X-Eng Pedal Lock Free Upgrade Important Information:
Since production of the Land Rover Defender was discontinued last year there has been a sharp rise in thefts of the iconic vehicle. The Defender is now one of the top four most stolen vehicles in the UK, with LandRovers of all ages being targeted.
Defenders are notoriously easy to break into, factory fitted alarms and immobilisers are easily bypassed in as little as seconds by hi-tech thieves, this is why Land Rover owners are turning to aftermarket security devices to protect their treasured vehicles, but what happens when the aftermarket security devices fail?
Myke Ready posted on Landywatch yesterday stating that he had been able to circumvent the X-Eng Pedal lock. “I opened mine in around 20 secs with a screwdriver without damaging anything. ” He explained.
Myke then went on to design a modification which would prevent the device being bypassed, the details of which he also shared online:
X-eng pedal lock mods.
“We welded ours but you could easily make a bolt on guard. We done one on the bench and one on the car. We used 1.6mm stainless steel but 1mm would work well as you need to chamfer the edge as it would fail the lock body other wise.
The plate is slot cut and slides in from the side. The middle bolt needs removal so the plate can slide in.
We then welded this in situ and drilled the hole back out for the middle bolt.
If you can’t weld but have a drill and grinder then make the plate longer so the two lower bolts hold it in when done back up.
I’m sure many people may have a different take on how to do this but this was the easiest way for us.”
Myke had also contacted Stephen Edwards, founder of Foundry 4×4 and owner of the X-Eng Pedal lock about the oversight in the design, Foundry 4×4 responded on social media and released a statement acknowledging the flaw and offering to rectify it for free.
“I’m the owner of Foundry 4×4 Ltd and X-Eng. As you are all probably aware Myke Ready has highlighted a flaw in the design of our pedal lock.
Hands up it is not something we were aware of previously ( I don’t want to get drawn into arguments that we have been told before – this is the first time we have ever been shown that it could be circumvented). Having spoke to Myke and Tom,on the admin, and after having several conversations with Simon Rafferty (the original designer and former owner of X-Eng) we believe we have come up with a solution to overcome the issue.
The fix will be one very similar to Myke’s design but will be manufactured as a retrofit item so that all the existing X pedal locks can be upgraded. Simon will be drawing up the design on Monday and we will be getting our laser cutters to commence work ASAP (we are going to test it first obviously to ensure it works).
We will then, once we are satisfied that it works, offer these as a FREE upgrade to all owners of vehicles fitted with X-Eng pedal locks that contact us for one.
The next batch of pedal locks will be modified to ensure this design flaw is overcome.
I can only apologize that this has occurred and, hopefully, this will help rectify the situation.”
Foundry 4×4 have handled this situation with good grace and moral standards, they have listened to the Land Rover community and worked closely with Myke since he found the issue, also with the Landywatch admin team who liaised with Stephen in great depth to come up with the best possible solution.
During a telephone conversation with Stephen Edwards earlier today he confirmed they have a modification design in the works which is currently undergoing vigorous testing. The modification is being designed so that it can not be bypassed, it is easy to fit with an expected time frame of around 5 minutes and will not require any welding or specialist tools.
If you have purchased an X-Eng Pedal Lock you will receive a free modification that will prevent the device being circumvented. To get your upgrade you will need to contact Foundry 4×4 via email with a photo of your pedal lock along with the first three digits of your registration number included in the picture, written on a piece of paper. You will also need to include your full name, address and phone number in the email.
You will not be contacted automatically, it is important that you contact the company in order to receive an upgrade.
No matter where you purchased your X-Eng pedal Lock, whether it was from Paddocks or any other outlet, you will need to follow the same protocol to claim an upgrade.
Company: Foundry 4×4
Phone: 01495 725544
Email: [email protected]