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Old 14th August 2011, 22:07   #1
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My Companion of 12 years is back after looong hybernation. This is how she looks. Thanks to Tejas who has taken all the pain to buy and send me the full top set, fenders etc.
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Sir, your ride looks clean and nice. A no non-sense Jeep.

A little more write-up about what engine, config et al its running will be good

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the color , bumpers, NDMS tyres are giving it a true jeep look.

looking very good & i am sure it performs well too.

but the seats configuration is what i like the most.

i would love to use this config in my armada.

please share more details of the vehicle .

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Suresh Sir, please tell more about the HVAC unit, I see it neatly tucked behind the front grille.

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Suresh,

Congrats, looks like a "All systems ready, go!" Jeep.
Let us know the engine and the entire configuration here.
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Thats a neat and tidy jeep,did you purchase recently or is it with you for a long time?
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Congratulations sir, finally she is out. She is looking good and now you can do OTR in AC comfort
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Dear All. Thanks. I will try to answer all the questions.
I am having this jeep for the past 12 years. She is a true companion. Very reliable. The longest non stop drive it has done was about 950km. It was completely stripped and re-built now. It is a 1990 model standard CJ 340 It still has the original Peugout XDP 4.9 engine and the KMT 90 gearbox. It has the 2 lever Transfer case. It have changed the Air filter to the paper type. The exhaust pipe has a flexible joint. I have changed the differential from 5.38 to 4.27( it has of course have tamed the original grunt but I find it is a reasonable balance and she has performed decently in the first Munnar- Kodai OTR) . It has a full floating axles in the rear with an LSD. The axles are hardened and custom made my me. The front housing/axle is changed to MM 540's. It has free wheeling hubs. The winch is Ramsey REP 8000. The high lift jack is a 4 feet one. The fog lamps are the work lamps of Bull dozers. Instead of the regular D rings, It has a custom made EYE- bolt fittings in the front. The A/C compressor is Sanden make and the blower is a national unit. The radiator is four core and I have moved towards the fan( to avoid overheating). I have introduced a timer for heating. The battery is Amaron Harvest(90Amps). The fenders, side indicators and the top/doors are Classic's(Thanks to Tejas). The Driver seat is from a ceilo ( it is very comfortable) and the seat belt is from an indica. The original rear door was beyond repair and it is replaced by a 540's. I have retained the original bumpers and the side steps.
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Suresh sir, when did you change the 5.38 - 4.27? During this rebuild? Or even before?

The outcome is very nice. The HLJ seems to hinder the rear right tail lamp...
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Dear Santhosh, Thanks
The ratio change was done at least 3 years back. In between I have switched it back now again it is with 4.27 ratio. The high lift jack will be fitted only for off roading but still I agree it is not the best place.

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Suresh Sir ,

I was seeing the step by step rebuild of the jeep . It was an awesome and inspiring sight. Now she looks great and I know she also performs great. Now you are giving me ideas of changing the diff ratios . I am also thinnking of the same for quite some time now but was resisting for sentimental reasons and also for the fear of losing out on the off-roading capability.

As some one already mentioned the Seats are great and i am looking to change mine too to the same configuration .

AC too is a nice touch and will touch base with you regarding the performance later after it runs for some time.

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My Companion of 12 years is back after looong hybernation. This is how she looks. Thanks to Tejas who has taken all the pain to buy and send me the full top set, fenders etc.
Suresh sir, I just checked into the Kuttikanam offroad meet today and just remembered the lovely get together I had with the whole TVM-nowturned-Bangy team. It was a wonderful and jovial experience meeting each one of you.

Was searching on your name and saw this lovely jeep of yours. I like the hood work. By the way , I have got my hands on 8/43 front and back crown & pinion from an petrol model 540, working on your tip to go for one. Would get this in Bangalore through my younger brother tomorrow. Need your advise on a reliable workshop, where I can get this installed. Currently my 540 has a 9/44 or 4.88 in the front & back.
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Saw this jeep at Raju Chettan's workshop in Ramamurthy Nagar today morning.
Nice looking jeep, lot of things to copy from this one :-)
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