Range Rover Classic is a great vehicle for owner modifications
Range Rover Classic – Popular Modifications
First let me begin by saying just about everything on the Range Rover Classic can be modified or enhanced in one way or another. This versitility, combined with the relative low cost of the vehicles, means that with a little bit of work you can get a lot of off road vehicle for relatively little amount of money.
So what type of modifications do people make to their Range Rover Classic? The modifications range from small enhancements such as fitting mud tyres to large scale project such as turning the Range Rover Classic into a shortened “Bob Tail” vehicle for use during off road trials.
The sections below give a (very brief) high level overview of the main modifications which some owners have undertaken on their Range Rover Classic. Each modification area will be discussed in more detail in the Range Rover Classic Modification Pages on the website.
Range Rover Classic – Off Road Modifications
Given the off road ability of the standard production variation of the Range Rover Classic, there is little wonder that owners have tinkered to gain that little bit more ability when taking the vehicle off road. Probably the easiest modification which can be fitted to the Range Rover Classic is to fit more aggressive tread tyres such as Mud Terrain. These tyres will give the Range Rover Classic a better grip and will allow the vehicle to drive through obstacles which would have previously stopped it.
Other more basic modifications include things like fitting a snorkel to allow the Range Rover Classic to go wading through deep water or fitting a winch to assist in recovery when your (or a friends) vehicle gets stuck.
Range Rover Classic – Bob Tail
One of the more extreme modifications that an owner of a Range Rover Classic can undertake is to create a ‘Bobtail’ version of the vehicle. As its name suggests, Bobtail Range Rovers have been shortened in length in order to create a more extreme off road vehicle (shortening the vehicle length increases the departure angle). There is no standard amout that the Range Rover Classic is shortened by, but the convention is that only a short overhang is left behind the back wheels. This could mean removing up to 20 inches from the rear bodywork and original 100 inch chassis.
As you can imagine, altering the vehicle by this much transforms the Range Rover Classic into a dedicated off road vehicle, something which retains its internal luxouries but is well suited to trail competitions.
Range Rover Classic – Non Off Road Mods
In addition to the various off road modifications that an owner of a Range Rover Classic can make, there are some changes that they can carry out to improve the on road experience also.
These modifications include things such as increasing storage capacity within the Range Rover Classic by converting the empty seat bases found on model vehicles into storage lockers by adding a few pieces of aluminium plate (although you may have to re-locate the ECU first if its still in its original position). Other examples of increasing storage capacity include more mundane things such as adding a roof rack.
A cost saving option which is becoming more popular with owners is the conversion of the vehicle to gas by fitting a LPG tank to your Range Rover Classic. This means that your Range Rover Classic has a choice of fuels to use. Obviously this has the downside that it can only be applied to the Petrol models, however with the current cost of fuel, it is easy to see how why this is so popular.
If LPG isn’t an option (maybe you own a diesel version of the Range Rover Classic) then there is always the ability to increase the range between fill ups by adding a second fuel tank. Whilst this may seem like overkill to go to the shops and back, if you are going on an overland trip with your vehicle then it may be a good idea…
Range Rover Classic – Summary
So hopefully you can get the idea… Like any Landrover, there are enough after market products available for the Range Rover Classic to mean that it can be customised to suit just about any need.
This website will carry a series of article documenting the modifications and accessories available in more detail so keep checking back. In the mean time if you are seriously thinking about altering your Range Rover Classic and you have found this page whilst looking for ideas and inspiration, I would suggest the following book.
It covers the Range Rover Classic modification scene very well and best of all it is currently available from Amazon.
The text below is a summary from the book description on the Amazon website and I believe it explains its appeal to any Range Rover Classic owner.
“This book shows the possibilities available to the owner, from big wheels and suspension lifts, under-body protection and tuning ideas, right up to how to convert the car into a high speed racer or an international expedition vehicle. With clear, jargon-free instructions, advice on events like family weekend green-laning, international expeditions and full-on competition, accompanied by colour photographs throughout.”