Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle??

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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle??

Post by mikeonb4c » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:16 pm

helen&tony wrote:Hi
I can't even imagine a Discovery getting off the drive from what I've heard!!!...I like real Landrovers, and have had several safaris....only way to go!!!...and every jungle tribesperson knows how to fix one, so no problem with the hired help 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Well, at the risk of disappointing you, the anecdote as told to me by a guy who worked building developments in the Middle East and who was repeating what his Arab friends said to him was:

"If you wish to go into the desert, take a Land Rover or a Land Cruiser.

If you wish to return, take a Land Cruiser."

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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle??

Post by dunslair » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:41 pm

mikeonb4c wrote:
helen&tony wrote:Hi
I can't even imagine a Discovery getting off the drive from what I've heard!!!...I like real Landrovers, and have had several safaris....only way to go!!!...and every jungle tribesperson knows how to fix one, so no problem with the hired help 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Well, at the risk of disappointing you, the anecdote as told to me by a guy who worked building developments in the Middle East and who was repeating what his Arab friends said to him was:

"If you wish to go into the desert, take a Land Rover or a Land Cruiser.

If you wish to return, take a Land Cruiser."

:lol: :lol: :lol:
I know exactly what you mean there Mike...... Land Cruisers come with SAT nav as standard, but the sat nav is an added extra option with the Land Rover. :|


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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle??

Post by mikeonb4c » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:56 pm

dunslair wrote:
mikeonb4c wrote:
helen&tony wrote:Hi
I can't even imagine a Discovery getting off the drive from what I've heard!!!...I like real Landrovers, and have had several safaris....only way to go!!!...and every jungle tribesperson knows how to fix one, so no problem with the hired help 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Well, at the risk of disappointing you, the anecdote as told to me by a guy who worked building developments in the Middle East and who was repeating what his Arab friends said to him was:

"If you wish to go into the desert, take a Land Rover or a Land Cruiser.

If you wish to return, take a Land Cruiser."

:lol: :lol: :lol:
I know exactly what you mean there Mike...... Land Cruisers come with SAT nav as standard, but the sat nav is an added extra option with the Land Rover. :|


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Cripes!!!! So not only is it more likely to break down. It seems that when it does, you won't even be able to tell the rescue services where you are :? :shock: :roll: :oops: [-o< :lol: 8)
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle??

Post by lev8 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:16 pm

"come back in a landcruiser" reminds of a cruiser joke, whats the difference between a cruiser with front mounted winch and one without a winch, answer, the one with the winch is another 40 metres further into the bog. ie give an idiot a better 4wd and he'll just make a bigger mess of it. cruisers are crude in comparison to discos. I'm only speaking from my experience in the worst OZ has to offer off road, Bulgaria and the Cotswolds are bound to be different.
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle??

Post by winnebongo » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:07 am

I have just purchased a 1996 Bongo but can't get insurance. Can u please help?
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle??

Post by lev8 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:34 am

Welcome to the club Steve, I'm insured here http://www.justcarinsurance.com.au i have also heard that shannons will insure bongos they say if you come across as enthusiastic about the bongo they are more sympathetic.

John in Sydney
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Post by helen&tony » Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:27 pm

Hi Steve
Welcome..and where are you??? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle?

Post by stevedon » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:44 am

i bought my brop links from ebay uk from somewhere in hong kong for £24.00 a pair delivered ,that was 9 months ago and they are still going strong as for the bushes any mazda mdealer can get them for the same price as they can be bought from the uk
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Post by chiefster1976 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:16 am

Just for tips for us bongo nuts in Australia...
Dont bother buying drop links from u.k ebay..they are thin and a bit crap...
Pedders matched up mine..They do a universal drop link you can cut down the threaded bar...
They were NOT very expensive and the main shaft/bar is ALOT THICKER... 8)
They do Polyethuene D bushes etc and are cheap also...suspension wise Pedders are the way to go...

Repco do brake pads front and rear for the bongo now also...

Ryco Z313 oil filters the correct ones but are dear at around $50... Im looking to get one from my local suppliers called
BRISBANE AIR CLEANER SERVICES at Brendale... Going to ask about air filters and fuel filters also so watch this space... :wink:
They do my DELICA 2.8 TD oil filters for $26..HALF THE PRICE of supercheap or Repco etc...And have a duel core filter inside them whatever that means..lol...
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Post by bongomike » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:19 am

Glad I'm not the only one who is strugging to get hold of parts :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle?

Post by missfixit70 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:13 am

chiefster1976 wrote:Just for tips for us bongo nuts in Australia...
Dont bother buying drop links from u.k ebay..they are thin and a bit crap...
Pedders matched up mine..They do a universal drop link you can cut down the threaded bar...
They were NOT very expensive and the main shaft/bar is ALOT THICKER... 8)
They do Polyethuene D bushes etc and are cheap also...suspension wise Pedders are the way to go...

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The bar isn't the bit that goes (certainly never heard of it on the bongo), it's the rubber & ball joint that fails, also check the threaded bar is tight in the mounting hole, if it's not it'll probably end up knocking back & forth no matter how tight you get it.
Not all uk ones are thin & crap [-X - just the cheap ones, better to go for blueprint, mazda or there are some (miele?) on ebay with a 3 or 4 year gaurantee as I remember that a few peeps have used.
At least you managed to find something that does the job though =D>
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle?

Post by lev8 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:00 pm

The rear sway bar links can be rebuilt cheaply. I had a rear clunk and found the LHS link was cactus. One end was rattling in the bush but the other end was good. So ..... I recovered the steel bush and wire brushed it shiny. I bought new poly bushes fitted them into the link and pressed the old in bush in. Works like a shop bought one and the outer steel part is Mazda strong so no worries
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Post by chiefster1976 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:01 am

Great tips Lev 8 Ill remember that one!!..
Hi Bongo Mike..Where in queensland are you based?? Im Kallangur Brissy 4503..

O.k, bought my AIR filter which is Nippon Micro. Stock code; MAR8546V $24.30
OIL filter by Baldwin (double filtered) Stock codde BD28... $23.18 TOTAL = $52.23 INC gst..

BOTH from BRISBANE AIR CLEANER SERVICES, KREMSLOW RD, BRENDALE,QLD... 07 38810384 ASK FOR JEFF...
A LITTLE POMMY FELLA SENT YA!!!

THATS A HUGE SAVING TO SAY SUPERCHEAP AND REPCO,AUTOBARN ETC CHARGE $55 ALONE FOR AN OIL FILTER..
HOPE THIS HELPS US OZY BONGOERS!!! 8) 8)
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle?

Post by bongomike » Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:46 pm

Hey mate we are in Sunny Gladstone 4680. Parts are expensive here went to repco for a dizzy cap and rotor arm they wanted about $155. Got them sent from eBay in the states for about $65 delivered
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Re: Finding Bongo parts in Australia/is it worth the hassle?

Post by scanner » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:22 pm

lev8 wrote:"come back in a landcruiser" reminds of a cruiser joke, whats the difference between a cruiser with front mounted winch and one without a winch, answer, the one with the winch is another 40 metres further into the bog. ie give an idiot a better 4wd and he'll just make a bigger mess of it. cruisers are crude in comparison to discos. I'm only speaking from my experience in the worst OZ has to offer off road, Bulgaria and the Cotswolds are bound to be different.

I notice that Les (Bush Tucker Man) Hiddins only used Land Rovers - never saw him in a Land Cruiser.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Hiddins
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