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Old July 19th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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Hello, I just recently bought a Defender. It is an '84 and I'm thinking about having a custom cage and bumpers built. I will have it bolted to the frame. I haven't seen many custom cages on Defenders. Is there a reason for this? It would be built so that the hardtop could go back on if needed. One other thing, I have a little corrosion on my driver side bulkhead between the fender and door. Can I just cut that section out and have steel piece fab'ed in it's place? I could have a lip on it to weld or rivet the remaining bulkhead to it. If anyone has fab'ed a cage I would love to see pictures. Thanks!
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Old July 19th, 2012, 02:11 PM
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Hello, I just recently bought a Defender. It is an '84 and I'm thinking about having a custom cage and bumpers built. I will have it bolted to the frame. I haven't seen many custom cages on Defenders.
Common in the UK.

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Is there a reason for this?
Just a guess here, but it probably has to do with the fact that all NAS trucks had cages. UK trucks are not that common here.

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One other thing, I have a little corrosion on my driver side bulkhead between the fender and door. Can I just cut that section out and have steel piece fab'ed in it's place?
Yes, it is common to weld steel repairs onto bulkheads.

Here are some pictures of Defenders with cages.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 03:55 PM
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I have a P&P (protection & performance) full external cage on my 110 SW. bolted together and bolted to the frame.

Also had a full external SD cage on my old 90, again bolted. seemed plenty strong enough... a friend has the same 110 as I do, with the same cage, and he barrel rolled it at about 60mph, and walked away. the 110 was rebuild again too with minimal damage.

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Old July 19th, 2012, 06:26 PM
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Jonathan Tisdale had a custom cage built for his 90, by another board member Jim Cirbus.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 09:20 PM
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They make replacement panels to repair the bulkhead.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 10:21 PM
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Welcome to the forums Cameron, and congrats on your purchase.

YRM is the place to get the repair pieces

http://www.yrmlandrover.com/
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Old July 20th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Hello again, thanks for all the responses! I am also curious about diesel engines. I have the old 2.5 and it is running strong so far. There is a small oil leak from the master seal that I might have replaced. In the future if my engine died on me would it be practical to have it rebuilt? Maybe convert it to a 200 TDI, or even a chevy V6? What would be the most economical or practical, and what is the availability/cost of a TDI? Thanks
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