I now have 35" tires on Hutchinson true bead locks. Omg, what a job to get them on! They look great. There are Land Rover purists out there who want 100% stock but that is not me and I will tell you why. I live in California and I did not like having to skip trips to super cool places because my stock Defender could not negotiate parts of the trail the way lifted,locked, pumped up Jeeps would. Additionally, I have always liked the look of big fat tires that stick out to the sides a little and give jeeps a wide stance. I wanted my Defender to look like that. In order to have some power to turn those big tires and have a super low crawl ratio, since the Defender is geared kind of high to begin with, I changed the gears in the diffs to 4:43's and upgraded the axle shafts to chromoly and also changed the cv joints, and added front and rear air lockers. Added dimpled and slotted brake rotors all around and an ARB winch bumper with a 10,000lb winch and so many more things, I can't even remember them all right now! I absolutely loved the look!! However, I was disappointed that I could no longer go very fast on the highway! The engine was screaming at 60mph. I am not a speed demon nor is the Defender a race car, but I felt I should be able to do at least 70 or 75, as this is not a trailer rig but a daily driver. So.... I installed an overdrive and voila! I felt like I got my old defender back! The overdrive adds a third gear shift lever and now I can go flying down the highway and keep up with traffic.
Super cool. Also added cruise control for those long trips! I am still not finished, but it is getting there! I also hand built a hot shower under the hood. It will suck up freezing water from an alpine lake or stream and turn it into a nice steamy hot shower for as long as anyone wants. I have a tall tent, like a port a potty, with a zippered door and a shower head like the one in a normal shower. Super great after a day of 4 wheeling dusty trails when I am hot and covered in sun tan lotion.