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Old 5th June 2010, 17:16   #196
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Depends on what your preference is then, i suppose
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China China China china China!!

he he - I know the SQ is not that good but it isn't half as bad as it could have been...and at that price it is a minor victory!
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Old 6th June 2010, 15:19   #198
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When you put it this way, its hard to disagree!
Anyway - ICE aside, I'm thinking of investing in some heatlon and sound insulation for my soft top.

Planning to get a soft top with heatlon + sound deadener stitched into it, and see if it increases the AC cooling and overall comfort level...
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Imran,

I already got an Alpine HU with CD, FM, USB and AUX is what i mentioned re. Its Super except that i need new speakers. The old pioneer ones have finished.

Went to Vasind over the weekend. Nice place. Did a small bit of OTR while my office gang was just watching me go crazy with the Gypsy.

Vasind also can be a place for OTR as the guy in whose resort i stayed at had a very old MM Commander and he also used to offroad.

Also got the Gypsy drenched in rain for the 1st time. Took a load of 7 people plus their bags and it was smooth at 100KMPH on the Nasik Highway.

But i encountered bumper to bumper traffic from Mira Road and started feeling the heat on my legs. Is this heating up normal?
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Old 7th June 2010, 23:39   #200
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I don't know how much heat you started feeling on your legs, but in my gypsy, sometimes the transmission tunnel does give out a bit of heat too... When the rubber matting wasn't there, the metal would get almost as hot as a bike silencer...
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Yes same case here as well. Then i guess its normal, i was getting worried.
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Old 8th June 2010, 07:22   #202
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Planning to get a soft top with heatlon + sound deadener stitched into it, and see if it increases the AC cooling and overall comfort level...
It will help absolutely. Just make sure you pick the material very carefully. You can have an outer canvas layer, inner waterproofing layer and then stitch in the heatlon and a soft fabric for the insides. Get the soft-top framed nicely so there is no sag and flapping in the wind. Don't go for windows in the rear - prone to leakage.

Best solution - make a hard cabin behind the front two seats with a sliding window that opens to the rear and get a soft-top for the rear. Your ac has less effort in cooling the smaller cabin. This is the BEST solution and it is what I will be doing once I am back from Leh.
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I'm thinking about it! I've already visited a shop at juhu, to check out his body-work.. just waiting to complete a design, and get the costing from him.
I'll update you guys soon!

Raj, you also think about doing this same thing...hard half cabin, and soft top for behind...
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Guru, you want to put in a snorkel before AKC?
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Guru, you want to put in a snorkel before AKC?
Is it required? I am not sure I want to ford Geoff through anything deeper than what we did in Alibaug. Anyway it is non-competitive so I don't want to destroy my daily drive.

What is your take? What are the guys saying?
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Imran, yes dude, same kinda design is in my head. have a few ideas but dont know who can execute those.

GS, i dont think snorkel is required.

I am not going to get in deep mess with my only vehicle. i am going to do all the newbie kinda stuff as i only have 1 OTR to my credit Nothin extreme for me.

and GS, when is your LL trip planned for. I am in for it. Need help in planning.
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Raj - are you going for any OTR before AKC/EXAMM? Are you participating in AKC/EXAMM because I don't see your name on the list and I think the registrations are closing soon. Go and confirm yourself asap!

Ladakh trip is in September. Lets talk about this at the next OTR.
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Am in for AKC / EXAMM, paying the whole amount to Devang tonite.

I couldnt come on this weekend OTR as i was at Vasind with my office guys.
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I think a snorkel is kinda like a luxury at the moment.. Tejas is getting one.. He's also getting 31"ers and a 6 point cage! His jeep is gonna be crushing!!

I'm not getting a snorkel yet.. First, I'm saving up for a paint job.. Mainly to get rid of rust..

Danny was suggesting we remove the fender flares as well, since they're quite expensive, and will be difficult to source if damaged.
Do you think we really need to do all that? I seriously doubt it..
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I think the Rajmachi trail will be full slush and you might go sideways into rocks, trees etc. Fender flares - never thought about it.

For me these are the mods:

1. Underbody anti-rust coating
2. Silicon sealant in strategic locations
3. Remove rear seats to reduce weight
4. Remove front and rear bumpers and relocate driving lights
5. waterproof the electricals
6. Figure out what needs to be waterproofed in the engine bay
7. LOTS of newspaper on the floor to keep the water from getting into the Heatlon
8. Manual switch for my condensor fan so I can keep it on even with the ac switched off
9. cover / grille for my Hellas

If fender flares have to come off...so be it!

Oh and I am ordering the diff-locks for the Gypsy. Should be here in a week or so.
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