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Old 30th May 2012, 22:32   #151
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Infact, I had all the problems mentioned above and this is what was done by electra . . . . but that was in a MG413W
Thank for the help Vikram!

UPDATE: I'm in Bangalore right now and have given my car to Zac for a day to get the SNORKEL fitted! (Getting prepared for the Monsoon OTRs) I also mentioned the steering pulling left problem to him and he said that he will see if he can sort it out. Picking it up tomorrow evening. Can't wait to see how much of a difference the snorkel makes to the performance.

Will post a report of the performance increase and photos after I drive it back to chennai tomorrow evening.

Oh I also picked up the HD air compressor and speedy deflator from Zac. Those are for the Palar Challenge Recces that I have been joining in on.
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Went to the beach to test out my new equipment yesterday with a few friends (passengers only). Deflated to 20 psi for the beach with the speedy Deflator. It removes the core of the valve to deflate quickly. I deflated from 35 psi to 20 psi in a matter of about 5 minutes for all 4 tyres! Will get quicker as I get more familiar with the method.

Got on the beach in 4L 3rd gear at first but that was too slow for our liking so changed it to D (automatic) to allow it to shift to 4th and 5th gear. Cruised along the beach checking out various things along the way. Our plan was actually to drive all the way along the beach from our entry point to a lake/pond next to the ATV place. A matter of about 10 KM or so but half way through we couldn't proceed along the beach any further due to a fishing village on the shore. So we back tracked a few hundred meters and found an exit point. Drove on road at 60 km/hr (to not over heat the deflated tyres) to the next secret entry spot next to the pond. Had to take some tight and twisty forest trails but finally made it to the pond where we just chilled out and enjoyed the great weather along with some music that was pumping from the car.

As we were about to get back on the road I brought out the compressor. The reported rate of filling is 72 liters per minute and it draws its power from the car battery (I left the car running while filling). Took a bit longer than I expected to fill air actually. When Zac showed me how to use it at his shop, we tested it on the spare tyre. So obviously that must have filled faster than the loaded tyres.

Anyway, it took about 3 minutes per tyre I would say to inflate from 20psi to 35psi. Not that long or anything but there were a couple hitches that I noticed.

Firstly the on/off switch is on the compressor itself so I have to either have someone turn it on and off while I watch the pressure or I have to go to the compressor and switch it off myself. When I go to switch it off myself, I have to let go of the gauge, so the coiled tube connecting the compressor to the tyre valve pulls the valve to one side potentially causing unwanted strain on the valve itself. Amrth (Twinn on TBHP) told me to be careful not to bend that valve too much so this was a concern to me. If I was filling up alone then I wouldn't have anyone to switch the compressor on/off and thus would have to let the valve stretch and bend for a few seconds until I switch the compressor off.

Could this cause problems in the future? It could but I'm not sure.

Also to prevent this stretching, I had to hold the gauge and tube close to the valve of the tyre. Would have been nice if I could just turn the compressor on and walk around for 3 minutes until the job is done instead of holding it for all that time. I'm sure I'll figure out easier ways to go about this in the future though.

To conclude, GREAT products. Seem like very high quality items that were built to last. Nothing flimsy about them at all. They will be of great use to me in the future I'm sure.

THE SNORKEL:
Looks great and solidly attached with a mild performance increase at low speeds. The ram air effect of the forward facing snorkel is really noticed at around 100km/hr where I only have to lightly breathe on the throttle to keep it at that speed. Great for fuel economy I suppose. I don't want to cross 100 with the MTs. I think it's a safe speed and one in which I can come to a stop after a reasonable distance. The braking performance has been noticeably affected with the MTs and Steel rims. Largely due to the MTs though.
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Old 2nd June 2012, 22:06   #153
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Hey Endeavour333,

I was in Madras on Friday and saw your car (don't ask me where, it was somewhere en route to Zara), just want to compliment you on the way you have brought the vehicle to it current state.

And the fact that the pics just don't do justice to the way it looks in flesh and blood.

Awesome

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Hey Endeavour333,

I was in Madras on Friday and saw your car (don't ask me where, it was somewhere en route to Zara), just want to compliment you on the way you have brought the vehicle to it current state.

And the fact that the pics just don't do justice to the way it looks in flesh and blood.

Awesome

Cheers, slicks
Thank you slicks! I don't have a photographers mind at all and only have an iPhone to take pictures so I'm never able to capture the real looks of the car in pictures. Every time I see it, I wonder why it never looks so beastly in any of the photos I take! The only picture that makes it look close to its real life presence is this one, which was taken by Zac Marrat in Bangalore after installing the tyres and rims:
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The Endeavour has been performing much better than I expected on the Palar sand! I take the exact same route that all the jeeps and gypsies do and honestly I keep getting surprised at how easily I get past some of the obstacles. I do take a few hits to my transfer case skid plate due to the ramp over angle and comparatively softer suspension but I get over it anyway. Skid plate is definitely due for a replacement. Just part of the game I suppose. No other problems at all, the speedy deflator and ironman air compressor are a HUGE help to deflate and inflate my tyres while entering and leaving the sand. Would not go anywhere without them!

Palar is such a GREAT place for offroading. It's so much fun to make your way across the river bed as you have to plan your route and look at which path your vehicle can take and which paths it can't. There are so many obstacles along the way too which keeps it constantly exciting. Also my maxxis bighorns once deflated are excellent. Cannot be happier about my cars performance right now.

Got a clip from the recce: This was a decently challenging climb and I was happy to see that the Endeavour made it through. After this though I did some even more challenging and fun stuff but since we were all on the move there wasn't anyone to take videos.



Also, I tried to be a hero by rescuing a stuck jeep but got stuck too in the process. Front ifs was beached and at the rear my diff was resting on a hard patch of ground in the middle of the track. Pics below.
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Vishnu,

1- Lathangi Ford?
2- You have one mean, surly but beautiful beast!!! Congrats; keep the passion alive!!! Your Endeavour will turn into a museum when you leave for the US; I am sure Ford, if they are watching this thread are going to do a case study for marketing the possibilities of an Endeavour :P

3- When is the next beach hit? I might want to join you to have a first hand view of the machine.

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Hi Vishnu nice suv. Take me for a ride in it one day .
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Great looking Endy, however may i suggest that you should remove the OEM stickering from the front doors, it will give your SUV a very clean look.
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Great looking Endy, however may i suggest that you should remove the OEM stickering from the front doors, it will give your SUV a very clean look.
Left door is removed - We will do the right door shortly!

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Left door is removed - We will do the right door shortly!

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uh oh! that smiley doesnt look normal ....was the sticker on the left door removed intentionally or was it courtesy some offroadin maneouvre .
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Vishnu,

1- Lathangi Ford?
2- You have one mean, surly but beautiful beast!!! Congrats; keep the passion alive!!! Your Endeavour will turn into a museum when you leave for the US; I am sure Ford, if they are watching this thread are going to do a case study for marketing the possibilities of an Endeavour :P

3- When is the next beach hit? I might want to join you to have a first hand view of the machine.

Cheers,
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Thanks Shyam, I'm really enjoying the Endeavour and am constantly getting surprised but what it can do. I have discovered a few weaknesses however that are going to be addressed shortly. Namely the Transfercase Skid Plate and the REAR BUMPER.

Getting the Ironman 4x4 Underbody Protection to sort out the transfer case skid plate or might just get one custom made one instead.

Getting a custom made steel rear bumper that is being fabricated at BoltOn Concepts in Bangalore and will get that fitted as soon as it is ready (Within the next 2 weeks). Will post pictures up here after I have it installed.

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uh oh! that smiley doesnt look normal ....was the sticker on the left door removed intentionally or was it courtesy some offroadin maneouvre .
Removed the left side already to see what it would look like and planning to remove the right as well. You're right, I like the look better without the sticker.
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Update: I got a new STEEL REAR BUMPER! Got it done at BoltOn Concepts, Bangalore. It is custom made to look like the stock bumper. It only has a temporary coat of dull black paint mixed with primer as of now but I am going back to get a proper coat of paint 2nd week of October.
The bumper also required some additional supports to withstand towing force which will be added then as well.

Went on an OTR this weekend that I thoroughly enjoyed. Some pics and videos of it all:

Watch the videos in HD!
Video 1: You can see at 00:34 that I apply a little brake to get the torsen to lock up and it moves up the slope cleanly. left foot was used to tap the brake and right foot on throttle - this is easier with an automatic.


Video 2: First rocky climb is actually harder but cant see the slope or the terrain because of the place from where the video was taken.


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Update: It is custom made to look like the stock bumper.
is there a rear bumper as accessory by Ford? how much does an IronMan cost?
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is there a rear bumper as accessory by Ford? how much does an IronMan cost?
Not sure what you mean by rear bumper as accessory but they offer a plastic skid plate as an option. Obviously that is not sufficient. And ironman does not offer a rear bumper for this model. That's why I needed to get one custom made
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Just got back from the Coorg Offroad event and had a great time. The trail was a bit easy though because it had not rained heavily for the past few days. It did however become more challenging though after it rained extremely hard when I was 3/4th the way through the trail. It was my first experience in slush too. The trees on the side are especially intimidating when you start sliding toward them with little to no steering control.

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