With more of my car adventures being involved with motorsport and motor miss adventure, I felt it was becoming time to get a fire extinguisher installed in the Freelander. Fortunately, Land Rover has an accessory kit for that!
The LR Kit, LR002523, includes a template, bracket with fittings, and extinguisher. The extinguisher is a standard off the shelf size, so once it’s used up I can easily get a replacement. I remember all the JLR development cars had a fire extinguisher installed, but I didn’t realise they were installed on to an accessory kit.
Preparing the Carpet
The bracket is mounted in between the seat mounts for the front passenger seat. The holes for mounting are in the body, but first, the carpet needs trimming. The image above shows the area of carpet that will need to be removed.
It’s rather hard to cut around the paper template as it is so flexible. My solution was to put some masking tape on the carpet, trace the outline, then cut through the tape and the carpet. A short steel rule helps to keep the lines straight.
I liked the idea of hinging the piece of carpet so that it can fold back into the hole, but the bracket has a lip on the long sides to hold the carpet and trim the edge. This gives a neat finish but makes hinging the carpet impossible. Lifting the carpet piece out reveals the holes in the vehicle body.
The Freelander fire extinguisher is a 1kg powder type, the total weight is quite a bit more, and you wouldn’t want that flying around in heavy braking/rollover situation. The supplied rivnuts are rather heavy-duty which comes as no surprise. I tried the old spanner and bolt trick to compress them, but in the end, I spent the money on a Sealey short arm rivnut installer. Since buying the installer, I haven’t stopped installing rivnuts but that is another story!
And there it is, installed. A simple 20 minutes. The cage the extinguisher sits in is easy to remove, with a couple of screws. The pressure gauge is face-up for the occasional visual check. A word of caution from past experience, the mass of the extinguisher stays cold for hours and is right next to the passenger’s calves. It might be advisable to keep a blanket in the car for the other half in the winter.
Why didn’t I install it in the boot? Well the LR kit is designed for mounting between a front seat, and there is quite a delay in getting out of the car going to the boot and pulling the extinguisher then getting back to the fire.
This size of extinguisher will not put out a fire if it has taken hold, it’s intended to put out very small fires, or to damp them down while you pull someone out of a car, so those few seconds going to the boot could be critical.