|Discovery II - Exterior|
BullBar is manufactured by ARB and is their winch bar. I chose this bar over the other main competitor at the time, being TJM, based on strength and it having inbuilt recovery points. Admittedly it does give away approach angle. Aesthetically they are both good looking bars. The ARB Bar is full steel in construction and has the strength to mount the winch directly into the bar. The bar has been colour coded to match the paintwork on the Discovery and was installed by Traction 4 in Artarmon Sydney.
Rock Sliders are manufactured by 4x4DE, a small company based in Melbourne. I waited a long time for the right Rock slider. For my use and the truck it needed to be solid underneath as one would expect, though it also needed to have protection from side impacts off rocks and in ruts. Due to the ride height and rear door oriface, the slider also needed to act as a step. The best I had seen was the RTE (Rovertym) units from the US, but these were very expensive to import. The sliders are very similar in design, and meet the criteria as required. The finish is black powder coat.
Rear Bar has been designed and manufactured by myself. Commercially manufactured rear bars are available, though even more expensive than a bull bar, despite the simple designs. My bar was designed to follow reasonably closely the factory bar lines, but to be built strong and protect the body work from impact while offroading. Bar mounted lights have been removed to maintain strength. It is full steel in construction and finished in black rust guard paint.
Guard cutting has been carried out by myself. Duration was about 2 afternoons, with most of the time being spent on trimming and sealing the rear doors. The guards have been trimmed back by a total of 1.3" to suit 35" tyres and flexi-flares.
Rear lighting has been included under the rear bar. The purpose of this is to provide additional work light, though mainly to increase visibility while reversing. These lights are manually switched via a relay control, and in this position regularly get smashed.
Rear light cluster rewire I've done as the rear bar contains no indicators or fog lamps. I have rewired the original reverse lights as indicators and used orange bulbs in place of the original white ones. The rear work lights are then used as reverse lights.
Plastic protectives have been supplied by Land Rover and used to protect the leading edges on the Discovery. Headlight, spot light and bonnet protectors have been used, the spot light covers having absorb high speed animal strikes quite well, although with damage.
Driving lights from IPF(800) have been used. These have 130w globes with more power than the traditional 100w spot lights. This no doubt helps make up for the square shape reflectors. 2x Spot configuration was chosen to throw a long distance beam, after where the headlights finish. The IPF spot lights have their own wire loom direct from the battery for efficiency. The headlights were good enough to not warrant spread beams, especially as the headlights are fitted with 90/100w H4 globes. The headlight wiring loom has been changed to a Traxide headlight loom to cope with the power demands of the 90/100w globes.
Winch is a Warn XD9000. This is the largest the bar will accomodate and is powerful enough to pull the Discovery out of strife. Warn has a good reputation, has been reliable and parts are readily available.
Spare tyre carrier inversion has been carried out to raise the height of the carrier and spare tyre over the rear bumper bar. This now provides enough clearance to mount a 33" spare tyre on the rear door.
Long range fuel tank has been purchased from Long Range Automotive (LRA) in Victoria and contains a replacement main tank, and a companion tank that resides outside of the chassis behind the right hand rear 1/4 panel. Fuel capacity has now gone up to 150 litres and gives a usable range of over 1000km. I've done the installation, though true value is in paying somebody else to do it!
Roof rack has been purchased and installed by Traction 4 and is an ARB Defender 3/4 rack running Discovery gutter mounts.
Duel Battery system is a 100ah Lifeline battery located in the rear DS storage bin. It is hard wired externally from the main battery using 6mm wire and feeds the fridge and accessories only via a fuse block which is also located in the rear of the 4WD. The 2nd battery has its connection management performed by a RedArc duel battery controller which is also located in the rear DS storage bin with the battery.