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Old 30th October 2016, 16:18   #166
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Assuming you meant "beating" [re: the original trans. crossmember] and in that case, it's more likely been a great number them! Though it wasn't mentioned on my to-do list, I'm planning to redesign it to gain an inch or two of ground clearance - perhaps complete removal in favor of a piece of inverted heavy-gauge 4" c-channel and/or the newer-style low-profile rubber trans mount would do the trick. I don't do hard-core offroad, but these low hanging bits are what get me hung up when the snow gets deeper.
Just an inexpensive little DIY FYI for anyone else looking to gain a little GC (Ground Clearance) on a Jeep / misc. Mahindra product without having to increase CG (Center of Gravity - via bigger tyres, longer shackles, more radiused springs, etc): A definite win-win situation...

I suppose it was when I inadvertently drove over a huge stone in Solang Valley (also cracking the oil chamber) that I did this to my already well-battered and IMO too-low-hanging crossmember.

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...Creating the perfect excuse for this long-intended upgrade...


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...Which took me from this:


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To this (photo angle's a bit different but note the distance from the main frame rail or silencer pipe to the bottom of the crossmember):


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... Gaining at least an inch or two of mid-chassis GC in a pretty sturdy configuration. Probably could gain even more advantage by utilizing a newer-style rubber mount, which is lower-profile.

Bolted in easily...


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...and no issues in the nine days of stress-testing on some of the worst roads out there (Spiti/Kinnaur, as recounted last week in this thread).

The cost: an approx 2-3ft length of 4" c-channel, few bolts/nuts, and a couple cutoff wheels for the angle grinder... and a couple hours of work running into evening darkness...(as so often seems to happen)

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Eric

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Loooong time no see Ringoism. How have you and your Marshal been?

Please post some updates.
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Old 10th December 2017, 22:21   #168
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Loooong time no see Ringoism. How have you and your Marshal been?

Please post some updates.
We're fine, Marshal doing 30kms daily school duties but i'm badly neglecting maintenance the past few months on account of producing these wood- burning stoves, very urgent as the snows approach.

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Hopefully will have completwd 25+ units by month's end. Long, hard work and not a lot of profit margin, but satisfying in some ways...

Marshal to-do list post- December:

1. Power steering (for wifey's sake)
2. front driveshaft u (cross) joints & yoke
3. Clutch (not slipping but drags a little and feels hard, despite lubrication and adjustment, so likely pressure- plate issue)
4. Headliner upholstery and painting of interior door metal and door jambs
5. Several lighting issues.
6. Differential- ring gear maybe, has been howling at speed for years.
7 Wiper motor high speed not working

Etc etc

Most urgently the (annual) selfstarter rebuild, as we're having to roll- start it these cold mornings...

Picked up an old Machismo500 besides... but that's another story/thread.

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Over the course of 2017, the car has carried us to some truly lovely spots, most of them not too far from home. No time for an autumn journey this year (Spiti/Kinnaur/Banjar in 2016, Lahaul in 2015), but can't say we were impoverished:

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Our weekly car-washings under the bridge became a Saturday afternoon ritual and it seems family tradition...

As usual did some service hauling firewood as well...

Rickety / neglected as it is, the car has been reliable and we're grateful to have it. If I felt like buying something that cost several times what this has, I could probably be tempted to trade up to something like a second-hand AWD Fortuner... but other than that can't think of much that would serve our usual purposes so well...

-Eric

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