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Rough guide for Body removal of a Range Rover Sport TDV8 2007

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

First things first put the vehicle on a two post ramp open the bonnet. Make sure the boot is open and handbrake is off and in neutral. Recover gas from the air-con system. Remove battery and brake fluid reservoir covers. On the near side disconnect and remove the battery, remove the 10mm on the main live lead, disconnect all connections to ECU and multi plugs.

Remove the outer cover around the battery tray then pull the wiring from the holders on the bulk head. Remove the battery tray base held on with 3 13mm nuts then disconnect the air-con low and high pressure hoses.

On the offside remove the breather going to the air box, the servo pipe to the vacuum pump and the little breather hose that's on the servo pipe. Also the two inlet pipes going to the air box's.

Take off the outer cover around the brake fluid reservoir and move the servo pipe out of the way. Remove the inner part of the tray by removing the 3 13mm nuts like on the battery side. Then you can see the steering column. This is where it splits for taking the body off. It is held together with an E10 bolt. Remove the bolt and you can separate the shaft.

Now take the vehicle up with the lift. Drain the coolant, remove the earth going to the gearbox, disconnect the handbrake emergency release cable from body, remove the gear change linkage on the gearbox, electrical connector next to the ACE pipe block and the breather hose off the canister at the rear.

Remove the securing bolts and screws from underneath for the front and rear bumper

Drop the vehicle half way and remove the wheels. You will need 4 female brake pipe blanking pipes made up to blank off the brake pipes. At the near side rear remove the main chassis brake pipe and disconnect the flexi hose from the body. Remove the screws that secure the rear bumper to the arch liner. On the chassis leg there is a cover. Pull the cover down and there will be 2 big multi plugs disconnect both.

On the offside rear do the same with the brake pipe,flexi hose, screws attaching arch liner to bumper and then move the arch liner over to gain access to the fuel filler neck. There is a 8mm fixing bolt at the top. Remove the bolt and pull the neck down.

Now to the front. Remove both front wheel arch liners. On the offside take take disconnect brake pipe and flexi from the body, abs connector, main earth lead to body, and the stabiliser. Disconnect the main multi plug to the left hand side.

On the near side same as the offside but it's a smaller earth, the plug for the pad wear sensor and take off the washer hoses including the (headlight washer hose goes with front bumper) these stay with the body. Remove the connectors to the washer pumps. Also make sure the black and orange air suspension hoses are not going to get caught when lifting the body. Also remove the exhaust for the fuel heater.

Now put the road wheels back on and drop the ramp down but still leave the legs on the chassis. To the rear remove both rear lights, disconnect rear parking sensor multi plug and the trim on top of the rear bumper (this just pops off). There is 4 push fit fasteners under the trim to remove. With another person each pull on the side of the bumper and it can be removed. Some have tow bar wiring keep this in mind when coming to take the body off as some don't have easy access connectors.

To the front. Remove the front grill first then both headlights. There is 2 multi plugs under the offside headlight disconnect them. Across the top of the bumper there is 6 8mm screws remove them and with another person same as the back pull at the sides and the bumper will come off.

With the front bumper removed you can now remove the crash bar. There is 2 bolts on the offside holding the secondary radiator in place and 2 for the washer bottle. Remove the washer bottle neck. Take off the ACC sensor if it's fitted. On the back of the bumper at the offside the front suspension block is fitted pull up on it and it can be removed.

Remove the 4 13mm bolts holding the crash bar in place and push it up and it will come off. Take out the 10mm bolt at the top of the washer bottle to remove that.

Now onto the frame look threw where the near side headlight was and remove the 2 8mm bolts holding the header tank in and push up on the bottle to release it from the frame. Disconnect the horn, the secondary horn on the near side which is a bit hidden away the bonnet switch (offside latch), rubber seal around the frame bonnet cable which splits on the near side. The wiring is secured to the frame remove the wiring before the frame. There is 1 multi plug attached at the top on each side remove them also.

Now remove the T40 bolts

With this removed you have access to remove the header tank fully, the ace reservoir, PAS reservoir, the fan wiring, the main live where it's secured to the body also the front vent covering the radiator. There is 2 8mm screws holding it on down by the side of the radiator which need to be removed to remove the vent.

Disconnect the multi plug on the near side under the light area Double check you have all wiring disconnected which will stop you removing the body.

Now disconnect the heater matrix hoses, the fuel heat coolant hoses and the breather to the heater.

Make sure that everything is secure and not going to catch when the body is lifted. Secure pipes and wiring with cable to be on the safe side. Look at each side of the engine to make sure nothing is going to catch. Now take the vehicle up in the air and remove the 10 chassis bolts and the 2 stabiliser links at the rear. 2 at the front, 2 to the rear of the front wheel, 2 centre, 2 at the rear suspension arms and 2 next to the exhaust back boxes.

Drop the vehicle down and move the legs on to the sills of the body. Make sure the front legs aren't going to catch on the outriggers and the near side one doesn't catch the suspension compressor casing.

Now lift the body slowing checking nothing is catching and or still attached. Keep an eye on the fuel filler neck. Raise it until your able to work on the vehicle.

This is a rough guide and I hope you find it informative thanks for reading.

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