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#1 MartinS

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 11:26 AM

Fitting a better, neater, easier to use, Bonnet opener.

Having suffered for over 16 years with the fragile, annoying, badly routed bonnet pull I finally had enough and did a new one. This job takes around 1 hour or less. Parts under £6.

 

Buy a Landrover Discovery 1 Bonnet release cable (thanks 5 oclock)    Picture 1.

 

https://www.ebay.co....F4AAOSwQJ5UR9Ns

 

Remove the old bonnet pull that was always hard to get at and fragile. ( I had removed ours previously as, it had locked solid). To do that disconnect (Keep the small end bolt that is on the cable where it connects with the lock under the bonnet.). Get under the dash undo  the handle and pull it through.

 

Fit the new one

Drill a small hole in the door hinge bracket. (Picture 2)

 

Make a small, strong (so no flex) steel bracket (mine was 20mm x 60 3mm deep) with two holes in (one to mount it on the door hinge and one for the bonnet pull to go through.)

 

Mount the bonnet pull on the bracket, tighten fully as you don't want to be doing that again, then, feed the wire through to the bonnet lock area. (Picture 3). The route is pretty obvious.

 

Bolt the bracket onto the door hinge. (I used a bolt that was short in length (M8.8 2cm) so you can get a nut on it easily when on the door hinge bracket.

 

Measure the new cable. Some of the plastic sleeve may have to be removed as its too long, just use scissors or a sharp knife.

Feed the new cable through the lock and fix it in place using the saved small lock bolt that came off the old cable. I added a tiny washer at the end of the cable sleeve where it meets the lock, as a sort of stopper.

Once tested and working, cut the excess cabling off using pliers or wire cutters.

 

The new route the cable takes is simpler, straighter and should also be held in place using cable ties to stop movement. The abs unit has  handy connection place on its rear side. (Picture 4)

 

New bonnet opener fitted.

 

I have pictures but cant get them to load for some reason?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by MartinS, 03 May 2020 - 11:39 AM.


#2 swast4

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 11:44 AM

Hi Martin,
That's great stuff, it has always annoyed me and worried me that it will snap soon. I've ordered a new cable as you've suggested, but if you can get any photos up that would be great. Do you use Tapatalk ? This is the app I use for the forums as it allows me to upload photos, I've never had any luck using my laptop.

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#3 MartinS

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 01:59 PM

Hopefully get them up soon, but my daughters putting them on the facebook vx site.

Martin

 



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 02:22 PM

Not sure if this going to work but I'm using vgy.me

 

https://i.vgy.me/AJ4CRH.jpg

 

https://i.vgy.me/gI49LD.jpg

 

https://i.vgy.me/O6mv8S.jpg

 

https://i.vgy.me/HeqD4R.jpg

 

 



#5 Dave E

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 02:24 PM

Tried another method but cant get the photos to show, the above links do work tho

 


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#6 Dave E

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 02:28 PM

Here you go

 

AJ4CRH.jpg

 

gI49LD.jpg

 

O6mv8S.jpg

 

HeqD4R.jpg



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 04:50 PM

Very neat. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 05:30 PM

Well done great job on photos and solution, thank you very much 😀👍

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 06:04 PM

Good solution, I may look at doing this or similar at some point although never had a problem with the original personally.

 

Probably worth mentioning that you may want to remove the wheel locking nut socket from under the hood before closing and testing this as if you don't get the tension, position etc right you may have to go poking through the wheel arch to get it to open again!



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 11:31 PM

Alternate is take current lever and bracket, drill a hole through the bracket and pivot center. Bolt through it. Never had a problem since!

#11 MartinS

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Posted 04 May 2020 - 07:18 AM

We don't use locking wheel nuts nor do any other owners we know so hadn't thought of that,  as they are known to round off or break easily making wheel removal a lot harder.

Only did this idea, as even though the original had been made stronger in its original position previously, but it had locked up, probably due to its convoluted route and long cable length.

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#12 MartinS

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Posted 04 May 2020 - 08:50 AM

Sorry, extra info. Should you get it wrong somehow, and the bonnet stays closed, you can open it from above. Just peer down from the windscreen area and you can see the catch, just get a long screwdriver and you can pop it open.

 

Martin S

 







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