10 Min Rover 800 Wiper-light Stalk Upgrade

7 years 7 months ago - 7 years 7 months ago #48158 by PQD44
The problem?
Not a problem but a 10 minute aesthetic upgrade. The Rover 800 / Freelander stalks feel so much better and look OEM compared to the thin shiny black stalks fitted as standard, which look slightly out of place. The stalks are a direct replacement and use the same connectors as the F/TF.

Note: There is no need to remove the steering wheel to change the stalks

Tools needed;
Small cross head screwdriver and a thin flat blade (I used a paring knife).

Preparation;
I went on ebay and for the princely sum of £1.99 won a set of Rover 800 stalks. My postman was slightly intrigued by what I was up to now when handing over the parcel



Remove the two stalks by removing the two retaining screws on each side and then use a blade to release them from the main housing.



Now you know how they come out, take the two stalks to your car...




The loose connector on the wire does not connect to anything on the F/TF, this is for the variable time intermittent wipe on the 800.

The Fix;
1) Remove the screws holding the steering column trim and remove trim

2) From the straight ahead position rotate the steering wheel 90o clockwise to expose the retaining screws on the wiper stalk.



Remove the two screws and connector then replace the wiper stalk then refit the two screws.

3) Rotate the steering wheel to expose the retaining screws on the lights stalk.



Remove the two screws and connector then replace the light stalk then refit the two screws.

4) Refit the steering column trim – there you go 10 minutes job done ;)





Now enjoy your shorter, chunkier stalks which not only feel much better quality but actually look like they were designed for the car, looking more OEM than the thin shiny black ones.

The new wiper stalk does have a variable speed intermittent slider setting which is not compatible with the F / TF. I know a lot of people have had a look into this but I’m not sure if an easy usable solution has been found. Personally I don’t use the variable timer wipe on the other cars I have anyway. If you know of an easy fix for the variable time wipe then feel free to add it below.
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7 years 7 months ago #48160 by adamelphick
Agree they are SO much better. Had 'em on Meg for about 2 years now and never wanted the old ones back! Only thing that annoys me is not having the intermittent wipe control working!!

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7 years 7 months ago #48162 by PQD44
Just to clarify, intermittent wipe still works as standard but the variable time intermittent control on the 800 stalk does not work on the F / TF.

Like I said for me I don't use it on my other cars so I don't mind.

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7 years 7 months ago #48163 by adamelphick
I agree it's not 'needed' but it's sitting there taunting me!

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7 years 7 months ago #48164 by David Aiketgate
Not more stuff, to do! :nonod:


Nice modification, though :broon:

David
:shrug:

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7 years 7 months ago #48167 by bensewell
Amazing I'm having some of these

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7 years 7 months ago #48170 by Leigh Ping

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7 years 7 months ago #48183 by PQD44
These are anti bling, the originals were the shiny ones :lol:

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7 years 7 months ago - 6 years 3 months ago #48185 by PQD44
No connection to sellers, the freelander stalks also fit here are a few of the reasonably priced ones currently available



There are more so do a search if your interested. All the Rover 800 ones were more expensive

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7 years 7 months ago #48188 by andy1970h
I did this last weekend whilst trying to find why my horn has stopped working. Have to agree the 800 stalks feel as if they are what the TF should've had.

Still didn't fix the horn and nor did a wheel swap :-?

Back with front wheel drive and 181HP at the wheels :)

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7 years 7 months ago #48190 by PQD44
Andy I assume you've checked the fuses but have you tried powering the horn directly to see if it still works? There have also been problems with the contacts under the bonnet on the fuse before now.

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7 years 7 months ago #48191 by talkingcars
Nice mod - I might have a look the next time I'm at the local yard.

In my experience of 80's and 90's Rovers there will be a small ECU somewhere controlling the veriable speed wipers.

If I can find a copy of Rave or similar info for the 800 I'll try and work it out.
(anyone got a copy/)


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