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Old 27th March 2008, 18:27   #1
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Hi, I have just bought an MM540 4x4, 1989 modle in NOT RUNNING conditions (body and chasis are NOT BAD). It is so far used in some central govt department. I bought it in 42K without the engine. I did not buy the engine alongwith as I am putting a XDB3 intercooled engine which has been taken from a MM550XD 2000 model military jeep . I paid 17K for this and it is in ok condition. It may require a bit repairing but hopefully not too much.

I have also bought the front and real axcel of Armada (including the rear bigger break drums/front disk + differential + double bearing hub).

I wanted to know if the differential of Armada and MM540 have the same final ratio. Need help of some Jeep Guru

Just want to add that I am going to give a bit similar look of Mahindra Thar but with a little bit different face (perhaps with little lower bonet and different headlights / indicators and different door lines and fixed front mirrors). Infect I like the Wranger look. Also planning to fit a power steering.

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Old 27th March 2008, 19:55   #2
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Wow 1st of all congrats dude...good to see someone buying a MM540 and trying to build to JEEP standards...it's my most favourite Mahindra model ever..although I'am not a JEEP guru nor do I own one but I used go to school in a Mahindra willy's when I was young and I could never get rid of the JEEP design of the 70s - 80s. For starters, I would suggest you to paint the vehicle in Dark Brown (non-metallic) keep it a topless and equip it with Sandgrips...all the best.

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congrats man! quite a few people including me dreaming of an MM540. didnt know the MM550 came with an intercooler! can you have an intercooler without a turbo? would that be of any benefit?

you're looking at a lot of work, do you have any particular mechanic in mind?

will you be keeping a pictorial record of the build?
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Old 27th March 2008, 22:08   #4
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The engine you bought has an intercooler?????? I don't think M&M ever launch the XD engines with turbo... although they had planed to turbo them. Are you trying to turbocharger it?
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congrats Desertking

thats a nice buy and why dont you post some pics also.
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Old 28th March 2008, 15:02   #6
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I am working with THE BEST mechanic of my town and he is the key person of this project. I have seen he is also very excited to go for these modifications. His name is GudduSa and he is having quite good hands on the desel engins.

Infect I am not sure what is intercooler but he told me that this engine is offcourse an intercooler one. This engine is taken from a military MM550XD make 2000. I just gave him a call to confirm if it is really intercooler and he confirmed me YES, it is. Right now the MM540 is in different parts... the body is with the denter and the chasis is with the Chasis specialist who is making the rear suspension wider (as in the new jeeps), and the engine is also opened. I will post some pics as soon as MM540 is quite in shape.

Also can somebody please advice me where can I find the MRF Sandgrip and also if they are redial once and what is the tyre size (ex 215 75 R16).

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MRF Sandgrip are nylon (non-radial) tyres.
I've driven these tyres on the most hardcore off-roading surfaces. I can't comment on the grip.But,very very tough!
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Congratualations on your new car buddy and that too which is hand made. Man I do envy you. I always wanted a classic jeep but could not get hold of one. But never thought something like this also can be done.

Keep on the good work and keep on posting, may be even that will inspire me.
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Hi, I have just bought an MM540 4x4, 1989 modle in NOT RUNNING conditions (body and chasis are NOT BAD). It is so far used in some central govt department. I bought it in 42K without the engine. I did not buy the engine alongwith as I am putting a XDB3 intercooled engine which has been taken from a MM550XD 2000 model military jeep . I paid 17K for this and it is in ok condition. It may require a bit repairing but hopefully not too much.

I have also bought the front and real axcel of Armada (including the rear bigger break drums/front disk + differential + double bearing hub).

I wanted to know if the differential of Armada and MM540 have the same final ratio. Need help of some Jeep Guru

Just want to add that I am going to give a bit similar look of Mahindra Thar but with a little bit different face (perhaps with little lower bonet and different headlights / indicators and different door lines and fixed front mirrors). Infect I like the Wranger look. Also planning to fit a power steering.

Stay in touch

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Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Wow ! you seemed to have worked everything out. All the best for your project.
PS : Try a PS job with the rectangular head lights up front. It dramatically improves the look.
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@maxbhp- real jeeps have round headlights
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Best of luck budy and congrats . welcome to the jeeps club
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Congrats on the jeep matey !

Hey desert king, how about a pictorial thread. that would really be interesting for all of us who just dream about having a jeep one day.
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Infect I am not sure what is intercooler but he told me that this engine is offcourse an intercooler one. This engine is taken from a military MM550XD make 2000.
AFAIK the army Jeeps did NOT sell with an intercooler. They sold with an oil cooler
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GTO is right. It is infect an OIL COOLER. Sorry for the mistake.
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Hey could you post some pics of the oil cooler and how it's attached to the engine, I mean the plumbing for the oil to circulate through the system. I have always wondered why we are not given oil coolers on our cars.
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