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Old 20th December 2012, 12:27   #46
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Hi Samurai,

Congratulations on your new acquisition.

Just wanted to point out one thing. Please do not clamp the winch cable on the pipe above the winch drum (circled in Red). It may cause damage. It is recommend to clamp the cable on the D shackle on your bumper.

Wish you many miles on & off-road with your new JEEP.
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Old 20th December 2012, 12:36   #47
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Just wanted to point out one thing. Please do not clamp the winch cable on the pipe above the winch drum (circled in Red). It may cause damage. It is recommend to clamp the cable on the D shackle on your bumper.
You mean like this?

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You are preaching to the choir. The mechanic who installed the winch had connected like that. That shot was taken 5 minutes after the bow shackle was installed, so I hadn't got around to relocate the hook.

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Hi Samurai,

Congratulations on your new acquisition.

Just wanted to point out one thing. Please do not clamp the winch cable on the pipe above the winch drum (circled in Red). It may cause damage. It is recommend to clamp the cable on the D shackle on your bumper.

Wish you many miles on & off-road with your new JEEP.
What i use is this: (cross posting from this thread: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-te...intenance.html (Article: Winch Maintenance) )

Bought for $17

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Winch saver

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The Winch Saver is the latest safety and equipment protection device for your winch, as it allows you to stow your hook in a safe manner at the fair lead (cable guide), without metal to metal contact. The Winch Saver is designed to be compressed between the hook and the fairlead when stowing the hook.

Whether it's a Master Lock ATV Winch or any other vehicle-mounted winch, each has a fairlead. The Winch Saver is designed to be compressed between the hook and the fairlead. This allows you to stow your hook in a safe manner at the cable guide, without the metal-to-metal contact you'd have with a bare winch. Until now, ATV winch kits (and other winch kits) did not have this capability. An ATV winch (and other winches) has one of several types of winch hooks, and of course the winch cable to stow after use. The winch motor retracts the hook and cable, all the way in, and then locks with a sufficient amount of tension to hold it in place. The Winch Saver insulates the cable guide from the hook.

Winch systems include cable locks, but winching in safety just got better. For every ATV and truck winch, part of your total winching equipment system must be protection against injury and equipment damage from cable backlash. For ATV and truck winches alike, The Winch Saver protects brush guards, and the operators of those winches, from harm.

The Winch Saver holds tension on the cable thus not allowing slack to accumulate in the wraps of cable on the spool, and holds the hook in a ready and safe position. Just by viewing the photo above, a winch operator can easily recognize a few benefits of this product. The Winch Saver is made of a Polyurethane material, which is extremely durable and will last for years. This material has a very high impact absorption factor. How does the Winch Saver protect the winch operator? During the winching process the Winch Saver is slid about 1/3 of the outstretched cable from the hook and locked on. If the cable or the anchor point is suddenly released with the cable under tension, the Winch Saver would serve as a backlash suppression, greatly reducing the back lashing energy of the cable and hook. Reducing the potential for damage to the vehicle or you the operator. A large number of winch owners have been injured due to cable and hook backlash.
Source: Master lock atv winch, fairlead, bare winch, atv winch kits, atv winch, winch hooks

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You mean like this?
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You are preaching to the choir.

Forgive us oh Father Samurai San, for we know not your wisdom.

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Yes, they are lot expensive and very hard to get.
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The Army NGCS is so much in demand, the un-restored wrecks gets re-sold immediately after the auction. And they are lot expensive than civilian version.
And the Civilians are even more difficult to find.

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Ok, that got added to my list. I have long list of things to do before the next monsoon.
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From what I found out from first-hand users, there is a huge improvement, no more boat kind of handling. It costs 25k for 4 shocks.
Looks like the bills are going to keep coming with this one too.

All the best in your journey and choices of upgrades.
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Love the stance of the Jeep, Samurai. I'm pretty sure you're in for the long haul, just like with your CJ, to get the jeep to your approval. Just let me know in advance when you feel like selling it after that. It's as they say here, you do all the work and finally someone comes along and gets to enjoy it without any pain. I wouldn't mind being that someone for a change. All gain and no pain.

Hope your son gets a chance to enjoy this as well.

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Samurai,

Your design aesthetics are almost predictable by looking at the jeeps you have chosen. There is a clear line which one can draw through the CJ to the 550 .

Alternatively, it could be that your photography aesthetics are predictable
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Love the stance of the Jeep, Samurai. I'm pretty sure you're in for the long haul, just like with your CJ, to get the jeep to your approval.
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Your design aesthetics are almost predictable by looking at the jeeps you have chosen. There is a clear line which one can draw through the CJ to the 550 .
Thanks guys. Yes, I do care about aesthetics when it comes to cars. May be because of my photography interest.

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Just let me know in advance when you feel like selling it after that. It's as they say here, you do all the work and finally someone comes along and gets to enjoy it without any pain. I wouldn't mind being that someone for a change. All gain and no pain.
Well, it will be a long wait.

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Well, I can't make the vehicle look better than it is. Such black magic skills belong to Rudra.

Meanwhile the ownership transfer is complete and I have received the smartcard RC.

The MM550 underwent first special service at my local Mechanic, who maintains all of the Team Udupi offroad vehicles. So he knows the special requirement of our vehicles, and what kind of abuse they take. This is important because I don't have to sit there and get the job done. Just show him problem and he will fix it. Also he finds new problems unobserved by me and explains it to me, before fixing it.

1) General Service & Checkup - Done
2) Swapped skid plate was fouling with the exhaust pipe - Fixed
3) Winch fairlead was not matching the hole on the bumper - Fixed
4) Attach all loose hanging brake lines using clips to the housing - Done
5) Rear Brake service - Done
6) Odometer cable was jammed - Fixed
7) Add breathers to both differentials - Done
8) Diesel tank needs to be replaced - Hunt has started
9) Check all axles - Done (looks fine)
10) Add coolant overflow tank - Done (coolant added)
11) Added battery cutoff switch - Done (supplied by Tejas in Jan)
12) Added reverse light - Done
13) Added beeper to the turn lights - Done
14) Lower water hose touching engine block - Replaced with a newer/shorter hose.

He did many additional things, mostly small to tiny items, too significant to mention.

The total bill came to 3500 (1080 for labour). The mostly expensive items were coolant, and the thick electrical cables needed for cut-off switch.

Regarding the hose, how can I get these kind of reinforced water hose for XD3P? These are from Sachin's MM550, which just got fitted with DI turbo engine.

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What's the plan on Diesel tank, relocation ? Are you planning to source CJ tank and install under co-driver seat?
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Congratulations on the jeep,since there was a small discussion on the shocks well i am using ironman shocks on my 3b for quite sometime and i must say,there is a difference in the ride and comfort as compared with the stock ride,the jeep is running stock leaf spring setup .Attaching a click.I personally like the ride now,specially the pot holes are creased out,offroad the jeep behaves better.

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What's the plan on Diesel tank, relocation ? Are you planning to source CJ tank and install under co-driver seat?
No, nothing that drastic. I am looking for a diesel tank that has outlet and inlet on the top and side of the tank.

Here is a pic I stole from swastikviji's FB page. I want a tank like this.

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Congratulations on the jeep,since there was a small discussion on the shocks well i am using ironman shocks on my 3b for quite sometime and i must say,there is a difference in the ride and comfort as compared with the stock ride,the jeep is running stock leaf spring setup
Thanks. Right now new shocks are not my priority. AC is the next big item on my list.
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How did i miss this thread. Wow i liked the family off roader story.

With all your off road collection you may never need to pray to any god to improve our road conditions.
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...Regarding the hose, how can I get these kind of reinforced water hose for XD3P? These are from Sachin's MM550, which just got fitted with DI turbo engine.
I am not sure but see whether the pipe used in scorpio fits your jeep in reverse direction. I have been using the same for quite some time. It is expensive but worth every paisa.
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Hi Sharath,

Just ask your local tinker to reposition the fuel banjo from bottom to side, will save you lot of resources. After seeing Vijis pic I am planning to do the same on my Armada.
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Looks like I will be doing Bangalore Annual OTR with the same Fuel tank.

Anyway, couple things I am getting done this week. The bull bar is not exactly located in the center, that kinda bothered me. So I am making it a little wider so that it will be centered. Also making a plate on the bull bar to mount the winch solenoid.

Just now the AC mechanic came and picked up the Jeep. His shop is 15kms away, so he is picking up and dropping after the installation. I am going with Sanden 507 compressor and superking blower. Says it will be back tomorrow evening.
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SUPER NEWS!!!

Even today I had you in mind after a icebreaking session with a new 550 in our gang. Poor new jeeper was driving thru dust on way back home, I was njoying AC and ICE
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