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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#1745 of 5002 Using Diff Lock on a Series 2
Feb 23, 2002 (2:35 pm)
After an hour out in the first deep drifting snow of the winter in the DII I felt an urge to engage diff lock. I understand all the locking diff mechanism is there it just isn';t routed into the cab as Land Rover thought it was either unnecessary (following the intro of ETC)or too likely to be accidentally left engaged with horrid transmission wear. Having said that I understand 2003 DII will have the traditional locking diff mechanism reinstalled.
My question is - does anyone know if locking the diff is in some way incompatible with ETC, and if not are there any after market kits to make a tidy job of reinstalling the in cab mechanism. My old Range Rover had a really neat air activated switching mecanism which simply routed some suction in from the servo. That would be one possible way I guess ?
Whilst on - has anyone found a decent off road tyre that fits the 18" alloys ? Whilst I think the 18" alloys do look smart they make the tyre itself so low profile as to give a far harder ride which really jars on hitting a lump, or hard ice at anything over snails pace. I suspect the answer is to get an offroad set of rims but Land Rover in their wisdom has made the wheel centres different on the DII from every previous Land Rover so all the spare sets of rims and tyres in my shed dont fit !
#1746 of 5002 mrwhipple, Trekmaster shocks
Feb 23, 2002 (5:56 pm)
I didn't know you posted on my inquiry earlier. Anyway, How do you compare the ride comfort of Trekmaster shcks vs OEM? Thanks in advance.
I tried Bilstein before but found it to be too stiff for my wife's taste. I am now using Monroe which is OK on mild surface but ride quickly deteriorates on the rough stuff.
#1747 of 5002 drmperalta / shocks
Feb 23, 2002 (8:40 pm)
I've found the Trekmasters to perform much better than the stock shocks. They don't fade out any way near as fast, while still delivering a smooth ride. They are smoother than the Bilstiens. You'll get a softer on road. The Bilsteins will take more punishment off-road though. The Trekmasters are still quite good off-road, very reactive. They are progressive rate shocks. The harder they're hit, they harder they work. You should be quite pleased with them on & off the road. They cut down on body lean as well.
hope this helps.
#1748 of 5002 DII Air conditioner and child seats
Feb 24, 2002 (10:13 am)
I am considering a 2001 or 2002 DII/SD Model that will be my wife's everyday driver. We love the vehicle, but are concerned about 2 things:
1. How well does the AC work in hot climates?
2. How well do 2 child seats fit (e.g. 1 forward and 1 rear facing). We need room for 2 (in fact that is why we are looking). The rear seat room seems adequate, but not huge. We really do not want to buy an Expedition...
Any thoughts appreciated. Posts to this board have been very useful as we evaluate the vehicle.
Thanks in advance.
Feb 25, 2002 (8:51 am)
We too looked around at everything out there. Tahoes and Expeditions too big for a daily "MOMS" car. Shopping and kids' stuff is a pain with all the new compact parking spaces now at the stores. We live in Sacramento CA where the summers can be 100+ for 20 days straight or more. Our DIIs' A/C worked just fine. In fact, the passengers in the rear even complained about the cold air on one trip to LA this summers. (TOO COLD) We just set it at 72 and forget it.
Car seats can be a pain though. There is a trade off in size. The small rear doors make manuvering car seats and babies a little difficult, but this is what we found with almost all the mid-sized SUVs. Luckily we also have a mini-van so the Rover is not the car of choice if shopping with small kids is on tap. As soon as they are self-sufficient it is the car of choice.
My wife this winter drove the kids to the mall in hurricane-like winds and rain (why, I couldn't figure out) and commented about how safe she and the kids felt. This car is a "hoss." Flat cornering, no sway even under 40+ winds, visibility plus and able to ford flooded mall parking lots where other vans and small SUVs dare not venture. Plus the power!!! and 16+ mpg. We have even been running regular unleaded and have not noticed any power, mileage drops, or pinging under load. She can't be more pleased. Hope this helps in your decision. Read the other boards about Fords, Chevys, Jeeps and Dodges and I am sure that LR will be your choice.
Feb 25, 2002 (12:17 pm)
Do you have the dual A/C or the standard A/C?
Feb 25, 2002 (12:25 pm)
Since the length of the vehicle was so compact I opted for the standard A/C. I theater seating also allows the rear passengers to get unobstructed airflow, which is nice.
#1752 of 5002 CD Changer Update
Feb 25, 2002 (1:04 pm)
There has been a little discussion by myself here and on Discoweb about getting a CD changer installed in a 1999-2002 DiscoII SD. Previously, myself and another DiscoII owner bought the Blitzsafe interface cable and the Alpine deck for the DII only to find out that the installers, other than the dealer, couldn't get the head unit out. The keys are a dealer only item and since there is so few installs the outside shops don't want to spring for the $25.00. This has finally changed. Keys are now fabricated out of thin strips of sheetmetal and the trick to removing the head unit was revealed. 40 minutes later the cable is plugged in, routed and the CD changer is functioning like a factory one. (even with the steering wheel controls). COST? Less than $400.00 out the door if you hit the sales. The Alpine changer is $190.00-$249.00, Blitzsafe interface $60.00-$80.00 and installation $60.00. What a deal since the dealer wants over $700.00 just for the changer and the cheapest on the web is $540.00. Roverconnections and Atlantic British are even higher. Good news for us cheaper, do-it-your-self LR owners. Who said that ownership LR costs are high?
#1753 of 5002 And now for the REST of the story.........
Feb 25, 2002 (1:49 pm)
What's the trick for getting the head unit out?? Fill in the blanks! We've all got sheetmetal, we just need the trick.
I'll trade it for the "trick" to getting the clock out in 15 seconds w/o disassembling the lower dash...
Feb 25, 2002 (2:30 pm)
Try www.expeditonexchange.com/cdchangerinstall/. This site has good pictures for the do-it-u-selfer on brakes, lockers, changers etc.