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  1. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    thanks, I’ve checked out your build over the years.
  2. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    I recently had the 4 in for replacement of the recall fuel tank flange. While there, the dealer did a multi-point inspection which included an air/fuel ratio CE light. Among other things, they stated it needed all new exhaust and catalytic converters to the tune of about $10k. No kidding. A...
  3. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    I used a 1/2” breaker with a pipe extension over the handle.
  4. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    Put new front brakes on the other day after having Lucky 8 send me EBC discs, pads and a new sensor. The dealership wanted about $1500 for that job. Parts cost me about $450 from Lucky 8. They use their LR’s to what I would say is their design limits so I use what they recommend. I did have to...
  5. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    The Gobi Stealth showed up on Thursday. Well-packaged, high quality product! A thought about how I chose the Gobi rack over others. The first was that its made in the US (yes, I understand that my car wasn't). The style of it, while shorter reminded my of the older style Safety Devices racks...
  6. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    I finished some work on the drawers last summer also, but never shared. I still have to do the actual drawers which I hope to have time to work on after our move in July. Vent hole for the fridge location. I put it there so it's accessible to the passenger while on a road trip. It was also flush...
  7. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    I noticed a marked improvement in off-road performance after affixing this sticker...
  8. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    Got the TuffAnts installed a while back (last summer...). Wrapped in Cooper Discoverer Rugged Trek 265/65/18 XL's. They were great for our trip out west - put a lot of miles on and off pavement on them. Not too loud and love the look of the black steelies. I'll probably find some Land Rover...
  9. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    It's been a minute since I got back to this. Had a job change (a positive one), sold a house after adding a bathroom, bought a house (well, we close in 3 weeks) and planning a move. But prior to a trip (Montana, Wyoming, Idaho) LAST summer, I did get a couple things done. Added a simple iPad...
  10. mmbirtcher

    Post pictures of your Land Rover.

    Years ago my kids were regularly found on the safari rack on my D2. Grocery store, anywhere.
  11. mmbirtcher

    Discovery 3 (LR3) and Discovery 4 (LR4) Registry

    I am. Have the boxes done, but not the drawers yet. I’ve been getting a house ready for sale, buying a new house, moving etc.. but we did have time to camp in Montana this summer.
  12. mmbirtcher

    2007 Mercedes / Dodge Sprinter Van 2500 Fully Converted - $54,500

    I’ve seen this van in person. They’ve kept up with all maintenance and caught up any deferred maintenance from the previous owner. They did a great fully custom wood interior and lots more. Disclosure- this is my daughters van so I’m biased! It’s in great shape and ready to go!
  13. mmbirtcher

    The things you find on top of your skid plate.

    Found fish in the engine compartment of my 85 Toyota 4WD pickup once after a poorly advised water crossing attempt.
  14. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    Started the drawer build for the back a couple days ago on a good weather day when I was off. I built drawers some years ago on my 4Runner using cheaper plywood and sliding on carpeting. They weren’t fancy, but they worked. The second set for my LX was the kit from Land Shark Outfitters that was...
  15. mmbirtcher

    Roofrack box?

    I would think there’s a commercially available box that may even be comparable in cost to the materials (and effort) that would meet your needs. There’s so many different ones especially Thule and Yakima.
  16. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    Installed the LR all weather mats for the front and second row after finding pretty cheap online. The previous owner had the Weather Tech laser fit that are thinner and have high sides. They tend to curl over and I don’t think they fit as well as the LR rubber. I had Weather Tech All Weather...
  17. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    This is the third vehicle I’ve installed the ProClip mobile phone holder on. my stepson‘s 4Runner, my LX and now the LR. Always a great (a bit pricey) fit and quality product. No disassembly of the console or dash required for this model. Just snaps on and is very solid. I wish they made a...
  18. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    Always wanted the light guards on my “old” D2 but never got around to it. I realize they probably add negligible protection for the headlamps, but I dig the look and they were easy to do while I wait for other stuff to come in. Also recently started on my DIY drawers. Before the light guards...
  19. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    What’s a “Metropolis”?
  20. mmbirtcher

    2011 LR4 HSE Build and Service

    Diff and transfer fluids. Not a hard job really, just a bit messy. I tried something different by pumping the fluid in with a 60ml syringe. It worked fairly well but not perfect. Used factory spec fluid (as I do for most everything unless there is a clearly better option). The fluid that...
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