Arriving in the Alps on our annual vacation, we are very fortunate with fresh snow. this has given us the opportunity to test the Nokian Hakkapeliitta in their full potential.
We had no snow chains with us, despite it being mandatory on the roads with which we have driven through. Even driving down the mountains we had no issues.
We are very happy with the tyres and of course with the Land Cruiser.
We have definitely made the right choice with the brand of winter tyre used.
The other day when I had my head under the LC I noticed the left hand spring was broken. Last year I installed new Pedders shock absorbers but never bothered to change the springs as well. The Pedders shocks are heavy duty but I’m not sure if this had anything to do with the broken spring. It seems to me not so long ago when I have installed the Old Man Emu springs but after I have checked the mileage on it, I discovered it was more then 50 000 miles. So they have not performed as badly as the LC is very often heavy laden and used offroad a lot.
It did not took very long for a new set of Pedders (7845) extra heavy duty springs to arrive and with a pair of Urethane 20mm Coil Spring Insulator which fit perfectly to it.
The Pedders springs are slightly higher than the OME’s and definitely stiffer but the diameter of the coil is still the same.
It took a bit an effort to install the new springs as they not compress very well but eventually I have succeeded. Pedders claim this springs are suited for constantly loaded vehicles but I plan to install an auxiliary tank in the near future, this is not an issue for me as Io will have plenty extra weight on the rear axle.
I hope the pedders coil springs perform so well as the OME’s. Only time will tell.
Here are some more photos from the Buschtaxi gathering 2015 in Storndorf, Germany. A huge variety of Toyotas were present. Toyota 40, 55, 60, 80, 100, 120 and 150 series were on show, along with the FJ-Cruiser which is a bit a rare sight in Europe. I also noticed the trend for Roof tents has abated a bit, with everyone moving towards camper style hinged or tilt roofs. I’m not surprised really, as the weather in central Europe is rather too cold for using the Roof tents throughout the year. I’m also considering getting, in the foreseeable future, getting my 100 series converted. Obviously there is a cost implication to consider, but it is also a big job to convert. For a start the roof will be cut out, and there is no way to restore it back to the original condition once that has been done. As I have no plans to sell the Land cruiser anyway it is definitely an option for me.
On the way home we stopped over in Dinant. This is a Walloon City on the River Meuse, located near the French border. We had a good night sleep and in the morning we left the Hotel for a short look around the Town. The town is famous for the invention of the Saxophone from Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax, we were amazed how many “oversized” Saxophone’s that were dotted around the small Town.
Diane even managed to hold the hand of Charles de Gaulle.
We have had an enjoyable time and have been spoiled with the fantastic weather. Also met old friends and have made new ones. The organization and program was perfect. There was so much to see. It would of been great if we could have enough time to see everything. Unfortunately we had to move on, and start our journey back home.
Nice and hot today, absolutely fabulous. We had a good time. A lot of folks gathered around our LC and we had a great time. We even managed with our noise to disturb a TV team while the was filming nearby. A great day.
After a extreme long sleep we woke up on a lovely sunny morning on the gathering. We could not ask for better weather. More folks arrived through the night and morning. Some of the vehicles are absolutely stunning but i guess some are for us too big and expensive.