What's the story?
Chris says: ’I’ve been really into Land Rovers ever since my dad was finally allowed to buy one when he turned 40! As a family we’ve taken part in many greenlaning days and I’m a member of the North Wales Land Rover Club. We’ve also visited many off-road sites, including Bala 4x4.’
So, because Chris already knows what a standard Defender 90 is capable of on the rough, he didn’t want to go overboard when making off-road driving modifications. The Defender's been given a gentle 2in lift to provide a little more under-chassis clearance, and a set of pretty serious tyres.
The safety and security of vehicle and – especially – occupants has been well taken care of too.
Hefty rock and tree sliders should keep the sills and doors out of harm's way should Chris’s enthusiasm for higher-steeper-deeper run away with him.
Our favourite bit?
All the design, planning and execution has been carried out by a lad somehow having to fit in schoolwork too. There have been no midday lie-ins at weekends: every spare hour has been consumed in creating a special Land Rover.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jerry Thurston?
‘I'd be pretty pleased with myself if I’d built something as cool as Chris’s Defender 90.’
Engine: 200Tdi l Transmission: LT77 gearbox and 1.41:1 ratio transfer box l Suspension: Two-inch-lift coil springs with longer dampers l Electrics: Additional wiring for winch. Neon lights and interior accessories l Tyres: 265/75 R16 KingPin Trekker l Wheels: Modular steel