rear corners of the Land Rover frame stops short of the rear corners
of the Land Rover body. This leaves the lower rear body corners
vulnerable to damage while rock crawling. It is fairly common to
see Land Rovers with a rear body corner pushed up after a rear wheel
had dropped off of a large rock.
Also, the civilian rear frame slopes upwards to the corners. This
creates two problems. One is that there is no place to install rear
bumperettes for impact protection. The other problem is that the
only jack point for a bumper jack is inboard near the middle of
the body. This location is extremely unstable. A 109 requires one
person to operate the jack and one person to lean against the car
to keep it from falling sideways the moment the rear tyres lose
My goal was to modify the rear corners of the frame so that the
frame extended out to the rear corners of the body, provide a suitable
mounting point for the Land Rover rear bumperettes and create a
stable rear corner jack point.
I obtained two lengths of steel channel that are as wide as the
frame and as tall as the side of an imaginary triangle formed by
the shape of the frame diagonal and frame bottom. The channel was
cut diagonally to fit under the diagonal rear section of the frame
and provide a flat frame underside reaching to the corner of the
body. Next a notch was cut to provide clearance for the rear corner
body. A short top section was welded on the outboard top side for
You can see the diagonal weld on the rear frame between the bumperette
mounts. On the left side you can see where the stock frame ends
and the new frame section extends to protect the body. You can also
see that the extension provides a place for the lower bumperette
bolts to mount.
This photo shows a side view where the stock frame ends and the
frame extension continues. It also shows a side view of the rear
corner jack point.
For a jack point, I obtained a short length of 'U' channel a little
wider than my jack's lift bar, and had it welded up side down at
the lower outer corners of the frame extension. The arms of the
inverted 'U' keep the jack from slipping. I set the jack on the
rear side of the land Rover and jack it from the side. The result
is a very stable jack point.
The rear bumperettes have saved the rear of my Land Rover from
expensive damage three times so far since they were installed.
It is a simple modification that has provided additional protection
to the body of my Land Rover and provides a safe stable rear jack
point. Personally I think it was one of my best ideas.
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