel available inside the injection pump, so you can reach maximum fueling. This means you can keep your off boost or low boost fueling low to reduce smoke levels while still getting the fuel you require at high boost pressures.

It is a straightforward product to install, you just remove the four screws holding the top on the LDA housing and remove the LDA housing top. This then allows you to remove the original guide pin complete with its rubber diaphragm. You then undo the nut on the top of the guide pin and swap all the diaphragm assembly over to the new boost pin with the nut and tighten. The boost pin is then installed into the LDA housing just as the guide pin was, making sure the machined profile is facing the front of the engine.

⦁ Dynamic Timing Spacer Kit
As engine speeds increase the fuel has less time to burn. The Bosch VE injection pump already compensates for this by injecting the fuel earlier via the dynamic timing advance mechanism. The Dynamic Timing Advance Spacer Kit allows the timing piston which controls the dynamic timing advance mechanism to travel further which in turn allows the fuel to be injected earlier than the standard injection pump can allow. This is important because if we turn up the fuel delivery rate of the pump we increase the length of the injection event to increase the amount of fuel delivered. This longer injection event requires the timing to be advanced further to ensure the fuel has enough time to burn completely without smoke and optimise the bang per £ of diesel. This makes the engine more responsive and helps it to burn cleaner often reducing Exhaust Gas Temperatures.

Dynamic timing kit setup

Dynamic timing kit setup

The install of the spacer kit is straightforward like the boost pin, but fiddly due to tight access. Here is an easy to follow guide on installing a Dynamic Timing Spacer Kit:

How To Install Dynamic Timing Spacer Kit

First you use a torx key to remove the timing piston cover plate, ensuring not to drop any of the small calibration shims or springs inside the cover plate.

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Next you replace the original Bosch O ring with the new genuine Bosch O ring supplied in the kit.

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Now you can pre-assemble the timing piston cover plate ready to go back on the injection pump.

First you install the other genuine Bosch O ring into the spacer plate supplied with the kit. Then you put the supplied Allen cap head bolts into the timing piston cover plate with and put the spacer on the cover plate with the Bosch O ring against the cover plate.

Next you place the shim supplied with the kit in the bottom of the cover plate with the original calibration shims on top. Then you install the springs on top of the calibration shims (earlier injection pumps only have one spring) to have a combination like the one displayed below.

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Finally, the timing piston cover plate is ready to go back on the injection pump and the install is complete! If you would like to increase the performance of your TDi, you can purchase a Dynamic timing kit or boost pin from Stegs Supplies, recommended by 4Mud!

Purchase Dynamic Timing Spacer + Boost Pin kit

Purchase Chris Mason Boost Pin

Purchase Dynamic Timing spacer

How To Protect A Chassis From Rust

How To Protect A Chassis From Rust Step By Step Guide

How To Protect A Chassis From Rust…

When you take your 4×4 off-road you are exposing the chassis to a whole range of elements which are ultimately going to shorten the lifespan of it, if left untreated, this guide explains how to protect a chassis from rust.

Three things together cause rust to develop: iron, water and oxygen. Iron oxide, commonly known as rust occurs when water starts reacting with the carbon dioxide in the air resulting in a weak carbonic acid to be formed.

The iron starts to dissolve, the water begins to breaks down into its basic components, oxygen and hydrogen. Oxygen and iron bond into iron oxide, releasing electrons in the process. To prevent the process of oxidation and rust from occurring, iron that is exposed to air and water needs to be protected.

There are many options for protecting your vehicles chassis , some more expensive than others, some easier to apply than others. You need to decide which is going to be best for you.

Rust occurs according to this equation: 4Fe + 3O2 = 2Fe2O3, Just add water!

Rust occurs according to this equation: 4Fe + 3O2 = 2Fe2O3, just add water!

Galvanising

You can galvanise your chassis which is not always the most cost effective option, dipping an old chassis isn’t going to give you the best results, so if you decide to go that route, buy a brand new replacement chassis from one of the reputable suppliers.

Reasons for not galvanising  an old chassis

1. Modern dipping methods are very different to the old methods, mass production means cut backs such as a lack of pre-heat and faster cooling which leads to warping.
2. Acids are not always removed.
3. Slag is often left on surface causing poor finish
4. Usually have to sign a disclaimer
5. Process weakens steel due to high temps. An old galvanised chassis usually suffers delamination internally and reduced wall thickness as a result. Combine the two and you have ripe conditions for warpage fatigue or cracking/ failure

A Galvanised chassis can still suffer from the dreaded rot over time, treating the chassis inside and out will prevent this from happening and prolong its life. Another upside to painting a brand new chassis is that it may not catch the eye of thieves, Land Rover theft is big business these days.

Galvanised Chassis Zn (aq) + FeZn (s) --> Fe (s) + Zn2 (aq)

Galvanised Chassis Zn (aq) + FeZn (s) –> Fe (s) + Zn2 (aq) = The galvanising process equation.

Prepping A Galvanised Chassis For Paint

You will find that your new chassis may well be shiny, but it certainly wont be smooth! The galvanising process leaves spikes that will need removing carefully before painting, this is important to give your paint the best surface to adhere to. The surface will also need cleaning and an alkaline solution should be used to remove the oxidisation which forms during the first 24 hours after hot dipping.

Step 1: File down any sharp spikes left after dipping.

Step 2: Use a quality degreaser to remove greasy marks. Spray on the degreaser or apply using a brush, rinse the detergent off after a 5-10 minute period and then make sure the chassis is fully dry inside and out before moving on to the next steps.

Step 3: Brush T-Wash on to the chassis and wait for the chemical reaction to occur, the surface of the chassis will turn black at which time you should wash the chassis for a final time and leave to dry fully. If the T-wash doesn’t go fully black after washing down thoroughly it must be redone. Streaky grey/ silver/ black will result in low adhesion.

Step 4: We don’t use an etch primer after t-wash. But most do. It’s just another layer, another point of failure. We do t-wash or etch, not both. This keeps cost down, makes the process simpler, faster and results in less points of failure later on.

Step 5: It has been a long process but you are finally ready to apply the topcoat of your choice, we would fully recommend using Buzzweld Chassis In One or even 2k Extreme, these products have a proven track record. There are of course other products and the choice is entirely yours!

If you do not want to go down the galvanised route for whatever reason and you decide to paint your vehicle’s chassis, you must still properly prepare before painting, poor preparation will lead to whatever product you choose failing a lot sooner.

Preparing a chassis for painting

Step 1: Clean the entire surface with a degreaser making sure you remove any grease, tar and any other contaminants that have built up on the surface, wash off then leave to dry thoroughly.

Step 2: Once dry, strip the old paint to expose the bare metal underneath and to remove any existing traces of rust. After exposing the bare metal, now repeat step 1.

Step 3. Once the chassis is fully stripped back and free from contaminants you can begin applying a primer. We recommend using Buzzweld Rust Control Primer (RCP), mainly because it has zero rust creep and modifies existing rust. Drying times are dependent on the environment, but you should leave 4 days before applying a top coat.

Step 4: Before applying a top coat make sure the surface is clean from contaminates. We would now recommend using two coats of Buzzweld Chassis in One. CIO contains self-leafing glass flake for extreme abrasion resistance compared to standard coatings giving longer protection. Top coats can be applied within as little as 30 minutes of each other.

Chasiss Fully Protected cold-applied liquid epoxies and corrosion inhibitors.

Chasiss Fully Protected with cold-applied liquid epoxies and corrosion inhibitors.

Sandblasting

Most people shy away from using sandblasting mainly due to cost, however it probably isn’t as expensive as you think! Factor in the materials you will need and the time it will take for you to lay on your back and prep your chassis yourself and sandblasting really doesn’t cost all that much.
If for some reason you still cant consider getting your chassis sandblasted then its time for some good old elbow grease…

Chassis Sand Blasting Courtesy Of Preston Blasting Services

Chassis Sand Blasting Courtesy Of Preston Blasting Services

Manual chassis prep

Before you start you need to clean away all the oil, tar, road grime from the surfaces, it is going to make life a lot easier in the long run and save on materials, wire wheels and flap discs do not work very well when they get coated in old oil.
Choose your weapons!! There are many abrasive materials to choose from, wire wheels, flap discs, 80 grit sandpaper etc..

When painting any surface, preparation is not only a basic fundamental, it will also dictate how long your chassis stays protected from the elements.
Always spend a little extra time making sure that surfaces are free from contaminants, and leave as much time as possible between coats unless the manufacturers directions advise otherwise.

When prepping your chassis with wire wheels or flap discs, be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear, googles to protect your eyes and gloves to protect your hands.

Spray and Pray coatings

There are numerous amounts of coatings which you can apply with a reduced amount of preparation. Some of the more popular brands being Waxoil and Dinitrol. Some people swear by these treatments, however they do not always work as intended.
These treatments can harden and crack allowing moisture and salt to get trapped against the metal, when this happens the product actually masks the rotting that is occurring behind the surface.
From a personal point of view I would much rather treat a chassis with a product that has rust inhibitors and modifying properties than a spray and pray product.

 

 

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