Preparation

Defender Breakdowns While Travelling and Bush Repairs

defender breakdowns

The Importance of Spare Parts & Bush Repairs When operating any 4×4 vehicle offroad for long periods in harsh conditions, it is inevitable that something will break. Despite spending 3 years preparing my Land Rover Defender and replacing many parts in preparation for my 10 month solo trip around Australia, I still encountered issues requiring repairs. Many of these repairs …

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How much does it cost to travel around Australia?

how much does it cost to travel around australia

If you’ve wondered how much it will cost to travel around Australia by 4wd here are my expenditures after travelling solo for 304 days (10 months). I attempted to keep track of all costs though probably lost a few receipts along the way, so may have spent an extra $2000 all up. My 4wd was self sufficient for sleeping, cooking …

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Defender Expedition Camper Review of Modifications

defender expedition

A Review of my Defender Modifications after 10 months on the road. After 10 months of travelling around Australia solo, going to some pretty remote places, hitting the deserts, gravel tracks, mud and bitumen, I am very happy overall with my modifications. I spent 3 years preparing my Defender with hundreds of hours of online research, and nights and weekends …

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Land Rover Defender Expedition Camper conversion – Part 6

Defender Expedition camper

My Defender Expedition Camper The final part of my Land Rover Defender Expedition Camper conversion is complete. It has been almost exactly 3 years since I began working on my car in preparation for my 12 month trip around Australia. I didn’t have any real plan when I started, just some ideas. The Defender however has come along very well …

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Trip Preparation Update 2

trip preparation

While checking my wheel bearings I find I need all new rotors, so currently awaiting the order to arrive. Boxes are still being packed and repacked trying to fit everything in in the most efficient way. All oils and filters have been changed ready for departure.

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Trip Preparation Update 1

trip preparation

The final countdown has begun. I’m madly shopping most days buying the last of the gear and spare parts I need to ensure my trip is a success, along with a few comfort items for myself.

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Defender Rock Sliders Upgrade

Defender Rock Sliders

I installed a pair of Defender Rock Sliders, also known as side rails , to improve protection of my bodywork while off-roading. They are designed to replace the standard aluminium sills thus they do not affect ground clearance. The steel construction allows the vehicle to scrap its way over rocks along the base, and the tree sliders protect the body panels …

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Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Tyres

goodyear wrangler duratrac

Goodyear Duratrac = Awesome After much research reading endless reviews and watching videos I decided to fit a set of Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tyres for my around Australia trip. These are a little more aggressive then an all-terrain but not as much as a full mud tyre. They are considered a 70% off-road to 30% on-road split compared to my …

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Defender Steering Guard – Frontal Protection

defender steering guard

To protect my steering linkages from damage during off-roading I installed a steering guard. A steering guard reduces the risk of damage to the Pitman arm, Drag link and steering damper, which are located at the front of the vehicle in harms way. Damaging these could see the vehicle stranded a long way from help. I chose an APT Fabrications …

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Defender Sill Fuel Tank Upgrade

lra defender sill tank

To increase my driving range between refueling stops I decided to install a sill tank on my Defender. From the available options I chose the Long Range Automotive 65L drivers side sill tank. I preferred the chamfered edge on this tank as it did not hang out as far as the 80L tanks also available. Long Range Automotive provided a …

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