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Sunny day for Snow Roading Disco 1 in my home (Iceland)

Discussion in 'Off Roading' started by Whatisthatmetric, Feb 24, 2018.

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  1. Whatisthatmetric

    Whatisthatmetric Member

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    Hello all

    After an intensive week of repairing my 98 Disco 1 which entailed a clutch replacement and varios other maintenance items I took advantage of a BEAUTIFUL day to do some casual off roading in the snow.

    My ride its is mostly stock aside from HD Sychro Clutch that was recently installed and being on 38'' tires with a 6-8'' lift (4'' body, 2''F and 4''R suspension). It is in fact with stock suspension as the previous owner welded extensions to the shocks and used spacer blocks with the springs. Waaaaay too soft, wobbly, and just wrong but that will be addressed later in the year.

    Anyways. Wanting to test things out I headed out with a friend to do some casual green laning and off roading once we got to the ''impassible'' parts of the trail. The road we were on was a dirt/gravel trail that in winter would be closed for 3-4 months of the year. Only snow mobiles/kats and large tire off road vehicles can make the drive. Also with it being in a marked area as ''impassible'' getting stuck/lost there and needing emergency rescue services will incur a huge fee.

    Here is where the road became completely ice . It was literally a tick block like layer that was smooth as glass on top. Sunny conditions along with heavy wind lately causes this awfulness. Also lot of snow on the trail starting so we are also stopped to let the air out of our tires for better traction and snow driving. Behind me is my friend with his Nissan Patrol on 46's
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    This would be me looking down on the road shoulder post. It's actually more than a meter tall. It was such a nice day that wearing a button down was no problem. Being Icelandic helps too obviously ;)
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    Conditions were absolutely perfect. Since the snow was so compacted and hardened there was very little sink so I didn't have to empty the tires that much which meant I could open up more on the rip. Tires dismounting from the rim is a real thing if not careful with low pressure. Luckily no concern for me today.
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    Here I tried a few goes at going up a steep incline. I obviously need to get diff lockers and address issues under the hood still in order to get that final stage of power but that comes eventually. Did very well stock.
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    The drive back home was only less than an hour away from where I was playing around. 20 minutes of it spend on tarmac but I was lucky to not have to stop and take the long time to reinflate my tires since I didn't have to lower them that much. Once back in town I parked it to see it on an even surface. They could go a looooooot softer :)
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    Thats it for now. I have much to do with the vehicle still to get it properly ready for snow off roading. I need to have it extreme condition compliant ;)

    Questions and comments are welcomed
     
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    What' that like to drive on tarmac?
     
  3. Whatisthatmetric

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    Drives great on tarmac.
    If referring specifically to how it drove with some air out: Not bad. Little heavy/sluggish feeling in turns but there was still plenty of pressure for safe driving.

    As for when driving the car normally with tire pressures set at normal it drives wonderfully on tarmac. Bumps are barely felt and I just laugh at pot holes. accelerating from a stop or slow roll is different vs stock; not as quick. Also turn radius isn't as tight due to tire width. Still any draw backs are minor and the gains are great be it on tarmac, dirt, gravel, sand, snow, etc.

    One of the biggest concerns with tires like mine and larger is the brand and treading on them. I have Arctic Truck brand tires on and they are a dream. They are very quiet on the highway. They are winter tires but I intend to use them year round because they are quality and I got glaciers around the corner I can go to year round so snow tires it is!

    Also I need to order another set but thats a tricky thing to do because I don't buy them in Iceland. 38" tires cost well over £700 a piece here :(
     
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    Absolutely stunning pictures - thanks for sharing those :):)

    £700 EACH for tyres :eek: - I'm not surprised you make other arrangements - I reckon £625 for a SET is enough!

    Huge fan of D1's too - SWMBO and I have one each :)
     
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    Glad you liked the photos. Check my build thread too. I add to it here and there as I am able. Once I get around to more replacement and upgrades for this summer I'll be doing more treks.

    The prices of everything in Iceland is ridiculous. We are currently in a price gouging fear mongering kind of period which is really sad. So gotta be clever in order to save.
     
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    Great pictures mate!
    Me and my two brothers drove around Iceland last April and the scenery is simply breathtakingly beautiful!
    We did a fair few hikes and did the touristy thing of climbing up a volcano near lake Myvatn (not sure on spelling), simply amazing! I want to do it again in the summer months so we can explore more of the trails leading through the interior of the country as most were impassable at that time! :)
     
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