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Old 4th November 2009, 12:24   #571
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Fantastic thread!

Considering that you were a large group, how much of a challenge was it to find rooms for everyone at the same place at the same time?
We had no problem at all, we even booked 8-10 rooms at one shot. Thanks to the off-season of September (one of the reasons why this month was chosen for the trip).
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Very sad,

Unfortunately Srinagar-Leh is easier section than Manali-Leh but see more accidents.

When we were crossing this section, a car, not sure what, jumped straight into river with 3 foreigners, all dead, they were searching for dead body of one

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Actually 3 families lost their near and dear in that accident, was big sad news here; the roads up there are unforgiving, lots of maturity needed to drive.

On this background, the HVK &Co drive with so many cars, so many people and so much tarmac covered without a hitch is highly appreciable. It's so easy to loose control and be immature. 3 cheers to all the participants.
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In several posts, you have mentioned that you jacketed the cars esp. the radiators with jute sacking and paper. How exactly did you do this? Any pictures? It would be helpful if I even knew whether this is done under the bonnet or over the grille.

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In several posts, you have mentioned that you jacketed the cars esp. the radiators with jute sacking and paper. How exactly did you do this? Any pictures? It would be helpful if I even knew whether this is done under the bonnet or over the grille.

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Me too, looking for information/pics on this.

Also does this applies to Petrol Cars/Sedans as well?
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In several posts, you have mentioned that you jacketed the cars esp. the radiators with jute sacking and paper. How exactly did you do this? Any pictures? It would be helpful if I even knew whether this is done under the bonnet or over the grille.

Cheers and thanks.
What we do is to open the bonnet and slip in newspapers/gunny and wrap it over the grill, tucking it at the bottom of the grill, and then close the bonnet. This will ensure that no cold air slips inside the engine bay.

Sorry, no photos.
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You need to open the bonet and cover up the cylinder head. Also the front area infront of the radiator should be covered up. I did it with an old blanket doubled up.
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Thanks Chief and MC. I get the idea now.

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Oh forgot to mention, park your cars with front towards a wall or obstacle to that they donot come in the direct access path of chilly winds.

Btw is the Laura CRDI? CRDI's need more number of cranks compared to Turbo - Diesels. Something to do with the inconsistent diesel spray. Hence you will get a lot of white smoke in the begining which will ease out once the flow normalises
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Laluks, hvkumar & sj_koova,

Congratulations on your endeavor. I enjoyed reading every word of the travelogue and the snaps were like the transporter on the USS Enterprise, placing one in another world at the click of a button. Congrats also to all the members of your team who had the good luck to be a part of this journey.

HVKumar, if you decide to make the proposed April '10 trip an open house, I would love an opportunity to be a part of the trip.
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HVKumar, if you decide to make the proposed April '10 trip an open house, I would love an opportunity to be a part of the trip.
Thanks khoj for that reminder.

HVK - where are you? 3 weeks over
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Oh forgot to mention, park your cars with front towards a wall or obstacle to that they donot come in the direct access path of chilly winds.

Btw is the Laura CRDI? CRDI's need more number of cranks compared to Turbo - Diesels. Something to do with the inconsistent diesel spray. Hence you will get a lot of white smoke in the begining which will ease out once the flow normalises
Yes, I plan to do that. In fact it is a habit with me to keep the front of my cars pointed to the walls and out of harm's way when out.

The Laura is a Pumpe Deuse which is a bit like the CDI, it has one pump per cylinder and the pressure is higher than CDI. So I can expect some initial smoke and starting problem. I intend to shift from stock air filter to Green Cotton once I reach Dirang to compensate for thinner air, I am hoping the place has no dust thanks to the temp, snow etc.

Thanks for the tips.

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Yes, I plan to do that. In fact it is a habit with me to keep the front of my cars pointed to the walls and out of harm's way when out.

The Laura is a Pumpe Deuse which is a bit like the CDI, it has one pump per cylinder and the pressure is higher than CDI. So I can expect some initial smoke and starting problem. I intend to shift from stock air filter to Green Cotton once I reach Dirang to compensate for thinner air, I am hoping the place has no dust thanks to the temp, snow etc.

Thanks for the tips.

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I would suggest keep to the stock as dust will be there, may not be as much as Ladakh, but definitely more than cities. Don't worry if you get black smoke as it is normal after 10,000 feet due to thinner air.
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I would suggest keep to the stock as dust will be there, may not be as much as Ladakh, but definitely more than cities. Don't worry if you get black smoke as it is normal after 10,000 feet due to thinner air.

Oh OK, I was under the impression that the ground would be frozen at this time of the year leading to a dust-free environment. Well, I will carry that Green Cotton along and take a call once we reach there.

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Its truely incredible, 40 plus hours form Sangla to Mumbai.
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Its truely incredible, 40 plus hours form Sangla to Mumbai.
Hi Rajain, Welcome onboard.

Your first post! and that too on a nonstop drive. Hey that's HVK for you.

Shall we assume you are a die hard drive fan
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