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So it may be a tad late to "ask" about this.... but My local LR dealership has a mechanic who recommended this to enable the CDL on my 2000 DII. Seems to have a lot of love/hate type internet posts in various places.

I picked it up in Australia (was down there for business earlier this month) and the guys from AMV were great. Nice, easy to work with and very accommodating for some random yank calling trying to figure out where their shop was.

Brought the kit back last week and the Disco and the AMV CDL kit are at the LR shop getting installed as we speak....

link: http://www.amv.com.a...sIIDifflock.htm



Anyway... anyone have any experience with it?
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Pretty nifty device! Keep us updated on your install and opinions.
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Brought the kit back last week and the Disco and the AMV CDL kit are at the LR shop getting installed as we speak....

link: http://www.amv.com.a...sIIDifflock.htm



Michael,

Never seen this one, but I like the idea. How much did it end up costing for the parts?

Regards,

Graeme

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1990 Range Rover Classic - LT230 Transfer box, Warn winch, 2" lift, 235/85-16 Dunlop MUD Rovers, "Blue Submarine"
1996 Discovery 1 (R380 Manual Transmission, Ashcroft under-drive, RoverWare rear bumper, 33x12.5-15 BFG ATs) -- we call her "Katrina" -- Fordyce 7.5 mile survivor
1999 Discovery 2 (D1 CDL Linkage, 265/75-16 BFG A/T KO, RoverWare front and rear bumper)
1993 Jaguar XJS convertible; 1971 Triumph GT6; 1959 Morris Minor convertible
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I had read about it somewhere before. However, I don't have any experience with it or even know anyone using it so I think you may be braking new ground for the rest of us on that one!
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I got the Disco back today and looks good. Install had some quirks but the LR Shop made some adjustments (like waterproof connectors) All in All it looks like a nice upgrade. I am looking forward to trying it out. The gang at LR Rocklin are great and did a fantastic job!
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Explore. Discover." ~ Mark Twain

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Just figured I would give an update on the CDL from AMV. I love it. However.. the "instructions" leave a bit to be desired.

The first trip out about 3/4 through the event the Disco threw an ABS/TC error and disabled TC. made for a hard rest of the trip, but up until that point the CDL was magic, like a new car!. Once it sat over night it reset and all was good again...

LR Rocklin didnt find any fault codes so left it until the next trip.

Well it happened again on the the MORG this past weekend. SO I decided to play around with why... and here is what I found out:

DO NOT TURN OFF THE ROVER WITH THE CDL ENGAGED. When the car is turn back on with the CDL engaged, this causes the TC/ABS fault and will disable your TC and ABS functions (and therefore hill decent as well)

If this happens do the following:

Disengaged the CDL
Put the Rover back in to High
turn the Rover off
Turn the Rover back on to Accessories (or start it but not needed)
Let Rover site for 15mins (the magic "reboot" number)
Restart - All should be well with the world.

Basically using the Solenoid CDL you need to remember to disengage it prior to shutting the car off. once you do that no more TC/ABS fault issues.
Beaver (Twitter: @darthbeaver)

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2000 Discovery II - 3" TerraFirma Lift, AMV solenoid CDL, BajaRack Expedition Rack, Dual Battery
2010 Range Rover Sport
1990 RRC Trailer "Land Trailer"
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Explore. Discover." ~ Mark Twain

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It's not that solenoid, it's just the way the D2's are setup. They basically give you the option to turn off TC, which is desirable at times. In the snow or sand you don't want the TC kicking in everytime a wheel spins faster than the others. In fact I've gotten stuck in the snow and the TC was going crazy because one of the wheels was turning with the foot off the gas. I leave my truck running a lot just so I don't have to wait for it to unlock before turning the engine off, locking is pretty quick.

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with the AMV switch unlocking is fast as well. And good to know if I ever need TC disabled I know *how* to do it.. :)
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2000 Discovery II - 3" TerraFirma Lift, AMV solenoid CDL, BajaRack Expedition Rack, Dual Battery
2010 Range Rover Sport
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Explore. Discover." ~ Mark Twain

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so the next question, when you going to AUS again?

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prolly in summer-ish august time frame.... why? :D
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2000 Discovery II - 3" TerraFirma Lift, AMV solenoid CDL, BajaRack Expedition Rack, Dual Battery
2010 Range Rover Sport
1990 RRC Trailer "Land Trailer"
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Explore. Discover." ~ Mark Twain

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Just figured I would give an update on the CDL from AMV. I love it. However.. the "instructions" leave a bit to be desired.

The first trip out about 3/4 through the event the Disco threw an ABS/TC error and disabled TC. made for a hard rest of the trip, but up until that point the CDL was magic, like a new car!. Once it sat over night it reset and all was good again...

LR Rocklin didnt find any fault codes so left it until the next trip.

Well it happened again on the the MORG this past weekend. SO I decided to play around with why... and here is what I found out:

DO NOT TURN OFF THE ROVER WITH THE CDL ENGAGED. When the car is turn back on with the CDL engaged, this causes the TC/ABS fault and will disable your TC and ABS functions (and therefore hill decent as well)

If this happens do the following:

Disengaged the CDL
Put the Rover back in to High
turn the Rover off
Turn the Rover back on to Accessories (or start it but not needed)
Let Rover site for 15mins (the magic "reboot" number)
Restart - All should be well with the world.

Basically using the Solenoid CDL you need to remember to disengage it prior to shutting the car off. once you do that no more TC/ABS fault issues.


Would you like me to tell you which wire to put a switch in so that you can just turn off that function? Incidentally, the TC/ABS is not "non-functional" in that case, it is just less functional than normal (seriously).

Regards,

Graeme

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1990 Range Rover Classic - LT230 Transfer box, Warn winch, 2" lift, 235/85-16 Dunlop MUD Rovers, "Blue Submarine"
1996 Discovery 1 (R380 Manual Transmission, Ashcroft under-drive, RoverWare rear bumper, 33x12.5-15 BFG ATs) -- we call her "Katrina" -- Fordyce 7.5 mile survivor
1999 Discovery 2 (D1 CDL Linkage, 265/75-16 BFG A/T KO, RoverWare front and rear bumper)
1993 Jaguar XJS convertible; 1971 Triumph GT6; 1959 Morris Minor convertible
other assorted British pot metal ...


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Would you like me to tell you which wire to put a switch in so that you can just turn off that function?


Step 20. You don't need to do this if you have an '03-'04.
http://www.discovery.../diff_lock.html

Brenton Corns
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wow, after looking at all the retro fits I am VERY happy with My AMV CDL... :)

All in all, I am quite happy with the purchase.
Beaver (Twitter: @darthbeaver)

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2000 Discovery II - 3" TerraFirma Lift, AMV solenoid CDL, BajaRack Expedition Rack, Dual Battery
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Explore. Discover." ~ Mark Twain

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Step 20. You don't need to do this if you have an '03-'04.
http://www.discovery.../diff_lock.html


Wowww, I should spend more time on the 'Net and less in the garage .....

Regards,

Graeme

Graeme Ware -- San Carlos, CA

1990 Range Rover Classic - LT230 Transfer box, Warn winch, 2" lift, 235/85-16 Dunlop MUD Rovers, "Blue Submarine"
1996 Discovery 1 (R380 Manual Transmission, Ashcroft under-drive, RoverWare rear bumper, 33x12.5-15 BFG ATs) -- we call her "Katrina" -- Fordyce 7.5 mile survivor
1999 Discovery 2 (D1 CDL Linkage, 265/75-16 BFG A/T KO, RoverWare front and rear bumper)
1993 Jaguar XJS convertible; 1971 Triumph GT6; 1959 Morris Minor convertible
other assorted British pot metal ...


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wow, after looking at all the retro fits I am VERY happy with My AMV CDL... :)

All in all, I am quite happy with the purchase.


Michael,

I have one here for evaluation, and although it is interesting, I find it a little over-complex and don't like the 'silicon sealer' method of switch modification. The cost is too high also. The motor appears to be from a seat-belt tensioner (although could be a window opener too). I have yet to try it on a transfer case.

Regards,

Graeme

Graeme Ware -- San Carlos, CA

1990 Range Rover Classic - LT230 Transfer box, Warn winch, 2" lift, 235/85-16 Dunlop MUD Rovers, "Blue Submarine"
1996 Discovery 1 (R380 Manual Transmission, Ashcroft under-drive, RoverWare rear bumper, 33x12.5-15 BFG ATs) -- we call her "Katrina" -- Fordyce 7.5 mile survivor
1999 Discovery 2 (D1 CDL Linkage, 265/75-16 BFG A/T KO, RoverWare front and rear bumper)
1993 Jaguar XJS convertible; 1971 Triumph GT6; 1959 Morris Minor convertible
other assorted British pot metal ...


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LR Rocklin did the install for me, so I cant speak to the process there. But I love the simplicity of it from the driver perspective. And it helps that I am a geek so electronic things guud. now, that being said, if this were a hard-core epxo vehicle, I would NOT put in the solenoid CDL solution.... I would got the linkage method. just because murphy sucks.....
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2000 Discovery II - 3" TerraFirma Lift, AMV solenoid CDL, BajaRack Expedition Rack, Dual Battery
2010 Range Rover Sport
1990 RRC Trailer "Land Trailer"
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Explore. Discover." ~ Mark Twain




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