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Old 30th October 2012, 15:38   #91
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Awesome looking jeep , wish i could afford one like that .

Do post more pics and ownership reviews .

By the way , whats the cost of ownership so far ?
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Looks great. I finally found my Jeep's twin! . Atleast the face. This paint looks good, will not hurt when you take it offroad and that's all that you want from a Jeep!
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Next is working on the platform. Right now, when sacks are loaded into the Jeep, the platform is deforming. So, planning something else to strengthen/give life to the platform.

And, after that, desperately need a set of lockers or nice MT tyres or both!

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Awesome looking jeep , wish i could afford one like that .

Do post more pics and ownership reviews .

By the way , whats the cost of ownership so far ?
Thanks girimajiananth. After the acquisition of the Jeep I've really lost a tab on expenses on all vehicles.. really.. Even though the figures are not big, its frequent. So, difficult keeping a tab.

Here's the latest bill:

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The main ones say:
  • Joint Star (U-Joint) - 430Rs
  • Spindle bearing: 320Rs
  • Grease: 120 Rs
  • Engine Foundation (2 Nos) : 360 Rs
  • A Shock (Gabriel) : 400 Rs
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Old 31st October 2012, 09:43   #93
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looks affordable , reading that you do a lot of off roading . I may not do so much off roading as much as you do.

I may buy an economical jeep for a different purpose and it may be a work horse.
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Sir great looking Jeep and an amazing paint job irrespective of the cost. Hope you wouldnt mind me taking your cues for my Jeep. Is the paint easily available and does matt clear bring this finish.

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looks affordable..

I may buy ..... a work horse.
In a way, yes.. Its an affordable workhorse.
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Sir great looking Jeep and an amazing paint job irrespective of the cost.
Thank you Birani. Comments like these make every drop of sweat and $$$ worth it!
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No problemo!.
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Is the paint easily available and does matt clear bring this finish.
Yes, the paint is easily available. Its the good old NC paint, as they say. And, yes, the matt clear brightens things up and brings out that quality finish.

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Its a break from OTR's now. So, the soft top is ON! Got the original Thar CRDe canopy, which fits like a glove!

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The drawbacks i find for my purpose would be the soft top , and the fuel efficiency. I ve heard that that jeeps are quite heavy and hence poor FE.

I ve been using indica (sold recently) as a work horse . The somersault seats is a big advantage to me .

Primarily it was used as a car to transport machines and a small car for city run arounds.

A hard top jeep will be a good option , again it will lack comfort and FE compared to an indica.
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^^ I get an FE of about 12-13 in the city. And, on Bangalore - Wayanad I get about ~15 or a bit more..

The car comfort, you will not get sir!
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The jeep looks fab and purposeful now, after losing those shiny chrome bits and grills.
Nice choice of colour too.
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The jeep looks fab and purposeful now, after losing those shiny chrome bits and grills.
Nice choice of colour too.
Thank you saar..

Very soon my front axle will go on a CJ3B and I will be getting myself a 57" OKBJ .. Apart from the practical aspect, the looks will increase too, eh?! ..

But, what I'm wondering is the PCD.. How will I change the 160 PCD of the pick up axle to 139 PCD of Jeeps, in a practical way.

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There will be a proper way to do it Dhanush. Its a Mahindra So the parts should be same with min changes that too in cost effective way . That soft top on your jeep looks awesome man I enjoyed the presents of it on my Village Highway .
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Dhanush sir already done the replica of NC paint proposal for the commander. Cant believe the cost difference is so high compared to others variants but then again you happened to point of the ingredients to make it good. Only advice dealer told me was to wait for a couple of hours for it to dry and then do the matt clear. Is there anything else that is required apart from NC base and matt clear? Painting starts on monday.
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And, yes, the matt clear brightens things up and brings out that quality finish.
The jeep looks really swell! Especially with that soft top really completes the vehicle. Just one suggestion - lose most of the stickers if possible (even a few of the tbhp stickers too if possible ) the matt finish will look perfect IMO.

P.s. we need a good set of pictures - kind of a portfolio, don't you think
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Only advice dealer told me was to wait for a couple of hours for it to dry and then do the matt clear. Is there anything else that is required apart from NC base and matt clear? Painting starts on monday.
Hi Barani,

One property of NC paint is that it dries in minutes, if not seconds.. This also makes sure that there is very less dust trapped in the surface, along with the paint. Even though wait for an hour, and then put on the clear coat. And, two things to take care of:
  • NC paint needs very uniform temperature all over the body. It needs to be warm, not hot and not cold. The best times to put on NC paint would be in the morning or in the evening, when the sun is not too harsh.. I think it would be good to put the Jeep in a place where sun starts shining early, and then start painting at say 9:00AM or so. Just to make the whole body uniformly warm.. Or else, use a paint booth, which would be expensive???.. (If the temperature across the body is not moderately uniform, the paint will show fade patches, which is not good)
  • Use a good quality, if possible, very good quality matt clear. Also, the one I used (PU matt clear) takes some time for drying. So, make sure the environment is not dusty. Or use a paint booth.
- Sir, if I may ask, what color have you chose?


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The jeep looks really swell! Especially with that soft top really completes the vehicle.
Thanks ninjatalli !!..
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Just one suggestion - lose most of the stickers if possible (even a few of the tbhp stickers too if possible ) the matt finish will look perfect IMO.
I was thinking about removing the stickers on the door and below. But, it was stuck when I went to a OTR just after painting, so, dont know what will be underneath!..
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Will do Sire!
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Its a break from OTR's now. So, the soft top is ON! Got the original Thar CRDe canopy, which fits like a glove!
Now your Jeep looks really good. The canopy fitment is one of the best I have seen (when done outside).

Still, I see wrinkles on the rear bow and A pillar area, get that also sorted. Did you use the plastic press fit type plugs near the A pillar channel? Any rattling?

BTW, how much did it cost?

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- Sir, if I may ask, what color have you chose?

Sir thank you very much for your guidance on my thread. Will definitely ask them to follow the layout for painting. I had told for the Innova grey earlier but due to the high costs decided to go for your style. It is grey only and my guess is it should be a little lighter to yours. The paint booth works out a bit more than the paint cost!!!

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