Off-Road Discovery


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Panhard Rod / Track Bar Kit Conversion from Watts Linkage

The 2nd Best Modification We Have Done to Our Land Rover Discovery 2 (Engine is #1)

Does anyone know what a Watts Linkage is or what it does? Is it better than a Panhard Rod? What is a Panhard Rod? (chuckle)

We are not going to explain how these two pieces of equipment function (we will provide awesome resources that do) but we can tell you from firsthand experience the difference in how they feel and comparison of their durability.

Newly Installed Panhard Rod

Panhard Rod / Track Bar Kit Conversion from Watts Linkage on a Land Rover Discovery

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Overland External Modifications and Add-ons

Our Adventure Mobile Set-up

We have recently added some additions to the exterior of our Land Rover and love them! Modifications and additions to a vehicle are personal and vary for need and personal taste. We get pretty excited when we find things that make our life easier and make us happy so we want to share our add-ons in case it helps you find what you’re looking for. Within a very short period of time we added a High Lift Jack, ARB Awning, iKamper Roof Top Tent, Ladder, Shovel, Fuel and H20 Rotopax canisters.

Land Rover Discovery External Modifications and Add-ons, from Off-Road Discovery

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upgrade ideas for overland vehicles...


iKamper Skycamp Roof Top Tent

Why Camping in Our Own Tree House is the Best

We recently bought a roof top tent for our Land Rover Discovery to camp in with our two kids. Since we got it we have been asked by so many people what a roof top tent is, how we all fit in it and why we choose it. With so many people asking we thought we would write it down and share.

iKamper Skycamp Roof Top Tent

iKamper, the easiest roof top tent to set up

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why our family loves our roof top tent...


Off-Road Winch Recovery

Land Rover Defenders Demonstrating Basic Rules and Guidelines for Winch Recovery

There are MANY cases a winch comes in handy and it’s not just when you are stuck. A winch can also get you out of tight spots that may otherwise damage the vehicle or environment around it. Keep reading to get the basic rules and guidelines to recovering a vehicle with a winch.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Going to need to winch out of this one

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techniques on how recover with a winch...


4x4 a Water Crossing

Exhilarating and Challenging Off-Road Driving

There is one thing I can tell you about water – it’s WET!

As a Boat Builder/Designer/Marina Developer and Owner for 30 years as one of my businesses, I can confirm that “WET” and Mechanical/Electrical working parts don’t go well together.

Water crossings can provide some of the most exhilarating and challenging 4x4 Driving around. They can also prove to be the most expensive! So, if you’re not an Auto Mechanic or Auto Electrician then be prepared for those less agreeable quotes from your local 4x4 garage that usually start with “Open your Wallet Sir and say after me HELP YOURSELF!”

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Land Rover Discovery going for a swim

This really is as extreme as you ever want to go unless you are an Olympic Swimmer. This was on a 4wd Trek drive by a very experienced off-roader in a well prepared Discovery BUT it could still have been touch and go at this depth.

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techniques on how to 4x4 through water...


Overland Techniques for Rough and Rocky Tracks

As Slow as Possible and as Fast as Necessary

Rough and rocky tracks come in all shape and form. They can be up in the mountains, in amongst the forests and even in the desert. Yes, I did say desert, not all deserts are just sand.

When you are faced with driving such features, you need first to think back to the very basics of 4wd and check out the previous articles on Hazard Identification, Vehicle Geometric Limitations, Ascents and Descents as well as the one on ABS,TC and HDC Controls. If you don’t take these and the various driving techniques into consideration you are likely to be inviting trouble or failure.

Hang Ups & Dangly Bits

That’s right, Hang Ups and Dangly Bits to be discussed first…

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Land Rover Discovery 2 Off-Road Training: Rough and Rocky Terrain

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techniques on how to drive in rocky conditions...


Guidelines to Driving on Snow and Ice

Interesting Stuff Snow!

Interesting stuff Snow!

If I may, I’ll start this article off with a bit of humour as it hopefully will bring folks a better understanding of Snow and Ice.

I first came across the “White Stuff” in the late 1940’s the morning after one of the UK’s major blizzards. A family member was all excited to show it to me. I stood in awe as they opened the front door and they were shouting something that to me sounded like “Dwift” – Look, a big “Dwift.” Towering above me the full height of the door-frame was this large “Dwift” of the stuff. I stuck out my hand and had my first lesson about Snow; sometimes it has no support strength. It all fell in through the doorway and buried me; didn’t take much to do that as I was only 2 years old at the time.

What is All This White Stuff??

Kids and Snow

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techniques on how to drive in snow...


How to Drive on Sand Without Getting Stuck

Expert Tips on Driving in Sand

Do you have the pleasure to live or travel in a sandy location? Tropical beach, rolling sand hills or maybe it’s the desert for work. No matter where your sandy destination is be alert of the challenges of driving in sand. Too many people join the ‘digging club’ and it’s one club you’d rather avoid.

Please note this is general Sand not Desert Driving, although many of the basic principles are the same, Desert Driving is a “long” discussion in itself and we may cover that at a later date.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Beautiful Beach

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techniques on how to drive in sand ...


Off-Road Rollovers

Why Do They Happen?

Following on from the On-Road Rollover information the same Laws of Motion, Physics and Vehicle Dynamics apply in conjunction with the driver’s experience.

Believe me, there are some very experienced off-road drivers out there who in the “panic” of the moment do forget their basic training. Despite how good we think we are, nobody is perfect all of the time.

Off-Road Rollovers occur on all types of terrain. You can be driving at any speed on a straight track, cornering, ascending or descending hills, traversing side slopes.

Let’s have a look at the most common causes and faults.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Vehicle rollover common causes and faults

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Tips for reducing the likelihood of a vehicle rollover ...


On-Road Rollovers

Reduce the Likelihood of a Vehicle Rollover

What is the cause of on-road rollovers?

Remember what Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion states: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction

When driving, whether it be On-Road or Off-Road, if the vehicle tilts at an angle from a maneuver such as losing a wheel off the edge of the road or into a rut, ditch or even just a variance in the terrain the driver will usually immediately react to this. Here are tips on what you can do to reduce the likelihood of a rollover. [Off-road rollover tips(/off-road-rollovers) are in the next article.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer. Avoid On-Road Rollovers

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Tips for reducing the likelihood of a vehicle rollover ...