Prepping your Defender to go Off-Road

Land Rover Defender 90

Land Rover Defenders are, quite literally, built to live off-road. Masters of the scenic route, champions of worldwide rugged car races, and outfitted with every conceivable piece of gear you may need out in the wilderness, Land Rover Defenders in the U.S. are indispensable icons of mud and jagged elevations. With that all said, they don’t prepare or drive themselves: when deciding to take a Defender on an off-road adventure, it’s critical that you take the steps to be ready. Driving a vehicle like the Defender off-road puts a certain amount of responsibility on your shoulders, for both safety and the sake of the environment you choose to venture into. It is not to be taken lightly.

So with that in mind, here a few useful tips before going out that can prove invaluable:

Understand the Terrain: This sounds simple, but to prepare for the environment you must know the environment. Make it a point to identify, down to the smallest detail, the nature of the terrain you are looking to conquer. Success favors preparation, and only once you know what you’re getting yourself into can you even begin to prepare your Defender for the forces sure to assault it.

Understand the Vehicle: Veteran owners and drivers of Defenders know their vehicles as if they were an additional piece of their body. They know the noises, can feel the engine, and understand the stress it can take. If you are new to your Defender, be cautious in taking it into extreme off-roading too quickly. Our advice: always get a few miles under your belt first.   

Achieve Pinnacle Maintenance: From checking for possible rust on the chassis to fresh fluids, there’s no reason to not have your Defender at peak form when taking on formidable off-road challenges. Disc pads, seals, bearings, plugs, and batteries: give them all a good going over.

Tires: One of the most beloved aspects of a Land Rover Defender is the ability to use an amazing array of car hardware. The types of tires you choose all depend on vehicle and environment; research is always key here.

Accessories: Custom wenches, water jugs, 25-gallon fuel tanks, Masai rack ladders, LED lights, and the list goes on and on. What you may need for your off-road journey can be exceptional and, well, awesome gear. No reason to get out into the field without being at full strength.

This is but a few things to consider when preparing your Defender for an off-road volley. The experts are East Coast Defender create remarkable Land Rover Defenders in the U.S. Our team can build the most high-end and beautiful luxury vehicle but still maintain complete off-road capability. Contact us today at 407-483-4825 or e-mail us at for more information.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on LinkedIn