3 or 4 times a year a client gives us the opportunity to build them something very unique and special. When that opportunity presents itself we work closely with the client to determine their optimal needs and desires and then we throw ourselves into the build, drawing on our many year's experience building Disco 2's and our wide and diverse knowledge of the parts and modifications that are available and that work! But rarely is the result quite as stunning or awesomely rendered as this particular truck for a CA client. It started life as a nicely kept but "plain Jane" '04 HSE with way above average paint and a super clean rust- and accident-free GA history. Of course the first step in the transformation is always to install a better-than-new remanufactured engine. That is to say, our engines are fully blueprinted, cleaned, and updated with English-made Top Hat liners, eliminated the biggest problem with the 4.6: coolant leakage and death knock from loose cylinder liners. It is the ONLY way to get a 4.6 to live and the result is an engine that will last longer and run better than when it left the factory. The reconditioned top end is installed with ARP chromoly studs for durable head gasket life and all ancillary systems are upgraded to new components, most critically, the LR factory OEM "low Temp" thermostat and a top-level Airtex pump. Then we move onto the fun part: outfitting what we call our "Big Homie" trucks. We start with a 2.5" HD lift from Terrafirma, along with their steering damper and 30mm wheels spacers. At the corners we use their 16" "NATO" steelies mounted with monster 285/75 (32.8") BFG KO2's resulting in a massive 4" increase in track width. We also add the Terrafirma 50mm fender flares and rock grinders with tree bars, both of which we have to modify to get adequate tire clearance, The client wanted the best Bull Bar bumper available and for us that meant Lucky8's, which features a detachable bull bar allowing a very close mounting to the body for a maximum front approach angle. We opted for the workhouse Smittybilt Gen2 10k winch for its lightweight and safer synthetic rope and convenient wireless remote operation. The front grille was modified for winch clearance and better air flow via ventilation holes. Smittybilt shackles were also used front and rear. Speaking of rear, there we attached the Terrafirma steel bumper. Up top the client spec'd the very popular Voyager Low Profile roof rack with matching access ladder. We added their tool and jack mounts to carry a 48" hi-lift jack and a Krazy Beaver shovel. The real eye-popper however was the LED lighting conversions on the truck, bringing their look and visibility to modern standards. The H7 high and low bulbs were replaced with Hikari compact units and 6 new style driving lamps were mounted. These new lamps feature a head turning "X" pattern DRLs (daytime running lights) that really give the truck a commanding presence on the road. LED sidemarker repeater lights and license plate lights topped the package. OEM original steel taillight protectors were added, Finally, the interior was renovated with a new headliner, redone front cushions and a magnificent Alpine 9" touchscreen with a Night Vision (infrared) back-up camera and integrated steering wheels controls. It was a lot of work putting this but we think you will agree that the result is fully satisfying. If you'd like to have us build one like this for you please call Jay at 404-281-6468 and remember "Disco ain't dead"!
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