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Marks LR 90 was kitted to the United Kingdom
style of 4x4ing but has now been modded with Australian conditions in mind with
plenty of accessories and DIY mods.
See below for the full
Vehicles factory stats (NOTE* modified details below):
Make model: LR90 TD5 XS imported with us from
the UK. The XS was the luxury model if any defender can be called 'Luxury'.
Engine: 2.5 5cylinder Turbo Diesel
Drive train: Permanent 4wd with lockable centre diff
Suspension: Live axle on coils with rear A frame
Mark’s mod list
for his TD5 Defender 90:
Intercooler, TD5inside stage 3 PCM remap, Boost box and turbo boost increase to
22psi. 30% bigger PWR radiator, Silicon intake pipework, monitored by Engine
Guardian for head/gearbox temps, EGT, Rev Counter and Boost gauges
ArkPak fitted to the rear with Dual Battery shut off, Mulgo centre box to
relocate under seat electrics increasing wading depth
headlight upgrade, LED light bar, LED lights on all front and rear lights.
Comms & GPS:
Parrot Asteroid 7" Android stereo
in custom centre dash running Google maps, Hema 6 as backup, Oricom 80channel 2
Lift, High articulation A-frame, poly Bushed throughout. QT front HD caster
Kuhmo AT's, as it
spends more time on the black stuff than in the mud. Bearmach rear corrected
arms. Front and rear sway bars refitted for touring.
Slick shift gear
lever, Transfer box oil pan increased and cooled, Gearbox external oil cooler
fitted behind front winch.
Bar work and
Front custom Bar
running DRL's, 9.5 Goodwinch winch running Dyneema, KBX grill and light
surrounds, Rear NAS rear step with Reece Hitch, Mantec rear wheel carrier,
Patriot 2m roof rack, Mantec raised air intake (snorkels are fitted on
submarines!) Custom steering guard, front and rear diff guards, Terrafirma rock
and tree sliders.
Back of the
Standard with 1
jump seat removed to allow Arkpak.
Slime compressor, Snatch straps, Bubba rope, drag chains, Hi-Lift jack, and ARB
Mark's top 3 trips in
the Land Rover Defender 90:
Cross and the Goldfields
the Anzac Centenary.
in the Defender 90:
This was in an
Army 90 and the main reason I own one.
Bosnia 1996 I was stationed in the mountains carrying out snow and ice
clearance patrols enabling refugees safe passage, I towed a 7.5t truck carrying
30 people out of a ditch and over the top of the mountain without it breaking a
sweat, no mud tyres, no diff locks, no huge lift.
The Defender is without doubt
the most capable 4wd off the showroom floor.
situation in the Land Rover
Nearly rolling her
at Waroona Dam, it took two blokes standing on the side and a winch to stop her
Keep it simple
(the TD5 is remarkably strong and relatively simple to work on with just a
basic knowledge of electronics and a hand scanner),
Use quality parts
maintenance is cheaper than reactive maintenance.
Don't rely on your
factory temp gauge (I worked as a breakdown mechanic long enough to see factory
gauges are useless)
Top 3 tips with the Land
Rover Defender 90 by Mark:
up with transmission maintenance, get underneath, grease props, ball joints etc.,
it saves money in the long run.
get carried away with huge lifts, a Defender doesn't need
make sure you wave at other Defenders, it’s a unique vehicle, drive one for an
hour and you'll hate it, drive it for a day and you'll never want anything
else. It really does get under your skin.
The Modification Video.