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Old August 30th, 2006, 11:15 AM
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Defender Height

Does anyone know or can you measure the height of a Defender with stock suspension with the SD roof rack? Thanks.
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Old August 30th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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6'9" if i recall correctly. I know its several iches less than 7'6" because that was the height I had to keep it under to avoid paying constant overheight fees on Washington state ferries. I was worried but it wasnt even close to 7'6".
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Old August 30th, 2006, 03:37 PM
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No way, OME HDs without a roof rack is in the 6'8" range.
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Old August 30th, 2006, 07:56 PM
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i'll be happy to re-measure it.
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Old August 30th, 2006, 08:22 PM
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No way, OME HDs without a roof rack is in the 6'8" range.

You are correct mine is 6'8" at the highest point. that rack has to add like 9 inches to a truck, I would think 7'6" to 7'9" range.
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Old August 30th, 2006, 10:51 PM
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My mistake, its 7'4" to the top of the rack.
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Old August 30th, 2006, 11:59 PM
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97 LE with OME 751/764, 33's and my rack clears my 8ft. door by about 1.5 inches.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 12:00 AM
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Is a rack like 12in tall?
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No, not 12in. high. However, mine is mounted on the back ladders and crossbars up front. That places it probably 3, maybe 4 inches higher than the top of the roof.
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My little sticker on the back of the visor says 7'3" to the top of the rack. Bastards on the ferry charged me for overheight because of a bundle of wood sticking juuuuust barely above it and then the workers on the ferry sent me down the right side......under the sign that says 7'3" and it never scraped.
On the flip side, my wife took it on the same ferry with a drybag poking up a bit more above (with no extra charge....it matters on the tollbooth worker). The ferry worker pointed her to the side and she pointed to the rack. They motioned her to the side anyway and after scraping the bag, told her to stop. Opsss. sorry miss.
Ok, that's my fun stories.

I think the basket itself is 10". I am consdering an Eezi-Awn tent (removing the basket to mount it)and they are 11" so I'm going to be dang close to overheight on the ferry (live on an island so it's hard to avoid it). It's a considerable cost since they charge you double when you are over the height.
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It's a considerable cost since they charge you double when you are over the height.
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Yeah, I was blown away the first time I went across with bikes on the roof - 26 bucks instead of 13. I was pretty pissed since basically half the cars on the ferry sit in the middle where there is about 30 feet of vertical clearance. Its just a racket.

I've never been charged though with my Eezi-Awn sitting on the rack thoough, and I'm obviously pushing the height limit with that. I'm usually on the Seattle-Bainbridge run.
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Old September 1st, 2006, 05:53 PM
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X2; WA St Ferry system is a racket. Worst combo is overheight and towing a two axle car trailer. Almost cheaper to skip the ferry and just drive around over the Narrows...
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Old September 1st, 2006, 06:11 PM
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those'll be toll roads in a while too....
But I'm sure your 7'3" Defender would fit (trying to steer back to the subject which I helped hijack

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Thanks for all the good info. ECR's site says that its 91" with the rack, so, I guess around 7'6" is safe. I'm trying to figure out how to get a truck across the country...economically. Thanks again.
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 12:04 AM
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I used this company a long time ago
http://www.autodriveaway.com/
To get a lifted Discovery I from Pittsburg to Seattle, door to door. I think it was about $500 and I paid for gas because I was competing against a little Honda.
I was quoted up to $1600 by DAS and others because it had to be on the top of the semi and all that.

Just an option.

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PS, just measured my 110 and sure enough you're right. 90-91" to the top of the basket and that's with HD springs and the engine out, so about as tall as it'll go normally.
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Thanks for all the good info. ECR's site says that its 91" with the rack, so, I guess around 7'6" is safe. I'm trying to figure out how to get a truck across the country...economically. Thanks again.
Try AAA. I am having a Suburban shipped from Seattle to San Diego right now and they are doing it for $700 total. That was the best I found.
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