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Old 13th October 2015, 17:53   #31
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It had got submerged in 5 feet water & didn't go kaput
Your vehicle is still new. Even the TC Shifter motor leads create havoc when they are old and submerged in water. SS-T has done a silicone gel waterproofing. The second shifter motor on my vehicle has so far been issueless.

However, will have to find out the mechanism of hub engagement of the present vehicle before one can gain confidence on it.

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While coming down from the steep climbs, apart from staying in 1st gear, do you use 4L as well to slow the car down? But then turning in 4H itself is a task [car protests] so unsure of how it will be in 4L

This is one aspect which I have never tried and would depend on your input.
Depends on the steepness and the surface, if you are talking about Sandakphu, then yes 4L is adviced, otherwise you will always be on the brakes (for the first 3 kms of downhill) on the way back.
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Land Rovers have been banned from plying in Daarjeeling surroundings – Maneybhajan and Sandakphu, two very hilly areas that require rugged 4X4s for transporting people and essentials. The District Magistrate of Darjeeling, Ms. Joyoshi Sengupta, has passed this order banning these age-old Land Rovers from Maneybhajan and Sandakphu.
This is the reason given by her, who has also suggested an alternate use for this vintage, 4X4 vehicles.

The vehicles do not have permits to ply at present. Though they are very hardy vehicles, they are very old. Finally, we will ultimately have to phase them out as they do not meet any Government specifications and norms to ply as taxis. The owners can obtain subsidized loans under the State Government’s Gatidhara scheme and procure four wheelers, which can ply on this route. A heritage tourism circuit with a 1940 imagery can be created on a flat terrain or road like Mirik or Darjeeling where these Land Rovers can offer heritage rides instead of plying on difficult and steep gradient, which is very risky for these age old vehicles.

These Land Rovers – most of them over 50 years-old – are expected to be replaced by Mahindra Boleros. The decision to ban them from Sandakphu and Maneybhajan is to prevent any untoward incident that could happen due to the sheer age of these vehicles. In the interest of passenger and other vehicles’ safety, these Land Rovers will be retired from the treacherous Sandakphu and Maneybhajan circuits.

Now will be the time to pick up these big beasts & rebuild them.

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