Gwyn Lewis Explorer +3″ Suspension Kit & Pricing

Our Explorer Suspension Kit is designed for those looking to improve the suspension performance of their Defenders which are used on road and off road.

When we say +2 inch / +3 inch, what we are talking about is your shock length, not the suspension lift.

On the front, our Explorer kit uses shocks that are 2 inches longer when fully open compared to standard Land Rover Shocks, on the rear we are using shocks that are 3 inches longer when fully open.

Springs determine your ride height, shocks travel and length determine your axle travel (articulation off road), longer shocks mean more axle movement.

This is a bolt on kit using original mounting points, no modification is needed to your Defenders chassis.

The Explorer kit can only be fitted to Defender 90, 110, and 130.

This kit is an intermediate between a common 2” lift kit with +2” shocks and our more extreme Challenge Kit which uses +5” Shocks. It is aimed at those wanting improved axle articulation better than common +2” kits but not as extreme as our full long travel Challenge Kit.

We are using Old Man Emu +2” length shocks on the Front and Old Man Emu +3” length shocks on the rear. The rear shocks are converted from a standard Eye/Pin fitting to a Pin/Pin fitting. The reason for this design as of the known problem for the upper Eye fitting on standard fitment rear shocks to break off due to lack of sideways movement. A Pin fixing allows more movement in all directions without breaking off as has been well proven over the years by my +5inch Challenge Pin/Pin Rear Shock mount. If you need much improved reliability then the PIN/PIN fitting shock is the one for you.

This kit can be run from standard ride height up to a 3” lift, we would recommend lifting to 2” maximum for anything that wants to be used on road. A 2 inch lift or higher sometimes require Caster Correction to improve the steering response and stability when driven on the road, by fitting caster correction arms to the front to bring the axle back in align it can cause propshaft vibrations and a Double Cardan propshaft will be required to help hide the vibrations.

By using +2” shocks on the front you are still able to run an Anti roll bar which gives more stability and improves road handling however you will require a spacer kit to lower the Anti Roll Bar to prevent the propshaft from touching the anti-roll bar on axle drop. Part Number – GL1248, 30mm Front Anti Roll Bar Spacer Kit. You are not able to use anti roll bars on the rear whilst using +3” shock.

Our Old Man Emu Sport Shocks will give a much-improved ride and handling quality over other shock absorbers due to their multi-stacked rebound and compression valving, once the shock is compressed it is hard to pull out, this is what gives a much better handling as it stops body roll and bounce, but still giving a comfortable ride on and off road.

For the rear there is a choice of two Pin/Pin +3” shocks GL2007, these shocks give a Medium Sport Ride, recommended for Defender 90 Rear (light to medium weight Land Rovers). GL2006, these shocks have a firmer valve, better suited for use on the Rear of 110/130s and 90s that are heavily loaded. (Land Rovers that are regularly carrying extra weight or towing).

With our Explorer Kit, +2” OME GL2001 Sport Shocks for the front which will be fitted with Heavy Duty Front Turrets GL1056, which have spring relocators built in, to secure with Heavy Duty Turret Securing Rings GL1053. To secure your front springs to your axle you will need our front spring retainers GL1054.

Moving to the rear you will change your standard Eye/Pin shocks for our +3” Pin/Pin OME GL2007/GL2008 Sport Shocks fitted with the Explorer Pin/Pin Shock mounts GL1171. With +3” rear shocks your rear springs will dislocate away from your chassis when articulating, you will need spring relocators GL1064 for a 90 or GL1065 for a 110/130. Rear Spring Retainers will be needed to secure your rear springs to your axle, for a 90 GL1070, for a 110/130 GL1182. For your Rear Arms, you will need our Heavy Duty Cranked Arms GL1074 (BLUE) or GL1175 (BLACK).

Extended Bump Stops GL1057Y-4 / GL1057B-4 will be required if you are fitting a Lift Spring. Extended Brake hoses will be required when using longer travel shock. 


Front Suspension
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Front Shocks choice of 1
GL2001 2x OME Shocks +2 Inch Medium Ride                                            £201.00/£241.20

Front Springs
Pair OME Springs + 1 inch to + 2 inch                                                             £150.00/£180.00
Pair Bearmach Blue Springs + 1 inch to + 2 inch                                           £70.00/£84.00

Front Hardware
GL1056 Pair Front STD Height H/Duty Turrets (inc Relocator) GALV       £67.65/£81.18

GL1053 Pair Turret Securing Rings H/Duty                                                    £24.20/£29.04
GL1054 Pair Front Spring Retainers                                                                £21.00/£25.20

Front Brake Hoses
Pair 200tdi/300tdi/Early TD5, Blue or Black                                                  £27.00/£32.40
Pair Late TD5/Puma, Blue or Black                                                                £29.00/£34.80

Front Propshaft
Front Propshaft EXTREME 30 deg’ wide angle H/Duty                                £245.00/£294.00
Front Propshaft MEGA 2020 wide angle H/Duty                                              £351.00/£421.20
Front Propshaft Double Cardan wide angle ULTRA                                      £475.00/£570.00

Front Propshaft Double Cardan wide angle MEGA                                     £513.00/£615.60

Optional Extras
GL1057Y-2 Pair Front Extended Bump Stops YELLOW                              £42.00/£50.40
GL1057B-2 Pair Front Extended Bump Stops BLACK                                 £42.00/£50.40
NRC9700-2 Pair Front Spring Seats Galv                                                       £15.00/£18.00


Rear Suspension
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Rear Shocks choice of 2
GL2007 2x OME Shocks +3 Inch Pin/Pin Medium Ride                               £221.00/£265.20
GL2009 2x OME Shocks +3 Inch Pin/Pin Firm Ride                                     £221.00/£265.20

Rear Springs
Pair OME Springs + 1 inch to + 2 inch                                                             £150.00/£180.00
Pair OME Springs + 2 inch HD 110                                                                  £166.00/£199.20
Pair Bearmach Blue Springs + 1 inch to + 2 inch                                           £70.00/£84.00

Rear Hardware
GL1171
Pair Adventurer / Explorer STD to +3” Pin/Pin Shock Mounts     £55.00/66.00

GL1064 Pair Rear Springs re locators Chall 90                                             £50.60/£60.72
GL1065 Pair Rear Springs re locators Chall 110/130                                   £50.60/£60.72
GL1070 Pair Rear Spring Retainers HD Round 90                                       £31.90/£38.20
GL1182 Pair Rear Spring Retainers HD Round 110/130                             £36.30/£43.56

Rear Brake Hose
1 x 200tdi/300tdi, Blue or Black                                                                       £13.50/16.20
1 x TD5/Puma, Blue or Black                                                                           £16.40/19.68
1 x EXTRA TD5/Puma with ABS, Blue or Black                                           £14.00/£16.80

Rear Trailing Arms
GL1074 Pair Rear Trailing Arms Cranked BLUE Extra/H/Duty                   £150.00/£180.00
GL1073 Pair Rear Trailing Arms Cranked BLACK Extra/H/Duty                 £150.00/£180.00
GL1075 Pair Rear Trailing Arms Cranked Extra/H/Duty DIY                       £125.00/£150.00

Rear Propshaft
Rear Propshaft EXTREME 30 degree wide angle H/Duty                            £245.00/£294.00
Rear Propshaft EXTREME 30 degree wide angle H/Duty 110/130            £286.00/£343.20
Rear Propshaft MEGA EXTREME 2020 wide angle H/Duty                          £351.00/£421.20
Rear Propshaft MEGA 2020 wide angle H/Duty 110/130                            £370.00/£444.00

Rear Optional Extras
GL1057Y-2 Pair Rear Extended Bump Stops YELLOW                               £42.00/£50.40
GL1057B-2 Pair Rear Extended Bump Stops BLACK                                  £42.00/£50.40
NRC9700-2 Pair Rear Spring Seats Galv 90                                                  £15.00/£18.00
NRC4317-2 Pair Rear Spring Seats Galv 110/130                                       £27.50/£33.00
GL1079 A frame ball joint in housing Inc Bolts if required                           £76.85/£92.22