Originally Posted by mattdh
that rationalization of "are you not going to keep that thing for every" will also give you some of the nicest rovers you have ever seen.i am sure many of the guys on this list have sunk alot of cash in to their rover that they will never see if the ever resell the rover(all in the mind frame of i am keeping this thing forever)creating some rover we all admire and would like to have.i would guess you would see more "butchery" on someones rover with out that attitude?
I don't mean to start the old "stock vs. modified" debate. To our credit as Defender owners, the Defender is most frequently modified to suit a functionality that its owner is trying to obtain, rather than a "look" to suit mere vanity (although I'm sure that happens too, on a relatively small scale.) Each of us wants to tailor his or her vehicle to the conditions under which we drive it, and I fully support that. I am as impressed and envious as the next guy when I see the ingenuity that some have applied to their vehicles.
OTOH, perhaps I am more saddened than most when I see an instance of lame design or poor craftmanship of someones "X-treme" mod that leaves an otherwise nice vehicle permanently scarred. My brother and father restore antique cars, and though I don't participate much in that hobby, maybe I'm a little infected by their thinking. As drivers of somewhat rare and collectible cars, we are as much custodians as owners. Even though you may keep your truck until your dying day, unless you plan to be buried in it, it will be passed on to someone else. I'm not saying you owe it to posterity to keep your truck stock or pristine. And we are all entitled to be as reckless as we want with our modifications. What I do with my truck will lie somewhere inbetween.
And so, IMHO, and for the benefit of the next
Defender owner, I feel that extra caution is due when considering something like a spray-in bed liner. While I don't consider it in the X-treme category, it merits a second thought because it is either impossible or prohibitively expensive to undo. I have seen some well-used and pretty tatty looking truck beds that can never be made to look decent again, except by respraying with plastic - and how many times can that happen until the results are unsatisfactory? Not a fate that I would want for the vehicle I
will keep for the rest of my life.