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Old May 15th, 2015, 05:33 PM
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Airbags?

Just curious. Has anyone (with deep pockets and a strong will) ever installed airbags in a Series or Defender? I understand how "impossible" it is but with resto-mods going for up to a quarter-million, surely the thought must have occurred to someone: “I want Defender on the outside and Range Rover on the inside!"
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Old May 15th, 2015, 05:55 PM
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Sure. Lots of people have done it in Australia. Check out: Australian Land Rover Owners It is a great mod for the rear of 110s. They are a little hard to fit with the stock perches, so nobody has developed a bolt in conversion. The cost is quite low. Air springs do not cost very much and you just need to build adapters for the perches.

There are also a few good off road based controllers you can get down there as well if your pockets are deep.
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I've had 6 windbags in my truck, me included, but no airbags. I'm pretty sure I've had a couple sets of silicone bags in there as well.

I know the late, great Neil has had at least 3 sets of silicon bags connected to at least 2 windbags! ;-)
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Old May 15th, 2015, 06:30 PM
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There was a company somewhere in the Scandinavian region i think that transplant a Range Rover drivetrain, dash and partial interior to a Defender. There's a video about it on youtube somewhere.

Found it:
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are we talking suspension or crash?
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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:18 PM
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I thought crash, but the thread flowed towards suspension, so I edited my opinion about it being ridiculous in ST's and maybe only in the wagons on the PS dash and column. RR quality cabins in Defenders are coming out of the bespoke houses in the U.K. So that's a great place to inquire if they're integrating any SRS. Seat bourne bags/curtain SRS is more of an easy add on with maybe the disco SRS inertia module under the cubby.

In all, most Defender owners (myself included) prefer to err on the side of simplicity. Adding SRS is just one more thing to go wrong.
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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:38 PM
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yeah I was talking crash bags.

That JBK dream vehicle video is pretty cool. My dream vehicle would be a bit more stealth with the modern upgrades. Kinda like the icon4x4 derelicts vehicles where all the modern tech is carefully hidden. Defender BOTH inside and out, and modern underneath. A 130 station wagon. Three-row seats with plenty of storage left. Brand new mech/tech hiding underneath. That would replace the current people mover.
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Airbags?

I've come to realize as someone definitely interested in these sort of upgrades is that as long as we're based in the USA these upgrades can be achieved very simply.
Buy a gelendevagen or a suped up jeep.

Sad how the 2015 defender has all we modernists want as a base
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Yeah my plan B would be a Geländewagen. I don't love it, but it's an easy solve. Doesn't come with a third row but that can be aftermarketed. Still...it's not a Defender...

------ Follow up post added May 15th, 2015 07:54 PM ------

The 4x4 squared though....pretty cool.
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I know the late, great Neil has had at least 3 sets of silicone bags connected to at least 2 windbags! ;-)
That was at one time (mind you) in his 90 doing 90, probably with her top off, and I don't just mean the Defender's! ;-)

To all the newbs, Neil is still alive. He's just been tamed or domesticated or something and doesn't treat us all to the life of a Hell-A bachelor as much as we'd like.
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