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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 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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