Headlight upgrade

Written by ralph on November 16th, 2014. Posted in Repairs and Maintenance, Vehicle modifications

Returning from and evening event, the other week, I had to drive though a few unlit country lanes after dark.  The disco’s light have never been brilliant but with years of accumulated grime they had become very poor.  With the LHD bean deflectors on, they were even worse.

I had read that the early Disco 2, TD5, headlights had a better beam pattern and were and improvement and so decided to bite the bullet and upgrade the headlights.

Fitting a solar panel

Written by Alan on September 1st, 2013. Posted in Alan's pages, Vehicle modifications

Fitting an 80 watt solar panel to the 90. Just waiting for delivery of a leisure battery. Words to follow soon.

Handbrake lever conversion

Written by Alan on September 20th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications


All Defender drivers know that the position of the handbrake lever is not exactly ideal. There is a continual reminder of its presence digging into your left calf muscle. In addition it seems a long way down to reach for. This is most problematic when doing a hill start because it seems that this is the most likely time for your seatbelt to lock up preventing you from leaning forward. To help with this problem I decided to carry out a popular modification found elswhere on the internet, fitting a lever from a classic Range Rover.

Home made awning

Written by Alan on September 19th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications

To give us some shelter while cooking etc. My wife made an awning to go over the rear of the 90.

Indicator warning lights

Written by Alan on June 19th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications

On a number of occasions my indicators have not self cancelled after turning the steering wheel back. Because of where the warning light is and the fact that inside a Defender is not exactly the quietest of places, I have not noticed they are still on causing potential problems. I have tried using a buzzer but this just drives me mad while waiting at junctions to turn. I decided to fit two 12 volt LEDs to the upper edge of the dash so that they are more visible.

Overlanding in a Defender 90 – Part 1

Written by Alan on June 17th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications

“Overlanding:- Self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-road capable transport where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time and spanning international boundaries”.

If you’re reading this you probably already understand the irrational urge that Land Rover owners have of lavishing time, love, tears and of course money on something that non-owners would describe as a “Lump of metal”. What other car owner, when confronted with rust so bad that the chassis may not make it to the welders, would not hesitate spending more than it’s worth on a new chassis? It gets to the stage where you have put more work into your Land Rover than ever took place at Solihull. You just can’t part with it now.

Fortunately I have not yet reached the rotten chassis stage. I have, however, persevered in my attempts to prepare my Defender 90 as an overland/camping vehicle when I should have upgraded to a 110 long ago. But where’s the fun in that?