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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:32 PM
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Fastest Defender in US? Himalaya

I think most of us constantly strive to perfect ideas and to improve where the mothership fell short when it comes to Defenders.
We have been kicking many ideas around in relation to power plants for the antiquated Rover V8s. Underpowered, leaky, unreliable at times. It was time for a major kick in the pants an so after months of R&D we pretty pleased with ourselves on the outcome of our new power group. After testing for many hours and miles the truck is ready to return to its owner. Final day at the shop and our SURFCHASER 110 headsNorth. Our client is the proud owner of two Himalaya Limited 110 Defenders. This one is scary fast. 480 BHP with automatic transmission.
This particular truck will be the cottage weekender. His other is a daily driver.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:40 PM
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:41 PM
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I like that gray color. Was that an ex-mod truck?
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:44 PM
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While I await the "why" and "unoriginal".....


Great work Mark. Did you upgrade the diffs/axles?


And as much as I love your work, I will never like the wheels. I understand that it's the client's choice, I just can't comprehend.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:47 PM
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I think most of us constantly strive to perfect ideas and to improve where the mothership fell short when it comes to Defenders.
We have been kicking many ideas around in relation to power plants for the antiquated Rover V8s. Underpowered, leaky, unreliable at times. It was time for a major kick in the pants an so after months of R&D we pretty pleased with ourselves on the outcome of our new power group. After testing for many hours and miles the truck is ready to return to its owner. Final day at the shop and our SURFCHASER 110 headsNorth. Our client is the proud owner of two Himalaya Limited 110 Defenders. This one is scary fast. 480 BHP with automatic transmission.
This particular truck will be the cottage weekender. His other is a daily driver.
Doesn't it become something less than a Defender when it's something more than a Defender?
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:50 PM
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My buddy regeared things so Arnold's Hummer would break 150 mph. Did you guys regear anything?
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Old January 28th, 2014, 09:24 PM
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Nice!!!

Cottage weekender? Should be driven 24x7!
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Old January 28th, 2014, 09:30 PM
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Was that an ex-mod truck?
This was a clients NAS90. The frame and rear tub were rotten.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 09:42 PM
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My buddy regeared things so Arnold's Hummer would break 150 mph. Did you guys regear anything?
Everything had to be upgraded for the extra power. Yes Axles were totally rebuilt.


As for the wheels. The Matt black 20s are not my favorite. This particular gentleman who is a terrific client specifically wanted these wheels even when I suggested what I thought was a better design for this build.
Not everyones cup of tea, but one should really see them in person. They do suit the truck, and it is pretty impressive. This truck had freestyles while under restoration. They did not suit it at all. As for Boost, they look terrific on a Defender.
But Himalayas are different.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 09:48 PM
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Okay, so this is coming from someone who drives a painfully slow 300TDi, so take this in context I guess.

While I'd love to have 480HP and heat that came on sooner than 20 minutes of driving under load, something would make me less than comfortable about having that kind of speed/power inside infrastructure designed 30 years ago.

What kind of brakes are you running now?
What did you do to the transfer case and diffs to handle that extra HP? I assume the auto trans can take whatever you can dish out, but what about the other components?

I'm just curious, not hatin on your work at all.


EDIT: okay I now see that you've addresses the axles.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 10:11 PM
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Impressive build! Like the others, I don't like the wheels, but not bad overall.

What transmission is in it? I assume not a ZF 4HP22 since that can only handle 280 ft lbs of torque.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:00 PM
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This was a clients NAS90. The frame and rear tub were rotten.
Another one bites the dust...

(Yeah!)
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:01 PM
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Another one bites the dust...

(Yeah!)
If not for a rebuild the badge would have bitten the dust. Instead she lives on.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:06 PM
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Another one bites the dust...

(Yeah!)
I was lucky enough to see the pre build truck and let me tell you that if it wasn't for Himalayas build the truck should and would have probably gone to the scrap yard. The ladder and the badge are really the only things that looked worth saving if you ask me. Why not build a super sick truck out of what looked to be a total loss? I give two thumbs up and I think their builds are second to none!
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:08 PM
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I'm jealous!
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:08 PM
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Now I want to see the before!
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:14 PM
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That's pretty slick, I may not love everything you build, but that is nice. Job well done.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:31 PM
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I want that bumper. Looking pretty stock (bumper) with a winch.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:45 PM
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It grew a second reverse light!

480hp is great. I don't see the need to upgrade the brakes much, a defender stops pretty damn well IME and the LT230 should more than handle it. Axles might break, but that is relatively easy to fix.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 11:46 PM
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Even though it's not my cup of Scottish Breakfast, props for the effort and for the courage to post it to this purist and scrutinizing audience. As long as a Defender is kept on the road I'm happy, even if its not to my taste. Those wheels gotta go thought.
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