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In the balance

Took the 90 to a local weighbridge today to find out how much it weighs now. Got a front and rear split weight as well as an overall weight so I can try and get the springs right to get the right ride height when it’s fully loaded.

Currently it has standard V8 springs which are fine for normal use but it sits a bit low for overland use, the ride is a bit harsh and it kept bottoming out last year on the coast to coast run with all the camping gear in the back.

The aim is to get it slightly higher at the rear than the back when fully loaded but not stupidly high when it’s not loaded and it’s being used for commuting.

Chequer plate… over my… oh, wait

normal_90wingtopsDespite spending years completely failing to understand the appeal of chequer plate on Defenders we’ve finally succumbed !

In part it’s because the wings that were replaced a few years ago have holes in them for mounting the chequer plate, as does the back body. There are also practical reasons as we suspect that chequer plate on the wings will give us another option for accessing the roof.

The roll cage arrived a couple of weeks ago and I should be fitting it this weekend if all goes according to plan.