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Old 23rd January 2011, 12:32   #136
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Also want to share few pics have a look this IS IFS

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Well I have to admit that this is really interesting

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Old 24th January 2011, 01:30   #137
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Since I regularly travel same stretch of bad roads in both solid axle & IFS 4WD vehicles, I can probably contribute my 2 cents.

Since most of these are familiar stretch of bad roads (there is no other kind around here), I do make full use of these high GC vehicles and drive fast. In certain rough stretches, the Jeep literally floats above the roads without any trace of traction. I simply have no control over the vehicle at this point. The same stretch on GV, at even higher speed the vehicle remains glued to the road and I don't lose traction. If such stretch occurs in a curve, I really slow down in the Jeep, but can easily turn in the GV without slowing down.

In my experience GV being a IFS 4WD is a much better trail or bad road vehicle, way superior to solid axle CJ340. But when it comes to rock crawling and offroad hill climbs, the roles reverse completely. On bad roads CJ340 can follow the GV, albeit much slowly. But when it comes to rock crawling, slush or hill climbing, CJ340 leads and GV can't even follow.
During a hard core off road session in the heat of August 2006, look what happened.
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During a hard core off road session in the heat of August 2006, look what happened.
interesting , ( though very much Sad ) ,but can you explain when did it exactly happen ?

also will be interesting to know as to what was revealed at the time of repairs , because it will shed some light as to what is the weakest link in this particular vehicle ( TLC Prado ? )

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It was a tough Dune climb. The Inclinometer on my Prado showed over 30 degree and the sand was soft. The base of the dune was badly rutted.

I deflated to 12 psi, took a run from 250 yards in L with 4 H engaged and central diff lock engaged.

The Vehicle was at 40 kmph at the base of the dune and 4500 rpm. It hit the rut with a loud thud but it went up the dune where Range rovers, Jeep Wranglers and Nissan Patrols had failed. I turned the vehicle on the dune top and on descent the vehicle swerved to the right and went down to the ground. The ball joint had broken. There had been some funny metallic sounds earlier in the morning too.

Cost of recovery by 8x8 Truck Rs. 25,000.
Cost of repairs Rs. 75,000 odd!

After repairs I swapped the vehicle with a friend for a M/T SWB 3 Door Prado with the same 5VZFE 3400 V6 engine. This too was full time 4WD with central diff locks and rear LSD.
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Some Pics when this car was modified with Nitro Shockers, ARB bumper and Old Man EMU Extra Duty heavy coil springs
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The ball joint had broken. There had been some funny metallic sounds earlier in the morning too.
Suggests you had a weak joint before the incident. Glad there are no injuries to anyone.

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No injuries, only damage, all in the dangerous game we off roaders play!
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Why wouldn't they make 4WD vehicles with Solid Axle & Coil Springs upfront?

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