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Old March 17th, 2015, 05:16 PM
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NAS defender upgrades

Hey guys

I've been looking for a defender for some time. I've dabbled/flirted with the import route, the 97 sw route and the soft top route. I think I have a deal cooking for a soft top. Curious what upgrades or mods you guys would do? I have an LR3 and wheel it intermittantly, mostly mud/ruts and snow. It's a bit scratched up so probably a fair to moderate amount of wheeling.

For the defender, thinking of a short lift, more aggressive tires, winch bumper and changing lights to LED if possible. Any other thoughts or recommendations?

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Old March 17th, 2015, 05:32 PM
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Earplugs, or a stereo with amp and a powered subwoofer.

Battery quick disconnect, tool kit, quick connectors up front for your winch so you can unplug it and plug jumper cables in when needed.

If you are not doing led headlights then install headlamp relays.
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Old March 17th, 2015, 05:39 PM
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Congrats on your future 90. I would say your first line of protection should be for rust and oil cooler lines, along with regular maintenance items for a D90, then think about the other stuff
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Old March 17th, 2015, 06:28 PM
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Join ROAV and/or another Land Rover enthusiast club. Go to events and get to know people. Ask them questions. A defender is not much different in suspension and powertrain from a Range Rover Classic (RRC) or Discovery I.

And make some popcorn, get on youtube, and start watching Land Rover Toolbox Videos.
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Just drive it and see how it treats you. If it's leaving you with cash burning a hole in your pocket, I'm sure you'll have not trouble identifying the things you'd like to change. But I don't recommend making changes before you have lived with it.

Oil coiler lines are definitely something you should assess before driving it too much, but you should also give it a once over in general and check all fluids. I don't consider these changes though, but rather maintenance.
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New oil cooler lines. Seriously. -Jeff
It's a 97. I thought 97's had a different layout?
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keep all your stock parts… if you ever decide to sell you will want to put them back on.. your accessories won't add additional value and sometimes hurt resale depending on how extreme you go with your mods.
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Earplugs, or a stereo with amp and a powered subwoofer.

Battery quick disconnect, tool kit, quick connectors up front for your winch so you can unplug it and plug jumper cables in when needed.

If you are not doing led headlights then install headlamp relays.
great idea with the quick connect. What are headlamp relays?

------ Follow up post added March 18th, 2015 11:10 AM ------

Its a 95, so the general consensus in addition to what I was thinking is stainless steel oil cooler lines.
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on our defenders, full voltage for the headlamps go straight through the headlamp stalk switch on your steering column. that's why they burn out occasionally.

so if you're putting in higher wattage bulbs (you don't have to do this relay upgrade if you're going with LED headlamps since the draw is lower), then you need to put relays in that'll switch the power to the headlamps through the relays and not your steering column switch. For example:

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That ARB kit is literally plug and play. For a complete beginner, maybe 15 minutes to change out. Just follow the easy instructions and then you'll be able to use virtually any wattage headlamps (including the offroad 80W/100W bulbs).

------ Follow up post added March 18th, 2015 11:24 AM ------

here's my thread on my winch upgrade. check it out towards the end and you can see the source for my quick connects for the winch and how they look when i spliced them onto jumper cables.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...hts-55150.html
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Old March 18th, 2015, 11:26 AM
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As others have said, drive it as is, do the major stuff mechanically that needs to be done, spend the money to bring it up to a standard with yourself or your trusty Rover mechanic, and upgrade from there.
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