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Old 15th May 2009, 15:21   #76
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Alfa - Thats a neat looking offroader. I felt the rubber fenders are not that smooth looking. Just my opinion. Any plans of Fenders 2.0?

How long did the rebuild actually take? Surely not 4-5 months like our other brothers in waiting.

I like the part about the Autorickshaw. You are talking my language.



Yes please. Yes
These fenders are the final version. They tend to polarise opinion. I always take fuction over form. There cannot be any comprimise when one has to battle autos and mettalic maroon Wagon-Rs driven by idiots who like to keep their mirrors folded!
And these fenders will not become a part of the landscape while offroading unlike fiberglass stuff.

I started work on 20th of Jan, the vehicle was drivable in the last week of April.

List of changes/mods:

- Axle ratio: Changed from 4.88 to 5.875
- 0.625" shackle lift
- Diff guards

- Fuel tank relocated under the co-driver's seat
- A 6l feeder tank added

- Rollcage
- 4 point harness and bucket seats
- I had to shorten the rear seats to provide enough legroom in the front. The stock setup was too cramped.
- The rear hood structure was raised as there was insufficient head room at the back. (M&M people seem to derive some sort of sadistic pleasure by designing most of their vehicles with a roof 6 inches too low. Bolero, Armada, 550 etc.)
- Removed the B pillar (thus the doors too) as it is a huge blind spot, makes city driving very inconvenient.

- Added side guards
- Chopped the front mud guards for tyre clearance/ added 'mongrel's ears' rubber fenders
- Relocated indicators and tailamps out of harm's way

- Added a PTO
- Relocated all the breathers
- Snorkel
- Added a transmission parking brake
- Rerouted the exhaust

- sealed (more or less) all the electricals
- 90AH battery
- Larger capacity alt
- Shifted all controls, relays etc. above the windscreen
- Added an 'AC'
etc.

I'll keep an eye out for good 4x4 jeeps, but they are rare.
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@ Alfa - you need to put up a detailed photographic documentation of your steed. Talks just don't do justice. Please.....pretty please.
what's the reason for relocating fuel tank? Did you add a K member to reat tow hook?

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Old 17th May 2009, 22:59   #78
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There cannot be any comprimise when one has to battle autos and mettalic maroon Wagon-Rs driven by idiots who like to keep their mirrors folded!
I feel like you are my long lost AutoHating brother. Be strong> dont flinch if they swerve in your way.

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- Fuel tank relocated under the co-driver's seat
- A 6l feeder tank added

- Relocated all the breathers
- Snorkel
- Added a transmission parking brake
- Rerouted the exhaust
- sealed (more or less) all the electricals
- 90AH battery
- Larger capacity alt
- Shifted all controls, relays etc. above the windscreen
- Added an 'AC'
etc.

I'll keep an eye out for good 4x4 jeeps, but they are rare.
Lovely unique mods. Looks like there is lots of deep of water wading planned.

Where is this Snorkel character? Updated pics please.

AC = open jeep with RJ registration? ! - Maybe at night.
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Old 23rd May 2009, 13:06   #79
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@ Alfa - Where art thou?

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Old 25th May 2009, 19:13   #80
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Some videos of a recent solo offroad. Pics will be posted tonight.



I love this sort of terrain


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Old 25th May 2009, 22:40   #81
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alfa kilo,
Nice solo off roading man!! You have that off roadin thing in you. I seriously feel that you are limiting the potential of your vehicle by undersized tyres. You have put in so much of effort just upgrade your tyres to 31 inchers. Your jeep will be un-beatable!
I know you will hav to trade in your decent 15 inchers with alloys and may be a loss making proposition for you, but abilities of your jeep is seriously limited now. Go for bigger tyres now if your budget permits.
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Old 25th May 2009, 23:15   #82
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Some photos:

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04014.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04021.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04026.jpg

The diff guards paid off beyond here.

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04034.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04038.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04046.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04050.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04074.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04077.jpg
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Old 25th May 2009, 23:24   #83
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In the heavily potted dry lake, I was driving at ~50km/h observing different bits under vibration when of all things the accelerator pedal broke into two!

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04080.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04082.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04087.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04089.jpg

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc04093.jpg

Driving on hand throttle:



Detail interior pics to follow soon.

@Vinod

Hi, I have set up the vehicle for taller tyres, these are just a stop gap. They will be replaced as soon as they wear out.
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Super pics alfa kio. Driving with one hand was funny
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I had the same issue of the accelerator pedal breaking in the middle of chennai traffic !!. I drove with my hand as well. You can get a really heavy duty unit from the Bolero/Pick up. It needs some modification of the holes on the firewall but a huge improvement over the stock unit.
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@ Alfa - great machine. Keep the pics coming. I'm really interested in that cockpit type top electrical control panel. Also why did you relocate fuel tank?

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I had the same issue of the accelerator pedal breaking in the middle of chennai traffic !!. I drove with my hand as well. You can get a really heavy duty unit from the Bolero/Pick up. It needs some modification of the holes on the firewall but a huge improvement over the stock unit.
Done exactly that! Now heel and toe possible.

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@ Alfa - great machine. Keep the pics coming. I'm really interested in that cockpit type top electrical control panel. Also why did you relocate fuel tank?

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Because it is prone to damage in its orignal location.
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Wow cant wait for the monsoon to start and get back into my jeep for some mud plugging!!
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Great work alfa.
What did you do to fix the accelerator cable???
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Hi AK, a very nice looking jeep. Though I know I am a bit late in congratulating you but I came across this thread only today. I am also from jaipur & would love to visit your workshop if you could give me your address. My membership status does not permit me using the personal mail option
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