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Old 30th July 2008, 20:20   #61
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While Jeep owners are understandably a bit snooty about their off road prowess (myself included), the fact is that 4x4 "luxury" SUVs can be very capable off road, especially with a few minor modifications.

I would say that the most important element in negotiating technical terrain is driver skill. This just cannot be emphasized enough. In fact, I would venture to say that any 4x4 SUV can go through just about any trail done on OTRs by Jeep groups in India.

Keep in mind that there is always more than one route between point A and point B. If the trail has a particularly difficult section, a larger SUV may have to go around where it is less challenging. The point is that the SUV still will make it to the destination.

Driving a Jeep into a 4 foot deep mud pit is fun in a Jeep, but sometimes not necessary to get through. So let's not confuse intentionally getting stuck for fun with getting through the terrain.

So to the folks with SUVs, please do try any and all OTRs with the Jeep folks, it will be fun, and you will find out just where your vehicle and driving skill limitations are and improve them. You never know, you SUV just might do better than you think and get through some places that a Jeep doesn't. The most important thing when doing an OTR is to have a team spirit, and positive attitude, since these are NOT competitive events. OTRs are all about enjoying the thrill of off roading, and helping out a buddy if they get stuck.
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So very well put. I completely agree rRED340
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RedMM340, very nicely put in perspective

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I didnt really get which SUV you own,
Hmmm, even after seeing his handle aka DicorEX4x4?
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RedMM340, very nicely put in perspective


Hmmm, even after seeing his handle aka DicorEX4x4?

Damn, i guess its age. Thanks.
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Thank you Spitfire and RedMM340.

I have a January 2007 Tata Safari 3.0 DiCOR EX 4x4 done 37000 km. I do a bit of off roading right now but nothing planned and major like the organized OTR events. I love taking on slush, mud, inclines and various obstacles in my Safari.

OK, next OTR event organized close to where I am then, here I come! Since this is also my daily drive, I know I will need to be careful.
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How about the Golf Course all 18 Holes.

The Bunker should prove to be quite challenging.
interesting, can any of our 4x4 come out of a decent golf bunker on its own?

have anybody tried?
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interesting, can any of our 4x4 come out of a decent golf bunker on its own?

have anybody tried?
The Czech trucks, the Russian Military trucks and the Fire Engine as mentioned by Nitrous can

Actually when they were redoing the Golf Course behind EGL. Dont know the name, dont play golf. Saw a couple of Military Stallions passing through the bunkers with ease.
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3. Dried river beds:
Some months back, when I was at a place called Mayannur, JNV Mayannur in Trichur district, I wa told fo a short cut to reach Ottapalam - walk across the Bharatapuzha river. I was also told that some jeep drivers go across the river. This is possible only during summertime. Place appears to be few KMS from one of our non-resident, but frequently resident member's home.

During and just after the monsoons, they use a country boat to cross the river. Worth a research as a soft-OTR location.
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interesting, can any of our 4x4 come out of a decent golf bunker on its own? have anybody tried?
All golf bunkers are not alike. Did you see brit open recently?
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I have not seen a scorpio in action, but a youtube video where a grassy slope defeated it because of open diffs.
So barring rocks, if you talk about sand etc., luxury SUVs should be quite capable if it has LSD or Locking diffs, with open diffs you are essentially 2WD
offtopic but
this is the video i was talking about,this is very similar to the video you have mentioned

And not all big suv's are bad offroad check this out

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