Page created: 6-Jun-06
|Technical: Discovery I|
the outset I knew I would need decent roof rack for my Discovery. Apart
from the fact that my previous two Land Rovers had both been fitted with
racks that proved useful time and again, my planned trip to Morocco
meant that I would need the carrying capacity for a second spare wheel and
that time, the choice of expedition style racks for Discoveryís was
really limited to the rather old fashioned galvanised
box section rack from Brownchurch, the newer but less substantial System
90 also from
Brownchurch and the Highlander and Expedition racks from Safety Devices.
The latter was essentially the same as that fitted to Camel Trophy
Discoveryís but was very large and fitted very close to the roof, which
would interfere with the twin sun roofs on my vehicle. The two Brownchurch
racks were functional in their own way but didnít look anywhere near as
well thought out as the Safety Devices offerings.
then many more racks have come on to the market that use extruded
aluminium sections to form light but strong units. These are extremely
practical racks that would look great on a 90 or 110, but in my opinion
just donít look right on a Discovery.
Highlander was designed specifically for the Discovery and faithfully
follows the stepped roofline. It was formed from 25mm diameter steel tube
that had been galvanised and powder coated. It had four mounting points
each side that correspond with the A, B, C and D pillars of the Discovery
for good load transference and incorporated mounting points for additional
lights at the front and rear. In addition, a version was available that
was designed to allow the factory fitted sunroofs to operate normally and
it was this one that I chose.
rack proved to be an ideal place to mount extra lighting
and the aerial for my CB
radio. I also made up various brackets and fitting that allowed
me to fix a hi-lift jack, shovel, jerry cans and an awning
to the rack using either stainless steel U bolts or rubber coated steel P
clips. All of this equipment, and a second spare wheel secured with a
ratchet strap, were carried to Morocco and back without any problems.