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Old 13th May 2011, 09:43   #1246
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Dear Vikram - if the king pin bearings are OK and preloaded properly, death wobble does not occur. Damper use is a cure, not a prevention. Nothing wrong in using it though, but it must be mounted properly which many garages do not know how to do.
DB Sir: You know I agree with you on this one - No point in contesting, I withdraw my deposit

Getting onto KPI and KP bearing replacement - What interval do you suggest for a 4WD vehicle? {capable of doing 120 kph in AC comfort, you hear the roar, feel the roar and before you realise it, he's gone!!}

Sorry for completely OT on Sharaths thread!
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Dear Vikram - deposit is not considered as given so no need to withdraw. Just kidding. . Ref your question, it all depends on the use, more importantly, attitude towards use. I had seen Mr.T.B.Desai's CJ4A91"WB2WD Jeep MRH4329 running for years without ever opening the king pin bearings. Correct maintenance, properly carried out was all that he did. He was Chief Security Officer of M&M Kandivli plant in 1980. He replaced the body shell in 1982. The vehicle was looking absolutely new. On the other hand, we had an epidemic on death wobble which finally compelled us to go for the ball joint type axle. On 650DIs, it was misuse and nothing else, but that's how the market uses our vehicles.

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Old 13th May 2011, 11:17   #1248
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The click when you try to start can be due to

1. Not enough current flowing from battery to the starter and back to earth. As you have inspected all the joints we can rule it out temporarily. I second DB's post and advise you to get the cables sorted out any way to prevent future problems.

2. Starter motor gear sticking. Used to be normal in Ambassador and Fiat. To check if this is so, just put it on 2nd or 3rd gear and rock the vehicle to disengage the stuck gears. If the vehicle starts you have identified the problem. All you have to do now is to check the starter and flywheel gears for wear and/or uneven meshing, and rectify it.

A misbehaving starter solenoid can chew your flywheel gears in no time!
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Old 25th May 2011, 12:53   #1249
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Today I complete 3 years of my CJ340 ownership. It was on May 25th 2008, my wife and I took delivery of the Jeep and drove 400+ kms to Manipal. That story is explained in the first post.
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Today I complete 3 years of my CJ340 ownership. It was on May 25th 2008, my wife and I took delivery of the Jeep and drove 400+ kms to Manipal. That story is explained in the first post.
And now after three years, who is owning whom?
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Today I complete 3 years of my CJ340 ownership. It was on May 25th 2008, ===
Happy anniversary & best of luck ( use ), some machines become family too and they become a kind of extension of one's being.

This is little >>> >> BTW 'our' Jeep completed 22 years in this may too , we both survived ( really )

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Old 29th May 2011, 19:31   #1252
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Hi Sharath,
I changed the steering assembly for my MM 540 recently. It was done in Hosur with help from SV Santosh.
The parts used are:
Steering box assembly (CV joint type): Rs 5462/-
Steering worm shaft: Rs 1100/-
Steering column bracket: Rs 110/-
Bell Crank assembly: Rs 1687/-
Tie rod end: Rs 290/-
Tie rod pipe: Rs 115/-
Total Cost: Rs 8764/-
The Tie rod pipe had to be cut and weld to account for the length available. Also the bell crank assembly had trouble fitting onto the existing holes on the chassis/ cross member.
The steering has no play now and drives around like a car.
Is this the Rane type steering box meant for Armada?
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Old 30th May 2011, 07:45   #1253
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Seems so going by the description. I too am getting Rane type fitted in my 540 and hope to get the jeep by 2nd June,my jeep is currently with shabbir bhai in bangalore. Only in my case the labour is costing as much as the parts cost as listed by Madhu,but I have the surety that Babu auto garage are best in business and they have fitted this contraption in many many jeeps prior to mine.

If this contraption works out fine and is able to handle many upsized tyres,will fit in my 340 too.

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Is this the Rane type steering box meant for Armada?
Yes it is the Rane type Steering box assembly.

@ Andy, i dont know the exact labour cost but its definitely lesser than Blore
They have done a decent job and the driving is excellent. There is absolutely no play even on my 235 tyres.
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Dear Madhu,
This is Rane alright, but not the Armada Grand type as queried by Sharath. This is the ordinary type with multiple linkages mounted on front cross member. I shall post pictures shortly on the Armada type of steering box which is mounted on behind the front bumper.

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Since these are WIP pics, shall update again by tomorrow based on progress at the garage!
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Is this the Rane type steering box meant for Armada?

this is the rane (OE) RCBT steering box.
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Samu -- are you looking for the OE (Position) replacement one? Or the 'chassis cut and weld' one? Looks like we need a new thread for jeep steering options and correct technical names. Too low a clarity here.
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I am thoroughly confused now.

Ok, at the JT anniversary event in Chennai this year, I was shown 3-4 different types of steering systems.

1) Stock steering system with no Universal Joint.
2) Steering system with Universal Joint.

Then things got muddled. There is the Rane type that came with Major and then with Armada. Both have universal joint. But only one of them is bolt-on on my Jeep.

Arka, need some clarification here.
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I just fitted the bolt-on universal joint type steering g/b and assembly. Pics on my thread. It works very well with even 31" tyres so it seems like the most practical option to go for.
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