Ok, I might as well get my thread started, though it might be pretty tame, at least for a while. Unfortunately I didn't have the presence of mind to take any "before" pictures. Suffice it to say I'm sure we've all seen a stock Disco 2.
I picked up this truck about 2 months ago. It's my first truck ever. In fact, I said I'd never own a truck up until just a little while ago. However, after starting a family, it sort of became inevitable. I have a trackday car I've had for years, but with the addition of our son to our family, it became impossible for the whole family to go to trackdays. I also had two turbo blow-ups in a row which resulted in one limp home, and one borrowed truck tow home, neither of which were fun.
I also have an enduro motorcycle, and a Seadoo, and would like to take both on family vacations up to the cottage. But, that was impossible with only a small car to tow with. It was an either/or problem and deciding was sometimes hard, and limited the use of both machines.
So, it became necessary to get a truck so I can tow larger trailers. Now, once I made that leap, I figure if I'm going to have a truck, might as well get a real truck and use it for more than just towing. I have always loved vehicle based exploring, but motorcycles sort of preclude my wife and son from coming. I also will not put my son on an ATV because I think they're dangerous. Even I don't like riding them. I prefer motorcycles, because in the inevitable event that they fall on you, they weigh drastically less.
I have a soft spot for any vehicle with any kind of "motorsports" heritage, and I'm somewhat of a British and/or European car fan, so that placed Land Rovers squarely in my sights. I considered a Freelander because of the economy and driving quality, but knew that towing what I want would be a bit of a stretch. That, combined with the Disco Camel Trophy heritage kind of made it the only option for me.
That being done, I decided the 04 was the best of the breed. You get the bigger engine, CDL that works WITH the traction control. You get the latest styling which I like, and they're newer with less rust (so that I combat it before it gets bad) and the least miles. They're also last of the line, and (hopefully) have most of the bugs worked out.
I looked at a couple different ones, including a G4 edition, and an 03 Trek. Most turned out to be a bit rougher than I would like, but I'm still wondering if I made the right decision passing up the Trek. Oh well.
I found this Epsom Green on Tan Leather 04 SE, it was in good shape for a lease return, with one month of warranty left. I intend this vehicle to be my daily driver as well as being used for trips and such, so I'm going to keep things relatively mild. I don't think I'll be lifting it, because I am concerned about vehicle dynamics on the road. I also have learned not to stray too far from the factory engineering because you start to get into the snowball effect with a never ending list of must-do's.
Ok, so, the first thing I did was put on some Canada flag decals in what I think are the Camel Trophy positions. Just a bit of a signature thing for me, as my car has them in on the rear windows like a rally car.
Second, I traded somebody the factory 18" Hurricane wheels for a set of P38 16's plus cash. I was hoping for a set of 03-04 6-spoke wheels as I think they're the most modern, but I took what I could get. Once I had those, I bought some 245/75/16 Cooper ST-C tires. I went with this size because it's the biggest size you can fit without lifting and no rubbing. I also didn't want anything too out of proportion with no lift. I also like them because they're a very common size, and should be easier to find under duress if necessary on a trip.
Recently, I painted the wheels with Duplicolor bronze wheel paint. I think it really makes them look less lame, and makes the whole truck look much tougher even though it has small tires. I don't think the pictures do it justice.
I'm pretty happy with these tires as being pretty aggressive, but not going to full-on mud tires.
I have also installed a RAM mount for my Garmin GPSMap 76Cx. Personally, I think this is the perfect GPS. It's a hand held. I originally bought it for hiking. It's exactly like the more common 60Cx, but the 76 floats so that's an added bonus. Nice for boating use. The Cx models have the new high performance antenna that gets WAY better reception than earlier models. I also use this GPS in a Touratech mount on my motorcycle. Now, I have it in the truck. It does rudimentary road routing, but it's not the best at that. But, it take a topo map which many of the car based units will not. I also installed an external antenna to help get reception through the heated windscreen. It works awesome. As you can see, I even get great reception inside my garage with the door closed! It works great even under the heaviest tree cover.
Lastly, I installed my Sirius satellite radio system. I can't live without this ever since getting it back around 2002. I'm an early adopter, and I'm hooked. I can get tunes, or the BBC *anywhere* which is nice. The head unit is piping through the factory amp via pre-amp out from the head unit. The whole thing still sounds like crap... hopefully eventually I'll replace the amp and/or speakers. I'm not sure which is the prime culprit.
So, that's what I've done for now. Future mods will likely be a front bullbar and winch. Haven't decided on what yet, maybe even fabricate my own. Ditto on the rear bumper, sliders, and fuel tank guard.
I do want a roof rack, but I don't think a full on expedition rack. I already have a SportRack basket, which may be used when necessary. I would like roof lights, but they might be mounted to a crossbar instead. I also intend a hood blackout. I will probably have to install some type of HD springs, and I'll go with something that results in only a mild lift. Bilstein is my favorite shock manufacturer and if I do diffs, they'll be Tru Tracs.