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    Do others tend to have a rule of thumb for max. speed in 4wd low or is it just the old adage of avoiding anything beyond 3rd gear ??
    NM 02 Exceed 3.5 V6, Dick Cipek FC-IIs 265/75/16, pacemakers, Bilstein/Dobinsons 2" lift, ARB Steel Bar, Tigerz winch, Narva spotties, side steps, GME TX3100, Tigerz awning, Bushskinz front/sump guards

  • #2
    use all gears as its a PIA to change ranges.

    Michael.
    2016 NX,GLS,DID,Auto. Rear DL, ARB deluxe BB, Warn winch, Safari Snorkle, Tow bar, Redarc tow pro, Front door windows tinted, Traxide SC80 dual battery system, Rino roof bars, Icom IC440 UHF, Lovells HD + 50mm springs all round, ????? shocks and struts, Proclip & Strike phone mount.

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    • #3
      50kmh is about tops in 5th gear low range
      If I agreed with you, then we would both be wrong

      '89 NG Paj, 3L V6, now running 2" suspension lift, 33" Micky T Baja Claws's, Front LOKKA & 12,000lb winch

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bakerboy View Post
        50kmh is about tops in 5th gear low range
        hah, try that with 3.15 transfer case gears!
        NS shorty 3.8l petrol with winch, front/rear E-lockers

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ian Sharpe View Post
          hah, try that with 3.15 transfer case gears!
          In your PJ. Anytime. Bet you I can get 50kmph.
          .Previously an NP GLX 3.8 auto RIP
          NS VRX DiD auto. RIP.

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          • #6
            The manual in the glovebox says 100km/h in low range for my NJ 3.5 auto!
            NJ Exceed, Alloy bullbar, factory locker,ORU 9000lb winch, eBay snorkle,31" AT's
            NL GLS 2.8, PC Challenger auto for the wife.

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            • #7
              Low range in 5th gear I think I get around 45km/hr at 3k rpm, soon as I stop accelerating it stops dead like I've hit the brakes haha

              I personally wouldn't take low range to far over 50km/hr. You're probably better off in high gear with a low gear box selection if you plan on going much higher.
              97' NK 3ltr GLX LWB Manual | 3" lift | Wildcat headers | K&N air filter | 2.8 crawl gears | 4Terrain clutch | 2.25" exhaust | Factory locker rear | TJM 10,000lb winch | TJM snorkel
              97' NL GLS LWB Auto | 6G75 3.8ltr | Redback Headers

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              • #8
                Any gear, any time, max speed is the redline. Max cruising speed is what you feel is comfortable under the circumstances.

                In my shorty (2.85 low range) redline in 5th is about 75, but I wouldn't normally cruise above 40. I haven't worked out what my NT does, but I wouldn't have any qualms driving at 3000 rpm.
                NT Platinum. DiD Auto with 265/70R17 ST Maxx, Lift, Lockers, Lockup Mate, Low range reduction, LRA Aux tank, bull bar, winch, lots of touring stuff. Flappy paddles. MMCS is gone!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Goodsy View Post
                  In your PJ. Anytime. Bet you I can get 50kmph.
                  nuh, 40k max . & overdrive is locked out in low (autos)
                  NS shorty 3.8l petrol with winch, front/rear E-lockers

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                  • #10
                    My rule of thumb is that if I am needing to be in 4th gear low range, then I will stop (if possible) and change back to 1st gear High range and continue that way unless the terrain dictates otherwise.

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                    • #11
                      I read somewhere that MM made the manual petrol capable of 100kmph in low range because it wanted a versatile rally car?? This was a while back.
                      My 3.8 auto did 80kmph in 4th. DiD auto is about 50kmph.
                      .Previously an NP GLX 3.8 auto RIP
                      NS VRX DiD auto. RIP.

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                      • #12
                        Says in the user manual to not exceed 55km/h (gen2) if I remember correctly. It's somewhere around this speed anyway. The gearing will allow faster but I never go anywhere near this. My general rule of thumb is if I'm going consistently lower than 40km/h I go into low range for the extra gear choices. Would be different if I had an auto probably.
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                        • #13
                          Whatever feels right, never looking at speedo in low range
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                          • #14
                            I've had my NT diesel auto up to 80kmph in low range, on a long straight dirt road, with plenty left in the tank. So 100kmph would not be out of the question.
                            I wasn't trying for a top speed test, just a spur of the moment thing.
                            But normally, as we all know, if you had to be in low range, you wouldn't be doing anywhere near that speed. Not good for your fuel economy either?
                            Cheers, Tony.

                            Silver Streak.

                            2010 NT (Nov) Platinum Pajero, DiD auto, Iron Bark.
                            Factory Tow-bar, Colour coded ARB Deluxe Bullbar, Hankook Dynopro RT03 MT Tyres, 265/R70x17, Bilstein/Lovell HD 2" lift kit, Bushskinz underbody protection plates, Navar Blue 225's, TJM Airtec Snorkel, Tinted Pajero Bonnet Protector, Uniden UH7750NB UHF-CB, Rhino Rack Sunseeker ll Awning (2.5m x 2m), Full Tint + UV film on privacy glass, Dash Mat, Techniice 60ltr Fridge/Freezer.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ian Sharpe View Post
                              hah, try that with 3.15 transfer case gears!
                              Fully understand what you are saying Ian.....

                              20kph is as fast as I feel comfortable in going in low range with reduction gears. Is the only downside of them & when up in the H/C are continually stopping to go back to high range.

                              Even without reduction gears, I reckon 30 kph was the highest speed I ever travelled & no way would I do 50+ kph in low range...
                              NL Pajero,F&R airlockers, reduction gears, Ironman susp, ARB bullbar, Tigerz winch, Uniden UHF, roolite driving lights, Mickey Thompson ATZ 4 rib &, BFG KM2' tyres

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