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  1. 5 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  4. 5 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
  5. 4 points
    Traditionally, in order to disable your ABS/ESC control, you have to do the voodoo "steering wheel dance" or pull out the J6 fuse from the fuse box. Well, pulling out the fuse a few times broke my fuse puller! So, I started looking out for alternatives and finally found a solution. There are two ways to do it. One (most common method you find on youtube videos) is to intercept the wire from under the gear box... this method is tideous as it involves pulling out the 4HiLo gear knob out. This method is a serious pain-in-the-rearo! Good luck if you chose this method.. this post is not for you. Second method, is to intercept the same wire from the source, which is located under the hood. Much easier. Here is a brief write up of how I have done it. Things you need: 1. Any On/Off Switch. I used an accessory push on/off button. 2. 1-1.5m of electrical accessory wire. 3. Insulation Tape 4. Wire strippers and Wire connectors. 5. Handy Drill with drill bit. 6. Lots of patience, Sane enough to Cut the right Wire and a Steady Hand. DISCLAIMER: I do not take any responsibility in case you snip the wrong wire or short anything else in the process. Do it at your own risk. Another Disclaimer: This is a quick and dirty tutorial for a kill switch. Make necessary adjustments in case you want a cleaner safer way. Yet another Disclaimer: Apologies for the dusty pictures. Hope they help illustrate the steps! Okey, now that's out of the way, here we go - 1. Locate the ESP unit under your Wrangler hood. This is usually near the Brake fluid area. Push the lock pins on either side to release the latch and it swings up to unlock. ( Fig 1 ) 2. Unplug two more plugs that branch out from the same harness ( Fig 2 ). After doing this, its easier to pull out the entire harness from underneath the unit and towards you so that you can see it clear. 3. Remove the stock wraps and insulation from the thick main harness to expose the wires. Locate the Purple with light blue wire. Make sure its the right one because there is also another purple with dark blue (leave it alone!). 4. Snip the Purple with Blue stripe wire. ( If you want to make sure you cut the right wire, you can plug everything back in, turn the car on, and it will show the ABS and Traction Symbols on the dash. Pat yourself in the back! If not, and some other symbols show, then go back to step 3 and make sure you cut the right wire! ) 5. Attach some wire connectors to the ends of the striped wire. This is so that in case, in the future, you decide you do not want the switch, or you want to swap it out with something else, you can quickly do it. 6. Drill a hole wherever you decide to place the switch. Fasten the switch to the panel. Place a metal washer behind the switch so that it doesn't press on to the cowl every time you push it. Some recommend placing metal plates, but am lazy... this is supposed to be the easy tutorial, right? 7. Feed the switch wires through the firewall hole (fig# 4 & 5). You can fetch it from underneath the dash panel. Feed it through the right compartments to where you need it to come out. (PS: If you have already soldered the wire to the switch, then do step 6 in reverse. Feed a shoe lace or wire-puller-of-your-choice through the firewall and fetch the wire in from the dash side to the hood) 8. Attach +ve end of the switch wire to one end of the snipped wire and the -ve end to the other snipped end. It doesn't matter if you get the +ve and -ve reversed as you are just extending the connection from the same wire and not dealing with a +ve or -ve literally. 9. Once all the switch and connections are tested and verified, insulate and wrap the wires back. Make sure no wire or metal contacts are exposed. Secure with zip ties where ever necessary. (Fig6 shown for reference but I wrapped the exposed contact later with insulation tape) 10. Close everything back and go through all the work again to make sure everything is where its supposed to be. The Switch pushed in, means the wire is connected, so your ABS and ESC is active. When the switch is in the OFF position, there is a break in the connection, so your ABS/ESC will be inactive. Fig 7 shows a rough wire diagram. To Reset the warning lights on your dash, turn the car off, push the switch to ON position and the ABS/ESC lights should go off. Safety note: Activate the switches ONLY WHEN CAR IDLE. DO NOTE activate while driving or you may end up doing some unexpected drifting or donuts! Tutorial only applicable for JK (07-18) Wrangler models. Refer to your manual for wire codes if needed. Enjoy and Safe Off-Roading! Follow @joshmyster on instagram in case you found this tutorial helpful.
  6. 4 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.
  7. 4 points
    Thank you all for accommodating me in the group and happy to be promoted. Gonna have an extra drink for this.
  8. 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.
  9. 3 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
  10. 3 points
    wonderful read @skumar83 It made me think of my ex-father in law's favourite quote: "The more you spend hours and elbow grease on it, the more you'll eventually love and appreciate it". Sometimes it takes blood, sweat, tears, and pockets full of money and time to have our cars in the state we want them to be, but we tend to forget the journey and the joy it can give us. I makes me also smile to see my son arriving with his screwdriver to help me out and i hope he inherits the same curiosity for technique as i have.
  11. 3 points
    How much did you enjoy your first drive? Emil. It was an awesome experience after being a passenger with rahim bhai on the first day. I was waiting to try the tips he gave. What did you enjoy about the drive? Emil. Driving down the steep dunes and most importantly aloo paratta at the end of the drive. Which part of the drive you think you enjoyed the best which you would like to repeat? Emil. Cutting the dunes. Do you think there was a good mix of lecture and practical, was the lecture too long, and any part that can be avoided or done in a shorter or different way? Yes, not long, nothing I can think of. Do you think anything elese could be added to the lecture? Nothing at the moment. Do you think prior reading material would help? yes, more videos on website for a newbie will be helpful. Like descent tips, approaching a dune etc. Would you know where on the Carnity forum you would be able to find the information you are looking for? Not fully aware. Is there anything you think could be done in a better way? Nope. How do you suggest to make things better for the new comers? Totally appreciate your guidance to a newbie especially on getting the flag, clamp, inflators, deflator etc. How do you think you can progress within the current atmosphere and learning opportunities provided? Continuously learning.
  12. 3 points
    I also intend to start mentioning about the small improvements that I am doing on my Cherokee XJ. Will start a thread soon.
  13. 3 points
    That will be an awesome idea, @Barry and @skumar83 will be smiling then, as they always wish to see a lot of build threads and DIY experience thread here
  14. 3 points
    You are most welcome dear @Gaurav I wish to bring luck for your offroading, last Friday I gave another one to @Frederic Nuyttensalso regards
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    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.
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    Very detailed explanation and most people end up doing this. This post will definitely help all JK owners.
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    Yeah, that's why forums are made for long-term use than quick dump on social media that evaporates faster than water. Surprisingly your post and knowledge have also helped thousands of other Jeepers in the last few years.
  23. 2 points
    I'm yet to gain extra HP from that lucky Mitsubishi flag, thanks to Hossein for gifting me his flag and creativity.
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    congratulation @Frederic Nuyttens a part, Mitsubishi flag also worked 😁
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    had to compress (and scale down resolution) to allow for uploading to the forum
  33. 2 points
    We were losing the light, so it's a bit of a dark photo unfortunately
  34. 1 point
    Congratulations @hossein for reaching the fewbie level with Carnity Offroad club. Within last few newbies offroad drives 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. Fewbie: Number of drives 10 (16 regular drives) Level of drives Willingness to learn + Enthusiasm + Basic dune reading Off-road gear Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor (recommended) Drive teamwork Observe recovery from a safe distance and offer help when needed Drive posting/joining Join newbie and fewbie level of drives only Forum participation Active participation on forum. Share drive experience + feedback on forum and pictures in gallery Social media sharing & inviting friends & family to join an offroad club is highly recommended for faster upgrades at all levels.
  35. 1 point
    For me, the simple deflator (Point 3) is the best way to deflate. I just feel the released air pressure on the back of my hand to judge when I should put the valve back in. Have got it reasonably figured upto an accuracy of 1-2 psi. Kinda makes my work easy instead of checking each tyre with a pressure gauge, though this method has failed me in the last two drives and I did have to take out the pressure gauge.
  36. 1 point
    Brilliant DIY with detailed steps, pics, and 3 disclaimers - way to go, dude, 👍
  37. 1 point
    Thank you so much, everyone, for help and support 🎯
  38. 1 point
    Good to see myself back onto a forum post from 6-7years back I miss this car ❤️
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    Congrats @hossein. Agree with everyone. Well driven
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    Congratulations to Emil. One of our group's nicest guys and who is very keen to learn.
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    congrats @hossein !! Seems like removing the ABS fuse did the trick 😉
  45. 1 point
    Thanks a lot Gaurav, the stuff I’ve learned from you, @Rahimdad and other team members will be something that i won’t forget.
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    had to compress (and scale down resolution) to allow for uploading to the forum
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    The guy loves 2wheel drive mode. Because of that when he went over the top of the dune his front wheels just got stuck instead of pulling the car forward like in a 4wd mode.
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