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    Hi All

    I have done a search and couldn't find the answers.

    What would be involved in fitting a 2003>on fecelift front bumper and head lights to a 2002 Freelander 1 TD4? Is it a simple job of swapping the parts or is there more to it than that?



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    OOOO Very interested in this thread too
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    More to it and not really worth it IMO.

    Also non standard vehicles sell for less than original spec so you'd be lucky to recover costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaser View Post
    More to it and not really worth it IMO.

    Also non standard vehicles sell for less than original spec so you'd be lucky to recover costs.
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    Default Re: Facelift to early Freelander 1

    You need the bumper and the lights, and you need to modify the hole that the headlamps fit into. I've always fancied doing it myself but am yet to find the correct colour bumper to suit.
    I do hope i'm not breaking any rules buy doing this but (sorry in advance if i am)
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    Plus none of the headlight wiring is compatable, so needs changing.
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    it can be done, here is a picture from a portuguese LR forum, notice on the licence plate the car is from April 1999
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    Default Re: Facelift to early Freelander 1

    Quote Originally Posted by baptista View Post
    it can be done, here is a picture from a portuguese LR forum, notice on the licence plate the car is from April 1999
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    Oh yes - it can be done - but there's a load of complications re the headlight wiring. And a fair bit of the tinsnips and angle grinder work needed.

    There is a long (97 posts over 2 years) thread on this subject on another popular forum you should have a look at.
    Plenty pics too - but is it really worth it? Might it not just be simpler to trade in for a newer model?

    I do understand how attached we get to these damn inanimate objects though.

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    Default Re: Facelift to early Freelander 1

    It would be expensive to carry out with new parts, and as few Facelift models (undamaged front ends or not) are being broken in yards, used parts will be hard to find.
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    Default Re: Facelift to early Freelander 1

    Cheers for all the comments. I just wanted to see if it was worth doing. After having a good look online for 2nd hand parts they are quite rare. Loads of early FL1 bumpers and FL2 but hardly any facelift ones out there. Its the same with the headlights. Ah well i was curious.

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    It's not that difficult to do.Check out my pics on page 7 "show us you'r Freelander" for what needs to be cut out.I also used a plug and play wiring loom so no wires had to be cut and messed with.Both vehicles were facelifted front and back. In my opinion the hardest part was the rear end as that calls for some re-arranging of the steelwork in order to fit the rear bumper. Taking a hammer to the bodywork seems brutal and best avoided unless you are 100% confidant you know where to hit and how far to go.
    As for being worth less when facelifted - I'm not too sure. I've seen early ones go for a few quid more than their actual worth as they give the illusion of a much later vehicle.

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    Hi RealBeale..

    What's this plug & play wiring loom you speak of? Any info greatly received.. cheers Davie

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    Exactly what it says. It's a loom that plugs directly onto the original and then to the new headlights.No chopping required and it all works exactly as it should. I have 2 surplus to requirements at the moment. One has extra wires for spotlights and an extra relay. The other just to convert the headlights. They were expensive, but no more so than getting an auto electrician in and paying them to cut wires and solder new ones in. And they have the advantage of being unplugged , so if you did sell the vehicle you could keep the facelift stuff and put the old lights and bumpers back on, plug them back in a nobody would know. Just make sure you keep the bits that you cut out from below the headlights..

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    Hi RealBeale, Thanks for your reply. Would you be interested in selling your surplus connector with the spot light wires? Many Thanks Davie

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