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Much Luck Wished! Use the salvaged new parking sensor brackets along with the parking sensors for sure. I use that system every single day. AND, you 100% need the wheel-well-shields/Splash Guards firmly reinstalled with the new bumper and same fenders. Those Splash-Guards majorly help keep all the sensitive electronics under the hood and tucked inside the front bumper up-&-away from standing street/ponding water that can soak sensors/electronic connections and make them malfunction... They certainly aren't water-proof, but they protect against splashing and soak-age and nasty puddle andHello guys, sorry to resurrect an old thread but I'm about to complete my facelift conversion.
My RRS is a 2014 L494, I've already swapped the rear end to the facelift style and have now bought all the parts I need for the front end conversion. For the lights I took the risk and ordered some of the plug-n-play Chinese headlights. They were delivered to me yesterday and on first inspection they look really good, haven't tested them yet though.
Here's a quick video showing the unboxing of one of the lights. I haven't reviewed them at this point because there's not much to say other than "it looks like a headlight" but I will do a full review once they are fitted.
Here's my progress so far:
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The only issue I have encountered so far is that that the parking sensors from my old bumper didn't fit the new bumper, they were slightly narrower than the holder. I ordered some more parking sensors that I was told would work, today I fitted them and although they were the correct shape/size and physically fit my original pre-f/l bumper wiring loom, they still don't work when the car is put into reverse. I either need a different loom and/or different sensors. Could anyone offer any suggestions on this? I bought my bumper without the sensors/loom so had to use my old stuff.
With regards to the front end I was hoping that the bumper would arrive today so I could fit everything but the courier didn't turn up and is now saying Wednesday...
Although I have't started the front end conversion yet I have a few pointers that it would be useful to have known earlier:
1) In addition to the parking sensors, the wiring loom for the front bumper is different to the pre-facelift. The connectors for the fog lights are different. I'm told that you can use the original loom but you will need to extend some of the PDC wiring and splice in the correct connectors for the fog lights (unless you go SVR bumper route which has no fogs).
A few Ive seen online say that they transplanted the parking sensor holders from their old bumper and bonded them on the new bumper so that they can use their original sensors but I'm hoping for a neater solution that doing this if possible.
2) The intercooler ducts are also different, they're smaller on the facelift. Others that have done the conversion said that they have just left the ducts off altogether, but again I'd rather do it the right way if possible. I ordered 2 of the facelift ducts from JLR.
3) The bumper carrier is different. This is the long curved bar that runs underneath the headlights the entire width of the car. It might be possible to use the original pre-facelift one with some modification - I'm not sure what the differences are but I know they have a different part number. Also on some of those Pre Facelift to Facelift SVR conversion kits (where you buy the whole kit from China in one go) I noticed that they include a replacement bumper carrier so I imagine you must need it. Either way I picked up a replacement facelift one from JLR.
4) The headlight washer system is different on the facelift, the caps and the washer mechanism from the pre-fl bumper doesn't fit the facelift. I ordered new ones from JLR.
5) This is an important one... Most of the used front bumpers on eBay etc (even the complete looking ones) actually have a lot of the mounts removed from inside. Looking at them on eBay they look ready to go, but obly since I bought my bumper did I realise that I'm actually missing :
No problem I thought, I'll just order some from JLR. But once I actually tried to do this I found out that you can't buy these parts separately, they come as part of the bumper. Apparently when most aftermarket bodykits are fitted they don't come with headlight washer jet or side wheel arch liner mounts so the mounts are removed from the donor bumper and bonded onto the aftermarket. 90% of the bumpers I've seen on eBay have the mounts removed.
- The mounts that the headlight washer mechanism screws onto
- The inner side mounts that the wheel arch liners screw into.
I have asked advice on this and I'm told that the best thing to do is blank off the headlight washer hoses and just screw/bond the washer jet covers onto the bumper because the are not really needed. The other side mounts can (apparently) be used from my old pre-fl bumper with a little modification and plastic welding (which I'm not keen on doing if I can help it).
The obvious solution for anyone new attempting this is to make sure that you buy a bumper that has all these things on. Most of the bumpers on eBay that don't have them are still described as "complete" because they have the grills, lights, etc but they're still not really complete because they're missing the vital components.
This one as you can see is bare in the corner (and you can just about see that there's no where for the washer jets to attach because the mount is totally missing):
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This one has a whole plastic inner mount and you can see the screw holes where the arch liners would attach:
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In my case I found a damaged facelift bumper really cheap on eBay that comes bare (i.e no grills/lights/etc) but luckily still does actually have the plastic inserts that I need, but it looks like I'm still going to have to get the plastic welder out to fit them.
The only snag with doing this (i.e fitting the original facelift inner side mounts and not te ones from my pre-facelift number) is that apparently the front arch liner is actually different. If you transplant the inner mounts from your pre-fl bumper you can use your original arch liner, if you use the facelift mounts you must also use the facelift arch liner..
Also, in my case I don't have the parking assist extra parking sensors at the edges of the bumpers, so I have made sure to buy a bumper that also doesn't have the holes for the sensors, otherwise you also have to buy 2 extra dummy sensors to fill the holes. Also if for example you do buy a "complete" facelift bumper with wiring loom etc and it's from the park assist car (with extra sensors etc) the wiring loom connector physically won't actually fit the connector on your car so it's a bit of a minefield.
I Imagine I'm going to have all sorts of problems with the front bumper wiring and PDC sensors just like I'm having with the front, but I knew that this wasn't going to be a straightforward conversion before I started.
Anyway, thought I'd share my tips and I'll update progress as I go on.
Wish me luck..
Well it’s a matter of personal opinion. In my case not doing it for anyone else to notice. Also I wasn’t going to go through the trouble without making it a complete conversion. I’ve seen several people do the conversion on YouTube and if they are selling the wire loom obviously it’s not as bad as it seems but again it’s about personal preference. As soon as I get started on putting it all together I will post lots of pictures!! Wish me luck!
Good luck mate.
I facelifted my 2014 RR sport into the new svr looks, bunpre, fenders and headlamps are all aftermarket. Had to cut and adapt the intercooler ducts.
As for the sensors, yes the housings are different. You can either adapt those or remove them and install the original ones in the new bumper.. Either way it won't be a huge hassle.
I decided to install fog lamps in the svr bumper, so I cut holes just below the side vents and fitted them with some custom brackets and sealant. I was able to use some yellow airbag connectors from another car wich are exactly the same as 2018 range rover led fog lamp connectors.. Cut the old ones from wiring and soldered them on.
Asnfor the fenders, I tried and use the old inner mounts and they work perfectly with the bumper.
As for the headlamps..
I went the aftermarket route. They are good, the light beam is fine. I had an issue thought, once fitted them, the adaptive headlamp fault appeared in the dashboars.. Luckily was able to code it out of the car via GAP tool.. My headlamps had just 6 pins on the connector, yours seems to have more... So probably it's already coded to remove that fault.