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How’s your project going, any updates?

My car is still sat at work waiting for a headlight lens to arrive. I have a replacement headlight sitting at the shop (damaged lens, but just need the internal trim and back housing). Will get that fixed and a new fog light to get it back on the road (have to get a collision inspection done to get the hold removed from the registration). I found a used bumper already in Fuji White and the ding in the hood is a small fix to deal with. I think I can get the small spot on the grill cleaned off, if not I’ll possibly do the grills in gloss black as well as the internal headlight trims. Then I can get back to my Brembo caliper refurb and install as well as replacing the oil cooler.

Work has been really slow due to the Ukraine nonsense, as such they’re behind on my pay which has been hindering getting my car fixed. Plus side is I’m driving one of my boss’s cars in the meantime.
 

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Discussion Starter · #22 · (Edited)
How’s your project going, any updates?
What’s up man, yeah it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been working on the Range slowly but surely.

  • Did Arnot air struts on all 4 corners. I found that my rear passenger strut was blown and could be compressed by hand, but the airbag still worked. It rides way better with the new struts.
  • 20mm spacers on all 4 corners, had a meaty stance now
  • LED bulbs in the headlights and tail lights
  • LED bulbs in the interior, way brighter. You were on to something here
  • Factory grill painted gloss black

Anyway, you getting yours back together? How have you liked the diesel? I assume is has more torque down low in a useable rev range. It’ll be nice to see it buttoned back up. Once it’s back on the road… tune it
 

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Which spacers did you go with?

What’s up man, yeah it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been working on the Range slowly but surely.

  • Did Arnot air struts on all 4 corners. I found that my rear passenger strut was blown and could be compressed by hand, but the airbag still worked. It rides way better with the new struts.
  • 20mm spacers on all 4 corners, had a meaty stance now
  • LED bulbs in the headlights and tail lights
  • LED bulbs in the interior, way brighter. You were on to something here
  • Light paint correction. Looks way better but could use a touch up in some spots, but looks way better
  • Factory grill painted gloss black

Next steps:
  • I bought Halos for the headlights, I’m going to crack those open and install them in the next few days
  • valve blocks need a refresh
  • Android head unit

In the next month or two I’d like to focus on power. The engine is strong but needs a little more go. I’ve been looking at bolt ons. I’ve almost sorted out a plan. I’m still on the fence with what I’m going to do tho. There’s not a lot of info out there for the AJV8 in NA form. Honestly most of the info out there is “sell it and get something faster” but I find it hard to believe that there isn’t room on the table for more power.

I’ll get some pictures up soon.

Anyway, you getting yours back together? How have you liked the diesel? I assume is has more torque down low in a useable rev range. It’ll be nice to see it buttoned back up. Once it’s back on the road… tune it
 

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Getting the headlights apart is a nightmare. They went crazy with sealant on mine, will need a new housing now. I’ll probably get it together next week for the inspection then deal with it all correctly. Going to get some Valeo fog lights out of a Citroen for cheap. Same setup as the stock halogens, but LED. Nice little upgrade.

The 3.0 TDV6 isn’t bad, despite the crankshaft scare. It’s no petrol V8 engine with gobs of HP, but it’s a great cruiser. The max torque is 442 ft-lbs at 2000 RPM.

LED lights are nice, did you wire up the rear “load space” lights? That’s a huge difference.
 

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Yeah a heat gun and patience will do it. Luckily it's nice out and I can drive the other car if the Range is down for a few days. Those Valeo fogs sound pretty nice, it'll be a good upgrade.

I've changed almost everything to LEDs. The interior is super bright! Definitely a big change and the bulbs were pretty cheap on Amazon.

That TDV6 is a torque monster!
 

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Your door-handles... did you upgrade/mod those? They don't appear to be the standard dark-grey finish of a 2009. They look more 2010+ possibly?
 

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That was another Amazon buy. Took 4 weeks to get to me, but it worked well. I guess there are two different set ups for the door handles - one for 06 and one for 07-09... something like that.

Anyway, here's the link on the door handles:

Mine have "Land Rover" written on all of them
 

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Looking good. Got mine pieced together for inspection. Need to get a few parts, but will get it done.

These are the new fog lights:
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The adjuster is more forward than stock, but a little trimming in the bumper and they went right in.

Edit: Passed inspection yesterday, it’s back on the road again.
 

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Sale on Osram W5W 6000k LED lights, picked up eight 2-packs to replace all the W5W bulbs in the car (again). These are the way to go, even light, correct color, well made. I was already losing LED’s on the second set of cheap Chinese LED lights. Need resistors for the bulbs in the bottoms of the front doors. The Chinese LED’s work, but the Osrams don’t have enough resistance to trigger them to come on. I’ll order the correct Osram resistors for them next week and get them in.

A guy does a pretty good test/review of various W5W LED bulbs, here’s a link if you’re interested:
The sale plus this video is what pushed me to buy them.
 

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Looking really good. I need to get back to my Brembo caliper project. Might get them painted this weekend.
 

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Looking really good. I need to get back to my Brembo caliper project. Might get them painted this weekend.
Nice man, what color are you going to go with?

It’s funny, now that mine is finally sorted, I think I’m going to sell it. I like the utility, but I want something a little more fun to drive. There’s an X3 M Sport near me that I’ve been eyeballing.

I’m trying to sort out what exactly I’m after. Ultimately, I’m looking for a fun winter car. I want something I can push in the corners, but still take out to the rural areas occasionally.

Time will tell. I’m going to give the Range a good deep cleaning and put her up for sale
 

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Going with bright red and black Brembo logos. When I bought it somebody had already sprayed the stock calipers red and I like the little splash of color it adds to an otherwise monochromatic appearance. I don’t think I’ll notice any real benefits from the Brembos, just like the huge appearance of them behind the wheels.

Sounds like you need to find the right setup for you. Mine has the dynamic drive mode where it kicks the dynamic response sway bars and adaptive dynamic struts up a notch allowing it to eat up corners on the road. The dynamic response sway bars disconnect when in off road height and the adaptive dynamic struts soften up making it good for bouncing through the rougher terrain. For me my car had 95% of what I was looking for and the other 5% isn’t missed. The 3.0TDV6 isn’t a screaming engine, but it’s a great highway/freeway cruiser due to the MPG. Off the line it launches great due to the low down torque, but then the fact it only has 245HP catches up with it quick.

Maybe look for a 2010 5.0SC? They’re very different to the 2005-2009 models, especially if they have dynamic drive mode.

Edit: Case in point, today drove out to a few lakes, first two were through roundabouts and some good curves, car blasted through it all easily. Last lake was through the forest on narrow, rutted and chewed up twin track dirt roads. Put it in off road height and cruised along easily, even used HDC for a section.

Not saying a 2010+ RRS is the answer for you, but worth trying out. I drove a few 2005-2009’s, then drove a 2010. After that I only looked at 2010+. The interior is a good improvement, the engines are good improvements (despite their issues) and the suspension is a good improvement, especially with dynamic drive mode.
 
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