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I recently bought a 2001 disco. I am just curious as to what I can do with my disco in its stock condition. I want to go off road, but i am a bit reluctant...i don't know what my disco can and can't do. If anyone has some insight for me i would love to hear it!!! Thanks!!!!
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Hey, I am new to the off road scene as well and the only off roading that my 01 disco has seen has been a powerline trail. And like a quarter mile of woods on someones farmland. It wasn't anything intense.

Athens GA, I miss going there for the games. Spent a few years in GA. Younger though I was there through my freshman year at Georgia Southern. There should be some group that rides in the mountains out there try www.solaros.com that is a club in Merrietta.
 

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Drum, your stock Disco will do AMAZING things off road !!! As HF said, really helps to go with a club. They know the trails, the technique, and you'll learn a lot about wheelin' in general, and your Disco in particular.
 

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drum655 said:
I recently bought a 2001 disco. I am just curious as to what I can do with my disco in its stock condition. I want to go off road, but i am a bit reluctant...i don't know what my disco can and can't do. If anyone has some insight for me i would love to hear it!!! Thanks!!!!
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Just as SCSL said, the Disco's are an amazing breed. I was a bit fearful the first time I stood at the bottom of a ravine looking up at the top of the hill, which was out of site, thinking.........."Do I do it". You will be amazed at how offroad worthy these things are. The traction controll is a very nice feature and comes in rather handy. If you plan on doing a good bit of offroading, then a small lift and some bigger tires are a must. I primarily use mine for street/light offroad, but in stock format, these things are a force to be reckoned with.
 

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Your Disco's kahunas are bigger than yours. You will scare yourself long before it runs out of go. You will be amazed. Your friends will be amazed.

Buy a DVD on off-road driving. Your local Land Rover dealer probably has group events. Get on their mailing list.

Go as slow as possible and as fast as necessary. The ass-hauling you see on TV and in the rock crawler mags will break things.

Enjoy.

Tires are your weak spot.
 

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ok...so i know that my disco is bad a$$, but can anyone tell me exactly what type of things i can handle are. I am curious and would like to have some idea of my do's and don'ts before i go out trailing! like can i drive on dirt roads or can i climb 90 degree rock walls? :lol:
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Gotta get out w/ your local LR club so you can get a feel for it. In a relatively controlled situation (ie: with a spotter & back-up vehicles for recovery) you will be AMAZED.

In pure stock form, generally speaking, you will do a great job on off-cambers (dirt, not rock) and steep descents. With an upgrade to tires (tread, not size) you'll also do fine in mud provided it's not too deep. You'll have a better ride on rocky dirt roads & washboard roads than folks with stiffer after-market suspension,,plus less rattle from racks & etc. You'll eat up any 'easy' rated trail, and most on the low end of 'moderate'. I took a 100% stock DI to a 6-rated trail & he did fine, other than getting stuck once in deep mud. No damage.

Avoid rocks--meaning boulders not rocky roads--as you can cause expensive damage to your side sills/rocker panels/doors, and you bumpers.
 

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As previously mentioned the best thing you can do to find out how good your car can be is to get some specialised driver training. Like any game you have played there is a way to achieve the best possible result the easiest way. Either that or join a club.
I recently went through a driver awareness course run by a club and was amazed at the improvement in my driving technique.
Apart from that you meet people from all walks of life who wish to enjoy the challenges and fellowship of this marvellous hobby.
 

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As said before, your stock rover will do more than you can possibly imagine. I've had my stock 91 RR for almost 10 yrs and I'm still amazed at its' capabilities.

I'm one of the few LR owners out there to recommend NOT doing lifts on your rover, tires (well, maybe tires), etc. If you really want to be a proficient off-road driver, leave your vehicle stock and you'll learn all the techniques fast. I think a lot of people trick out their rover too early into their off-roading experience and get a false sense of security which leads to over confidence and more damage to your rig down the line. Granted, sometimes damage is unavoidable off-road, that's a fact of life, but so much of it can be avoided.
Besides, the way I see it, LR kick a$$ because they are the most capable 4x4 in their stock form period. Once you get into adding tires and lifts etc, one can't compare them to inferior vehicles which need lifts etc. to do the same trails as stock LR.

So go off, find a LR club or a dealer (dealer events especially as 99% of the vehicles will be stock) and get some instruction on how to drive off road. Go enjoy your rover.
 

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Land Rovers are hella capable stock form. I recently climbed a hill in CDL mode that was very steep and went in a couple of moderate trails. Had this yota rockcrawler amazed Dude is my friend now. I have no problem showing a jeep or my Dads locked Fj-80 how it's done:D:lol: :lol: I think
 

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14 months old or not a lot is still relevant, did the guy actually go and join a club and actually try his disco in stock form?
i currently run a d1 in nothing more than factory paint and a dan bar and front diff guard. its awesome how it copes with the terrain, mud,water and off road trails that the more tricked up vehicles would have you believe are impossable without the ££££'s of modifications
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Well the intiator of this thread Drum655 is now a moderator and has almost 600 posts so I guess he did something right by joining this forum.

The flexibility of the Disco is terribly underated probably because everyone thinks the Defender is the Dogs Danglies, but because you Americans cannot buy new Defenders you have taken the Disco to levels that perhaps it might not have gone due to the lack of new 90s and 110s.

I drove mine for three years off road before gradually modifying it beyond some cosmetic and practical bits (Roof Rack, Lamps, Shade, and Steering Guard).

Last year I replaced the suspension with OME 2" lift, and recently my summer project is just about complete ..... all will be revealed soon :cool:
 

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gordon,
without upsetting our cousins across the pond be careful who you call "you americans":confused myself i am true brit, right back to being yorkshire and proud of it
however i currently run a d1, shortley to be changed for an evented G4 (2003) i bought mine soley for the height of vehicle and not having to stoop or squat to get into the drivers seat. then i went off road with a club and never looked back, all this in a factory spec car
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