LAND ROVER ACCESSORY FITTING INSTRUCTIONS

VEHICLE :
PART NO :
KEYWORD :

LAND ROVER

DEFENDER

DEPLOYABLE ROOF LADDER

VPLER0172 / VPLER0189

FITTING INSTRUCTION

WARNING
  • Accessories which are not correctly installed can be dangerous. Read the instructions carefully prior to installation. Comply with instructions at all times. If in doubt, contact your nearest approved retailer.
  • Take extra care when climbing on the deployable roof ladder in wet or icy conditions.
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder. It is advisable to hold the middle step of the deployable roof ladder when latching the ladder shut or deploying the ladder.
  • The maximum load that can be placed on the deployable roof ladder is 150 kg or 330 lbs. Do not exceed the maximum load.
CAUTION
  • The vehicle must be equipped with roof rails if the deployable roof ladder is going to be installed.
  • If both the deployable roof ladder and the expedition roof rack will be installed to the vehicle then the expedition roof rack rear feet must be installed first and the deployable roof ladder installed afterwards.
  • Make sure the correct stowing sequence is followed to prevent damage to the deployable roof ladder.
NOTE
  • This procedure contains some variation in the illustrations depending on the vehicle specification, but the essential information is always correct.
  • This procedure contains illustrations for left side components, right side components are similar.
REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS
1
WARNING
  • There are 2 types of Roof Rails (VPLER0176 and VPLER0190) for 90 wheel base, see illustrations below showing the difference between the 2 versions.
  • When VPLER0176 Roof Rails are installed in conjunction with the Deployable Roof Ladder, the Expedition Roof Rack and rear Roof Cross bar cannot be installed or removed without first removing the Deployable Roof Ladder.
  • VPLER0176 Roof Rails should only be used with the Expedition Roof Rack, Side Mounted Gear Carrier and Roof Cross bars.
  • The Deployable Roof Ladder and Side mounted Gear Carrier are not intended to be removed when installed and could be damaged if removed.
  • When VPLER0190 Roof Rails are installed in conjunction with the Deployable Roof Ladder, the Roof Rails allow the Expedition Roof Rack and Roof Cross Bars to be installed and removed without removing the Deployable Ladder first.
  • VPLER0190 Roof Rails are recommended to be used in conjunction with the Deployable Roof Ladder on the 90 wheelbase, to be able to use all removable Roof Rail mounted accessories as intended.
  • If Multiple Roof Rail mounted accessories are required in the future, Roof Rails VPLER0190 are recommended for 90 wheel base.
CAUTION
  • If both the Deployable Ladder and Expedition Roof Rack are to be installed to VPLER0176 roof rails, then the Expedition Roof Rack feet must first be installed to the Roof Rails, followed by the complete Deployable Ladder Kit then the remaining Expedition Roof Rack kit.
NOTE
  • For 90 wheel base only.

Inspect which type of roof rail you have for the Defender (90) by comparing with the roof rail illustration above. VPLER0190 roof rail has an additional slot at the rear of the roof rail.

2
NOTE
  • Illustrations show vehicles with 110 wheelbase. The process is the same for vehicles with 90 wheelbase.

Instructions show the process for installing the deployable roof ladder to vehicles with 110 wheelbase. The process for installing the deployable roof ladder to vehicles with 90 wheelbase is the same.

3

Identify the side trim as illustrated.

4

Clean the surface of the side trim as illustrated.

5

Mask the vehicle body and the glass above and below the side trim.

6

Use suitable tooling to remove the side trim.

7
CAUTION
  • The right side of the vehicle has 3 vehicle body fixing nuts in this section of the vehicle body. Make sure only the 2 furthest forward nuts are exposed.
NOTE
  • Complete step only for vehicles with 110 wheelbase.

Remove the water sealing patches that are located over the vehicle body fixing nuts as illustrated.

  • The right side of the vehicle has 3 vehicle body fixing nuts in this section of the vehicle body. Make sure only the 2 furthest forward nuts are exposed.
8
CAUTION
  • The right side of the vehicle has 3 vehicle body fixing nuts in this section of the vehicle body. Make sure only the 2 furthest forward nuts are exposed.
NOTE
  • Complete step only for vehicles with 90 wheelbase.

Remove the water sealing patches that are located over the vehicle body fixing nuts as illustrated.

  • The right side of the vehicle has 3 vehicle body fixing nuts in this section of the vehicle body. Make sure only the 2 furthest forward nuts are exposed.
9

Mark guide lines on the masking tape showing the center of the vehicle body fixing nuts as illustrated.

10

Measure from the bodyside feature to the center of the vehicle body fixing nuts and record the measurements.

11
CAUTION
  • Make sure the seal is lipped under the glass.

Install the side trim to the vehicle as illustrated.

12
NOTE
  • Take care to mark the hole positions accurately.

Mark the side trim with the location of the 2 holes that need to be drilled. Use the guide lines produced in removal step 8 and the measurements from removal step 9 to define the hole positions.

13

Use suitable tooling to remove the side trim.

Fitting Instruction
1
WARNING
  • Make sure to wear suitable personal protective equipment.
NOTE
  • Complete step only for vehicles with 110 wheelbase.

Vehicles with 110 wheelbase only. Use appropriate tooling to cut away the 2 arrowed metal strips.

  • Removing the metal strips will make drilling the 2 holes in step 3 easier.
2
WARNING
  • Make sure to wear suitable personal protective equipment.
NOTE
  • Complete step only for vehicles with 90 wheelbase.

Vehicles with 90 wheelbase only. Use appropriate tooling to cut away the 2 arrowed metal strips.

  • Removing the metal strips will make drilling the 2 holes in step 4 easier.
3
WARNING
  • Make sure to wear suitable personal protective equipment.
NOTE
  • Complete step only for vehicles with 110 wheelbase.

Vehicles with 110 wheelbase only. Drill 2 holes in the removed side trim as illustrated.

  1. Drill a pilot hole at the 2 marked locations.
  2. Drill holes at the 2 locations. Use a 19 mm drill bit.
4
WARNING
  • Make sure to wear suitable personal protective equipment.
NOTE
  • Complete step only for vehicles with 90 wheelbase.

Vehicles with 90 wheelbase only. Drill 2 holes in the removed side trim as illustrated.

  1. Drill a pilot hole at the 2 marked locations.
  2. Drill holes at the 2 locations. Use a 19 mm drill bit.
5
CAUTION
  • Make sure the seal is lipped under the glass.

Install the side trim to the vehicle as illustrated.

6

Remove the masking tape from the side of the vehicle.

7
CAUTION
  • Make sure the brackets are installed in the correct orientation.
NOTE
  • If both the deployable roof ladder and the expedition roof rack will be installed to the vehicle then the expedition roof rack rear feet must be installed first and the deployable roof ladder installed afterwards.

Install (x2) brackets (B) into the roof rail as illustrated. Make sure the orientation of the brackets is correct. The arrowed surface of the bracket is larger and must face towards the center of the vehicle.

  1. Insert the brackets into the roof rail as illustrated. The roof rail has wider apertures that allow the brackets to be installed into the roof rail.
  2. Slide the brackets to the approximate correct position so they align with the holes in the side trim.
8
NOTE
  • This step requires the aid of another person.
  • Make sure the ladder does not damage the vehicle trim. Install some protection to the ladder to make sure there is a gap between the ladder and the vehicle trim.

Install the top part of the deployable roof ladder to the vehicle and the (x2) brackets (B).

  1. Align the fixing holes at the top of the deployable roof ladder with the (x2) brackets (B) in the roof rails.
  2. Install, but do not fully tighten bolts (F). The bolts will pass through the spacer (C), the fixing holes in the deployable roof ladder and then into the bracket (B).
9
WARNING
  • Take care when deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder. It is advisable to hold the middle rung of the deployable roof ladder when deploying the ladder.
CAUTION
  • For vehicles with 110 wheelbase, make sure the edge of the ladder does not overlap the rubber seal along the edge of the second row door. There must be a gap between the ladder and the rubber seal.
NOTE
  • This step requires the aid of another person.

Align the 2 fixing holes in the middle section of the deployable roof ladder with the 2 holes in the side trim.

  1. Hold the arrowed middle step of the deployable roof ladder and pull the release handle.
  2. Pull down the deployable roof ladder to the illustrated position.
  3. Move the deployable roof ladder along the roof rail, as required, so the 2 fixing holes in the middle section of the ladder align with the 2 holes in the side trim.
  4. For vehicles with 110 wheelbase, make sure the arrowed edge of the ladder does not overlap the rubber seal along the edge of the second row door. There must be a gap between the ladder and the rubber seal. Adjust if required.
  5. Make sure the 2 holes in the side trim are visible through the ladder.
  6. For vehicles with 110 wheelbase, carefully open and close the second row door to make sure the edge of the ladder does not interfere with the rubber seal along the edge of the second row door.
10
NOTE
  • Make sure there is a consistent gap between the deployable roof ladder and the vehicle body.
  • Install but do not fully tighten fixings.

Secure the middle part of the deployable roof ladder to the vehicle body.

  1. Install the 2 sleeves (E) into the holes in the side trim.
  2. Install fixings with bolt (H) that will pass through washer (G) and spacer (D). Then through the fixing holes in the middle of the deployable roof ladder to washers (G) and (L) to the back of the ladder and then into the sleeve (E) in the side trim.
11

Fully tighten the (x2) bolts (F) at the top of the deployable roof ladder.

  • Torque: 6 Nm
12

Fully tighten the (x2) bolts (H) at the middle of the deployable roof ladder.

  • Torque: 48 Nm
13

Remove the protection from around the ladder.

14
WARNING
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder. It is advisable to hold the arrowed middle rung of the deployable roof ladder when latching the ladder shut or deploying the ladder.

Move the deployable roof ladder to the stowed position.

15

Install the top cover (J) to the deployable roof ladder as illustrated.

16
WARNING
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder. It is advisable to hold the arrowed middle rung of the deployable roof ladder when latching the ladder shut or deploying the ladder.

Follow steps 17 and 18 for instructions on how to deploy the deployable roof ladder.

17
WARNING
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder. It is advisable to hold the arrowed middle rung of the deployable roof ladder when latching the ladder shut or deploying the ladder.

Open the deployable roof ladder to the first position as illustrated.

  1. Hold the arrowed middle step of the deployable roof ladder.
  2. Pull the release handle.
  3. Pull the deployable roof ladder down and outwards until the arrowed brackets lock and the ladder will not move further.
18
WARNING
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder.
CAUTION
  • Make sure the correct stowing sequence is followed to prevent damage to the deployable roof ladder.

Extend the deployable roof ladder to the full length as illustrated.

  1. Hold the arrowed top step and pull the deployable roof ladder outwards.
  2. Extend the deployable roof ladder to the full length.
19
WARNING
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder.
CAUTION
  • Make sure the correct stowing sequence is followed to prevent damage to the deployable roof ladder.

When not in use make sure the deployable roof ladder is installed securely and is locked in the stowed position.

  • Follow steps 20 and 21 to stow the deployable roof ladder correctly.
20
WARNING
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder.
CAUTION
  • Make sure the correct stowing sequence is followed to prevent damage to the deployable roof ladder.

 

  1. Hold the lowest step of the deployable roof ladder and fold the ladder upwards.
  2. Make sure the deployable roof is positioned as illustrated.
21
WARNING
  • Take care when stowing or deploying the deployable roof ladder to make sure that fingers do not get trapped by the ladder. It is advisable to hold the middle rung of the deployable roof ladder when latching the ladder shut or deploying the ladder.
  • Make sure that the deployable roof ladder is securely latched and locked before driving the vehicle.
CAUTION
  • Make sure the correct stowing sequence is followed to prevent damage to the deployable roof ladder.

 

  1. Hold the arrowed middle step of the deployable roof ladder.
  2. Push the deployable roof ladder up and inwards. The arrowed brackets will release allowing the ladder to move.
  3. An audible click is heard when the deployable roof ladder is correctly stowed as illustrated.
  4. Use the supplied key (K) to lock the deployable roof ladder.
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