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Old 17th June 2013, 13:01   #1891
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How did the brakes fare after the wheels went submerged for those few patches?
Hi Monaro,
As with any vehicle, which has its wheels submerged, here too one emerged from the pool with absolutely squelchy, soggy, ineffective brakes.

Normally what I do after such episodes is to very slowly go to the side and then press the brakes hard 3/4 times as though literally squeezing it dry and then move ahead, again very slowly, for about 25 odd mts and do it again and then cast off.

Works well for me - as it did yesterday as well.

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Maximus too got a "Booster" dose a couple of days back. And boy what a change it has brought. The brakes have become really snappy. Definitely a 30-40% improvement as said by General.
So those of you who are sitting on the fence of Brake Booster Upgrade... just jump without any delay. The upgrade is just WORTH it.

I shall be posting a detailed report on my thread. Since this thread has become 1 stop shop for info. on Toyota Fortuner i am adding my experience here too.

And General thanks for uploading the photographs of BB upgrade. They came very handy in guiding the ASC grease monkeys.

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Hi Monaro,
As with any vehicle, which has its wheels submerged, here too one emerged from the pool with absolutely squelchy, soggy, ineffective brakes.

Normally what I do after such episodes is to very slowly go to the side and then press the brakes hard 3/4 times as though literally squeezing it dry and then move ahead, again very slowly, for about 25 odd mts and do it again and then cast off.

Works well for me - as it did yesterday as well.
Yes, this is recommended by the Fortuner manual. I also take the next 1-2 kms easy after going through water.

Water and mud are poison for all vehicles, in spite of all the cool/feel good photos of mud bashing and water crossings.

I try to avoid water and mud unless I have to go through them. I am lazy, so I don't look forward to all the cleaning that one has to do after a water/mud session.

But if one can't avoid, then the vehicle is capable enough
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1. Maximus too got a "Booster" dose a couple of days back.
2.Since this thread has become 1 stop shop for info. on Toyota Fortuner i am adding my experience here too.

3. And General thanks for uploading the photographs of BB upgrade. They came very handy in guiding the ASC grease monkeys.
Hey Columbus,
Long time dear chap !
1. Great news indeed. Glad it worked out well. Have reports from other owners that their ASCs are trying to figure out as to what exactly is this booster upgrade business, while furiously scratching their heads !
2. Ha ha ha...amusing !
3. My pleasure. Awaiting your detailed BB upgrade report on Maximus' thread.



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I try to avoid water and mud unless I have to go through them. I am lazy, so I don't look forward to all the cleaning that one has to do after a water/mud session.
Couldn't agree with you more on this.
Salt water - never. Can be a killer for the vehicle if you intend keeping it for a long time.
Mud - I try and avoid mud as much as possible - it can get into every crevice and damage moving parts - like prop shaft.
Water - Well, least of the evils but avaoidable. But in a shehar like Mumbai unavoidable for certain periods of the year. So best hope is to keep it well washed !
And those rare OTRs ? Well, sometimes the best way to beat temptation is by giving in to it !

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A Weekend Like None Other...

Weekend cleaning.
As usual. Spit and polish.
Hard labour.
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And all for what ?

This ?
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And this ?
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But this does make it certainly worth it...
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Well, report certianly would follow.

But after some time, for my brain & lungs to get rid of the fresh, crackling mountain air from the system and think straight after a few hours of chemical laced Mumbai air.
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And, as promised, here is the report thread:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...chi-trail.html (Fortuners, Clay & Art of Pottery at Rajmachi Trail...)

Shall mention about Admiral's performance here in due course of time.
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Now coming to Admiral's performance and individual snaps.
Needless to state that Admiral performed commendably except in one area.

Started off with these figures.

MID- FE:
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Trip Meter:
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And ended with these:

FE:
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Total distance done:
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I was particularly delighted with the FE figures. Though there was a good highway run, about 40 odd KMs of the total was done on the trail with the gear constantly on 1st or 2nd. And some sections done with the TC on HL and some spots on LL.

The conditions were quite trying especially some clay-filled sections. The power, the torque and the way the old boy handled himself - all superb.

And one point which was a major let down. The tyres. The clay slaughtered it. That was a real pity. While many tyres have the self cleaning feature the Dunlop seemed to have clay attracting feature !

And some more snaps.

A brief pause before a water crossing:
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A clean splash in the water & out !
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Poised approach:
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The Master and the Slave. (Slave on the right)
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One point by way of feedback I had forgotten to state in my earlier post and last few individual snaps of Admiral from last Sunday's OTR.

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The brakes !
After upgrading the brake booster this was the first longish drive on the highyway. And boy, am I glad that I upgraded Admiral's brake system. It helped greatly with some sharp, precise braking on the trails especially round the bends and where it called for precision steering and maneuvers.

And on the expressway on the way to Khandala there was a scare when I had to brake in a hurry when some joker jumped on to my lane out of the blue. The braking distance has, I must say, reduced quite a bit. And the soggy, squelchy, 'standing on a marshland' feeling has disappeared.
The confidence level to push Admiral to higher speeds has increased no doubt.
That's that.

Admiral amidst the scenic sorroundings during the photoshoot session.
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On the return run:
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Back at base. With a layer of coating...awaiting the next Sunday's spit and polish ministrations. It's going to be a long session with the ol' boy !
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Tally ho !

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5 Star rated thread. Guderian, this thread is by far the most comprehensive and educative thread for owners and future owners of the Toyota Fortuner. This is my first post on this thread but I must say that there is not a day when I do not visit this thread to see the updates. Have been following all the posts made by the other proud owners well. I have recently picked up a Fortuner and love it to bits.
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The Master and the Slave. (Slave on the right)
That is the problem with male vehicles. "The Mistress and the Slave" is so much better in multiple dimensions.

Btw, which coating?

P.S. I had to replace my right side mirror after some idiot bumped into it. It cost me 17K all inclusive!!

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And as usual the Sunday after any OTR is a busy day !
And the GDW is not amused at all.

There is the usual maha-mega cleaning:
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And a thorough inspection.

-Tyres found OK. After last week's run over some terribly sharp stones was a little worried about cuts and nicks on the tyres. Today's inspection showed nothing amiss from whatever I could visually check. And no loss of air etc as verified by the inflator. Big relief.

- All lines found OK and no leaks spotted. No oil drippage anywhere. Everything else in the engine bay/elsewhere checked and nothing unusual to report.

- Suspension components seem fine and in its places as usual. The steering check over the last few days and today's drive showed everything to be normal. Must give due compliments to the Fortuner's tough/robust suspension system.

- Everything else seems OK but for two things I guess I picked up from the OTR:

A scrape on the protective skid plate no. 2 protecting the oil sump. A minor one and I had felt the thump of the rock when Admiral sank into the clay while moving ahead on the way back near the landslide point at Rajmachi.
A minor bend in the plate which shall be straightened out at the next service.
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And while the cleaning was on I spotted this high above Admiral:
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I guess Admiral must have picked up this chap from the jungles last week and this week it decided to move along.
The little fella is lucky that I am not a Frenchman. Though a little butter and garlic would have helped.


And a scene from outside a nearby mall we drove to during the day. Don't get to see these kind of scenes very often:
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5 Star rated thread. Guderian, this thread is by far the most comprehensive and educative thread for owners and future owners of the Toyota Fortuner...
Hi I-Chief,
Congratulations on getting the magnificient black Fortuner ! I am sure you'll have great fun with it.
Thank you very much for the kind words which warmed the cockles of my heart.
Have sent you a PM - do catch it.

Look forward to your ownership thread and experiences.

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1. Btw, which coating?

2. P.S. I had to replace my right side mirror after some idiot bumped into it. It cost me 17K all inclusive!!
1. A coating of clay, mud, grime and highway muck !

2. Sorry to hear that. That must have hurt ! Incidentally is it 17K for the pair or single piece ? And do they sell it as a pair or single piece ?

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Not to spam HG's thread, congratulations i-chief for your new fortuner.

Will help if you can start your ownership thread and start sharing your experiences.

Agree with you that this thread of Guderian is a compendium of Fortuner knowledge, amazingly useful for all of us.

Happy Motoring!
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Long time.
Nothing much to report except that Admiral is running on an even keel and everything appears to be tickety boo (touch wood) !

A Toyota Fortuner event on Sunday:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...ml#post3192351 (Fortuners in search of Heaven through the "Slopes of Hell" !)

Missed by Admiral & me.
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Do catch the reasons for this rather strange snap on the thread linked above.

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Hi Folks,

We are considering the Fortuner as our Innova replacement. I was just wondering if we could make the ride of the 4x4 more compliant? perhaps some sand bags in the trunk to increase the payload? Everyday use will involve 50 kms of highway, city and broken roads with 2 people and perhaps it will even replace the Innova as our car for city runs with 4-5 people over weekends as well.
If this is a no go, then the Santa Fe is what we will probably end up with, though god knows the wait for the Fluidic is getting increasingly frustrating (we've been looking for a suitable replacement for a very long time).

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Hi Folks,

We are considering the Fortuner as our Innova replacement. I was just wondering if we could make the ride of the 4x4 more compliant? perhaps some sand bags in the trunk to increase the payload...
Hi imp!
That's going to be rather unfeasible (sand bags or other ballast materials) & I don't think it is going to make much of a difference to the ride quality. Though I do feel that the ride Q of the Fortuner is rather good, as I like the stiff suspension set up. But I guess that is something of personal preference.
Would suggest you look at the Pajero Sport as well in addition to Santa/Banta Fe...
Do let us know of the outcome and your experiences.
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