Part Time 4WD Kit

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:03
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Well I finally got off my backside and fitted the Marks 4WD Adaptors part time kit to my 80 series TD auto. What a difference it makes. It doesn't feel like its fighting the steering, the steering is lighter, it drives smoother and no more clunking in the drive line. I suppose all those that have fitted it have stated, "Why didn't I do this years ago?"
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If you have an 80 or 100 series and have been thinking about it, don't think any more and just do it.
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One word of advice though. Prior to fitting it make sure you have the correct torx bit for the AVM free wheeling hub screws. I had a torx bit kit but it didn't go small enough so had to dig through the shed to find one. Luckily I had one in a parts box under a bench.
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Very happy Marks customer here.

Scott
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:15

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:15
Good one Scott

Its a reason I think that Patrols have almost the ideal system , as they are part time with auto locking hubs so you don't even have to get outside the car to change them, and unlike many modern cars with 2wd/4wd function the axles are not turning all the time.

Note - The auto hubs do eventually wear out and give trouble though.
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:26

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:26
Agree.
My ultimate car is the 1HD-FTE engine with the Nissan Patrol diffs and gearbox. what a beast of a vehicle that would be.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:58

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:58
I wonder Scott - I kept trying to come up with more but practical measures to make my manual 4800 petrol patrol better - but simply haven't found anything yet.

I brought an auto version as well , but it hasn't proved to be better - even though I'm a happy Marks customer after fitting low reduction gearing.

My brother is going thru removing his IHD f something and fitting the 1HD-FTE to his 80 series , long process, but the power and torque is still way down on the Patrol.

Can't wait to get it on our test tracks though and work thru those subtle issues that sometimes show up differences that are not obvious on paper.






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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 12:46

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 12:46
The 4800 petrol Patrol motor is a beauty. The 4500 was good as well albeit being a bit thirsty.
My mate converted his 91 model 80 series to the 1HD-FTE and he has never looked back. Loves it. I'll stick with my multi valve TD a bit slow these days but reliable and I know it will get me there and back again.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:30

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:30
Robin!! I just changed my auto hubs to High Performance AVM manual hubs. I have a steep driveway and now i can use low range to reverse my offroad trailer into my garage... i guess exerything has an up and a down side.. By the way, there was a brand new set of Patrol auto hubs for sale a few days ago, they didnt sell.... buy now price was $250.. a bargain i would think.. Michael

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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 20:41

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 20:41
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I have that very combination (patrol running gear & 1HD FTE + 5speed auto) and love it with a passion.
Cheers Colin.

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Reply By: Member - Matt M - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 13:21

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 13:21
"I suppose all those that have fitted it have stated, "Why didn't I do this years ago?""

Interesting Scott. Mine was the complete opposite experience. I wished I had never done it ('94 GXL Petrol). Felt nowhere near as sure footed on the road and certainly much less so on gravel (unless I engaged 4WD, hubs, etc).

Maybe different geometry or something, but glad yours is an improvement. I wouldn't do it again though.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:33

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:33
Scott, Torx T15 is the size from memory.. Michael
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Reply By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 22:34

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 22:34
on the 80 series, do you lose the use of ABS when fitting PT4WD kit?
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 07:53

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 07:53
Yes you do until the front hubs are locked in.
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