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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:07 AM
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Ryan here, in Ohio. I'm looking to potentially import a land rover defender 110. I'm looking at using sear motor holdings (www.searmotorholdings.com). Curious if anyone has any knowledge of this company; any experience with this company or any alternate recommendations. I looked at Arkonik.com; but they are almost twice the cost as Sear.


Looking for any input anyone has.


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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:09 AM
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I started a thread about this recently: http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ews-64607.html
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:27 AM
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Ryan, welcome to the board. There are a sufficient number of horror stories to warrant an inspection before buying. Even if you do find that someone had a positive experience with these guys it really means nothing re the truck you may be looking at. The thing is you don't want to assume the level of knowledge of the seller is greater than it might actually be. This isn't unique to Rovers but Rovers are sufficiently quirky and there are a ton of guys trying to pay mortgages with their "skills" in Roverville these days. That adds up to risk something might not be mentioned or looked at on purpose sometimes. Have the best possible expert look it over and prepare yourself to walk away if it isn't up to the level of truck you expect.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:34 AM
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doug crowther offers an importing service.

------ Follow up post added September 15th, 2015 01:37 PM ------

Contact Stan at Overland Down East, he has vehicle options available now which are cheaper than those guys and your vehicle will be built in the USA and therefor be 100% legal. PM me for his telephone number if interested.

He also offers other engine options like 300tdi, td5, Duramax and LS3.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:53 AM
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This is exactly why I signed up on this site - knowledge base! Help me understand this if you can. It's my understanding when importing a 110 for purposes of a road/vehicle - 25+yrs old. The engine is either a 2.4L Diesel, 3.4L V8 (Chevy 215 Alum block) or the 200TDI.


When I look at the various vendors you guys have pointed out, none of them seem to offer the 200TDI.


Secondary to that, some of them seem to modify the engines. I thought that wasn't possible, I thought it basically had to be factor stock (reconditioned/etc); but factory stock.


Thanks in advance, I have tons of questions. Appreciate the knowledge share.
Ryan

------ Follow up post added September 15th, 2015 07:57 AM ------

Overland Down East?


Happen to have a www?
Thx - Ryan
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:59 AM
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Engines available are dependent on the engine that was originally in that vehicle. the body type has to be the same as when manufactured as does the chassis. the vehicle must have not been converted to LHD from RHD.

Engines currently available are:
Petrol; 2.286, 2.495, 3.5V8
Diesel; 2.286,2.495, 2.5TD, 200tdi

This applies to all cars not purchased in North America. Ie all cars that need to be imported.

The cars we supply are in Original condition, if you want them upgraded then that is done at our partner company in the USA.
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Make sure you read the thread "what's legal" (it is pinned, you can't miss it) before considering swapping the original engine to another engine.
And, yes, make sure you import a truck with chassis, engine, steering position, body type as it left the factory.
Unless you have plenty of time to research, contact the govt, etc, I'd definitely recommend reaching out to a reputable and registered importer.
I know Doug personally and would trust him. There are others that likely can be trusted too, I do not know them personally.
(Disclaimer: I have not imported anything myself, so no "real first hand" experience with any import).
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Old September 15th, 2015, 09:30 AM
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It's my understanding when importing a 110 for purposes of a road/vehicle - 25+yrs old. The engine is either a 2.4L Diesel, 3.4L V8 (Chevy 215 Alum block) or the 200TDI.
Pleaaaase read the thread that Loic mentioned....especially after mentioning those engines.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 12:23 PM
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Just imported an 89 110 2.5TD, was stationed overseas and was able to bring it back with me.

Had similar questions and wanted to get some work done on mine prior to returning so made a call to US Customs.

So if it came with a 2.5 TD (19J) needs to have the same type, not necessarily the original engine, but same type. Had to replace mine as I had an issue with the one in my truck.

200TDI's started in late 1990 I believe, someone help me out here. I'd recommend personally recommend one as the 2.5TD are underpowered in my opinion. (depends on what you intend to use it for also)

Frame, axles, transmission should all be the same as from the original.

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So why did I call US Customs, my seats were in bad shape and I wanted to upgrade. Cost of the newer style wasn't much more than retrim when you don't have to add shipping.

So the deal is items like seats, stereo etc are expected to wear out over 25 years and replaced or upgraded. GREEN LIGHT!! So I picked up some 2014 Puma seats front and middle row, new carpet and the MUD UK dash for the stereo.

Hope this helps . . .
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Old September 16th, 2015, 01:24 AM
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I have a very recent experience with Arkonik, fka Land Rovers UK. Just received my 1987 2.5TD 110 this summer. I visited the shop in Sommerset in 2014 and have built a good relationship with several employees. Importing wasn't a breeze, but they did a decent job. Quality is good - I'm working through some expected challenges, mechanically speaking. Let me know if I can help answer anything particular you may be wanting to know. It's still very fresh!
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I have a very recent experience with Arkonik, fka Land Rovers UK. Just received my 1987 2.5TD 110 this summer. I visited the shop in Sommerset in 2014 and have built a good relationship with several employees. Importing wasn't a breeze, but they did a decent job. Quality is good - I'm working through some expected challenges, mechanically speaking. Let me know if I can help answer anything particular you may be wanting to know. It's still very fresh!
In my opinion, expected challenges shouldn't include immediate mechanical (catastrophic) "challenges" especially when paying as much as they demand for their "reconditioned" vehicles. Their fancy paint jobs also tend to fail pretty quickly.
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:09 AM
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Have you searched the For Sale thread here? There are respected vendors with some great trucks for sale that you can actually inspect. Also use the search function for Arkonik and make an informed decision before you send them a wad of hard earned money. Also for the love of God, use Uncle Doug! He did mine and can't imagine attempting to import a Defender without him.
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:45 AM
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Would HIGHLY recommend going through a local guy, and doing a hands on inspection. Don't know any of them personally, but I'm just sayin. Have them run you through the vehicle, show ya what they have done to it, what needs to be done. Look at the bulkhead, undercarriage, etc. I know it may look like you can get a better deal by trying to find it yourself, but in the end you will probably end up about the same or more and may have more issues than you bargained for.

Not everyone is dishonest out there, but there are some out there to make a quick buck off an unsuspecting buyer.

Best of luck with finding your dream truck!
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:48 AM
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If you are in need of a pre purchase inspection in the UK before you buy , I can help. Uncle Doug and myself have worked close together and I wouldn't use anyone else to import a truck.
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I have a very recent experience with Arkonik, fka Land Rovers UK. !
They are known for their turds. There is also another recent arrival to this board, thought he could make a bundle on imports but has ended up selling the truck for parts its that bad.

When you lack knowledge as I can tell you do, pick up the phone and call Uncle Doug as we know him on this board. He is a reliable, knowledgeable party who will source you a US legal truck, import and deliver it to you. He's done it hundreds of times.

There are also quite a number of very nice 110s FS here.

Homeland Security and Customs Border Patrol are getting smarter on the fraudulent imports. Think you can bend the rules? Think again or this will happen:

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Old September 16th, 2015, 09:52 AM
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What are they doing?!

I live in Sweden, here the land rovers are quite cheap and the steering wheel on the right side, I can't help you with custom regulations but I can have a look on the sourced vehicle and take a bunch of photos

Visit www.blocket.com choose "hela Sverige" type defender and search!
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Old September 16th, 2015, 01:01 PM
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holy smokes! what's going on in that video?!?! what a POS officer! how can you ever justify destroying private property because it was made one year after your arbitrary date!! I want to punch that ahole in the face - what a fascist crap system we have.

------ Follow up post added September 16th, 2015 12:03 PM ------

just to add onto my rant - that jackass officer is a lying sack of crap! he didn't 'save lives' by destroying private property!! he destroyed freedom! there are tens of millions of cars on the US roads TODAY that are wildly less safe and more damaging to the enviro.

what a load of crap. Can we all PLEASE stop voting for larger govt.??
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Old September 16th, 2015, 06:31 PM
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They are known for their turds. There is also another recent arrival to this board, thought he could make a bundle on imports but has ended up selling the truck for parts its that bad.
Is this the '84 110 that was recently listed on this site?
All I can speak to is my experience and my truck. My initial plan, a few years back, was to go the route of importing a project truck and spend the time bringing it up to spec. However, I got spooked with the increasing demand on LHD source vehicles in continental Europe and after I estimating the work I'd want done on a typical project truck, factoring in some costly errors I'm sure I'd make, and the value of having a driveable truck in a few months rather than the possibility of one in a few years, Arkonik's solution looked good. I also did my homework on Arkonik by visiting them, interviewing past customers, and checking on their claims with an import/export expert I trust.

I mentioned "challenges" earlier. Here are details:
- 6 week delivery delay
- Transport company damaged truck unloading
- The main seal started leaking, resulting in a tow and fix (covered by Arkonik's warranty)

All things considered, Arkonik did a pretty good job. I'm curious about the engine and paint issues you guys are talking about. Any details would be appreciated.
There are several options for getting your hands on a quality truck. I don't claim to know the best route. People have different needs, for sure. The knowledge on this thread is impressive.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 06:42 AM
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In my opinion, expected challenges shouldn't include immediate mechanical (catastrophic) "challenges" especially when paying as much as they demand for their "reconditioned" vehicles. Their fancy paint jobs also tend to fail pretty quickly.
Dear fellow Forum members and forum guests.

I’m Andy (CEO of Arkonik) and a member of this forum.

Thank-you all for your thoughts and comments regarding Arkonik. I’ve avoided, up till now commenting on the hyperbole in these threads, however, to continue to ignore it would be arrogant of me and unkind to those that would otherwise not have a chance to decide for themselves who Arkonik are.

I have also been urged by a number of Clients (who have visited our actual Factory site as well as this virtual Web site) to stand up for myself and my team, I quote:

“I researched Arkonik…I really wanted to believe that you guys were as good as you looked, but having read some negative review of Defender Source I decided I needed to look for myself…Andy you really need to get a response to the horses**t that’s being said on there…it’s not true and it’s unhelpful. Your teams craftsmanship, credentials and excellence are beyond reproach, Ed”

We care about every one of our past, present and future customers. Our commitment to customer care is extraordinary, if things go wrong we do right!

We have been refurbishing and customising Land Rover Defenders for a few years now, mistakes were made in the early days of our establishment. Inconsistent build results as a consequence of poor quality parts and poor trading partners have been replaced by smooth and seamless production of Defenders to the highest of reliable and aesthetic finishes. The cautious seldom err.

We welcome and encourage everyone and anyone to visit with us. If you love Defender you will love the experience.

If there is any doubt remaining about who we are and how we do things or if you have any questions whatsoever or feedback then please write to me direct at andy.hayes@arkonik.com

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Ryan here, in Ohio. I'm looking to potentially import a land rover defender 110. I'm looking at using sear motor holdings (www.searmotorholdings.com). Curious if anyone has any knowledge of this company; any experience with this company or any alternate recommendations. I looked at Arkonik.com; but they are almost twice the cost as Sear.


Looking for any input anyone has.


Thanks - Ryan (Ohio)
Hi Ryan - we challenge anyone on the planet to reproduce our quality at our price....this is Keenans D110 mentioned further below - thanks for your support guys.... Arkonik - Land Rovers, Range Rovers, 4x4 Vehicles for Sale
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