hey samurai.im in the process of restoring a cj3b and i noticed the diamond plate on ur mahindra. ur mahindra now looks stunning.
about the diamond plate, how did u get it cut to fit the fender and how did u install it,,,,and most importantly..r u happy with the decision?
the strips of metal on the body....also known as diamond plate.
are they permanently riveted into the body?
Oh, that. That's checkered aluminium sheet riveted into the body. That was put by Jammy, I want to remove it though, just before the next paint job.
Originally Posted by Steeroid
Did you switch back to steel for the OTR?
Why would I switch back to steel for OTR? No, this is permanent fixture. The entire 1743Kms Munnar trip including the OTR was done a day after installing the alloys.
Since I switched from 6 inch rims to 7.5 inch rims, tyre is no more pinched, it has opened up, looks more buff and has increased contact patch.
I have noticed some differences:
1) The body roll is less, which is welcome. I can take curves faster than before, relatively.
2) Braking is better, stops faster due to increased contact area.
3) Turning the wheel while not moving has become harder.
4) Didn't have any problem while offroading in Munnar, but I can't make a relative comparison.
If ever there was an example of alloy wheels transforming the look of a Jeep, this is it. Slick. I'd recommending painting them a matt black....will suit your Jeep and make her stand out with a purposeful look.
Today the CJ340 got admitted to Mahindra service station for AOS, you know the After Offorad Service. I had driven 2000kms in just 10 days.
Items to check or fix:
1) The horn is again dead, it keeps going dead.
2) The foglights switch got shorted on the drive to Munnar, the fogs were on even while the switch was off. We had to disconnect the fogs.
3) Getting the electricals completely checked once by a specialist.
4) Checking the axle slack checked by mounting all the wheels on jack.
5) Check on all oil/fluid levels.
6) Removing front fog mount to make way for the winch. Now you know why I am getting the electricals checked.
7) Remove the sticker residue from the MGE event, some stickers left streaks while removing.
8) Changing the 4 leaf bolts to the locked kind. Can't afford it coming off again, it almost did in Munnar.
9) Underbody general checkup, wash & greasing.
Remember the 3 gearbox parts I am waiting on, two of them have come, one more to go. After that gearbox will be perfect.
Samurai san, while you are at it, ask them to do something to avoid oil pipe breakages. (This is the pipe which goes from he engine to the pressure guage, right?) My guess is that they can fabricate a 1/4 inch thick MS rod to prevent the tube(s) from vibrating. The oil pipe breakage you mentioned in the Munnar OTR looks like one caused by excessive vibrations of the tubes. (common in old school vehicles.)