Exhaust back box change Land Rover 110 300TdiMay 28, 2017
Santana Trophy 2018July 30, 2017
The first job was to remove the middle seat in the front. Not sure what Land Rover was thinking with that seat, it's not usable, even a child would struggle to be sat in the middle there. I guess if you like a gear stick in the face and no leg room it's an ideal spot. A few bolts and the seat is out - to reveal what I now know is the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation), controller.
More about the EGR in a future post but I removed it and left the cables under the hatch plate in case I ever needed them or wanted voltage.
Step 2 was to remove the centre hatch plate to attach the cubby box wood blocks too, these raise the cubby box up so that it's at a sensible height for leaning on. You also need the block to get it clear of the lip that runs along the rear of the seats. I used a cardboard template to align the holes up and then drilled through the metal hatch plate.
Bolts put through the bottom of the cubby, through the wooden blocks and then through the hatch plate, nuts applied to hold it all together. The wooden blocks come with the cubby box and have the holes pre-drilled (when I first opened the box I thought they were packing for the delivery, nope part of the cubby)
Once its all attached together you can lower the cubby into place and slide the hatch plate back into place and bolt that back in. What you have then got is a solid cubby that's not moving or easily nicked.
The FCX cubby box
features two cup holders at the front, a slot for a radio or CB and a massive cubby box, all enclosed in solid metal.
cardboard template to drill holes
Cubby box attached to plate
Cubby sat on two wooden plinths
A robust lock on top means that someone is going to have to spend some time trying to break into this, it also locks the CB/Radio slot when the lid is closed. The cubby compartment is cavernous, I kept adding things and thinking there is still space for more.
Security is important on a defender because the door locks offer little protection to a sticky fingered radio or sat nav thief, this cubby box solves that problem. We have just come back from a south of France few thousand mile road trip and locked everything in the cubby box every time we left the Land Rover.
Although not cheap it is excellently made and well worth the £234 price tag (includes UK shipping). It gets a big thumbs up from me.