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3/13/07 6:29 PM
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Phrancis Garcia
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i can see driving that* chasing a polar bear over the tundra, but shit, going through the local mcdonald's drive-thru would be tricky. * "that" = defender
3/13/07 6:30 PM
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Nelson
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defender or hummer?
3/13/07 6:33 PM
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Defender all the way baby
3/13/07 6:39 PM
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i like the H3 better than the H2. check out this modified sport trac. not bad: http://4x4offroads.net/img/ford-explorer-sport-trac-2001-5.jpg
3/13/07 6:42 PM
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3/13/07 6:45 PM
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nice...i haven't done anything to my truck yet because i'm probably moving soon....and i'll have the same dilemna as you...i gotta decide between another Xterra, FJ Cruiser, H3 or maybe a large pickup
3/13/07 7:09 PM
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You think you've got problems, I can't even find my first choice engine for my new truck build (a 1 off 120" wheelbase defender with the Range Rover AJD V8 diesel engine), they don't sell them as crate motors and the only one on the salvage market in the past 6 months was ?3300($6500 or so) uninspected and came from a RR that had been in a front end crash into a concrete barrier at over 80mph so it was probably fucked anyway.
3/13/07 7:13 PM
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Nelson
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you're re-fitting a Rover? front end crash doesn't sound like an engine i'd buy....damn...sorry to hear that....
3/13/07 7:36 PM
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the venerable dr wu
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johnnypayne, why not just use the LR Turbo D?
3/13/07 7:39 PM
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I'm building a custom 120 inch aluminium double box modular rail chassis to take modded defender bodywork, an AJD 3.6 litre twin turbo diesel V8 with a custom manual gearbox (the engine is only available with an auto), divorced Hi/Low transfer case with lockable centre diff, minimum 60 inch lateral track beam axles with diff lock, absolute minimum front and rear overhang, sporting twin koni displaced resevoir shocks and long travel (though non dislocating) coil springs. It's going to be one hell of a build. "front end crash doesn't sound like an engine i'd buy" Me either, I'm hoping to find one that somebody rolls over the summer
3/13/07 7:48 PM
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you're modifying a defender? for fucks sake man, post pics of that project!
3/13/07 7:56 PM
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Right now it's a chassis design on paper and an outline on my workshop floor, I can't finish the design stage until I have the engine to do the mount designs and devise any engine mods (I know it's going to need a revised sump for example). This isn't a modded defender, it's a scratch build based of land Rover beam axle designs, I do plan to blog the whole build on the motorground once I actually take up tools but right now a few tech drawings and a very long parts list is all that exists
3/13/07 7:58 PM
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that rocks johnny....
3/13/07 8:05 PM
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Get a Jeep Wrangler instead
3/13/07 8:11 PM
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Um, no, the only reason to buy a jeep is that you can't afford a land rover
3/13/07 8:13 PM
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Land rover is probably the worst piece of crap on the planet.
3/13/07 8:24 PM
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"They are both good trucks, but the FJ gets better mileage." can you run regular (87 octain) or do you have to run super (93 octain)?
3/13/07 9:00 PM
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"It is a landrover defender 110 country, the best offroader in the world, bar none," I am going to disagree, If I was going serious outback offroading, like across Africa or Australia, I would want to be in a Toyota Landcruiser (solid axle 80 series made up till mid 90's iirc). Defenders are cool, but a solid axle landy would be my choice. If you want to talk 'bar-none' I would go with a short wheelbase, ultra offroad model, Unimog.
3/13/07 9:08 PM
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"I am going to disagree, If I was going serious outback offroading, like across Africa or Australia, I would want to be in a Toyota Landcruiser (solid axle 80 series made up till mid 90's iirc). Defenders are cool, but a solid axle landy would be my choice." Strange, since all the serious expedition 4x4's I've seen have been defender 130 crew cabs with overland boxes in place of the pick-up bed
3/13/07 11:11 PM
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Any defender set up primarily for off road would cruise those too Like these: http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-12/905355/two_trucks_small.JPG or this http://www.speedace.info/automotive_directory/car_images/land_rover_custom_4x4_truck_38.jpg
3/14/07 9:24 AM
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3/14/07 10:47 AM
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i like wranglers too, but they are noisy on the highway and impractical (i.e., not a lot of cargo space). the modified ones look nice, though. for scenarios of extreme back-country or post-apocalyptic traversing that defender looks like the vehicle of choice. but i need a vehicle that can be utilized in a variety of typical-world scenarios: driving to work every day, not that exorbitant on the gas guzzling, but still able to take to the mountains on the weekend. so i'm thinking a modified older cherokee or a slightly built up FJ Cruiser. any other ideas? also, if anyone has any projects they've done, please post specs/pics!
3/14/07 10:49 AM
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also johnny, you're going to build somethign looking like that red one? kickass!! what's the ground clearance on those things?
3/14/07 11:00 AM
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nice johnny,i assume you'll compete it, what comps do you plan on running?
3/14/07 1:38 PM
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that red one is sweeeeet

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