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  1. 12 points
    A big shout-out to all our offroad club members from across the globe 🌍 Congratulations on reaching a new milestone of having over 20+ Nationalities Offroaders in Carnity Offroad Club. One of the very few offroad clubs in UAE that welcomes and appreciate multicultural members. At Carnity Offroad Club, we drive united as a truly multicultural family, bringing with us our thoughts, experiences and share interesting knowledge with our ever-expanding Carnity family. We pride ourselves at speaking different languages, having different views on our car knowledge and Off roading, but drive in Unity as it is the - way of life in true Dubai, UAE style. So come and join our Carnity Offroad Club and add your own special flavour to enhance UAE’s ever-popular Offroad experience. Below is the list of the various nationalities. In some nationalities even though there might be more within our group, we have mentioned only max 3 people. If we have missed out any nationality, please let us know and we shall update this list. 20 and counting - as of 23 April 2019 Bangladesh - Jalil bhai Belgium - Frederic Egypt - O.Farahat, Amir.Rophail France - Emmanuel, Julien V, Maxiben Germany - Ace1988 India - Srikumar, Asif Hussain, Gaurav Iran - Hossein Ireland - Barry Italy - Magellan Jordan - BIG T, G.Huz Lebanon - Edouard Netherland - Panda82 Mexico - Javier M Morocco - Jamy B Pakistan - Rahimdad, Shadow79, Bilal Ahmad Spain - Vsmano Sweden - Per A, M.K Syria - Noor, Basil Turkey - Sertac Ukraine - YevgeniyDYM United Kingdom - Richard Melish, LewisCocks90
  2. 11 points
    Thanks! 2F2382FD-EBCA-4145-8A57-E32AB377A3CC.MP4
  3. 9 points
    Trip report from a Fewbie prospective. We had 2 weeks of starting the drive with rain in the air. Last week was starting the drive in thick fog. This week was different, cloudy but hot. Thank goodness for @shadow79 nice work with the AC kept me cool. I found Friday prayers in the new mosque near Al Awir and headed to the meeting point. As there were no absolute newbies we had a quick brief from @Gaurav bhai and we were off to the deflation point. After deflation we were divided into 2 groups, newbie and Fewbie level. @Gaurav bhai headed the newbie group with @Srikumar in the sweep, I headed the Fewbie group with @Emmanuel in the sweep. The newbie group also had @Maxiben, @razeen hasan, @AKR, @Sharme and @Chirag S., my group had @Brette, @yogic72 and @Fuad. As decided 10 minutes after the newbie convoy starting we took off on the right side through some technical dunes with some really soft patches. After having 3 difficult stucks taking over an hour to clear we found an amazing stretch which got us close to the newbie convoy in about 20 minutes. Those 20 minutes were the best 20 minutes I had in a long time. Fast paced and zero stucks in those 20 minutes. But like everything comes to an end, we got a few refusals, but still managed to make it to Pink Rocks and meet up with the newbie gang within a few minutes of them reaching. After saying goodbye to @yogic72 we combined the group to cross Pink Rocks to find a point to settle the crowd for a BBQ. Thanks to @Sharme, 3 of us @Maxiben, @razeen hasan and I were able to witness the flying capabilities of the Wrangler. This came with a sigh of relief from @razeen hasan who had just taken his vehicle of the track to the side. Thank goodness for our brief where we emphasize how important it is to wait in a safe place away from the track, and putting it into good practice. With some heating issues with the Wrangler @Gaurav bhai had to drop @Sharme to the road side. We later continued our quest and came across a nice spot to settle down. With a couple of BBQs going on and stories and jokes flying while some of us had to leave early. The night finally came to an end, thanks to @Emmanuel for guiding us out. After inflation and some warm hugs goodnight we all headed back home with some wide smiles all around. For more action stay tuned as the next fun adventure starts this coming weekend, till than I bid you all farewell.
  4. 8 points
    With the summer coming closer, we will go a little deeper into the dangers of being exposed to the extreme heat UAE brings to us. During off-roading, some activities such as recovery work, replacing tyres, and dealing with pop-outs, are physically demanding, and many of us who are in office jobs are not trained to cope with this amount of heat. Luckily with the help of some basic things, we can minimize the risk of below mentioned issues. The following risks are identified: Heat exhaustion: Warning signs: A person may suddenly look pale. Heart rate will increase and the victim may complain of feeling dizzy and nauseous. A feeling of weakness is also common. What to do: Seek shade immediately and lie down, especially if you’re feeling lightheaded. Apply a cold compress to the forehead and remove extra layers. Heat Stroke: Warning signs: Heat stroke is a type of hypothermia where the body temperature is greatly elevated. If not treated immediately it can be fatal. Symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, along with nausea, headaches, hallucinations, difficulty in breathing, and agitation, What to do: apply cool water to the skin and place ice packs under the arms to reduce the temperature quickly. Preventive Measures: • Sip some water all day long, rather than just when you are thirsty. If you are thirsty it means you are already dehydrated. • Wear light clothing that can "breathe", but also wear sunblock and keep your head protected with a cap or hat. • Some fruit and vegetables can re-hydrate the body even more than water. Carry some in your cooler. • Water is important, but too much water can be dangerous as it can cause electrolyte depletion. Limit yourselves to 2-3 liters per day. • When recovering a vehicle in full sun, limit your exposure time and take some rest every couple of minutes. Because you are focused on the task at hand, you might completely forget the heat and become dizzy and exhausted. • If at some point you feel unwell, inform your club members immediately. When driving, inform immediately over the radio so the convoy can be stopped. • Keep an eye out for your fellow club members. It is relatively easy to recognize above symptoms in somebody else. Let them take appropriate rest. Please do share your tips, hints, experiences !
  5. 8 points
    Drive in Wadi Shawka, Dam, Track, Camping, Hiking, Cycling, Weather, Location, Photos, Videos, Reviews and Feedback from the travellers who have visited before. Wadi Al Shawka offers many adventures in one place from offroad trails to outdoor sports like cycling, hiking, canyoning etc. Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah is covered by Hajjar Mountains from all side and the valley is filled with rocky terrain, farmland, water pools, wildlife and plenty of parking and camping spots. Wadi Shawka is a perfect place for having a family picnics, bbq and get-together in nature. Wadi Shawka is about 1 hour away from Dubai and Sharjah and approx 2 hours 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi. Drive to Wadi Shawka Dam: You can drive any car there as it has a flat track path with a mix of tarmac road till Shawka Dam. https://goo.gl/maps/srTTLCiZtn72 25°06'20.1"N 56°02'33.2"E - 25.105587, 56.042553 For offroad adventure, Wadi Shawka offers two levels of route: Drive in Wadi Shawka - Easy (only for 4x4 and SUV): Instead of going straight towards the Shawka Dam, you can take right towards the Canyoning parking and follow the gravel track for fun and adventurous drive to reach right behind the Shawka Dam. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the mountain and water together with plenty of shaded area for fun and picnic, bbq and games. Starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/Mvx6PtcNecM2 25°05'50.7"N 56°01'57.2"E - 25.097427, 56.032552 Midway: https://goo.gl/maps/zfeDSojdmdz 25°05'42.4"N 56°02'34.6"E - 25.095115, 56.042931 Viewpoint: https://goo.gl/maps/d91KFhsBn3m 25°06'15.4"N 56°02'47.1"E - 25.104281, 56.046412 Drive in Wadi Shawka - Intermediate (only for 4x4): Perfectly bouldered and challenging track after Shawka Dam towards Wadi Esfai side, sometimes this route is inaccessible due to big rocks and deep water wading, so good ground clearance 4x4 with offroad tires are highly recommended. Proper 4x4 with good ground clearance is must from this point onward Wadi Shawka Starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/3jAgDXtLxsB2 25°06'11.4"N 56°02'57.2"E - 25.103179, 56.049213 Waypoint 1: https://goo.gl/maps/EgVjapcFY4S2 25°06'18.4"N 56°03'42.2"E - 25.105111, 56.061711 Waypoint 2: https://goo.gl/maps/pkx7h5aPrVL2 25°06'11.5"N 56°04'34.8"E - 25.103180, 56.076341 Waypoint 3: https://goo.gl/maps/smFU7vDsV5Q2 25°05'54.9"N 56°06'04.0"E - 25.098587, 56.101118 Wadi Shawka Finish point: https://goo.gl/maps/Qi4T8ANNPiS2 25°05'47.9"N 56°07'20.2"E - 25.096628, 56.122282 Farmland: https://goo.gl/maps/cY8wwrTQsqk 25°06'00.4"N 56°05'04.2"E - 25.100111, 56.084500 Shawka Bicycles: https://goo.gl/maps/KkV1HkShpuS2 25°05'01.4"N 56°01'17.5"E - 25.083726, 56.021531 Shawka Cycling Starting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/Vy1UcLwtHTo 25°04'49.1"N 56°01'34.3"E - 25.080298, 56.026204 Shawka Hiking: https://goo.gl/maps/SxbJmM4Fd4z 25°06'47.1"N 56°02'01.6"E - 25.113092, 56.033769 Shawka Pools Access (easy): https://goo.gl/maps/aRigoiBv6Xw 25°06'13.8"N 56°01'37.4"E - 25.103821, 56.027067 Heritage Village: https://goo.gl/maps/hH9y2aS1Uzk 25°06'11.7"N 56°02'28.9"E - 25.103249, 56.041350 Wadi Showka Canyoning Parking: https://goo.gl/maps/6rJjHRafsfF2 25°05'51.9"N 56°01'47.1"E - 25.097745, 56.029747 Wadi Shawka Dam Aeriel View Reviews: Tripadvisor - 4 out 5 based on 25 reviews Google: 4.3 out of 5 based on 83 reviews There are very few grocery shops and restaurant around for quick bites and snacks, so it's always better to pack your food in advance, as choices here are quite limited. Cafeteria: https://goo.gl/maps/ADZ2FUZn4Lt 25°05'54.3"N 56°01'34.0"E - 25.098421, 56.026111 Grocery: https://goo.gl/maps/TfribDJmkmn 25°05'53.6"N 56°01'41.5"E - 25.098221, 56.028185 Mosque for Friday Prayers: https://goo.gl/maps/oofPYFeLDsz 25°05'50.5"N 56°01'44.3"E - 25.097347, 56.028958 Small Mosque: https://goo.gl/maps/hiLPCvV5Dvw 25°05'49.5"N 56°01'37.9"E - 25.097090, 56.027191 Best time to visit: October to May, when the weather is not too hot for outdoor. Careful during the rainy season. Wadi Shawka Weather: Wadi Shawka temperature is slightly lower than the city temperature by 2-5 degrees. Maybe a lot lower if you can find a good shade under the trees. Wadi Shawka Entrance Fees: There are no charges to visit or using public areas Timing: It is open 24/7, 365 days, but to enjoy nature daytime is better. Wadi Shawka Camping: You can camp anywhere safely, but be careful of wildlife especially after dark. Essentials: Outdoor clothing and closed footwear, Online GPS is a must for driving (offline is even better), carry plenty of water and food if you plan to stay outdoors for long hours. Keep it clean: Don't litter anywhere, because trash cans, plastic and glass kill wildlife. Emergency: If bitten by a snake or a Scorpio take a picture or remember the colour and size and rush to the nearest hospital for a specific antidote for that species. Keep yourself calm, so your blood pressure and heartbeat stay low to help you minimize the effect. Feedback: Please leave your feedback below if you have been to Wadi Shawka and like to add something more. Wadi Shawka Track: In KMZ and GPX format below Only Carnity Members Can download this complete Wadi Shawka Route Track Wadi Shawka.kmz Wadi Shawka.gpx
  6. 8 points
    Congratulations @Srikumar for reaching the Marshal level with Carnity Offroad club. It is one of the most prestigious and sought after title that comes with a lot of hard work, patience, tolerance, and dedication. Just like all the levels in Carnity offroad club is "NOT" only based on driving skills but instead based on the combination of your personality + intelligence + team spirit + adventure. This Marshal title is an epitome for all levels in the offroad grading structure. So if anyone wants to grow, they can set Marshal as a PERFECT example for not only following the driving style but observing their behavior, teamwork, presence of mind, calculative approach, patience and tolerance to teach and support new offroaders. Once again congratulations Sri and best wishes for your next adventure! Carnity Offroad Club very first drive on 27 Jan 2017, where Srikumar has also joined for the first time. Album: https://carnity.com/gallery/category/8-mahafiz-to-faya-27-jan-2017 Marshal: Number of drives 60+ drives and Committee Decision Level of drives All of the above + Routing and leading in known terrain Off-road gear Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor, tool kit, tow rope, floor jack, jack board & GPS trackback + recovery and repair material Drive teamwork Supervise all of the above + drive and convoy coordination Drive posting/joining Post drive on Carnity and share it on Carnity social media Forum participation Post trip report + share route + track and waypoints Social media sharing & inviting friends & family to join offroad club is recommended for faster upgrades at all levels.
  7. 8 points
    Thank you to everyone at the Carnity Offroad Club. Its a privilege to be part of such a great group of people who share the same passion for offroading. After a certain time I realized that its not just the drive that brought me joy, but more importantly the people with whom I have been offroading that really brought a smile to my face. Special thanks to @Asif Hussain and @Emmanuel. Its always a pleasure to drive in your company. As @Rahimdad rightly said what started as an outlet to get away from the city stress, turned into a full blown passion. And for that, no amount of thanks would be enough to both you and @Gaurav for teaching me the beautiful art of desert driving. Offroading with CARNITY is truly a Way of Life!!
  8. 8 points
    Newtrip report. What an amazing day. Started with the announcement of the first ever Marshal for Carnity. Congratulations @Srikumar, for his hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, willingness to help and a very positive attitude. At this point we split the convoy between Newbie and Fewbie. We were 5 cars in the Fewbie level @eduardo, @yogic72, @AKR ,@Srikumar and I. We started with some dune crossings with a good momentum and everydody managed well, we even crossed a herd of goats and was a pleasant surprise besides the regular camels and donkeys around. Finally we started heading though some amazing tracks where we came across a lot of small trees, shrubs and bushes, but with enough gap to just pass through. The challenge of crossing the dunes and keeping between the greenery was very pleasant and the team named it the little forest. We had a couple of refusals and stucks, but the convoy discipline and capability was so good that we came very close to the breakfast area with an hour to go. So I made an announcement if anybody would like to lead for short stints and all agreed. First was @eduardo and he was managing well before he had his first stuck and shortly another one. At this point @AKR took over and he too after a short lead got stuck. After recovering him we had no time to test out @yogic72 and also there was some trouble with one of the steering pump so decided to exit to road and head to the breakfast point. The area was amazing shaded with loads of trees. We were even welcomed by a bunch of camels including 2 baby camels who left due to the roar of one of the vehicles whose exhaust pipe was disconnected. As we lay our spread and waited for the newbies to join, we had a couple of discussions about being promoted from newbie to Fewbie level, the difference felt and the short leads. This is a topic I will raise another thread as feedback was interesting. Soon the newbies caught up and we had our feast. In the time that everybody was relaxed and chatting we got the exhaust sorted out, but no solution found for the steering pump. As we headed out and inflated it was time to say goid bye and hoping for another drive next week which will bring all these amazing people out with some new friends to be made. Until that time idios.
  9. 8 points
    Having a refusal or getting completely stuck is something nobody should feel guilty about, since it's part of the off-roading game. It’s also an essential experience in your learning. Somehow, as long as you can understand what happened so you won’t repeat the same mistake over and over, it’s a must to improve. There are hundreds of reasons why you can get stuck. Some of them don’t directly depend on the driver (it can be related to an engine issue, the terrain, the climate, etc.), while others are just mistakes. Some of them are clear and obvious, others are more unpredictable and difficult to identify… As a big fan of @Rahimdad’s What Went Wrong ? thread, it came to my mind that we could simply adapt his brilliant idea by analyzing, not accidents, but stucks, and try to make together a list of all the possible reasons behind them. Please do share here your guesses, explanations... and videos. I’ll start easy, with one of my best stucks this year, which happened in Area 53 two weeks ago (I borrowed the footage from @Javier M). So... who can tell us why I got stuck here ? Stuck_1.mp4
  10. 8 points
    Today I would like to talk about the cold air intakes. From what I can see in some threads in this site there is some controversy on whether they are worth it or not. What are Cold Air Intakes 🤔 How to pick a good intake 🤩 Where can you buy one 🤑 What to expect from Cold Air Intakes Personal choice In my opinion they are worth it, however, not all cold air intakes are made equal, you will get different results based on the design of the particular intake you choose. But let's back up a little to understand what cold air intakes are: What are Cold Air Intakes 🤔 Think of a factory air intake system as like having a cold that clogs up your head and restricts your breathing. Now go running. It's not going to work very well is it? A cold air intake allows your engine to finally breath. Cold air intakes move the air filter outside of the engine compartment so that cooler air can be sucked into the engine for combustion. Cooler air brings more oxygen (denser air) into the combustion chamber and that means more power. The filters are usually moved to the upper wheel well area or near a fender where there is more access to free flowing, cooler air and less hot air from the engine. Not only does a cold air intake reduce the air temperature, but it also increases airflow. Aftermarket intakes remove the need for a box surrounding the air filter and instead use large diameter intake tubes that are smoother, have less bends and are often wider than the original factory ones. Removing the air box and using smoother tubes gives the engine uninterrupted airflow. See the example below, this is the stock intake of a Jeep, look how restricted it is!, all stock intakes regardless the car model are meant to be restrictive on purpose, why? - Well, it really has to do with reliability and making sure no dirt enters the engine, the problem with this approach is that the engine is always working with lower oxygen levels than with a cold air intake. 2. How to pick a good intake 🤩 In order to look for a good design you need to make sure you move away from the stock design, this means you should look for a less restrictive design, in my opinion these two below are bad options because there is not much difference between the stock and these two, I am not say you will not see some benefits, but you will not be taking as much advantage as you would with other designs. In my opinion, the simpler the better, the less restrictive the better, you should be looking for similar designs with exposed filter like these two: The filter type (dry or wet) does not matter as much as the intake design as this will make sure constant cold air goes in the engine. 3. Where can you buy one 🤑 There are many places in the UAE you can buy them, it will all depend on your vehicle and budget, here are some options: Argoob.com Ramy ICON Auto Off-Road Zone I usually buy from the US from carid.com or rockauto.com because they can ship to the UAE with no issues and the prices after shipping tend to be very similar to the UAE prices, with the advantage of getting a far more superior product than the limited selection in the UAE. 4. What to expect from Cold Air Intakes Be realistic, don't expect to have a 500 HP beast after installing one of this. The typical HP gain is around 6 - 15 HP depending on the weather conditions etc. (If you see them advertising more than 15 HP they are cheating you). 5. Personal choice For my Jeep I picked the Injen cold air intake, the reason I picked it was that it is a well known brand for performance parts, and they had the perfect design for my particular application. Since I was going to go off-road and a lot of sand is in the air, I needed something that was not restrictive and yet had extra layers to filter the sand. So I picked this design, this is not a closed design like the ones I showed you above, but instead the walls are made of filtering material (see last picture).
  11. 8 points
    Guys. Hats off for your hard work and dedication to ensure that the convoy is safe and sound. Though my experience as a driver was full of unexpected dunes, but thanks to @Rahimdad @Gaurav and special thanks to @yogic72 mirza bhai. His one dialog which kept me going was Kuch nahin hota (nothing will happen). Super Special thanks to @Srikumar how can you be so patient in first place. Respect!! I was just ringing if I felt little uncomfortable too. He was just just take left and you are good to go. Guys when I came back from the drive just logged into carnity to check whether it was for me as a newbie or fewbie. Had a wonderful time with you guys. Thanks again.
  12. 8 points
    Guessing.. The car in front slowed down and you took your foot off the accelerator, losing momentum and then stuck. Hmm.. the car in front looks like a Pathfinder.
  13. 8 points
    Here is the Velociraptor being rescued too.. Full drive here!!
  14. 8 points
    Don't forget to change the oil for the headlights, in the summer these oils can get really hot and sticky.
  15. 8 points
    Congratulations @G.huz for reaching the Intermediate level with Carnity Offroad club. As per your last Fewbie+ drive, you have shown tremendous progress and well deserve this new offroad rank. Looking forward to seeing you growing further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment. Work on your forum contribution and get socially involved in the newbie and fewbie drives to impart your knowledge. Once you have all the gear required, you are most welcome to join the intermediate level drives with Carnity offroad club.  Intermediate: Number of drives 10 (26 regular drives) Level of drives Willingness to learn + Enthusiasm + Basic dune & sand reading Off-road gear Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor, tool kit, tow rope (recommended) Drive teamwork Help in recoveries under Marshal / Crew supervision Drive posting/joining Join newbie, fewbie & intermediate level of drives only Forum participation Active participation on forum. Share drive experience + feedback on forum and pictures in gallery + drive and route suggestions  Social media sharing & inviting friends & family to join offroad club is recommended for faster upgrades at all levels.
  16. 8 points
    Firstly, apologies for the delayed trip report, as was away from my laptop for many days.So here it goes: After the newbie drive in the morning, some of us joined for the afternoon fewbie drive as well.. We all reached on time and after a quick brief, we headed out in the attempt to make it to the long range dunes at the other end by sunset. @Rahimdad was in second lead with @Gaurav in center forward position, and @Emmanuel covering the sweep duties. The entry point had some technical dunes that resulted in a few stucks in the beginning of the drive. As we had repeated stucks within a short span, it was decided to reshuffle the convoy numbering and that helped in a much smoother drive thereafter. We encountered some nice challenging dunes along the way, but it still was not the playable long range dunes for which Faqa was famous. On one such dune, @Frederic discovered the perfect way to get crested, right down the middle with all 4 tyres being free. I have never seen such a beautiful crest in the past 2 years of offroading. Recovering him from this position safely was a challenge, but @Gaurav ensured that Frederic was recovered with minimum amount of fuss. By then we had about one hour before sunset and we increased the pace, but unfortunately had a couple of pop-outs and one misaligned steering wheel for @Melvin Martin. Since, we were close to the road Gaurav helped Melvin till the road and bid him farewell. By then the sun had set and we settled down in a nice area for some hard earned meal and drinks. We didn't make it to the long range dunes yet again. This is the fourth time, that I have drive in Faqa had have not made it. Really hope to make it the next time Thank you to everyone who attended the drive @WiLfY, @Jocreative, @Brette, @G.huz, @Frederic, @amir.rophail, @Melvin Martin and offcourse to the Marshals @Rahimdad, @Gaurav, and @Emmanuel
  17. 8 points
    Here is the easiest, fastest and safest way to fix a tyre pop out in less than 5 minutes: Tools required: Wooden plank/Jack board/plate Hydraulic Scissors Jack Air Compressor Shovel Water Steps involved: Move the vehicle "VERY SLOWLY" to flat ground. If you do it fast, then the inner (behind the tire) seam will also come out and make the pop out repair more difficult and sometimes impossible. Find a good jacking point and place a big wooden plank just under it - on perfectly flat ground. You can move the board a few times to flatten the sand so that jack sits on the flat ground. Place the jack on the board safely and lift the jack, just enough to regain the tire shape and then dig little under the tire. If you lift too much, then chances of tipping the jack are higher. Clean the open seam properly with water, run the fingers inside to make sure no sand is sticking inside the tire as that will leak the air while inflating. Inflate the tire with the air compressor and hold the open seam outward with little strength. Don't shake or use too much strength as jack might tip. When seam starts sitting in place, you will hear a loud/soft pop that means tire seam has been properly seated in its place and you can drive back normal. SAFETY WARNINGS: If you have a jack stand, use it under the axle. If you have a spare jack use it under the axle for safety. While the vehicle is lifted with jack, avoid any jittery move like slamming the door, closing the hood, getting in or out the car, this might cause jack to tip and cause serious injuries. While the vehicle is lifted with jack, NEVER EVER put your head, hand, legs or any body part under the car or under the tire. You can fix the tire from the side as shown in the picture above.
  18. 8 points
    My car is finally ready.. I will see you guys there!
  19. 7 points
    Congrats @Srikumar for become the marshal. And thanks @Rahimdad for this wonderful trip report. I am not a part of the drive but I feel my presence when I read your write-up. Love you guys.
  20. 7 points
    With so much information that can be found online, i wanted to try to bundle this a bit into 1 article to make things easier for people new to off-roading here to provide a bit of information about tow straps / snatch straps / recovery ropes. I will just try to share the information that i've come across and what was also found on Carnity about the well-known Viking Ropes and AOR ropes (Thanks @Rahimdad for previous article on that one) ! With the main aim on safety, i will try to give a view on the DO's and DONT's so we can all ensure that everybody goes home safe and that these practices can be carried forward. Every time i take the kids to Al Qudra Lakes i still see so many people doing such crazy and dangerous things while recovering/pulling others. These people don't have any bad intentions, but just don't know any better. We'll start with those: Gas-station 40dhs Tow Straps: *Mostly made from Polyester or Polypropylene, and ONLY meant to tow a normal (sedan) vehicle home. DO NOT USE THESE STRAPS FOR RECOVERY WORK !!! The metal shackles are projectiles that will fly off on the first decent tug attempt. Kinetic Recovery Snatch Straps Kinetic snatch straps are made from Nylon, which is a material that will allow for around 20% stretch. This stretching creates a less brutal jerk when recovering a vehicle, and additionally the "recoil" effect will generate a massive amount of energy, which is a good thing, but also something you need to be aware of, the lack of feeling that brutal jerk will probably result in you pulling harder than usual, and that could result in damages to tow points or chassis. Like in every recovery the first pull should be a gentle one to assess how stuck the vehicle is, and the second one can be slightly more aggressive, if still the vehicle is not moving it might be better to dig out a bit more and than do a last attempt which should do the trick. (inshallah).. Due to the stretch they are not ideal for towing a car along the highway, but it works. Kinetic Recovery Ropes Similar to the Kinetic Snatch Straps mentioned above, made of Nylon, but in rope form instead. Both AOR and Viking are well-known available brands. Also not recommended for towing a car along the highway but it will do the job. How to Correctly Use Your Kinetic Recovery Rope Step 1: Verify your equipment is adequate for the use and in good condition. A Kinetic Recovery Rope should be sized such that the Min. Breaking Load (MBL) is roughly 2-3 times the Gross Vehicle Weight. To properly select a rope for your vehicle, follow the guidelines on the chart below. Step 2: Securely attach rope to both vehicles - use a proper shackle or tow point. Recovery points should be properly welded or bolted to the vehicle chassis. WARNING: Never connect recovery equipment to a tow ball, as they are not designed for this type of load and can fail, causing serious damage. Step 3: Ensure all bystanders are well clear of the area. No person should be within 1.5xthe rope length of either vehicle, unless inside one of the vehicles. Step 4: Tow the stuck vehicle out. The towing vehicle can start with slack in the tow rope and drive up to 25km/h max. WARNING: Do not exceed 25KM/H with a properly sized rope. WARNING: Do not pull in a direction that would side load your recovery points unless they are specifically designed to handle side loads; most are not. Continue to pull on stuck vehicle until no longer stuck. Step 5: Unhook and stow your rope. Industrial Webbing / Sling Straps These are not really made for off-road recovery, but if properly sized (3-4 inches width) they make a pretty good recovery and tow strap. They are made of Polyester or Polypropylene and because of their higher number of items sold and less marketing bla-bla, they are generally cheaper and available from the general traders. They come with a certificate that details the load they can take. Using it during recovery will however result in a more brutal jerk when pulling out your off-road buddy, but on the other hand it makes you realise the amount of force you are applying and that is always a good thing. How to recognise good quality straps or ropes ? * Type of material is clearly mentioned (Nylon, Polyester, Polypropylene). * Load capacity is mentioned, together with safety rating (5:1 for example) this means break strength would be 5 times higher than the load capacity. Beware that the pulling force is easily 2-3 times higher than the weight of the car. So a 2.5 ton vehicle will easily have a total pull force of 5 to 7.5 tons. * Brand information can be found on Google, maybe even with positive reviews from other off-road sites. * Industrial slings will always have a certificate with clear details on how much load it can take with manufacturer stamps. * The ends should be reinforced. What is the lifetime of Kinetic ropes vs Kinetic Straps vs Industrial Webbing Slings ? That is a question that's probably difficult to answer. I will leave that to our senior experts to give their feedback on how many pulls they were able to do with Kinetic ropes, Straps, or Industrial Webbing sling before they broke. Beware that even a small cut in the strap degrades the total strength severely, so it makes sense to inspect it every now and then. Rated Shackles vs Soft Shackles ? To connect your rope or strap to the vehicle's tow hook, you will need shackles. Avoid the cheapest shackles because they will have no load rating. Go for rated shackles IF you can find them..... However, most show load ratings on them but imho the ratings are very questionable as there are international standards but to my knowledge there is no clear legislation in UAE itself. All the reason more to choose soft-shackles because this completely eliminates the risk of having a metal projectile flying through your windshield. When using Kinetic ropes, the soft shackles are definitely an essential item, due to the massive amount of energy being released during the recoil effect. I hope this provides a bit more information on the subject straps and ropes. Feel free to correct, comment, and remark !
  21. 7 points
    Welcome Antonio. Getting stuck and coming out is part of the offroading fun. Look forward to meeting you in the Sand.
  22. 7 points
    Hey there, this is an absolute newbie with a 4x4 and if you don't mind I would love to join you for the first time this Friday. I'll put all my effort to respect, learn and not get stuck and delay you guys. I appreciate the efforts and time of all club members in advance. Looking forward to meet you all. Antonio
  23. 7 points
    If you buy few Pajeros in different colors might be cheaper than putting that on one Pajero....such things could be breaking the bank...
  24. 7 points
    @Rahimdad @Gaurav @Srikumar @Emmanuel Always a pleasure to drive with all of you! It's a wonderful thing to see the member grow and see new people joining and learning like @AKR. Special thanks to all the guys who helped me with the tire situation at the start and sorry for delaying the convoy! @Fuad & all, I hope that this "jump" would be the last, as I wish to keep my car good enough to follow you each friday Special thanks for @Rahimdad for the great write-ups after each drive, it's great to relive the morning on the forum
  25. 7 points

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    I have been with many off-roaders clubs in UAE during the past 2 years. What makes Carnity different that you would never feel as an outsider not even for a second!! You Guys Rock Welldone 👍🏽
  26. 7 points
    Trip report: Great day, great people, loads of smiles, patience and enthusiasm. Initially we had decided to split the convoy, to newbie and Fewbie levels, but since we had very few Fewbie we decided to have both the convoys together with an imaginary split. As my newbie drives are we started with some easy track and gradually increased the level. Mostly everybody managed it well with a few refusals to add to our learning process. We unfortunately had I little incident with the FJ Cruiser where the radiator was hit, thanks to some technical help at hand and @Gaurav bhai who stayed back to help, the rest of the convoy followed me to our play ground. Here we had a few experienced individuals try out the sideys. It was a lot of fun and had a false alarm where @eduardo Pajero had its jump quota after a long time and started weeping out of joy. Soon we established that there was nothing to worry about and moved on to our breakfast point. After a quick bite and some jokes cracked we had to pack up and move out due to Friday prayer time. By this time @Gaurav bhai had joined us. We headed to the road, prayers and finally the petrol station where some of us inflated to head home, while others headed back to the afternoon Fewbie drive. All in all a good day and thank you to all for joining. With special thanks to @yogic72 for being my second lead, @Gaurav, @Srikumar, @Emmanuel, @eduardo and @Fuad for supporting the drive. Until next time adios amigos.
  27. 7 points
    Thanks guys! We were too busy being scared to film the good bits so the video makes the drive less exciting. But there will be more! cant wait to come. Thank you all for your kind help. It is truly amazing when people put time and effort into something they are passionate about.
  28. 7 points
    Hey guys!! It was the best experience off road for the first time and the adventure of my breakdown and fixing the car in the middle of a desert was just unforgettable experience, Special thanks to gaurav and rahim for guiding us the path. Hats off to younus and kamrul for technical and mechanical support through out the experience . Definitely looking forward for round 2 Cheers!!!
  29. 7 points
    This is not the issue of oversize tyre. This is a common problem with the Pajero after a desert drive. You had hit the front bumper and it has moved in a little. Since it's made of fiberglass you cab just pull it out. No point spending money in a workshop. If you plan do offroading i suggest to remove the lower plastic black lip (where you have circled). There are only two bolts and would help a lot
  30. 7 points
    And don’t thank me, actually I also didn’t want my beloved Jawaher (that’s my car’s name) to kiss your car 😘
  31. 7 points
    I like to keep it short but seeing different responses, it will get a little bigger. US sites are good to get the specs data like weight and road noise, but over 50% of those tires don't exist in UAE at least the same pattern and design. So they are only useful once you zero down to 2-3 exact pattern, brand, and types and then research to compare. These days I have been seeing ESMA sticker on every tire in UAE to tell the road noise and other specs, that you can use to compare wisely as those standardizations is done in UAE for tires available here. All online tire selling website is at least 100 per tire expensive than the dealers in sharjah tire market. Once you decide what you want, call a few tires shop in Sharjah and get the latest production tire from the cheapest of the shop. You will save at least 400-500 dhs. I'm buying tires from those shops for 15 years and always walk away with the best deal. Future tyre "WAS" good place to go in Ras Al Khor, but as per my and few of my friend's recent experience, they have been overcharging by 200% so I no longer recommend them but no doubt they are professionals. Coming to the tire choices now: Michelin's are my all time favorite, I have used them twice Michelin LTX and Michelin Pilot, both were amazing. LTX used to be A/T tread and very good for sand offroad being soft and lighter and very quiet on road. Michelin rubber is really superior grade but not very advisable if you venturing too much in wadi's as after a little you might cut that soft rubber with stones very easily. @Emmanuel using Michelin Primacy (If I rem correctly) and he can advise more on that specific brand and type. Yokohama Geolander A/T is my current favorite choice as Yoko's have finally figured out the best of three combinations: Road + Sand + Rocks with minimal of road noise, rem I said minimal and not no noise. Any A/T tire will be loud as hell on road due to the tread pattern to be aggressive for offroad and hence result in more road noise. So this trade-off is inevitable if you like one tire to fit both your needs. I'm using G012 version since last 6 years, as my second set running since last two years and they wear evenly too to get you some good miles on them, unlike many other A/T tires which start losing chunks and pieces after the first year of usage. BF Goodrich, has the amazing offroad capabilities but quite heavy and will limit your offroad capability if you are running on the stock engine without any power mods. Secondly, they are quite noisy on the road since I used them last but again someone I met recently said they are not noisy any longer. Either that guy had loud music system or BFG have really changed on road noise, I don't know tbh. Bridgestone dueler and Dunlop Grandtrek is good road tread and not good for regular offroad especially in wadis and rock you might damage them with regular wadi's run. In sand, if you deflate them under 15 PSI, you might pop out them very easily. I have used them both on my Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol and labeled as king of pop out on every drive.
  32. 7 points
    went to EB n EA got everything except my flag pole. i even got the window remover to stick on the glass. but no sign of flag pole. probably try to buy a helium balloon for now and tie it to the rear
  33. 7 points
    As being 1st Day of Summer Please make sure all of you change the Air of your Tires to Summer Air, As hotter days apporach it will help your tires co op with the heat of Road. Specially those doing 4WD. its important to remove that Winter Air and Get Summer Air. Please while you are doing you Air check your Blinker Fluids too. Please watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t09qfrYwok for reference. Believe Me.
  34. 7 points
    Except: Long hill climb Steep hill climb Riding the crest Tugging the 3-ton cars Self-recovery with a smile Crossing the sharpest crest with ease Escaping from stickiest sand pockets Keep me cool in 50 degrees Hit the highway at 140 Still, turn a lot of head after 20 years
  35. 7 points
    For my on-road Range Rover - Comfort is the best thing I love. For my offroad 99' Pajero - Best "stock" hill climber, I found after 5 failed attempts.
  36. 7 points
    I love that my car allows me to meet such wonderful people on the web and on our desert drives.
  37. 7 points
    A bit late to report on my first ride with you guys, but here it goes : -Pre-ride : The website is easy to understand and registering for a ride is very straightforward All the info on required gear and preparation is already on the website, very well organized and extremely easy to find. The ranking system is clear and shows that the club has a serious structure and can be trusted - it is an extreme sport is some ways! -During the ride Great brief by @Rahimdad , @Srikumar & @Emmanuel -> Felt at ease from the start, everything was covered in details from driving techniques, recovery methods, to safety measures After 20 minutes of riding on my first dunes, I got to experience my first self-recovery with the expert help of @Srikumar guiding me on how to master the 'bleep bleep' technique! I got out in 30 seconds ! At this point, I was getting fed up with my traction control and @hossein showed me the lights, literally! He showed me what fuse to remove to completely disable the traction control & abs 😄. After that, I felt the power, all the lights came on my dashboard (the xmass lights) & I was able to make my first jump 🤣🤣 The break was great and I got to meet & share a meal with most of the regulars that I see on a weekly basis now. Following the break, the convoy was eager to drive more so we drove for an additional 1h30 and I believe that it was at that point that was hooked 😂 We arrived at our deflation point and @Srikumar was kind enough to lend me his compressor so I can get going! I got home safely and at no point whatsoever during the drive, I felt unsafe or at risk like with some other clubs that I tried later on. @Rahimdad's lead was excellent for newbies with a good learning curve from start to finish. -After the ride It was great to find all the pictures on the gallery, you keep a trace of each ride and I now try to take as much as I can and share! Discussing the drive and getting tips was even more natural to do on the forum since I knew most of the guys responding, and it's a way to keep in contact between two drives! Sorry it's a long one !
  38. 7 points
    Dear @Gaurav it was indeed a pleasure. Please keep us posted if any newbie ride is planned in the upcoming public holiday which may fall either on 2nd or 3rd April. It was real fun and the best thing is we learn a lot on being patient. Though we rule the roads, we realize that the desert rules us.
  39. 7 points
    When the moon and stars align.... This Fewbie drive was a great as every drive I have done with the Carnity family, but I was keen on exploring that “+” to see if my car and my confidence level had potential for growth. Turned out the old Pajero wanted to prove after all that it’s still potent and that boosted my confidence level. The positive feedback from the seniors along the drive also helped of course 😉. Thanks for the guidance, help, and camaraderie I always encounter and building this cornerstone of Carnity Off-road Club carefully honed by @Gaurav @Rahimdad @Srikumar @Emmanuel and all the newer members including myself that do our best to carry this forward. Thumbs up to my fellow fewbies and intermediates that joined yesterday 👍👍 @hossein sorry you had to cancel out. This drive was definitely more suited for drivers without passengers. I didn’t bring my son too because i wanted to remove my inner inhibitions and going more full out. See you on the next drives buddy !
  40. 6 points
    From my workshop experience what i do is use labanups diluted with water even more if a pinch of salt is added Or just plain glucose powder in some cold water also does the trick On that note I am feeling thirsty now
  41. 6 points
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  43. 6 points
    Remember when I said a new fun adventure awaits, this is it. All are invited. This time we will drive in Maliha Kalba area that offers perfect opportunity to learn in very safe and several level tracks to navigate and enjoy all level drives. Whether you are looking for an easy relaxing drive or an adrenalin rush with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow, hill climb, and ridge riding, this is your opportunity. Newbies and Fewbies will have a great chance to see and learn the real fun that off-roading offers in a very safe and organized environment. When: 12 April 2019 Meeting time: 7:00 AM, the convoy will move at sharp 7:15 AM Where: Adnoc Petrol Station Maleha Road GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/ye28yTnTSYr Level: All levels from newbie to intermediate Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance. Plan: Drive, train and enjoy till about 11:00 AM What to bring along: Snacks - whatever you like with little extra to share, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 11:00 AM Please RSVP on the below calendar.
  44. 6 points
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  47. 6 points
    I like the stripped look after she dropped her skirt (bumpers)of in Al Faqa..😅 Seriously, the comfort, power and sleek looks.
  48. 6 points
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    This drive is for those enthusiastic Newbie members to work on their technique and get closer to the next level. All are invited. This time we will drive in Maliha Kalba are that offers perfect opportunity to learn in very safe and easy tracks to medium rolling dunes. Looking for an easy relaxing drive for everyone with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow, hill climb, and ridge riding. Newbies and Fewbies will have a great chance to see and learn the real fun that off-roading offers in a very safe and organized environment. When: 29 March 2019 Meeting time: 7:00 AM, the convoy will move at sharp 7:15 AM Where: Adnoc Petrol Station Maleha Road GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/ye28yTnTSYr Level: Absolute Newbie, Newbie, and Fewbie Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance. Plan: Drive, train and enjoy till about 11:00 AM What to bring along: Snacks - whatever you like with little extra to share, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 11:00 AM Minimum of 5 participants required or drive will be cancelled. Please RSVP on the below calendar.
  49. 6 points
    And then at 6K rpm all rattles will go away
  50. 6 points
    Awesome 👍😁 let's take it up a notch 😁
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