Sounds like your setup is great! I love how capable the car is with hardly any mods. I drive proper 4WD’s for work and it’s great what you can do in them (particularly when you don’t care) but they are often so heavy and cumbersome for everyday driving then sink like a stone when you take them on the beach. My DS is 600Kg lighter than the 70 series I drive for work with way more power and almost the same torque. Though I will be tempted by the new Defender when that is released I reckon.
In sort of reverse response order:
You can get a telescoping ladder and bracket from front runner but I’m guessing you mean a fixed one which you can’t really do on the DS.
The step thing I have is a cheap thing like this below, which works fine when I need to really get up there. I’m quite tall so I can normally reach everything standing on the front door sill.
I got a 40” light bar because you get a centre section which throws spot beams way ahead and the side parts flood, which is great for manoeuvring among trees on camp grounds at night. I got this Bushranger one because they’re a decent brand and I got a good deal. I had a mate help me fit it, so it works with the auto headlights and the switch is on the side of the steering column. No drilling needed and you can’t see the wiring until it meets the rack. I used the front runner light bar mounts too. Massive improvement over just standard lights when off-roading, I think the high position helps.
Batwing awnings are cool but might be a pain with the boot (trunk) opening upwards? You can set it to only open to a certain angle, though, so it doesn’t destroy your awning when someone sits on the car key. I’d also have a think about the weight and whether you want it permanently mounted or not. I can attach and remove mine very easily, which I like, but most people just leave their’s on.
I just got the front bash plate. Super easy to fit. I damaged the original and it kept snagging on the sand. No harm done to the car thankfully!
I nearly got 17” wheels early on but there wasn’t a lot of option for aftermarket ones with this stud pattern here, and nowhere would guarantee clearing the discs and callipers. I didn’t want to pay LR top dollar to downgrade my wheels through them either. Ultimately, because I don’t do too much rocky trail driving I don’t think pinch blowouts will be much of an issue (haven’t so far anyway) and I can still drop the pressures really low if I need, so I’m fine on the soft stuff.
I’ll be interested to see the awning setup if you get it, so you’ll have to post some pics.