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Basic Maintenance & Getting Land Rover Parts Mexico

Getting Land Rover Parts, Mexico

It can be a challenge, especially for our NAS-D90. The last 5 years in Mexico have been adventurous and a little hard on the Rover so we’re starting this revamp with a few necessary odds and ends and some basic maintenance.

We broke 2 of our directionals while photographing in Michoacán, Mexico for Jeff Aronson of Rovers Magazine, so we’re swapping-in smaller directionals and changing the headlamp finishers for a slightly more updated look.

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Many of our Rover-specific parts have come from Rovers North. The best way to receive foreign parts in Mexico is to send them to Laredo, TX and have a currier service drive them down. Otherwise, you risk having the parts languish in customs. There is no avoiding the 17% import duty unless you bring the parts over the border personally but you can reduce customs delays. I once had a transfer case travel 10 days from London to Laredo only to disappear into Mexican customs for 54 days because I didn’t have someone there to walk it through. Lesson learned.

Also in this delivery from Rovers North: door studs, rear directionals, sway bar, tie rod ends, locking lug nuts, air vent grills, and a folding step ladder for the passenger side.

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The locking lug nuts are a welcome addition. We’ll also be installing kill switches before driving through Central America. With an open vehicle, security always has to be a little tighter. Security will also mean choosing our route carefully and avoiding dangerous stretches at night. Our main concern will be hassle from local authorities or theft.

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Stay tuned for our next projects: some ironwork for the front grill (à la Mexican hardware store) and new injectors!

Sean Reagan
seanreaganphoto@gmail.com

Sean’s photography is a contribution to the visual record of changing cultures in Latin America – documenting peoples and customs evolving together in an increasingly interdependent world.

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