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Old 26th October 2008, 22:34   #1
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Default Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR

Friends,

Just came back from the Soligere OTR. In all, four 4x4's started at 5.30 am in the morning and came back at 9.30 in the night. (we had originally planned to be back by 3.00 in the afternoon)

This is what happened in the middle of the OTR and kept us busy the whole day.

Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_0385.jpg

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Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_0388.jpg

Tools required: 3 hydraulic jacks, 1 hi-lift jack, 3 tyres and lots of rocks...

I won't tell what happened but the first time it took 3 hours to sort this out and then every 1/2 hour or so we had to address the issue -- with each time approx 30-45 minutes being spent -- all the way till Bangalore.

And yes, we did have a super duper OTR. The terrain with all the recent rains was not easy and I am sure people who went to Soligere trail for the first time enjoyed every bit of the trail & the view from the top.

Both me & wifey enjoyed every bit of it -- even though both of were dead tired at the end of the day. All such incidents are part of an OTR and that's what makes it special.

More details will be posted by folks who had gone to Soligere trail for the first time. Thanks to all who participated and the great spirit/team work to ensure that Mukunds gypsy reached safely back home.

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Old 26th October 2008, 23:18   #2
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So we wait for star_aqua's post? Shahnawaz, don't tease us (OTR newbies) so much!
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Old 27th October 2008, 00:10   #3
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wow!! looks very interesting!!
just spoke to star_aqua and got the full details.. cheers:
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It's obvious. You were high-jacked .


Wild guess #1) Damaged fuel tank, maybe a big dent in it and/or a hole which has made the tank concave, limiting its volume and maybe also hampering fuel pick up. Tank has to be re-filled every 30 minutes because it is no longer capable of holding much fuel.

The initial explosion destroyed your top, windscreen and doors but miraculously left your snazzy tyres untouched.

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The initial explosion destroyed your top, windscreen and doors but miraculously left your snazzy tyres untouched.
Now look at this guess list! About time you start putting down the facts.
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So we wait for star_aqua's post? ...
Yes. and others also who were there. :-)

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It's obvious. You were high-jacked
He he he. You are right. we were hi-jacked a number of times.

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Wild guess #1) Damaged fuel tank, maybe a big dent .....
No. I had thought I had seen it all in my off-roading experience, but this one was unique. It had to do with the suspension and we were literally rebuilding the rear suspension in the jungles.

Damaged fuel tank, engine oil sump breakage, t-case failure, engine failure, shaft/axle breakage.. etc look so simple compared to this one. Especially when one knows that the vehicle can't move an inch -- not even by towing.

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......About time you start putting down the facts.
Just wait sir. The folks who will post a detailed report will explain it all .

Cheers,

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Khan, Time to write the hair raising facts in detail. eager to know more about it.

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First off, you grab all out attention by saying hair raising OTR, and then refuse to divulge the details. Not fair. Out with the details.. We do not have the patience to wait for others to post.
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Looks like the leaf springs were damaged or something.they look is a weird shape.especially the last leaf.

did the leaf spring come out of the rear attach point?

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Khan, eagerly waiting for the reports with lots of pics. Do post them.
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The back leaf springs looks weird. But i can't guess the problem. Anyway, happy to know that he reached home safely. Sorry K_S i could not make it yesterday.

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If you guys are doing terrain harsh enough to break a gypsy, I'm never ever going out with you.
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Broken shocks ? or shock mounts?
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It's obvious. You were high-jacked .


The initial explosion destroyed your top, windscreen and doors but miraculously left your snazzy tyres untouched.
ROFL: DD @ his creative best eh?
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OMG it was an amazing unpredictable terrain. You can’t make out where you are stepping. Ruts on either side calling you and if you miss a second unobserved, then there you are, in rut. At some points this trail hides the track and one cannot makeout which is the way to go. And also this range is full of elephants. Unfortunately or luckily we did not encounter any. If we had encountered one, then there would have been chance for media to write up the report on behalf of us instead on t-bhp.
Ok now lets go through the pics what i have got. Yet the photos are to come from the official photographer who captured every single moment. Lets wait for Dhwanit.

Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-dsc05837.jpg
first pit stop in the jungle
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-dsc05849.jpg
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-dsc05850.jpg
huh starter relay is kaput
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-dsc05851.jpg
talking to each other
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-dsc05853.jpg
tow start
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-dsc05857.jpg
my hand brake
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-dsc05926.jpg
to be continued..

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