Offering both utility and aesthetics – Side Steps are a must-have accessory for any car as they offer both ground clearance and protection from damage. The wide range of benefits that these mountable steps offer makes them an invaluable asset for your car. However, most cars come without pre-attached side steps, such as the Land Rover Discovery, leaving this work to you.
You can always get them attached from an automotive shop, but why take on extra costs when you can simply follow our step-by-step guide for fitting side steps on your Land Rover Discovery 3 & 4. The process can seem like an immense ordeal, but our guide will simplify the process and make it easier for you.
Before you begin, ensure that all the necessary equipment is available. The following tools and equipment should be present.
- Safety glasses and gloves
- Padded mat or creeper
- Box end wrenches
- Ratchet and Socket Set
- Cutting tool
- Trim Tools
Step 1: Remove the Plastic Sill Strip
Take a screwdriver and start removing the Philip screws from the wheel arch. To remove the plastic underneath the sill, remove the pin clips that hold it in. Take a metal trim tool and pull these clips out. A total of 8 will be removed from each side. If the clips are stuck, take a plier and pull them out with force.
Next, remove the top edge of the sill. Use a plastic trim tool and pull out the side sill. This will expose the area where the brackets will be attached.
Step 2: Attach the Brackets
Once the plastic is out, start attaching the brackets to the sides. Depending on your kit, the brackets may have inscriptions that indicate which side the bracket is supposed to be attached to.
L1 and L2 signify that the brackets are supposed to be attached to the front left and rear left side respectively, while R1 and R2 show that they are supposed to be attached to the front right and rear right sides respectively.
However, if your brackets do not have these inscriptions, try to match the holes of the bracket with the car’s holes. The correct ones should align perfectly.
Step 3: Reattach the Sill Plastic
Once the brackets have been mounted, reattach the sill plastic to your car. To accommodate the brackets and side steps, take your cutting tool and make several incisions on the plastic. Two large squares should be enough to make room for the side steps.
Some kits come with a new pre-cut side sill plastic. If that is the case, attach the new one and throw away the old one.
Step 4: Mount the Side Steps
Lastly, attach the side steps to your car. This step is fairly simple as you only have to ensure that the side steps align with the brackets perfectly. Fully tighten the bolts and ensure all other bolts have been tightened. Once this is done, you can enjoy your brand-new side steps on your Land Rover Discovery 3 & 4. Get your own side steps today from Turborevs and take your car’s aesthetics to new heights.