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Old 1st February 2010, 11:11   #16
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Perfect terrain for endurance testing and i like the red Mahindra CJ too. Hope to see more pics.
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Old 1st February 2010, 11:40   #17
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...Continued

So we continue on to the dhaba with the two gypsies leading, then me and finally the endy at the back.

After a few kms, i notice that my horn is not working properly. Soon i start smelling burning rubber and see lot of smoke from below the dash.

I pull over and see a small flame dying out just below the ignition key area.
I flag down the endy and we decide that let's tow the jeep till the dhaba and then sort things out and consider options.

So attach a nylon 5 meter strap and the endy starts towing. Trust me, everytime you get a tug, you feel that your spine is going to snap!

Now we are doing approx 15kmph on the busy goa-bombay highway chugging towards panvel... There were many scary moments when a car or truck overtakes and then sees another vehicle approaching from the other side and decides to squeeze into the 5meter space between our two vehicles only to realize that there is a tow rope. And with the battery disconnected, i had no horn or hazard lights to warn people. Quite scary.

Anyways, we finally reach the dhaba. Milind, driving the endy is also quite helpful and makes calls to mahindra. I finally get the helpline number to mahindra and mahindra and after a long wait a lady answers and takes my complaint and address and promises that the helpmobile will call in 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, with danny and milind and friends calling their respective electricians, we finally manage a temp fix by running a wire dierctly to the battery and bypassing the rest. Thankfully, as the below pic shows, there was a short just between the ignition and the socket that connects the rest. Thus we just could unplug the sockets and we were safe from further damage (hopefully).

Anyways, this works and we jump start the car and it starts...

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Old 1st February 2010, 11:45   #18
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^^^That slope looks daunting..the loose soil/gravel would make it all the more difficult for the driver to tackle it. Any pictures of the slope from the side, to help understand the gradient ?

Did the Safari clear it without scraping the middle?
Absolutely daunting.

We did the same slope last time around. Most of the pics are there. See the link below:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...r-sawarsi.html (17th - sunday - MUMBAI OTR - Sawarsi)

Hopefully the others should post more pics soon.

Yup the safari did scrape, but due to the extreme momentum, it avoided getting beached.
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Old 1st February 2010, 12:19   #19
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Danny's son was in my office and have given me some photo's to upload. As he has registered for new account will take sometime to upload the videos.

Thank you.

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ii missed it. :(,

hope you guys had fun and hope no issues in regards to co-ordinating with each other.
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@Tejus: Nice Detailed Report.

@ Dr. Mohan: I am very sorry couldnt reply ur SMS as was busy that time and then...... forgot (getting old)

Waiting for more action pics
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Old 1st February 2010, 16:07   #22
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Good write up Tejas, didn't miss anything.

Ibrahim and me were very obstinate regarding the last slope.He too tried many times ,so we embarked upon removing a large obstacle which we were hitting all the time.The locals also volunteered to remove the stone and they were very helpful.Then Flying Ibrahim floored his Safari and made it to the top.
The more I floored my vehicle the more fuel I was loosing ,so I gave up.
The previous time too the Gurkha couldnt make it,thought the problem was with the stock tires which kept slipping. This time I had Yokos aired down to 20 ,but still couldnt go up.

Prashantji,do not worry,next time I will send you a repeat SMS.

Next Sunday I plan to go to the Phansad Forest which is roughly 32 sq km.
if there is good offroading trail,I will post pictures and videos.
If you guys think appropriate we will have a recce and take permissions from the Forest department.
I would suggest it would be appropriate to stay overnight.We have long weekends coming.
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Dr, will you be going to Phansad by yourself? Its pretty close to Bombay, and it looks quite inviting!
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Thanks for dropping a message Tejas. Couldnt make it due to my best pals wedding prep. Missed another chance. Never been to an OTR till now. and Guys, please help me with an MPFI Gypsy if you could,i narrowly missed getting one :(
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Dr, will you be going to Phansad by yourself? Its pretty close to Bombay, and it looks quite inviting!
I was about to ask that after reading Dr. Mohans post.
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Next Sunday I plan to go to the Phansad Forest which is roughly 32 sq km.
if there is good offroading trail,I will post pictures and videos.
If you guys think appropriate we will have a recce and take permissions from the Forest department.
I would suggest it would be appropriate to stay overnight.We have long weekends coming.
Mohan, keep it for any other day and i will come with you. This coming sunday is the Blind Man's Rally and i have already registered.

... my report about this OTR is still to be continued...

Rjvora, plz ask Danny's son for all the pics and videos or ask him to email them to me and i will post them here
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I see the endy is a GJ-1, Is the guy from Ahmedabad? Am looking for company for off-roading here so would like to know if I can get in touch with him
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I was about to ask that after reading Dr. Mohans post.
im game also .....
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Guys lets plan for a Forest this time...
Putting up plans in
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...ussions-9.html (2010 Mumbai OTR Season - Plans & discussions)
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Harsh, Danny's son, has uploaded a few videos on YouTube. Posting them here on his behalf:














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