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DonH2000



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United Kingdom 2009 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Santorini Black

Thanks. Cheers Don.

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Orchard



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Thread resurrection Bow down

Rather than posting in two places the same story (is that even allowed?), see link to My Defender thread with tow hitch and bike rack sorted for Thule 929 3/4 bikes on NAS receiver and 50mm ball, and the rear door opens !

http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic40767.html 90 XS SW
1998 TD5 CSW - sold

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DonH2000



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Hi Orchard, Just had a look at your attached tread, very nice solution.

I have tried to get Westfalia in the UK to import a tow bar extender but with no luck despite their internal efforts (not CE approved over here or something!).

I would like a NAS rear step but budget a bit tight so I asked Dave Cooper (the man who makes bike trailers and racks) to make me up an 25cm extender and a bike rack which I pick up tomorrow!

Will post a picture when I get it!!!! Can't wait!!! Cheers Don.

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Orchard



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Don, the NAS step was pricey from 4wheelin (but cheaper then a new bike rack), but the towing bits were only available with any choice direct from the US, and were very good value Very Happy 90 XS SW
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DonH2000



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United Kingdom 2009 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Santorini Black

I have not got a bike rack at the moment but was planning to buy one however I have had an extender commissioned and built at the same time as my custom bike rack for under 270 ish.

Next year when I have a bit more cash I may go the NAS route as I love that style rear bumper. Incidently a mate of mine has also ordered an extender for his 110 and his has a NAS rear end! We pick his up tomorrow too. Very Happy Cheers Don.

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DonH2000



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United Kingdom 2009 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Santorini Black

Picked up the extender and bike rack this morning from Dave Cooper; he said he can build extenders but that they are sold only on the understanding that they are not for towing. Give him a call if you want one on 01732 820082.

Here is the extender, 24.5 cms:

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And here is it fitted, clearing the spare wheel:



Getting dark now so will take some pictures of the rack fitted in the morning......... Cheers Don.

Post #467886 30th Oct 2015 5:26pm
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Orchard



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Good job - looks like it puts the ball in just about the same place as my US 2" hitch.



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Off topic warning; Off Topic
If I'm actually towing, I'd have a much shorter hitch to get the trailer closer to the rear axle, golden rule of hitch to rear axle should be than 0.4 x wheelbase. Which is why Defenders tow so well ! 90 XS SW
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DonH2000



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Update! Fitted the rack as a "Small Motorcycle" Rack:


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Then modified it for 2 eBikes:




Out for our first run this morning in the sunshine! Will let you know how I get on!!! Cheers Don.

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Orchard



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That's neat.

The saddle on the bike looks a bit low for the handlebars......... Thumbs Up 90 XS SW
1998 TD5 CSW - sold

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DonH2000



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Sit up and beg Dutch style bike!!!! Cheers Don.

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Is there any limitation to what you're allowed to to bolt on to the back of a Defender?
I've seen things like roof boxes that go on a tow ball (the chap that delivers semen has one to keep the liquid nitrogen out of his car) but with a DB slider you could easily fit all sorts on there. I could turn my hard top in to a small pickup Laughing

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Orchard



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Yep, Rolling with laughter Rolling with laughter





or BBQ Bow down

 90 XS SW
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DonH2000



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You could have one of these for wild camping!!!


 Cheers Don.

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DonH2000



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DonH2000 wrote:
Update!



Out for our first run this morning in the sunshine! Will let you know how I get on!!!


First go was "wobbly" so redesigned it using tube and some Fiamma bike rack parts. Perfectly over-engineered now!!!!!


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 Cheers Don.

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ManCub



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Pendle do a very good system. Had one on the wife's disco but when I came to use it on my 90, the spare wheel issue arose.
They have bars with an offset which I bought. Fits up to 4 bikes as well.

Regards.
Mac

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