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post #11 of 70 (permalink) Old 13-07-16, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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The fuel filter kit arrived today. Looks very professionally done - this housing and filter (with a pen for scale - it's bigger than I was expecting) are made in the USA and the bracket and hose kit is made here.

I think this should take me about an hour to fit myself, but I will enquire at my local mechanic about having them do it for convenience and perhaps helping preserve my Nissan warranty.

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post #12 of 70 (permalink) Old 13-07-16, 08:55 PM
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As I posted elsewhere this weekend, a quick trip to the farm to get the miles up to first service and shake down my packing setup.

Took the back roads there and back to test out 4H, and quite liked this photo.

Its one of those photo's that shouldn't work if you follow the golden rules of photography, but actually works very well. looks great, as does the photo! must say I've always liked the look of the NP300 from the outset, but its slowly growing into love.

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nah still cant like it looks like https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgu...act=mrc&uact=8
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It will look different once my bull bar and brush bars are on in a couple of weeks.

Initially I felt odd driving around without a bull bar on - it's quite unusual to see a ute without one around here - but I've come to quite like the nose.
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So if you're following along at home and are thinking of one of these fuel filter kits, a word of advice...

I ordered a spare filter with the kit, and thought I'd make sure I knew that it fits (and how to fit it) now, while it's not on the car.

Wow.

The filter housing and filter come pre-assembled. I can only assume the guys on the assembly line are called Zeus, Thor and Goliath because when I tried to undo the locking collar to remove the filter, it was hard. Very hard. I strained so much I tore skin off my fingers. I twisted and heaved. I called upon God's son. I jumped up and down. I swore at the dog. I strained so hard I started to black out and be drawn to a bright light (where it turns out Tom Cruise has been right all along - who knew?).

Eventually, just as I was about to cross over and find out where Elvis is now, it gave in and unlocked. From there the rest of it was pretty simple and I have now replaced it, as the manual calls for, hand tight.

I would not want to have done that in a cramped engine bay on a 40 degree day in the Tanami Desert.
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So if you're following along at home and are thinking of one of these fuel filter kits, a word of advice...

I ordered a spare filter with the kit, and thought I'd make sure I knew that it fits (and how to fit it) now, while it's not on the car.

Wow.

The filter housing and filter come pre-assembled. I can only assume the guys on the assembly line are called Zeus, Thor and Goliath because when I tried to undo the locking collar to remove the filter, it was hard. Very hard. I strained so much I tore skin off my fingers. I twisted and heaved. I called upon God's son. I jumped up and down. I swore at the dog. I strained so hard I started to black out and be drawn to a bright light (where it turns out Tom Cruise has been right all along - who knew?).

Eventually, just as I was about to cross over and find out where Elvis is now, it gave in and unlocked. From there the rest of it was pretty simple and I have now replaced it, as the manual calls for, hand tight.

I would not want to have done that in a cramped engine bay on a 40 degree day in the Tanami Desert.
that's pretty tight

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post #17 of 70 (permalink) Old 27-07-16, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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I finally got around to doing the fuel filter with some paid help. It bolted up quite well but nobody, including me, thought to check the drain valve was fitted before priming the system... Cue an engine bay full of diesel.

Anyway it all came together easily except the fuel hose between the new filter and the pump is a slightly different external diameter to the original, so it keeps popping out of the plastic guide clamp that keeps it off the water pipe. I was concerned that might melt it, so I've retained it in place with a cable tie. I'm not terribly happy with that because the cable tie will probably start to chafe through the hose, so I'll look for a longer-term fix next time I go to a parts store.





Next week is a big week: canopy, roof rack, bull bar, driving lights, brush bars, side steps and recovery points should all arrive.
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Nicely done - looking forward to the next instalments

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post #20 of 70 (permalink) Old 28-07-16, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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A quick beach drive today, probably the last time the car will get driven looking like this. I played around between 4H and 4L, eventually settling on 4L to help keep me to the beach 40km/h limit, but this did have me revving a bit high. On a hot summer's day I might have gone with 4H, but it was a bit cold today, probably about 18 or so. I have actually seen a highway patrol car out here once, in the summer peak season, handing out tickets. For today though just me and the buzzing F/A-18s from RAAF Williamtown to keep me company.

As I was there on a falling tide, the sand was reasonably firm under the drift layer and traction was not a problem. The ATs did well, I was expecting them to bite more. I'm a little surprised at how little bagging of the sidewalls I got - these are down to 12psi and are still digging in more than I'd like, especially the rears.

The spec sheet says the NP300 has identical front and rear tracks, but it sure doesn't look like it, does it?







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