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Old February 6th, 2015, 07:52 PM
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Do you go off roading in your Defender/Series?

Interested in polling the group to see how many Defender/Series owners actually go off roading in their vehicles. With so many capable Defenders and Series vehicles that I see on registries and in forum posts I'm curious how many people also use them in this way.

When defining off roading I would include private land, Class VI roads and trails and beach/dune driving with some degree of frequency (not just once a year).

Let me know your thoughts!
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Old February 6th, 2015, 07:56 PM
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Hell yes! No mall cruiser, Camel Trophy museum truck here. Arizona, Utah and Colorado are the public land offroad Meccas of the US. It would be ashamed if a Rover owner didn't offroad out here.
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Old February 6th, 2015, 07:58 PM
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Hell yes! No mall cruiser, Camel Trophy museum truck here. Arizona, Utah and Colorado are the public land offroad Meccas of the US. It would be ashamed if a Rover owner didn't offroad out here.
Nice! I'd love to get out west and do some off roading there. Some day soon hopefully. All my wheeling has been in New England, which is great but I'd like some different terrain as well.
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:15 PM
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Will, have you considered going to winter romp? It's probably only a few hours from you and is a great time.



As for me, southern Vermont has some excellent trails
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:16 PM
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Hell yes! No mall cruiser, Camel Trophy museum truck here. Arizona, Utah and Colorado are the public land offroad Meccas of the US. It would be ashamed if a Rover owner didn't offroad out here.
Absolutely!
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:21 PM
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Really can't recommend going off road...getting the D90 dirty and, god forbid scratched...just the though makes me ill...
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:23 PM
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Will, have you considered going to winter romp? It's probably only a few hours from you and is a great time.



As for me, southern Vermont has some excellent trails
I have but still been busy working on the Defender. I have done a lot of class VI roads and trails in NH, mostly in the western part of the state and plan to get to Vermont this year for sure.
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What is this "off-roading" of which you speak ?
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:26 PM
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no defender, looking at picking up a series soon but I wheel the hell out of my Disco. I try to get out and play in the dirt at least once a month. With so much stuff to see out here on the west coast, it's silly not to..

As far as defender owners on this board goes, from what I've seen the guys on the East Coast take their trucks out a lot more than those over here on the West Coast.
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:27 PM
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Really can't recommend going off road...getting the D90 dirty and, god forbid scratched...just the though makes me ill...
Yeah right! Cleaning it is the fun part As for scratches, I haven't come across many in my time that a good Flex Dual Action professional buffing machine didn't solve, especially on the non metallic Coniston Green!

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What is this "off-roading" of which you speak ?
Nice! Yup that would qualify. That picture reminds me of my first time taking out my 2013 Mercedes Benz G550 out off roading. It was brand new, maybe 1500 miles. I thought, why not? The thing is built like a tank in Austria, has 3 factory locking differentials and is pretty much bullet proof. Well all that just made it sink like a lead block in a mud/water hole that was unfortunately way deeper than I thought. I had about 6" of water in the footwells.

$500 tow job later I figured time to get something that didn't cost me six figures to take off road. Although I did take it off road several more times and the thing performed amazingly well.

Little did I know I would probably end up spending about the same amount as that G wagon on my 1994 Defender after all the repairs and mods!
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Really can't recommend going off road...getting the D90 dirty and, god forbid scratched...just the though makes me ill...
Therapy and medication are available to treat this
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:35 PM
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no defender, looking at picking up a series soon but I wheel the hell out of my Disco. I try to get out and play in the dirt at least once a month. With so much stuff to see out here on the west coast, it's silly not to..

As far as defender owners on this board goes, from what I've seen the guys on the East Coast take their trucks out a lot more than those over here on the West Coast.
I love disco's. Honestly it was seeing the disco's in the Camel Trophy pics in 4Wheeler Magazines in the late 80's when I was younger that got me hooked on someday owning a Land Rover.

I think you are right about East Coast vs. West Coast as well. I have noticed the same thing.
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I have but still been busy working on the Defender. I have done a lot of class VI roads and trails in NH, mostly in the western part of the state and plan to get to Vermont this year for sure.

Several events available through Vermont Overland, you should really look into it!
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Nice! Yup that would qualify. That picture reminds me of my first time taking out my 2013 Mercedes Benz G550 out off roading. It was brand new, maybe 1500 miles. I thought, why not? The thing is built like a tank in Austria, has 3 factory locking differentials and is pretty much bullet proof. Well all that just made it sink like a lead block in a mud/water hole that was unfortunately way deeper than I thought. I had about 6" of water in the footwells. $500 tow job later I figured time to get something that didn't cost me six figures to take off road. Although I did take it off road several more times and the thing performed amazingly well. Little did I know I would probably end up spending about the same amount as that G wagon on my 1994 Defender after all the repairs and mods!
Nothing wrong with a little water in some footwells (well, at least in a Defender : )

Please note the appropriate use of Flip-Flops in order to avoid soiling one's socks.
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Yes in the D90, no in the series (more of a DD). I do not condone this driving in muddy water though.
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Yes in the D90, no in the series (more of a DD). I do not condone this driving in muddy water though.
Do I need to pull out the pic of you in the trench at Winch Hill ?

All this talking of wheeling is lighting a fire under me...
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Sold the red 90 and i took it everywhere, here are a few pictures...shouldn't have sold it! But the Series has been to Moab and local stuff. My current 90 and 110 are almost ready to go out "Into the Wild".

So yeah I use them. Left to right top to bottom:
Series on Top of the World.
90 in the high Uintas, the San Rafael Swell, Utah West Desert, Colorado Engineer Pass, Utah Dunes.

And yeah, I used to own the blue RRC too...it went to the Dunes, and obviously CO w/the new owner (now at 67k original miles).
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Yes in all 3. You should try some light trails or dirt roads out. It gets real addicting to see how far you can go and its amazing to see how unbelievable your trucks capabilities are.
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