How The Process Works

We understand that every customer is different and unique, therefore we feel it is essential to give every customer the opportunity to build a fully custom Defender or make modifications to their existing vehicle to reflect their individuality. Whether it be custom wheels, carbon fiber finish interior trim, luxurious leather to suit your taste or a custom exterior color – we have it covered in-house. When it comes to customizing your Defender, the options are endless. From changes to the drive train and fully customized suspension to highly customized luxury interiors and paint colors, including LINE-X sprays, if you can visualize it – we’ll make it a reality.

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Design & Configure

Powertrain

The drive-line which includes the engine, transmission and axles are generally replaced with upgraded items which will allow us to add modern luxuries such as Air Conditioning and interior electronic luxuries that the original lower powered engines would have been unable to support.

Of course, if a truly original vehicle is required we can rebuild and restore the original components. If the original engine is required we strip down and fully rebuild everything including pistons, heads, valves, seals, gaskets and install a rebuilt or new carburetor or diesel injection system. The preferred route for the majority of customers is replacing with a Land Rover 4.0 V8 as fitted to the US spec Defenders or one of the new GM crate motors (LT1 or LT4 which replaces the LS3 as used by so many other reputable installers).

Xerbera Automotive is well staffed to professionally install any drive train option chosen by a customer. We start the process by defining how your Defender will be used and then suggest a proper engine to your unique lifestyle. We’ve successfully installed several different GM crate engines in our builds – LS3, LT1, LT4, LC9, LV3 to name a few. Additionally, for customers with a desire for greater torque and MPG numbers, we also offer Diesel powered motors such as Cummins R2.8 or our own 3.0 V6Td crate motor.

Any Defender built by Xerbera Automotive will have more than enough power to take you anywhere you wish and enough attitude to have fun anywhere in your adventures. All our Defenders are built to effortlessly take on anything that lies ahead in your adventures.

The LT4 Experience

From a classic original factory Defender to a custom LT1 or LT4 powered SPECTRE 007 Edition we can create anything you require. If you need us to supply the base Defender we will happily support you with a Texas Registered fully legal imported D110 or D90 Defender. Our Signature LT4 Experience is available either completely or in pieces as part of a different package for the most discerning of customers.

With years of experience in managing a successful and one of the largest classic car restoration shops in Dallas Texas and as one of the only installers globally to shoehorn the new GM LT1 engine into a C3 Corvette (as well as numerous LS upgrades into the same platform) we are very well positioned to upgrade your Defender with just about any performance package you could desire. We believe Xerbera Automotive was the first Defender Restoration shop to have installed the new GM LT4 into a classic Defender. Of course the LT4 was developed as a demonstration of capability. We also use the LT1 Engine (The replacement for the older LS3 Unit) to give an equally wonderful experience in a more manageable package.

Suspension

To complement our exterior and performance upgrades we have a vast range of suspension kits for the Defender. We can advise and guide you on how to get the best out of your Defender and for your specific requirements, be it for city/highway use or off-road use.

With the proper suspension kit, it will be so much fun behind the wheel of your Defender and enhance the Defender’s behavior on the road. Our kits utilize comfort springs, a selection of Bilstein, Terrafirma, Fox or Koni dampers and anti-rolls bars. We also offer Bowler Fast Road suspensions. These upgrades transform handling through greatly reduced body roll and much improved damping, resulting in increased comfort. Additionally, the lowering springs kits are available and will offer improved visual looks and handling for both the D90 and D110 models. We also offer lift kits for customers who wish to heighten their Defenders for use with larger wheel and tire combination or off-road use.

Exterior

We offer a vast range of exterior modifications and upgrades for Defenders. We have an endless list of options, enabling you to fully customize your Defender, be it for city/highway use or off-road.

Exterior aesthetics are usually top of the list when starting any customization. From wide body panels, wheels and bumper upgrades, to grille and facelift styling, to paint colors or LINE-X sprays, we can offer a truly custom solution to your vision, offering our expert advice and the highest quality products available on the market.

Interior

Xerbera Automotive provide you with a rare and rewarding opportunity, to own a vehicle that is truly focused and customized to your preferences .

All the bells and whistles on the outside? Why not get that interior matching… From different stitch patterns, different colors and designs – you come to us with an idea, we’ll make that happen for you.

The Defender interior can be transformed with a wide range of interior upgrades. Whether you fancy a set of bucket seats, a smaller and more manageable Momo racing steering wheel or a full custom designed luxury interior – we can help.

We can customize every part of a Defender interior, from seats and custom center console, to steering wheels and dashboards, to door cards and trims. A custom tailored interior is always the final touch of any upgraded vehicle and it gives you the chance to put your personal touch and add a luxury feel to your Defender.

As our interiors are fully custom tailored to customer specifications, allowing you to choose every aspect from the colors, styles and patterns – we are able to offer further personalized touches such as company logos embroidery into seats, headrests or mats.

The options are endless! We have sourced the finest materials, and use some of the best craftsmen in the business to bring you unsurpassed quality.

Accessories & Upgrades

It is an undeniable fact that no Defender ever stays “standard”. Some owners start to modify their trucks on day one and create a whole new beast in a very short time, others take their time and choose a few select mods and add new toys over the years as their needs and requirements develop. Bellow you will find a list of the most popular accessories and upgrades that new Defender owners ask to fit to their vehicles. All can be professionally installed at our workshop. Let us tailor your custom Defender to your specific needs and requirements.

Appearance Package

  • Wide body kit
  • Tinted windows
  • Carbon fiber or wood interior trim
  • Billet aluminum door handles & trim
  • Momo steering wheel
  • Spare wheel carrier
  • Window wind & rain deflectors
  • Wing top & bonnet RAM AIR intakes
  • KBX air vents, grille & light surrounds
  • Snow cowls
  • Upgraded wheel arches
  • Chequer plates
  • Side steps
  • Custom badges & lettering

Off-Road Package

  • External roll cage by Safety Devices
  • Roof rack
  • Rear Ladder
  • Suspension lift kit
  • Winch bumper with Warn winch
  • Bumperettes
  • Light guards
  • Side rails, tree & rock sliders
  • Chequer plates
  • Skid plates & under-body protection
  • Safari snorkel raised air intake
  • Storage & organizer solutions
  • Gullwing windows
  • Roof top camper tents
  • Hi lift jack
  • Trailer hitch

Convenience Package

  • Air conditioning
  • Premium audio system
  • Speaker panels
  • Terrafirma roof console
  • Bulkhead removal bar (D90 models)
  • Push button engine start
  • Remote start & security system
  • Auxiliary light switches & controllers
  • Heated seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Blind spot mirrors
  • Power windows (front & rear)

Technology package

  • Navigation with back up camera & Bluetooth system
  • Blind spot and lane change assist monitoring
  • Back up parking sensors

Lighting Package

  • LED lights upgrade kit
  • LED roof light bars
  • Front bumper with LED daytime running lights
  • Puddle lights

Build

Custom built Defenders to comply with modern standards

A truly modern icon, the Land Rover Defender is recognized as the ultimate vehicle for off-road and on the road adventures. As time has progressed it has also become a truly urban symbol. The defender surpasses all class and culture boundaries.

At Xerbera Automotive, we hold a deep seated passion for these wonderful creatures. We dedicate ourselves to preserving the history and tradition of the classic D90 and D110 Defender – creating modern versions of this classic truck with a modern twist.

Whether you choose one of our available packages, or want to work with us to build your own custom Defender, we are here to help you experience the joy of driving a genuine iconic Land Rover.

Please check out our inventory of Defenders available for adoption.

Finish

Every Defender is built by hand, piece by piece, not a single bolt is left untouched.

Each Defender we build becomes a part of the family. Sending any re-built Defender out to a client is much like sending your son or daughter off to college. We are dedicated to building the best possible Defender at every budget.

Maintaining an extremely high level of quality during each stage of the restoration or build process is paramount and overseen by the QC inspection department. Every part is rigorously inspected by our highly skilled QC team.

We obsess over the smallest details, but it’s always worth it at the end! Once the build is complete, your Defender will be subjected to tough testing procedures to make sure everything works as it should.

All of our vehicles are test driven before final delivery to ensure that every feature and function meets our rigorous standards. Simply put, any Defender built by Xerbera Automotive does not leave our workshop until it is deemed 100% safe and reliable.

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Xerbera Automotive is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way connected with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or dealerships. DEFENDER is a registered trademark of JLR. All DEFENDER vehicle images on this website are for illustratiive, public display and decoration purposes only to convey the concept and vision for the DEFENDER builds with no intent to reproduce or recreate these images.

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