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Post by DaveP » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:16 pm

thinking about getting a ex mod defender 90 soft top, can you please tell me the pro's and cons of these vehicle's. I assume bulkhead and rear cross member , are two main points.Do they make good daily commute vehicle's ( for the Boss ;) ). Thanks Dave
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Re: need advice

Post by Mr Shiney » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:54 pm

They are dog slow. Eat fuel and are a brutal assult on the senses.

I love mine. But did stick a 200 TDI in it.
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Re: need advice

Post by Derrick » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:56 pm

Are you thinking of getting one direct from Withams?
If so, take along someone with a good knowlege, as you can get one that's been well looked after and a good deal, or it could be "complete" with bits stuck in the back (maybe even the engine), and many in-between.

Remeber that from Withams, you need to add VAT, and get an MOT and registerd before you can put it on the road, so ypu need a trailer to get it home.

They are generally pretty basic, but robust. As Shiney says, for reasonable performance change the engine.

Defenders can be quite old. The newer "Wolf" is based on the Range Rover chassis, a lot better performance and more comfort. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Rover_Wolf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: need advice

Post by Mr Shiney » Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:15 pm

Derrick, as far as I am aware the wolf is a modified Defender chassis just with the 300TDI engine not the Range Rover. Certainly the ones we have at work are that configuration and are current in service vehicles.

If the OP is going to Withams and wants a second eye to help then I live just down the road and would be happy to help. I know my way round the Defender pretty well these days.
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97 MT350 - 500e hybrid GL 72 AA
MT604 - 350 Hybrid - Blue Thunder.... 53 KL 70
2013 Kawasaki Z1000SX
Mighty XR400
Even mightier CanAm250
Peugeot Kisbee Scoot 102cc
Ex RAF Defender 90

Why do you need so many bikes when you only have one bum? Girls eh!

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Re: need advice

Post by DaveP » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:09 pm

Thanks for the offer of help and info, unfortunately I am having to put this on hold, the boiler has spit its dummy out, at least it isn't winter ;) Dave
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