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Please be aware that ECR is now a Defender repair and modification shop only.
We no longer work on Range Rovers, Discos or Series Rovers.
These pages are from work we did in the past and left up for your enjoyment.
1993 Range Rover LWB
EAS to Stage II suspension, Pursuit 4.6, Paint and more
This Range Rover has come to us by way of MA for a customer in CT. It is a new purchase for the customer and he wants us to go through the Rover and trick it out. The plans for this nice, but somewhat neglected LWB include new paint, a new Pursuit 4.6, Safari Gard Stage II suspension, ECR ROX equipment and much much more.
The first step in the process to make an LWB (Long Wheel Base) "a lot better" is to make it "a lot worse". So we will be gutting the EAS (Electronic Air Suspension), scrapping the weak factory bumpers, taking off the running boards and yanking the dead 4.2 V8. For more information about an EAS to coil spring conversion for your Range Rover go here.
In the rear of the LWB you can see that we have removed the old dry rotted air spring bags in favor of a new Stage II set up. This set up uses an Old Man Emu spring and a set of Fox Racing shocks for great off road ability and a nice on road ride. We also replaced the trailing arms with a set of Stage II/III HD units to correct the bushing angle and maintain the correct ride and bushing flex. Don't worry about those rusty rotors in the picture, we'll be tossing those in favor of some new Brembo cross drilled units along with new SS brake flex lines and new calipers to assure excellent stopping power.
In the front of the Range Rover we have also removed the EAS system parts and have installed the new springs and Fox racing shocks. As this was originally an EAS Rover, we have removed the EAS shock mount and installed the Defender style shock tower in the engine bay. This will give the Rover all the articulation possible with the Stage II set up and also protect the shock from off road hazards. Next we will remove the radius arms and correct the caster of the front axle with ECR ROX radius arms and get to work getting the old brake parts off.
At the rear of the Range Rover we have taken off all the weak factory parts and have started to strip the LWB down for paint. There are some dents and dings to correct, and the customer has decided to go with no logos on the Rover, so we need to remove all the old lettering. Now that the bumper is removed we will fabricate an ECR ROX rear bumper for the LWB so that it can have a better departure angle and no plastic end caps to leave out on the trail when you brush a tree.
Back at the front of the LWB we have removed the rusted and weak front brush bar and the really nasty wiring for the old Hella lights. We have also started to take off some of the lights and trims for the upcoming paint job. A new coat of base clear black will be applied shortly.
Now that the rusty old rotors and calipers have been removed we can start to get the brake system up to snuff. To achieve that we have installed new Bremdo vented rotors, new calipers and longer Earls stainless steel brake flex lines. The LWB is getting bigger tires, a lift and a Pursuit 4.6... the last system you want trouble with is the brakes, and this Rover's brakes will be top notch.
As the stock and damaged pieces come off the Rover, we are hard at work fabricating new ECR ROX parts to go back on it. In the images above you can see that we have modified the radius arm's caster so that the lifted Range Rover still steers easily and won't get "twitchy" at speed. The modified arms have been blasted to white metal and will now be primed and painted with PPG epoxy paint. In the top image you will also see the ECR ROX heavy duty drag link. This will take a hit in case a rock gets put in the wrong place and is much stronger than the stock link. The image on the bottom shows the freshly fabricated ECR ROX tie rod guard. This unit, combined with our steering stabilizer relocation kit and HD drag link, will make the steering system on the LWB bulletproof and able to tackle any trail the truck points at. The tie rod guard will now be blasted to white metal and all the pieces will be primed and painted and made ready for front end assembly and alignment.
You have heard us talk about the weakness of the 4.2 V8 being crankshaft deflection. The engine in this LWB is the definition of the problem. At high miles and under stress the crankshaft can flex and break and as you can see from the image above only the front of the crankshaft remains in place in the block. In this case it broke in numerous places as you can see above.
Check out those main bearing surfaces and the twist in that connecting rod. Yikes.
This image shows the rest of the crankshaft bits. This is common with the 4.2. and yet believe it or not we still here of other Rover shops in the USA selling their customers hopped up 4.2 engines to replace their 3.9s and 3.5s. Talk about starting off on the wrong foot. This is why we will never replace a 4.2 with a 4.2, nor will we upgrade a 3.9 or 3.5 to 4.2. Always go 4.6 with the cross bolted lower end to cure this crankshaft issue. Now that the old 4.2 is out of the Rover we will start setting up the new Pursuit 4.6 for install into the 1993 LWB.
Underneath the Rover the news is better. In this image you can see that the freshly fabricated ECR ROX parts have now been primed, painted and installed. The modified radius arm, the tie rod guard and the Stage II suspension are all in place and looking good.
The Range Rover LWB now has a new off road stance thanks to the new suspension, some new rims and tires that the customer sent to us, and it is now starting to look like an ECR Range Rover.
Here you can see that we have pulled the badly damaged 4.2 and have started to clean up the engine bay and make it ready for the new Pursuit 4.6.
This image shows the new Pursuit 4.6 being set up and made ready to drop into the Range Rover. At roughly 275 HP this will make the Range Rover LWB drive like it should and have power to spare for passing and climbing hills. A nice touch on this Pursuit is that we sent out the exhaust manifolds for the customer to Jet-Hot Coatings for a special coating. The manifolds now look great and will also help increase performance.
On the intake side of this Pursuit 4.6 you can see the difference between our intake system (left) and the stock 4.2 intake system (right). The custom ported intake and heads along with the velocity stacks all mean more air, and more air means more power. The intake system is just one of the many tricks we do to the Pursuit to be able to make smooth and reliable 270 plus HP from the 4.6.
The body of the Rover is also getting a new paint job in the factory Black. There are some minor dings and dents to take care of, and we ran into some typical rust on the rear quarter sections that hold the tail lights. These corner pieces are made out of steel and are prime to rust in the seems near the tailgate. We will be taking these panels off in order to media blast them back to white metal and prime them inside and out. This will cure the rust issue and mean that it won't come back anytime soon.
This images sow the body work being done on the Range Rover. The parking lots dings are removed and spot primed, then the entire body will be sanded in order to apply the first coats of primers surfacer.
While work continues on the body, we are finishing up the Pursuit 4.6 install. Part of doing a 4.6 install is upgrading the computer system, without that modification your new 4.6 would be worthless. This new computer chip (shown installed above) lets the computer know that it has a Pursuit 4.6 under the hood and improves performance, efficiency and still retains all the correct diagnostic codes and serviceability. Most chips from UK suppliers eliminate your warning light diagnostic codes. This means you can drive for years without knowing your engine is not running correctly, or at top efficiency, and with gas prices on the rise, efficiency is the key. The ECR chips retain all your stock functionality and also increase performance.
Here you can see the LWB just out of a bake cycle with its last coat of clear applied over numerous coats of primer and base coat black. The Range Rover now shines better than the day it was new and the new paint will last longer than the factory paint. The next step will be to paint the new hood and the roof section to match the body in the deep Black.
In this image you can see the new hood for the Range Rover after the final paint process. The gloss is deep (check out those reflections) and the paint is perfect. Now we will move on to installing the hood and lining up all the body lines to make the somewhat neglected Range Rover look new again.
Here you can see we have installed all the body parts and completed the paint aspects of the Range Rover LWB. We will now move it back to the fabrication side of ECR where it will be getting its off road and ECR ROX equipment installed.
This image shows some of the off road goodies going on. The ARB bumper and Warn 9000 winch have now been installed, along with the PIAA driving lights. This combined with our ECR ROX stabilizer conversion and tie rod guard make the front of the Rover ready for the trail. Next we will install the ECR ROX sliders and the new ECR ROX rear bumper to finish off the perimeter protection of "Black Beauty" as the customer now calls it.
Here you can see that the stock rear bumper has been removed to get ready for the ECR ROX rear bumper. As you can see above, no modifications are required to the Rover to fit and ECR ROX rear bumper, they are a direct bolt on, ultra rugged unit the eliminates your hassles with plastic bumper end caps for good.
Another ECR ROX product that this Rover will be getting is sliders. These will protect the sills and the doors from harm by off road obstacles. The ECR ROX sliders differ form the cheesy mail order sliders because we actually make your Rover strong enough to work well with the sliders. Above you can see one of the many strengthened plates we attach directly to the sills of the Rover at key points along the body. The points allow a strong and secure connection to the vehicle, and give us peace of mind as we guarantee our sliders for life. Most sliders just sandwich the body tin of the Rover, and those likely don't have a lifetime guarantee either.
Here you can see the ECR ROX rear bumper and sliders in raw fabrication form. These will now be media blasted to white metal, then treated with 4 coats of PPG 2 part epoxy primer And 3 coats of stain black top coat. This will prevent rust, and unlike powder coating, when these do get scratched up off road, you can simply touch them up instead of getting the powder coating peeling off like on most mail order units. Why do they powder coat them? Because it is cheaper. Also notice that the ECR ROX sliders have front and rear Hi-Lift jack points so that you can change your tires easily off road by just jacking the side of the vehicle up, no more fooling with bottle jacks under the vehicle on a muddy trail.
On top of the LWB we added a Brownchurch roof rack for a nice low stylish look, and the ability to carry gear on top of the vehicle during extended trips.
The exterior of the Range Rover is now nearly completed. The sliders and rear bumper are in the paint booth being coated still, but the small details of the Rover are going on. The door rubbing strips have been installed and everything has been tested and tweaked outside.
Inside the Rover is another story. The stereo had been ripped out when it was stolen and electrical gremlins abound inside. Power seats do not works, mirrors are not working, etc. The good news is that although chasing all these gremlins down takes time, it can be sorted and we can make the Rover reliable and fully functional again.
The bad news is that to correct all these problems that previous owners just tend to ignore, means that the interior has to get worse before it can get better, as you can see above.
Once all the glitches are corrected and everything works the way it should, the interior goes back together with some new plastic bits. You can also see above that we have added a new Alpine head unit with XM radio and changer controls. We also added new Alpine speakers in the doors to replace the equipment that was ripped off. Now that everything is back in place the dash area looks clean and correct once again.
Now that the inside of the Range Rover is done, we can finish up the outside. Above you can see that we have installed the newly painted ECR ROX sliders. These units are tough as nail, come with a lifetime warranty, and have Hi-Lift points front and rear for off road operations. They are sleek and functional, a great combination.
Open any door on the Rover and the ECR ROX sliders look as good with the door open as they do with it closed. The factory look trim piece we install keeps mud out of this area and also gives a nice finished look to your Range Rover.
This image shows the ECR ROX Range Rover Classic rear bumper. It is clean, functional, tough and good looking. It retains the factory hitch point so that you can still tow what you need to. Our rear bumper maintains a good departure angle for off roading, and a clean look that doesn't stand out. The best thing is that it bolts onto your Range Rover Classic with no modifications of any kind.
The ECR ROX Classic rear bumper also replaces those cheesy plastic end caps with heavy duty steel units that are all one piece with the bumper. ECR ROX Classic rear bumper are available mail order for DIY install. Call or email for more information.
At the rear of the roof rack we fabricated a bracket that holds the Hella twin bulb rear work light and the XM radio antenna. The antenna can be folded down for space to get into those low parking garages, or when off roading where a heavy tree limb might damage it, and the light is placed so that tree limbs will not harm it off road.
Here you can see the nearly completed Range Rover LWB with is full compliment of ECR work and ECR ROX equipment that will make the Rover reliable and functional on the trail and on the street. This dual purpose Rover really is one "Black Beauty" as the customer calls it.
Under the hood of the Range Rover we have buttoned up the new Pursuit 4.6 install with all new tune up parts, a new alternator and anything else the engine bay required to make for a strong performing LWB. The 4.6 install appears as a stock 4.2 in the engine bay, but once you mash the gas you'll know that the Pursuit 4.6 lurks under that 4.2 logo.
This is the completed Range Rover LWB. A great running and driving vehicle that is at home on the freeway, or on any trail ride. The LWB has power to spare with its Pursuit 4.6, full protection from mild to moderate off road hazards with it full compliment of ECR ROX equipment, and much much more. If your Range Rover needs some "tricking out" be sure to contact ECR. We can make your Range Rover at home on the street and on the trail. We'll be happy to help you make your Range Rover world class... just like this one.