Featured Vehicle: 31MM Defender 90

The Land Rover Defender has always been an enchanting vehicle. Its adventurous heritage beckons us to wander, and even the most exorbitant prices and catastrophic break downs have not deterred enthusiasts from answering its call. But while a stock defender holds a certain respect for its rugged looks and capability, a tastefully modified one can make even the most die-hard Toyota fan long for the green oval. This sort of build is what 31MM specializes in, and their D-90 is one of our favorites.

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Dubbed AV One, this SUV is the first showcase vehicle the new business has created. Their goal is to “build the ultimate adventure vehicles for extreme sports athletes and explorers”, and their base is the Land Rover Defender. Each truck is a one-off project as unique as the needs of the person who orders it, and their features can range from mild to wild. From the engine and exhaust, to suspension and armor, this specific 90 has been upgraded and rebuilt to reliably take its owner into the back country for snow boarding, camping, and general trail use. We could waste a full day spewing about the upgrades, but instead we’ve decided to just give you the list of parts and let you drool over the photos like we did. Enjoy and be sure to check out the 31MM instagram page here for updates on their newest project, a brand new 2016 Defender.

ENGINE

• 2.5L TURBO DIESEL 5 CYLINDER ENGINE
• 220 BHP
• HYBRID PERFORMANCE TURBOCHARGER
• TURBO BOOST MODULE
• BESPOKE ECU REMAP
• PERFORMANCE INTERCOOLER
• PERFORMANCE AIR FILTER
• SAMCO SILICONE HOSES
• DECAT PIPE
• SILENCER REPLACEMENT PIPE
• STRAIGHT THROUGH SIDE EXIT EXHAUST

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EXTERIOR

• EXTENDED WHEEL ARCHES
• POWDER COATED SPARE WHEEL CARRIER
• NAS SPEC TOW BAR
• POWDER COATED LIGHT BAR
• HELLA SPOTLIGHTS
• POWDER COATED SNORKEL
• WINGTOP AIR INTAKES
• CLEAR LENSES WITH LED BULBS
• CLEAR HEADLIGHTS WITH 8000K HIDS
• WARN 9.5 WINCH
• SYNTHETIC WINCH ROPE
• BF GOODRICH MUD TERRAIN 35 X 12.5 INCH TYRES
• POWDER COATED MODULAR WHEELS

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 SUSPENSION

• OLD MAN EMU NITROCHARGER SPORT SHOCK ABSORBERS
• OLD MAN EMU PLUS 2INCH COIL SPRINGS
• OLD MAN EMU STEERING STABILISER
• RAISED FRONT SUSPENSION TURRETS
• FRONT SPRING RELOCATION CONES
• REAR SPRING RELOCATION CONES
• LIGHTWEIGHT CRANKED RADIUS ARMS
• CRANKED TRAILING ARMS
• PERFORMANCE POLYBUSH KIT
• STAINLESS STEEL HARDWARE

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INTERIOR

• SPARCO BUCKET SEATS
• SPARCO 4 POINT RACING HARNESS
• SPARCO SUEDE STEERING WHEEL
• SPARCO GEAR KNOBS
• SPARCO PEDALS
• SPARCO FIRE EXTINGUISHER
• ALUMINIUM CHEQUER PLATE FOOTWELLS
• OPTIMA DUAL BATTERIES
• SPLIT CHARGE SYSTEM
• BATTERY ISOLATOR CUT OFF SWITCH
• ANDERSON JACK PLUG
• BULKHEAD REMOVAL BAR

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AXLES

• FRONT ARB LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL
• REAR ARB LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL
• ONBOARD AIR COMPRESSOR
• FRONT GKN WIDE ANGLE PROPSHAFT
• REAR GKN WIDE ANGLE PROPSHAFT
• GOODRIDGE EXTENDED STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES
• FRONT & REAR KAM HEAVY DUTY HALF SHAFTS
• KAM HEAVY DUTY CV JOINTS
• HEAVY DUTY STEERING ARMS

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PROTECTION

• HEAVY DUTY WINCH BUMPER
• HEAVY DUTY STEERING GUARD
• FRONT & REAR DIFFERENTIAL GUARDS
• ALUMINIUM TREE SLIDERS
• ZINC COATED ROCK SLIDERS
• CHEQUER PLATE WINGTOPS
• CHEQUER PLATE REAR CORNER PROTECTORS

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.

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