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Old 01-27-2012, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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P38 Range Rover Build

I thought I'd start a build thread here. I've had my Range Rover for over a year. Its been a great truck so far.

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2001 Land Rover Range Rover
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4.6L V8
3.54 Gear
3.??:1 low range
Automatic 4 speed ZF transmission
18" gay low profile wheels and tires

I've had 3 jeeps before this and an 85 Toyota truck. I've always wanted a Range Rover. I looked everywhere for a decent Range Rover Classic but I couldn't find one that was worth the money. I found this P38 on Craigslist in November of 2010 and took a look at it.

There were some issues with it. It was in need of an under hood electrical fuse box, radiator, heater core o-rings, suspension work and new fluids.

After driving it around and talking to the owner, I realized he was an idiot. He had bought it thinking he could fix the issues and then realized he didn't have the skills.

The Range Rover was already converted to coil springs (Thank The Man Above!). He was asking $7500 for the rig and it had been for sale for some time. I took about a month deciding and researching it. I finally offered him $5500 and picked up my new ride!

Since I purchased it I have invested about $2500 into getting it lifted and reliable.

I don't have an build thread anywhere else because I find most the Land Rover forums to be full of "Know it All's" Who have never actually turned a wrench or modified their vehicles with non-bolt on parts. Frankly I'd like to punch most of them in the face.

My goals are:

Reliability
Good Family vehicle (Wife and 2 boys 10 years old and 7 years old)
Fairy Stock Running Gear
Upgrade the Suspension for cargo and off-road manners

And now on to some pictures:

Stock when I purchased it.





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My Modification List:

Plans:

OME coil springs and shocks 2" lift
roof rack
winch mount
skid plates under the radiator
32" tires
ARB lockers front and rear
RTT or Camper
Lights
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Right after I bought the Range Rover my 1989 Mercedes 300TE was totalled. Some Dumb old Man Ran a light and I T-Boned him. IT had 252K miles on it and was perfect. I wanted to kill him right on the spot. I paid $2000 for the car. His insurance settled with me for $5000.

This picture still hurts!





I bought a 2000 VW Passat Wagon for $750 from the dealership I was working at. Those guys were idiots, they thought the transmission was dead. I bought a new transmission control unit out of the junkyard for $50 and installed. Now the car was worth $4500



So after that I had some Cash to Play!

First Purchase:

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So next it was time to start pissing people off who hate HID bulbs in stock housings. I couldn't give a crap. Why should I get blinded by all the stupid rice rocket kids and they not have to pay the same price. The only difference is I'm not running Gay Purple Lights!

okay, so after a month of waiting for these parts to show up. they finally arrived. the post office decided to forward them to 3 previous address before finally sending them to the correct address. Thanks USPS!

I upgraded the stock bulbs to HID. The pattern is pretty good, i just need to aim them down a bit! Its amazing how much better the light is! Not as good as a Mercedes with BI-Xenon, but much better!



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I then decided to cut the bottom valance off the stock bumper. I had taken it off road through a ditch and broke on of the stock fog lights and decided it was really screwing up my clearance. I had seen another person who had done this and decided to copy the idea.

I then took some time to add my new 7" cheapo off road lights. I don't like to buy nice ones, because they always get broken. I had broken a set of Hella's on my Jeep Commander and wasn't going to spend the money on them anymore.
I later converted them over to HID bulbs and they work very nicely now.

I wired the lights into the stock wiring harness for the original fog lights. Works like a charm, and I didn't have to run any new wiring!!!!





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Next came wheels and tires. Since the Range Rover uses the BMW wheel pattern 120x5, it really sucks to find wheels. Luckily I found some 16" Pro Comp wheels. I think they are the Rock Crawler Series. They weigh and ton! But they Fit and should not ever break or bend, they must be made from 1/4" steel.



I also picked up some Treadwright Tires in 245/75/16. They are Load Range E and have the BFG AT pattern. I've put over 8000 miles on these tires since I bought them Last March. I've taken two trips from Montana to Salt Lake City without any issues. I have also used them off road a lot. Great tires, 4 only set me back $350 shipped.



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Three things I love: Range Rovers, 4 wheeling, Guns. This made a great morning!

Range Rovers make great shooting platforms too





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When I installed the Tires

It took a couple hours to put the wheels on this evening. But I love them!

I had to use starting fluid to seat the beads on the wheels. It worked like a charm. So quick and easy. Our cheetah we use for low-profile sports car tires wouldn't seat the bead at all. I finally resorted to Ether, the other guy wouldn't even watch, he was to embarrassed. We work on Porsche's, Audi's, Mercedes, and BMW. So this isn't a normal project in the shop.

After they were seated I put 30 PSI and balanced them on our uber high tech Hunter balancing machine. They all came out perfect and were easy to balance. I had to install the wheels and tires with the factory lug nuts while i'm waiting for my new ones to show up.

I took it for a spin down the highway at various speeds, not one vibration or wobble. AWESOME!!!!

I then went for some Sonic with the wife and 2 boys. I didn't air down at all. The tires grip the sand stone very well. I am very impressed so far. The treadwright tires are pretty damn good, and cheap!

This is pre-lift

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Bought some toys for myself with the money from my car as well.

Impact Driver. Love this thing and use the hell out of it when working on cars!


Finally took my Conceal Weapons Class so I could get my Permit. Bought a new gun to celebrate and a holster for IWB carry. 45 ACP fools!



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I researched springs for a long time trying to decide what I wanted.

I finally settled on Old Man Emu HD springs front and back. I was told by all the experts these would be too stiff and I would hate it. Another reason I hate experts.

I love the springs and have been very satisfied with them! They work great on and off road and carry all my gear very well. I can also add a 7000 lbs trailer behind the truck and it barely squats it.!

front springs old vs. new



Luckily I was working at a dealership fixing Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and other nice European vehicles. Unfortunatly a couple months later they went out of business.

Swapping springs and shocks!

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This was a fun car to Drive!!!!

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I used the front shocks that were on it and moved them to the back. I bought some 5100 shocks for the front and modified the lower mount on the axle to make them work.



I'm missing the picture of them mounted up. I'll have to look for it.

DONE!



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I decided to wait on the winch mount and install for a long time. I actually just finished it last week. The winch had been sitting in my garage for almost a year.

The plan was to get the truck ready for the summer so we could go play. We went and bought some new camping gear.

First up Shovel and Axe



We usually sleep in a tent or inside the truck when we are out in the woods. Its usually never in a developed camp site. So tables are hard to come by.

We were at cabela's one day and saw this cool table set up. Kind of a portable kitchen setup.

All they had left was the display model. It was on sale for $80. I asked for $20 off to buy the last display model. $60 out the door!!!!!

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We also picked up a new Adam & Eve sleeping bag from Cabela's. We got it on sale as well for $100. Its pretty nice and lightweight.





That pretty much had us prepared for this last summer.
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We went a did a lot of camping and hit a few trails.

in Wyoming we hit:

Morrison Jeep Trail Twice.

A bunch of old Oil Field roads.

In Montana we hit Benbow Mine Jeep Trail.

There were others, but I can't remember right now.

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Mountain Goats





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Some Oilfield Roads I like to go out on when I'm down in Wyoming.











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When I first bought the Rover i decided to start ripping out electrical crap that i didn't want. My goal was to simplify the truck as much as possible and still keep it nice and comfortable. Not only that, most of these parts are valuable to certain idiots. Nothing like selling an antiquated Navigation system for $500. I also took out the Electronic Air Suspension Crap and sold that for another $500.

I replaced the factory stereo system because the deck and subwoofers were not working. I had to run new wiring up to the factory amplifier (which I took out and sold for $200). I was able to get all 10 speakers working off the New deck. Luckily the speakers have built in capacitors so wiring was not as hard as i thought it would be.

Since I now had a hole in the dash where my Navigation Unit was, I decided to build a panel to fit in that spot and it was also a good place to mount my Garmin GPS60CSX Mapping Unit. Also I will be able to mount switches for an ARB Locker in the rear

Not the prettiest, but it works





Hardware to hold it in place







Tapped the power cable into the cigarette power



Installed and done for now.

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I decided this winter it was time to get all my survival gear together in the range rover. In the back there is a huge underfloor space where the spare tire goes. I removed the tire and it will eventually be on the roof when i get some tax return money and buy a nice rack.

Survival Equipment:











Fits in here

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