So today I was informed that my father in law due to some recent health issues can no longer drive. As such, he is very kindly giving me his 1999 Discovery V8 petrol - stock as they come, free of charge.
Now, a few things I want to ask you Discovery owners on here.
-He has owned the car since 2004 and is adamant there is no mechanical issues I need to be aware of. It’s fully log booked. Are there some gremlins that start to pop up in this model Discovery that I should know of around this this age?
-If all goes well and as I suspect (touch wood) I don’t have to completely break the bank to get a RWC during the rego transfer process - how much would I be looking at to get a 2” lift installed and what are your brand recommendations? Bear in mind, it is NOT my daily drive and don’t want to cough up $3k on top of the line stuff, more just gear that will get me additional clearance for a reasonable cost. I’d love to cap it at $2k for suspension lift installed if possible.
-what size tyres can I fit on it, after a 2” lift? I would also be removing the stock wheels in favour of black steel rims. What offset rims and tyre combo works for you? I’m after a 33” or slightly larger tyre - width isn’t a concern but I DONT want to cut guards to fit bigger rubber
-I was planning on buying an xrox bull bar for the front and fit it myself. I’m quite handy on the tools and have put two on my hilux’s in the past. Has anyone installed one of these before? They look absolutely awesome!
-I also want to know, as I have never had a petrol 4x4, what precautions do I need to take if I do a river crossing? For example, a water dispersant spray to the engine bay? I’d obviously fit a snorkel.
Thanks in advance.