Well, I’ve gone and done it and sold the Dakar.
It’s become too much of an effort to find time to give it the work it needs along with all the other things I want to do.
I don’t want to step back from off-roading completely, but the Discovery is too nice and shiny to take into the really mucky bits.
So the plan is to still do some marshalling for TV4x4, and perhaps the odd bit of green-laning and training days for 4×4 response – and to spend some of the funds from the sale of the Dakar on some upgrades for the Disco.
So, what’s the plan for upgrades?
Underbody protection. Starting with diff guards, even this isn’t as simple as it seems. I really like the wraparound ones from Qt Services, but their Td5 Disco ones require welding to the front diff casing. Not an option for me. So I went with a compromise here. On the front diff it’s mostly the forward facing flat side of the diff that’s vulnerable, so I’ve got a basic Bearmach diff guard here and then gone with the Qt wraparound where the input side of the diff is more vulnerable.
Steering Guard. I’ve had a second hand steering guard in the garage for a while waiting to be fitted. Time to go for it.
Tank Guard and rear recovery point is proving to be a real problem. I can’t find anyone doing a combined tank guard and tow hitch that is type approved, and all the approved tow hitch designs are good at doing double duty as a plough. I can be legal or useful, it seems. In the meantime I think a JATE ring might find it’s way under the rear rail.
Snorkel. Safari. Easy decision. Much prefer the look to any of the “drainpipe up the A post” designs.
Winch/front recovery point is another non-obvious decision. Most of the winch bumpers are a bit too “cutaway” for my taste and I think destroy the nice lines of the front of the vehicle. After all, this is supposed to be an everyday car first. Land rover do a mounting kit that sits in front of the vehicle, but that adds another 4″ or so to the front of the car which I don’t much like either. I think I’m going to go with the “discrete” mounting option and see what I can do to add some recovery points to the winch mount.