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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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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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Land Rover Defender Expedition Camper conversion – Part 5

defender camper conversion

Continuing with my camper conversion, I have installed closed cell foam formshield in the rear. This was added for insulation and to act as a flat mounting surface for the marine carpet interior. Marine carpet was used as the roof lining as it is waterproof and hopefully easy to clean. Selleys Kwik Grip gel was used to glue it in …

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Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide – The 4×4 Bible

vehicle dependent expedition guide

The Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide by Tom Sheppard from Desert Winds Publishing is the ultimate guide to expedition travel preparation. This book has been a really great aid during my planning phase and for determining what modifications are worthwhile for my Land Rover Defender and what I shouldn’t bother with. It is filled with lots of detail and even some maths …

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Defender Dual Battery System Installation

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In order to power my fridge and other accessories while travelling, I installed a dual battery system in my Defender using a Blue Sea Systems Automatic Charging Relay. This system is rated to 500 amps continuous. This is ample when combining batteries to jump start the vehicle from the secondary battery should the primary go flat. This unit also comes …

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Defender Seat Rail Extensions

seat rail extensions

To make my travelling a lot more comfortable I installed a pair of Mulgo seat rail extensions in my Defender. This gives greater leg room by shifting the seat mounts back several centimetres meaning more legroom for taller drivers and increased driver height. They have really helped in reducing leg cramping during longer drives. If you are a tall driver …

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Defender Bonnet Protector Installation

defender bonnet protector

I installed a chequer plate bonnet protector to strengthen the bonnet so I may access my roof racks with greater ease, and to be honest just because I like the look of it!. The installation was really easy taking only a couple hours. I had mine powder coated to match the rest of my accessories. If the video did not …

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Defender Upgraded Intercooler Installation

To improve off road and highway handling I installed an uprated double core intercooler from Allisport as my Defender was getting a little on the sluggish side. The installation was quite easy though the radiator surround frame needed to be modified slightly to allow for the greater depth of the Allisport intercooler. I had my Defender professionally dyno tuned which …

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Land Rover Defender Gullwing Door Installation

Growing wings : Defender Gullwing Doors To improve the access into the rear storage area in my Defender 110 wagon, I added a pair of  gullwing doors. These new glass type allow for over the shoulder checks while driving and allow more light inside then the previously only available all steel type. Installation was an easy 1 hour job per …

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Defender Seat Foam Replacement : How to

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As my seats are now over 20 years old, the original Defender seat foam bases had deteriated, spreading foam dust in the vehicle and not providing much support. So I replaced the old foam with new. The new vs. the old. It’s an easy DIY job. The Land Rover part number is EXT321-2. If the video did not display above …

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