Keep Your Bonnet On

Originally Published: March 2014

Defender theft is almost never out of the news. Normally, it’s whole vehicles that go missing, never to be seen again (at least by people who deserve to stay alive) – but to the pond-life in whose eyes other people’s property is simply an opportunity, even something as banal as stealing your Defender’s bonnet is a tempting chance to raise money for their next armful of junk.

Brick through the window, open the door, pull the release, lift it off its factory hinges and away it goes. They’re going to sell your bonnet for twenty quid, and sorting everything out is going to cost you a grand.

Here’s a nicer idea. No, it’s not wiring your entire vehicle to the mains. (Though that does sound nice.) Nakatenga’s new security hinges, brought to the UK by 4x4 Overlander, replace the originals and prevent the vehicle’s bonnet from being lifted away.

Priced at £95 the pair and taking about an hour to fit, the hinges are made from stainless steel and offered with or without black powder-coat. The idea is that they look obviously non-standard, putting off would-be thieves before they start their pestilent work in the first place.

The fact that there’s a market for stolen Defender bonnets is the saddest thing of all. But since changing that seems to be beyond socity, protecting yours from the bottom-feeders is all you can do. In this case, protection is to be had at


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