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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – wing mirrors

I wanted to replace the wing mirrors and arms – they were looking a bit worn and tired, plus some slightly bigger mirrors would be nice too. All in all, these seemed to be the ones to go for –

The mirror is said to be nigh unbreakable, explaining why the Army seem to use them on their Wolf vehicles.


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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – intercooler hoses

Our garage suggested that the engine could do with new silicone hoses for the intercooler\turbo system. The existing ones had got “collapsible” over the preceding years, leading to slight power loss. Fitting the new ones (turbo to intercooler pipe, intercooler pipe to intercooler and intercooler to inlet manifold) and the accompanying clips was easy – before and after pictures above. They look good too!

Parts used:

  • TF732 – Defender Td5 silicone hose kit
  • PYC102340 – hose clip 60 mm spring band x 4
  • PYC102350 – hose clip 50-70 mm x 1
  • PYC102360 – hose clip 55-70 mm x 1

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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – front door hinge

We are slowly getting around to replacing the two front doors, one at a time. Internally they are quite rusted away at the bottom, as these doors are prone to do. We thought that part of that effort should include replacing hinges and fixtures, so we made a start there. You can get lovely hinges made of machined aluminium, which will last for ever, but, aside from the price, they don’t quite fit the look of this vehicle – too good looking for it! So, we got the original Land Rover part (lower front right LR074026), a classic bit of cast metal. Obviously this was unpainted, so in turn it was lightly rubbed over with wet sand paper, cleaned with white spirit, then sprayed with etch primer, grey primer, the body colour (“Epsom Green”) and finally the protecting lacquer. The existing rusty hinge bolts came out surprisingly easily and the new one fitted up, using new stainless steel fasteners. Looks much nicer. Only three more to do.

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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – headlights

We have already replaced all the lights with LED versions, except the headlights. With winter approaching it was time to do them too. We choose Truck-Lite ones – apparently this company also supplies the US Army, so we figured that they should be robust! Connecting them up to the existing H4 terminals was easy enough. There were additional unterminated wires coming from the lights which you could optionally use to feed from the side light wiring (i.e. the round lights to the outside of the main lights), thus providing a daylight running light (or position light) function  – see the result in the bottom left picture. In order to do this we had to terminate these wires with an econoseal connector and connect them into the existing side light wiring, using this splitter. Finally, in order to get this working properly it was necessary to replace the obsolete “dim dip relay” (part YWC10050) – done by removing the dashboard instrument panel – with a jumper (part YWZ10003). With all this done we have a daylight function, dipped and full beam – happily the last two provide very bright, pure white light. 



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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – wing top chequer plate

When working on the vehicle it is not uncommon for me to place things on the wingtop. In order to protect them from any damage – and to complement the existing side plates – we decided to fit the Masai wingtop chequer plate. Placing a self adhesive gasket under the plates first, it was easy to fit them up using countersunk machine screws. Actually, were we doing this now, we would use rivnuts instead of regular nuts, making the job even easier.