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Land Rover’s iconic Defender is known and loved by motoring enthusiasts the world over. If you’ve recently become the proud owner of one yourself, it’s only natural to start looking into how you can customise it. After all, the Defender exists in over 2 million examples, with a large fanbase that is eager to make the most of their hardy off-roader.

It should come as no surprise then, that there is a myriad of great ways to improve the looks and performance of your Defender. This is thanks in no small part to companies like Bowler and Startech, which specialise in creating bespoke parts for Land Rovers.

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the ways that you can pimp your Defender. While the focus will be particularly on 90 and 110 models, owners of the newest Defender can also draw some inspiration from the list.

Raised Air Intake

A raised air intake, more commonly known as a snorkel, is a must-have if you plan on doing any wading. Even if you aren’t crossing rivers, having one on your Defender will help feed the engine with clean and cool air, improving performance. At the same time, it’s a styling element that looks great and improves the overall aesthetic.

Badges & Lettering

One of the most recognisable elements of the Defender, or any Land Rover for that matter, is the iconic lettering that brands the front bonnet. Depending on the specification of your model, you might find it to look better with different lettering, be it chrome or blacked-out. The same applies to your grill badges, which are cheap to replace.

Number Plate

All of these options are great to have, but none will be unique to your Defender alone. That is, unless you have a custom number plate. This is a great way to truly make your Land Rover stand out from the crowd and have its own character. You can also get a replacement reg in a style that suits your Defender from a company like Number 1 Plates.

Not only do they offer replacement number plates in several different styles, but you can also have them dispatched right to your door, making it super convenient. Their replacement plates are all road legal and up to standard. Opt for the 4D carbon option for a head-turning look.

Infotainment System

With the exception of the 2020 model, Land Rover Defenders aren’t exactly known for their tech. The interior is best defined as function-first. Fortunately, you can bring your 90 or 110 into the 21st century with a new infotainment system. Current options for the Defender feature all the amenities you might want, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Alloy wheels

If you’re willing to splurge a little, Bowler Motorsport makes some neat alloy wheels for the Defender. They’re available in numerous finishes including an anthracite grey that looks splendid on more rugged models. The 16” wheels are super lightweight, which can help improve your performance at the same time.

There are plenty more ways to pimp your Defender. Just be sure to put some cash aside, some options aren’t cheap!

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