This vehicle is a Defender body on a Perentie chassis that was put together last year at KLR; to start with it was with basic Perentie mechanicals except for the rear diff from the Defender as it was the stronger 130-spec unit and had disc brakes and HD shafts. Since then the Defentie/Pretendie has been turbocharged and converted to 5 speed. The difference with the turbo is staggering; the vehicle is quiet, smooth and quick. We also put the r380 back in behind the isuzu as it is a much nicer ‘box and has a good set of ratios for the vehicle (although there was some trial and error with the transfer case ratio). The aircon was retained and works a treat.
I couldn’t be happier with the result; this is what the Defender should have been.
Submitted by Matt O’Regan