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Old 27th January 2009, 19:34   #511
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wow! the wheels looks neat. why the scratches on the edge?
It is dirt. I hadn't cleaned it since installation, I was getting ready for Munnar trip.

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Wel sharat jeeps looking gr8. WHat was the rough price for these alloys?
Just 19.5K for a set of 5, about 500 for the shipping to my place.

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Around 5K per wheel I guess!
That's too expensive boss, it was 3.9K per wheel.

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Considering how your tyres are brand new, I think it has more to do with the manufacturing consistency of the alloy rim itself.
My tyres are not brand new, they are at least a year old and have been on numerous offroading events even before I bought it.
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Old 27th January 2009, 19:45   #512
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hey samurai.im in the process of restoring a cj3b and i noticed the diamond plate on ur mahindra. ur mahindra now looks stunning.
about the diamond plate, how did u get it cut to fit the fender and how did u install it,,,,and most importantly..r u happy with the decision?
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Old 27th January 2009, 20:17   #513
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What diamond plate?

BTW, please don't use SMS slang like r, u or ur, that is against the forum rules. Kindly familiarise yourself with the rules.
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Old 27th January 2009, 20:23   #514
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@samurai-I think, he means the metal plate that is fixed on top of your front fenders.
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the strips of metal on the body....also known as diamond plate.
are they permanently riveted into the body?
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Aye aye so the monsieur's ride gets new alloys. Looks uber cool Sharath , good on you and the pricing is also pretty good keeping in mind you got it shipped to your place.
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Oh this looks really wicked! Congratulations Samurai.

Did you switch back to steel for the OTR?
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Old 27th January 2009, 21:04   #518
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the strips of metal on the body....also known as diamond plate.
are they permanently riveted into the body?
Oh, that. That's checkered aluminium sheet riveted into the body. That was put by Jammy, I want to remove it though, just before the next paint job.

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Did you switch back to steel for the OTR?
Why would I switch back to steel for OTR? No, this is permanent fixture. The entire 1743Kms Munnar trip including the OTR was done a day after installing the alloys.

Since I switched from 6 inch rims to 7.5 inch rims, tyre is no more pinched, it has opened up, looks more buff and has increased contact patch.

I have noticed some differences:
1) The body roll is less, which is welcome. I can take curves faster than before, relatively.
2) Braking is better, stops faster due to increased contact area.
3) Turning the wheel while not moving has become harder.
4) Didn't have any problem while offroading in Munnar, but I can't make a relative comparison.
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If ever there was an example of alloy wheels transforming the look of a Jeep, this is it. Slick. I'd recommending painting them a matt black....will suit your Jeep and make her stand out with a purposeful look.
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Today the CJ340 got admitted to Mahindra service station for AOS, you know the After Offorad Service. I had driven 2000kms in just 10 days.

Items to check or fix:

1) The horn is again dead, it keeps going dead.
2) The foglights switch got shorted on the drive to Munnar, the fogs were on even while the switch was off. We had to disconnect the fogs.
3) Getting the electricals completely checked once by a specialist.
4) Checking the axle slack checked by mounting all the wheels on jack.
5) Check on all oil/fluid levels.
6) Removing front fog mount to make way for the winch. Now you know why I am getting the electricals checked.
7) Remove the sticker residue from the MGE event, some stickers left streaks while removing.
8) Changing the 4 leaf bolts to the locked kind. Can't afford it coming off again, it almost did in Munnar.
9) Underbody general checkup, wash & greasing.

Remember the 3 gearbox parts I am waiting on, two of them have come, one more to go. After that gearbox will be perfect.
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4) Checking the axle slack checked by mounting all the wheels on jack.
What is "axle slack", what is this wheel mounting business and, does Jack protest this treatment?
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Samurai san, while you are at it, ask them to do something to avoid oil pipe breakages. (This is the pipe which goes from he engine to the pressure guage, right?) My guess is that they can fabricate a 1/4 inch thick MS rod to prevent the tube(s) from vibrating. The oil pipe breakage you mentioned in the Munnar OTR looks like one caused by excessive vibrations of the tubes. (common in old school vehicles.)
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What is "axle slack", what is this wheel mounting business and, does Jack protest this treatment?
I am not very sure, I think it is a way to make out whether the wheel bearings are holding up, somebody please confirm.

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(This is the pipe which goes from he engine to the pressure guage, right?) My guess is that they can fabricate a 1/4 inch thick MS rod to prevent the tube(s) from vibrating.
Yes, that's the pipe, how does this MS rod thing work, any images?
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Its about time you started upgrading,Samurai!
Lets start with an LSD for the rear axle.
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Old 7th February 2009, 14:25   #525
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Its about time you started upgrading,Samurai!
Lets start with an LSD for the rear axle.
Ah, the LSD, they don't make LSD for 48 inch axle. I need to upgrade the axles and housing to either 51 or 53 inch ones to get LSD. Not very high on my agenda right now.

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