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Exploring the 2017 Land Rover Discovery 5 " D5 " Off Road options

Posted: Jul 05 2017

Author: JUSTIN MONNIN

Lucky8 was lucky this week for sure! We were given the opportunity to tear into a brand new 2017 Land Rover Discovery 5 over the 4th of July holiday. The goal of this exercise was to come up with some tasteful modifications that would complement the new Discovery. 

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road

The list of mods we are shooting for are as follows:

A beefier front skid plate that integrates nicely with the factory bumper. The stock plates are good but we think that we can do better.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Skid Plate

Hidden winch mount. We are hoping to do this with little to no cutting of the factory bumper. The initial measurements and test-fitting were very promising.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Front Winch Bumper

Driving light mounts. I know that this might sound superficial, but having auxiliary lights on fire roads and trails can quickly change from a “poser luxury item” to being an accident preventing piece of safety equipment.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Lights

Roof rack. This is nearly complete.  It just needs to be a tad bit longer.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Roof Rack

Lastly, rock sliders.  Our initial findings have proven one thing: This mod is going to be difficult.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road

Due to the short amount of time we had with the truck, we had some limitations on the mods we could explore. Most regrettably we were not able to get a more realistic tire size in hand to run on the stock wheels. In true Lucky8 fashion we did try and see how large of a tire we could stuff under the truck. Did you expect anything less?

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Lifted Tires

Finally, I would like to address some of the hate mail that we have received over this project. I have been around Rovers long enough to remember that the Discovery 2 (D2) was the end of Land Rover.  That's right, all that technology in the D2 was the death of the brand. Even sitting here typing those words sounds utterly ludicrous, but I remember it vividly. Then the LR3 on the other hand was a complete abomination. With the launch of it Land Rover completely destroyed the brand and all of those electronics were nothing but a hindrance. Let's not even discuss that “awful” air suspension. Yes, that was most people’s initial view and reaction in 2005 to the LR3. For many years I believed it myself. Now everybody is clamoring to hang on to the last real Rover being the LR4. Who can blame them? The reality of it is that I've done more with Project LR3 than I have with the D1, D2 or even the Defender and all while being comfortable and still able to do 80mph down the thruway on 35's.

The truth is that Land Rover Discovery 5 (soon to be nicknamed D5) is here whether you like it or not, so why not embrace the new technology?  Smile, get your scissors out and start the modifications.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Modifications

Enjoy the Photos 

Justin 

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Front

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Side

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Front

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Side

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Roof Rack

2017 Land Rover Discovery Off Road Lifted Tires

 

 

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Comments

  • Posted by Brett Johnson on February 10, 2018

    Thanks for looking into this, I really hope proper accessories and bullbars are made

    Great pics and good work

  • Posted by Jerry Brown on February 08, 2018

    Interesting stuff! What’s the status on the hidden winch mount and bumpers/sliders? I’m ready when you are.

  • Posted by simon wilding on February 06, 2018

    hanging out for a bull bar.. I have a D4 and would upgrade immediately if the D5 can be fitted with a bull bar.. any ideas?

  • Posted by J. Cole on November 24, 2017

    Like James Cina, I’m also trying to mount 275/55R20 BFG KO2 on my new Discovery. Sound familiar? The issue that we’re having is the rim is rubbing on the front arm. My stock rim size is 22", so we had to drop down to an aftermarket 20" rim to accommodate the tire. Did you run into this issue at all? What rim are you using? More importantly, what offset? Thanks!

  • Posted by J. Cole on November 24, 2017

    Like James Cina, I’m also trying to mount 275/55R20 BFG KO2 on my new Discovery. Sound familiar? The issue that we’re having is the rim is rubbing on the front arm. My stock rim size is 22", so we had to drop down to an aftermarket 20" rim to accommodate the tire. Did you run into this issue at all? What rim are you using? More importantly, what offset? Thanks!

  • Posted by ronny on October 31, 2017

    hello, shich rims and tires on this disco 5? hase it a lift kit? thanks ronny from germany

  • Posted by Paisan on October 30, 2017

    Another one looking for a hidden winch mount or bumper. Great site.

  • Posted by UMESH LALLOO on October 05, 2017

    What about a bull bar? Is it all possible.
    Where can I get a set of rims that you have demonstrated in the modification.

  • Posted by Francisco on September 06, 2017

    Great post, keep em coming!

    Can you confirm what size rims you were running and how much backspacing? Thanks!

  • Posted by Edward Snow on August 23, 2017

    What wheels and tires were used in this mod?

  • Posted by Collin Somerville on August 14, 2017

    Hi, I wanted to see what tire size you had on your discovery. They look like Duratracs and look great. Please share any size/rubbing issues. Also, was curious what you guys thought of the discovery without air suspension. Any ideas on lift kits as I saw the video on putting spring suspension on a LR3.

    Thanks.

  • Posted by James Cina on July 10, 2017

    I recently purchased my D5 with the TD6. So I am really interested in what you will have available, especially the hidden winch. Granted, not sure how easy the diesel will accommodate that mod.

    I am looking to put on some 275/55R20 BFG KO2, but was curious what size you fit on it?

    I did just come back from a 10 day trip towing my 25’ travel trailer. It handled it much better than my LR3 and still returned nearly 15MPG towing that heavy trailer. I love it.

  • Posted by Spencer on July 06, 2017

    I am partial to the D2’s aesthetic. It stirred my emotions as a kid and their value is junkyard low. I love them. However, the new Rovers get a lot of undeserved hate. In 15 years, maybe people will reminisce about the awesome D5s. Who knows? One thing they have going for them over time is increased reliability, improved over-the-road drivability, and I would suspect sales are improving. Lastly, Tata seems to have made the brand profitable. From what I have read, that was not the case back in the golden days, when one company after the other was selling off the brand like a hot potato. I will cling to the D2 for as long as I can and pluck them from owners that can’t be bothered to spin a wrench whenever my current one wears out/frame rots/etc. Plenty of Rovering to go around. I don’t see why the brand would go in reverse to please aficionado’s who are very low in number, sacrificing the majority of their market in the process. It’s simply the only way to keep doing business.

    P.S.: The D5 looks sweet with the Proud Rhino lift and wheel-tire combo.

  • Posted by Sam on July 06, 2017

    These modifications look good, keep them coming! I am really excited to see what you guys do with the D5. Hopefully I will be able to afford one eventually…

  • Posted by @NorthBeachBrian on July 06, 2017

    These mods have definitely changed my perspective on the D5, you guys have done a damn good job! Though I am going to wait to see what the new Defender has to offer in the coming years, watching you guys mod this D5 has me secretly wanting a diesel version…

  • Posted by Dennis Amdor on July 06, 2017

    I have to agree, I have been around long enough to see the resistance to change as the Discovery platform progresses. However, this is only natural and should be expected from those long time LR owners. In time and with the help of Lucky 8’s efforts the D5 will soon be a respected contender in the trails. Can’t wait to see what mods are coming our way!

  • Posted by Nicholas j wiessner on July 05, 2017

    Gotta agree with that last point you made! If we don’t evolve with the tech that is put into vehicles as years go by, our ability to understand/repair/modify goes away as well.. Meaning we lose the ability to partake in 4wd activities we enjoy. I have high hopes for the D5.. I wish they hadn’t shrunk the cargo space (8cu ft..) and I wish perhaps it wasn’t so rotund, but I have hopes ARB and the like will produce bumpers to remedy some of that.

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