When the time came to replace my Vauxhall Brava, this Defender 90 ticked all the right boxes.
We use it on our family’s smallholding in Wales, especially for firewood duties, but it also spends a lot of time recovering my brother Josh’s Jeep out of the mud. Sometimes we take it off-roading, and mum comes too when she feels like getting scared to death!
It was standard when I found it. I soon discovered the famous oil leak in the wiring loom, but luckily I caught it just in time, so I cleaned it out, resealed it, and it’s been good since.
I bought a black chequerplate kit but made my own rear corner pieces. That was followed by some strong bumperettes for the rear, then diff guards, light guards, and a Mantec raised air intake. There’s a galvanised roof rack and a light bar. It’s got a standard-height heavy duty Bearmach suspension kit with Pro Comp dampers.I’ve also got a great winch bumper, which is seam-welded even on the rear.
Inside, I’ve installed a Sony DAB radio and a Sony Xplod sound system.
I’ve just fitted a set of Cooper Discoverer STT mud-terrain tyres and next on my list are a Pro Comp steering damper and uprated brakes.
Originally featured in the March 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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