Stefan’s custom 2003 Discovery 2a is a thoroughly thought out and meticulously executed tough track tackling beast.
Why did you choose this particular 4X4?
The inspiration behind buying a Disco was seeing one in action. It was nothing special, just an unmodified Discovery 1 on bald tyres but where it was able to go off-road was remarkable.
I knew I had to have one, but for me it needed to double as a comfortable tourer, so I went looking for a Discovery 2 with the TD5 engine.
It took four months to find and came with the Les Richmond Automotive four-inch lift it still runs.
What have you built this 4X4 to do?
It’s a little different to my ‘Tough Tourer’ Defender which has previously been featured on Loaded 4X4, in that aside from touring it has been built to tackle the really tough tracks. I’d say it was built with the expectation that it would spend half it’s time touring and the other half tackling extreme tracks.
Which is why I chose an auto, fitted a heavy duty torque converter and went with 50 per-cent reduction gearing.
The Disco is road legal and fully engineered for the 4″ lift, 110mm track increase, 35″ tyres and 3250kg GVM upgrade.
The barwork is Aussie milled 32nb tube with 10mm wall thickness. Chassis fish plates are CNC cut, drilled and tapped and the barwork mounts that bolt to the plates are also 10mm thick and use hi-tensile bolts. The clamps on the brush bars are chromoly 4130 interlocking tube clamps.
I get out on the tracks a lot and I am also a 4WD instructor. In addition to this I film some of my trips for Alloffroad.com.au. It’s important to me that my 4X4 will go anywhere I need it to.
Where have you taken it and what are some of your favourite tracks/destinations?
The D2 has spent a lot of time on technically challenging tracks including the Watagans where it has tackled Daniels Point and Rope Roads as well as Whitemans Lane.
Waterfall track and Pipeline at Lithgow are another couple of favourites.
It’s also seen plenty of time on the more challenging tracks around Mt Airley and Orange.
You can see Stefan’s video of the D2 in action below.
Would you set it up the same again and if not, what would you change?
Honestly, it’s the perfect setup for areas that I like to drive. If I was intending to keep it then I’d probably add a VVT turbo setup, the same one that I run on the Defender. If portal axles were available in Australia, then I’d look at fitting those as well, but they aren’t.
What future mods do you have planned?
None, but only because I very reluctantly have the D2 up for sale, something that I never thought I would do. I have recently purchased a very unique, one of a kind Defender ute that runs portal axles and rear steering (see below). Buying it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up as portal axles and 37s have been on my wish list for a long time now.
My wife has told me that three modified 4X4s is one too many so the D2 is now for sale. It’s cost me in excess of $70,000 to setup and I’m asking $29,000 for it. There is nothing that needs work, it’s in excellent condition and ready for the next owner to enjoy.
I doubt there has ever been a more thoroughly modified D2 for sale (see the mods list for the full story!).
Is there anyone that you’d like to thank for their help/assistance with building your 4X4?
Yes there is. Like the Defender, this is a project that has consumed hundreds of man hours. For his generous input of time I’d like to thank my friend Greg Bowler from Davis Performance. Greg is a gun with Land Rovers and has over 20 years experience working on Land Rover vehicles.
Want to buy Stefan’s custom D2?
If you are interested in purchasing Stefan’s D2 you can contact him via email at alloffroadau
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