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Old December 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
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97 NAS: Garage Queen to Daily Driver/Overland Use.

Ive had the Defender for about a year and a half, and during that time Ive nearly sold it off for a 110, nearly pulled the trigger on a TDi repower, and generally did nothing to it though I had all sorts of grand ideas. As time approaches for another move, Ive come to the realization that if I want a Defender, it has to be my daily driver. Ive went from 4 to now 3 vehicles, and now need to go to and stay at 2. Thanks, Uncle Sam.

Anyway, I need to get this mostly stock NAS SW to daily driver status. I will finally have some time to wrench and hopefully link up with some of you in my area to pick your brains and drool your Landys. Ive been stockpiling parts for the last year in my garage....time to get to work. Truck runs like a champ minus some hot restart (PCV related or Stepper probably), so I dont know how far to dig into the 152k mile drivetrain.

Im working on a $7-9k budget for the time being. Most of it will go towards refurbishing with an emphasis on upgrading those parts for Overland use.

Heres a rundown of the some of the items I have in mind:

Mild Lift (Koni/ 2" RTE)
285 A/T Tires (GY Duratracs)
Exhaust (Borla)
Y-Pipe (Magnaflow)
O2 Sensors
Rear Crossmember
Timing/Water Pump
All Rubber Hoses
Brakes (DBA/Genuine/Goodridge)
Front Seat Retrim (Exmoor Leather/Heated)
Rear Forward Facing Seats (Exmoor L&F)
Sound/Heat Abatement
Twin Battery Setup (Sears PM)
New Plastics/Dash/Steering Wheel (Mud UK)
Alternator
Headliner Refurb
SS fasteners
Window/Door Seals
Suspension Bushings (Genuine)
Ball Joints/UVs
PS Pump (meridian)
AC System (New hoses built)
Rear Lighting (Trucklite LED)
Front Lighting (Hella Aux, Headlamps ?)
Grill
Fender Top 5 Bar (Mammuth)
Fuel Pump
Interior Rubber Flooring
Spare Tire Carrier (Mantec)
Hinges (New Genuine)

Ill be listing items in the classifieds as I replace them. Id appreciate input as I go along on best practices and parts. Thanks!

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Old December 7th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Ordered Garrison Outfitters Replacement Rear Channel Kit from Paul:

http://www.garrisonoutfitters.com/?sPath=2&prod=2

Great service; will post pics and review after install.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 05:57 PM
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First, take it in for a compression test/leak down test to see how healthy the engine is.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 06:22 PM
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If you are using it for a daily driver the Borla is on the loud side.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 07:02 PM
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If you are using it for a daily driver the Borla is on the loud side.
Even for a SW? Drone, or loud on throttle?

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First, take it in for a compression test/leak down test to see how healthy the engine is.
Good call, in the works.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 08:49 PM
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Little bit of both, I have grown to like it but it is not my daily driver.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 07:32 AM
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Little bit of both, I have grown to like it but it is not my daily driver.
After re-reading posts regarding the Borla, I'm going to go with the Magnaflow. Looks like pricing is all over the board on the Magnaflow Y-Pipe and the cat-back. Thanks Eric.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 08:05 AM
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Dumb Question....I've always used E rated tires on my 3/4 ton pickups, but I see that some of you run them here on much lighter trucks. The two finalists for shoeing rights on the Defender are GY Duratracs and the BFG A/Ts in 285, and I see that both are available in E or D. Since this truck will be run 90% on pavement, 9% on gravel, and 1% off-piste, do the masses recommend E or D? I'm assuming D rated for a softer side-wall=smoother ride, unless I am missing something....
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Old December 10th, 2012, 08:15 PM
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Got mail from Garrison Outfitters. Very detailed kit, impressed.

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Tires decided.....285 BFG A/Ts for the Freestyles, 255 GY Duratracs for Genuine Vented Wheels for winter/offroad.

Need recommendations for springs. I was going with the 2" RTEs, but would genuine LR HD springs be better? Im not looking for much lift, 1-2". Genuine LR 110 HD springs from RN do the trick? I want minimal rake, perhaps using genuine spring isolators help there? I plan on adding wheel spacers to get back some of the turning radius btw.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 09:54 AM
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I'm not sure Duratracs come in a 255. Dont know if you've already gotten your steelies but I have a set of 15" wheels here in Columbus that I need to get rid of. They'd be great for a set of off road tires
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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:41 PM
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Hmm, thought they did but I will check. Im not in a huge hurry with the Wolf/NATO steelies since I wont need that set till this fall. I am all over the board on wheel choice, looking for Deep Dish Alloys again for the AT tires. Speaking of which, Discount Tire has 285 Duratracs for $200 apiece till the 31st...

Kevin, we need to link up one of these days.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 09:35 PM
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Anyone have an idea how much the NAS 90 Safety Devices Cage might fetch on the open market? $100? $5?
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Soft top or hard top cage?
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Old January 1st, 2013, 09:45 PM
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I would give you both a $100 and $5.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:53 AM
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SW cage. And it is worth at least $105! Im mulling the full exo....
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 01:04 AM
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Minimal 1500
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 01:20 AM
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Minimal 1500
Thanks. I'd have to replace the roof with a ROW panel as well it appears.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 01:30 AM
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Thanks. I'd have to replace the roof with a ROW panel as well it appears.
Nah. Plug the two holes on each side. Easy enough and no one will see.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 12:29 PM
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Couple of what I thought were decent deals to pass on:

Picked up 4 NGK Direct Fit 25044 Oxygen Sensors on eBay for $52 each shipped.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NGK-25044-Ox...item231663a9c7

Picked up the Magnaflow Cat Back Exhaust 16711 and Magnaflow Y Pipe 93690 for $850 shipped.

http://performancepeddler.com/catalo...d1ug79m5puapv2

Having issues sourcing a high output alternator. I was just told the Delco CS130 was junk by a builder recommended here. Also just got off the phone with Action Alternators and they do not have anything that will fit the 4.0....only the 3.9 with the CS130 140 amp. Anyone have a recommendation or should I rebuild the stock MM. Just wish I could get more power without having to fab something.

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Minimal 1500
If I could get a buyer for somewhere around that price, Id probably switch out to the full exo.....
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:04 AM
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Instead of the $40-50 at the local box shop, I picked up an AC-151 Stepper Motor for $13.95 off fleaBay with a so called "lifetime" warranty:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-GLOBAL-A...5c3f7b&vxp=mtr

The options from NAPA (Echlin 2-1856), Autozone (AC-151), and this "Global Automotive (AC-151)" all look remarkably similar.....
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