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    Playing in the new toy...

    Cheryl picked up a 2004 Discovery while in California recently, so i decided to give it a little test......
    https://youtu.be/4RhwdJx2Mdc

    Overall it did great, no complaints at all out of a stock rig.
    Looks like I'll be making some bumpers and skid plates though, then a regear, lockers and a lift.
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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Congrats!

    I really love my Discovery for off road. I have a 98 though. Got the winch, skid plating, lift, and roof rack.

    I've taken the Range Rover off road. And while it is great, I prefer to keep the off roaring to novice type trails in it.




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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Cheers Luis.
    We have always had Jeep wheeling rigs, but I have hd my eye on the Disco II's for a while. Whilst in Ca visiting my Mum, Cheryl bought this example and drove it back.
    I gave my wheeling rig (98 XJ on JK 44's, 37's, and so on) to our eldest as a graduation present, and it left us without a viable wheeling rig that would fit 4 comfortably.
    My plans for this, in this order pretty much, are....
    Skid plates for everything under it
    Front winch bumper and rear steel bumper
    Axle shafts and lockers
    Lift, and 33's or 35's
    Yeah, I do the lift last, unlike most. Some of us learn by experience when you hit a certain age
    Good news is I can make the bumpers etc myself. Axles I am not sure on yet. Either build the Rover ones, or go Toyota axles front and back. Will start doing some reading and see how the stock ones will last with chromo shafts and new differentials.

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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Hey, there was a perfectly good trail just to the right of you! Were they laughing with you or at you?

    Sounded like a fun day out for the family!
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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Don't discount the P38 for offroading! I originally was shopping for a disco when I bought the rangie instead. But there are a lot more off road accessories available for the discos.
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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Been a while since updating this, but been playing again....
    Did a little Oopsie thpough on a rather large rock.
    Playing in the new toy...-damage.jpg
    Solution, I made this, this week....
    Playing in the new toy...-clevis-front.jpg
    Playing in the new toy...-rear-bumper-corner.jpg
    Playing in the new toy...-rear-bumper.jpg

    Now deciding to either build the axles, or just drop a pair of FJ80 axles under it. Want to be running 35's reliably eventually.

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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    ^this vehicle deserves to be seen in full view! I love the Disco!


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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    It's just a stock black 04 Disco for now, besides a rear bumper that is. Complete with faded hood and roof paint.......lol
    Deciding on building the stock axles, or buying FJ80 axles for it, then putting it on 35's. The 'Yota axles are looking to be a real bargain though. $2500 delivered for front and rear locking axles with 4.10 gearing, the rear a full floater. Upgraded axles for the DII are $1500 alone, then a regear and lockers....

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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Well the $2500 was not delivered, so will be looking elsewhere. Can keep looking when I get back to work too.
    For axles that are strong, already geared, full floating in the rear, and have selectable lockers, they are hard to beat though.
    Will also make finding wheels a breeze, Yota wheels are all over, but LR wheels arent. I looked at some steel Disco wheels, and the prices are 110% idiotic. Why people pay for that over here is beyond me. Back home they are all but free..... Same as Defender stuff I guess. The last one I had back home, I gave away because the t case had screwed up. Over here it would sell for over $20k regardless....For a tractor? No thanks.

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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    And next up.......
    Any guesses?
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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    sliders or a roof rack to tie Cheryl to.
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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Quote Originally Posted by RRToadHall View Post
    sliders or a roof rack to tie Cheryl to.
    Unless Cheryl is also his mother in law's name, probably not a good idea
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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    First guess......Sliders.
    And Cheryl said.......Nah I wont repeat it Carl!

    Front bumper is also off, along with crash cans etc. Winch is offered up (I borrowed one for mock up) so now it's just a case of designing something we (well OK, Cheryl) likes.

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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Sliders done,obviously as that was days ago!
    Playing in the new toy...-slidersweb.jpg
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    Immediately moved to the front bumper after the sliders.
    After some deliberation and coffee, I decided on this plan of attack.
    Make side rails from 3/8" x 6" flat stock, and use that on the outside of the frame rails.
    Passenger side goes back @14" from the front edge of the frame. Driver side goes back to the steering box mount. 9 bolts holding it on thus far.
    Prepped the frame rails, then welded on some 1/8" flat stock to level the frame rail to the steering box bracket, and to beef up the frame a little. The passenger side has a 1/4" plate on the inside, for the bolts to go through and sandwich the frame. Front of the frame has some 1/4" angle to go from the inside of it, to the outer rail. Then reinforce and weld it all up. The front is done, now just to make it look all purdy and box it in etc. 1" thick clevis' are welded to the 3/8" AND bolted using 2-1/2"x13 grade 8 bolts.
    Got the winch tucked in nicely by "modifying" a little brace.....Well OK, I plasma cut it off LOL. The winch tray and brackets will easily replace the sheet metal brace though.

    Playing in the new toy...-frame-reinforcement.jpg

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    Re: Playing in the new toy...

    Ok, the only sliders I know are cute little tasty burgers! Are the sliders added for reinforcing and protecting the lower sides and/or underbody? Allowing you to "slide" over an obstacle, instead of getting caught up in it?
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