I need another Defender,’ thought Ryan Lynch. His 2001 Discovery 2 Td5 was now 10 years old and looking tired, due mainly to years of hauling over farmland and through woodland.
The front bumper had been split in a disagreement with a tree stump, and the bodywork was scratched and dented in several places. A Defender continued to call out to him, so Ryan took his Discovery to Jim at JB Land Rovers in Billericay, Essex, to discuss his options.
Immediately, Jim dismissed the idea of replacing the Discovery with a Defender. Not only did he suggest that Ryan’s Land Rover still had plenty of life in it, but he reckoned that, compared to some, it was in very good condition. Jim even suggested some modifications to get around the shortcomings that disappointed Ryan.
So, at 80,000 miles and 10 years old, Ryan’s Discovery underwent a makeover.
New shock absorbers and springs gave the Discovery a two-inch lift, with new bushes all round to improve the ride. A set of 265/75 R16 BF Goodrich mud-terrain tyres gave yet more ground clearance and were much better suited to trekking across wet fields and muddy farm tracks.
In addition to this, an Extreme 4x4 winch bumper with front lights gave an improved approach angle and, once fitted with a Britpart winch, would give Ryan a lifeline should he get stuck. Heavy-duty steering arms at the front, protected by a steering guard, would ensure that should another tree stump decide to jump out at him, the damage would be minimal.
With these modifications complete, Ryan set about getting the body straight again, leaving the Discovery scratch- and dent-free. Even all five alloy wheels were treated to refurbishment.
‘The work has really given my Discovery a new lease of life,’ says Ryan. ‘I no longer fear the tractor ruts and, with the BFG tyres, I never come close to getting stuck. I’m not even sure I’m finished with the modifications yet. I like the idea of a Mantec raised air intake, some tree sliders and a stainless steel exhaust. But that’s maybe a job for later on.’
This owner review appeared in the January 2012 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.