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Discussion in 'Discovery IV' started by dirvine, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Georgie Kyro

    Georgie Kyro Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the purchase mate. The D4 is a sensational off road vehicle. They electronics and traction control devices on them make a near factory vehicle (plus tyres) an exceptional off roader.
    Alloffroadau (youtube channel) Stefan fischer has a few of them out and about in a few of his older videos.

    Be sure to check them out.
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  2. dirvine

    dirvine Active Member

    Hadn't read this for a while, and thought I should update the mods. I just cannot seem to help myself. So besides the things I did when I 1st got the vehicle, I have now done the following. Installed a UHF 80 Channel Radio, Bought some 18" Compomotive rims with Bridgestone 265/65/18 rubber. Old tyre was 30" new are 31.5". I also bought a Nanocom unit (much like a scanguage) which allows you change a number of peramiters as well as clear or note fault codes. It can adjust the speedo and odometer to correct readings with different tyres or just correct it because none seem to be very accurate when cars leave the factory.
    Today I fitted a discrete winch mount. I dont like bull bars on a D4, make them look like all the other run of the mill vehicles. Winch is controlled by wireless remote. Just lift off the number plate and there it is. Where the control box is located is covered by a lid (see it on the floor beside car). So unless you looked closely no one knows its there. I installed it so I can pull my 76 wagon out when it gets into trouble.

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  3. discomatt

    discomatt Well-Known Member

    Getting there with it, what protection gear did you end up with? At this stage mine doesn't have any protection underneath but will get a front and compressor plate, APT seems to be the goods?? Have you done the GOE day yet? I am itching to get mine out but nervous about damaging it...
    I tried to get some 18's direct from the UK but they just keep referring me to Gordon at GOE and to be honest I am not interested in spending 6 grand on wheels and tyres, Tuff Ant steel wheels are my choice and have a second set of wheels.
    Still blown away with the way they drive and its performance, that 3L is a awesome engine and averaging 9.2 L / 100 driving it for work to and from the city.
    Cant wait for next years trip to the Kimberly
  4. dirvine

    dirvine Active Member

    Protection is the Air compressor and rock sliders (opps forgot about that upgrade.) APT is the best in my opinion. The transmission and engine already have solid bash plates on my unit. I think LR must have listened and supplied them on later models. I have seen APT stuff in the flesh, and think mine is just as good. I got 5 rims and they set me back $2500. delivered to my door. Tyres were $300 each from Huntsman. Got discount with tyres for other car as well and no disposal cost as I kept the 19" graphite rims. I certainly do not get 9.2ltrs around town. On trips to Geelong I can get high 8's. These are real figures as the LR computer is rather optomistic! I looked at the Tuff Ant rims, and I just dont like them, They look cheapo and not in line with the car overall. I agree the cost is high for compomotive but the antratic colour matches my car and they look like OEM. I guess when you spend $90K+ on a car whats another $4K. Plus I want my car to look as close to OEM but with the gear and protection to take it places with confidence of not doing damage. I did the GOE day in the Yarra Glen area. You certainly wont do damage. They are VERY tame. When i did it, other than the lead car a defender, all were sport variants, and all with original rubber. It rained and the first mud incline they couldn't get up. I asked if I could and we went up with the defender, turned around and came down. What was the main benefit is that I learned a lot about the 4WD gadgetry and the gearbox selection. Ie using sports mode in 4wd changes a lot of the traction control telemtry. Really opened my eyes. Luckily I took a note pad and wrote it all down. The day is well organized and they certainly know their models and the differences on 4wd applications for each model.
  5. discomatt

    discomatt Well-Known Member

    We need to catch up then and you can be my Yoda and teach me how to get the most out of the black magic electrickery.
    Agree on the looks of the steel wheels but if they are a second set function wins over aesthetics although I will try a set of Maxxis tyres ( only LT in 19's )after the cooper LTZ's are shot and see how they perform.
  6. RoscoD4

    RoscoD4 New Member

    Should look at Green Oval Experience as well
  7. dirvine

    dirvine Active Member

    GOE is not terribly reliable and I dont live in WA. I have ordered parts and they take forever or the parts sent are incomplete. Yes I know he comes acccrioss to Vic but I have since done the experience day and feel confident enough to get up any hill now.
  8. mikehzz

    mikehzz Well-Known Member

    @discomatt I had Maxxis AT700 all terrains on 2 cars and found them too soft, they gave me trouble on the Birdsville Track a few years ago.
  9. dirvine

    dirvine Active Member

    The maxis tyres for a 19" rim 255/55/19 are LT 980's. I had them on my D4 until a few weeks ago. They are quite good, but in the outback that size would be hard to source. So I changed to 18" rim which opens up a lot more possibilities. My opinion is that they are for day trips and when close to decent civilization. But as I am about to do the old Eyre Highway and coach road to Kalgoolie, then inland via back roads to Coral Bay, I need to have tyres that I can feel confident about. Hence TA KO's.
  10. discomatt

    discomatt Well-Known Member

    Not going down that path now, 255/55 tyres are IMO crap for 4wding what ever the brand so have ordered a set of 18's and will get BFG KO2
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  11. discomatt

    discomatt Well-Known Member

    Tuffant steel wheels if your wondering:)
  12. dirvine

    dirvine Active Member

    I know your going away in April Discomatt, I hope those rims arrive before then. It seems that they have had delays, delays, delays, and now on the slow boat from China (ha ha). What I have noticed is that the BFG's are quieter than the Maxis tyres atm.
  13. discomatt

    discomatt Well-Known Member

    According to their website they arrive in Aus end of Jan and shipped out beginning of Feb, I want them before the SA trip in March but only really need them by the end of April
  14. jacnden

    jacnden Well-Known Member

  15. dirvine

    dirvine Active Member

    Yes a bit Dennis. But the D4 is way more comfortable, can tow 3T and although I have not taken it everywhere the I took the GW, it handles everything really well. I was looking at some old videos of when I did the Belfour track in the GW and then compared to how the D4 handled the same track. The Disco just did it easily and comfortably. I remember the GW had to have two bites at a couple of places. The D4 sailed through. It did look a little harder for the GW (April) whereas the D4 was done in Feb. My son has just taken delivery of my 76 Wagon and he just loves it. Then anything would be good after 1996 Hilux! I often wonder what happened to it. I did know it went to Grays auction, so I hope someone picked up the good parts that it still had in it!

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