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Old November 24th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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The difference a couple hours can make.

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Old November 24th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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I really miss driving my truck without the rack. It just always seems to go back on. You need a quick connector for your lights.

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Old November 24th, 2007, 02:40 PM
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Yeah. I may rewire some things while the rack is off.

The rack is off becuase it broke. I am replacing it with a low rack.
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Old November 25th, 2007, 06:47 PM
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Question for you Steve...

Is that a waterproof connector? Or did you not worry about it being waterproof?
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Old November 25th, 2007, 08:09 PM
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Known as a weatherpack connector. Jegs sells them online or most Pepboys stores have a few in stock.

https://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/stor...21n6RJC%2fk%3d
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Old November 26th, 2007, 03:57 AM
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Thanks!
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Old November 26th, 2007, 09:54 AM
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curious. where/how did it break?
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Old November 26th, 2007, 10:22 AM
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It's amazing how much better the low rack looks...
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Old November 26th, 2007, 01:04 PM
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Old November 26th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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Yeah, I am pretty excited to get it on the truck.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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Hmmm... Crickets on how it broke.

Parking garage?
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Old November 26th, 2007, 03:23 PM
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You guys are so cool with your low racks. Speaking of quick connects and roof racks, does anybody if I can get something for my 2m antenna?
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Old November 26th, 2007, 06:02 PM
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John and I were fantasizing about starting over from scratch on near new trucks and I have to say that if I were to do it all over again I wouldn't be choosing between high and low because the CT rack only comes one way.

John and Ho offered me a CT rack at a good price a few years back and I balked at trading out my SD highlander. The setup on my disco is functional and proven and I didn't want to reengineer it around a new rack and I didn't want to give up the 4Ks or squeeze them, but if I were starting from scratch...




All the disco1 love spawned by Scott Brady's new accquisition and others like it had John and I dreaming about the possibilities. To take everything we know now and start again so much wiser and with far better install skill. And in many cases, better taste...

For me it was something like this:

1999 Disco1 SD, Alpine White, Cloth seats with weirdo red and green triangle commercial airliner interior, no tint, no sunroofs.

Wheels and tires:
-Michelin XZL 7.5s on ANR 4636s powdercoated alpine white
-2 spares, one on the roof but at the rear (the thin 7.5 and tall CT rack sides practially make the roof mounted spare disappear)

Drivetrain:
-As factory as possible 300Tdi conversion with diesel short-shaft R380. No autobox, no booty fab, no "custom" where factory is possible. No extra boost, no big intercooler.
-Stainless steel cooler lines everywhere (one concession to custom)
-1.4 LT230 with ashcroft low-low range gearset and 3.54s at the diffs
-Detroit rear with GBR HD axles
-TT front with GBR HD CVs and halfshafts

Suspension:
-Same 3" lift as my current disco (764s, 763s, LTRs, RTE links, DC driveshafts, lengthened radius arms, EE shock mounts, EE retainers, blah blah blah)
-Redrilled swivel balls (and they're those sweet black teflon type ones because it's a '99)
-Hydraulic bumpstops on the rear axle

Brakes:
-D90 vented front rotor conversion with D90 calipers
-ABS disabled
-EE Stainless steel lines
-DBAs all around
-Genuine pads
-ATE SuperBlue Racing
-No brake shields

Interior:
-Heated front windshield
-genuine rubber mats everywhere
-genuine waterproof seat covers front and back
-Mantec Dog guard
-Engel 45 with no transit bag
-Garmin 276C dash sexy
-Yaesu 857 with full antenna forest
-cargo net in rear like my current disco
-same compliment of tools
-way less spares thanks to the three hundy
-keep the backseat in just for looks
-same recovery gear
-same camp gear
-same personal gear
-XM satellite radio, factory stereo
-Marc Olivares wannabe folding cook table mounted to rear door along with knife magnet
-10lb CO2
-Overhead LR NATO SLR mounts above front seats with DSA congo configuration metric FAL
-Center console filled 20 round FAL metric pattern .308 magazines, nothing else
-Sat phone
-Leica Trinovid field glasses
-Leica Digilux 3 camera
-Surefire M3
-Surefire 6P x2
-HK flare gun


Exterior:
-Disco2 headlights
-Sill blades all around
-"DISCOVERY" sticker on roof above windshield
-Mantec snorkel powdercoated alpine white
-Safety Devices CT style rain gutter clamp rack
-4 hella 500s on the rack and LR genuine work lamp
-GRP waffleboards in gray
-LR factory rear ladder with black grip tape on the rungs
-Starboard XL flooring
-CT mantec axe mount at rear of rack
-Yellow diesel wedcos x4
-blue water wedcos x4
-LR genuine parts shovel on rack above front passenger door
-Trek Oufitters front bumper remade from the old drawings to accomodate a husky10
-Whatever winchline sheki runs
-two hella 550s on the front bumper
-Two Dixon Bate tow jaws on the front bumper
-Trek Outfitters rear bumper remade from the old drawings
-Large Dixon Bate tow jaw on rear bumper
-NO wannabe yellow CT jewelry
-NO CT stickers
-Slickrock sliders
-Omani Flag decal on driver side front fender (uncut by snorkel trimming)
-"Discovery" Mountain decal on passenger side front fender

Underneath:
-Leo Hallak stainless steel frame sliders
-RW offset tie rod
-defender drop arm
-RW drop link
-RW pinion guards front and rear
-mantec diff guards.
-JATEs front and rear
-Hella rubber cheapie spotting lamps x4

Driver:
-Wilderness EMT
-Gunsite, Thunder Ranch, Frontsight or equivalent rifle training
-Complete 300tdi, R380 and LT230 rebuild with field toolset
-Bill Burke OTR annually
-ARES
-back racing bikes again
-International Four wheel drive Instructors accreditation
-Continuing education photography classes at Cal Arts
-California CCW
-Airforce E&E instruction
-Army Ranger advanced Nav course






Oh man, that would be a sweet set-up.

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Old November 26th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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"Discovery" Mountain decal on passenger side front fender

I was just looking at pictures of that decal. I want one.


Yeah... yeah... I have DII. I still want one.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 07:20 PM
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Hmmm... Crickets on how it broke.

Parking garage?

Sorry, crickets because I don't know. I noticed after ICS this year.

I'll post some pics.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 07:43 PM
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Jack, that's a sweet ride. A few differences for me though.


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-Michelin XZL 7.5s on ANR 4636s powdercoated alpine white

I'm an XCL/XL lover. My XZLs give me plenty of love, but I would prefer the XL if I had my dream truck.

I can't recall the part number, but Land Rover has the ANR4636 rims in tubeless versions now. I was going to order them for my truck, but they were big bucks, something like $200 each. And George was throwing me my ANR4636 take-offs for $40 apiece. So I went with the tubed rims instead. But my dream Disco would have the tubeless rims.

Lug nuts would be the ANR3116 spare lug nuts with flange:




Quote:
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-Detroit rear with GBR HD axles
-TT front with GBR HD CVs and halfshafts


I want the GBR innards, but the factory drive flanges.


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-Redrilled swivel balls (and they're those sweet black teflon type ones because it's a '99)


I can live with the teflon swivel balls, but I would drill and tap the level and drain plug holes into the swivel housings and fit the appropriate plugs. That way I could use the gear oil instead of the grease.


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-Yaesu 857 with full antenna forest


Make mine an ICOM 706MKIIG:




Quote:
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-Overhead LR NATO SLR mounts above front seats with DSA congo configuration metric FAL


Well, since we're dreaming, I'll go with the HK G33K. I'd probably mount it under the rear seats, where the factory jack handle goes.


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-Leica Digilux 3 camera


I'm going to dream big on this one. Make mine the M8 and a D-LUX 3 (silver) pocket cam. What a tag team that would be.


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-Surefire M3


I'm going to depart from my SureFire loyalty here. I would fit two of the Pelican 7060 LAPD units, one front and one rear. The 7060 blows away anything SureFire has. At least for the time being.


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-Slickrock sliders


My favorite sliders were the Dreadnoughts. They're no longer available, but neither are the SlickRocks. The Marc Olivares sliders are just as nice as the Dreadnoughts.


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-Hella rubber cheapie spotting lamps x4


EEEEEK. On a dream machine? No way. I like the FF Ultra Beam. If my exterior lights are going to be crap, my underside lights have to be nice to maintain balance:




I would also add:

- Genuine Parts fire extinguisher bolted in front of the driver-side seatbox:




- Those gay but cool Disco2 hooks in the center console for holding grocery bags:




- The Disco2 cupholders on the center console:




- The Genuine Parts cell phone thing for the cubby:




That's a pic of a Disco2, but LR also made it for the Disco1.

-04 Disco2 cable shifter for the transfer box. It's not necessary, but might as well add it to the dream list.

- Genuine Parts worklamp:




That worklamp is a pile, but it's a beautiful pile.

- Heated seats:




That's a Disco2, but you get the idea.

- Diamond Antenna K9000 motorized mounts on the Starboard:




- Genuine Parts magnetic drain plugs:




- Genuine Parts convex mirror on the driver's side:




- Genuine Parts three-switch carrier:




- Genuine Parts rubber shock tower rings:




I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of it at the moment.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 07:51 PM
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Oh, I'd remove these hideous warning labels on the sun visors:










I removed these on my Disco1 using paint stripper. I was scared the stripper would curl the plastic visor material, but it didn't.

I'd also fit the Disco2's rearview mirror with the cool map lights on the underside.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 08:04 PM
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i can use some King Taco right now
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Old November 26th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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Without those Disco2 cupholders, you couldn't hold the extra grande horchata.

Gotta have the cupholders.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 08:08 PM
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I was just starting to feel good about my Rover...


No cupholders for me with a 5-Speed.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 09:38 PM
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Oh man. Go RRC-all the way.

And no HK33k for me. Make mine a G3 or even HK32.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 10:09 PM
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Tubeless ANR4636s would be sweet.
I'm also liking the ANR3116 spare lugs so far, but I want to see them hold up for a while longer. I was a little worried they wouldn't fare well on your truck, but so far, so good...


Adding heaters to the cloth seats would be sweet.
I don't think I've ever even heard of that outside of defenders.
Heated seats are one of those extras with no drawbacks, much like a heated windshield. If it's working great. If it fails on you, then oh well, no big deal. It's not like doing an auto tranny conversion or anything.

I knew you'd be wanting the XL/XCLs. They're cool looking, but I think the traction would be too minimal for my use and I don't think they'll hold up well enough. My dream truck still has to function without reproach. It's got to be a trail machine. That's not to say that the XL/XCLs aren't trailworthy, but just that they are less suited to my use.

I can't criticize your HK loyalties, but I want the one decent British SLR to grace my English truck. I'd take the Congo variant and I'd add the bolt face with the sand grooves. Otherwise it would be just as DSA makes them.




No love for the cupholders.
I don't do the biggie drinks, just the camelback, 12oz cans and gatorades or smoothies.
The curry hooks are a great addition, however. Gotta have the curry hooks.

I was impressed with Aaron's 7060 LAPD Pelican light at ICS. The beam is certainly superior to any Surefire I've ever seen, but I'm looking at the new "plastic" light a little like the M14 devotees regarded the M16. I still want the cold steel feel.

I like the cheapie lights better for the undercarriage.
Not to facilitate low-cost replacement but I actually prefer them because they are dimmer. As you know I do a lot of fourwheeling and consequently spotting at night. I find that even the weak light of the cheapie lights is often glaring in the darkenss of night on the trail because you look almost directly at them, unlike driving lights. I think the FF might be TOO bright for this purpose. I hate checking diff clearance and then looking around the bend in the trail to try and pick a line only to be temporarily blinded and deprived of what night vision I had.

Definitely retrofit the later swivel balls for oil use when redrilled. Gotta have gear oil.

I went back and looked at old pics of the Trek Outfitters bumpers again. (interestingly the same old site is still up, just as it was a couple of years ago. pretty funny) They're very good, but my memory was more flattering than the pics. In my mind the bumper was more squared off and vertical and somewhat smaller. The brushguard was also lower and tighter. Considering this bumper would have to be made to order anyway I think these changes are doable. The trek is still great. It's the perfect combination of features for an expedition style D1. It adds approach and functional winch mounting like an RTE. It compliments the layout of the headlights and grill like an ARB. It accomodates the Husky10 like a KVT. It accepts the Dixon Bate jaws like the CT tray. It has all of the good features with almost no drawbacks. I could never figure out why this bumper wasn't more popular? Oh well.
The rear is as I remember. Plenty of protection but not too much Ginsu slice and dice effect on the lines of the truck.




I can't find any of the pics anymore but there used to be this sweet white Disco1 that was on the Mantec site and which showed up in the Rovers North catalog from time to time when they used stock product photos. That thing was nice.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 11:03 PM
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I can't find any of the pics anymore but there used to be this sweet white Disco1 that was on the Mantec site and which showed up in the Rovers North catalog from time to time when they used stock product photos. That thing was nice.

This one?

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Old November 27th, 2007, 08:08 AM
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I'd stick to 235/85-16 BFG MTs + 4.11 gears.

Jack, that Trek Outiftters bumper wasn't bad ass enough. Also the production wasn't really there. I think I still have the phone number of the guy that actually made the bumpers. He's somewhere in the Burbank area.
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Old November 27th, 2007, 08:21 AM
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That's the one Stephen.

It's like a little glimpse of my dream truck.

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