They have limitations and as long as you are fine with them, ok. I suspect the Himalaya client wants more. They use the LT95 for the rear drive, which leaves you stuck with a 4 speed manual. They are designed as a heavy payload vehicle and have very little wheel travel.What about sourcing a Perentie 6x6, now that they are old enough to import? They are a bit unique (wider) but if nothing else you could look at sourcing a rolling chassis from down south.
In this case its a one off blow your mind hot rod. Not a work truck. Himalaya version of the Mercedes 6x6.
That's kind of what I was thinking. As a builder I know a lot of techniques and methods that can really improve the overall feel of a Defender, but even the best Defender just can't compare to a late model G. Those things are built like bank vaults.I have seen and been inside the Mercedes one -it is actually one of the most outstanding vehicles I have ever seen in person! If I had gobs of $$$$ there is no way I would buy anything else...no offense Mark, but a Defender just doesn't cut it against one of these. They have all the G level comfort, electronic lockers on all axles, and every creature comfort known. I would expect that building a D like that would be more moolah than buying the Mercedes.
Good luck - and I can't wait to see pics of your build.
I have met Steve as some friends of mine know him well. I have seen his ford 6x6 and it looks factory.They have limitations and as long as you are fine with them, ok. I suspect the Himalaya client wants more. They use the LT95 for the rear drive, which leaves you stuck with a 4 speed manual. They are designed as a heavy payload vehicle and have very little wheel travel. Doing is right is big buck, which probably this client has. But it also require very good engineering. I would probably start with custom axles from these guys: Differential Engine - Winter Haven, FL - 9" Inch Tandem's 6 x 6 and then get someone on board that really knows how to design suspension.