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Old 4th January 2008, 16:40   #16
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Thanks samurai You made my day. I really miss home. Awesome trip
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Deepak, that dead tree was brought into the frame intentionally to break the otherwise smooth scene. I was just experimenting with composition. Those branches at top right and above GVs top could be removed I suppose.
the dead tree in the frame was inspired. the pic needed it.
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HI Samurai

Excellent report! You surely are having a good time with the GV
The 4X4 section is really coming up well..thanks to u!

Enjoy

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I just came away from a refreshing home stay and a wonderful (albeit hair-raising) drive through coffee estates and hills. Thanks Samurai!
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Fantastic pics...!!

What is a tube type steering??
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woaaaaah that was a nice one, again if i may say so
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@Samurai. What is the rated (official) gradeability of the GV?

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@Samurai. What is the rated (official) gradeability of the GV?
I am not sure there is a specification like that. The entry/exit angle is usually mentioned, but gradeability... may be 40 degree is a good limit. Experts please comments.
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Arrow Great Pictures, Nice Report

Hai there,

Great pictures, the dead tree accentuates the ruggedness and goes with the 4x4 image of the GV, great shot, good thinking.

The report is also graphic; you're digging deep into the 4x4 life.

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I have seen gradeability ratings for many HCVs in India. And 30 degrees gradient is actually huge. The normal gradients on our roads are I think in the range of 7-10 degress. I think there is a 30 degress gradient track at VRDE on which when vehicles are tested, they actually hook a rope onto the front of the vehicle for safety reasons.

The gradeability is generally given as a percentage with 100% referring to the 45 degree angle I think. In general our HCVs (Tata, AL, Eicher etc.) have gradeablities ranging from around 17% to 25% i.e., approximately from 10 degrees to 16 degrees.

I found the formula to calculate the gradeability at Gradeability

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The gradeability is generally given as a percentage with 100% referring to the 45 degree angle I think. In general our HCVs (Tata, AL, Eicher etc.) have gradeablities ranging from around 17% to 25% i.e., approximately from 10 degrees to 16 degrees.

I found the formula to calculate the gradeability at Gradeability
Interesting, thanks for the link. I see it is a function of torque and gear ratio and more. I saw G-Wagon has Gradeability of 60%, but I didn't find anything about GV.
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We have commonly talk about sleeper cars or souped up Jeeps, so this is something new. Gentlemen, please let me present the ultimate Sleeper Jeep.

Mahindra 650 (1986 model)


Those days Jeeps came only with chassis, no body, just like the trucks. The buyer had to complete the body according to his needs. Check the mods on this baby:
1) Tube type power steering.
2) Remote keyless entry and central locking.
3) Engine immobilizer.
4) Bucket seats.
5) The suspension was too good, don't know what kind. It had great ride comfort.
6) Air conditioning.
7) Ling Long AT tyres.
8) Super crawler mode in 4L
9) ICE in the form of JVC CD player, with well hidden speakers.
10) 4WD with LSD (no diff locks though)
11) Inclinometer to measure the inclines.

This Jeep has done 8,87,000Kms so far, about 7 lakhs under him, about 80% offroad. It can easily do 120kmph on highways, I forget which engine he had on it.
8L kms!! i wonder if its even possible!!

BTW thats is one desirable JEEP! Gr8 Mods!

Droooooooool

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hi samurai,
Nice write up and pics. Iam particularly amazed by the jeep. NC 640 Dp nicely done up. Please tell me which engine does it have? Nice modifications....details would be appriciated

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Lovely report.

Loved this picture

http://samurai.smugmug.com/photos/239197935-L.jpg

Just wish it had a better sky
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He means a rack & pinion type power steering assembly.
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Fantastic pics...!!

What is a tube type steering??
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