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Old 6th February 2009, 23:30   #466
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KEEP IT AWAY FROM RF MOTORS.

Lesson learned the hard way, but it's a major relief to hear that Concorde is doing a great job(at least for now)

Oh can nikkibike and Steer compile a list of things that might have been "Replaced" by RF during her lengthy services ? And Mr.Chikku , you did a great job on the Safari, an even better job on the Landy.

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Great job and thank you, Chikku.
Thankyou Sir! Now PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... take very good care of her from today onwards!

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JAI JAI TEAM BHP!! Am happy that am a member of this forum!
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Just drove the truck around for the whole of today, and needless to say I'm astounded by the change.

When nikki said the truck is back in showroom condition, he really meant it! In many ways, it is also BETTER than showroom condition.
Congrats for getting your truck back the way you love it. Am sure you are going to test it in Wayanad off-roads.

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The clutch - INCREDIBLE is the only word for the clutch feel, it is as good and as soft as that on a petrol vehicle.
Is the clutch better than your Defender's? or the Defender has also become better?

Come to think of it - It is funny that both your trucks had some serios clutch problems at the same time!
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Congrats for getting your truck back the way you love it. Am sure you are going to test it in Wayanad off-roads.

Update - yes we did test it in Wayanad, on the way there and on the return journey. The truck handles BEAUTIFULLY, better than it had ever done and better than it did after Psycho's suspension job early in its life.

That said, the handling is at the cost of some off-roading ability as the front has been dropped. I did my regular 'driving in the paddy fields' stunt in Palghat and while we couldnt check out traction (dry paddy fields) the truck did scrape the bottom on a few occassions - no components, only the aluminium side-steps/running boards and the engine shield - while climbing up from the lower fields to the ones on a higher level across a small bund. So yes I've lost a bit of ground clearance because this is something I could do effortlessly earlier.

Everything else about the truck is TIGHT. The tailgate developed some small queaks after we threw it around a bit, and this is because the rubber bushes on the door-locks are worn out after all these years - will be easy to fix.

The engine is running super smooth, the gears are fine and the clutch is easy. There's nothing wrong with the vehicle anymore - it drives straight, brakes straight and holds its line even in the tightest of curves. If you still want to throw it around such tight turns at higher speeds, 4H is very useful and will let you throw those 2 tonnes around without losing it.

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Is the clutch better than your Defender's?
The clutch is as smooth as those on petrol cars around here. And that is saying something - the chap at Concorde says that all it requires is regular greasing of the joint above the pedal!

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or the Defender has also become better?

Come to think of it - It is funny that both your trucks had some serios clutch problems at the same time!
The Defender's clutch was rock hard. It was THE toughest clutch I've ever used in my life - and I've driven quite a few vehicles.

That said, you must also remember that we did our last 6 desert drives (every weekend after the Defender was bought) with ZERO clutch - Ayoub opened her up and showed me the clutch plate which had its friction pads AND the metal worn out - the plate was almost like a bowl with all that stress. I will drive it tomorrow with the new clutch, when I will be in a position to comment on the difference.
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Good to hear that the truck is back in shape now. Now, a quick question -after all that has happened, you are going to let RF get away scot free?
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4H on tarmac? Even on a winding road. Why?
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Will return from 68k service today, all is well. Full engine flush is required, my Cat Con replacement is overdue but it still seems to be doing the job with a periodic clean-up ( - ever heard of catcons being 'cleaned'?), but I suspect we will have to replace sooner rather than later - it was due for replacement at 50k if I'm not mistaken.

Did only one long run this time around, though (not counting the Wayanad trip) - Shornur-Vellore-Shornur-Cochin in about 15.30 hours including the hospital visit.

She's a beauty once again, invincible on the highways as before! I wouldnt part with this truck for a while. Had a tough past year, but we've hopefully put it behind us.

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Silly Question- what happens if you just get rid of the Catcon? will you be trying that?
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Silly Question- what happens if you just get rid of the Catcon?

Fail the pollution tests!!!
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Now, a quick question -after all that has happened, you are going to let RF get away scot free?
They havent. Trust me on that.

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4H on tarmac? Even on a winding road. Why?
Straightens out curves dramatically. Very very effective - you must try this out (but not for long and not at 80+ kmph like our good friend TSK)

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Maybe we should try this - I suspect it might smoke a lot though. nikki's gonna kill you for giving me more ideas.
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Silly Question- what happens if you just get rid of the Catcon? will you be trying that?
LOL, if you've fried your conscience in oil many years ago, you can do that!

Otherwise, as we all know, this is the land of freedoms! Free for all and do as you please!
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Nice to hear godo things about your truck Steer. I hope all the bad luck is finally over with your cars!

We were speeding up on way back from Wayanad after that delayed start and was a bit disappointed that we could not catch your truck in action. Hope to see it in action sometime soon in another one of our famed D R I V Es.
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Fail the pollution tests!!!
Yes I know, but wanted to see if it makes any difference in performance.
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Straightens out curves dramatically. Very very effective - you must try this out (but not for long and not at 80+ kmph like our good friend TSK).
From what I know you should not try 4WD mode on tarmac, irrespective of the speed, whether its 8 80 or 800kmph
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From what I know you should not try 4WD mode on tarmac, irrespective of the speed, whether its 8 80 or 800kmph
Has been discussed about 2 years ago, check post #s 102, 104 and 106 on this thread.
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