£2,500 (£3,000 inc VAT)
Shielder have been manufacturing bulkheads for years. With nearing 4000 units manufactured our machining and assembly processes are refined and matured, producing accurate fitting bulkheads.
Shielder set out to manufacture new bulkheads that could be galvanised, as galvanising greatly extends the life of a metal product.
To achieve this Shielder needed to re-engineer specific sections found on the original bulkheads. The problem is, original bulkheads are double platted (sheet metal layered on top of sheet metal) in the footwells and across the middle of the bulkhead, above the transmission tunnel.
The double platting does not allow the bulkhead to be properly galvanised and instead leads to early product failure.
To overcome this problem and ensure a bulkhead can be properly galvanised Shielder re-engineered the bulkhead to have no double platted sections.
Our design is unique, and no other bulkhead on the market offers this.
Shielder bulkheads are manufactured from thicker sheet steel than the original bulkheads, 1.5mm verses 1mm. The outcome is a stronger bulkhead that can be properly galvanised with no negative impact.
With years of bulkhead manufacturing experience, we are confident our bulkheads will fit and restore your Land Rover.
As a guarantee of quality and workmanship we offer a 100 day returns policy in exchange for a full refund.
Shielder Chassis is a UK company that is founded and registered in Northern Ireland. As a result, all our customer order exports from Northern Ireland into European countries are governed by a unique EU agreement known as the Northern Ireland Protocol.
In brief this Protocol allows Shielder Chassis straight forward hassle-free shipping direct to our European customers.
Northern Ireland's ability to sell products to Europe while the rest of the UK faces difficulties lies in the unique arrangement known as the Northern Ireland Protocol. This Protocol, a result of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, is aimed at avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland while maintaining the integrity of the EU's single market. It essentially creates a customs border in the Irish Sea, meaning that Northern Ireland follows EU customs rules and regulations for goods entering or leaving the region, while the rest of the UK does not.
The Protocol means that Northern Ireland is effectively still part of the EU's single market, allowing for frictionless trade with the EU. This is a significant advantage for Northern Ireland-based businesses, as it allows them to continue to export to the EU without facing the same regulatory and customs barriers as their counterparts in the rest of the UK. For example, if a company in Northern Ireland produces food or agricultural products, it can continue to sell those products to EU countries with minimal disruption, whereas a similar company in England or Scotland may face additional checks and costs due to the UK's departure from the EU.
Another advantage for Northern Ireland is that it can take advantage of the EU's trade agreements with other countries, giving Northern Ireland-based businesses access to markets that the rest of the UK does not have. For example, the EU has a free trade agreement with Canada that the UK is no longer part of, but Northern Ireland-based businesses can still access that agreement through the Protocol. This means that Northern Ireland has a significant advantage in terms of trade with Canada, which is a significant market for some Northern Irish products, such as whiskey.
However, it's worth noting that the Northern Ireland Protocol has not been without controversy, with some politicians and businesses in Northern Ireland arguing that it creates a barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. There have also been concerns about the administrative burden placed on businesses in Northern Ireland, as they must comply with both EU and UK regulations. There have been calls for changes to the Protocol, with some advocating for its complete scrapping, while others argue that it should be tweaked to make it more workable for businesses.
In conclusion, the Northern Ireland Protocol has allowed Northern Ireland to continue to sell products to Europe while the rest of the UK faces difficulties due to Brexit. By creating a customs border in the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland is effectively still part of the EU's single market, allowing for frictionless trade with the EU and access to markets that the rest of the UK does not have. While the Protocol has not been without controversy, it remains a unique and advantageous arrangement for Northern Ireland-based businesses.
Delivery cost is calculated at checkout based on your delivery address.
You will have three options at Checkout.
#1 PAID - Pay for delivery to your shipping address.
#2 FREE – Collect your items from our Liverpool warehouse.
Unit 5F, Toleodo Road, Triumph Business Park, Liverpool, L24 9GQ
#3 FREE – Collect your items from our Armagh warehouse.
Unit 1 Old Gas Works Yard, Culdee Drive, Armagh. BT61 7RJ
Please call our Armagh office for a delivery quote or to arrange collection.
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0044 28 37518271
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One common thing we hear people ask after receiving their bulkhead is;
‘Why do the welds look so visible and protruding?‘
‘Why not grind and polish the weld down?’
‘Why don’t you spot weld to help avoid this?‘
The answer is that we decided to eliminate double skinning (a process Land Rover used) on the bulkhead to prevent moisture & rust traps. As we don’t double skin instead we have increased the strength of the steel from 1.0mm (Land Rover OEM) to a heavier 1.5mm steel. Spot welding does not work on this heavier steel. The additional benefit of upgrading to 1.5mm steel is that the entire bulkhead is strengthend throughout. Read more on the benefits of a Shielder Bulkhead vs that of a Land Rover original.
We know that our customers take a lot of time and pride in their work, and want their completed vehicles to look their best.
As Defender owners ourselves, we understand this desire for OEM perfection, and so we strive to produce high quality products that make our customers happy.
Achieving a high quality finish and appearance is just as important to us as it is to our customers.
Below is a short description on what causes raised welds;
The raised welds are not a result of neglect during manufacturing, or that we couldn’t be bothered to take the time to grind & polish the welds down. In fact, all welds on Shielder Bulkheads and Chassis are ground and polished flat before galvanising.
Here is the actual reason behind the raised welds;
Raised welds after galvanizing are a common occurrence in the fabrication industry.
During the galvanising process the metal is submerged in molten zinc at approximatley 450 Celcius. This rapid change in temperature causes a differing chemistry between the steel and the weld material — namely the silicon level.
Some concentrations of silicon can speed up the metallurgic reaction between the zinc and steel, causing rapid large crystal growth. This in turn, causes the welds to become raised in comparison with the surrounding steel. So after the galvanising process the human eye is easily drawn to the welds and as a result opinions form.
So the preparation before priming and painting is equally as important as to the painting itself.