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Old 20th October 2009, 14:27   #121
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For me, it appears to be longer than the stock. also the vehicle seems to be lifted in whatever way that is possible with minor changes(re-cambering and lengthy shackle).
Yes they have been re-cambered, but to my knowledge they are stock shackles. Then again jeep rookie. Maybe when we meet you guys can give a looksie.


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Hi Iron wolf,
Congratulations!! Your jeep is looking good and tall!! 7.00 16 helps!

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I feel by what you have said, you have lot of work to do.

Welcome to the joy of building the jeep!
Thanks Vinod, Nice to hear it coming from the 2 time Palar Champ

From what I understand - does the work pending on a jeep ever end?

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Why not? You can go for a FC differentials for wider one

Nice looking Jeep after the mods! Jeep has got a good height.... Have done any mods to increase the G/C like shackle lift, SPOA, etc???

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Cause there were some issues with the FC Diffs which were sourced.
Hopefully will get it done lil later.

No, not SPOA.

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Old 20th October 2009, 16:17   #122
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Hi Ironwolf,

Great looking 540, I must say. 7inchers do give a BIG lift, but I think the extended shackles also play a role. Try to revert to stock one. The one now is too long IMHO.

Hope to see you in Bangys OTR's soon... Is it road worthy? Meaning, has the rebuild been completed?
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Sorry for the delay. Home PC issues.

* Overall Simple but hopefully functional package
* Tonnes of rattles and lots of smoke
* Crude unrefined Gear box with the 2 Lever rickety Transfer case
* Lots of basics have to be sorted out.

Hopefully more extensive mods later. Maybe a trip to Chennai.

Open for Comments, Observations, Suggestions and more.
Congratulations, that is a very functional JEEP.

Wider Axles try the 58" Track M&M Forward Control axles.

Check the body beds and if need be replace them with newer ones.

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Old 27th October 2009, 01:20   #124
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Thanks Santosh / Arka.

The Brakes and the Steering freeplay are getting done this week. I can/have to live with the GB rattle for some time.

Would love to get 58" tracks. Anyone know of a pair available in Blr?
Please dont tell me to try in Shivajinagar Gujali.
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Would love to get 58" tracks. Anyone know of a pair available in Blr?
Please dont tell me to try in Shivajinagar Gujali.
Nothing wrong in the shivaji ngr, you just need a good housing, rest can be carefully picked. Nothing can go wrong except the "price". Else, ready your Jeep for on-road use. Drive down to Chennai (closest Army dump down south). Pick them up...
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Ironwolf,
Congrats on your awesome jeep,. a good catch dude.

Quick question to everyone:
Any idea on the new Mahindra Thar (see link enclosed)?????

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...40-4wd-14.html (MM540-4WD wish list - what you really want in your MM540-4WD?)

Thanks and Enjoy Jeeping
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Quick Updates:

Brakes and the Steering work was done, however need to get back with the mechanic as:

-Brakes do keep bottoming out at times. When that happens it does stop but not in a hurry.
-Quite a bit of free play in the steering still.
-Lots of black smoke during the start and is under powered.

I told that The Fuel Injection Pump needs to be serviced. Saw this as well to confirm this might be the problem.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-te...p-dummies.html (Smoking jeep for dummies)
(Thanks Arka)

Anyone know the best place to service the fuel pump. I guess Bosch? contact?

Looks like it will take a long time to darken this white Elephant.

Looking forward to the next Blr OTR. <Beware of the Noob>

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Brakes do keep bottoming out at times. When that happens it does stop but not in a hurry.
Air Bubbles in brake lines, go to your mech, tell him to "Take out the air from Brake lines" he knows what it means, if he is a compliant Mech.

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Quite a bit of free play in the steering still.
Steering Box, if you reduce play, your steering becomes harder, compromise for a "G-Spot". Your mech can do this as well.

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Lots of black smoke during the start and is under powered
Fuel Injection Pump (FIP) Bosh authorized place is recommended, and Sarvana diesel is another place, Again, i wonder why your mech do not know the contact.

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Looks like it will take a long time to darken this white Elephant.
Yes you will. There are no shortcuts, unless you buy a well maintained daily driven Jeep, which comes with a High Price tag

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Old 26th September 2013, 10:32   #129
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Thumbs up In search of that elusive MM540/550 | EDIT: Search for exArmy 550 2.0 page 9

Sorry to Open up an old Thread, but this is a story that continues after a hiatus.

<Mods: I will report this post myself for your approval to kindly let this thread continue and to change the subject.>

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Looks like it will take a long time to darken this white Elephant.
Looking forward to the next Blr OTR.
After this old post, a few trips to the garage I did 2-3 OTRs without any issues. I was able to get through OTRs without any reliability issues. On its Final OTR <event details here (Monsoon Avalakonda OTR 18th/19th September | Report)> with me I just lost my faith in this 1992 old goat and had to give it up.

Now, I know that niggles and breakdowns and the such are common on a OTR.
However, I was on the edge with my rust bucket, so decided to let it go and get back to Offroading a few years later, when I could afford to acquire and maintain something a little more powerful.

Sold end of 2010 :(
The elusive MM540 / 550. EDIT: New Search for ex-Army 550 on page 9-bangalore-annual-otr2010-img_9561.jpgThe elusive MM540 / 550. EDIT: New Search for ex-Army 550 on page 9-otr-jan2010-139.jpgThe elusive MM540 / 550. EDIT: New Search for ex-Army 550 on page 9-img_2593.jpg

Ramblings of a disengaged offroader
  • I miss my tall standing sandstorm jeep
  • I miss waiting at the garage for something to be fixed
  • The joy when it's fixed
  • It saddens me when I see my old jeep parked close to my home (Yes coincidentally the owner stays close by)
  • It annoys me when I need to explain to people why I sold the jeep
  • Off-Roading is something I dearly miss - This thing was rubbish on the road, but a total beast off the road. (like all our muck machines)
  • I have retained the signature <Disengaged Offroader> since the day I sadly sold my tin-can
  • Scaring the Auto walas without even trying is something I miss even more
  • Not pulled over by a cop even once
Now its time to start my search again. The Elusive 550 2.0

I am looking for the following and will gladly take any and all leads:
  • Fully Restored Ex Army-550 - for the obvious technical reasons over the civilian 550, with nothing knocked off other than maybe the ornamental army stuff and those heavy duty army rims.
  • Post 2002 model as I see these are the ones with the reinforced rear door (also NGCS maybe)
  • Preferably currently owned by an OffRoader and run through its OTR paces
  • Reasonable priced for the vintage and work put in
Quick parting questions - Searched for these details on 4x4 technical section but could not find the answers. Please point me to posts if already answered
  • Which month and year did the NGCS versions roll into the Army? 2003-04?
  • How can I identify the NGCS Easily?
  • How do I ensure the Rear axle is the stock rear LSD axle?

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Which month and year did the NGCS versions roll into the Army? 2003-04? More like 2004-05 but it seems the most desirable ones are the post-2006 NGT520 gearbox ones. These are 5-forward (instead of 4 of the earlier KMT-90), based on the BA-10 with most of the fragility issues sorted, i am told.

How can I identify the NGCS Easily? Box instead of C-section cross-member in the chassis; wider front track (as compared to rear), different suspension mounts as compared to non-NGCS.

How do I ensure the Rear axle is the stock rear LSD axle? Not sure but I think "LSD" is embossed on the rear diff. I also suspect that most - if not all - Army jeeps had an LSD rear diff.

All info gained here from experts only.

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To my limited knowledge

Army versions came with box section for additional strength and not C section
All Army versions came with LSD however my biggest fear is these swapped out by the restorer for the vanilla axle

NGCS - 2004-05? Ouch - looks like these are out of question as these are exorbitantly priced.

Also looking only at KA vehicles. Have enough trouble with my TN - RX
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To my limited knowledge

Army versions came with box section for additional strength and not C section
All Army versions came with LSD however my biggest fear is these swapped out by the restorer for the vanilla axle

NGCS - 2004-05? Ouch - looks like these are out of question as these are exorbitantly priced.

Also looking only at KA vehicles. Have enough trouble with my TN - RX
Welcome Back Dan. You can not live without 4X4 if you once have owned it. I can understand your situation. I am going through the same phase as explained by you . BTW I like your signature "Disengaged Off Roader" .

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Which month and year did the NGCS versions roll into the Army? 2003-04?[*]How can I identify the NGCS Easily?[*]How do I ensure the Rear axle is the stock rear LSD axle?
Sir,
Army jeeps prior to 2004 came with C section chassis.These jeeps had SFRA with LSD.
NGCS have Tubular chassis, with wider open knuckle front axles,. These come with FFRA, hence no LSD. These jeeps have MRCBT steering, regular steel Discs, Wider leafs, etc., were supplied only after 2003.
2004-2005 models come with KMT 90 and T18 tranny, while 2006 models come with NGT 520 gearbox and Borg Warner type straight shift transfercase.

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Sorry about another noob question but why cant a fully floating rear axle have LSD?
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Sorry about another noob question but why cant a fully floating rear axle have LSD?
LSD has got nothing to do with the type of Axle. The LSD's on 550 are for 30 spline Axles, unfortunately the FFRA has 19 splines only. if you can find a 30 Spline FFRA you may as well have an LSD.
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