Vehicle Preparation

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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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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Defender Rear Door Table – My Kitchen

defender rear door fold down table

When I’m hungry I want food now! Not in 3 minutes after I’ve set up my fold out table and dug through my tucker box to locate all my utensils… so I’ve built a rear door table on my Defender to act as my instant kitchen while travelling. I started off taking measurements of the rear door and my old …

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SuperPro Poly Bushes upgrade

defender superpro poly bushes

As the majority of my suspension bushes on my Defender came with the vehicle when I bought it 8 years ago, I thought it best to renew the whole lot. Doing my research as usual I came across SuperPro branded polyurethane bushes. SuperPro is considered the best of all the poly bush manufactures. They come highly recommended by almost all …

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Defender LED Lights Upgrade – Seeing Red

Defender led lights

My original Land Rover rear brake/tail lights had did it again!.. the bulbs rattled loose leaving me with only one. I actually had 1 fella pull up beside me and yell out as he passed by. 3 times I replaced the rear lamp units hoping that I could buy higher quality made versions to solve the problem and yet to …

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Land Rover Transfer Case Sump Upgrade

When in extreme boggings or doing lots of low range work, the Land Rover transfer case oil can overheat, which could lead to premature failure of the transfer box. I decided to install a Global Roamer finned extended capacity cooling sump for my LT230 transfer case. This unit extends the oil capacity by 500ml and adds cooling fins onto the …

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