Discovery HD Rear Bumper Fitting Guide

Replace the flimsy standard item with a heavy duty one from First Four. Martin Domoney of Land Rover Owners magazine explains how...


One thing that really lets down an otherwise reasonable-condition Discovery 1 is a ropey rear bumper. The item the D1 was equipped with from the factory is average at best, lacking any real strength and acting more as a finisher for the rear of the chassis than something you’d rely on even in a light impact. Not only is the pressed steel flimsy, but the plastic end caps that book-end the bumper rarely survive the slightest of knocks, leaving them sitting lop-sided or parting
company with the Land Rover completely.

Thankfully, there is a solution. Off-road equipment specialist First Four offers a heavy-duty replacement bumper made from 5mm steel, which bolts up firmly to the chassis in four places rather than the standard two. Instead of a metal centre and plastic caps, the FF bumper is all metal, meaning it’ll shrug off the rough and tumble of Land Rover life without bits falling off, and the tough black powder coating won’t flake and allow rust to develop on the surface beneath.

It also incorporates receiver tubes for use with a Hi-Lift jack adaptor, should the need ever arise, and it’s compatible with the original towbar and rear step.

Martin’s always keen to make his Land Rovers more useful, tougher and longer lasting,
and his Discovery 1 – his third 300-series model – is no exception. ‘They’re
cheap to buy and also don’t cost much to turn into robust daily drivers,’ he says.

This article originally appeared in Land Rover Owners Magazine and has been reproduced with permission. Article is written by Land Rover expert Martin Domoney.

This article originally appeared in Land Rover Owners Magazine and has been reproduced with permission. Article is written by Land Rover expert Martin Domoney.

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