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Old 12th November 2007, 21:01   #46
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1)Go to Hiryadka (manipal->parkala->hiryadka) take right and take the Patla/hirbettu road.

When you are 2 kms before Patla high school, there are breakaway roads to left. These routes are used to walk to pernankila (the Ganesh temple) and good for offroading. You may find some wild peacocks on the way too. It 's a good offroading route to reach pernankila.
Hey Thanks. We did the pooja for GV at Pernankila Ganesh Temple. But we didn't take the back route, heard it was closed. But we still had fun there. That report is here: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...-team-bhp.html

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How do you manage to track all these places down ?
This is my neighbourhood man.
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Hi Samurai,

You seem to be ready for a lot of Great Victories with your GV, the difference being that you will have to unsheath all the powers of the GV. With a neighbourhood like the one you have, GV was your right choice. Have fun and keep sharing your experiences with us.

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Old 26th November 2007, 00:09   #48
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We visited the same spot again today since Rudra wanted to shoot there. Unfortunately that major incline was eliminated by the work party. Now there was a new one. But the new one was extremely loose mud, it was near impossible to even walk on it without slipping. It would slide under your feet.

The first attempt to climb it was a failure, after spinning wheels in vain, I backed out. Not even 4L lock helped. After some head scratching, I realised it was the highway all-season tyres that was slipping on loose gravel, just like during my Gurkha TD. So I decided to add some momentum by approaching with little more speed. And.... it worked after some initial hiccup. Hurray!

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Old 26th November 2007, 09:05   #49
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Some dust images after the off-roading...

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Sam thse pics were awesome. Where is this temple?? Somewhere around mangalore or what???
So which other vehicle are you taking on that route now that you know the way
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The video of both attempts, first one failed, second one worked.



maddy42: That's a family temple, not really open for external visitors. It is nothing more than a shed with a tin roof and a small statue.

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Did you get any clutch burning smell during first run? did you start on 4L or engaged 4L after you got stuck?
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Did you get any clutch burning smell during first run? did you start on 4L or engaged 4L after you got stuck?
No, the tyres were spinning, not stuck. With A/T or M/T tyres it would have been very easy. I started on 4L lock from the get go. But the mud was too loose. Notice at the end how my son had difficulty climbing due incline due to the loose mud.

I just realised that the incline looks little flatter than it is in reality. That was because the video camera was placed in much lower plane forcing it to look up towards the incline.
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Pic #2 is great, she's got that menacing look but her cool white dress tends to make you think otherwise
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Samurai that was a nice video. Hope for more powerful videos in the future...cheers
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amazing video and nice pictures , i can see that you are really enjoying the ownership of your GV
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I see that the driver side window is open when climbing the slope.Was it intentional? Did you switched off the a/c and opened the windows to get easy on the engine to climb the slope or you generally switch off the a/c when off-roading?

Pardon my ignorance if my question is dumb.

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I see that the driver side window is open when climbing the slope.Was it intentional? Did you switched off the a/c and opened the windows to get easy on the engine to climb the slope or you generally switch off the a/c when off-roading?

Pardon my ignorance if my question is dumb.
No question is dumb. Although I switched off the AC and opened the window, it was not to increase power, I needed to communicate with the people outside. The tyres were spinning, so power was not the issue, but traction was a problem due to street tyres. Coming in a little faster (momentum) pushed me through.

While coming down I fully put the window down so that I could see where my tyres were going.
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No question is dumb. Although I switched off the AC and opened the window, it was not to increase power, I needed to communicate with the people outside. The tyres were spinning, so power was not the issue, but traction was a problem due to street tyres. Coming in a little faster (momentum) pushed me through.

While coming down I fully put the window down so that I could see where my tyres were going.
Thanks a ton Samurai.May be you can upgrade to a better set of tyres specifically designed for off-road use.

BTW,Vitara looks smashing in White.Have to really see one in flesh.

Congrats and wish you happy times ahead.cheers:
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Thanks Rajeev, while GV is equally home on-road and off-road, it is a little harder to get a tyre that is equally home on-road and off-road. By switching to A/T I might get better off-road traction, but it comes at the cost of highway performance. In addition, the choice of A/T tyres in India is very slim or non-existent. So I'll need some time to procure the right tyre.

I am also in the process of changing the stock plastic skid plates to 6mm aluminum skid plates. That'll give better protection.

Besides the GV's average GC is not high, so I have to be careful about what challenges I can take up. In the last weekend off-road trip, I had to give up at least two off-road challenges that I judged to be harmful for the car. Ego is not something you can afford while off-roading, don't overestimate the ability of the vehicle.

The following shot was taken right after an U-turn, once Rudra & I realised that the rocks in the middle of the path were too high and may hurt the underbelly. It was a truck path, one needs pretty high GC in the center.

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