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    I'll have some off - 1990 Land Rover Discovery Bobtail

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    They also made a video.



    So, the kit it has and the comparison to Keely. Where to start...
    • Bobtail chop - the most obvious thing and the biggest difference from Keely. This massively improves off road performance by removing the overhang. Less to rust too...
    • Roll cage - stops me caving in the corners and obviously protects from rolling. Since the guy was a fabricator I'm inclined to trust it.
    • Rock sliders - Tied in to the roll cage and incorporating strengthening box section in place of the rust-prone sills. I always wanted these on Keely but the bolt on versions tend to find weak points...
    • Big tyres - Much larger than mine (not sure of the exact size) and with a much more aggressive pattern. They're worn but no more than you would expect and far from causing me any issues with road legality.
    • Electric rear locker - Arguably stronger than the air locker I have in Keely and gives me better access should it need maintenance.
    • Front limited slip - Don't have one, makes it go even better. No intention of replacing with a manual locker yet.
    • Front winch - I don't have any winches on Keely, this one is a Warn 8274 that has been upgraded with a more powerful motor and has thick synthetic rope. This would be expensive all on its own.
    • Rear winch - 2 is better than one, this is the kind of winch I would've bought for Keely. Currently needs a bit of attention. Both winches have wireless remotes.
    • CB radio - OK so I have one but this is very neatly mounted and has a speaker.
    • Hi-lift jack - I don't have one, useful extra.
    • Waffle boards - fibreglass equivalents of sand ladders. I don't have any of these either so another bonus.
    • Front spot lights - Yet another option I didn't have, not critical but they are already fitted and neatly wired in.
    • Rear work light - as above.
    • Snorkel - have one, this is basically the same but easier to ensure it's sealed.
    • 40 litre fuel tank - not as big but big enough and not vulnerable to damage. There is a shut-off tap for safety and it stops anyone driving off with it.
    • Twin battery system - Haven't looked in to this fully but the winches run off a separate battery and unlike the single one in Keely they both work. One is brand new! Nice big isolation switches for the winch power under the bonnet.
    • Under-bonnet LED strips - A bit of a gimmick and as they're mostly dead I can't see how good they can be but handy and cheap to replace.
    • Flashing amber recovery LEDs - this was used in a 4x4 response group for a number of years. Not a whole lot of use to me but flashing lights is flashing lights...
    • Boost gauge - always wanted one.


    It also came with a big stack of spare parts, some being quite expensive such as winch motor. The engine has had a new starter motor, alternator and appears to have a new vacuum pump. There's very little that doesn't work but quite a few things need attention, here's my current job list:
    • Wheel bearing to be replaced.
    • Steering damper bracket is broken, replacement should be easy to source.
    • Rear door lock not working right but is fine for now(parts from Keely).
    • Both front door locks sticking (parts from Keely).
    • Drivers window sticks (parts from Keely).
    • Rear wiper broken off (guess what - parts from Keely).
    • Find out what is going on with rear winch (wiring issue).
    • Either get more locking wheel nuts or get rid - nice to have but they throw the wheel balance off.
    • Some security bolts for stuff.


    Anyway that's far too much waffle - pictures!

    Interior



    "A slick dash"



    Closer look at the switches



    Rear differential lock switch. The push button is a 30 amp switch, never seen these strange things before but they work. They're made in Germany and I think they have an internal fuse but I haven't found out how to get to it yet...



    Relays



    Some fuses



    Fuel gauge (seriously, it's a sight tube!)



    Proof pic



    Height comparison with Bugsy...



    I intend to have a lot of fun with this thing.
    Last edited by Matt2000; July 11th, 2018, 11:43 PM.



    #2
    This is now the derpiest vehicle on the forums. Well bought

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      #3
      I expect to see it at Ringmeet. I'll pay for the lap. Shotgun.

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        #4
        Was there not some other way to measure the fuel level?

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          #5
          Seems good value! Never been a huge fan of offroaders like these, but you can't deny they are epic fun. Hope to see some good pics of it in action.

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            #6
            You're bonkers.

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            Originally posted by public View Post
            This is now the derpiest vehicle on the forums.
            I think he just overtook Adrian and his Donkervoort in the category "insane vehicle choice".

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              #7
              Originally posted by thomas View Post
              I expect to see it at Ringmeet. I'll pay for the lap. Shotgun.
              If you pay for the transporter too then I might think about it, there's no way I'm driving this thing any further than the coast.

              Originally posted by Spectre View Post
              Was there not some other way to measure the fuel level?
              He could've fitted a sender but this was a simple solution that can't really go wrong or give an inaccurate reading. I'll probably replace the pipe at some point with a new, clear piece. Currently have no real world idea of how far it goes on a tank.

              Edit: Oh and it turns out those switches are thermal circuit breakers. They'll automatically trip if the circuit draws too much current.
              Last edited by Matt2000; January 31st, 2017, 12:24 AM.


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                #8
                I approve of this insanity!

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                  #9
                  You are crazy. Approved!
                  2008 R 280 CDI
                  2001 E 220 CDI
                  1997 Scorpio 2.3i
                  1975 220 D

                  ex. Odyssey 3.5 V6 EX-L, Captiva, E 220 CDI T, Grand Voyager 3.3 V6 AWD, C 200 CDI Business, Grand Espace 2.0T, SRX 4.6 V8 AWD, 960 3.0i, Mondeo 1.8i Ghia Wagon, LeSabre, Laguna II , Marea Weekend, 9-3 Aero, V70 2.5D, Escort 1.8i CLX, E 300 D, Prelude, C 220, 200 D, 626 2.2i SVX, Sierra 1.6 CL

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                    #10
                    This is the best one. You can sell the rest.

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                      #11
                      So is this ja Sport Utility Vehicle or what?

                      Amazing car, I hope to see it some day!
                      flickr

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                        #12
                        You're mad, but in the best possible way.
                        ?
                        "I'm sure Burger King is doing great in Germany, but they're not exactly stopping making schnitzels."

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                          #13
                          Awesome. Sam and I would love to come and join you on one of your off-roading weekends - hopefully we can fix something up for later this year.
                          WillDAQ: To use the technical terms: "the Mustang is to aerodynamics what horse shit is to fine dining"

                          Dr Grip: Brilliant!

                          EyeMWing Because what fun is a silicone dick if you don't try putting it in somebody's backside at least once.

                          Jay IKEA now ranks up in my awesome list, quite near bacon and blowjobs.

                          Cowboy I've never gotten so drunk I wanted to rub one out while shoving a fire extinguisher up my ass.



                          Remind me never to have him round to dinner!

                          www.mattonmotors.com/ @MattOnMotors

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                            #14
                            Yessssssssss!!!


                            Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                            Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                            Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                            Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                              #15
                              You seem to have lost the back of your Disco, mate.

                              /me waits for the negrep
                              "Well, that's fine. You waste your money on a Mustang or a Ferrari. The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I'm giving it five stars is because I can't give it 14."
                              --Jeremy Clarkson on the NC MX-5

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Lastsoul View Post
                                So is this ja Sport Utility Vehicle or what?

                                Amazing car, I hope to see it some day!
                                I'd like to think SUV stands for Seriously Unstoppable Vehicle.

                                Originally posted by MWF View Post
                                Awesome. Sam and I would love to come and join you on one of your off-roading weekends - hopefully we can fix something up for later this year.
                                That would be great, I've scared all my local non-LR friends already so I need new victims.

                                I hope you don't think I ignored your advice in the eBay thread, it just makes more sense than pouring cash into a bottomless pit.

                                Originally posted by WDWBen View Post
                                You seem to have lost the back of your Disco, mate.

                                /me waits for the negrep
                                Parts falling off is a common problem anyway, how can I negrep?


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                                  #17
                                  Wow, what a cool toy. And it has a goddamn exoskeleton!

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                                    #18
                                    Very cool. Good call on removing the wires I think. My first thought was that those things could do some pretty final destination-esque things in a crash.

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                                      #19
                                      What was the purpose of the cables anyway?

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                                        #20
                                        Keeping everything together and preventing bodywork from falling off?
                                        ?
                                        "I'm sure Burger King is doing great in Germany, but they're not exactly stopping making schnitzels."

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