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Old March 31st, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Thumbs up Equipe Drakken Anyone?

Anyone out there using Equipe (Drakken) gear on their Defender? I have been eyeing their front steering guard plates and diff guards for a while. Just curious if anyone on the forum has any experience with their products and can offer some input. Would love to see some installed photos of anything that you might have.

Here are some pics of products that have my interest.... Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old March 31st, 2008, 07:53 PM
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Really well made stuff, I have their rear corner protectors.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:38 PM
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I wheeled with a guy last year that has the whole package. Lots of wheel travel, very flexible, seems very well made.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:46 PM
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Steering protectors were 6mm when I last checked. I asked if they bent easily and the response was -that they bend back easily with heat.

I ruin everything I touch incuding marriages, so I went thicker.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 10:31 PM
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Thanks for the quick responses.

Doug, good heads up on the 6mm thickness--I'll verify that fact when I hear back from Drakken on it's compatibility with my ARB.

I've heard great things about the suspension kits as well. But I haven't gotten any feedback on armor, etc. I love the design, but hope to get some feedback about performance and fitment.

Would love to see pics of their products on and NAS spec vehicles.

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I just stumbled across these EQUIPE 4x4 videos... Damn! I wish I had a spare deisel D90 to beat to shit during my weekends in the Italian Alps! The suspension setup is pretty insane.


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I don't know about their skid plates but I run their steering links and sliders, and they are great.
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Will -- Are refering to their Track/Tie Rod as well as the Drag Link? Did you get your links with the big nobby ball joints? Are you running the panhard rod as well? They all look substantially beefier than stock.... any complaints?

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Here is a pic of one of their corner protectors stripped of powder coat before I galvanized it. They make another corner kit that trims the panel a bit.
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Will -- Are refering to their Track/Tie Rod as well as the Drag Link? Did you get your links with the big nobby ball joints? Are you running the panhard rod as well? They all look substantially beefier than stock.... any complaints?

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Yes, I have their tie rod and drag link. I have the straight tie rod, not the one that's raised in the center (I think they call it the "portal" version), and my tie rod used the standard ball joints. My drag link has the bigger ball joint on the hub side, the other end is threaded into the thing that has the damper mount on it. I had the longer drag link on my RRC (same configuration with the ball joints except it just threaded into the stock one on the drop arm) with their damper location kit (converted it to a D90 damper) which was also very nice. They are about 3 times thicker then the stock stuff (I think they are thicker then RTE's, or at least they are heavier). I bent my stock tie rod and drag link (and busted my damper when I bent the tie rod) on my old RRC, and I bent the tie rod on my D90; and haven't had any problems with the equipe stuff, so no complaints.

I don't have the panhard but I've heard good things about it...
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Thumbs up

Thanks guys.

Draken has told me that "as far as they know" their skids should work without issue on an ARB bumper. John C at 4x4 Adventure Gear has also confirmed that the Scorpion skid will work on the ARB, and they appear to be identical. I'll report back when I make up my mind and pull the trigger. Thanks again.

Any other input or pics of Equipe (Draken) gear welcome!
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I've been selling some of their gear lately. I have used some of their suspension pieces as well as skid plates. It's well made. I have one of the front skid plates on my Disco and I have one for a Defender in stock. It was supposed to go on my D90 but won't clear my custom bumper.
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who sells that rear recovery point? How much?
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Old April 5th, 2008, 09:58 AM
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Try Lucky 8 over on Disco Web. He was manning the Equipe booth @ MAR and is a dealer in NY for the product- that is of course if Rob doesn't have one.
I have the Equipe tie rod for a defender with the super heavy duty tie rod ends- looks like you could pick the 110 up with it- massive. Need to get it installed.

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here's the link:http://www.lucky8llc.com/
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Hey Rob, I'll shoot you an email about the Equipe skid, etc. THanks for the feedback.

I am still debating the skid vs. complete upgrade of steering components (drag, tie rod, panhard). It may be a smarter (though more $$) to upgrade these items first. I am still hoping to see the skid installed on the ARB bumper before I commit one way or another.

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Another source is

DRAKEN Off Road [sales@drakenoffroad.com]

Excellent customer support and service

I purchased the first set of D90 private label springs last month, I have not been able to test them out due to health reasons but looking forward to that next month.

Next purchase is there rear A arm. IMO excellent choice for Defender upgraded suspension parts and the design and quality is second to none...
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x2 . . . I have had great experience with Draken Offroad.
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Draken is the US importer and sells the stuff for full retail. I think you may be able to do better on price by going through Rob or another dealer.
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Roby also has an excellent trail network at his house.
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I purchased a an Extreme Kit for my 94 D-90 from Justin at Lucky 8. All the parts are of very nice quality and while it is a relatively straightforward install a set of instructions would be nice for at least a couple of the pieces. The 90 is still under construction so I can't give ride and flex information yet, but the front sits 5" higher than stock and the rear sits 7" higher than stock right now. Body isn't on yet, but I can't imagine it is going to drop too much with the body in place.

I will post some impressions when I've had some time to drive it and wheel it.

Big thanks to Justin for all his help and the great customer service and to Safari Rover for all his hard work in helping me build my 90.

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I have Bumper, plate, sliders and the NEW style diff guards ( soon to be on Lucky8 site pictured ).

I'll post the pics tonight when I get home

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Thanks guys.

Draken has told me that "as far as they know" their skids should work without issue on an ARB bumper. John C at 4x4 Adventure Gear has also confirmed that the Scorpion skid will work on the ARB, and they appear to be identical. I'll report back when I make up my mind and pull the trigger. Thanks again.

Any other input or pics of Equipe (Draken) gear welcome!
I hope Trevor chimes in, but with the ARB , a very little cutting needed to be made on the corners ( He isntalled it ) , then a week later I took the ARB off and placed the Equipe Bumper
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