Well crap – this bumper is not going to work with my winch so I need to swap it out with another

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Chris

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The bumper I received was of good quality, and looked great on the defender. While the winch fit in the cavity nicely, and the bolt pattern was correct, the footprint and fairlead opening were offset for winches where the gear-box side is shorter than the motor side.

Dismantling the front suspension of the Defender to make way for the new springs and shocks

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I doused everything with penetrating oil days in advance, so all of the rusty bits had a good soak. I first removed the nut from the bottom of the shock. The axle dropped, and the coil spring had enough slack to flop around freely. Then I removed the shock tower through the engine compartment, and tossed everything into the bin.

A chronicle of the improvements I make to our Land Rover Defender 110, but first a little bit of context

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There isn’t a straight body panel on the truck, and it appears to have been through hell. It can just about reach highway speed. It farts plumes of black smoke. The electrical system is pure madness. There is so much rust on the frame, it’s only held together by sheer British grit. It’s perfect.

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