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Old 29th March 2017, 03:53   #211
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Wow! So, finally its done and in the usual OE way! Installation looks clean as a whistle.
Waiting for details of installation. Please share the cost details too.

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Wow. Brilliant addition and as usual it looks like it's been since the car was bought. Brilliant and neat install.
I hope you have started making the thread on the first details on the install?! Can't wait to read it.

Congratulations buddy.
Thanks a lot.

I have bumped into a minor issue with the switch, and so the setup will be worked upon tomorrow. My SA has assured me that its a small niggle, and can be easily ironed out.

Details will be posted once I am 100% satisfied with the work done.

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Wow,
I read this write up in detail more than a year after you created it. Thanks for sharing the link earlier, and I am void of compliments for the car and your perseverance and efforts that has been keeping it in such a great condition even today. Your thread also reminded me of our Omni which was purchased in 2003 and sold in 2011 in which I learnt driving. Sometimes I feel like searching for that car and bringing it back home, just for the sake of memories.

It also shows that Maruti can arrange you parts no matter how old your vehicle is or how rare it may be. Kudos to them. I still have a few pages to finish reading, but also have some more reading time after a long while!

Keep it up and thanks for the acknowledgement.
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What a comprehensive thread. Enjoyed reading every bit of it. Reason why I landed at this tread was I bought a Maruti 800 for city commute very recently. I was always a big fan of Maruti 800's shape as it resembles the beautiful shaped iconic VW Golf MK1, yummy.

I temporarily shifted from Trivandrum to Kochin which is a much more crowded city. I drove my Scorpio for two weeks in Kochin and I had enough. So I decided to buy a second hand small car. Obvious choices were M800 and Alto. As mentioned earlier I always loved the shape of M800 and why pay extra for Alto when it had the same heart as the M800 under the hood. So decided and walked straight to a Maruti True Value and picked up a 2005 Maruti AC which had clocked 85K on the odo. The car was clean and straight, it also had the original paints on it and the decision was made.

I paid under 1 Lakh for the car and drove now for almost close to 3000 kilometers, touch wood not even a single glitch until now. I recently traveled to Calicut from Kochin which has few steep hill climbs and to my disbelieve the car pulls like anything. I just never felt under powered at all. Seriously hats of to such a wonderful durable and fuel efficient engine by Maruti. Day by day I am growing into a hard core fan of my M800 and I fear I may not drive my Scorpio again .

I am eagerly waiting for your tyre upgrade which I am also planning on upgrading mine soon. Keep this thread going.

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What a comprehensive thread. Enjoyed reading every bit of it.
Thanks a lot buddy.

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Reason why I landed at this tread was I bought a Maruti 800 for city commute very recently. I was always a big fan of Maruti 800's shape as it resembles the beautiful shaped iconic VW Golf MK1, yummy.
Congratulations, do post some pictures of your 800.

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............why pay extra for Alto when it had the same heart as the M800 under the hood. So decided and walked straight to a Maruti True Value and picked up a 2005 Maruti AC which had clocked 85K on the odo.
A small correction: Even though the Alto and your M800 have the same displacement, they are largely different in their construction and power development. Alto has F8D engine, which made 46BHP/62Nm torque, whereas the 4 Speed MPFI( since you say its 2005 model) had F8B engine made 37BHP/59Nm torque. F8B had 2V/Cylinder layout, compared to the 4V/Cylinder layout of the F8D.

F8D was available in the M800 only in 5 Speed Models.

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The car was clean and straight, it also had the original paints on it and the decision was made.

I paid under 1 Lakh for the car and drove now for almost close to 3000 kilometers, touch wood not even a single glitch until now. I recently traveled to Calicut from Kochin which has few steep hill climbs and to my disbelieve the car pulls like anything. I just never felt under powered at all. Seriously hats of to such a wonderful durable and fuel efficient engine by Maruti. Day by day I am growing into a hard core fan of my M800 and I fear I may not drive my Scorpio again .
Completely agree, 800 has an aura of reliability around it, which newer complex cars can never match.

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I am eagerly waiting for your tyre upgrade which I am also planning on upgrading mine soon. Keep this thread going.
My tyres are fairly new(September 2015 make), so I won't be going for a replacement anytime soon. But if you wish to upgrade the size, 155/65R12(Bridgestone) is the way to go without sacrificing anything. It is the OEM size of rear wheels of Nano. People also go for 145/80R12, but I am strictly against that size in an 800.

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Some Updates on my Golden Goose

1. Driver side seat base changed: The driver side seat had sunk in; clearly, the 17 years and numerous long journeys had taken its toll on the cushion. I tried to contact some seat and hood makers in my city, but their work on other cars left me unimpressed-the new worked cushions were just heap of foam, without any comfort or bolstering to speak of.

My MASS came to my rescue, and offered me a plethora of seat base options, ranging from STD, to DX ones. Still unsure if Maruti will honour my order, I placed an order for both side seat bases, which were from an export model 800.
The seat bases arrived in 12 days, but my SA recommended me to change only the driver side cushion assembly, and keep the passenger side for future use.

I was seriously impressed by the spares support from Maruti. Not only do they offer seat cushions for a 17 year old car, but they also ask about the fabric design.

Cushions. Notice the fabric design which Export model 800s got.
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170329_102346.jpg

Post installation and some cleaning
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170331_161958.jpg



2. Update on the Defogger project: The switch, controller assembly and the OEM wiring harness of the export model 800 arrived yesterday, and we did a proper testing. I still haven't installed the switch on my dashboard, as I need some more time to test the reliability of the setup.

How I have routed the wire

The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170331_155419.jpg

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Wiring harness, and the location of switch and controller assembly
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3. Tried CarPro PERL on the engine bay trims: After a regular washing session, used CarPro PERL on rubber and plastic trims as recommended, and I must say, this provides the best and natural shine of all the engine detailing products I have used.
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170415_171327.jpg

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4. A walk down the memory lane: Prices of Maruti 800 and Omni cars, February 2000, Patna

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Even though the Alto and your M800 have the same displacement, they are largely different in their construction and power development. Alto has F8D engine, which made 46BHP/62Nm torque, whereas the 4 Speed MPFI( since you say its 2005 model) had F8B engine made 37BHP/59Nm torque. F8B had 2V/Cylinder layout, compared to the 4V/Cylinder layout of the F8D.

F8D was available in the M800 only in 5 Speed Models.
Yes, I agree Alto and M800 cannot be compared as such. I did drive an Alto before I got the M800. The AC, the power steering, the brakes and even the gear shifts were all much better compare to the M800. I know the spec are different for the Alto as compared to M800 and I was just getting carried away by the excitement reading this thread. But as I said I did not want to spend an extra lakh for the Alto which I am saving to modify my pocket rocket M800


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My tyres are fairly new(September 2015 make), so I won't be going for a replacement anytime soon. But if you wish to upgrade the size, 155/65R12(Bridgestone) is the way to go without sacrificing anything. It is the OEM size of rear wheels of Nano. People also go for 145/80R12, but I am strictly against that size in an 800.
Any plans on getting new set of Alloys? I would like to stick to R12 and not up size to R13. I feel R12 suits well for M800 and R13 is a bit disproportionate for the car. Sorry folks this is my personal opinion no offense to anyone.
I am also looking for tyres which have flat walls so the tyres looks bigger as compared to the curved wall ones. But I guess for this size it not that easy to find.
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Any plans on getting new set of Alloys? I would like to stick to R12 and not up size to R13. I feel R12 suits well for M800 and R13 is a bit disproportionate for the car. Sorry folks this is my personal opinion no offense to anyone.
I am also looking for tyres which have flat walls so the tyres looks bigger as compared to the curved wall ones. But I guess for this size it not that easy to find.
I also won't recommend going for R13 wheels. Completely agree with your views.

The issue is that there aren't many good designs in the 12 inch alloy segment. Even if they are, they don't come in the specs which 800 needs(114.3 PCD). So its completely no no for me.

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I like this combination of Alloys and tyres. Goodyear tubeless 155/75R12 (73T load rating) tires, no idea on the Alloys.
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Some Updates on my Golden Goose

3. Tried CarPro PERL on the engine bay trims: After a regular washing session, used CarPro PERL on rubber and plastic trims as recommended, and I must say, this provides the best and natural shine of all the engine detailing products I have used
GG (LOL! Love the name too) is one heck of a lucky car and I read every single update here. I just love the look of that engine bay! Brought a big smile to my face. Looks as if the car just rolled off the factory floor.
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I like this combination of Alloys and tyres. Goodyear tubeless 155/75R12 (73T load rating) tires, no idea on the Alloys.
The tyre size is wrong. It will not only touch the wheel wells(if suspension is anything less than ideal), but also show wrong speeds & Odometer reading.

The alloys are from NEO Wheels, but this design was discontinued long time back.

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GG (LOL! Love the name too) is one heck of a lucky car and I read every single update here. I just love the look of that engine bay! Brought a big smile to my face. Looks as if the car just rolled off the factory floor.
Thanks sir. Keeping her in "factory condition" is what I have always aimed for.

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I was checking for various options of 12 inch tyres and just couldn't find any. The only option available is 145/80 R12 for all brands like MRF, Apollo, Bridgstone and Micheline. Are there any other brands out in the market which offers more options for 12 inch tyres? Please need help.
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I was checking for various options of 12 inch tyres and just couldn't find any. The only option available is 145/80 R12 for all brands like MRF, Apollo, Bridgstone and Micheline. Are there any other brands out in the market which offers more options for 12 inch tyres? Please need help.
Tyre options in stock 145/70R12 size have become quite limited

-MRF has two offerings
-Ceat
-Falken
-Goodyear has two offerings
-Bridgestone
-JK Tyres
-Birla (not sure if they still come)

Then 155/65R12 is available in which the available brands are:
-MRF
-Ceat
-Bridgestone

145/80R12(Stock size of Zen/Alto) has many options
-MRF
-Ceat
-JK
-Goodyear
-Bridgestone
-Michelins
-Falken
-Apollo
Etc

In 165/60R12, the only available options are
-Bridgestone
-Yokohama

In 155/70R12,
-Maxxis
-Apollo
Etc

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Thanks a lot Leoshashi for the info. These sizes mentioned by you for various brands are not displayed on their website. Maybe I will pay them a visit to find out more.

As requested sending you the picture of my M800. Do excuse the glare.

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Now when I inquired locally here in Cochin, this particular Alloys are available for Rs 15000 for set of 4.

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Did a quick short trip to Chakradharpur(CKP) and back

Total distance covered(door to door): 280kms
Total time taken: 5.5 hours
Approximate mileage: 23kmpl with 100% AC on.
Passengers: BHPian Saket77 with his family, and yours truly

Road conditions: Most of the road is well laid out. While its only a two lane stretch, it's more than adequate because of the extremely sparse traffic on these roads. Only the section between forest reserve/ghats(Murhu to Karaikela, approx 50kms) is in poor shape. A car like Safari/Fortuner can easily cover it, but for a small car like 800, it is a bit difficult. Also as some of the area comes under Naxal infested zone, it's best not to venture out after dark. Don't expect any support, if anything goes bad, you are all on your own. Still, for someone heading to Jamshedpur from Ranchi, this route is preferable than the main RNC-JSR highway which is in shambles.

The route
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At CKP
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The car became extremely dirty, with tar marks, mud etc. So it got a well deserved wash
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170425_154930.jpg

Scraped at one place really bad, so got the anti rust checked. Must say, the Metachem coating took it really nicely, and despite getting scraped, metal wasn't exposed.
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170425_161213.jpg

Who says 5 speed 800s are rare?? Well most of the 5 speed 800s of my city come at this MASS
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An update on the AC woes

The AC in my car was a chiller compared to other 800s, or even Alto for that matter. However, since the past few days, it wasn't cooling as well as it should. I have a digital thermometer, and kept an eye over the AC's performance. So when it started underperforming, I was quick to identify it.

Earlier Performance: Vent temperature used to reach 5 degrees celsius before the compressor disengaged.

However, offlate, it was struggling to go down below 9 degrees. I knew there was an issue. My regular SA had gone for training, and the mechanics said that AC is fine, and that it is unable to cool because of the high ambient temperature. Needless to say that I didn't fall for their logic.

I contacted Subros Kolkata, who directed me to Daga Autolek (Automotive Air-conditioning - Daga Autolek (Kolkata)). But visiting Kolkata only for this AC job was a bit too much, so I tried to seek some guidance from Daga Autolek. The person was extremely polite(I forgot his name, sorry), and kept in touch with me till my issue got resolved. Not only did he recommend me a mechanic in my city, but also chalked out a work plan.

I was asked to check the AC relay, change the refrigerant and thoroughly vacuum the system. The mechanic also turned out to be an enthusiast, and he took every single care to ensure that my AC returns to its former glory.

-The relay was indeed faulty. However, I have no cause for complaint as it lasted for 17 years. I also ensured that genuine SGP goes into my car(and not the localised relays) even if it meant spending 5-6 times more.

-The system was then vacuumed for some half an hour, and the mechanic was very happy with the overall health of the air conditioning system.

-He also cleaned the condenser with a dedicated condenser foam wash from Subros.

Post all this, the AC is back to its earlier glory, and despite the outside temperature being in excess of 40 degrees, it's quickly reaching 4.4 degrees before the compressor cuts off.

This bad boy costs 1900 bucks. No qualms though. SGP out, SGP in.
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170422_120520.jpg

Vacuuming the system for half an hour
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-20170428_170249.jpg

Vent temperature, with the ambient temperature being in excess of 40 degrees
The love of my life: A 2000 Maruti 800 DX 5-Speed-img_20170201_152836913.jpg

Total expenses:
1. Relay Denso(SGP)= Rs. 1895*
2. AC Gas charging=Rs. 1800

Total: Rs. 3695

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Shashi

* Note: The localised relay(MGP) costs Rs. 365

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