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Old May 14th, 2016, 02:11 PM
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35" Tires and lower gears

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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.
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Old May 16th, 2016, 10:24 AM
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Do what engine do you have that you are able to run 75mph with those kind of gears?


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Old May 16th, 2016, 10:51 AM
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Which overdrive did you get? I am in a similar situation and considering a roamer drive unit.
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Old May 16th, 2016, 11:01 AM
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I went with Global Roamer. I called them and we figured out which one would fit since there are a couple of transfer cases on Defenders and the over drive will not fit on one of them. I ordered the overdrive, the sump cover and the temp gauge.

------ Follow up post added May 16th, 2016 08:04 AM ------

My defender has a 3.9 V8
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Old May 16th, 2016, 01:16 PM
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I found 4.1 gears to be a good balance for me with 35's. I'm not sure I could deal with having an overdrive and a 5 speed.

Truck looks great. No need to defend yourself about moving away from stock. Although I don't know how you pass inspection with that much rubber sticking out!
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Old May 16th, 2016, 01:53 PM
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it is the 3.9 v8
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Old May 16th, 2016, 03:00 PM
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Armand, 2 questions.... can we see some pictures of the shower setup?

And what is that thing sticking out in front of the drivers door just above the lower hinge?



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