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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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 5 points
    So looks like your Cherokee fever is rising again with these daily memes
  8. 5 points
    My interest in cars is something new and hence earlier my knowledge on cars used to be practically zero. I joined the Carnity Offroad Club about 2 years ago, and that developed an interest or rather a hobby of understanding how a car works and operates. I started my offroading with a 2010 Pajero and though I loved that car frankly today I would call it boring. After driving it for about 6 months, I realized that offroading was no longer a weekend interest but had literally became a part of my life where I used to think about it continuously during my spare time. Thats when I decided to have a proper offroader and despite advice from many of my friends went and bought a manual Cherokee XJ (1997 model) First let me explain the problems I faced with it, and then I would come to why I absolutely love this car. As overheating was a common issue with Jeeps. I immediately installed extra fans in front of the existing radiator. Unfortunately, whiel returning from my very first night desert drive with the XJ, I slept on the steering wheel and banged the car in front while cruising at 100 km/ h.That result in a busted radiator and some damage to the front. On a lighter note, I am still reminded by my close friends of this incident every time I am on the way back home from a drive. So after the accident, I installed a 4 core full aluminium radiator, installed additional fans, put in the Toyota Coolant (Red Color) and have never had an overheating issue till date even when I have pushed the car to its limit. I credited this to my good friend @shadow79. Though the overheating issue was resolved, then came the problem of me burning my clutch which happened twice till I finally got the hang of it. And the final major expense came when I installed Crown engine mounts and in my very first driveDuring this course, I gave the XJ a nice 3 inch lift by installing harder springs from the scrap yard. There is a also a 1 inch transfer case drop which ensured that there are no driveline vibrations. I have recently put in 31 inch tyres and now the vehicle has a nice presence. Why I love this XJ The car has costed me a lot to change the radiators, the clutch plate, etc. Contrary to what many people say about Jeeps and their reliability, my major repair work has been due to my own doing rather than its own failure. But all this repair has also generated a major interest on how to do some amount of self maintenance and small DIYs. I have had times when the transfer case lever was no longer working, but being a very simple car I would crawl underneath and be able to shift the car into 4H or 4L manually. Before every drive, I check all the fluid levels, even the differential and gear oil levels (this can be done only from underneath the vehicle). For a guy who knew nothing about a car, this is a decent achievement. To work on the Jeep has become the favourite passtime for me and my son. When it comes to offroading, though it doesnt have a very powerful engine (only 190 hp), its light weight (1400 kg) and manual transmission has made climbing really steep dunes a breeze. I do intend to do some minor improvements on the XJ from time to time with the main intention of learning something new along the way. The XJ is completely devoid of any modern day luxuries, but it has own charm and character. Even today when I drive it to the nearest supermarket it brings a smile on my face.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 !!
  11. 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😀.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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...
  16. 4 points
    Time to have moderately thrilling dune bashing for fewbie level, this area sand dunes are for fewbie - intermediate level only. So let's have a nice afternoon drive from Bidayer to Iftar bowl area that has a nice medium to tall beautiful rolling dunes. Plan to play all along the way, so we can enjoy for a couple of hours before it gets dark and then lay our spread near Iftar bowl. When: 11 Jan 2019, Friday Meeting time: 01:00 PM, the convoy will move sharply at 01:15 PM Where: Bidayer shops - opposite Big red GPSCoordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/PR8cHp3tX8S2 Level of drive: Fewbie - Intermediate - Expert - Advance - (No newbie please) Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance What to bring along: Snacks - whatever you like with little extra to share, water, liquids, smiles, and courage. Approximate finish time: 7:00 PM RSVP the below calendar:
  17. 4 points
    Welcome to Carnity and congrats for your new ride. First and foremost Michelin is one of the best tires and probably the quietest as well. What road noise you are referring is may not be because of tires, but Pajero cabin sound insulation is not the best in class. I'm sure many other Pajero owners here can confirm that too. @Rahimdad @hossein @Julien V So if tires have enough tread, then don't replace now as Michelin have very high treadware anyways that is known to last 40-60k kms. Which Michelin tire is that? Maybe share its tread pic, so we can advise further. For planning an upgrade, if you can choose Michelin Latitude (slightly expensive) is one the best tires money can buy. Upgrading from 265 -285 (2 cm width gain and 1-inch height gain) will not have any rubbing issue as it will be just 1 cm wide on each side. And no major noticeable difference will be on comfort (slightly more stable due to extra width), noise (no change), fuel consumption (a tiny bit more - theoretically), odo reading (slightly more like 118 will be 120 due to 1-inch tire height more on every rotation).
  18. 4 points
    I also gave a try then gave up after 5 or 6 attempts, for the same reason. The only thing I will regret is the nice brass quatuor music you can hear when you deflate.
  19. 4 points
    Thank you all for accommodating me in the group and happy to be promoted. Gonna have an extra drink for this.
  20. 4 points
    Along with a good bunch of Offroader, we have also got some excellent photographers as well. I know for sure @Gaurav would be smiling.
  21. 4 points
    Let the trip leader know next time in advance and we can plan such stops for drone shots. Love your second video of capturing the side sloping attempt of the black wrangler. Perfect angle to focus straight into the action from an aerial view. 👍
  22. 4 points
    @EmVarlet My project is almost finished. I am waiting to see what will come next. If we get a new project I am planing to buy off road veichle again.
  23. 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?
  24. 4 points
    I have just marked the simplest track to new year site so that people driving 4x4 can directly reach within 3 minutes without getting lost in bushes or small dunes. This track doesn't need deflation, engage on 4x4 and keep gas little high to traverse through. Meeting or starting point: 25.123616 55.427639 https://goo.gl/maps/sd2gzL5QZDK2 Party site: 25.124184 55.439590 https://goo.gl/maps/ArtXQWPxGs92 VIEW OF BURJ KHALIFA FROM NEY YEAR SITE VIEW OF DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY FROM NEY YEAR SITE VIEW OF GLOBAL VILLAGE FROM NEY YEAR SITE New year track.kmz New year track.gpx
  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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