Hi, interesting challenge.
I could well imagine a few sections where a low range might be useful, not necessarily for the traction but to manoeuvre slowly without riding the clutch.
Loading onto the barge, negociating the odd pothole etc.
One sees the little dutch ERBA caravans with a lifting roof just about everywhere, maybe one of those might survive.
I doubt it though, I just got word from some friends who were immobilised on the Marsabit highway because it broke all four engine mounts... on a 12 tonne MAN 4x4 truck.
There's the spares and repair issue too, an FL is a pressed steel affair without a chassis, if any cracks develop there's not much to weld to. And you'd have to be completely self-reliant for the number of CV boots you'll eat.
Mind you, the FL was put together by a few very competent members of the BMW industrialisation team, so it'll be the first LR that doesn't suck up dust like a vacuum cleaner.
IMHO it would be wiser to swap the FL for a Defender, Discovery or a TLC with mechanical injection, at least you can get your arms into the engine bay on those.
has tons of travelogs that you can comb through for info on roads and places worth a visit.
[This message has been edited by Luke (edited 13 October 2005).]