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post #1 of 12 Old 04-21-2010, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to the UK...

Found out that I will be moving to the UK with the US Air Force. I plan on bringing my JK with me but have heard that I will be required to make some changes in order to drive it there. Does anyone have any information on the changes that I will have to make once I get there. If possible I would like to have some things in place prior to shipping my Jeep to England.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-21-2010, 07:25 PM
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Amber turn signals for the rear was the all I needed to do, but that was 20 years ago.... You should be able to get in touch with your sponsor, or the LE desk at your gaining base and they will be able to tell you all you need to know... Good Luck in the UK and Thank You for your service, Cheers

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I was at Lakenheath. 13 years ago now. amber turn signals and a rear facing fog light (it will make alot of sense when you get there) Have a Killkenny for me.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-22-2010, 04:04 AM
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Don't forget headlamp beam deflectors, since we drive on the other side of the road.

I thought US military who brought their private vehicles over here were exempt from our vehicle build specs to some degree?

Somebody at the UK base should be able to advise you.

Will it be the Mildenhall Camp? I know there are some Jeepers there who attend some of the UK Jeeping club events.
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I'll be at RAF Lakenheath, should be there around September.
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I was at Mildenhall about 7 years ago. You are better off just letting them take care of it when you get there. You will be given some time to get it done. Its not expensive to let the guys on base take care of it. Should just be amber turn lamps, Light deflectors (which they will probably just put tape on your headlights) and some vehicles needed a red fog light in the back. At the time, I drove a Chevy Blazer and didnt need that red light. I never understood why some vehicles got it when otheres didnt. They do other checks just like you would have back here ie make sure you have a cat converter, emergency brake works (you will probably have to adjust the Jeep's), on and on...

Get ready for the expensive part though...there road tax is outragious. Vehicle insurance is high too, was for me at least on a clean record.
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Do you use USA insurance brokers or do you have to use a UK company?

There are some specialist brokers who cater for modified off-road vehicles and even left hand drive models.

I can provide links if you need them.
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Get on www.militaryjeepers.com and ask the question, there are probably some people on there that might be able to help you.

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I'll be at RAF Lakenheath, should be there around September.
In case you aren't familiar with the area, Lakenheath is really close to Mildenhall. I'm thinking 5-10 miles max.

I've got a friend at Mildenhall if you need any info.

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Well there aren't to many JK's on the roads over here.
I can drive for weeks or months before seeing another.
Guess it makes mine some what 'exclusive'

Yep as someone mentioned in another post, you'll love the road tax.
£405 for mine, 2.8 CRD and probably going up as the Govts bust for cash.
Wonder if you'll get a cheaper rate being a 'visitor'.
Your 3.8L will help to quench the Govt. fuel tax vampires thirst a little I guess.
Have a good time sight seeing on your time off.
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The tight turning circle will be a huge benefit over there.
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