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Old 4th May 2009, 12:59   #1
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Default 1st May - Mumbai Recce - Fun Drive

1st was a holiday so drifter, gto and myself decided to do a small recce near my office,
was short and fun and had some nice climbs and decends
not writing a lot now cause works a pain but posting some pictures, hope they do some of the talikng

gto post some of your pictures

more pictures and a video still to some
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Awesome!!! Thats some great offroadin!

Which jeep is that in the first pic? And what tires are those!!
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Wow! Those are some excellent pictures. I see that off-roading has become regular these days. Lovely Jeeps! Btw, is that a modified MM540?
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thats my mm550
work in progress
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Nice pictures Allan. A great day out. Which is that spot where Addy and GTO are stuck in the Jeep? Or are they stuck rather?
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Wow youe MM540 looks awesome with those killer wheels. Would love to see when its completly done.
BTW how did GTO's Jeep come out of that Masive Mud.
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That's a nice way to spend part of a weekend -- with 2-3 fellow 4x4 vehicles. The MM 540 looks nice and am sure will turn out to be great package when complete.

@x_p: in your SPoA setup, do you plan to correct the steering geometry or will it be like what it is currently? IIRC , in your Gypsy (green UA one) the steering is a Hi-Steer one


Folks, why is so much dust being kicked in these pics?

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Old 4th May 2009, 13:52   #8
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T'was more of a fun & short holiday drive than a hard-core OTR (though we had blast!).

Highpoints:

1. Nice spot that's only 45 minutes from home (in Mhape). Good for 2 - 3 hours of fun, though in monsoons it'll probably be a 4 - 5 hour duration spot.

2. We couldn't get to a particular hill that I was very keen on conquering. Allan, I tell you, it's a great climb. Next time for sure.

3. Extreme's beautiful 550; that beast had character. SOA was nicely done = killer ground clearance (notice in the pics). It breezed by a rocky decline where I took two hits, one at the front and the other at the back (bent my rear step). Those mudzillas performed pretty well too. GC is becoming my biggest worry (hopefully solved in the near future...wait and watch ).

4. 4wdrifter's kids riding with me. His younger son - studying in 2nd grade - is a petrolhead in the making. Favorite car? Ferrari F50! They even switched my iPod to play "rock on" on a hill climb.

5. Advantage of female presence : 4wdrifter's wife ensured we had a ready supply of ice-cold nimbu pani, bitings, hand sanitizers () etc. etc. in the middle of nowhere!

Tommorow, I'll upload some pics from my cam to this post itself.
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Wohaa..

Nice fun OTR on your back yard! The SPOA MM550 looks great!! Are the shocks changed for longer length to exploit the complete stronke of suspension? To me the blue shocks look stock.

p.s The 550 in the picture looks like a monster. I request extreme power to retain the rugged look as it is. Reducing the diff ratio to 5.38, rear and front LSD will make this a formidable offroader.
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Nice shots xtreme_power.. doesn't seems to be too hot, what time did you all go?
Even though theres lot more u'll do on it but your 550 looks complete by its own sense, even the seats match overall profile. Nice work.

Waiting for more pics..
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Looks like a terrific May day!!! The 550 looks quite powerful and towering a structure. What time did you all leave and how much time did it take to get out of the mud?
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Great snaps xtreme power.

The mm550 looks awesome. Can't wait to see the final version...
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The drive was fun for me because I was finally able to drive the Forester everywhere, as opposed to the last one where I had to park her and ride with GTO.
This OTR will be different business in the monsoon and I can't wait! Here are some pictures from my side.
GTO testing the water - turned out to be too deep!
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The Forester on a climb
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Some of extremepowers monster MM550 - just check the suspension articulation on this one!
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The Forester had 1-2 of its wheels in the air many times but these are the only shots I got. Maybe Addy got a few more?
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You guys look like you had a blast. Although I like 3 day 4WD camping trips, these 3 hour mud plugging drives are always fun especially when they are unplanned. Last night I had to pick up a mate from the airport and the flight got delayed so I went to a nearby track to get the truck dirty.
What tyres are xtreme power running? 33” or 35”? Since you do so much mud plugging have you considered Simex Centipedes? Some if my friends use it and I don’t think anything can get better traction, even mud chains.
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Allan - the 550 is looking great! Good you see you guys having fun. The 4x4 scene in NCR has taken a summer break with the temp hitting 44c.

Looks like you are going to be a SPOA specialist!

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