"RANGER/BT50 3RD ANNUAL WEEKEND AWAY"(VIC Branch)

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Re: "RANGER/BT50 3RD ANNUAL WEEKEND AWAY"(VIC Branch)

Unread post by JBird » November 24th, 2015, 4:22 pm

Dean, this years trip report can be found at http://www.4wdtrip.com.au/offroad/socia ... &forumid=9
and the pics can be found at http://www.4wdtrip.com.au/offroad/trip/ ... tripid=259
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Re: "RANGER/BT50 3RD ANNUAL WEEKEND AWAY"(VIC Branch)

Unread post by 953 » November 26th, 2015, 9:48 pm

thanks JBird, looked & sounded great.
Next year for sure !
Cheers Dean.

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Re: "RANGER/BT50 3RD ANNUAL WEEKEND AWAY"(VIC Branch)

Unread post by 953 » November 28th, 2015, 5:22 pm

Hey guys, just thought I'd pick your brains since you've just done this trip & its very much the country I drive.
I used to have an older Landrover Discovery 300tdi manual, now I have a 2015 BT50 auto.
The landy, generally I'd simply put it in low & lock the centre diff lock once Id hit the tracks, then put the rear diff lock followed by the front diff lock as the going got tougher.
I was surprised with the BT what I could do in 4H. Ive used the HDC & thought it was great but, still have concerns about over doing it with the brakes ? I seem to get braked TC in 4H but not 4L ? When the going got harder in 4L, I hit the rear diff lock & away I went.
Basically what Im asking is, what modes/traction aides do you tend to use (or not) in the high country & when do you use them ? Ive been doing a little experimenting & will continue to do so but, I'd like to hear your thoughts.
Cheers Dean.

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Re: "RANGER/BT50 3RD ANNUAL WEEKEND AWAY"(VIC Branch)

Unread post by 953 » December 3rd, 2015, 8:19 pm

Anyone ???
Cheers Dean.

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Re: "RANGER/BT50 3RD ANNUAL WEEKEND AWAY"(VIC Branch)

Unread post by Nickj2411 » December 4th, 2015, 1:39 pm

Hi Dean
I have an old shape BT with an auto. I find that the engine/trans does not provide as much engine braking as my wife's 2004 Pathfinder does. I would usually use 4L when we were on steepish hills, but manually put the auto in first gear. For those that follow me on a trip, they will see that I don't use the brakes a lot, only when the terrain gets really steep and the engine won't hold the car up.
I have a front eLocker and only use that when the wheels start to spin (have to stop to engage it) or my judgement says I will need it. I flick the eLocker off as soon as I am through the tricky section.
Hopefully that helps?

Nick
2008 Mazda BT50 SDX auto. ARB winch bar, ARB canopy, Bighorns.

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Re: "RANGER/BT50 3RD ANNUAL WEEKEND AWAY"(VIC Branch)

Unread post by 953 » December 4th, 2015, 4:25 pm

thanks Nick.
Maybe a front locker may be the go a little further down the track (pardon the pun :rolleyes: ).
Appreciate the reply, also hoping to hear from some with the newer models & whizz bang technology.
How they go about it in varying situations ?
Cheers Dean.

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