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  1. #31
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    Front Recovery Hook Access

    Hi Zilch,

    I'm still a few months away from taking delivery of my Defender SE D300. I was walking around the local stealers yard and noticed that one of the new Defenders they had in stock had an access hole in the front sump guard to access the front recovery hook and all the rest had just a flimsy plastic panel which you need to remove every time you need to use the front recovery hook. After investigation it appears this plastic access panel actually requires the option of the front sump guard for access to the hook.

    Can I ask did your Defender come with the front sump guard with access hole ? I tried to see what option or package it comes in on the online Land Rover build your Defender but it didnt show any thing. I asked the salesman I bought my Defender from, and not only did he think the front recovery hook was an option ( which it isn't - its there on every new Defender ) but he had no idea the front sump guard was an option.

    Anyway I will keep pushing the selling dealer re the front sump guard and whether its a factory option or a dealer option.


    Quote Originally Posted by zilch View Post
    well the accessories have now been fitted, so phase 1 is complete, now for a long wait to see if OL/ARB/TJM come out with a decent front bar in the future .. tick tock


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  2. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield View Post
    Hi Zilch,

    Can I ask did your Defender come with the front sump guard with access hole ?
    afraid not, i have the horrible black plastic cover, which is easily remove by the way if you go off road. The options are to buy the expensive LR one, or possibly
    look at fleabay / aliexpress.. not sure if the aliexpress one is a direct swap for the plastic or a full strip down and fit as per the LR one

    Fit for 2020 defender 110 land rover other exterior accessories front bumper guard skid plate parts|Bumpers| - AliExpress
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  3. #33
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    I just find it hard to believe that Land Rover have claimed to produce one of their most capable 4WD, and you have to get on your knees and use a screw driver and remove a flimsy black plastic panel before you get bogged/stuck to use the front recovery hook .

    I asked the LR salesman again today and he just scratched his head and didn't even know there was a recovery hook behind the black plastic cover.

    Also found this aluminum cover on Amazon which I may try for $400 bucks.

    Fits for Land Rover Defender 2020 2021 Lower Guard Front Sand Guard Aluminum: Amazon.com.au: Automotive


    Quote Originally Posted by zilch View Post
    afraid not, i have the horrible black plastic cover, which is easily remove by the way if you go off road. The options are to buy the expensive LR one, or possibly
    look at fleabay / aliexpress.. not sure if the aliexpress one is a direct swap for the plastic or a full strip down and fit as per the LR one

    Fit for 2020 defender 110 land rover other exterior accessories front bumper guard skid plate parts|Bumpers| - AliExpress

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield View Post
    I just find it hard to believe that Land Rover have claimed to produce one of their most capable 4WD, and you have to get on your knees and use a screw driver and remove a flimsy black plastic panel before you get bogged/stuck to use the front recovery hook.
    LR don't expect it to get bogged! My L322 is the same although the manual suggests removing the cover before going off-road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    LR don't expect it to get bogged! My L322 is the same although the manual suggests removing the cover before going off-road.
    Yes removing the recovery hook cover on the L322 is pretty easy and doesnít require a tool to remove.

    Iíve never felt the need to buy a metal hook cover as my plastic one is still ok after 13 years despite being removed a few times. Also the current plastic cover matches the bumper skirt colour (black).
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  6. #36
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    Apart from access to the front recovery hook, also just wondering how strong the plastic undershield would be - deflecting stones and thrown up branches.

    The Amazon undershield I mentioned in the previous post, you can get that in either aluminum or black. Not sure how well the black shield colour would match the rest of the underskirt.

    Attached a couple of pictures of the front of the Defender D240 S in the local LR yard - with the factory undershield. The dealer still cant find the option and told me the D240 in the pic was a LR Australia test vehicle.undershield.jpgundershield 1.jpg




    Quote Originally Posted by rar110 View Post
    Yes removing the recovery hook cover on the L322 is pretty easy and doesnít require a tool to remove.

    Iíve never felt the need to buy a metal hook cover as my plastic one is still ok after 13 years despite being removed a few times. Also the current plastic cover matches the bumper skirt colour (black).

  7. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield View Post

    Attached a couple of pictures of the front of the Defender D240 S in the local LR yard - with the factory undershield. The dealer still cant find the option and told me the D240 in the pic was a LR Australia test vehicle.
    i think your dealer is being a tad lazy, i went into my local service department and they pulled it up straight away.. going to actually get it fitted

    Cheers
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  8. #38
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    Agree !


    Quote Originally Posted by zilch View Post
    i think your dealer is being a tad lazy, i went into my local service department and they pulled it up straight away.. going to actually get it fitted

    Cheers

  9. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield View Post
    The dealer still cant find the option and told me the D240 in the pic was a LR Australia test vehicle.
    Sounds like a bunch of BS. I have the undershield and also the winch/bullbar setup in the game room at the moment awaiting the actual vehicle. I've ordered all the accessories at cost and will fit them myself as it's pretty straightforward for most things. The Bullbar and Winch require a bit more work but I'll be saving around 10k total in labor charges for everything.

    The undershield part number is VPLEP0436. It's very nice quality and made of aluminium and a steel bracket. Retails appx 950.

    There is a good fitting video by powerful UK that shows how to put the undershield on. It's easy. Land Rover Defender Front Undershield Fitting Instructions / review VPLEP0436 - YouTube
    JLR also helpfully have a site with instructions for all accessories. LAND ROVER ACCESSORY FITTING INSTRUCTIONS

    I'll upload a photo of the undershield soon. In the meantime here is the bullbar. 60mm tube construction. A bargain for 1242 retail.


    bull bar.jpg


  10. #40
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    Show us your Defender with Winch

    Has anyone got one with a winch fitted yet?

    If so can you post up some photos.

    Also has anyone fitted larger 20" tyres?

    Thanks
    Cheers

    Chuck

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