Land Rover Defenders are not known for being comfortable or stylish. This Custom Defender 90 Pickup however is a little different. Let’s start dissecting this build at the beginning. The client wanted “WOW!”, he wanted it to be quite, comfortable and he wanted to sound system to sound epic.
So what now, it’s a Land Rover Defender 90 Pickup, its got no space for large speaker boxes needed to extract low end bass, the interior is downright ugly and possible has the noisiest cabin of all vehicles made afterall it was an ex military vehicle where none of this matters.
We started by a complete strip down of the interior, by complete we mean everything, dash, carpets, roof lining and door panels until we were left with a bare shell with zero internal parts.
We then proceeded to completely sound deaden the cabin using Silent Coat from top to bottom leaving no metal exposed, this was done to eliminate any rattles that may occur. Audio cables were laid down and prepped for the install. We extended the interior cabin behind the seats into the custom load bay of the pickup and sound deadened it as well, this space would house the subwoofer enclosure giving us the extra space we needed to get low. Subwoofer enclosure was built using 18mm marine plywood, and the exterior that is exposed in load bed was sprayed with polyurethane waterproof coating.
The Defender was then sent off the the trimmers for a fully custom interior including new carpets, door panels, roof lining and leather and alcantara seats. At the same time the dash along with all the switchgear, dials and instrument cluster was sent of the the paint shop for a full colour code to match the vehicle exterior matte grey wrap. The next step was to proceed with the sound install. No expense was spared in the prep and only the best components were used to achieve an epic sounding vehicle. Take a look below for a full build bio on this vehicle:
Rockford Fosgate Prime R400-4D Splits
Rockford Fosgate Prime R500X1D Subs
Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 8” x 2
Blam Relax 100Rs 4” 2 way Component Speaker System
Complete cabin sound deadening by silent coat (complete Strip Down and Deaden)
Custom Colour Coded Dash
Colour Coded Vents
Colour Coded Instrument Cluster
Carbon Fibre Dash Inserts and Wraps
Custom door panels, seats and roof lining (intererior) in leather and alcantara
Matte Grey Wrap
Carbon Fibre Wheel Arch wrap
Custom Headlights Smoked
Custom Park Lights
Custom Front Bumper
Carbon Headlight Bezels
Anodised Aluminium Bolts
Custom Roll Bar
Custom Rock Slider
Custom Door Protector
Terafrima 4” Lift Suspension
Aftermarket Off Road 17” Rims
Cooper 17” 70 profile off road tyres
Custom Gear Levers
Custom Door Handles
Electric Window Conversion
Momo Steering Wheel