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Old 20th March 2010, 12:20   #1
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After a few trips to Coorg in the Optra, I have been thinking of buying a 4wd for the last couple of years.

I had seen Ram's Judo 4x4 in my office parking lot and became a big fan of the Judo after reading his website (WELCOME TO FORCE4x4.COM). Unfortunately the dealer here in Bangalore could not make any commitments on availability.

The I chanced on Harjeev's MMS50Xd blog and got interested in Army disposal vehicles. By the time i realized that Harjeev was selling his vehicle it had been snapped up. I spoke to Harjeev and he cautioned me about the effort it takes to restore a 550 and I was not so keen on getting a Classic. Since I will be traveling a lot this year I decided to part that idea for the time being.

I have driven Gypsy's before in upper Assam and was not so impressed with the MG 410, which is why I had ended up buying a 800 as my first car in 1999. After reading all the posts I decided to go inquire for a Gypsy. Again most of the folks I contacted were quoting 3 Lacs + for a used Gypsy. Got frustrated and walked into Bimal Motors to find out how long it would take to get a new Gypsy. The sales manager out there told me that they had 2 soft top Gypsys being shipped from the factory and he could give me one of those in 10 days if I make full payment. I gave him and advance of 2 lacs and booked the vehicle that day itself. i decided to go for the forest green color as I was not very keen on the white. I then went about arranging financing for the rest of the amount and that took a couple of weeks as i was traveling.

In the meantime the vehicle arrived and I went an inspected it in the Bimal Motors yard. I then scouted around for sutiable tyres and after discussing with starter and a few others decided to go in for Yokohama Geolanders. I talked to the dealer and he was willing to take back the original CEAT tyres for Rs. 2000/-. I took delivery of the vehicle on Saturday morning and then drove straight to the tyre dealer.

I have been traveling a lot lately and finally got a chance to take the Gypsy out last weekend to the Cavery Fishing Camp at Bheemshawari.

I am really impressed with the performance on road and off road, though a little frustrated with the suspension. The rear springs are too hard and the front has a negative camber. Modifications will have to wait for sometime but these are some of the things I am considering

1. Front bar and Hella Rallye 4000 lights
2. OME springs and shocks
3. Roll over bar
4. Hard top/Targa Top ( I like the one which Autopysche has done http://www.autopsyche.com/thumbnail/maruthi/gypsy-3.jpg)
5. Thule MTB carrier
6. Lockable shock proof storage for Cameras and lenses.

I am primarily planning to use this as recreational/weekend vehicle and am planning long highway/off road trips. Any suggestions/feedback is welcome.
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Congrats!!!
Welcome to the off roading club!!
Now post some pics

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Congrats on buying a brand new Gypsy, waiting for the pics .

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You know that you are lucky to be at the right place at the right time!

Congrats on the new buy!

One of ours, Starter, has got one new Gypsy couple of months back; do check his thread on his feedback and reviews after the grand JeepThrills OTR.

And yes, as requested above (and above that also) , pics please.
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Congrats on the Gypsy Rattan,
I am happy that you've bought a new gypsy and you will definitely cherish the vehicle for a long time to come!!!

Best of luck!
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Congrats tatsago, Waiting for pics to be uploaded.

When i inquired about the gypsy they gave me 2 color choices "green and white". But I thought that green was only for military but didn't knew that forest green is actually available for civilians, as gyspy website also doesn't mention about this color.

Enjoy your new ride
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Congrats on the new buy,

Awaiting for the pics.

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Old 20th March 2010, 18:32   #8
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Thanks Everyone,

I had attached pictures with my original post, but for some strange reason they did not upload. Trying again
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Congrats tatsago, Thats a really nice colour. Makes it look more like a wild offroader (Need some mods though).
Ok. you need to buy a nice pair of Free Wheeling Hubs & paint the rims with matt black or White. I guess it will look nice. Happy Driving... Gypsy

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Ratan,
Congratulations on your Gypsy. Wise choice!
Forest Green colour is the best colour. I think that you are an outdoor guy and do wildlife potography, then this is the colour of the forest which can't go wrong.
Your Gypsy pic. with the reflection has come out very good, the company can use it in their ads.
Welcome and wish you safe driving ahead.
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Hey Rattan, that's a nice Gypsy you have there and a good purposeful list of mods you have outlined. Do bring it to the meets that we have and it would be nice to meet you and your Gypsy.

Wishing you many happy miles on the Gypsy.
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Whoa! One more Gypsy, let it roll. Congrats Buddy.
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Neat choice!

Where were these pics taken ?

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Congratz! Looks good in green, by anychance were you in Indira Nagar area last week?
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@theMAG, These pictures were taken a couple of kms from Sathanur on the way to Bheemeshwari, I had to go through a rain gully to get up there. Got a chance to try out the 4L on the transfer case

@Jaggu, I live on Old Madras Road and come to Indira Nagar for shopping, dropping the kids of at school, etc.
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