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I've just fitted one of the spring loaded ones to mine but I could remove the bonnet badge first. Not sure I would want to drill the bonnet.
 

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Lots of post on this one in the past. This subject has been raised often before in the UK and the problem is the leaper is reputed not to be legal on a current model UK Jaguar. It's a Europe wide ban. The European law states that unless you have had a mascot continually on your model range in the last 40 years then you cannot place a mascot on the current range. Obviously lots do, but you could have the book thrown at you in litigation claims following an accident. and then there's your insurance?
 

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You are right Ed the insurance especially would be awkward if involved in a prang, but I would think if you ran into someone and they went up your bonnet they are going to be pretty well injured before they get to the leaper.
I think they looked great on the old car but I am not sure about on the S-type, how about a couple of leapers down the wings instead.

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I've just fitted one of the spring loaded ones to mine but I could remove the bonnet badge first. Not sure I would want to drill the bonnet.
you don't need to drill a hole ? how did you get it in the bonnet ? anything sticky or yours originally omes with leaping cat ?
 

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at first place, i don't think i will kepp it long, but after a week caravan, my wife's rx300 didn't do the job properly. so i need a range rover again. that's mean, there is no spare money for 2 cars ( new audi a8 is my favarite,it's 4 wheel drive, can do winter job). so i have to keep my jag and buy a range rover for my wife.
my jag will keep it in my drive way for couple of years, i am trying my best to make it better .
 

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If you look under the bonnet,with it up,you can see a hole in the crossbeam.I drilled up through there,and hey presto,fitted the leaper,sprung loaded, of course.
I have been pulled by the old bill,for my numberplate,but he said the leaper was ok,as long as its sprung.
Good luck
 

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This has definitely been covered before. On pre-facelift cars (ie before 2003), there is a "growler" badge fitted to the bonnet lid. This was moved down to being part of the radiator grill on post-facelift cars.

If you have the pre-facelift car, you can just remove the growler and the leaper fits right into the hole vacated by it, no drilling required. If you have a post-facelift car, then you will need to drill a hole where the recess in the crossbeam is as s-typeclive correctly mentioned.

Contrary to other comments on this thread. Badges and insignia are perfectly legal on current vehicles so long as they are spring loaded. This is confirmed in the current (2012) VOSA regulation documentation. Plenty of current models (Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce for example) still come with emblems right out of the factory, so the thought of it being illegal is clearly nonsense.
 

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Don't do it
 

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Contrary to other comments on this thread. Badges and insignia are perfectly legal on current vehicles so long as they are spring loaded. This is confirmed in the current (2012) VOSA regulation documentation. Plenty of current models (Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce for example) still come with emblems right out of the factory, so the thought of it being illegal is clearly nonsense.
Must admit that's what I thought, and the dealer I bought mine from actually offered to fit one for me if I wanted it. I decided against it personally. Also presumably this makes your car "modified" from an Insurance perspective?
 

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Sorry about the late reply, just come out of hospital. The bonnet badge on pre 2002 cars can be taken off using hairdryer and chemicals to reveal the mounting holes for the spring loaded cat.
 

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Well no, it's not grey - the VOSA regulations are clear that bonnet mascots are legal "SO LONG AS THEY ARE SPRING LOADED" the dog in this story was not, it was just screwed to the bonnet
 

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Personally I couldn't care less regarding retro fitting of leapers, but I have just read an article by Nigel Thorley of the Jaguar enthusiast Club regarding the (As he puts it) the sharply divided opinions as to the retro fitting of car mascots. The legalities concerned are far from clear. In fact several members have been successfully prosecuted! He ends the piece with the phrase "Don't say you haven't been warned!"
 

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Badges and insignia are perfectly legal on current vehicles so long as they are spring loaded. This is confirmed in the current (2012) VOSA regulation documentation. Plenty of current models (Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce for example) still come with emblems right out of the factory, so the thought of it being illegal is clearly nonsense.
Ah, but if they're factory-fitted, they're type-approved. I don't think that's the same as fitting them to one that doesn't have them as standard.
 

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Not to shure about this Dave, Merc's , Rollers have them fitted as standard, this topic is about fitting the leaper as an extra.
Having said this i'm not to shure if i'd fit one anyway. Some years ago I had the original S Type 3.8 and when you sat in the front seats you could see the leaper.
To achieve this on the later S, it would have to be fitted to far up the bonnet to be seen from inside the car.

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Well to re-iterate, the 2012 VOSA specifications of what is and is not legal on UK registered vehicles clearly state that bonnet emblems are permitted so long as they are spring loaded or designed in such a way to break away in the case of impact.

@Red Cat, there is only one location that the leaper can be fitted on a modern S-Type, as defined by the circular cutout in the beam on the inside of the bonnet. I have my leaper fitted here and is clearly visible from the driver's seat
 

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Hi Dave
I take your point, I just thought that with the bonnet sloping down you wouldn't be able to see it..

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