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Old 7th July 2008, 16:04   #181
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Great pictures bullet. Will be awaiting the travel details. Planning a similar journey from Calcutta to Sangla, Kalpa, Chitkul this October holidays. October a good time to visit those areas?
hey adc,

october is a complete no go time. sangla is at an average elevation of 8500 feet and can get about 3-4 feet of snow. the road up was atrocious now, so it would be pretty much non-existent in october. chitkul gets snowed in and would be unreachable.

kalpa should be do-able but be prepared for a bit of a mess, since that is bang in the middle of apple harvesting season - kalpa had BILLIONS of apple orchards!!!

the best time to go is Feb through July, since after that the rains set in and can make life fairly miserable!!!

more details with pics in the travelogue...
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Old 7th July 2008, 16:08   #182
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Babu Anna,

very simple, you can make your Beast look a killer with a small job.

Paint your roof white or any color that matches,starting from the pillars.

Streak your alloys with the same color at few places.cheers:
thanks kadam, but i think i have done enough to keep everyone quite, now just want to get some nice seat covers and the performance box after my second service.
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The bull bar which is actually mounted to the chassis of the vehicle is a safety hazard to occupants of the vehicles as it modifies and negates the crumple zone of the vehicle. In case of a head-on collision, the crumple zone will be bypassed and the impact will be passed on to the main chassis of the vehicle. It is best avoided if your vehicle did not come with it. In India, we are using the bull bars more as a style statement rather than functionality. However, there are a few nudge guards available which are mounted in such a way that it does not impact the chassis. CarryBoy has a few models for the Safari. I think Godfather's truck has one such nudge guard.

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Thanks Sumit. I checked out Godfather's garage and there is an angle shot of the Nudge guard, it shows the mounting and it is also mounted on the chasis. Doesnt this still damage the Chasis in case of an head-on or does the fiber build does not sustain impact and provides no resistance to an impact and simply crumples? Just a curious question.
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Old 7th July 2008, 16:21   #184
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the best time to go is Feb through July, since after that the rains set in and can make life fairly miserable!!!

more details with pics in the travelogue...

Thanks for the info, then it will be Bhutan - of course more fantastic pictures from you - dont know - but it will be mountains for sure. Again, as said, awaiting your travelogue plus your camping details, particularly the places where you pitched in.

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I may be mistaken but if any bull bar or nudge guard is mounted on the chassis, then in all probability, it will mess with the crumple zone of the vehicle which is best avoided. I am also sure that there are products available which are mounted on the bumper mounts and don't play with the chassis. You should trying messaging Dadu and see if he has some information. Also JKDas was in talks with his dealership for one such product. You can ask them to post here for the benefit of others.
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EverytimevI see a TCIC Safari, I just pity the 2000cc 90 bhp engine. 2+ tonnes of weight to haul, plus AC + fatter tyres + hydraulic power steering motor to run... isnt that too much for the little engine.
I havent driven it but does it not feel totally out of breath on the highway while overtaking with reasonable load and the AC on. All said that has to be the most resilient engine ever fitted to a big 4X4

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Great pix BiTe


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Yes indeed. How do you say it there - the maibaap of all Safaris here?

bite the bullet - Fantastic pics!

EDIT - when did RJ buy a Safari???

RJ? He bought it?
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Old 7th July 2008, 17:07   #188
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Great pix BiTe
thanks jk, i've got a video of some serious kick a** off roading that the safari had to do fully laden to get in and out of the 1st campsite we'd chosen...

try and get it up on youtube shortly - it really speaks volumes for the mighty heart of this under rated and completely maligned vehicle... also remember that it was all at an altitude in excess of 11000 feet with 2 wheel drive!!!
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Agree with you on each points. But when I got this beast way back many many years ago, then leaving aside the petrol engines and a few merc diesels this was a demon on the roads. No one had seen such a huge car hurtling down the roads except for trucks and almost all used to say that a TATA 407 engine has been plonked in it. It gave a steady 10 kmpl then and now as well. I used to have the right of way then and now too.

I love this baby of mine too much to even think of a heart transplant. I nowadays drive Scoprio that is more peppier and faster. Scoot & shoot kind. The Safari is driven by wife. But whenever I get a chance to drive it, I enjoy it thoroughly. The vast expanse of space generates a tremendous comfort level..

As far as out of breath syndrome is concerned, let me give you some statistics when it was last driven by me on the highway with full load and AC from Gurgaon to Mumbai & back in June 2006:

Gurgaon to Ajmer via Jaipur bypass:

Departure - 6 am Arrival - Chandvaji (jaipur bypass) 9:45 am

Arrival Ajmer - 11:30 (with pit stop for Bfast)

Departure Ajmer - 3 pm (darshan at dargah, Lunch etc.)

Arrival Udaipur - 8:30 pm.

This should give a fairly good idea about breathlessness...!!!

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EverytimevI see a TCIC Safari, I just pity the 2000cc 90 bhp engine. 2+ tonnes of weight to haul, plus AC + fatter tyres + hydraulic power steering motor to run... isnt that too much for the little engine.
I havent driven it but does it not feel totally out of breath on the highway while overtaking with reasonable load and the AC on. All said that has to be the most resilient engine ever fitted to a big 4X4

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The vast expanse of space generates a tremendous comfort level..
Owning one myself, I agree completely on this. The car feels adequately powered on the highway if you do not plan to cross 120. Cruising at 100 - 110 feels the safest.

I'll post pics in a week.
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HI bIte tHe bulLet,
Great pictures cheers:



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bglsrini - I have heard it is not good to have the front guard, cause it increases the risks of twisting the chasis incase of a head-on collision. Is this true? I want to buy the same nudge bar you have for your vehicle but this query is stuck with me so wanted to confirm from the GURUs.

Please advise.

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Yes juda....as confirmed by sumitB i too feel its more as a style statement than its use.
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some pics of my beast
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Hello everyone,

heres a few more puics from a recent round trip cum offroad trip to rajmachi>
route = mumbai >poladpur > mahabaleshwar > panchgani > puna > lonavala > RAJMACHI > mumbai.

enjoy the pics.. more details of the trip can be found here :

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...july-08-a.html
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HI bIte tHe bulLet,
Great pictures cheers:
srini,
thanks dude, yours are cracking as well...

jay - nice pics dude, is yours an ex 4x4? i ask since you have the tata alloys..

zucchero, nice - how about some pics with some mud on the car dude????
these babies are meant to be used and abused (!)

cheers.
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jay - nice pics dude, is yours an ex 4x4? i ask since you have the tata alloys..

cheers.
Yes 2.2 ex 4x4.........
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