The Current State:
Since diving into this world of actually using Land Rovers to go off-pavement (gasp!) a few years ago, I've been evolving and trying to find out what I enjoy, and more importantly, what the rest of my family enjoys.
I REALLY LOVED my old Classic and regret selling it all the time. I even emailed the new owner and asked if he might want to sell it back to me. He didn't.
I've also really enjoyed the P38 that I have now, but it's built up to the hilt for rock crawling and I've discovered that neither the wife, the kids, nor the dog enjoy moving along at 2mph over boulders. For everything besides serious hard trails, we were just taking the Land Cruiser, and how boring is THAT?!
So....what to do?
Clearly, the answer is MORE ROVERS!
The new idea is to build more towards moderate off-roading and longer-range expedition style trips, while still retaining on-road comfort for the long pavement hauls to the trails. And, most importantly, I wanted something I'd fall in love with. The LR3 is great and probably a better fit for us, but it doesn't tug at my emotions.
Enter: the Range Rover Sport
I love the design both inside and out, and it still has the practicality of being an LR3 with a different body shell so some of the parts development that goes into LR3s also unintentionally benefits the RRS. And while the LR3 would have much more space, the Sport just grabs me more.
The Build Candidate:
With that in mind, I picked up this 2009 Sport last week in Stornoway Grey with the Ivory/Ebony interior.
She has 111k miles now, has the Luxury Package, and the straight grain walnut wood which I love.
Is an off-white interior practical for a family dirt/adventure vehicle? I suppose about the same as choosing the less-developed platform with half the interior space. Hey, if I'm going impractical with this, I might as well go full-bore.
And Sophie picking out her car at the dealership. Good choice, I approve:
The Build Plan:
So, the build list I've planned so far is:
- 18" 5-Spoke LR3 wheels
- 267/70/18 Cooper Discoverer AT3 tires (32.6" dia)
- Lucky8 2.5" lift kit with spacers
- Voyager roof rack
- Voyager rock sliders
- Voyager hidden winch kit
- TBD Winch
- LR snorkel
- LR pet barriers
- LR lamp guards
- Custom armor for front/rear bumper protection
- Custom rear tire swingout
- Ladder - TBD if I'll integrate into the swingout like Slee Land Cruiser bumpers, or if I'll go with the LR genuine ladder
- Overland Pros foxwing awning
- Hella front aux lights
- Generic Amazon-sourced LED side/rear lights
- OTRATTW switches...need to figure out where to mount these
- Various bumper trimming and such to accommodate offroad clearance
- Rubber mats everywhere
- Other fun stuff as we go along
Heeere weeee goooooooo!
Edited by AdvRovr, 25 July 2017 - 11:30 AM.