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    Santana Series IV / Defender 110 Overland Build

    I am starting my build thread on my 1991 Land Rover Santana Series IV 110. It is a crazy homologation of Land Rover parts and Spanish ‘upgrades' which is basically a Series III frame with leaf springs and a Defender body. It has a 110 wheelbase (not 109) and wider defender axles with 10...
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    Overland Pros Anza 2000 in the Maze District

    Wanted to post up a few pics of my Overland Pros Anza 2000 roof top tent on my trip last month to the Maze District of Canyonlands near Moab. Mind blowing scenery and very remote... the ranger said some of the most remote country in the lower 48. Almost 200 miles round trip to a gas station and...
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    Ouray to Telluride over Black Bear Pass

    Last month, my buddy Eric and I drove out from California to Colorado to meet friends for a week of adventures. They have 2 AEV Jeeps well prepared and itching for the trails. We met up outside Ouray on a portion of the Alpine Loop near Pughkeepsie gulch. I rolled in late after 18 hours of...
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    Flexopower 79W flat panel

    My Flexopower 78W foldable solar panel arrived today and my first impressions are very favorable. It is very robust and while heavier than expected, it folds down smaller than expected. The thicker material over the Powerfilm 60 watt will be good in the wind to keep it flat. I am planning on...
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    1991 Land Rover Santana 109

    My 1991 Land Rover Santana 109 finally arrived in the states from Barcelona after over a year of waiting. Originally purchased in April 2016, upon further review of the title, the seller misrepresented it as a 1990 when it was a 1991. Due to the 25 year rule, I couldn't import it until last...
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    Deer Valley trail with some carnage

    On Sunday, we took the rovers wheeling on the Deer Valley trail which connects highway 4 with 88 near Bear Valley ski resort and Blue Lakes south of Tahoe. Unfortunately, the complete trail is closed pending environmental issues but you can run most of it and turn around. I joined the group...
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    Mattress topper

    I really like my TuffStuff RTT, but the 3? Inch foam mattrest is too slim for me as a side sleeper. I picked up some long REI backpacking pads which I slip under the mattress and I am comfortable. But I wanted to find a permanent solution and enjoy the true convenience of the RTT. I picked up a...
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    LR3 Blew a Tire. Can I Get 2?

    The LR3 blew a tire yesterday, thankfully with me driving and not just my wife. Required jacking up vehicle, removing hitch, lowering spare which is oversized and deflated ion order to fit under the car, inflating spare on the vehicle. The tire is not repairable with a major slice under a tread...
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    Goal Zero Extreme350 Battery Replacement

    After 3 years and some abuse, my Goal Zero Extreme 350 battery wasn't holding its charge like before. I also left it discharged for a few months, which is not good for a lead acid battery. So I started to research a replacement battery and found out the OEM battery is a Ritar RA12-33, the same...
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    LR3 and D90 Signal Peak, CA 6/15/15

    My buddy Eric bought a D90 in the fall and had a bit of work done and part of the frame repaired this spring. We took it out for its inaugural trail run on Monday afternoon. We headed to Signal Peak, near Tahoe which is just an hour from our neighborhood. Got off at Eagle Lakes exit, loop under...
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    Factor 55

    I bought a Factor 55 Flatlink for my Range Rover and a Factor 55 thimble for the LR3. The winch on the LR3 is recessed in the ARB bumper so it doesn't stick out too far. One issue I noticed after taking off the original hook was that the pin was slightly bent. The new pin from Factor 55 is much...
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    LR Discovery Sport launch in Roseville, CA

    Attended the LR Rocklin Discovery Sport launch event in Roseville today. Its a nice upgrade over the LR2 but looks way too much like the Evoque...in fact almost identical to the Evoque from the front doors forward. The two disco sports they had did not have the third row option and I'm not sure...
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    DV 2015 Adventures and Mishaps

    Tried to plan a last minute trip to Death Valley last week and thought I had two other trucks to head down with. But as the week came to a close, work issues surfaced and they couldn't make it. Since it was Ella's 5th year and she was dying to go, we ventured off on our own for a few days. We...
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    M1101 2009 trailer build

    Bought my first trailer on Govliquidation.com and picked her up yesterday. Once I got home, I realized the trailer I brought home was not the same as the one in the pics onkine, but awesome just the same. I don't think this trailer ever saw any duty since the nubs are still on the tires! The...
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    Won an M1101!

    I won an M1101 from Govliquidation.com last week and am looking forward to bringing her home. Have read up on a number of threads about these trailers. Ideally, I was looking for a smaller trailer but we will see how she tows and acts when I pick her up. The price for a decent m416 is ridiculous...
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    LR3 Third Row Conversion

    We bought our 2006 LR3 last year and it had some nice upgrades (Sasquatch rods [it was Sasquatch's truck], ARB front bumper, Superwinch, rack, etc,) and was well maintained. One option we wanted was 7 seats since we have 3 kids and having an extra seat or two if very helpful when touting kids...
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    P38 Swingout and rear diff guard

    Completed some recent modifications on my P38 Range Rover. A few months ago, a buddy and I bought an overheated P38 with the full RockRover bumper/slider package. My buddy installed the front bumper and winch and I took the rear bumper. He then made a custom swing-out for my 33 inch spare very...
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    P38 Trail Bumpers

    My buddy and I came across a '98 P38 that had overheated but was kitted with the RockRover bumpers and sliders. We trailered it home and swapped over the front bumper and winch. He spent some time getting things lined up, wired up the winch it works great. For my P38, the rear bumper needed a...
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    Speed Shovel

    I am looking at buying a new shovel and came across this 'Speed shovel'. Comes in two sizes and looks to be light since it is aluminum. Its a bit pricey though. Anyone have experience with it? http://www.speedshovel.com/SpeedShovel-with-Mounting-System/dp/B006BRCMNY
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    P38 on 33s

    After blowing out one tire and a sidewall puncture in another on my trip to Death Valley last week, I got some new tires today for my 2001 P38 Range Rover. America's Tire provided awesome service by giving me credit for the blown tires even though I bought them 3 years ago. I went up a few...
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