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    Bespoke Defender
    Your Defender, rebuilt, reconditioned, refettled your way
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    Land Rover Defender
    Modification, Rebuilds & Customisation - taking classic 90's & 110's and rebuilding them.....
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    Facelift Your Defender
    ....... with grille and headlight surrounds & replacement bumper with integrated LED spotlights.
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    Defender Accessories & Styling
    Small additions can have a dramatic affect on the appearance of your Defender
  • Bulkhead Removal
    Standard 90 bulkhead restricts seat movement & cab space. We replace the bulkhead with a structural replacement bar which allows 4 - 6 inchs more leg room
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    Replacement Bulkhead Bars
    More room, same torsional rigidity. Open up the inside of your 90, add more driver legroom and cabin space
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    Defender Facelifts
    Modernise your 90 or 110 with our bespoke Land Rover parts which will transform your Defenders appearance
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    replacement Panoramic Glass
    Available for 90's and 110's, with matching rear door glass including wiper and heated defrost.

Land Rover Defender Modification

If you have lived with a totally standard, aging Land Rover Defender, you will I hope understand why we set out to create a custom defender? It was due entirely to necessity and the need to make a more useable and reliable Defender.

My partner already owned a 1996 TDi when I met her. It was used for towing a horse box… when it worked, which wasn’t very often!

refender 90 "PollyAnna"

It has a standard factory issue earth wiring fault meaning that 24 hours after using it, the battery was flat and it needed jump starting. This irritated me hugely, and led to it being used as less and less.

I am 6′ 2″ which was my second big issue with a standard defender 90. The evolution of man during the last 70 years or so, in the western world at least has resulted in our average height increasing from around 5′ 6″ to 5′ 11″.

This is a massive increase in a short period of time, and for other car manufacturers has never been an issue as their model ranges only exist for 6 – 8 years on average.

When a car stays in production using the same core components for 70 years however, changes in the average size of occupants becomes much more noticeable.

Thankfully I’m not broad, but still, sitting in comfort was not possible with the standard leg room available.

The original plan was to make our defender useable, while tidying her up in the process.

However, I soon learnt that as soon as you fix whatever it is that irritates you the most on a defender, you soon become focused on the next irritant and want to fix that too.

We were keen to customise our Land Rover so that it not only worked, but looked great too. I am not a fan of a lot of the aftermarket accessories that are available, especially the huge range of checkerplate that is so often used to hide body rot & panel damage.

I first toyed with the idea of a galvanised chassis, but our Defender is rust free so instead directed our budget at useability, and function, rather than rebuilding from the ground up just for the sake of it.

Battery Drain – Earth Faults

Identifying a Defender earth leak is a lifetimes work and let’s face it, life is too short to to replace the loom and every electrical component on the truck.

Instead, we opted to accept her shortcomings and fitted a battery isolator switch.

Ever since she has started first time on the key without a problem, even after standing for a month or two unused. Problem solved.

See lighting issues information here

Legroom

My next big irritant was the lack of legroom. Back in the 1940’s Britons were much smaller than we are now. Average heights have shot up and the driving seat of a Defender is the best place to illustrate this.

Driving any distance was quite uncomfortable, so I set about looking for solutions.

Removing the bulkhead so the front seats are free to move back further is the only practical solution.

See more about bulkhead removal and bulkhead replacement bars

Lighting

On any aging vehicle, one of the first areas to suffer the ravages of time is the wiring. Terminals tend to corrode and as a result, lights stop working and before long you will grow tired of tapping them or stripping them down to clean up the contact points.

LED replacement lighting solves all these issues as well as providing lighting that is powerful enough to let you see where you are going!

Lights have always been a weak point on Defenders, but it doesn’t have to remain so.

There is a reason why you will often see older Defenders adorned with more lights than a Christmas tree….. it’s normally in the hope that at any point in time, some of them will be working!

See more about LED lighting upgrades

Suspension

Over time, LandRover suspension becomes tired and lazy. Thankfully there is a huge range of upgrade options available to choose from, whether you want to retain standard suspension or upgrade with heavy duty, raiser kits, enhanced performance etc.

See Defender Suspension info here

Steering

Standard Defender steering has long been a source of humour. The relationship between the steering wheel and the front wheels is often not much more than a nodding acquaintance.

Excessive play in steering is almost a factory fitted setting, but it doesn’t have to be like that!

We have a variety of steering upgrades and solutions

Bodywork

Aluminium doesn’t rust…. hurrah! But….. it does corrode over time which is another word for “rust”. The consequences are the same, regardless of the chemical process that takes place.

Bubbled paint work, blown paint on the bottom of doors and commonly around the lower part of body panels.

The low cost solution is to bolt checker plate over the top and you can even buy complete kits for just this purpose, but it looks cheap and is a short term bodge.

Panels for Defenders are actually quite cheap (although prices are rising) and fitting new panels isn’t as difficult as it is on most other vehicles.

Clean, corrosion free paintwork will make your Defender look a million dollars.

See more about bodywork

 

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