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Old April 9th, 2015, 08:20 PM
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Defender 90 rear wheel well

So I just had some electrical gremlins fixed on my 1994 NAS Def 90 which I'm thrilled about. All is now good there. My mechanic said part of the issue, aside from some "creative wiring fixes in the past", is that the wiring in the rear passenger side wheel well is quite exposed to all the weather and mud will throw at it.

He asked me if I had the wheel well covers/panels for this vehicle (this is my first Defender) to which I replied no, and I didn't think Defenders had enclosed rear wheel wells.

Hence my question. I have scoured the internet and found nothing, so is there no such thing as a rear wheel well cover for a NAS Def 90? On mine the rear tub and cross member are all visible. And isn't the wiring that sits up against the rear frame cross member "exposed" on all these vehicles?

My mechanic is great, specializes in British cars but admittedly has little experience with NAS Defenders.

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Old April 9th, 2015, 08:30 PM
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That's pretty much it Will. That's why with electrical repairs you have to be extra careful and solder/crimp, apply heat shrink tubing around the connection, then encase it in chemical/oil/gas resistant sleeving.
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No idea about NAS...

The flap, item 1, CLK000010, which is just a piece of rubber sheet. Make your own.
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You can also run without them. My truck used to have them, but I removed them. They are a mud trap and keep more crud in than they keep out.
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That's pretty much it Will. That's why with electrical repairs you have to be extra careful and solder/crimp, apply heat shrink tubing around the connection, then encase it in chemical/oil/gas resistant sleeving.
Thanks. And yes my mechanic said he soldered everything (removed old bullet caps), heat shrunk the tubing as a best deterrent but thought there might be a panel that could cover this area. He may be thinking of non NAS vehicles he worked on in the past.

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No idea about NAS...

The flap, item 1, CLK000010, which is just a piece of rubber sheet. Make your own.
Very interesting. Where is this parts diagram from? This might be exactly what he was expecting to see there. Thanks!
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The NAS parts catalog shows the same part.... It is seriously just a piece of rubber sheet. You can make one it two minutes.

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The NAS parts catalog shows the same part.... It is seriously just a piece of rubber sheet. You can make one it two minutes.

Perfect thanks. Will look into cutting one out of rubber. Very much appreciate the quick responses here.
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Old April 9th, 2015, 09:42 PM
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None of my NAS defenders have ever had a part like that. All the wiring connections are up behind the speakers in the truck. Other than making sure the back of the rear lights had good seals or the rubber "boots" well fitted, No issues. Does yours have more going on back there? Maybe a bad trailer wire job?
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None of my NAS defenders have ever had a part like that. All the wiring connections are up behind the speakers in the truck. Other than making sure the back of the rear lights had good seals or the rubber "boots" well fitted, No issues. Does yours have more going on back there? Maybe a bad trailer wire job?
I don't know what was going on back there other than it looked like a rats nest of wires. Based on my prior peak at it and my mechanics summary, it sounds like this was re-wired poorly at some point in time and that was likely the contributor. Thanks for the post.

I'm working on whipping up a rubber piece based on the part number/image provided in this thread and will repost how it came out with pictures to see if others find it worth doing.
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