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Old 19th November 2012, 14:32   #361
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Manuj,you were extremely lucky to have survived a tyre burst.
That said,i have lost my faith on Yokohoma,i was thinking of switching over to them from Michelin's at the next change.
Even Sam's Land Rover was running on new Yokohoma's,unfortunately he didnot survive:(.Get rid of these,and switch to OEM Dunlop.
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i was speaking to Anirban (1100D on TBHP) and he mentioned that he was not happy with the Geolanders - 3 tyres with sidewall damages in his 4x4 Scorpio

he needs to update this thread http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ighlight=1100D

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Anirban da - please let us know about your feedback on these tyres.
there is a thread running on this tyre: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...olander-s.html

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Manuj,you were extremely lucky to have survived a tyre burst.
That said,i have lost my faith on Yokohoma,i was thinking of switching over to them from Michelin's at the next change.
Even Sam's Land Rover was running on new Yokohoma's,unfortunately he didnot survive:(.Get rid of these,and switch to OEM Dunlop.
Yokos have very soft sidewalls, like highway tires. After my bridgestone OEM burst on the highway(at ~ 90kmph), I decided to get proper tough tires. Been with Continentals ever since.
The kind of terrains I do need hard sidewalls, as many roads are just sharp rocks picked up from somewhere, and then dumped from a BRO truck.
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Manuj,you were extremely lucky to have survived a tyre burst.
That said,i have lost my faith on Yokohoma,i was thinking of switching over to them from Michelin's at the next change.
Even Sam's Land Rover was running on new Yokohoma's,unfortunately he didnot survive:(.Get rid of these,and switch to OEM Dunlop.

I have lost my faith in Yokohamas also. I am stuck with these now as i dont want to spend another 50K on new tyres after i just spent 40k last month.

I shall have to be very careful though. I did look at some Bridgestones as Guderian had suggested but they were HT tyres and i wanted only AT. Thanks again Guderian for all your support and guidance in this whole episode.

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i was speaking to Anirban (1100D on TBHP) and he mentioned that he was not happy with the Geolanders - 3 tyres with sidewall damages in his 4x4 Scorpio

he needs to update this thread http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ighlight=1100D

there is a thread running on this tyre: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...olander-s.html
Thanks for the links planet_rocker. I have posted my experience also.

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Yokos have very soft sidewalls, like highway tires. After my bridgestone OEM burst on the highway(at ~ 90kmph), I decided to get proper tough tires. Been with Continentals ever since.
The kind of terrains I do need hard sidewalls, as many roads are just sharp rocks picked up from somewhere, and then dumped from a BRO truck.
I really wish i had done some research on TBHP before buying these Yokos. Well too late now..no point crying over spilled milk.

The Inspection of the tyre was carried out by Mr. Sanjay Chauhan the RM (North) of Yokohama Tyres India at 11 AM on 20th November at their Gurgaon dealers Mr. Deepak Katarias Tyre Outlet called Star Wheels. Guderian had used his contacts to set up this inspection for me which i deeply appreciate.

Both gentleman were very courteous in their approach and made efforts to assuage my doubts.

He took his time to inspect the tyre carefully and concluded that it was definitely an external impact due to some sharp object that caused the sidewall to tear apart like a wet tissue. He showed me abrasion marks on the tyre also that were caused by this object.
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This pic shows the exact spot where the sharp object penetrated the Yokohama sidewall like a hot knife through butter.
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I did wonder aloud how my Dunlop Grandtreks that were the OE fitment lasted almost three years and 72,000 kms without incident even though they had their fair share of rough use in jungle, desert and rocky terrain, and brand new Yokohama Geolander committing harakiri on flat smooth highways in under 3 weeks and about 1500 kms of use? They put it down to 'bad luck' and a 'stray incident'.


In this case he said he was helpless to honor my Claim of a free replacement. He offered me a minor discount on a new tyre which i accepted as i was tired of this whole exercise also. I feel really stupid for not sticking to Dunlops when it came time to replace my tyres. As the adage goes "If it ain't broken..dont try to fix it"

In the end I purchased my last ever Yokohama yesterday :(

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On the 21st of December 2009 I started this thread about my TRD Fortuner that had finally come into my life on the 10th of December 2009 after a long exasperating wait.

As i write this three years later i cannot help but say it all the frustration, exasperation and aggravation while i waited for the car was well worth it.

The ODO reads a shade over 77,000 kms today. In these three years i haven't faced even one failure or breakdown. The Fortuner has chugged along happily and taken whatever i have managed to throw at it.

I don't want to write much about the cost and experience as all of it has been written about in detail in my previous posts about the vehicle.

I am posting a few pictures of the car at various intervals of the three years it has been with me. It has taken me to far off places some on flat smooth highways and some desert and jungle trails.

All the while the reassurance of TOYOTA quality has always been with me.

The first time i laid eyes on it on the evening of 9th December
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The next day..Delivery Day!!
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ODO at 49 kms..now stands at over 77,000.
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Teflon coated
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Smiling in the sun
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On the first road trip near Jaipur
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On a lakeside somewhere in Rajasthan on the way to Ranthambore.
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Near Kufri
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Parked at Narkanda
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Near Rohtang
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Searching for Tigers in Corbett
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At its favorite haunt..Ramganga Resort, Marchula.
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Jalori Pass
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On the way to Jaisalmer
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Many miles traveled..
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Many Picnics enjoyed
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Many sunsets seen.
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Lending a helping hand
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Fort by the Fort
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to be continued..
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Cool pictures.drooooling stuff manuuj...wishing you thousands more miles of safe/happy journey with the fort.
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On the way to Rohtang
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Desert near Jaisalmer
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Happy in Corbett
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Its cleaning Aids
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With its Siblings
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Only thing changed was the music system
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..and in due course at about 72,000 kms the tyres
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My world through the Fortuner over the last three years|
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My Eversmiling Fortuner
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Thus the saga continues. 2013 is going to be the year for some exciting Road Trips. That is my new year resolution. Ladakh, Spiti and Kashmir are in our sights.

Very soon in the new year the Fortuner will cross the 100,000 kms mark. What amazes me is that it still feels so fresh and new.

Ah yes..and three years later i finally gave it a name..YETI.
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On the 21st of December 2009 I started this thread about my TRD Fortuner that had finally come into my life on the 10th of December 2009 after a long exasperating wait.
Congratulations Manuuj ! 3 Years and 77K KMs - great figures. Yours must be the oldest and the most run T-Fortuner of TBHP.
Great going and keep rolling veteran !


Named him at his age ? Christening your T-Fortuner at this age as Yeti is sure going to give Skoda a few sleepless nights besides gving your vehicle some nightmares too.He'll loose face among Yetis too.

But then as the good Bard said what's in a name ? That which we call Yeti
by any other name would be just as quiet, efficient, tough, reliable and brutish.

Onwards Manuuj, with our good wishes, to 2L KMs and much beyond !

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Dear Manuuj,

hearty congrats!

What a lovely summary of your moments with the Fortuner!

Your car goes on to prove the ever reliable character of Toyota & equally 'easy on the pocket' maintenance.

Wishing you many more trouble free miles & many more joyous moments.
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Fantastic post Manuuj - thanks for sharing the photo timeline! Leh and Lahaul/Spiti are on my to do list for 2013. Maybe we can coordinate...

My vehicle touched 48K kms last week. Had an interesting experience driving with a busted right ankle. The vehicle proved worthy - the low range on steep trails, engine braking on Kalhatti Ghats and gearing/throttle while on the highway. Posted details on Devnath's thread in Which 4x4 section.
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three years and 72,000 kms without incident.

I feel really stupid for not sticking to Dunlops when it came time to replace my tyres. As the adage goes "If it ain't broken..dont try to fix it"
Congratulations Mannuj. Waiting for the 1 Lac kms report.

I will follow your example and will stick to BS Turanza when I replace my tyres on my swift. No issues till date.

I too was getting tempted by the YOKO C drive, AV DB. Will stick my trusty BS Turanzas.

On a related note, I saw a scorpio shod with Continental Cross Contact AT, pattern was really nice. I wonder if they are available on Fortuner's size.
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Keep revving Manuj.Your Fortuner looks better than the new generation buddy.
BTW how are those Yokos performing these days. I am too riding Yokohama Geolanders A/T on my Scorpio.
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Breathtaking pictures Manuuj! Everything that a Fortuner should be!
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Cool pictures.drooooling stuff manuuj...wishing you thousands more miles of safe/happy journey with the fort.
Thank you for your kind words r0ckstar!

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Congratulations Manuuj ! 3 Years and 77K KMs - great figures. Yours must be the oldest and the most run T-Fortuner of TBHP.
Great going and keep rolling veteran !

Onwards Manuuj, with our good wishes, to 2L KMs and much beyond !
Thanks for your wishes Guderian. I shall be submitting the 80,000 kms report soon. The 75,000 kms service was carried out a few weeks ago and was too uneventful to even report about.

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Dear Manuuj,

hearty congrats!

What a lovely summary of your moments with the Fortuner!

Your car goes on to prove the ever reliable character of Toyota & equally 'easy on the pocket' maintenance.

Wishing you many more trouble free miles & many more joyous moments.
Thank you Monaro for your kind words and wishes. The Fortuner certainly has been easy on the pocket as far as running costs go. I feel this car will be with me for a very long time.

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Fantastic post Manuuj - thanks for sharing the photo timeline! Leh and Lahaul/Spiti are on my to do list for 2013. Maybe we can coordinate...

My vehicle touched 48K kms last week. Had an interesting experience driving with a busted right ankle. The vehicle proved worthy - the low range on steep trails, engine braking on Kalhatti Ghats and gearing/throttle while on the highway. Posted details on Devnath's thread in Which 4x4 section.
Busted Ankle? Hope you have a speedy recovery. When are you planning the Lahul and Spiti sojourn?

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Congratulations Mannuj. Waiting for the 1 Lac kms report.

I will follow your example and will stick to BS Turanza when I replace my tyres on my swift. No issues till date.

I too was getting tempted by the YOKO C drive, AV DB. Will stick my trusty BS Turanzas.

On a related note, I saw a scorpio shod with Continental Cross Contact AT, pattern was really nice. I wonder if they are available on Fortuner's size.
Thanks for your wishes F150.

The Yokos have performed well so far after the initial mishap.I still stick by my statement though that in hindsight i should have stuck to the Dunlops when replacing the old set.

I am not aware if Continental is offering Tyres in the Fortuners specs.

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Keep revving Manuj.Your Fortuner looks better than the new generation buddy.
BTW how are those Yokos performing these days. I am too riding Yokohama Geolanders A/T on my Scorpio.
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Thanks for your wishes M35. The Yokos are performing well after the initial mishap. They have exhibited good road holding with no squealing etc. I haven't taken it offroad so far though.

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Breathtaking pictures Manuuj! Everything that a Fortuner should be!
Thank you nikhil.nayak. The Fortuner has certainly been invaluable as a tourer. I am confident that 2013 will prove to be way more exciting than 2012 as far as road trips go. I shall keep the posts and pictures coming!
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Lahaul/Spiti: around Sep I guess. Will get a couple of friends to join in. Maybe you can try convincing some of the other folks in Team BHP.
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