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Old 2nd October 2010, 15:16   #121
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Your jeep looks so meaningful now with those fat tyre and Winch! Winch from Dubai? whats the make and cost?

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Hi Shibu:

Is your tire 31x10.5x15 or 32x10.5x15? How did they hold up in the slush? I am planning to upgrade to 31x10.5x15 and this is the most cost effective tire that I can find.
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Hi Shibu,
Your jeep looks so meaningful now with those fat tyre and Winch! Winch from Dubai? whats the make and cost?
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Dear Sali, Thanks so much. Yes winch is from Dubai and brand is Rugged Ridge 10500 lbs ( 4.7 ton) capacity. Will send you PM with cost.

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Is your tire 31x10.5x15 or 32x10.5x15? How did they hold up in the slush? I am planning to upgrade to 31x10.5x15 and this is the most cost effective tire that I can find.
Dear Tini, They are 31 x 10.5 x R15 on 8J Alloys.They were holding on well on thick slush /mud but loose slush it was skidding off slightly. My be due to sharp inclines and not deflating the tyres. After I deflated to 20 psi the traction improved considerably. But 100% better than previous JK sand cum highway tyres.They were a nightmare in slush with no grip at all.

Good Luck with your upgrade but I thought you were selling your Jeep. I remember seeing the advt in the classifieds section.
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Shibu, the jeep is looking perfect now with the upgrades. Even with those 32" tyres there is sufficient clearance in the front. Pardon me if you have already mentioned it before,but what have you done to lift the vehicle? The same mechanism as in your red Gypsy?
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Shibu, the jeep is looking perfect now with the upgrades. Even with those 32" tyres there is sufficient clearance in the front. Pardon me if you have already mentioned it before,but what have you done to lift the vehicle? The same mechanism as in your red Gypsy?
Dear Soumen, Thanks a bunch. I guess you didn't notice. I have upsized the tyres but downsized the rims to 15". Hence no lift was required still got enough clearance.in the wheel wells.
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Dear Soumen, Thanks a bunch. I guess you didn't notice. I have upsized the tyres but downsized the rims to 15". Hence no lift was required still got enough clearance.in the wheel wells.

Shibu, you are clearly mentioned its 32", how a 32" became small if mounted on 1" smaller disc?
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Pardon my ignorance, what is that hole on the front grill/mesh for? looks like something is protruding through that!
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Pardon my ignorance, what is that hole on the front grill/mesh for? looks like something is protruding through that!
the protruding object is a latch used to open the bonnet like all cars, so the hole .
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My understanding was that for opening a jeep bonnet, you just have to pull the T shaped hooks, disengage from its 'slot' and lift the hood.

So, in addition to doing this, you got to pull the latch to open the bonnet!

Thanks for the clarification.
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@Abes: most vehicles including the lowley Marzuki 800 has the extra safety latch up front. Even after pulling the cable from inside you need to move some lever mechanism up front. If I recall correctly even Ambassadors had this...
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@Abes: most vehicles including the lowley Marzuki 800 has the extra safety latch up front. Even after pulling the cable from inside you need to move some lever mechanism up front. If I recall correctly even Ambassadors had this...
Yes, I know that the old ambys and fiats had the latch. I was ignorant only about the jeeps. Though I have driven my cousins' jeeps, occasionally in the past, never had to open the jeep bonnet.
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Yes, I know that the old ambys and fiats had the latch. I was ignorant only about the jeeps. Though I have driven my cousins' jeeps, occasionally in the past, never had to open the jeep bonnet.
The older CJ500/CL500 doesn't have this feature.
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Yes, I know that the old ambys and fiats had the latch. I was ignorant only about the jeeps. Though I have driven my cousins' jeeps, occasionally in the past, never had to open the jeep bonnet.
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The older CJ500/CL500 doesn't have this feature.
The CJ3B CL340 & CJ340 and the legendary CLASSIC also didn't have this feature. I am pretty sure that the GPW and the MB's are deviod of this feature.
Seems that M&M must have put in this feature from the MM5x0 series onwards
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The older CJ500/CL500 doesn't have this feature.
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The CJ3B CL340 & CJ340 and the legendary CLASSIC also didn't have this feature. I am pretty sure that the GPW and the MB's are deviod of this feature.
Seems that M&M must have put in this feature from the MM5x0 series onwards
Thanks Tini & Harjeev for clarification about the bonnet latch to Abes,

Just a quick update

Last week we went for the Great Mountain Challenge Recce.And the vehicle performed superbly well. It was a lot better than last time when I took to a similar trail.

I guess the difference is due to the combination of the following.
  • New suspension/heavy duty leaf springs from Hyderabad ( Thanks to Fazal Sir)
  • 31x 10.5 Yokohoma Geolandar A/T Tyres
  • Lighter wheels ( Alloys Rims)
  • New Lamda FWH
  • Rear LSD kicking in whevever required.
I would say it marginally outperformed the other 2 Invaders and 540 aswell. Thanks to LSD.

Will post pics soon.
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Its been a while I updated this thread because I got busy with some new 4x4's in my stable which are LR Defender 90, Land Cruiser FJ62, Thar CRDe 4x4.

I have done quite a lot of OTR's after the MGE Waynad and the 550 performed superbly well.
In many of the OTRs' there were CJ3B's with various Engines, XDP 4.90, XD3P, OM 616, Invaders and MM540's. When all of them were struggling my 550 was effortlessly climbing or tackling every obstacle. Thanks to Yokohama rubbers and LSD.

After seeing my 550 performing. Many of my friends installed LSD on their Jeeps.

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