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Old 16th May 2012, 23:01   #1
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Default Easy, Fun, Cheap & Creative Mods for 4x4 vehicles

I like to do cheap easy fun things to my Jeep and Gypsy, I have seen a lot of others doing this kind of simple and useful mods, lets put all of our ideas on one thread. We all know about Suspension, Crawlers,Lockers,winches and many other things, but how about the little things, that are just creative. Like a Led cabin light, a small magnet to hold your toll ticket,anything small creative custom.
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Great thread. My 2 paisa:

The cheapest ICE you can have. MP3 player (could be your smart phone, thus no cost), mobile phone holder (150 bucks), AUX cable (100 bucks), two old Pioneer speakers, a cheap amplifier and a custom made boom box (500 - 2000 bucks):
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House mats double up as floor mats. This design is very easy to source in India, and is great for off-roading:
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Stainless steel bars. Don't rust, convenient when getting in / out and look great:
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Stainless steel bolts everywhere on the body. Spend a buck more initially, but save 10 down the line. These don't rust, unlike the cheap Mahindra bolts:
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Shall cross post from my classic thread:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...-offing-6.html (An impulsive buy- 1999 Mahindra Classic; Now Sold. Another project now in the offing!)

Mod 1: Half cover for open jeep:

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Sunday is JEEP day. Called my sofawalla in to make a custom cover like the ones sold by Bestop for the Wranglers and other American Jeeps.
Pictures explained:
1. Scorpio cover that i used till now. Took a long time to cover and remove. Difficult to stow away.
2. Cutting according to size.
3. Final cut.
4. Stitching.
5. Final finish.
6. How it is secured to the body.
7. Need to get more of the brackets attached, so using a clip temporarily.
8. Rear View
9. ORVM velcro gaps















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A little sunday afternoon DIY yesterday. Bought a Maruti Van AC type fan (Rs.400) and installed it under the dash. The fan speed is adequate when at a standstill at a signal for example. It is comparable to speed 2 of my four speed OHC fan setting.



Mod 3: Rear front facing seat with storage:

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Updates:

Long awaited pics of my rear bench install. I had an old metal case lying at home with a really thick gauge metal. Sand papered and spray painted it. Took it to the welders and got it fixed to the rear bench. The whole thing is then nut bolted to the tub using existing drain holes.

The side seats needed to be modified slightly and reduced in width.













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something to share

1 vandal proof winch lock -- secure your cable

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2148906 (Mahindra CJ340 joins Team-BHP family)

see also post # 1129 in the same thread



2 MM 540 bonnet lock

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1) On board air - PTO driven comp (not easy, fun DIY, 3K without PTO, creative)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2723653 (1990 M&M Cj340)

WIP -
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2717800 (1990 M&M Cj340)

2) Extra fan on radiator grill for overheating issues with AC (easy, 500Rs, no fun, not creative)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2745510 (2000 Armada Grand 4WD)

3) WW-2 type jeep Breather on diff cover for jeeps with modded FFRA (easy, 50Rs, creative, no fun)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2709560 (1990 M&M Cj340)

4) Auto Rickshaw DirectDrive Wiper motor - (800Rs, fun easy creative)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2528959 (1990 M&M Cj340)

5) Removal of FIP solenoid and making it direct to avoid breakdowns (FREE - easy)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2473992 (1990 M&M Cj340)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2473302 (1990 M&M Cj340)

6) RustProofing the jeep floor with bitumen sheet (1000Rs approx, FUN! not easy, creative)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2473302 (1990 M&M Cj340)

7) 7) DIY Roll cage (NOT easy, FUN, creative, less than 5000Rs for whole roll cage)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2419887 (1990 M&M Cj340)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...ml#post2416918 (1990 M&M Cj340)

At least 1 more coming up in a few weeks...

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missed out 2 more...

8) Battery switch - life saver (battery drain ruled out) - 200Rs~ and a extra length of battery wire, the removable key can be attached to ignition key and be carried away. Kids cant play with lights, horn any more!

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9) Horn switch - this was a fun mod, loved the way truckers honk without moving their palms far away from the wheel - this position is very ergonomic for right palm index+middle fingers (pic angle not correct) - no need to take hands off wheel in city traffic - 100~Rs for the switch. (no earth wire reqd since its mounted on metal frame)

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10) Extended tank inlet (sorry no better pic to explain the point)

OE CJ's tank extends only till the body line making it very difficult for jerry can mouth to reach it and causing spills. This is a small tinkers job of extending it a bit 2-3 inches so that emergency refills will be easier.

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Another simple and useful mod which i had done for both my old gypsy and classic was to install a motorcycle side box (an example pictured below) on the inside of the tail gate. Serves as a tool box / storage box and is completely weather proof as well. Unfortunately i don't have any pics of the install.

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Mod 4: Fixing lights:


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Sunday Afternoon DIY:

Finally got the time to fix the lights.

Got normal L brackets from a hardware store. Painted them black and bolted them to the classic.














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Here are two more:

Master cut-off switch (used in in Army Jeeps). Cost is ~1,000 bucks. Hide it behind the dashboard and you got yourself an anti-theft device:
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A walkie-talkie . Must-have accessory when off-roading or touring in a group:
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^^^ GTO - I thought Walky Talkies are not legal in India, to use without a license. Am I off the mark here?
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Default Solution for Rattling door pads:

For rattling door pads, a cheap solution:

Get this lining sheet that is used below carpets (like in offices). It costs about Rs 50/- per meter (width 52"). Thickness - 6mm for this black sheet. White sheets are available in 8mm, @ Rs 60/- per meter.

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Stick it full - also helps to prevent water on the inside of the door pads.
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Finally got the time to fix the lights.
Tejas, how's the throw - wide or far ? How do these compare to Hella's ?
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Tejas, how's the throw - wide or far ? How do these compare to Hella's ?
Far (spot). Can't compare to hella's though. Cost ~1000 bucks for the pair.
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At least 1 more coming up in a few weeks...
took only 1 day - partly because of this thread...

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-te...line-lock.html (DIY - Simple Hand brake for Jeeps - Ball Valve as a Line Lock)
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A friends gypsy with fire extinguisher, tail gate extra lock,
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Banana connectors, its very useful in a off road Jeep are gypsy, can be used for connecting a work light for emergency break downs in night. you can connect a searchlight to find the trial.

Advantage is you can use a direct wire are you can use a plug, Available easily in all AV stores.
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MP Srinivas CJ with winch cable tie down, we can use this for keeping winch cable warping around the two pipes when it required for next obstacle, no need to roll it back to the spool.
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