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    Default Just carried out a 2011MY Facelift to my Freelander 2!

    Now we have had our Freelander 2 for 3 1/2 years and it's just past it's 4th birthday, I thought about changing it but decided against it. So I have carried out a full 2011 facelift to our car.

    OK, all complete. The following has been done on my car today now that the parts have come back from the bodyshop.

    Apologies for the picture quality on some of the pcitures, I forgot to take my camera and these are from my phone.

    Front Bumper Assembly (TD4 or SD4, I have chosen the SD4 version)
    Rear Lights
    Third Brake Light
    Rear Handle
    New LR Badges
    New 3rd Brake Light.

    Firstly I changed the badges.







    Then onto the rear handle.

    1) Remove the rear handle by taking off the boot trim and removing the nuts from the handle studs, unplug the switch and remove from tailgate.





    2) Remove the switch and number plate lights from the original handle and re-fit into the new handle.

    We then used special strips of plastic with a lug on them, these locate into the screw holes on the new handle and stick out top and bottom as you can see.



    Only two of the original handle holes can be used, these are the two with the locating lugs for the new handle.

    You then remove the handle and it leaves the plastic strips behind but in the right location for drilling.

    Here is another view of these strips in place so you can see the lugs that you use as a jig for drilling.



    I didn't do the drilling, so my friend John who works in the Vauxhall bodyshop I use did it for me as he has a very steady hand at this sort of thing!



    For the two outside screws, we needed to make a new hole each side on the inner skin so we could fit the screws, so we used a hole saw and made new holes just big enough to fit the socket through. We then fitted grommets to cover the holes once the screws were in place, although the whole thing is cover by the boot trim. Then the new handle could be fitted perfectly.



    I also used my touch up stick to paint around the new holes and allowed to dry.

    This is how it looked before the facelift.



    This is after the facelift.

    New rear Lights and 3rd brake light which has a clear lense

    New Rear Tailgate handle





    This completed the rear end conversion for the 2011 Facelift.

    Then onto the front.

    Here is the bumper all freshly painted.





    Simply remove the front bumper, and re-fit the new 2011 bumper, it is as simple as that, just make sure you remove the central locating lug behind the grill as it won't fit the existing slam panel.



    The 2011 bumper still only has two screw holes for the splash guards, so the 3rd hole still needs to be drilled and screwed.

    Here is the finished article. As mine has the AFL Xenon headlights, it makes the 2011 upgrade look more authentic as the 2011MY has the projector headlights as standard.

    Before



    After







    I am really pleased with the results and it keeps the car fresh for another year or two.

    Comments as always are appreciated!

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    Im starting to think your the daftest of us all Matt

    Looks good!

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    as a landy lover ............ its a freelander why didnt u burn it lol.... looks good .....dear tho ?..

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    Very nice Matt, love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    Im starting to think your the daftest of us all Matt

    Looks good!
    Yep!


    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    as a landy lover ............ its a freelander why didnt u burn it lol.... looks good .....dear tho ?..
    We did OK, we bought it at 6 months old for £26k, back then as they had only been out for 6 months, the residuals were based on Freelander 1.

    The Freelander 2 has since had much better residuals, and it is still worth £18k now, 3 1/2 years later!

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    lol i ment the up grade ? .................

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    Very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    lol i ment the up grade ? .................
    Oh sorry!!! DOH!

    It cost me about £600 in total, I managed to get the bumper with all fogs, sensors grills etc for £90! It was removed from a brand new FL2 due to a scuff!

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