I self service, improve and fiddle with my car fairly often at the space and figured this could make for an interesting read. The improvements are somewhat interesting and could be applied to other cars. Some of the failures and general maintenance items are very British which makes them unusually complicated or peculiar.
I also wanted to show that cars with a high computer or sensor dependancy and engines hidden by plastic are still very much owner serviceable. Self servicing and sourcing parts carefully has saved me thousands over a few years and subsidised a nice tool collection.
I will post my upcoming work on this thread as it happens and share some of the historical stuff when I have free time. At some point I will post what lead me to chose this car with some of the pros and cons. Feel free to ask any questions about Land Rover Discoveries, general maintenance and 4WD’ing stuff.
Current to do list / wish list:
- Drill nine holes in the roof to mount a light bar. (next weekend)
- Recalibrate the suspension height. (after light bar install)
- Install a discrete 4G antenna.
- Replace the navigation module with a chinese Android module.
- Install an external transmission cooler. (mounted, needs plumbing)
- Catch up on TSB’s missed since leaving the manufacturer network.
- Software updates
- Fabricate some underbody protection.
- Install some kind of door sill protection for branches and rocks
- Service the factory air compressor.
- Adjust the ignition advance and injector duration and maybe changing the cams.
- Upgrade the peltier element and heat sink on the centre console cooler so it actually cools things.
- Replace the magic smoke iPod module with an Arduino and Bluetooth chip. (half finished, some issues with Bluetooth chip failing to load config)
- Install a mute button for the parking sensors; or make something that lets the car detect when an LED trailer is attached.
- Acid treat and paint patches of underbody rust.
- CANBUS tinkering
- Battery isolator for hard resets
- Design a removable snorkel for the side mounted air intake.
- Brake upgrades (when the current pads are due for replacement)
Completed items to post when I dig up the photos and notes:
- Auxiliary battery system
- Roof rails to protect glass roof
- Torque converter repair and transmission upgrades
- 3d printed switch panel and 12v/usb outlets
- Reverse camera
- Car Configuration File changes that enabled bonus features
- Tablet mount
- Dash cam and modem
- Retrofitted Range Rover bits
- Oil dump valve and transmission fill valve
- Trail repairs and damage log
- Mounted air compressor
- Slightly larger tyre folly
- General part replacements; alternator, horns, tensioner, diff breather, wheel bearings
- Simple, small but beneficial improvements
- Inspection regime and record keeping for self servicing