Calling all Car Mechanics!
Hello folks, thanks to anyone who has previously helped with my car issues on here 😉
I now have a bigger challenge!
Basically the short story is: myself and my equally mechanically inept friend are going to be driving to mongolia in support of ShelterBox and CoolEarth this summer.
Would anyone mind if we bounce (potentially daft) questions of them regarding our vehicle prep please?
Our website for more infoPosted 3 years ago
On a brighter note we are now sponsored by Toyo tyres 🙂SuiMember
Walla, th elink doesn’t work, but;
from an engines technical point of view, you will be covering vast distances and encountering vastly different fuel grades/qualities.
Things to remember the further east you go;
Sulphur will be higher in fuel (a vehicle without a cat/dpf will be a good start)
Fuels are often used as a dumping ground for cheaper components, such as methanol, heating oils, fuel oils etc
Lubricity (diesel) is likely to be an issue (keep some additive with you, you wont need much – I can help with this if you want)
coking on injectors will be an issue (detergent will be an issue – I can help with this as well)
Ignition qualities will be poor, cetane/octane -so look to “retard” the timing – pull it back, or if a map exists put it to it’s lowest quality setting.
Crankcase lubricants can be an issue with eastern (and western to be honest) fuels – consider starting with a very good grade and carrying that through.
Filter blocking is the industries biggest issue at the moment which is a problem from fuels containing bio. think about spare filters
if you want specifics drop me a line – email in profile.
SuiPosted 3 years agonickjbSubscriber
My dad has done a few big road trips. The biggest issues seem to be border crossings and the state of the roads. Cars take and absolute hammering and stuff will break. You can have a read of his blog of the last trip to Cape Town, its a mix of driving and wildlife watching (and in reverse order, start at the bottom): http://drivingdarkafrica.wordpress.com/page/2/Posted 3 years ago
So next silly question,
Can I raise the clearance a couple inches by just buying springs/dampers slightly longer than stock? I’m guessing a couple inches isn’t going to make much difference to the angles on the uni/shaft joints etc…
If yes, can anyone point me at some please?Posted 3 years ago
Can I raise the clearance a couple inches by just buying springs/dampers slightly longer than stock?
i have heard of people putting diesel springs in petrol cars to gain a little stiffer set up/ ride height. The diesel spring will be designed for the same length but heavy engine so should sit higher in the travel.
I have no idea whether this is worth it or sensible.
The other option is if springs from a larger citroen fit xsara or something…Posted 3 years agomarcus7Member
Don’t dick around with ride heights etc as you’ll probably bugger the handling (as such) also if you do break a spring for example you are way more likely to find a replacement locally if its stock. Apart from sump guards etc keep it stock and keep it simple, carry spares like filters etc which are small and light. Carrying a full strut assembly in the back may not be a fantastic plan!Posted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
A lot of less developed countries have the same cars we do, but with longer springs (or at least raiser kits), I’m thinking Turkey in particular as an example. Maybe ask at a peugot/citoren garrage if they have part numbers for cars in foreign markets? You can also get elasomer spacers that fit in the gaps in the coil to add ride height/spring rate.
Have a look at sites like the plymouth-dakar rally.Posted 3 years ago
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