Damian took a shine to the no-nonsense Defender shape a few years back and got his hands on a Limited Edition 90 in Orkney Grey. It didn’t stray from the blacktop for the next two years but that’s all changed now!
The first two years were nice and easy for this 90, but it got jolted from a cushy life of easy roads around the time that Damian started bolting on the good bits. And, as you can see from the pics, this little Deefer has been ‘getting around’ off-road ever since.
The Defender’s shape has been with us for decades – mostly unchanged – but under the bonnet it’s a different story. Powering this 90 is Ford’s 2.2 TDCi (Puma) turbo-diesel and it responds well to a good fettle.
Damian’s gone with a Bell Auto Service (BAS) tune which is said to liberate 170hp (127kW) and plenty of torque. He’s also added a larger BAS intercooler to keep the intake temps down and a set of silicone hoses to deal with the boost increase.
The drivetrain is mostly factory standard, with the only upgrade being a matching pair of Ashcroft Engineering air-lockers replacing the standard open diffs at both ends.
Those sexy 16″ ‘Sawtooth’ alloy wheels are factory items and Damian has them fitted with 285/75/16 BF Goodrich KM2 muddies.
Defenders come standard with plenty of ground clearance, but when you frequent the High Country, a little bit more is never wasted. In this case Damian’s chosen ARB’s Old Man Emu (OME) gear and fitted a set of their 2″ lifted springs and shock absorbers.
Bar work consists of a Rovacraft steel tube bull bar (and electric winch), Mulgo rock sliders and Mulgo rear corner protectors. A Britpart steering guard looks after the steering arms and an APT Fabrications fuel tank guard protects the 90’s fuel tank.
Land Rover mounts the Defender’s spare tyre on the rear door, but that’s not the best arrangement if you are heading off-road. To preserve the integrity of the rear door, Damian has fitted a swing out Mantec rear wheel carrier.
A Front Runner roof rack with rear ladder has been fitted and is used to carry a hi-lift jack and extra fuel to supplement the 90s standard 60-litre fuel tank when heading off-road.
Damian has replaced the standard Defender headlights with JW Speaker LED units and added a number of LED light bars and working lights. A flash Alpine sat nav system gets him around while playing his favourite tunes and there’s a 50-litre Waeco to keep the drinks cool. Keeping power up to the swag of 12 volt gear is a Redarc dual battery system.
Damian isn’t afraid to get his (quite rare) Defender dirty and it’s now a veteran of the Victorian High Country and Grampians tracks. The next big name destination is Fraser Island where you stand half a chance of bumping into Damian and his Deefer over Christmas.
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