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hello fellow rovers...

it's been several years since i've owned a rover, but i'm back at it again. i just scored on this 2003 SE7 for under $2k, suspect blown head gasket. runs&drives, but... a $170 tow is cheaper than a cracked block when the truck was 45min away. her name was roxy, according to the previous owner.

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overall, it's in excellent condition. i've had four discos over the years, but i've never had (and always wanted) a white one with black interior.

feels good to be back! i've already got my:

G4 lamp guards (front and rear)
20" range rover sport supercharger wheels w/ hub center adapters
replacement badging from 2004 model (big chunky letters)
replacement painted bumper cap
replacement rear lower lamps

the body is straight, but i'm going to have to sand and refinish the fender flares...

the wheels i got for only $100 but they're curbed to hell, so i'm sanding them down now to have them powder coated.

i'm looking at these tires:


unless anybody can make a good a/t recommendation for 275/45/20?

it's at performance prep having the engine reworked and probably the rear end also.
 

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here's wheel #1 , it took me about 30min. straight powder coat is $90/wheel, curb repair/paint is $125/wheel...

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Great looking truck. Let us know when you determine what to do about the head gaskets. Be sure to get a third party temp gauge so you do not run it hot again.
 

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Welcome back! Nice looking truck.
I’m assuming that this will be mainly a street machine?
Have you ever considered removing the fender flares? I took them off my grey 2002 and really like the look. Only on with 2 sided tape
 

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Great looking truck! My favorite color combo white and Black, but go 16" wheels with BFG KO2's 245 70 16 or 245 75 16. Keep its off road roots alive. I had those coopers on the 19" on my LR3 and they were not great on freeway.
Dave
 

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I have finished prepping all of my wheels for paint, 20" stormers from RRSSC... definitely going that route but with some A/T or X/T tires...

i have decided as of today to send the disco to Elite Auto in California... it's going to run 12K, but i'm getting a fully remanufactured engine, transmission, transfer case, and rear diff.

can't say i'm happy to spend 6x what i paid for the truck, but i'm going to keep this one forever...

miss my old gold rig and its offroad prowess
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i've thought about removing the fenders, and i do like the clean look... but i think that the black contrasts the white nicely.
 

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I hate to admit this but I like the bigger factory rims on the D2. I ran 19” RRS rims on mine and loved the look
 

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i agree, and there are some very aggressive tires available in 275/45/20. it's only 2" larger than the hurricanes anyway.
@ArmyRover, i was searching the forum for thoughts on the Atturo Trailblade tires and your post came up.

what was your overall takeaway? my disco won't be a daily driver, so it seems like 5x trailblades at less than half the cost of 5x coopers is a good fit.
 

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I really liked them on my D2 obviously road noise was present but they did good on and off road.


Just picked up a set of 33x12.50r18 for the LR3
 

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miss my old gold rig and its offroad prowess


i've thought about removing the fenders, and i do like the clean look... but i think that the black contrasts the white nicely.
I love my Champagne (or Gold) Rover. I don't see a lot of them that colour around me - a lot of Grey & Silver. I was considering taking off my fender flares as well but I'm in the same boat as you on that, i.e. I like that the black breaks up all the gold, especially with the black bumpers, side-steps, etc.

Great looking truck. Looks very straight. How's the undercarriage?
 

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Yes, the truck is very clean. It has a small ding on the left rear quarter and another small ding on the right rear corner cap. It was a city truck so the bottom is in good order. Otherwise super clean... I’ve got a new bumper cap for the front corner, and I’m clearly going to have to sand and respray the fender flares... it’s going to clean up nicely. A few odds and ends on the interior (headliner!!!) and it’ll be ready... expecting three weeks at Elite in California for the new powertrain.

And I guess that I’m sold on the trail blades. Great looking tire at a great price, and I would venture to say it will spend more time in the dirt than on the freeway.
 
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