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LandRoverAnorak
 


Member Since: 06 Mar 2014
Location: Surrey
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United Kingdom 2013 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Aintree GreenDiscovery 4
An Anoraks' Land Rover

Hello folks,

I've owned my Discovery for just over six weeks and thought it about time that it had its' own thread Cool

The vehicle is a 2006 2.7 TDV6 'S' and was bought from Tiger of this parish. It was specced from new with the cold climate pack and tow bar, and Tiger has added a T-Max split charger, RLD wheel protector and Garmin sat nav in a D4 surround.

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I bought it in the knowledge that it needed a few things attending to and, so far, I've replaced the rear disks and pads, the front prop and a drive shaft gaiter. It's going to need a whole slew of bushes and track rods soon, too. After reading about it here, I've also had a visit from Geoff to have the gearbox flushed and he did the 'clock on dash' mod for me whilst he was here:

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Beyond this mundane stuff, I've had chance to make a few changes of my own. Firstly, I've got four new tyres - General Grabber AT's:

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Cubby box tray:

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Black badges courtesy of Beanie:

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A dog guard, as I like stuff in the back to stay there:

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The load cover also provides a handy place to store this blast from the past:

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There are a few other modifications that I want to make. Principally, this will include adapting the tow bar to tow my Sankey trailer, fitting extended roof rails for things like bike racks and an Ozpod, and probably spot lights, although the standard set up is already much better than my previous Defender. I'm sure I'll find other things that I 'need' along the way too Laughing
 Darren

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia 
 
Post #127552726th Apr 2014 7:24 pm
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LandRoverAnorak
 


Member Since: 06 Mar 2014
Location: Surrey
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United Kingdom 2013 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Aintree GreenDiscovery 4

Today I fitted a rear ladder, which I picked up for a bargain price on eBay:

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The kit is pretty good and the instructions are nice and easy although I did make a couple of changes. The first was to swap the standard nuts and bolts for some nice shiny stainless ones:

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I also added some grip tape to the treads:

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I'm very pleased with the result and I also took the opportunity to try out a couple of roof bars that I'd also picked up recently:

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The ladder will also eventually become a platform for mounting a rear work light and reversing camera, but I've got to fabricate some bracketry for those first.
 Darren

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia 
 
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Comusat
 


Member Since: 04 May 2013
Location: Stalybridge
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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 HSE Auto Bonatti GreyDiscovery 3

Looking good Thumbs Up
Keep the updates coming Very Happy
 Lee
D3 TDV6 HSE, Bonatti Grey, 7 Seats, Dual Climate, Heated F&R Seats & Screen, Fog's , Auto lights & Wipers, SAT NAV, Harmon Kardon, Cruise, many rattles, occasional leak
D2 3.9 V8 supposed to be Green, was mainly rust. Gone but not forgotten. 
 
Post #127554026th Apr 2014 7:51 pm
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Andy Foster
 


Member Since: 27 Dec 2009
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United Kingdom 2015 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech Auto Santorini BlackDiscovery 4

Just fitted one of those ladders as well Thumbs Up

Planning on fitting a work light on as well.

Looking good by the way Thumbs Up

Andy
 D4 MY15 SE TECH
D3 gone but never forgotten. 
 
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LandRoverAnorak
 


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United Kingdom 2013 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Aintree GreenDiscovery 4

Thanks, chaps.

My wife bought me one of these LED worklights for Christmas that was intended for my 110, but as that's been replaced by the D3, I'm now working on a cunning plan to use it on that instead.

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I've got half an idea for a bracket that will allow the light to rotate and point down through the glass when the tailgate is raised, but I haven't sorted out the details yet Confused
 Darren

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia 
 
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Andy Foster
 


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United Kingdom 2015 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech Auto Santorini BlackDiscovery 4

I am going to order one of these.

eBay item number eBay Item No. 151116671315

Will use a ciggy plug and lead to plug into the 12v rear socket for now. Will sort something more permanent later.

Andy
 D4 MY15 SE TECH
D3 gone but never forgotten. 
 
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LandRoverAnorak
 


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United Kingdom 2013 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Aintree GreenDiscovery 4

They look pretty good. How are you going to mount it?
 Darren

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia 
 
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Andy Foster
 


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Was thinking of using the bolt for the top ladder bracket. Will mount it on top of the top step, if that makes sence. Just need a waterproof plug and socket and the 12v lead. There is a thread on here titled rear work light I think. Got a photo on that from Beanie of how he mounted his.

Andy
 D4 MY15 SE TECH
D3 gone but never forgotten. 
 
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DG
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LandRoverAnorak wrote:
Today I fitted a rear ladder, which I picked up for a bargain price on eBay:


Each to their own I guess ..but I would have saved up for the OEM ladder as this one looks really 'unfortunate' if I'm honest Thumbs Up
 16 year veteran > D2 GS 2003 > D3 S 2006 > D3 HSE 2009 > D4 HSE 2013 > D4 HSE 2015 > D5 HSE 2018  
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LandRoverAnorak
 


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United Kingdom 2013 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Aintree GreenDiscovery 4

Thanks Rolling with laughter If we're being 'honest' though, I think the OEM ladder is a rubbish design. It looks far too spindly and the first step is too high.

Generally, I choose my modifications based on their usefulness, first and foremost, albeit tempered by the cost. If I felt inclined to save up, I would have gone for the Prospeed one as it's a much better design, but the cost makes it overkill for my needs.
 Darren

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia 
 
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Thumbs Up The OEM is robust and the step is surprisingly in the right place ...even for short stout peeps like myself Laughing
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Ireland 2007 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Manual Stornoway GreyDiscovery 3

Did you buy that TAZ reg or was it on it when you purchased the D3?
  
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LandRoverAnorak
 


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United Kingdom 2013 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Aintree GreenDiscovery 4

DG wrote:
Thumbs Up The OEM is robust and the step is surprisingly in the right place ...even for short stout peeps like myself Laughing

I'm glad that you're happy with your choice Thumbs Up

Mick, I was actually give the TAZ reg. by a fellow member of Defender2.net. I only really wanted it as it's non-aged related, but I've become quite attached to it now. I've just transferred it from my Defender onto the Discovery, although the process was a chore as the DVLA forgot to issue updated log books Rolling Eyes
 Darren

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia 
 
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England 2014 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 XS Auto Corris GreyDiscovery 4

Never mind the ladder that Tow bar just waaaaay! too low!!

It's looking really good Thumbs Up
  
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LandRoverAnorak
 


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United Kingdom 2013 Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS Auto Aintree GreenDiscovery 4

Yeah, 'tis a bit. We towed our caravan over Easter and when hitched up I thought 'hmm, that's a bit low'. Will have to change it for next time, although I am trying to work out how to fit a Dixon Bate to it, too Rolling Eyes
 Darren

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia 
 
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