Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > 4x4 & Off-Roading > 4x4 Vehicles


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 16th May 2008, 00:37   #1
BHPian
 
RedMM340's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: on the move
Posts: 459
Thanked: 22 Times
Default Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"

Hi fellow BHP members,
I wanted to do a write up on my 1999 Mahindra MM550 XDP to share what all I have done.

I have done a long series of modifications on this vehicle, but will just give the details of the current configuration. It works well as a daily driver in Delhi. Great for bad roads and potholes. You really don't have to slow down for potholes...just aim straight and go! It is also great for adventure trips. I have taken this jeep on a number of trips to Leh, Sangla Valley, Srinagar, Rajastan, Corbett Park, etc. It pretty much a go anywhere anytime type of vehicle.

The XDP engine is the 2.5L naturally aspirated diesel with an aluminum head. It revs up really high with decent performance, but it really needs a turbo. The gearbox is the 5 forward speed with reverse. Nice smooth gearbox and hydraulic clutch. It also came with power brakes and front discs. Suspension is a bit soft and has a smallish front anti-sway bar. The ride is much better with the Bilstein shocks that I recently installed.

List of mods:
Hardtop (steel) with full lining.
Full internal roll cage
Air conditioning
Carpet interior
Maruti Esteem front seats
Rear seat facing forward with matching fabric
Front bull bar
Side nerf bars
H.D. roof rack with tire mount
Rear fuel can mount
Aluminum double pass race radiator
High flow Flexalite radiator fan
K&N air filter
Free flow exhaust
8x15 alloy rims with Desert Dueler 10R15 tires
Bilstein H.D. gas shocks
Rear LED tailights
Front Hello fog lights
Really BIG Roots Horns

Attached are some pics of the Jeep in Delhi and on various trips just to show what type of terrain it has been through.

Regards,

Gaurav
Attached Thumbnails
Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-p5020244-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-p5020246-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-p5020259-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-img_3799-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-img_3770-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-img_3874-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-img_3898-large.jpg  

Attached Images
 
RedMM340 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 02:02   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Dubai
Posts: 3,854
Thanked: 123 Times
Default

Great one, Gaurav!

A wonderful vehicle and looks like you are making the most of what has to be offered!

Whats the ICE? Noticed the speakers in the last photos! :-)
HappyWheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 05:18   #3
BANNED
 
khaadu75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: same as the proposed venue for F1 ;-)
Posts: 1,154
Thanked: 11 Times
Default

Amazing pics ... Im hoping to get to see this in flesh in a day or two :-) !!
khaadu75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 07:05   #4
Awaiting Email Confirmation
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: India
Posts: 1,745
Thanked: 19 Times
Default

Hello gaurav!
any reason why the mm340 recieved the engine swap from the scorpio and not this one?
also,do you have any plans for a turbo in the MM550?

the suspension being soft in this jeep... how did that happen, is it because of the bilsteins?did you feel that the new suspension set up has taken away a lot of off road ability?or is it something we can live with as long as we dont do any extreme off roading?

the stock MM540 is very stiff. is the MM550 different suspension-wise?

sorry for all the questions, but a project like this has been a dream for me since I was in school.

Love the pics.
rippergeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 09:16   #5
BHPian
 
S@~+#0$#'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 701
Thanked: 36 Times
Default

Awesome Jeep you got there Gaurav. Very nicely executed mods.

Could you please post more pictures on the engine compartment and suspension, would love to see the performance stuff in there.

Is this an MM540 converted by using the Army-spec MM550 Engine\Gearbox or did you pick it up through an army auction?

Can we also have more pictures on the Red Jeep in your profile please?
S@~+#0$# is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 09:58   #6
Team-BHP Support
 
khan_sultan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 4,631
Thanked: 2,947 Times
Default

Hey Gaurav, Thats one mean machine you have got there.. I hope you are hooked up with the Delhi chapter of the 'jeep thrills' so that you can take your machine for offroading.!!

Again.. congrats and an awesome machine there.. do share more details of the red jeep also.
khan_sultan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:06   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
vinod_nookala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 1,737
Thanked: 410 Times
Default

hi gaurav,

Really rugged looking jeep you have!!! POst more pics of it....
vinod_nookala is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:17   #8
BHPian
 
RedMM340's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: on the move
Posts: 459
Thanked: 22 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by HappyWheels View Post
Great one, Gaurav!

A wonderful vehicle and looks like you are making the most of what has to be offered!

Whats the ICE? Noticed the speakers in the last photos! :-)
Sony CD player in the glove box, a pair of Sony 6x9s, 600W 4 channel amp, 12 subwoofer.

However, I removed the sub and amp last week. The sub was taking up too much room behind the rear seat. The amp was just getting abused with dust and water so I pulled it out before it gets destroyed.
RedMM340 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:35   #9
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,042
Thanked: 13,487 Times
Default

That's a wonderful Jeep you got there. Damn, you got two dream Jeeps.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:40   #10
BHPian
 
johy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Siliguri
Posts: 837
Thanked: 370 Times
Default

Man, I love your jeep - and those HORNS! Keep it up.
johy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:41   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
Dippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai, India
Posts: 7,261
Thanked: 142 Times
Default

Fantastic Jeep and from the looks itself it means business. Nice pictures too. How about more on your ownership experience?
Dippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:43   #12
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 46,509
Thanked: 80,154 Times
Default

Awesome Jeep! The 550 XDP is a superb engine + gearbox combination for daily use as well as for off-roading. That utilitarian carrier is really spoiling the look of an otherwise handsome Jeep, how about taking it off when not required?

Quote:
K&N air filter
Free flow exhaust
On a diesel Jeep?

Quote:
However, I removed the sub and amp last week. The sub was taking up too much room behind the rear seat. The amp was just getting abused with dust and water so I pulled it out before it gets destroyed.
Hook the amp up somewhere behind / below the dash. No worries with water getting there.

You know the review I am really waiting for.....yup, that of your Scorpio engined beast! Come out with it!

Last edited by GTO : 16th May 2008 at 10:45.
GTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:43   #13
Team-BHP Support
 
bblost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 9,551
Thanked: 6,309 Times
Default

Love the complete no-nonsense look.

Made my day.

thanks.
bblost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:48   #14
BHPian
 
RedMM340's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: on the move
Posts: 459
Thanked: 22 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rippergeo View Post
Hello gaurav!
any reason why the mm340 recieved the engine swap from the scorpio and not this one?
also,do you have any plans for a turbo in the MM550?

the suspension being soft in this jeep... how did that happen, is it because of the bilsteins?did you feel that the new suspension set up has taken away a lot of off road ability?or is it something we can live with as long as we dont do any extreme off roading?

the stock MM540 is very stiff. is the MM550 different suspension-wise?

sorry for all the questions, but a project like this has been a dream for me since I was in school.



Love the pics.

No problems with questions. I love discussing jeeps!

No turbo as of yet, but I definitely want to get one in. Just have not had the time. The Red Jeep has been the main project vehicle, and has taken up most of my time....it is like a r&d platform for performance enhancements with 40 hours of time on jackstands to ever 1 hour of driving.
Suspension is totally stock except the shocks and is very flexy and good for off road. I have had 3 sets of shocks on this jeep since I bought it. The first was factory units. Total junk. The next set where Rancho 5000s which are not very good and very stiff. The current set are Bilstein HD gas charged. These are the best by far and work awesome off and on road.

I can't comment on how stiff it is comared to an MM540 as I have never driven one. But my reference point is that of Jeeps and not cars. This MM550 XDP is soft compared to my Red Jeep which is really stiff.

Regards,
RedMM340 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th May 2008, 10:58   #15
BHPian
 
RedMM340's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: on the move
Posts: 459
Thanked: 22 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by S@~+#0$# View Post
Awesome Jeep you got there Gaurav. Very nicely executed mods.

Could you please post more pictures on the engine compartment and suspension, would love to see the performance stuff in there.

Is this an MM540 converted by using the Army-spec MM550 Engine\Gearbox or did you pick it up through an army auction?

Can we also have more pictures on the Red Jeep in your profile please?

First of all thanks for the compliments on the jeep.

Pics attached:

This is a factory MM550 that I bought new in 1999 from a MM dealer in Faridabad.

Red jeep write up to follow a bit later.
Attached Thumbnails
Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-006-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-022-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-004-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-005-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-012-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-013-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-027-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-038-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-039-large.jpg  

Modified MM550XDP 4x4 my daily use "car"-downloaded-16-july-2007-042-large.jpg  

RedMM340 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Cayenne" we "XC-eed" in our "Endeavour" to "Safari"? Taking powerful metal off-road SS-Traveller 4x4 Excursions 55 10th November 2016 22:56
Daily use Scooter for Wife wanderlustindia Motorbikes 56 25th August 2016 13:18
Why Dont Commercial "Jeeps" use the 4X4 Lever at all? scopriobharath 4x4 Vehicles 12 22nd May 2012 11:26
SUV-for 200 kms daily highway use Spock SUVs, MUVs & 4x4s 26 3rd February 2009 07:26
Which is better for daily street use: Engine Swaps or Turbocharging? Sideways Modifications & Accessories 68 9th August 2006 13:14


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 17:56.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks