We decided to give our Land Rover Discovery extra protection with custom made skid plates. While off-roading we have had tree logs barely miss puncturing our gas tank and rocks dent our transmission pan. It was time to better protect ourselves while adventuring and when we often only have ourselves to rely on.
Checking Out the New Custom Skid Plates at the Shop
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
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.
After replacing our stock 4.0 L Bosch engine for a 4.6 L Turner Engineering Rover V8 with a high performance Kent cam shaft, ported and polished heads, top hatted liners, upgraded 4.6 intake, ECU tune from Mark Adams at Tornado Systems and new Safari Snorkel we have hit the 60,000 km mark!
Old Vehicle, New Engine, Endless of Fun
We heard the knocking noise best when driving in our back alley, slowly on the bumpy road. We also heard it well when driving high speeds on a hwy hitting the fine bumps of the pavement. The knocking sounded sort of like a chirping noise. We thought it was coming from the suspension, now we just had to figure out if we were right.
Mechanics in Training - Always Ready to Help
Land Rover Discovery’s are well known for their Air Suspension which works with the Land Rover Self Leveling Suspension (SLS) system. Love it or hate it, if you have air suspension you will want to know how to use it.
Controls for Air Suspension and Next Generation Driver
The Land Rover Discovery 2 comes with ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS), TRACTION CONTROL (TC) and HILL DESCENT CONTROL (HDC) as Standard.
This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.
Off-Road Discovery has partnered with Paul Sinkinson at Xplorability and we are excited to share a series for learning the fundamentals of 4WD off-roading. All of the materials of Off-Road Driver Training were created by Paul Sinkinson, a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.
Originally this 4WD guide was written for and formed part of the Xplorability RoadSafe and TerrainSafe professional training programme designed for companies and contractors operating in mixed terrain conditions around the world to improve the knowledge of their driving teams, accident prevention and a reduction in vehicle wear and tear.
Everyone has a first time for everything. We belong to several overland, off-road and Land Rover community groups and many people involved seem well seasoned off-roading. There will always be the newbies, just like we were, that haven’t yet left the pavement but would like to. So we are going to take away the need of asking these possibly intimidating groups for advice and just tell you what we think you need to know before you go.
After some recent off-road trips and backcountry camping, we noticed we were getting a shake in the the steering wheel when back on the highway. This was happening when pumping the brakes to keep them cool. If we braked at high speed but maintained even pressure on the brakes peddle we didn’t get any shakes. Based on these symptoms we felt confident that our brakes weren’t warped and causing the shaking. We had also just replaced all of the brake parts including stainless steel brake lines as well as re-building each caliber. So if it isn’t the brakes what is it?
Making Sure We Keep Our Disco Running Smooth