I stumbled upon this sight about a week ago and cannot believe my good fortune! The sight is wonderfully informative with interests aligned to my own.
I've always loved Landrover's and have been dreaming of purchasing one since I watching movies of Land Rover's in roaming around in Africa.
Around February of this year, I had had it with my 1990 Jeep Cherokee. It was feeling very cramped (i'm 6'5, 240lbs), becoming very squeaky (daily driven in the very rough Brooklyn roads and I drive to Maine and beyond at least 12 times a year), and simply was not able to carry much weight in stock form so I sold it.
Last April I purchased a pristine 1996 Land Rover Discovery 5-speed with cloth manual seats and no sunroofs in the interest of simplicity/reliability Since then, I have removed the front brush bar, sidesteps, added a OME HD 2" lift, waxoyled the entire chassis including parts of the drivetrain, replaced slightly rusted exhaust with a borla catback. (I've attached a picture from when i first bought it, sorry its so crappy and small, I'll update this with new pictures as soon as I get a new digital camera!)
Talk about a difference from the Cherokkee!! Where the Cherokee was cramped, squeaky and did not like carrying more then 500lbs, the Discovery is a tank! The Disco doesn't squeak at all, has so much more space (especially headroom!) and with the OME HD suspension shrugged off a 1,000+lb load I had in the truck last weekend (5 up of 200lb'ers plus loaded truck)!!
As I want to keep this truck forever and given my lifestyle (active in gym, hiking, beach etc) I wanted to preserve my seats for as long as possible. So after a lot of research, I ordered a complete set of seat covers from www.wetokole.com in tan with black piping and two LR logos for the front seats. From the specs they look to be exactly what i'm looking for! They should be arriving in two weeks time!
Now here is where I'm hoping you guys can help a brand new member! On the manual discovery seats on the inboard side, reside two manual adjustors. The lower larger one adjust seat rake and the smaller one above is for the lumbar support adjustment. Does anybody know how to remove these so that I can install the seat covers wtihout slicing a huge cut into each cover to accommadate the knobs? Its just not readily apparent to me
Thanks guys for looking at my very first threat and providing any help or assistance you may have!
ps. My next 3 mods will be Scorpion Racing 30mm spacers to help compensate the 2" lift in COG, 245/75/16 BF AT tires and 4.6L with tourquer cam added. I'll be sure to comment and provide feedback on each of these mods as I add them over the course of the next 8 months.