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    Jaguar leaper

    Apart from the obvious theft risk, what are the problems that go with fitting a leaper to the front of my S type ? Has anyone any experience of this ?

    Thinking about theft for a minute - has anyone come across a reliable removeable leaper ?

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    Geoff
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    The main one seems to be insurance.

    Daytona was quoted an additional £100 pa by his insurers as they reckoned someone trying to steal it would damage the bonnet leaing to a claim.

    Passo del Torro I say

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    Thanks - I'll probably manage without.
    Hadn't thought of the insurance hike !

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    Came across the Arden Leaper at www.greenracingcars.com today.
    It's a bit steep at £165, but it apparently folds down in a collision, and is removeable to prevent theft.

    Has anyone any experience of these ?

    Geoff
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffc
    Came across the Arden Leaper at www.greenracingcars.com today.
    It's a bit steep at £165, but it apparently folds down in a collision, and is removeable to prevent theft.

    Has anyone any experience of these ?

    Geoff
    Hi Geoff.

    I have fitted the leaper 18 months ago and have parked in some dodgy places and and found it still attached to the car when I came back to it.

    Its an ebay Joby in chrome and spring loaded so it deflects on inpact, the spring and steel wire are strong and it can not be easly bent of its mount.

    Also the car passed its M.O.T Yesterday and to be honest the mechanics never payed it any attention or mentioned it .

    Paul
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    Thanks Steve - how old is your car ?
    The spring loaded leapers that I've found in the past fit onto vehicles with bonnet mounted Jaguar badges (pre-facelift ?)

    Mine is a facelift car with the badgein the grille, and doesn't seem to have the same ease of fitting

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    Hi Lol


    Mines the 2000 / 2001 model that had the bonnet badge, its a simple case of pop the old badge off to reveal a large hole and a small locating hole to stop it spinning round.

    I know what your saying about the face lift model, I guess it could still be fitted if you feel brave with a drill.

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    Not sure that I'm that brave !!
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    It's a shame you have to drill the bonnet since the Leaper looks so much better with the 2002 grille.

    My personal opinion is that Leapers look wrong without sitting at the end of a chrome strip. I think they look incongorous on S and X Type bonnets as there's no sympathetic styling drawing the eye to the cat. They look plonked on and remind me of a rather grusome case of deformity whereby a woman grew a horn from her forehead.

    Now, I'd like a furry cat on my bonnet, like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mairfrog
    It's a shame you have to drill the bonnet since the Leaper looks so much better with the 2002 grille.

    My personal opinion is that Leapers look wrong without sitting at the end of a chrome strip. I think they look incongorous on S and X Type bonnets as there's no sympathetic styling drawing the eye to the cat. They look plonked on and remind me of a rather grusome case of deformity whereby a woman grew a horn from her forehead.


    I agree, They spoil the lines on modern Jags. It looks too big on the X and just wrong on the S.
    ex 2001 S Type 3.0 SE Auto
    ex 1997 X300 3.2 Sport Auto

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