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Old 12th June 2012, 10:26   #1576
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Though I am not sure whether looks wise it's doing Admiral any good. But then what the heck !
Sir, it looks hideous. I used to use such covers in my antique Fiat's, Amby's and M800's. Please remove asap to restore the Admiral to it's pristine glory.
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General - Admiral already had a leather wrapped...
Hi Amit,
Ha ha !
Well yes Admiral has a leather wrapped S Wheel - but as mentioned earlier I always did want a chunky/thick S Wheel like the one on my earlier Scorpio, which was further enhanced by the S Wheel cover which was a part of the seat cover set. That made it all the more chunky and fabulous to grip and drive. And very comfortable too to drive. Have a look:
Fleet Admiral Togo Heihachiro - Toyota Fortuner. Life Sails On...-dsc04902.jpg <br />
I found Admiral's SW a little too thin comparitively and over the months the leather had aquired a shine and I could sense that gripping it going to be an issue down the line- going to be slightly slippery perhaps ? Maybe.<br /> <br /> <div style=
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Sir, it looks hideous. I used to use such covers in my antique Fiat's, Amby's and M800's. Please remove asap to restore the Admiral to it's pristine glory.
Hi dkaile,
Oh you bet it is hideous ! And hence the reason for my comment -I am not sure whether looks wise it's doing Admiral any good.
But the second comment of - "But then what the heck !" signalled that it was now rather comfortable to grip and drive.
In fact the LoH gave it one look, wrinkled her pert lil' nose and said- "Taxi ?"

Hmm...so what do I do ? Anything better to keep the SW thick and juicy - like the one on the Scorp ?

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It looks bad. Better to take it off, IMO. I used to miss my carbon fibre coated leather steering wheel cover of the SX4, which was chunkier. But now have got used to the Fortuner steering.
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On a practical front I can't believe you paid for that. I wouldn't have installed it even if were free of charge.
On a nostalgic note the wheel cover brought back fond memories of our good old padmini.
That said I can imagine my dad getting nostalgic and having something like that fitted in my absence =p
All said and done, you're the director and you get to say cut, ignore us extras. We just love to scream and shout.
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General - Admiral already had a leather wrapped steering wheel right? So why this additional thing.

Am i allowed to say that it is not going down well with the Admiral? I hope i am not court martialed for this and banned from TOGO channel.
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Ahem !
When all the good folks in the world were decking and 'seriously accessorising' their Fortuners with electronic stuff like sound systems, DVDs, navigators, alligators etc and DRLs, horns, Billsteins, Pete's and whatnot I did not want to be left too far behind. And this was a long overdue bit I wanted.

Always wanted a chunky grip on all matters in life.
So when I was traipsing along, behind the LoH really, on one of those mind numbing 'Let's get stuff for the house' chukkers in a mall - came across this:
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Though I am not sure whether looks wise it's doing Admiral any good. But then what the heck !

Checked up all the prevailing laws on the matter and adhered to it.

Hope the Hon'ble Supreme Court doesn't take up a PIL for hearing and pass a judgement banning steering wheel covers in vehicles, ships and control columns in aircrafts, anytime in the near future.

Amen.
Hail General!
AK reporting. Nice buy there - "your grip for a better grip!" Well not nitpicking but yes, comparing the Admiral(outgoing) and Admiral(new), the New Admiral seems to have some eye problem, while the older one looks like eyes in the right place(projectors) and the newer ones looks like some blurred vision! (NO, you are again getting it wrong, i have nothing personal against our Current Chief of Army Staff and his decision to revoke the decision of his predecessor)

Yes, as Amit ji says, that leather wrap, may be giving you a better grip on everything but i dont think it gives you a better grip on your styling aspect, reminds me of STC bus(old ashok leylands) steerings wound in wire-grip.
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General, there is a place in Andheri east where they do leather wrapped steering with wooden steering,like the new fortuner.
Let me know if you need the number.
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WTS = What they Said.
WTM = What they meant.

WTS -
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Am i allowed to say that...
WTM - "What have you done ?!!"

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Please remove asap to restore the Admiral...
"Who the hell gave you a Fortuner to drive ?"

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It looks bad. Better to take it off...
"...or I'll feed you to the tigers in my next trip."

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On a practical front I can't believe you paid for that...
"You must be bloody bonkers to have slipped 'that' on Admiral. Take my advice if you want or else as the owner - you can go to hell for all I care..."

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...but i dont think it gives you a better grip on your styling aspect...
"You should first visit your shrink and have your head examined..."

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...there is a place in Andheri east where they do...
"If you don't know what's good for you, let me help you..."

Siiigh...with such very subtle messages...I guess I have my task cut out for the coming Sunday. The steering wheel bikini comes off ! Shall adduce evidence here.

What can one do with such mounting public pressure ? After all 51% of the shares of Togo Channel is owned by you folks and Admiral, as such, has far more admirers than I do...ahem...and it makes good sense too - I admit.
So mea culpa and all that, and with that action on Sunday, I hope it would end the chapter of the miserable attempt to accessorise Admiral. He stays stock.

(Thanks Kedar, but no thanks - I'll restore the wheel to the original condition and leave it at that, never liked the new Fortuner's steering wheel style anyway.)

And BTW - Just a coincidence, but I happen to have an absolutely wonderful, good looking, extremely comfortable, posh, elegant and a historic piece of automobile memorablia. Though a true collector's item, it can be practically used as well. If any of you are interested in it please send me a PM by Sunday evening.
What is it you ask ? Oh - a delightful steering wheel cover, with the original packing box, installation instructions, all spares like fastening wires etc imported from a very exotic East Asian country. Just a single piece - so please do hurry, I have already had far too many enquiries about it than I can handle. Out of a special consideration for my bretheren from TBHP, I haven't given it away. So jaldi please !

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Hats Off General. You have a way with the words and when I thought everything is predictable, there comes the sales talk. Simply brilliant! Hope the historic piece gets sold. Yes, the public opinion is that Admiral looks admirable in stock form. Now my doubt: Are the side step garnishes of any use other than improving the looks? Your opinion please.
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Hail General!

Are you a mind-reader or did some black magic to know the real meanings?
Your words made me do the above! not literally though .

By the way, before the mods Courtmartial me for posting useless stuff, let me ask you something, can you enlighten the crowd more about the care you do for your batteries? How many times have they been topped up so far? Any specific issues other than the recent pilferage of Admiral by enemy spies? What does the manual say about the battery maintenance? So many questions because, an acquaintance of mine, who by hook or crook owns a brother of Admiral, and started to battery issues within 2years of routine usage.
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Now my doubt: Are the side step garnishes of any use other than improving the looks? Your opinion please.
Ha ha KLO1BE ! Thanks for the comments.
Now coming to the Running Boards. It's quite an useful piece of metal, though I don't ever use it I have seen old folks, children and femme fatales clamber aboard Admiral using the RB, very gingerly ! Besides it also helps keep away the riff raff of the roads at that height (like cyclists) at some distance from running into the sheet metal besides some protection from kerbstones and other sundry objects generally found lying on our roads.
Looks-wise frankly I think the Fortuner looks great without the RBs. Seen in a couple of snaps.

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Hi AK,
My batteries ?!!

Anyway, early signs of demise shouldn't have cropped up in your chum's Fortuner's battery if the ASC or he was taking care of it.
All I do is for Admiral's battery:
1. Keep the area and terminals clean - weekly cleaning.
2. Once a quarter check the water levels by opening the vent caps and top up, if required.

I have topped up water just twice in the last 1 year & 4 months.

If the battery has started coughing in just two years time then - advise your friend to check with the ASC the cause. Most likely it could be because they have not inspected it and topped up the water - thereby the cells running dry and getting damaged - they were supposed to have been doing so every service and it points to a cock up on their part. Secondly have the alternator checked out - output, the regulator etc - which would be a rare cause indeed as explained to me by the Tech Head of 'my' ASC when I went for Admiral's battery issue. As per him in the last 10 years of his Service with Toyota ASCs he has not had a single case of a faulty Toyota alternator and regulator in the normal course of usage. Finally - is his Fortuner loaded heavy energy consuming gizmos ?
The manual only asks the owner to periodically check the water level in the battery.

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Hi AK,
My batteries ?!!

Anyway, early signs of demise shouldn't have cropped up in your chum's Fortuner's battery if the ASC or he was taking care of it.
All I do is for Admiral's battery:
1. Keep the area and terminals clean - weekly cleaning.
2. Once a quarter check the water levels by opening the vent caps and top up, if required.
That's Copied. I will pass on the information. As far as I know, his is a very much stock vehicle(not even a chunky steering grip ) So, he has kept the weight of the vehicle to bare minimum. I suspect his riding habits. He rides seldom, due to space problems in the city and uses his other mode of transport. Anyways, even I was wondering, how can a battery go Kaputt within 2yrs of usage, even my bike's battery is going strong for over 3 yrs(out of which a year and half, by now, its just being standing still and just idling runs done). He says there is no acid overflow or even signs of it but his battery is weaker. Horns dont work, starter doesnt work every now and then. The battery issue was diagonised by the greese monkeys. They have sent the battery for analysis, lets see what Toyota R&D / OEM R&D come up with.

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(not even a chunky steering grip )
Do I see a smirk wrapped over disbelief in turn covering revulsion here ?

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He rides seldom...
...Aha ! Could be then that the disuse compounded by lack of attention to its needs (water topping) over a period of time could have brought about the untimely demise of the poor battery. Was that an Exide ? Exide seems to be standard issue for Fortuners.
RIP - gentle battery.
In any case would be interesting to read the post mortem report. Do relay back the findings.
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Hi AK,

Do I see a smirk wrapped over disbelief in turn covering revulsion here ?


...Aha ! Could be then that the disuse compounded by lack of attention to its needs (water topping) over a period of time could have brought about the untimely demise of the poor battery. Was that an Exide ? Exide seems to be standard issue for Fortuners.
RIP - gentle battery.
In any case would be interesting to read the post mortem report. Do relay back the findings.
Hail General!

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Its unfortunately an exide and now he has switched to "Lasts long, really Long" lets see how long the Amarons last. Do you have info on other people or some articles about the Exide issue in Fortuners? As such google says it hasnt heard any such news. (Everytime i search, I land back in this thread, atleast this way, I and the Togo channel have become no.1 searched item in google).
I guess exide did not manage to make any fortune supplying batteries to the fortuner. I will check with him, about the care he gave for his batteries, as such he takes quite good care of his vehicle, even though he drives it seldom.
I will stop discussing the battery issue here, dont want to take away the Togo channel's prime time slot for my stuff.
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Its unfortunately an exide and now he has switched to "Lasts long, really Long" lets see how long the Amarons last.
Come in AK...
My last word on the matter - I have used both Exide and Amaron - found both to be fairly good - though I prefer the Amaron wee bit more than the Exide.
I guess ultimately it depends on the care taken of the battery as well as the vehicle in general as the battery life depends on the alternator, regulator, wiring etc besides of course the manner of usage of the vehicle/systems in terms of taking steps to prevent straining the battery and so on.

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Weekend Shenanigans.

And so Sunday cleaning was carried out on Saturday.
(Now Epistemologists will have to decide whether, in the event of a logically named Sunday Cleaning being carried out on a Saturday, will it be still called Sunday Cleaning ?!!)
Why Saturday ? Because had a chotta drive to Pune.
I am meandering. Anyway my task was cut out for the cleaning (whatever it is finally called by the esteemed Aristotelian syllogistic logicians after deep study).
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