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Old July 17th, 2011, 07:43 PM
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Picking up a '97 D90 - SW #0008 Alpine White

Rescuing SW #0008 (97) from a "Pimp My Ride" type owner in Florida this coming weekend. On the plus side, the PO and the previous PO (buddies) are used car dealers/car detailers. On the negative side, the PO and the previous PO (buddies) are used car dealers/car detailers....

Its got 139K on the intermittently working digital readout but seems to run like a champ. All fluids look clean and topped off, which I guess might be a good sign. Carfax shows it was purchased new in Tennessee and lived there for 100K, then these two took it down to Florida. Headliner is rough and the rear crossmember is rusty on the interior but serviceable me thinks. It supposedly has just received a brake service, timing chain service, and a new MAF. Here's my initial list of maintenance/upgrades when she gets home, and it is not complete since I'm still researching. It will be my inclement weather daily driver/soft roader with plans (if this one doesn't break me too badly), to get a ST to build for wheeling. By all means chime in if you have some wisdom to dispense to this Defender newbie, as in where/what to purchase:

Oil/Filter:
Coolant Flush:
Brake Bleed:
Transmission Flush/Filter:
U Joints: PDQ 1-0005 from Advanced Auto
Wheel Bearings:
Diffs Flushed:
Y Pipe/Cats: Magnaflow
Cat Back: Magnaflow
O2 sensors:
Coils: RTE
Shocks: 8" Fox 2.0 non-resi
Tires: 285-75-16 BFG M/Ts
Tie Rod: Rockware Offsets with new joints (real reason I'm doing the RW Tie Rod)
Drag Link: Rockware with new joints (same as above)
Steering Damper: Bilstein
Headliner: Local shop
Carpet:
Rubber mats: OEM F/R
Rock Sliders: Rockware with nerfs
Front Seats: Re-Trim Kit - Black Leather Exmoor with Heat
Rear Seats: Waiting on the Exmoor side folding/forward facing contraptions
Dash Cowl: Hope safarirover has more in stock as this one is broken
All stainless hardware, exterior:
Oil Cooler Lines:
Rear A-Arm Joint:
Bushings throughout:
AC System charged:

Lots of other little stuff to make it look decent are in the works; I just need to find time to do it. I will probably have the tires (new Federal Couragia M/T 285/75/16s), the Safari Gard rock sliders, and the rear jump seats for sale within a month or so.

Got a ton of questions but am trying to use the search function. Sound system sucks (new/good components though), want to upgrade lighting, seal roof/sunroof, steering play tightened, plastic refinishing, etc.... I'll keep it all contained to this thread with pics as I work through everything. Thanks.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 07:56 PM
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Sounds like a plan. Welcome to the club..
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Old July 17th, 2011, 08:37 PM
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That is a really nice looking truck. I have the same brush bar. Looks like it has a good bit of Safari Gard equipment. Don't flush the transmission, just change the fluids. With 139K on the clock, you will more than likely mess something up. Flushing has a tendency to dislodge stuff and it can be detrimental.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 07:38 AM
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Just be carefull with the dammned stainless hardware. I get more rigs in the shop that have more damage done to them by the use of stainless. They would have been better offjust being left alone. Hard to isolate the SS from the aluminum properly and the resulting reaction will destroy panels. That and the galling issues associated with most of the chinese fasteners that are available and you will have to cut off every bolt when it comes time to take them apart. Use a teflon based anti seize.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 05:27 PM
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Doesn't look pimped out to me. Nice truck, welcome. Your list will grow/change. Don't rush it. Just spend time with the truck and get a feel for it.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 05:58 PM
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if you remove the sliders you will need the sill parts that were removed when the sliders were put on - FYI
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Old July 18th, 2011, 06:02 PM
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Thanks for the advice fellas. Guess I'll look around to see what you all are doing as far as stainless bolts go then, I was thinking the MUD UK kit or AB. And, the Fox's are a no-go since I don't want to change the shock mounts. Think I'll just do the RTE 2" Coils with OME Nitrocharger Sports. Hope this combo gives me a smoother ride than stock.

George, how do you like your LR4? I heard (or it could have been my imagination) that Tata was considering bringing the diesel motivated LR4 over here in 2013 or 2014. I've been holding off on trading in my LR3 till I get a definate yes/no answer from LR, but the power increase on the current LR4 is tempting..

------ Follow up post added July 18th, 2011 06:06 PM ------

Jay - I'm going to replace the SG sliders with the Rockware + nerf sliders purely to ward off door ding attacks. I went 2.5 years since new in my LR3 without a ding and I just got one yesterday. I might have OCD, but I dislike (as in I'd like to try some UFC on the idiot that doesn't care about other people's property) door dings. Really dislike.

I'm assuming that I'd be able to unbolt the SG sliders and bolt up the RW sliders?
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What color are you going to paint it?
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Old July 18th, 2011, 07:20 PM
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Bill - I don't plan on repainting it....not anytime soon anyway. Current paint looks great. I have always adored Alpine White and it was a prerequisite for purchase. One of these days, probably when the current engine dies, I would like to do a frame off restoration at which point I will have every panel prepped and repainted in.....Alpine White!
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 09:11 PM
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Wish me luck. I'll be driving her tomorrow back up to Georgia along I75 Northbound from Tampa. If you see a white SW on the side of the road with a pissed off wife in a black car behind it, don't bother to stop. She'll rip your head off too...
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George, how do you like your LR4? I heard (or it could have been my imagination) that Tata was considering bringing the diesel motivated LR4 over here in 2013 or 2014. I've been holding off on trading in my LR3 till I get a definate yes/no answer from LR, but the power increase on the current LR4 is tempting..
The LR4 is a big enhancement over the LR3 and worth the upgrade. From the stronger power plant to the reworked interior it's just a better vehicle by a wide margin. Diesel would be nice, but I wouldn't wait.
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Oops sorry I missed this thread, Sam. I just moved to Tampa last week. If for some terrible reason you get stuck somewheres close I could come help.
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