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Old 4th March 2011, 06:43   #31
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... Err doc, for any dental disasters like vibration induced cracks and fissures, will you be offering discounted treatment? I mean being a fellow Jeep aficionado and all that?
Sure buddy any time for Jeepers!! As it is am named by my friends as "Jeep Doctor" and my clinic as "dental garage" what with all my conversations ending up somehow in a "Jeep" related topic!!
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Sure buddy any time for Jeepers!! As it is am named by my friends as "Jeep Doctor" and my clinic as "dental garage" what with all my conversations ending up somehow in a "Jeep" related topic!!
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I would love to be your patient then, knowing what the conversations would be for hours.
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Old 4th March 2011, 15:16   #33
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Continued from post #25 :-

Such exchanges were common place through out the journey, in almost every hotel and restaurant we stopped at.
Kudos to the Jeep and the work done on it; it did not miss a beat during the entire journey.

As of now the Jeepís documentation status is:

1. Registered in the state of Manipur in a dealerís/agentís name.
2. NOC and transfer of ownership will happen in the State of MH in the name of the seller (Tarkesh) as the NOC has been issued in his name.
3. Once the registration is done, Tarkesh will be transferring the documents to my name.
4. I will either get it registered to my name in MH or KA. Still thinking about it.
5. Have paid almost 80% of the total value decided upon. Rest to be paid when the documents are done up. However I will leave out the specifics of the monetary values as agreed upon between the seller and yours truly.
6. I would like to know how much it will cost to register the Jeep in Bangalore. Since the Jeep is of dark green color, will it be a problem to register it?

All in all a good transaction carried out. Thanks, Tarkesh.

Hope we will be concluding the deal with the documents and registration very soon so that I can start off on my modifications and additions to the Jeep.

Tarkesh also provided me with all the accessories he had collected for the Jeep.
I still need to pick up a few accessories (Jack, tommy bar etc) from Tarkesh. Due to time constraint, I was unable to do it on the day I took delivery of the Jeep.

From what Tarkesh tells me the Army Jack which he has for the Jeep is quite rare and extends to a good height.

Unfortunately the soft top used by Tarkesh (pics in his thread) was no longer available with him.

Any tips on registration of the Jeep?
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Old 4th March 2011, 15:34   #34
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Please feel free to correct me but i doubt you can register a non Euro-4 vehicle in blore! Also, the colour might pose a problem! The mlore RTO does not register/renew fitness of vehicles with that colour. Not sure if its the same case in blore.

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Any tips on registration of the Jeep?
There is a whole thread on it: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...-rs-15-8k.html

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Please feel free to correct me but i doubt you can register a non Euro-4 vehicle in blore! Also, the colour might pose a problem! The mlore RTO does not register/renew fitness of vehicles with that colour. Not sure if its the same case in blore.
The BS-IV rule applies only for new cars. But that color can pose problems.
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Old 4th March 2011, 19:40   #36
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Speedz - Which part of the city are you in?

I got my Jeep transferred to my name.

Original regn: AP
1st transfer to KA with regn CAC. Passed fitness - valid until 2015.
2nd transfer to my name - still with CAC

Color of my Jeep - Military greenish. No questions asked about color. I have heard RTO posing problems with the color. Touch wood, so far I have not encountered any issues. On the contrary, I have got friendly nods from cops vehicles/rto vehicles in traffic and have been asked friendly questions like - is it a military vehicle? Oh you got 4 wheel drive? "Jeep chennagide" which translates to - Jeep looks good!

But yes, if one is unlucky, could run into an official who is to meet his fines target, then it could be an issue.

If it is Jayanagar RTO, do let me know, I know of a broker/agent who can get things done.

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Continued from my previous related post;

Mechanical status of the Jeep:
1. It is in good cosmetic shape with an excellent paint job. I doubt if there are many Jeeps out there with such a paint job. Tarkeshís brother is a body shop specialist employed with Toyota and he has used his knowledge to good effect on the Jeepís body work and paint job.
2. The interiors are totally bare and I will need to do it up.
3. Sound deadening material needs to be put in everywhere, floor, under bonnet and fire-wall.
4. Roll cage has to be fabricated. Will be based on the recommendations of my brother who happens to be quite an expert in designing car/automobile chassis.
5. Soft top work will be done after completing the roll cage fabrication. Was in favor of the roll cage and soft top design done by Fazal on his brown Jeep. Not decided yet; will take the decision once roll cage is in place.
6. Will be installing an AC. Need to incorporate a heater and windshield defroster as the vehicle will be used in cold conditions at high altitudes. So far I have found threads on retro-fitting an Ac in a 550 but almost no information about a heater setup.
7. The engine is idling slightly faster than normal (donít know the exact numbers). Tarkeshís mechanic was of the opinion that the FIP needs to be re-calibrated for this. I am not sure about it since Tarkesh has already got it done by an authorized Bosch outlet. Any ideas or suggestions?
8. Any suggestions for making the ride more comfortable without going in for composite fiber leaf springs?
9. Last but not the least I would love to show the Jeep to any of the members (4X4 group) here in Bangalore who might be able to give me pointers on the clutch, FIP etc.

I would love to have 5 speed gear box on this one as the Jeep will be used for 4000km trip every 6 months or so. It will be driven on-road for at least 50 kms a day. So I guess some gearbox and suspension related work is definitely in order. Not that I know what exactly has to be done on it. Any help/suggestions for the same?

I think the Isuzu 5 speed conversion has been done by at least two members here, Fazal and Kandisa. I remember that even jyobeb has done a Isuzu engine and gear box conversion in his vehicle. Any tips suggestions on availability, and cost of such a gear box?
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Congrats speedz for getting hold of the jeep. Your narration is really unique and toatlly informal, have been enjoying thoroughly. I remember Tarkesh's thread when he started off with the build up. Why did he sell this one?
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...Need to incorporate a heater and windshield defroster as the vehicle will be used in cold conditions at high altitudes...
Looks like some Himalayan trips are already in the planning. You are right, not much of info on the heater thing is available.

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...I think the Isuzu 5 speed conversion has been done by at least two members here, Fazal and Kandisa. I remember that even jyobeb has done a Isuzu engine and gear box conversion in his vehicle. Any tips suggestions on availability, and cost of such a gear box?
The 5 speed gearbox from the Mahindra stable will be bit expensive and difficult to procure IIRC as per info provided in various threads. Local jeepers can provide you more details on the availability of the same in and around your place.
As per the Isuzu 5-speed conversion is concerned Fazal sir has successfully done this with the existing diesel engine in the 550. In my jeep the entire engine-gearbox-t.case combo has been changed to Isuzu. So matching the engine and gearbox wasn't a problem. As per cost, i guess it should be around 20-25k. And yes, the 5 speed gearbox conversion is really worth if the jeep is driven more or less frequently. At least i couldn't have managed touring in the jeep with the original 4 speed gearbox.
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@james, Aren't you the 'resident RD expert' of Mangalore? I remember you doing up some really nice RDs. I heard you have shifted your attention to fast cars now.

@ Kandisa, I was reading through your travelogue and found out the specifics of your engine and gearbox details. Lovely travelogue and a welcome change from the other travelogues I have read. Totally unpretentious and matter-of-fact narration.

I guess only jyobeb and Fazal will be able to help me out with the specifics of mating the XD3B engine and Isuzu gear box.

Posting a few pics of the Jeep.

In two of the pics, I have managed to capture an extremely rare member of a particular species. The pics of the sleeping beauty(my friend, Abhi) who, rumor has it, has never been captured on camera and more so in such a rarely documented physical state. I consider myself lucky to have managed to captured the rare pics of him in awakened state.

He was not in the mood for smiling into the camera, or anything else for that matter, after being rudely roused.

The vicious flipper-slapper is also shown in two of the snaps .
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.....@ Kandisa, I was reading through your travelogue and found out the specifics of your engine and gearbox details. Lovely travelogue and a welcome change from the other travelogues I have read. Totally unpretentious and matter-of-fact narration...
My pleasure and thanks for liking the travelogue. A jeep journey is always different compared to any other vehicle.

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....Posting a few pics of the Jeep....
The paint shade does look amazing in the good sunshine.

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....In two of the pics, I have managed to capture an extremely rare member of a particular species............He was not in the mood for smiling into the camera, or anything else for that matter, after being rudely roused....
Hilarious to say the least, keeping in line with your narrative skills...!

BTW, you may check this thread in the technical section, if you haven't already:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-te...bos-jeeps.html
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@james, Aren't you the 'resident RD expert' of Mangalore? I remember you doing up some really nice RDs. I heard you have shifted your attention to fast cars now.
RD Expert? Oh how i wish!!! Did Sunny or Arjun tell you that? Im just a grease monkey who restores RD's for friends on a promise that they'll join me on weekend bike rides.
I was bitten by the jeep bug coupla years ago but had to settle for a sedan as my folks would NOT travel in a jeep! *sigh*
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