Creating a dream Defender 110
If you follow us on social media, you’ll probably have heard about the “Perfect 110” that our very own Chief Engineering Chimp, Chris, built in just 6 weeks for the front Cover of Land Rover Monthly (70% of it was done in 3 weeks between the hours of 3pm and 3am due to work commitments running our OREsome little business!)
Chris had been daily driving a Ford Ranger pick-up, much to the amusement of the guys in the workshop, for little over 2 years before he thought it time to finally build his dream Defender.
Perfecting the build with OREprototypes
Most sensible people would have sat back with a cold beer to admire the workmanship and finish of their truck after months of toil- but not Chris. Chris had not fulfilled his original vision for the truck, and put some pressure on the guys at HQ to finish some upcoming products early to install.
The original Defender was fitted with the usual chequer-plate Wingtops, which spoke to Chris’ practical side but didn’t make the grade for his new truck due to their clunky appearance. So in true ORE style, Chris engineered a new style of Aluminium wingtop protector and grilles using our military-style anti-slip coating system.
Chris also opted to install our brand new Defender Snow Cowl, which fit perfectly with the Wingtop protectors due to having the same bolt holes. Another new product Chris opted to fit was our Defender Grille kit (side grille) which provides a consistent aesthetic with our wingtops for the side of your Defender.
Of course Chris also decked out the truck with our popular LED headlights, our ORE_iginal wheel carrier, Defender steering guard, our Straight Winch Bumper with DRLs & T1000 Military Spec Winch, LTPRTZ reverse lights and of course; both our pencil and combo beam light bars.
Photoshoot with Alisdair
After the build began to come to an end, Chris got a little ahead of himself and took on the lease for a new premises – roughly 7x the size of the original HQ!
Between finishing the truck, moving into our new unit and planning the upcoming Land Rover shows – Chris & Alisdair snuck off into the Peak District for the day to get the all-important photos for the cover and article in LRM. Luckily enough the weather held off and the guys landed back in the pub at 10pm for a celebratory pint! The pair spent a foggy Friday afternoon hooning around some of the best driving roads the Midlands has to offer, and I’m sure you’ll agree the results from their shoot have been worth it!
Publication in the magazine
Once the photoshoot was complete, the photos edited and the article masterfully written, the boffins at LRM compiled all of the best content into a monster 15-page article featured within the centre of the magazine (PDF download available below). We even took out a full page advert directly after the article to show off some of the OREsome products featured on the truck! The truck was finally unveiled at the Billing Offroad Show in 2022 where Chris’ took to the stage for a full Q&A with the LRM team.
ORE accessories used on our Defender
Land Rover Defender Steering GuardSKU: ORESG
from £187.50 ex VAT
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Pair of LTPRTZ Defender LED Headlights with DRLsSKU: LTPZ-HL7-2
from £370.00 ex VAT
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T1000-145 Extreme (Military Spec) Synthetic Rope WinchSKU: T114A12£982.50 ex VAT
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24W LED Reversing Light (70degree)SKU: LTPZ-RL006-F£41.67 ex VAT
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13inch TRX Offroad Light Bar (72w)SKU: LTPZ-TRX2-13Cex VAT
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20inch DLX Road Legal Light Bar (45w)SKU: LTPZ-DLX-20Eex VAT
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Land Rover Defender Spare Wheel CarrierSKU: OREWC
from £599.17 ex VAT
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Land Rover Defender Winch BumpersSKU: orewb01
from £537.00 ex VAT
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Defender Wingtop ProtectorsSKU: ore_wtp£290.83 ex VAT
(£349.00 inc VAT)Add to cart
Land Rover Defender Snow CowlsSKU: ore_dsc
from £100.00 ex VAT
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Land Rover Defender Side GrilleSKU: ore-sg01
from £29.17 ex VAT
(£35.00 inc VAT)Select options
Land Rover Defender Wingtop GrilleSKU: ore-wg01£29.17 ex VAT
(£35.00 inc VAT)Add to cart
Full Parts List
We spoke to some of our fellow enthusiasts and manufacturers who all Chris by supplying a huge range of quality British-made products for this build:
- ore4x4.co.uk: Defender Exterior Accessories
- warriorwinches.co.uk: T1000 military application winch
- ltprtz.co.uk: LED Lighting Accessories
- optimil-uk.com: Security components, hinges & washer jets
- demandengineering.co.uk: Stainless steel performance exhaust system
- britpart.co.uk: Various components throughout the build
- yrmit.co.uk: Repair panels & 1-piece sills
- pioneer4x4.com: Brake lines & breathers
- frontrunneroutfitters.com: Roof rack
- mobilecentre.co.uk: Waterproof roof mount socket, exterior lights, wiring, USB-C chargers & interior lights
- buzzweld.co.uk: Underbody treatment & tinting
- 4x4tyres.co.uk: BF Goodrich offroad tyres (265/65 R18 all-terrain)
- koni.com: Shock absorbers
- gwynlewis4x4.co.uk: Steering damper & drop arm conversion kit
- pwr.com.au: Cooling components
- superproeurope.com: Suspension bushes
- swepcolube.com: Lubrication