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Old July 29th, 2016, 06:38 PM
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Hi,

I have my Defender in the shop right now being repaired from an accident - so I can not measure it. I am going to have it repainted - and finally try to get it in my garage after all these years.

I will have to modify my garage door. It is right now 7'-0". I can get 7'-9" if I change the door.

I could get my door changed, before my Defender comes home.

I have a Stock 1995 Sort Top Defender. Stock Springs. Same size tires the truck came with. And the factory Hard top AND roof Rack installed.

I 'believe' I have measured my truck at all 4 corners of the roof rack at 7'-6" max. So if I can get 7'-9" I have 3" to spare.

But before I spend money to get a new garage door - can someone that has the same set up, double check for me????

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Old July 29th, 2016, 06:49 PM
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Old July 29th, 2016, 11:16 PM
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Old July 30th, 2016, 07:31 AM
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Woah. 2.4 meters converts to 7.87'. I could have sworn that I measured 7'-6".

I could get 7'-9" max. Now I am starting to worry.

Anyone else with a stock set up, and factory rack?

I guess I am going to call the shop that has the truck to verify. I would hate to make a stupid, expensive, mistake.

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Old July 30th, 2016, 08:45 AM
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Obviously 7'6" is quite a big difference from 7'9" but just make sure you take into account worn tires, etc as new tires made a significant height difference in my tight old garage where it just barely got to begin with.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 12:57 PM
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All good points. The tread on the tire is pretty new. I send a message to my shop to measure it. I will report back.

Thanks,

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Old August 4th, 2016, 10:45 AM
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I have now had the shop confirm that I am between 7'-5"-7'-6" at all 4 corners of my roof rack. My tires/ treads are almost new. I have no plans to modify springs or shocks or anything.

I can get 7'-9" clear. So I am good to go.

Now I just need to sell this idea to my wife. We have a 2 car garage in which one bay has boxes, and kids bikes, strollers, etc. It is really not THAT much, but we are used to being able to just throw stuff there. I have not made good use of the side walls of my garage. I think I can easily get everything off the floor.

I do not drive the Defender every day. The Defender is short - so I can park it deep, keep it on a trickle charger, and have room behind it for a few bikes and strollers. I could easily move these when I wanted to drive the Truck.

It would make taking care of the truck SO MUCH EASIER. I could insure it properly. I could preserve my new paint job and stop the overall deterioration that weather causes.

This is total common sense, right everyone? So wish me luck, that my wife agrees

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Old August 4th, 2016, 10:52 AM
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It is often easier to ask for forgiveness then permission. If it was me she would come home to a clean organized garage with a Defender parked in it. Maybe a bottle of wine too
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Old August 4th, 2016, 08:49 PM
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I like it! That would be the way to go, if I could change the garage door in a day. I think it will take a couple, between reframing the opening, and having the door installed in the next day or too. If I time everything right, I can make this very painless

I will let you know if I am really going to do this!

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Old August 4th, 2016, 11:48 PM
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Do yourself a favor and pile the "little used" boxes up in front of the Defender and leave it's exit path clear... no excuses for not taking it out for a quick run!! I've been surprised at how often "digging it out" has put a damper on my own enthusiasm. On a related note, I have 5 kids and created this storage wall to keep the special car isolated but easy to get out when the opportunity presented itself - a good thing Also good to keep small "kid" things off the floor. Easy to build and worth the effort.

Enjoy having it back under your own roof!
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Old August 5th, 2016, 02:27 PM
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Steve,

Great comments that I will take to heart. You are right - I definitely do not want too many things to get put behind it, or it would be pain to drive, every time.

I love your storage wall. So is that wall on wheels, so that you can easily move the wall when you want to open the drivers door and drive your car. What a great idea.

And what a beautiful car!!!!!

Thanks for all the advice!

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Old August 5th, 2016, 03:09 PM
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Flagg, send the wife on two day anniversary/or "I just love you" spa trip. She gets that and when she gets home she can enjoy what you got, a 7'9" garage door. Results may vary. (Disclaimer: never been married...there might be a reason for that)
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Old August 8th, 2016, 10:05 AM
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My wife (reluctantly) agreed that we can modify the Garage door, and get the Defender in the Garage. I have a couple months, before my Defender is back home.

I need to get the ball rolling before she changes her mind. I think I can do a great job. Time to start organizing

****QUESTION:
Can anyone go and measure their truck, and give me the overall width (with and without mirrors). I have 70.5" written down in my files - but don't know if that is with the mirrors?

THANKS!

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