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Old January 24th, 2013, 05:37 PM
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New Defender 90 owner seeking advice

After years of admiration and stalking I've finally purchased my first Defender. A red 1994 D90 (#360). 137k miles & running great. Oil lines already replaced, with belts and hoses. This is a Southern California rig without a spot of rust that made its way to Houston last year. It's previous owner just moved to Australia...and now the beauty's all mine. Although I've owned several other land rovers....I know this ones a whole different story and as such would like to solicit any advice you wish you'd of known after you purchased a D90.
A few questions I already have.....
Best soft tops
Short term maintenance
Best short term modifications
Best long term modifications (frame & doors are practically rust free)
Fiberglass top maintenance
Fiberglass top removal and storage tips
Preferred websites for parts
Defender mechanic in Houston
Headlight upgrade recommendations
Recommended front seat replacements
Recommended rear seat options. (Presently no rear bench, I'd like to put in forward facing seats.)

Go easy on me....I'm new to D90 Source and my Defender. But excited to get my hands (and the D90) dirty.

Thanks
Michael
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Old January 24th, 2013, 07:31 PM
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First off.... congratulations on the truck, and welcome to the forum!

Almost all of these items can be seen either with a quick forum search or using the custom mods and tech articles sections at the main site screen.

The absolute first maintenance item is to replace your oil cooler lines with stainless before your truck burns to the ground.

Very recently there have been lots of LED headlight threads. A few people on here have made the change.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 08:37 PM
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Enjoy the sh-t out of it. Congrats, and let the obsession begin.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 08:48 PM
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Congrats!
redline mtl in the tranny,
new gear oil in the t-case,
grease the u-joints,
Don't mod it into some kind of crazy mall crawler. Just drive it.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 09:13 PM
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Congrats!
redline mtl in the tranny,
new gear oil in the t-case,
grease the u-joints,
Don't mod it into some kind of crazy mall crawler. Just drive it.
We would have also accepted "don't pull it apart into a million pieces and load up a trailer with Galpin and haul it off to Delaware to be galvanized when I could just be driving it and going to Rausch Creek next month" .
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Old January 24th, 2013, 09:31 PM
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for the headlights on mine i did this and it was the best improvement over the sealed beams

wiring upgrade
http://www.expeditionexchange.com/ca...cat=289&page=1

lights
http://www.expeditionexchange.com/ca...cat=289&page=1

bulbs
http://www.expeditionexchange.com/ipf/ipf003%20006.JPG

total plug and play when I sold my 90 I took everything out and put it in my 110

you can google the stuff and find best prices but the first time I drove at night I knew the factory lights were not going to cut it
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We would have also accepted "don't pull it apart into a million pieces and load up a trailer with Galpin and haul it off to Delaware to be galvanized when I could just be driving it and going to Rausch Creek next month" .
Hahah! Yes, I am imparting the wisdom gleaned from my own stupidity
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Welcome Michael and I hope your username here is a thing of the past!

Here are my opinions

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A few questions I already have.....
Best soft tops
Badger is the tits, but expensive and take a while to be made. You could get a used one and save/wait for the badger.
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Short term maintenance
Drive it daily. It sounds like your oil lines are okay but it wouldn't hurt to put a sheathing around what you have, or do the stainless.
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Best short term modifications
Best long term modifications (frame & doors are practically rust free)
NONE! Drive it and see what you like and dislike. Most stuff is opinion. I like the stock seats, others hate them. Some think they are dogs, I find mine plenty peppy. etc.
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Fiberglass top maintenance
Fiberglass top removal and storage tips
IMHO, the best is to carefully remove and sell
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Preferred websites for parts
Too many to list, but rovers north and atlantic british are the two big ones stateside, and there are smaller outfits like rovers down south, as well as guys selling used parts too like british boneyard and will tillery.
craddocks, paddocks, dingo croft, lrseries are the ones I use overseas.
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Recommended front seat replacements
I guess it depends on why you want to replace them but you can get foam and covers from exmoor trim.
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Recommended rear seat options. (Presently no rear bench, I'd like to put in forward facing seats.)
The stock forward facing seats come up for sale every now and again, but you have to be quick.

Welcome again,
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Old January 25th, 2013, 07:01 PM
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For front seats and lock and fold rear seats....
http://www.exmoortrimusa.com/
aka Safari HP
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Old January 27th, 2013, 04:11 PM
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Thanks everyone for the advice and links! Keep the advice coming.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 09:47 PM
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At a minimum:
Redline MTL in the gearbox
Grease driveshafts and universal joints
Have your radiator serviced!!
Amsoil 10w40 or Shell Rotella 15w40 and a WIX Filter
Cheap 80w90 in the swivels diffs and tcase as it will leak out eventually
VDO Vision temperature gauge

The Hella Ecodes are a tremendous improvement over the stock sealed beams even with stock 55/60 bulbs. I reccomened www.rallylights.com for these, I think they still give 10% discount for the D-90.com.

For parts,
www.roversdownsouth.com
www.rovaguy.com Will Tillery
at a last resort but always dependable roversnorth.com

A Tuffy center console is really worth the money especially with a softtop. Congratulations on the new addition.
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