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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:43 AM
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modernizing the look of your truck

My truck is a pretty well restored epsom green 110 SW. Even though the truck is freshly painted and in generally very good shape inside and out it still looks like an old truck to me. I am curious as to what modifications / updates you all have done that you feel make the truck look more modern. First on my list is to update the wheels from solid black to boost, after that I am not exactly sure what makes the biggest impact. Your thoughts would be welcomed.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:46 AM
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I recently got a 110 3dr with Masai panoramic glass. I think the glass really updates the look in a good way.

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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:47 AM
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Add all the plastic Kahn crap you can to it, that'll fix it!



no actually you shouldn't do that. Wheels okay but after that, its like putting lipstick on a pig. It's a Defender, making it look like its not is futile and a big $$$ suck.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:39 AM
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Add a Puma roof and hood.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:40 AM
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invest in reliability before cosmetics. I'm a big function before form guy. my $0.02. I still haven't nailed reliability yet.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:42 AM
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refined is the better word to use. I was looking at one of the epson green Arkonik trucks trying to get a good handle on what makes it look so good. While there are a few external differences, I think the photography may be the biggest reason. see below for the example - a real looker. I do think epsom is not the best color for these trucks, prefer the grey or white colors myself.

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I agree with the reliability comment. I am working through the final bugs after doing a complete engine, transmission, transfer case, etc. conversion. about 80% there.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:47 AM
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Raised hood letters, alloy wheels, new grill, and new headlamp surrounds will make a big difference.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 12:19 PM
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I think the truck is just perfect as-is, but jimmiejamz nailed it.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 12:39 PM
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Raised hood letters, alloy wheels, new grill, and new headlamp surrounds will make a big difference.
I like those ideas but add an A bar with some compact LED lights plus replace stock lights with LED's.
On the Alloys, a nice set of Boosts will brighten up the side view. Headlight surround and Grill in Brunei silver.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 12:39 PM
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refined is the better word to use. I was looking at one of the epson green Arkonik trucks trying to get a good handle on what makes it look so good. While there are a few external differences, I think the photography may be the biggest reason. see below for the example - a real looker. I do think epsom is not the best color for these trucks, prefer the grey or white colors myself.

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I agree with the reliability comment. I am working through the final bugs after doing a complete engine, transmission, transfer case, etc. conversion. about 80% there.

I think the first mistake is you think an Arkonik trucks look good.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 12:48 PM
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Aside from color-matched roofs and wheel arches (and pointless Puma bonnets) what makes defenders look modern is mainly being clean and not rusty. I can't tell if you have new style hinges, but they are better looking and keep hinge rust bleed at bay. A new style rear door is an aesthetic improvement and a functional upgrade. The non-factory checker plate on the rear corners makes the truck look older for sure, and the headlight guards don't help. You can't escape the blocked-off bulkhead vents, but you could replace the blanking plates with painted alloy pieces or something. Newer accessories like the "plastic jobby" snorkel from Mantec or one of the newfangled foam brush guards would add some modern touches but aren't yo every taste.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 01:02 PM
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Other than color choices, there is almost no real difference between the new and the old and you already have the new rounded side windows, smooth roof, and roll up push button doors which are the most noticeable. If you fit alloys, no one can tell if it is an 85, 95, 2005, or 2015 which is sort of the beauty of defenders.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 01:06 PM
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Resist the urge to bolt on plastic trimmy garbage. Your truck is currently the way it should be. "modern" touches quickly become dated and then you're back to square one. Spend your $$ on camping gear and go use the thing!

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The one question I get asked by strangers on an almost daily basis is "What year is it?"

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Old November 6th, 2015, 03:41 PM
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Sometimes Bill, you're just so damn Texas!

BTW, I'm pretty sure Briggs has that same sky blue ruffled shirt. He wears it to formal events. Otherwise, it's flannel button shirts, pullovers and fuzzy bunny slippers. He's going to wait us all out. Eventually the 70's are coming back in style.
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I realize this guy catches a lot of sh-- here, but this is the least heinous "modernized" D that I've ever noticed, and he apparently didn't see the need for a Puma hood. I like the roll bar, does anyone know the source?:
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Old November 6th, 2015, 07:49 PM
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I realize this guy catches a lot of sh-- here, but this is the least heinous "modernized" D that I've ever noticed, and he apparently didn't see the need for a Puma hood. I like the roll bar, does anyone know the source?:
And that is not even a competed truck. It is a rendering.
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