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New Defender HD8 XT owner

Discussion in 'Defender Nation' started by Lastmohecken, Nov 23, 2018.

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  1. Lastmohecken

    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Rookie

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    Well, it seems kind of dead over here on the Defender Forum, so I thought I would get it going a little bit. I spoke for a new HD8 XT Camo last Wednesday. I will be going to pick it up sometime this coming week. I bought the 3 seater model, (single row seats) because I wanted to keep it short, to get into tighter places and hopefully not drag as easy the longer buggy.

    I hope it makes me a good machine, with minimal upkeep. I like the XT package pretty good for a starter machine, and will not be doing too much to it for a while. Probably the first thing I will add is some breakaway side mirrors, and next will be probably a half windshield. And I will want a light bar of some kind.

    I almost bought the Yamaha Viking and will probably be second guessing myself for a while until I get some confidence build up in the Defender.

    I will update on my experiences with the new machine, after I get a few miles under my belt.
     
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    Very cool, congrats! Can’t wait to see some pics. Seizmic has some really nice mirrors. I have the pursuits on mine. They are very nice but a little spendy. They also have a plastic model (strike?) that is the same principal, just not the aluminum housing like the pursuits. Check out Mic Tuning for the light bar. Nice quality at a very appealing price. With light bars, the sky is the limit.
     
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    We definetly need to see some pics!
     
  4. Lastmohecken

    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Rookie

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    I am picking it up on Saturday, maybe have pictures later, if I can figure out how to post a picture on here.
     
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    Rockin Ronnie Ron SXS Nation Expert

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    congrats ! Will be waiting on some pics and your thoughts
     
  6. Lastmohecken

    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Rookie

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    Here's a picture. My apologies, I didn't really mean to get duplicate threads going. But so far, I am very happy with it, no real surprises or disappointments.
    I think it has plenty of speed and power for me, but might want a mild lift and or bigger tires, eventually, but I believe I can do about all that I need to with it as is.
    I did post a little more lengthy post on the general side by side forum as to my experiences with it so far if anyone gets over there. I will probably add a few things on it, as I see the need, and want to spend the money or fabricate it myself, as time goes along.
     

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  7. Lastmohecken

    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Rookie

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    I got in a pair if BattleArmor bed hing brackets today, to replace the plastic OEM ones. I can tell that I better add a rear bumper before I mess around and back into a tree or sapling and damage the bed or the lights on the corners. I am leaning towards getting the rear deck plate winch bumper from SuperATV.com either that or make my own, which being a fabricator myself, I am tempted to do, however this bumper looks pretty tough although I could build one like it especially if I had one to look at.

    I haven't put enough miles on it to judge much about it yet. I will report back later on that.
     
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    Rockin Ronnie Ron SXS Nation Expert

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    Building your own parts is great when people ask were you got it and you can say I built it! :D :cool:

    I built my own back bumper and rock sliders
     
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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Team Leader

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    Having been there may I recommend going with a folding windshield rather than just a half. Cant tell you how many times I regreted only having a half until I finally went and built my own folding windshield....and no regrets!
     
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    Hows the HD8 holding up? Got all the mods/accessories done?
     

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