Page created: 25-Nov-03
|Technical: Discovery I|
the Discovery is the most expensive Land Rover Iíd ever bought and I
fully intended to use it off-road, underbody protection was high on my
list of priorities. A steering guard was an obvious place to start but
also some sort of front recovery points seemed like a good idea.
Luckily, a friend told me about the guard supplied by Terrain Master (no
longer trading) which neatly combines the two as well as providing
jacking points for use with a hi-lift
guard comprises three parts: two brackets, which incorporate the towing
and jacking points and the guard plate itself, which fixes to the
brackets. The brackets are bolted to the front chassis legs with three
bolts each. These utilise the bumper mounting points and the chassis
brackets for the lower mounting of the steering box. Although obviously
only one steering box is fitted, the mounting points exist on both sides
of the chassis to accommodate left and right-hand drive. Five new bolts
are supplied with the guard, with the sixth mounting using the existing
steering box bolt. Where the guard plate bolts to the mounting brackets,
the fixing holes are slotted which allows for the vagaries of Land Rover
modular nature of the Terrain Master guard allows them to offer an
aluminium guard plate instead of the steel one as a weight saving
alternative. However, the weight saving is only about 8kg and as it
isnít as strong as the steel version, I donít think this is
significant enough to warrant choosing it. The weight of the complete
steel guard didnít make any appreciable difference to the level of the
front of my vehicle. The side brackets with the towing and jacking
points can also be bought separately if the guard isnít required.
the time I bought this guard it was the only one on the market that
offered towing and jacking points as an integral part of the design.
Others have appeared since that have copied the idea, but most tend to
be a one piece welded unit. I believe the Terrain Master version is the
only modular one, which makes fitting considerably easier as it allows
for the vagaries of Land Rover build tolerances.
order to improve the approach angle I have removed the front valance and
cut down the bumper end caps to match, although this isnít strictly
necessary just to fit the steering guard. Iíve also trimmed slightly
the bottom edge of the number plate carrier to provide better access to
the jacking points.
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