I go off-roading a lot with Essex Land Rover Club, so this Disco takes some serious abuse. Best thing I ever did was join that club. We really have a laugh.
The guys at the club usually call it The Beast, but I can’t take the credit for all the modifications. The original owner fitted some of them, and the last owner rebuilt it on a new galvanised chassis. Usually you’d expect the body to rust first, but in this case the body is practically corrosion-free.
Because I use the Disco for work, I carry a lot of tools in the back, so to help with storage I’ve attached a couple of plastic window box planters to the rear door. It works really well!
To deal with the weight of the tools I’ve fitted a Britpart heavy-duty two-inch suspension lift (plus cranked radius arms). You do feel all the bumps in the road with them when the car’s empty, but they’re tough.
The tyres are 33x12.5in Kumho Road Venture MTs. They’re relatively quiet on the road, but because they’re wide the turning circle was originally ruined. So I had a set of special-order 15in steel modular rims made with a five-inch offset – it turns on a sixpence now. I’ve upgraded the brakes, with new drilled and vented discs, new pads, new calipers and braided hoses.
The next thing I’m going to do is install a side-exit exhaust to help my ground clearance at the back.
It doesn’t go fast but it really pulls, especially after I had a mate of mine recently give the 300Tdi a complete rebuild including all the ancillaries – the fuel pump, water pump, starter motor, alternator, the lot. It’s got some serious torque now, but he won’t tell me how he’s managed it, even though I keep asking. At a pay-and-play event I once managed to pull three vehicles out of the mud in one go!
This owner review appeared in the January 2016 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.