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9780953232420

Off-Roader Driving

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  • ISBN13:

    9780953232420

  • ISBN10:

    0953232425

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-09-01
  • Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
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Summary

A plethora of 4x4 information about off-road vehicles, driving techniques for traversing every type of terrain imaginable, and planning off-road expeditions.

Table of Contents

Signposts How the book works
Introduction
Foreword Your new environment
The Ingredients
The appeal
2(2)
Why buy
On- and off-road benefits
The compromises
4(4)
Table/diagram: 4x4 principles
Why four-wheel drive
8(2)
Halving the load
Doubling the effect
Traction - 4x4 and low range
10
Push, float, clearance, grip
Extra gears - low range
Four-Wheel Drive Systems
Types of four-wheel drive
2(6)
The three types
Differentials and viscous couplings
Wheel-spin and diff locks
Applications
8(2)
Choice: what to actually do
Table: 4x4 system criteria
Controls - levers, buttons, diffs
10(4)
Transfer lever, handbrakes
Electric range change
Controls - hubs, axles, handbrake
14(2)
Freewheeling hubs
Axle diff locks, handbrake
Low range - when and how
16(2)
Power' and 'control'
What to start off in
Automatic transmission
18
Basic operation
Auto and low range
Preliminaries
Mind-set
2(2)
Mechanical sympathy
Pride - when to back off
Gentle right foot
4(2)
Gentle throttle, gentle brake
Cadence braking
Geometric limitations
6(4)
Clearance angles
Axle articulation
Look before you leap
10
On-foot survey
Marshalling
Operating Techniques
Towing - on-road
2(8)
Preliminaries - the theory
Trailer dynamics
Driving with a trailer
Driving on tracks
10(4)
Existing wheel tracks
Deep ruts, gullies
Ridges and ditches
14(2)
Diagonal suspension
Size determines technique
Climbing steep slopes
16(4)
Grip, gradient, momentum
Failed climb, recovery
Descending steep slopes
20(2)
Gear to use
Brakes
Traversing slopes
22(2)
Assessing the ground
Escape manoeuvre
Weak ground
24(4)
Ground stress
Tyre pressures
Sand
28(4)
Initial rules
Sand types
Rock, stones, corrugations
32(4)
Risks - chassis, tyres
Corrugations speeds
Wading
36(4)
Preparations
Limitations
Ice and snow
40
More traction, same braking
Gentle right foot - again
Recovery
Self-recovery
2(4)
Traction aids
Digging, recovery tools
Towing out
6(4)
Ropes and attachment
Co-ordinated recovery
Snatch towing
10(4)
Vital criteria
Procedure
Winching
14
Concepts
Techniques overview
Advanced Driving
Non-synchro gearboxes
2(2)
Range change on-the-move - manual
4(2)
High/low range overlap
On-the-move range change
Range change on-the-move - automatic
6(2)
Low to high - moving
Down-slopes
Engine braking - etc
Emergency procedures
8(2)
Towing off-road
Potential problems
Checks and procedures
10
Expedition Basics
The call of the wild
2(4)
Freeing the spirit
Day trip or major expedition
Planning
Training for the trip
6(2)
Vehicle preparation
8(2)
Equipment
10(4)
Influencing criteria
Clothing, recovery gear
Logistics, vehicle choice
14(6)
Payload, range
Vehicle choice criteria
Modifications
Fuels
20(4)
Oils
24(4)
Water
28
How much to carry
Purification
Loading, Tyres
Loading
2(6)
Capacity - weight and bulk
Weight distribution
Packing and securing
Tyres
8
Tyres types, axle loads
Optimum/reduced pressures
Reference
Glossary
2(13)
Index
15

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