I recently picked up a WeatherTech Range Rover Trunk Mat and WeatherTech Headlight Guard Film. I found both of these items on Jet.com, and when I added both items to the cart it dropped the price of the Load Space mat approximately the same price as the Headlight Guard Film, so I happily picked up both. Here is a brief review of each product.
WeatherTech Loadspace Liner
There are actually quite a few options for loadspace liners, or trunk mats for the Range Rover. The WeatherTech is amongst the best but perhaps not as good as the Land Rover loadspace liners which I hear very good things about but they cost more. The WeatherTech liner is much lighter and more flexible than I thought it would be. Apparently the flexibility of the loadspace liner under all temperatures is a design consideration of the USA Based WeatherTech.
The liner itself offers a slightly textured surface with some water trapping grooves, but it they could perhaps be deeper. The sides of the trunk mat are about 2.5″ high, designed to keep water or other spilled liquid on the mat and off of the rest of the trunk.
The trunk mat fits very well, but the Land Rover mats have cut outs for the luggage management net (the bottom one, not the side pockets) which the WeatherTech does not.
The liner although it is flexible seems like it will put up with some abuse but perhaps not as well as a thicker mat. Overall after not having a luggage mat, I much prefer to have one to protect the trunk, especially perhaps the Range Rover trunk with it’s various leather pull straps.
WeatherTech Head Lamp Protection Film
The guards are flexible 40mm film, it was pointed out to me that these films are much thicker than many other offerings. This film offers protection against UV hazing of the plastic headlamps as well as chip and cracking protection with the thick and pliable 40mm film.
The film is a bit difficult to put on by one person. Also needed is a hair dryer or heat gun as the film provisions for the tops of the headlamps which tilt inwards.
A nice feature of this kit is that it is four pieces, including two guards for the low and vulnerable fog-lamps. The foglamp cut outs are quite easy to fit as they are “just circles.”
I don’t really notice a difference in light output from the lamps but I am sure there is some diminution. I don’t notice them too much which is to me a win for this type of product. I am happy that the film should protect the headlamps from UV induced hazing. When off and on highway they seem to provide protection against rocks.
Our Range Rover’s audio, bluetooth, and navigation died one by one. I had to bypass the bluetooth, the audio went out a few years later and now the range rover navigation upgrade is down although I believe the screen technically works.
I put in the range rover android head unit with friend and local master euro mechanic Brandon (if you are in Denver and need a mobile land rover mechanic, I’ll get you in touch) in part 1. But without the audio it was compelling how important audio is to car audio even with all of the increasingly visual information.
I set out to get the rear screens hooked up and the amp I would end up running the highs through. I accomplished both of those over 2 days not without drama though as I initally cut some wires that looked like speaker twisted pair but turned out to be the speed sensor wires. After Ali braved the codes and went to work I finished the project on day two although I always think about ways to make things better so there may be a part 3 which will be running additional speaker cables to the front to run a three way crossover (as planned) to the front versus using the factory splitter for the mids/tweeter, running a backup camera, and running an FM antenna. However, getting the speakers and amp hooked up was a fairly intense day so let’s cover it.
Our 2006 HSE, has had her native electronics rendered inoperable by a downline MOST fault caused by water ingress. She has always had a few issues with her radio and it didn’t make financial sense to try to reintegrate with the factory radio so we gutted the original screen and replaced it with a double-din headunit adapter. The headunit adapter fits in with various length brackets and secures it like so.
There exist various PowerfulUK and other videos about removing the dash so that will not be covered here. Our day 1 install had us install a “Pumpkin” brand double din 7″ quad core android navigation with 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage, along with a preinstalled MAP MicroSD data card 8-16GB, which leaves one MicroSD and USB on the front. I dropped in a 32GB MicroSD with various media. I opted for the 2GB ram version of the Android Head Unit as most are only available with 1GB ram which I thought might be a bottleneck.
The performance of the unit is what I would describe as diesel like, the quad core ARM processor completes tasks without being bottled down but without the sheer speed of Apple’s new PRO chips. Overall I am happy with the performance of downloading and updating various apps and settings. The multi-tasking never bogged down. The installed Bluetooth app is custom and perhaps limited, but it connected to my phone quickly with the password 0000. After connection there is a prompt to download the contact information. I declined as this is primarily Ali’s Range Rover although it does have Cooper Zeon’s and Rocky Mountain pinstriping.
Unfortunately we may have had to block some good traffic to survive a DDOS attack which is unfortunately on-going. Please pardon any throttling or blocks right now as we persevere through this attack. We have removed alpha functionality at this point to preserve up-time.
Thanks and Happy Easter!
Air Springs Leaking – on bump stops – raising slowly – suspension fault 30 MPH max – Cheap Air springs
UPDATE: Bilstien has doubled the price of their airsprings!
How can I tell if my air springs are leaking? Why is my air suspension on bump stops? These are common question on many Range Rover forums. To make this post get to the point the most common failure for RR air suspension will be the front airsprings. The struts are not controlled by the air suspension, but dampen the air bags which replace regular springs. Adaptive Dynamic struts are also not controlled by air but by ferromagnetic fluid and a computer which controls the viscosity of the fluid via magnetic field.
REPLACE BOTH OF YOUR FRONT AIRSPRINGS
If you suddenly find your truck on bump stops it, is almost assuredly one of the two front airsprings went. “but the whole car is on bump stops” The computer will lower all four corners to bump stops once it has found an airspring leaking, although sometimes just the front or rear will drop.
DON’T CONTINUE TO USE YOUR AIR SUSPENSION UNTIL THE SPRINGS ARE FIXED
There is a whole bunch of wallet hurt if you try to raise an airsuspension that is leaking because the air compressor wasn’t built for that and it might throw a hard code that only special LR focused computers can clear — autozone won’t help you here… In short if you try to raise your truck and hear some clanking in the back it is the air compressor killing itself.
WHERE DO I GET THE PARTS, CHEAPLY
Land Rover Screen on? Bypass MOST Module. Check the rear left for water ingress, bypass module if neccessary.
Sitting in NJ traffic my girlfriend got water in the rear seat compartment rendering the radio, backup camera, and navigation useless with only a LR green oval and blinking light. Once we met back up I took apart every piece from the rear left compartment and sprayed all the connectors down with WD-40 and pieces of the internal parts (I’m not an expert none of this should be considered advice), and placed supplemental garbage bag water shedding device this time over the electrics.
I also noted the red light from the Bluetooth module was no longer blinking, so I bypassed it by looping the input thru the output using toslink fiber optic cables and duct tape. The duct tape does get too hot to hold the fiber optic connections in place though so I have to leave that connection outside of the electrics area. We are going to update the Bluetooth module to a later version with the help of a forum guys electrical splicing magic.