I am even afraid to look at the body mounts (body brackets for body mounts) on my D1. I know that two of them are cracked.Absolute truth.
The one thing nobody ever considers, though, are body mounts; and they should be replaced on a vehicle of that age before tackling such terrain with any amount of regularity or over a long distance. Not only will every single part on the vehicle appreciate it, but so will your back.
Oh yes I AM looking for those mine spurs, lol! I love that shit.There isn't anything on through-roads in Death Valley that a stock D1 or Classic could not do.
You may have to be careful not to bend the rear bumper going down Steele Pass, that's about it.
Spur roads to the mines may be more challenging, but you aren't looking for those.
Shocks... shocks break in Death Valley. Everything breaks on washboard.
If vehicle weight increases proportionally with spring rate, the ride should be similar, but in most cases rate will outpace weight when drivers swap to aftermarket coils. In this case, the ride is firmer, but does tend to mask sway if ride height is lifted.Also - if the OME springs have a better ride etc. - is anyone using spacers?:
I have the same lift/shocks and tire size. Seems about right for that combo. It’s a 300TDI (a bit heavier than 4.0?) and a 125 pound (from memory) winch bumper but no winch, yet. Seems it is about level but I dont have many miles on the lift. If it sags a little I’ll get some spacers. I wouldn’t try larger tires with that lift. I don’t plan any serious offroading, just some overlanding.I did the 2” medium duty TF lift with TF shocks. I ordered the better TF shocks but got the bottom end ones. Got charged for the bottom end ones and kept them. The springs are good. Don’t like the shocks. I would add more flex before I went more than 2” of lift. Everyone is right that having your rig mechanically sound with some spare parts is way more important. Great heavy duty tires are a good investment as well. 245/75/16 is a good fit. On the plus side, 2” of lift makes working under the Rover much more pleasant. It’s almost worth it just for that.
Nice. That's the sort of place I personally prefer to be instead of stuck in a traffic jam on a trail. I can see why people like events, but if I'm making a point to take an actual vacation that's costing me money instead of the other way around, I'd rather just enjoy nature by myself or with a co-driver at most.Also, here are more photos of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route since the first one appears to be popular. Thread drift but hey, this is DiscoWeb
Nice.Kennith, your post about the Vehicle Dependent Expedition Guide reminded me that I had stopped looking for a copy of the book. I have had Tom Sheppard's earlier book, The Land Rover Experience, since it was first published, but prices for the Guide were always higher than I was willing to pay. A fortuitous glance on ebay a couple days ago uncovered a copy of the Guide for a ridiculously low price, so I jumped on it. Looking forward to enjoying another well-written and beautifully illustrated book by Sheppard.
Sounds like you're on the right track.I’m pretty new at off-roading. My off-road adventures have been pretty tame. Mostly just some rough and somewhat remote forestry service routes. I’m early in the learning curve but plan to grow. I’m definitely the guy more concerned about how to get back from wherever I am considering going. I appreciate all the knowledge being shared. I just learned a lot about the variations of what is considered over landing.
For me, the mods/upgrades I did were minor, or perhaps moderate. My stock springs were sagging pretty bad. I figured I may as well give it a little lift, too. I really didn‘t like the chrome bumpers on my LSE, so I went for HD bumpers that I think I got really right priced. I needed new tires, so I went a little bigger and a bit more aggressive. Someone posted some used but top of the line rock sliders for $250 on another forum, so I figured, why not?
If I can get some additional mods/upgrades right priced I will. There is a used gas tank skid guard posted for very reasonable price on another forum I am kicking around the idea of buying. My HD bumper makes my steering stuff up front look pretty naked. I might get a guard for that as well If a deal presents itself.
However, I have gone to way too much expense aimed at reliability. Rebuilt 300TDI, rebuilt R380, new turbo, new injectors, rebuilt injection pump, new alternator, new starter, new brakes (MC, calipers, discs, pads,hoses) all the way around, new radiator, new intercooler, all new hoses (some silicon), new AGM battery, new clutch, new clutch hydraulics, new AC compressor, and much more.
As percentage of what I invested in reliability, the upgrades/mods were a much smaller percentage.