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  1. 7 points
    Every car lover has a story to tell, so it's your time to share that story with the world that why do you love your car so much? I'll start with mine: Never ending love affair with my Pajero With so many cars at dirt cheap prices in UAE, my only goal after getting my license in 2002 was to try them all as soon as I can. I have never driven any car for more than 1-2 years max and always changing or upgrading to different category and niche (sometime) to try them all. Once I sold my Patrol out of frustration being a non-climber I took my wife's 3.0 SWB 1999 Pajero by chance to Sweihan and that damn dinky car followed modified Jeep all the way up to any size of a dune. After that quick short experiment, I started searching for 3.5 SWB (older shape) Pajero and found my love after 6 months of searching. Just like all good love stories has a tragic part, so mine goes like this: My current 1999 Pajero bought in 2010 was great on road but as soon you go offroad she starts to overheat. Tried and replaced almost everything to anything on the engine cooling system but nothing helped. Sent to Habtoor even for full diagnose and no good news came out other than everything looks fine sir, as the car is too old so you can upgrade to newer Pajero, lol. I changed radiator to triple core copper, water pump, thermostat, radiator cap, all cooling hoses, spark plugs, HT leads, ignition coils due to mild missing but nothing has changed. As soon as you engage 4x4 car heat gauge starts climbing from 45% (idle temp) to close to 80% within 15 minutes and then I have to exit out quietly on 2 wheel drive. This frustration went for 3-4 months and all my best car buddies running out of solution and then one of the guys spotted from a video recording while the car was overheating the engine viscose fan was not running at higher revs and clutch was not engaging. Replaced that damn bloody clutch and car came to life and started roaring on top of all dunes. With all my previous stock 4x4's - Landcruiser, Patrol, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Discovery I could barely reach Big Red at 50-70% height, let alone Iftar bowl and Faya from the front. Once this Pajero was ready for service with real punishing duties, it impressed me completely. Mitsubishi parts are generally more expensive than other Japanese brands but they also outlast lot longer so you save on labor cost and downtime a lot if you put the quality parts in the first attempt. Apart from peppy 225 hp engine on SWB body weighing 1.8 tonnes, I seriously think that the Pajero 4x4 system (super select) is far too intelligent than most of the other 4x4's I have used. I have seen many times, that while climbing up on cross tracks a lot of car loose momentum and fail to climb up straight, but this Pajero always left me with a big smile in such situations. After almost a year of ownership, I realized the correct usage and purpose of center and rear diff lock that made self-recoveries a breeze in the nastiest of situation. Why I love her: I am not a big fan of extreme modifications and then go through the RTA hassles every year, so I have been searching for capable out of the box 4x4 and this Pajero gave me just that and lot more in return. I don't think any car ever can replace my love for this Pajero, not only because of her capabilities but its also extremely reliable in the UAE heat. P.S. She is very emotional too, any mechanic who worked on her with rough hand or hatred she refuses to start.
  2. 7 points
    When it comes to ownership of cars, I've gone through a few. With a very boring line up of cars here for the middle east market and very stringent rules, when the USA car market opened up I saw a lot of Mercedes, BMW and 2 door Honda Accords. I finally managed to sell my first car, my Honda Civic. With money in hand and standing on the car market in Sharjah my eyes could not move from the 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSR4. After the test drive I found out it was a double clutch, turbo charged 5 gear manual. When I popped the hood the engine was tuned by AMG which really got me interested. For a very decent price, the only hassle was to get it registered in Dubai. Besides that hassle it did not give me a Dirhams worth of trouble. But when I got married and with a family, I had no option but to sell it and get a family saloon.
  3. 7 points
    It was my grandads car. He got bad with Alzheimer’s. it got progressively worse. Like proper bad. He was pooping in his pants, he didn’t recognise any of his children or any of us grandchildren. My grandmother never had a driving licence but she used to drive to the shop and back. One day she was driving to the shop, the police stopped her and asked her where she was going. She said she was going to the shop to buy potatoes and the cop told her to go ahead. That scared her so much she said she would never drive again so she put my grandfathers car up for auction. Me and my father went half’s on it because it’s a family heirloom. I ended up with the car. It was a 1.7 diesel Peugeot 205. I dropped in a 2.1 turbo Diesel engine from a Peugeot 406. Sourced an injector pump from a Citroen bx. Got the injectors modified for maximum flow. Governor cancelled. Fitted a turbocharger from a 3.0 Renault espace. The car started life with 60 bhp, it’s now running 250 bhp. Real fun car to drive. Weighs under 800kg. Modern cars pull alongside and laugh. When the light turns green, they stop laughing. Can pull 0-60 in under 6 seconds I’d love to bring it here but the steering wheel is on the “wrong” side
  4. 7 points
    It was a wonderful newbie+ drive and thanks Rahimdad for this great idea to throw newbies in some rough water and teach them swimming without the floaters - perfect example @skumar83 I have seen lot of new faces who were so confident in newbie tracks before were struggling on newbies+ level was there for a purpose to let them graduate the art of driving and learning their vehicle real capabilities. Some of the newbies have shown excellent learning curve and others have demonstrated that they have relevant previous experience based on which few promotions have been made today. Few others are almost close and maybe in the next couple of drives will be promoted shortly, once we all feel you are ready for the next level. I like to reiterate on the point that Rahimdad already mentions on "PATIENCE" that any offroad sport is an extreme adventure and if you cannot learn to be patient, tolerate and forgiving to others you can never learn real offroading. Offroading has no rules and laws, lanes and red lights, streetlight and signboard so one has to be very cautious and careful at every turn then being stupid and driving blind-folded. Secondly, we also need to learn to level up with each other while offroading so that we can learn together rather than running alone in a race. Thirdly, In this extreme sport, trust is everything that we extend to each other while venturing out and have that unsaid faith on each other capabilities and support so that we all can enjoy our weekend in a safe environment. Safety for yourself and for others is paramount and we will never compromise on that so that everyone can return home in one piece and in their own car after the weekend fun. I really appreciate a lot of you guys come from previous experience and didn't actually enjoyed yesterday drive with tons of refusals, but we all have learned the same way and I hope you continue to provide your support in the future to train others. This is how we all grow together and learn from each other at every stage of offroading.
  5. 6 points
    I'm super smiling since last few months, seeing so many AWESOME photographers like @jibransayed, @BIG T, @hossein, @Jocreative, @Frederic Nuyttens, @Panda82 and many more.
  6. 6 points
    A beautiful day with wonderful people. My hats off to everyone for their patience and very happy to have such amazing people on board. Thank you to @Frederic Nuyttens, @MansourZ, @hossein, @Panda82, @jibransayed, @amir.rophail, @Sajith Kumar, @Jocreative, @Javier M, @Emil and @Gaurav for supporting the drive. My hearty congratulstions to those who have qualified for the Fewbie level. Finally my long awaited wish to be able to take the newbies down Fossil Rock was granted, all thanks to the favourable nature with lots of sand in the area. The best part for me was to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy some snacks and chat. As everything comes to an end, so did our drive, but really looking forward to many more drives together.
  7. 6 points
    Brilliant drive and immaculately planned by @Gaurav bhai. Well supported by @skumar83, @EmVarlet, @Mujtaba, @hossein and @BIG T. Everyone met on time and after a quick brief and deflation we were off. We drove around Big Red with a few ideas for entry, but not daring to enter the forbidden zone. Once the circle was complete we had a slight issue with one of the vehicles which was soon sorted out and we were off to some amazing rolling dunes. Everybody managed well and I got really lazy at sweeper duties. We played all the way to Pink Rocks where we were able to attempt through the dug out area, all the ars managed to touch the rocks on top as they safely made their way down again. At this point we crossed over to the other side of Pink Rocks where we found a nice spot and everybody took out their goodies. A good drive meant we were hungry for some food and refreshments. As we sat down talking about the day, we also shared some cool stories to go with the snacks. But this was not it, we were all hungry but this time not for food, but some more action. @Gaurav bhai obliged and we were off again. We reached the Big Red again in a matter of 20 minutes which is a record time. Everybody managed well and it seems people can see better in the dark with zero stucks. At this point we decided to play on the back side of Big Red and the 10 minutes turned out to be a little over an hour. We had 3 stucks in places where a tug or pull would not do. So we got our shovels out and started digging. After all the digging its surprising that the Big Red is still there. At this point we decided we had enough and headed out where we inflated and had another nice chat with tea. This also signalled an end for @hossein ride as he collected his car from the meeting point and we headed back. No surprise that @BIG T managed so well, really happy with his progress, patience and understanding of the different situations we've been through. Respect my 3 star captain.
  8. 6 points
    I totally agree @Mick, that everyone should enter desert with real men who understand this extreme adventure and behave in a responsible and civil manner than just being kiddish like immature boys.
  9. 6 points
    Well written @skumar83. This drive was meant to raise all participants level from newbie to Fewbie level and we all noticed the same. Vast improvement from all newbies to up their levels. Well done to @Javier M, @jibransayed, @BIG T, @Rana, @Emil, @hossein who did very well in this area. The idea was not of a newbie drive, but to increase everybodies level to Fewbie. This was well achieved by all. Thanks to @Gaurav, @skumar83, @Asif Hussain, @Mujtaba, @Mick and @baselsm83 for the support during the drive. The best part about the drive was not only to be able to drive within that sort of a terrain but to have the patience for all to clear. My sincere thanks to all who passed the test on both fronts as everybody made it to all the sections as planned and everyone showed the patience important to become the best offroaders everyone appreciates. Special thanks to Zahir bhai who has come back from Saudi to join the trip and support our drive. Surely we noticed some discrepancies with the drive and @Gaurav bhai will be making and have a report soon on these short comings. Whatever we have devised is of utmost importance due to safety with our 20+ years of experience off road. The trip leaders advise should always be followed and radios are a must and should be treated with utmost respect. looking forward to such great participation with better solutions for future drives.
  10. 5 points
    After arriving in the UAE a few years back, I was looking for a reliable small car (read cheap) that I could take out for camping in the desert but also would serve as my daily commuter that has a decent backseat (sorry wranglers). I started googling and looking on the local sites and had Xterra, Gen 4 Pajero SWB, and Jeep XJ on my radar when suddenly I came across the little ‘99 SWB that stole my heart as it was quirky yet in such a good shape and used to belong to an Emirates pilot that drove it on the weekends. I settled on it and only after googling to get more information and details and coming across the adventures of @Gaurav on Carnity i came to know this oldie can go a long way in the dunes. I had the engine and rear axle replaced and since then it’s been running smoothly but low on power on my first off-road drives which frustrated me after having all the reactions from the local workshops saying “it’s normal sir it’s just an old car”. Spent weekends on measurements of TPS, Massflow meter, injectors cleaned, trying K&N filter but to no avail. I came across a guy that runs a little shop in al quoz and he told me the timing was probably a bit off. After adjusting it it finally opened up and I’ve been a happy camper since then. colleagues and friends keep asking me why I’m driving such an old car, I just tell them that it does what it’s suppose to do brilliantly and that’s what the Mitsubishi brand has been about I guess.
  11. 5 points
    My co-pilot and me had a wonderful day ! He’s still talking about it and remember all instructions given during the briefing 😂 thanks to all !!
  12. 5 points
    Thanks Gaurav and Rahim bhai as well as all those who made us have an entertaining end to 2018 and a fabulous beginning to 2019. Best part for me is that my in-laws did not declare me as an out-law😀.
  13. 5 points
    Thanks @Gaurav bhai for you efforts to make the event enjoyable. It was brilliant to meet @Atif, @Frederic Nuyttens, @hossein and their families. It was an amazing time with wonderful people. Thanks to @shadow79 for a drop in. Happy New Year to all. My pics updated on the Gallery. https://carnity.com/gallery/category/104-new-years-eve-party-31-dec-2018
  14. 5 points
    Some basic navigational skills would have helped here. Most phones have a compass, head north west towards the coast and you’ll eventually come across a road. GPS isn’t the be all and end all. If you don’t even have a compass, use your brain. Everyone knows the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, this will help you in the day time. Night time is even easier and more accurate, look for the Ursa Major constellation, make a line from the 2 stars on the edge and follow them towards Polaris, the North Star. I used to hike for days at a time in the mountains at home with no electronics and minimal gear and these 2 simple things always helped me find my way. Relying on GPS for navigation and phones or radios for communication isn’t always a good thing. Batteries die, things break, it’s best to learn the basics like our ancestors did so if things do go wrong, you have a chance of finding your way out. I could go on about survivalism but I feel that would be a whole thread on its own.
  15. 5 points
    Totally agreed with you, same here, but I have to do something for car traction control, anytime I need power the engine stop down, Thanks alot brothers @Rahimdad @Gaurav @skumar83 @Asif Hussain for help and guidance
  16. 5 points
    It was a wonderful drive... there were many places which I thought was difficult for me to handle. Thanks to confidence given to me by Gaurav, Rahimbhai, srikumar... you guys made me feel proud of myself... I have learned a lot more...
  17. 5 points
    Wow amazing. Thank you!! 😍😍 Thanks to all marshals and leaders for the awesome coaching and guidance. Hoping to learn more soon ❤️
  18. 5 points
    It definitely was a challenging drive for most of the newbies in an area which is normally kept for fewbie + level. With the amount of cross track and soft sand causing some of the cars to stuggle, at one point I had asked Gaurav if it would be wise to reroute. He mentioned that it's important for the newbies to be able to manage such a terrain and at the end of the drive I totally agree with what he said. Unless you increase the challenge level, there will never be learning and I personally could see the big improvement in some of them during play the course of the drive. It's like sometimes important to remove the float of a child who is learning how to swim as the struggle is what would make him learn the real techniques of how to manage himself. You need to just supervise. And that's exactly what was done in the drive. Trottle control and how to keep the momentum in such an area had vastly improved for the newbies during the course of the drive. You could see some of the newbies learning the art of circling in a bowl to gain the momentum and then exit out. Kudos to @Rahimdad and @Gaurav for selecting this terrain for the newbies and at the end of the drive everyone did have a satisfied smile on their face. Special thanks to @jibransayed, @Mick, @Jocreative, @hossein for accommodating my extended family as passengers. They really enjoyed the experience
  19. 4 points
    Just wanted to start this thread to share our experiences on which tools to use for deflation and their own pros and cons. We all have our favourite tools, and for the newbies and fewbies amongst us it might be an interesting point of discussion on the coming drives. Below just my two cents, please chime in with your own experiences and pros - cons. Tools: 1) Set of keys, a rock, or anything you might find in your car PROS: CHEAP and plenty of stuff available CONS: Takes a pretty long time which you could use for a smoke or a chat and risk on damaging the valve stems. 2) Valve Clips These are my personal favourites. You can get them from Speedex or other hardware shops. Buy 4 and stick them on all tyres simultaneously and then wait about 1,5-2 minutes (as per your type and size of tyre) to arrive at around 17-18 psi. Then take one tyre at a time and use your pressure gauge to further decrease and finetune the pressure of each individual tyre. PROS: Fast and Cheap CONS: none that i know off. 3) Stem removal tool Available in most hardware shops. Enables you to remove the valve core stem so the tyre pressure comes down very fast. PROS: Very Fast and Cheap CONS: Be careful not to lose the stem as it can blow out. So taking some spare is advisable. Be careful not to deflate too much as it really goes fast. 4) Rapid Tyre deflator and pressure gauge This one is seen as the holy grail in 4x4 deflation tools. It enables you to loosen the stem, quickly deflate and immediately take a pressure reading. PROS: Professional tool for reasonable price, pressure gauge and deflator in one tool. CONS: Might take a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but i see many people using them. Please provide your valuable feedback, suggestions, other tools, so we can learn and share the info and spend our time on chatting instead of kneeling down with our bums in the air
  20. 4 points
    had a fantastic drive. Huge thanks to @Gaurav bhai for waiting so long and @Rahimdad bhai for accommodating my guest for front view pleasure and for your fantastic route selection.
  21. 4 points
    Thanks for the drive yesterday guys! A special thank you to Gaurav for the great tips during our several refusals, and a big thanks to everyone for their patience through them I've uploaded some drone photos and clips; I wanted to get some of the moving convoy, but that was difficult to do without asking everyone to stop, get the drone out, film, then stop again to get the drone back . See you all next time!
  22. 4 points
    We usually have spare radio for an absolute newbie on first come first serve base, but for an exchange of drone footage, I will reserve one from right now 😍
  23. 4 points
    Yes, you meant for Rav4 on steroids with happy go lucky bouncing driver......!
  24. 4 points
    I was in Al Quoz earlier and I spotted what looked like a L200 but it said RAM on the tailgate. I did a bit of research and it turns out it was a Dodge Ram 50 which is based on the Triton/L200. This is one of the things I love about UAE. No matter how much you think you know about cars, most days you’ll see something oddball and ask yourself WTF was that?
  25. 4 points
    Welcome @Ashwin88. I am glad that after a long time I came across someone who reads and tries to understand things with as much pleasure as we had writhing out the necessities for off-road. Firstly, you do have low bumper overhangs which can be fixed by removing the lower lip which are connected by about 4 screws. However front and rear tow points are cumpulsory, because for any reason if you get stuck we might need to pull you out from either front or back depending on the stuck. A tow hitch for the back should do fine. Secondly as @Barry mentioned off road cover is not necessary but helps in case you damage your vehicle. You may also check other insurance companies besides RSA which offer off road insurance. If you are enthusiastic about off roading it would be advisable to get a cheap 4x4 preferable Japanese in the early 2000's to avoid any extra electronics which can only hamper your learning. As an example I have a Nissan Pathfinder 2001 model and @Gaurav drives a 1999 SWB Pajero. Once you grow interest in the sport and want to take it a notch further than newbie drives your JGC will give you a lot of heart aches unless it's properly modified, which will cost you more than buying an off road vehicle. You are right the radio mentioned is a walkie talkie and you can source most of your things at Dragon Mart or Ace Hardware. But it is important to join for a few drives and see if your interest turns to passion. Otherwise all you spend could go to waste. You can join a few drives as passenger with one of us and we can probably make suggestions on how to take it forward with your JGC. This will also give you an opportunity to learn first hand and get a feel if this sport is really meant for you and how you want to go around with your off road vehicle.
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