First Four Off Road

LED Headlights: Why You Should Convert Today

LED Headlights are fast becoming the go-to replacement for Land Rover Defender owners all over the world. Once a more expensive luxury, LED Headlights are now an affordable and more cost-effective solution than some cheaper, less-effective bulbs.

Let's have a look at why you should switch to LED Headlights today.

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Discovery HD Rear Bumper Fitting Guide

Replace the flimsy standard item with a heavy duty one from First Four. Martin Domoney of Land Rover Owners magazine explains how...

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Underbody Guards Land Rover Fitting Guide

Protect your Defender’s underbelly with armour for rough off-roading. Martin Domoney of Land Rover Owners magazine explains how...

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Defender 110 Tree Sliders Fitting Guide

Protect your Defender 110’s flanks with this tree slider upgrade. Martin Domoney of Land Rover Owners magazine explains how...

  • Tools & Kit: Basic toolkit; Pick; Tape measure; Torque wrench; Hammer; Punch; Marker pen; Drill and bits (vehicle dependent)
  • How Long? Three hours
  • How Difficult? 2/5 - Easy
  • Product: Shadow Defender 110 Tree Sliders Black (pair)
  • Safety Advice: Wear eye protection when using a drill, and when working under vehicles.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery 5 Launching This February

Revealed at the Paris Motor Show late in 2016, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery 5 is due to hit in February this year. We have a round-up for you of some of the early prototype reviews, giving you an idea of what to expect when the new Discovery lands.


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Differentials: A Technical Briefing

When equipping a vehicle to go off-road you soon realise that equipment designed to maintain forward motion falls into two categories.

The first is the 'get you out at all costs' group. This includes items such as powered winches, which can sometimes contribute to getting stuck in the first place, because of their high weight. Nevertheless they are very useful tools for getting yourself out of a problem. Other items in this group are aggressive, off-road-only, tyres, and kinetic recovery ropes. All these items are carried by people who are prepared to get stuck and be faced with the consequences — in other words, digging! Their chosen route is less likely to be dictated by suspect areas which
others might wish to avoid, particularly solo vehicles.

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The Benefits of Zinc Galvanisation on Land Rovers

The motor industry has tried all manner of coatings to protect vehicles against rust, with varying degrees of success. The relatively thin steel sections of car bodies mean that the ravages of water, grit and salt can soon wreak havoc on them.

An unprotected steel bumper which is rusting. Unprotected steel will always succumb to the corrosive effects of moisture.

Vehicles which don't have a separate chassis but rely on a monocoque body for their structural integrity can be destined for an early grave if not adequately rustproofed. The use of low technology surface coatings in the early years of monocoque production meant that most such cars were lucky to survive more than 10 years.

The introduction of the MoT test highlighted the problem, particularly when corrosion damage had been done around weight-bearing areas such as sills and suspension mountings. Not surprisingly, many companies sprang up during the 1960s and '70s offering a thorough rustproofing treatment, but the benefit of such products was sometimes questionable. Treating a new car might increase protection, but applying rustproofer to a used vehicle often only succeeded in masking existing corrosion and locking in already present moisture.

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High Lift Jack - 101 Uses

No one is really sure when the first high lift jack came into use, but it was certainly at least 100 years ago. What is commonly termed 'high lift' jack has also been known as the rail-road jack, implement jack, or farm jack. And for good reason, as every farm and smallholding has a use at some stage for one of these highly versatile tools.

The jacks are generally available in 4' or 5' versions and are manufactured in the United States by Bloomfield Manufacturing, who make the original High-Lift, or in Canada by the New—Form Manufacturing Co, who produce the distinctive orange Jackall version. There are also far eastern copies available in the UK but these are generally a poor quality alternative when compared to the other two mainstream producers.

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Discovery Project. New springs & shocks

We had a chance to carry out some more work on the project Discovery Commercial yesterday. It was time to turn attention to new springs and shocks, stainless steel de-cat and exhaust system with a few other bits and pieces along the way. We changed all the metal suspension hardware in the process too, so now she has galvanized turrets, spring seats and spring retainers.

As far as we know, the springs are the original ones, so it was quite 'wallowy' on the bends. We decided to go for a stiffer factory front spring on the front to cope with the extra weight of the winch & bumper, and Bearmach BA2103's on the back, these have a 20mm lift to compliment the slight lifting effect of the heavier front springs. We fitted a pair of dislocation cones on the back too.

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Discovery 3 & 4 Front Suspension

Discovery 3 & 4 owners might already be aware that the bushes on the front lower suspension arms can be prone to rapid deterioration. Replacing them can be a time consuming and costly job.

We decided to try and come up with a longer term solution, and provide a long-term fix.

Now we have new arms available, which we have pre-fitted the very best quality polyurethane bushes bushes by SuperPro. These will not only last much longer than the original plain rubber bushes, but having the advantage of a non-deforming poly bush they will also improve the driving experience by improving the steering response and handling.

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