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Happy Thanksgiving, America!
As we all gear up for the holiday season, we would like to take a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for: our extended Arkonik family!
Land Rovers UK Rebrand Announcement
We are pleased to formally advise you of an exciting development for Land Rovers UK.
Our Shipping Process
From origin to destination, the Arkonik team ensures that care of our clients' vehicles is executed at every stage of the process.
The Ultimate Urban Defender
Meet the Ultimate Land Rover Defender which has been completely rebuilt and customised by the Arkonik team.
Arkonik's Canada Trip
Last week, Ryan, Arkonik's Project Manager jetted off to Toronto, Canada with the intentions of meeting with several clients' and discussing their prospective Arkonik builds.
Arkonik's USA Trip
Last Wednesday, Arkonik's CEO Mr Andy Hayes and Senior Technical Quality Manager, Stuart Venn boarded a plane and headed to the USA.
3 Friends 3 Defenders
It is not a common occurrence when three friends want the exact same vehicle.
Defenders are badass. Fact. Over the last 60+ years Land Rover and its iconic figurehead, Defender, have made mincemeat of any and all terrain thrown at them.
Our Export Reputation
Retired U.S Customs and Border Protection Sr. Import Specialist, Danny Johnson provides further insight about his experience with Arkonik.
Recently, it was reported that over 40 Land Rover Defender were seized by the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
Product testing and Quality Control is an integral part of LRUK's production process and provides our customers with reassurance that our Defenders will leave the UK in excellent condition.
The East Coast Connection
Aftermarket care services are an area that we greatly care about here at Land Rovers UK. We seek to offer clients our dedicated, undivided attention from start to finish. Our definition of fin ...
Now that the dreaded date has passed in the United States, we are thrilled to announce that we have experienced a flood of new enquiries and orders. To the extent that we are now getting very close ...
Tire'd Watch Company and LRUK Announce Partnership
Two brands, both rugged and refined, Tire'd Watch Company and Land Rovers UK have announced their partnership.
Ray Care: Soldier, father, Defender lover
Hello fellow Land Rover lovers,I would like to introduce myself to all of you for our mutual love and respect for Land Rovers and what they represent. My name is Ray Care...
Inspiration from across the Pond
"It all started one Sunday when I was out having breakfast with my family... Literally in 2 hours the Defender was in my garage."
Meet New Yorker Ed Cole and his Defender V8
Our latest Defender 110 order for the USA has just been placed by New York-based Mr Ed Cole of the world-renowned Tire'd Watch Company. Read all about it here and now...
Baby Blue Steel arrives in Oregon
Last week, Baby Blue Steel, the model we painted for our Hawk competition, landed in Oregon and was delivered to its designer. Oh, and Derek found a new home!
Land Rovers UK Hawk Custom Design Competition
There's nothing like a bit of friendly competition, wouldn't you agree? We're running one right now, as it happens, and we'd like nothing more than for you to join in.
What the heck is a timelapse?
This week: homecomings, milestones, and a new video project that we're very excited about!
The Englishmen (and their daughters) in New York!
Following the successful importation of two mighty fine Defenders to New York, it was only fitting that we flew ourselves out there to say hello!
16 years Old and heading for Toronto, Canada
A very special Defender for a very special Lady
One Very Special Christmas Promotion.... Be Qui ...
Snow is falling all around....... Children playing having fun...... tis the season to buy yourself a Landie........ have a look at our Christmas offer.... Everyone!
If you go down to the woods today
If you go down to the woods today....be sure to take a Defender.....
Meet Joe... Week One
OVER THE COMING 6 WEEKS I AM GOING TO TAKE THE TIME TO SHOW JUST HOW FAR WE GO WITH THE RESTORATION OF OUR CLASSIC 25 YEAR DEFENDERS RE-BUILT EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR USA BASED CUSTOMERS
Ambassadors of Adventure
Trust is paramount when you are considering purchasing from a distance, its also useful to know exactly how a Defender might perform in the real world for you. Don't just take our word for ho ...
CELEBRATE WITH YOUR TEAM AT LANDROVERS UK AS... ...
WhooHOO....Celebration time...COME ON!
The very latest fleet have arrived at LRUK....
Just the usual weekly delivery consisting of the finest example 15 and 25 year old Land rover Defenders you are ever likely to come across. Having spent the last 4 days in transportation they are ...
Project Defender 90 Progress Report
Following on from the progress report a few weeks ago please find before your eager eyes the very latest pictures of our Black D-90 we are currently building for USA or Canada export.
Why have 25 years old when you can have 15......
Calling all you Canadian customers who browse our website looking to purchase one of our World Class Defenders. We are sure that you are aware you cannot buy and import a Brand new Defender into ...
Project Defender 90 Progress Report
Folks.... Watch this space on a weekly basis for news and updates on the production of Defender 90 Black Stealth. Our Latest Defender masterpiece in creation. Enjoy!!!
All Is Not Grey When You Own A Grey Defender
Tim and Alison Wright. The proud new owners of a LRUK prepared Defender 90 TDCi XS County Station Wagon.
The Magnificent 6 head for the USA
Another 6 of the finest 25 year old refurbished Defender 90's and 110's, in the World, leave our premises today for their new homes in the USA.
Marine Exploration 110
Marine explorer Monty Halls presented Land Rover with an unprecedented challenge to design and engineer a Dive Centre Defender.
Illegal Defender Crushed in the USA
A brand new Land Rover Defender was crushed in Baltimore on Thursday after U.S. Customs agents discovered the vehicle was imported illegally.Customs found that the vehicle had its VIN swapped, as t ...
7 GOOD REASONS - A few short words from the Man ...
7 VERY GOOD reasons why you might buy a Land Rover Defender from US AT Land Rovers UK Ltd. Can you guess what they are?
Land Rovers UK Ltd - New Website Coming this month
Well folks it was only a matter of time before your forward thinking friendly team at Land Rovers UK decided to give you a new and improved web site. So set a date in your calanders for the E ...
Live in the USA? Thinking of importing or buyin ...
Live in the USA? Thinking of importing or buying a Defender from anyone other than Land Rovers UK Ltd? Then read on...
LRUK - Making dreams come true!!
Thanks for taking the time and patience to explaining everything to me yesterday. As I told Jodie, last week I had met with the guy from strangerover and I left saddened with a grim chance of ownin ...
NEW Land Rover Defender from the worlds best kn ...
Land Rovers UK Ltd NOW sell the entire range of new Defender for UK or Worldwide export and importation, we will sell to you and ship your new Defender to your exact specification.
The Buying Adventurer
Searching the globe for the best Used Land Rover Defenders in the world can be a frustrating and onerous task. It involves many hours of research and planning to identify, contact, travel to and de ...
Resurrection of the Land Rover Defender!
The oldest Land Rover of them all, the Defender, could have a bright new international role in India and the UK.
Land Rovers UK achieve RECORD BREAKING SALES!!!
May and June have been excellent months for the worlds favourite independent Land Rover Defender specialists. Enquiries and orders continue to rise for our products as customers around the gl ...
Latest Auto Express Defender Review. Hear what ...
Independent reports and news are important for our customers. Here is the latest Defender report from the UKs Auto Express magazine
Land Rovers UK - Keeping Charitable Wheels A-Tu ...
Our very Latest Defender 110 arriving in Durban South Africa and heading on to Zambia to serve the Riverside farm Institute well in all they do!!!!!
Adventures in the Emerald Isle
As you all know we love our Land Rover Defenders. But another real passion for some of us is our motorcycles. So just last week me and Andy took off for a 6 day tour of Southern Ireland ...
Before and After. A Land Rovers UK Export spec. ...
Hi Folks!! Take a look at these recent photos taken before we started to restore a 110 and compare them with the finished Defender, this particular Land Rover was shipped to the USA where it was re ...
65 YEARS OF LAND ROVER - CELEBRATE WITH US...
As Land Rover celebrate 65 years of production, explore, with us, the Companies extraordinary achievements and developments.....
Will YOUR Defender be CRUSHED?
For all those who have been following the recent shananigans reported on our website regarding USA import of Defenders...we hope that you find the following extract from a customer of ours (Braden ...
Russian Revolution - Bumper to Bumper.......
The Land Rover Defender has a huge following in the Russian Federation and during a recent trip to Moscow I was amazed to see this 110 fitted with such a superbly simple rear protection solution....
Land Rovers UK in Wonderland - meet the TEAM
We love our Land Rovers and we love making the very best available Defenders Follow the yellow brick road down to Mells in Somerset and come meet your bright and colourful LRUK team the worlds ...
USA Homeland Security CRUSH Land Rover Defenders
We saw this coming months ago...and it was only a matter of time before greedy UK sellers and USA resellers got caught out. Fraudulent, corrupt and Illegal Traders of Land Rover Defenders on ...
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its Defender Boy!
Defenders we buy em' we make em' we sell em ' we love em'
10 Things You Should Know Before you Buy a Defe ...
Have you taken time to read our "10 things you should know before you buy a Defender" guide....its fun and informative....and not to be missed if you are seriously considering purchasing a Defender ...
USA Customs and Borders Agency - Seize Illegal ...
USA DEFENDER BUYERS CONTINUE TO BE RIPPED OFF.... Since October 2012, the USA CBP has reported seizing more than a dozen illegal Land Rover Defender vehicles for violating federal safety and ...
LRUK Spring SALE from the 17th until the 27th A ...
BUSTED! USA CUSTOMS TAKE ON ILLEGAL & GREEDY UK ...
LRUK Present our Cheeky "Little" Red CUSTOM BUI ...
SHOCKING NEWS!! ELECTRIC POWER for DEFENDERS!
HMS DEFENDER in the News...
WE CHALLENGE YOU! To enter our Defender Photogr ...
April 1st Special Offer - Dont be a Fool!!
Easter Opening Hours!
This coming Bank Holiday weekend sees for the annual Mells village daffodil day. On average this yearly affair sees approximately 15000 visitors from far and wide flock to the picturesque village a ...
Welcome To The Ring 'Apollo'
After months of dedication, training and preparation Apollo is finally ready to step up to the challenge, to rise above the rest and enter the ring!!!!!! Welcome,welcome,welcome,?
"All The Single Ladies"
Hi to everyone at Land Rovers UK, just want to thank all the team for the gorgeous black 110 hardtop defender (now called Beyonce). I first looked at Land Rovers UK about a year ago on the website, ...
Land Rovers UK Defender 110 voted Number 2 in USA
LAND ROVERS UK AUTHENTIC REFURBISHED 25 YEAR OLD DEFENDER 110 RECENTLY EXPORTED TO USA RESELLERVOTED NUMBER 2 IN FEBRUARYS EDITION OF COMPLEX MAGAZINEFOR DETAILS YOU CAN SEE htt ...
Observations from Oceania
The icon that is the Land Rover Defender seems to be as present and as well regarded in Australia as it has been every where else on my world journey so far. Its 'fair dinkum to say' that the ...
USA Buyer who has learnt all about What we do!
The following is taken from a USA blog and written by the brother of a USA Client who bought several vehicles from Land Rovers UK Ltd for USA import..."Now THIS is what she wants for Valentine's Da ...
'My week with Beatrice' - Diary of a Landy Lady...
Our good friend and customer Jessica took a week out to keep some notes and pics for us on life in the fast lane as a busy modern Lady Landy owner. A great blog to demonstrate the versatility and u ...
LRUK Does Tuning....!
Here at LRUK we are always looking to improve services we offer. Having been asked many questions when it comes to improving Defender performance we decided to investigate further and have come u ...
It's that time again... Christmas is Upon Us!
It's that time again... The kids are monitoring with anticipation all TV adverts relating to the latest 'must have' toy; Mum is morphing in to a power crazed Christmas guru who can shop, cook, ...
Vladivostock and Back and Beyond
The journey from the Northern border of Mongolia to Vladivostock saw me clocking up another 3500 miles or so. Temperatures of just above zero degrees and blistering wind chill became my ri ...
Mongolian Musings !!
From England to Russia with Love...
The largest country in the world populated by peaceful, curious, helpful people. Russia is not a Nation without problems. Least of all the condition of many of the roads! But as a traveller I ...
Rhino Charge UK on Sunday 23 September!
Preparations are well under way for the return of the annual UK Rhino Charge in East Sussex raising funds and awareness for Rhino Ark, a conservation charity in Kenya.Sunday 23 September will see t ...
In a bid to explore new opportunities across the World. Andy Hayes (Company owner and advocate of all things Adventure) is setting off on the latest leg of his solo round the world tour. &nbs ...
Land Rovers Uk Open Day!!
The sun was out, actually it wasn't, but the rain didn't keep the Defender lovers away. The BBQ was in full swing with Steve and Dave on duty, Nathan was making an excellent tea maid and Stu was do ...
What are you doing this Saturday 14th July?
So maybe we were a little too optimistic about the weather. Nevertheless, come on down and meet the team for our family friendly open day this Saturday.A great chance for budding Landy Lovers to as ...
Bristol & West Land Rover Show this Weekend!
Where will you be this weekend? Well, I will tell you where you should be; you should be at the Bristol and West Land Rover show! Come on down and show your support and say hi to us; we will be ...
You are invited to our family fun day - 14th July
We have heard a rumour from the weatherman that Saturday the 14th July will be one sunny day! All you current and prospective Landy nuts are going to be looking for something to do then, right ...
To all Landy Lovers: Welcome to our New Website!
Well hello there you crazy cats and welcome to the new website of Land Rovers UK Ltd! We have had a facelift... For those many regular visitors to our site, we hope you find this site as en ...
Importing a Land Rover in to the United States ...
Quite simply, the appetite in the U.S. for Land Rover Defenders is overwhelming: demand far outstrips supply and many of our cannier customers have learnt that they can often double their money by ...
WaxOyl and Your Land Rover Defender
Whether your Land Rover is 50 or 2 years old, WaxOyl is considered by many as part of the essential maintenance package that will provide the best longevity of use for your vehicle.
Buying & Maintaining a Fleet of Land Rovers
Maurice Wilkes had an idea on his farm in Anglesey back in 1947, his idea was to create a utilitarian vehicle for farmers; the Land Rover. Not much has changed in the last 60 years, alth ...
Land Rovers and the London Emissions Zone
This subject is causing a little confusion amongst you Defender owners; I am aiming to clear up a little bit of this confusion, however as always it is a bit of a grey area.
Buying a Land Rover Defender and Lessons Learnt ...
For me a compromise can often leave me feeling that I have given too much or received too little. And in the case of the purchase of my first Land Rover Defender I seemed to be giving a disproporti ...
Special Edition Defenders
What's special about a Land Rover Defender? For me it's mostly that it has the potential stored within it's wheels, engine and soul to transport me and my ambitions anywhere I wanna go.
The New 2012 Defender Engine...
Firstly a little bit of Land Rover history for you; the Defender started its life back in 1991 (before this they were called 'Ninety' and 'One Tens' when they began production back in the early 80? ...
The Guide to Preparing and Painting a Land Rove ...
The following information is based upon the user having some intermediary knowledge of body-shop repairing and painting procedures as repainting a vehicle is indeed a major undertaking in itself (a ...
The Land Rover Defender. Babe Magnet?
A loving relationship with the lady of your dreams brought on by the mighty Land Rover Defender? What are the chances? (If anyone has found love this way, we'd love to hear from you!).
What's it Like Working For Land Rovers UK?
Well, first of all let me start by saying thank you! Thank you for taking time out of your day in order to browse our website and read my short verse about the company I now work for; that's right, ...
The Land Rover Defender: The Perfect Vehicle fo ...
Firstly; the Defender world, this time last year, was something I knew very little about. In-fact, I knew nothing about it. I had never even looked twice at a Defender, let alone driven one.
The Land Rover Defender and Country Life
Sure, the Defender started life as the brain child of an agricultural worker who needed a robust utilitarian machine: but no longer is the mighty Defender only the main stay of farmers.
A History of Land Rover Defender Paint Colours!
"You can have any colour as long as it's black". The immortal words of Henry Ford when he was questioned about the colour options of the first massed produced motor car the Model T."
A Brief Guide to Land Rover Defender Smart Repa ...
A 'smart repair' describes a vehicle body work repair which is quicker and easier as a procedure than that which would ordinarily be required to rectify damage i.e. small scratches or dents that ca ...
Defender Rear Cross Member: Replace or Repair?
To a lot of people owning a Defender is all about going out, getting very muddy, and having many hours of enjoyment. However, the component that holds that Defender (and thus that enjoyment) togeth ...
The Land Rover Defender, Families and Children!
When you think of Defenders you don't generally think, wife, kids, daily drive to Tesco's. You think, farmers, horse boxes, or soldiers storming across the Afghani desert. You think noise, rattles ...
How to Refurbish Land Rover Defender Door Frames
Land Rover doors will at some point in their busy lives suffer from at least one, but if you're unlucky, all of the many quircky faults that can occur due to their design. However, many decades of ...
I Love My Landy! But, then, who Wouldn't?
"I love my Landy! Who wouldn't? They're fantastic vehicles that can do anything (except go fast of course!)."
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we do what we do? - A thought from our CEO
Having found yourself on our website its probable that, like us, you see the world differently to most people. Life is a beautiful adventure. I personally believe that Defender is a simplistically beautiful driving machine that, within its very bones, demands the pursuit of adventure. I choose to believe in Defender, it helps me believe in myself, it helps me believe that I can go anywhere and that anything is possible.
What does Arkonik do?
We build custom Land Rover Defenders for Clients in the USA, Canada and elsewhere. We sometimes have Defenders in stock but due to the bespoke nature of our vehicles we normally build to order.
How do I commission/order a Defender?
Please ring/email or book an appointment to visit the Arkonik factory to discuss your requirements. Once your build specification has been agreed, we will need a 25% deposit to reserve a build slot in our very busy work schedule .
How long will my Defender take to build?
This really depends on our busy workshop schedule however the sooner you place your order the sooner you will get your bespoke Defender. On average it's between 6-9 months.
Are your Defenders brand new?
Our custom Defenders are better than brand new and finished to a standard that is beyond comparison. Due to certain import regulations our vehicles for the USA are based on a 25 year old platforms, and for similar reasons our vehicles for Canada are based on 15 year old platforms, our vehicles for Africa and other territories are typically 1 - 10 years old.
Do I come up with the Defender spec and design?
You are welcome to use our
to choose your own colour scheme and specifications or you can leave it to us to use our expertise and experience to create your perfect vehicle. We enjoy working with our clients to build one-off bespoke Defenders.
Can I supply the donor vehicle?
We have a large stock of well-sourced LHD Defender 90’s and 110’s so you do not need to supply the vehicle, however you are welcome to provide your own vehicle if you wish (subject to our own inspection of it).
Do I have to visit Arkonik to commission a Defender?
Although we are happy for you to visit us, it is not necessary. The ordering process can be effectively dealt with via email and/or telephone for your convenience.
What do Arkonik do during a rebuild?
We reduce the vehicle to it's bare frame. We replace for new; engine, transmission, steering, brakes, suspension, wheels, tires, all services and more! The vehicle is painted panel by panel and then reassembled with brand new doors, glass, floor coverings, seating, dash trim, seals and more. At this stage we shall fit your chosen accessories.
Quality control is integral to each step. The final stage is extensive product testing involving a lengthy "shake-down" through hundreds of miles of road testing.
Do Arkonik carry out any work on vehicles other than Defenders?
We only specialise in Land Rover Defenders.
What are Defenders like to service and how easy is it to get parts for them?
Servicing Defenders is very basic. Arkonik has developed an extensive engineer network throughout the world who can carry out work on our clients vehicles. Parts are readily available from a large number of aftermarket suppliers.
Can Arkonik build me a high end version?
Yes we can, if you don't see the options you want simply email or phone us
Are Arkonik Defenders performance-enhanced?
Our trucks offer a standard performance as per their original specification through a completely re-manufactured engine. We can carry out performance modifications at an extra cost so please ask us if this is something you are interested in.
Can I add extras like a roof rack or extra wide wheel arches?
Please ask us for a quote or alternatively utilise our
which provides a clear outline of what accessories can be installed.
Can I see how you are getting on with my Defender during the rebuild?
We set you up with your own personal log-in to our website. This portal is updated with photographs and even video footage from the start to the finish of the build process. You will get to see YOUR Defender at every stage of production and have a permanent record of her journey!
Are Arkonik Defenders road legal in the United States?
All our Defenders are 25 years old to comply with local and federal requirements so as to be exempt from usual DOT needs under "Historic" vehicle entry. What does this mean, well...
as long as the vehicle is sufficiently unaltered in identity (VIN number, original chassis, correct type of engine etc) a blanket rule applies in the U.S. that allows any 25 year plus aged vehicle to be imported without prejudice under the banner of a classic car. I know what you're thinking... who wants a 25 year old truck, right? But wait Landy lovers, all is not lost; the Defender has not really changed much in 25 years. Land Rover kind of got it right the first time around and as a result they have stuck to their iconic 'go anywhere' design. You really do have to be an enthusiast to spot the difference between one of our custom 25 year old refurbished Defenders and a well turned out 2013 model. That means, as long as you start off with a good solid machine, the only implications of buying a 25 year old plus Defender is that you may probably miss out on a few mod-cons.
Are Arkonik Defenders road legal in Canada?
All our Defenders are 15 years old to comply with local and federal requirements so as to be exempt from usual DOT needs under "Historic" vehicle entry. What does this mean, well...
as long as the vehicle is sufficiently unaltered in identity (VIN number, original chassis, correct type of engine etc) a blanket rule applies in Canada that allows any 15 year plus aged vehicle to be imported without prejudice under the banner of a classic car. I know what you're thinking... who wants a 15 year old truck, right? But wait Landy lovers, all is not lost; the Defender has not really changed much in 15 years. Land Rover kind of got it right the first time around and as a result they have stuck to their iconic 'go anywhere' design. You really do have to be an enthusiast to spot the difference between one of our custom 15 year old refurbished Defenders and a well turned out 2013 model. That means, as long as you start off with a good solid machine, the only implications of buying a 15 year old plus Defender is that you may probably miss out on a few mod-cons.
Can Arkonik deliver anywhere in the world?
Yes we ship around 50 of our customized Defenders a year to all 4 corners of the globe. Our preferred shipping company will liaise with us to deliver your vehicle to you. Our Customs agents shall guide you through the entire import process with ease.
Can I pay cash on delivery?
Your Defender must be paid for in full before being shipped.
How do I pay for my Defender?
Usually by online bank transfer.
How much does an Arkonik bespoke Defender cost?
Prices vary depending on the model chosen and specifications required. Please call or email us to discuss pricing.
Can I visit the Arkonik factory?
Of course you can but we are so busy that visits are by appointment, or invitation, only.
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What does the base price include?
The base price includes a full ground-up restoration of an authentic 25-year-old left-hand-drive Land Rover Defender (15-year-old for a Canadian import and younger for other regions), which includes:
Chassis rebuild back to bare metal
Bodywork preparation back to bare metal
Custom paint finish inside and out
New age-related engine
New age-related transmission
New steering and brakes
New axle intervals
New fuel cell and battery
New exhaust and prop shafts
New fuel pump and lines
New electrics and switchgear
New sound system
New doors and locks
New windows and seals
Thermal and acoustic insulation
Full stainless steel hardware
New tyres and rims
Underside wax protection
Full new interior:
One on one project management
1 year warranty
Once completed, all of our Defenders are subjected to tough testing procedures prior to departure, including a smoke test for weatherproofing, independent British roadworthiness examination and certification (VOSA MOT), a rigorous fingertip inspection, and on- and off-road testing spanning a distance of over 500 miles.
In short, we build better-than-new Defenders sculpted and tailored entirely to your specification. The custom process begins right now!
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