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Old 2nd August 2010, 14:35   #1
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After reading all the build threads I thought I'd post my own thread of the build of my Gypsy hereafter named the Hornet (a tribute to Bruce Lee - The Green Hornet)
Here are some pics of my Gypsy when I first bought it
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It is a '97 Gypsy King, with a BRC LPG kit. It had a set of new 205/60R15 tyres - yes the previous owner had made it into a car rather than a 4X4!!
ohh yeah did I mention that I got the front drive shaft a week after I bought the gypsy??!!

My first order of business was to change the tyres. Here is a comparison between the tyres.
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The next change was to remove the LPG kit - did not find any actual benefit.
Mileage with petrol - 11 KMPL - Cost Rs 50
Mileage with LPG - 7 KMPL - Cost Rs 30
And the engine sounded like there was sandpaper lining in it!!

After removing the LPG kit, I had to change the carb as the old one was spoilt by the LPG.
Ended up with an 800's Mikuni carb - No complaints now

Then the next change was to the top - removed the full soft top and made a cabin soft top.
The bumper was also removed to be repainted - but ended up not putting it back as I liked the look

Now for some pics - these are not all my pics so credit due to the respective photographers

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The latest additions to the Hornet is lockers!!
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And it Works!!!


Also added on a snorkel!!
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Good to see a tread from you GB.

1. Please post some pics of Snorkel fitting (under the hood pics)
2. Snorkel head make?

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Looks like you have made some nice mods to this especially the lockers. For you Gypsy guys, is there any way you can coax another 10-20 horsepower out of the OE motor relatively painlessly....e.g. under a lakh?
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Looks like you have made some nice mods to this especially the lockers. For you Gypsy guys, is there any way you can coax another 10-20 horsepower out of the OE motor relatively painlessly....e.g. under a lakh?
A Fuel Injected engine would move the power from 65bhp to 85bhp.
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Reposting the second post - Mods please merge

The next change was to remove the LPG kit - did not find any actual benefit.
Mileage with petrol - 11 KMPL - Cost Rs 50
Mileage with LPG - 7 KMPL - Cost Rs 30
And the engine sounded like there was sandpaper lining in it!!

After removing the LPG kit, I had to change the carb as the old one was spoilt by the LPG.
Ended up with an 800's Mikuni carb - No complaints now

Then the next change was to the top - removed the full soft top and made a cabin soft top.
The bumper was also removed to be repainted - but ended up not putting it back as I liked the look

Now for some pics - these are not all my pics so credit due to the respective photographers

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Ajay,

Very fast mods after joining OTR club.
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Hey Ajay,
Lovely thread!
Nice to read about Hornet being revived.
I loved the idea of getting the snorkel pipe out of the left side-indicator light.
So, how does hornet feel with the new mods?
@Ken: Would you think even the MPFI version would feel under powered up there?
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Ajay,

Very fast mods after joining OTR club.
Saar - my first intention was to bring the hornet back to stock, this took me almost a year. Its only now that I have added the lockers and snorkel, and I intend to use it like this before more performance mods

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Hey Ajay,
Lovely thread!
Nice to read about Hornet being revived.
I loved the idea of getting the snorkel pipe out of the left side-indicator light.
So, how does hornet feel with the new mods?
Cheers,
Deepak
Thanks Deepak
The credit for the snorkel design must go to a friend from Sakleshpur - I guess its his design which he has used for all his Gypsy's and also he got it done for me.
The lockers make the Hornet's steering a little tight and the locker release in sharp curves is particularly annoying (its a little loud) but on the trail its AMAZING!!!
Had gone to Chikmagalur (sorry no pics - was too busy driving) and was using 2hi in lotsa places where others were using 4hi

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Good to see a tread from you GB.

1. Please post some pics of Snorkel fitting (under the hood pics)
2. Snorkel head make?

Regards,
Krishna Thanthri
Pics will take a little time Krishna - Vehicle is parked up at home and my camera is not very good
Snorkel head is a high quality FRP copy of Safari

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Looks like you have made some nice mods to this especially the lockers. For you Gypsy guys, is there any way you can coax another 10-20 horsepower out of the OE motor relatively painlessly....e.g. under a lakh?
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A Fuel Injected engine would move the power from 65bhp to 85bhp.
Thanks DirtyDan
Regarding the power, I would rather spend money on crawling gears as they will end up increasing the torque.
This is my thought, but given a choice between Power and Torque, I would choose the latter.
Dont think I have mentioned earlier but I got a FFE with the vehicle

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Hey Ajay , nice to see a build thread of your gypsy , keep it coming . How much did the lockers and snorkel cost you ?
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Way to go Ajay!! What lockers did you get? What next?
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