At last, a solution to one of the most common complaints about Land Rover Defender Vehicles!
As you climb in to a Defender, all too frequently, one of your belt loops or pockets gets caught on the door catch – and very often gets ripped clean off! Many people have ruined several pairs of trousers in the past
X-Engineering have decided to do something about it! The result is the X-Trouser. Not only does it protect your trousers, in many cases it makes the door close more reliably and helps (though it does not entirely stop) the seat belt getting caught in the latch. If the seat belt does become caught as you close the door, it suffers less damage due to the smooth profile of the X-Trouser.
The photograph (above) shows why this happens – and also what X-Eng have done about it. The door catch on the right is the original and you can see that the bottom left edge forms a sharp hook. This is just made to catch on belt loops etc.
As you can see, the catch on the left has a smooth profile which even if your belt loop or pocket runs over it, it will slide off freely.
The original (Land Rover parts number FQB500130) also uses a plastic sleeve around the pin. This is intended to improve the sound of your door closing – making more of a thud sound. This works well, so long as the sleeve is in good condition.
The catch on the right is only 3 years old and the sleeve is badly worn & damaged. This often results in the door failing to close properly – you’ve probably experienced this too.
Instead, X-Eng have made the whole part out of high quality 304 Grade Stainless steel. They feel that the door closing properly is more desirable than the sound it makes – though, to be honest, you cannot hear the difference!
The X-Trouser door catch was designed using Solidworks 2012 CAD software. This allowed X-Eng to ensure it is a perfect fit to your vehicle and stress analyse it to make sure it is stronger than required – indeed, stronger and longer lasting than the original.
The X-Trouser catch is reversible so it will fit both the driver and passanger doors, left & right hand drive. It will also fit the rear side doors of 110 Station Wagons.
Some early 90/110′s have a different style of door catch. Compare yours to the photographs to make sure it will fit!
The photographs above show our prototype version, whereas the CAD drawing shows the production version. We had to change the design a little to make the folding easier – so don’t worry if yours looks more like the CAD drawing than the photographs! Yours is the better of the two versions!
X-Engineering expect to see the first delivery of X-Trousers towards the end of June. Paddock already have our name on a batch. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for news of their arrival. We expect them to be around £10.50 – £11.00 plus VAT each.