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  1. 8 points
    Yes everyone is doing well, thank god. Mohammed got the cops paper and it will be sorted soon with insurance. Does anyone spotted big dip or bush at 0.07 sec that bounced the car heavily....? Watch in full screen. Also intention to steer left than climbing up as desertdude rightly mentioned would have saved it completely. FJC in stock state is very tipsy, added with 3-4 inch lift is a recipe for disaster. We have mentioned and pointed same last week at Qudra exit and we never knew this could prove fatal so fast. Sad. However, such incident always remind all of us that every sport has some associate risk and soon we acknowledge, embrace and learn to stay clear from such risk, better it is for everyone.
  2. 6 points
    Thanks @Srikumar I am also looking forward to that !! This would have never been possible without the guidance of people like you and others who have set up this amazing offroad-community and are giving their best efforts and dedication every weekend to enable people to learn these skills in a safe and motivating way.
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    Such myth list goes on and on: Drive on LO all the time Drive on HI but in first and second gear all the time Install 10K suspension first before hitting the sand Put biggest possible tire with most aggressive looks and tread Install bull bar before hitting the sand Install snorkel, chip, turbonator, throttle spacer to be desert ready Give strong tug on every smallest refusal to demonstrate the strongest car Shovel and self recoveries are for idiots Why clear the sand when tow rope strong pull will do the job catch me if you can (said / unsaid contest) all the time
  5. 6 points
    Even if you can't join every weekend due to your demanding job, there are still a few things you can work on either from office (A380 ) or at home in-between shifts: - Research the areas we drive with Google Maps and look at the dune formations, sizes, wind direction, etc... this will help you later on when leading drives. Learning about topography is also useful (you might have learned that already as a pilot). - Research online (Youtube, Carnity, others) information about off-road recovery, tools, gear, tutorials, etc... There is lots of information available. I like for example Ronny Dahl his videos and tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/user/RonBacardi666 I always feel bad when I can't join drives and my balance of work / family /hobbies takes serious juggling sometimes, like for most people here, so I try to make the best of it
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    Not long enough, if you drive good, seniors might promote you in next 4-5 drives rather than 10, which is an outline of the structure. There is no hard and fast rule here. If drivers are good, then they do get promoted early and vice versa for infrequent or slow learners. The only idea is to promote anyone at any level is when we are 100% sure that he/she is ready for the next level based on their drive skills, techniques, teamwork, and offroad gear.
  7. 5 points
    Seeing these videos makes me realize how quickly things can go wrong and one needs to be very agile, my take from this would be to listen, learn and react quickly.
  8. 5 points
    Congrats @Frederic for posting your first drive. Many more to come with me trying to catch up with our favourite Saluki.
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    Congrats @Frederic for posting your first drive. All the best. Look forward to being on your drives very soon
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    I am already calculating in my mind how many months it will take for me to join you. Looking forward!!!
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    Hahahahaha, yeah 220kph with a Pajero would be suicidal. The car was in for major maintenance just 3000kms back which included all fluids, filters, and drive belt. After this maintenance everything was perfectly normal until the last couple of days. Thanks. There’s no stuttering or jerking at all while driving, and no misfiring. I’ll have a chat with the workshop guy and keep you all posted. It doesn’t seem serious but I’m kinda sensitive to these things (OCD) 😂
  13. 4 points
    As I wrote, I started slow for the first high dunes, just to check that you were comfortable with your JGC, but after that, trust me, we were cruising at the usual intermediate level pace.
  14. 4 points
    With our newly promoted Intermediate drivers, the long rolling dunes of Al Faqa provide a perfect playground to ramp up the pace a bit and stretch the legs of both car and driver. We will explore the area, and alternate between side sloping, ridge crossing, and enjoy whatever this area has to offer. This drive is for Intermediate and above level only. Please check if you have all required tools and gear on board as per your assigned drive level. When: 22 November 2019, Friday Meeting time: 06:00 AM, the convoy will move sharply at 06:15 AM Where: Al Faqa GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/dt57TRJ3ak4SrCkX8 Level of drive: Intermediate and above Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance. Plan: Drive and enjoy until about 11 AM, with some small breaks in between to have breakfast and snacks. What to bring along: Some snacks, plenty of water - whatever you like with little extra to share, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 11 AM
  15. 4 points
    If it doesn’t tell you on the dashboard you’ll need a TPMS tool. Point it at the wheels and you’ll see if one isn’t sending a signal. They’re not expensive but a good tyre shop will have one. Some diagnostic computers work through the obd port but it depends on the car.
  16. 4 points
    @Gaurav @FredericI like this mentality. Would be nice if I manage to catch the intermediate drives before the summer. During the weekdays I go with other guys as well to the desert. There is a discussion on this board about driving in a club or private. In my opinion, the balance between driving in a club and private is perfect. The drives I already did, have thought me a lot. This knowledge I take with on the private drives where I have free time to practice them. An example of this is, when @Emmanuel took shotgun with me and instructed me how to take the side-slope. After this instruction I understood the importance to drive in some circumstances the optimum torque band of your engine. Where I would drive before that only in D and try to push as hard as possible, I am now putting the gearbox in manual and hitting the 3000 - 4500 rpm. My gearbox has 6 gears and in automatic it has the tendency to shift quickly a gear up. Toyotas have the ECT (Electronic Controlled Transmission) button, when switched on, the gearbox shifts at a higher rpm, that already helps when the pace is a bit faster and it becomes a bit more technical, so you keep a bit more control, but as soon when I see that I need my torque, I push the lever to the left, pull 3 times quickly backwards (from automatic to manual it goes standard to the 4th gear). What I also find out, and now I open a can with worms, is that my tires are doing super well in the sand. I am already looking ahead and making calculations how much new tires costs if I have them to replace them. As an offroader you start looking automatically at a/t or maybe m/t. Only talking about dune bashing, I think h/t are performing good enough maybe the best. Yes, when you go to wadi’s you want to have a stronger sidewall and a more aggressive thread to have more grip. With dune-bashing you want to float on the sand instead of digging yourself in. I noticed this with my friends and in the group as well. The H/T’s are actually performing very good in the dunes. As I said, I probably opened a can of worms and might be shot down now, but this is what I’ve seen and thinking about it, it also makes sense. @Frederic Thanks for the link, have something to watch again :).
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    I hope that Mohammed and passengers are doing well.
  20. 3 points
    Congratulations @Ale Vallecchi for reaching the fewbie level with Carnity Offroad club. As per your last drive you have demonstrated skills from your previous off-road experience deserving 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 Newbie + Fewbie 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. 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 offroad club is recommended for faster upgrades at all levels.
  21. 3 points
    Hi, Since I have been assisting newbies with recoveries in the off road drives off late, I realized its time I got myself a jack besides the stock jack that comes in my car. @Srikumar has also pointed out that its better if I get a good jack to help out with recoveries. I have noticed all the seniors use the standard hydraulic jack which is very convenient and gets the job done all the time. However, when I was looking around, i did come across a few electrical options and I was wondering how these would fare against the classic hydraulic jack that we all use. Two models in particular have caught my eye (ill include the picture and description below) but if any of you could share your experiences with me on this, that would be great as I am not sure if these newer electric options will stand the test of time, as in, will they last or would they stop working over a period of time. 1) The first is an - Automotive Electric Hydraulic Floor Jack 12V DC 3T with Electric Impact Wrench 4 in 1 Electric Car Jack Tool Kit with LED lamp I have seen a bunch of video ads for these and they seem fairly simple to setup. 2) And the next is an electric scissor jack The price for both of these are a bit higher than the standard hydraulic jack but then again, they provide a convenience of lifting the car with a lot more ease. They both come with cigarette lighter wires and crocodile clips to connect to the battery. If anyone has had any experience with these jacks or even other types of jacks, your feedback would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
  22. 3 points
    For a moment I thought you have vibrations at 220 kmph, and I was scratching my head how come bro u cross the sound barrier of pajero at 180 kph. Have you check air filter, engine oil, spark plug basics first?
  23. 3 points
    In such level job, do look into Line-x application for under body protection, one of my friend's friend got the whole car cover in Line-x top and bottom - Black Tahoe. Regarding full paint and tidying the wiring system, I highly suggest to do once you are done with all mods and tested them for few drives, so that you are 100% sure that you will be living with that setup for few years. I got my car painted in 2017 and soon after we need to open the engine and few electrical and mechanical work and It wasn't nice. Let me know when you find one in Dubai, Im also looking for good place desperately. I have used Autotech in Aweer for part paint job and they were nice and reasonable, not sure about their mechanic or electrical work yet. https://goo.gl/maps/Y6rf1We72xcKDGXg9
  24. 3 points
    We love a can of worms. I used to drive on HTs with the exception of Yoko Geolander ATS since 1 year. Feels slightly heavier, but as I got used to them they really help out a lot and fairly quiet on road. Gives me that extra kick in deep sand to just make it a bit further. Plus it really soaks up the throes tracks which is nice.
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    Gaurav I doubt it can be the Air/ Fuel system, otherwise he would have stuttering and jerking even while driving. I don't know how it can be mounts either.. because if mounts the higher the RPM the more it should vibrate... I had read something about this issue being with a vibration damper/ heavy counterweight at the rear of the gearbox. It's an easy fix according to the forums. Give it a shot?
  33. 2 points
    I bought Michelin Primacy SUV basically because I also use my car a lot on-road. They are OK on the sand, but weak and slippy on rocks. So, as you said, definitely not a good option if you want to drive in wadis, I mean off the tracks.
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    By the way traffic is very nice here. Chance to be bullied is very less and police is controlling everwhere. Some samples from Istanbul; My favorite. Bikers not giving way to a car, but car belong to President guards.
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    Private drives with few friends can indeed be useful to learn a bit at your own pace, but the amount of stuff i learned since joining Carnity is so much more useful. Some of my friends also came with wrong information and assumptions, as they were not senior offroaders but had "seen all the Youtube videos"..... If i remember correctly, @Emmanuel is also on HT tyres and we all know how he is doing. Personally i felt a big difference when switching to A/T and it allowed for running at lower psi without risking a pop-out, but you are right, H/T can do a good job in the desert.
  38. 2 points
    Due to some unforeseen situation, I won't be joining the drive tomorrow. @Rahimdad will lead the convoy and also welcome @Jamy B. to ride along.
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    Congratulations @Ale Vallecchi! See you soon!
  41. 1 point
    Hahahaha, it was my not-so-educated guess
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    I dont think Ford is killing normal Mustang, this is in addition to the existing lineup.
  44. 1 point
    Dear Off roaders ! and experienced club members- I am a new big here and I was planning to get my Pajero to the drive next Friday - first thing first- I checked my insurance and to my surprise- I don't have it for Off road ! (actually never been to off roading ever in my life- so never checked on the fine prints even)- to add to my curiosity- I checked all my past insurances and they were from Oman Insurance and they had it !! unlucky for me this time- I got it done in haste at the 'testing center' 4 months before the expiry of my current insurance just because my car registration was expiring next month ! now I have an insurance from Al-Wathba national insurance company !- and I did download their app and even called their call center- and at last- got to know from them that they don't even have this insurance !! so I can't even top it up ! now I need your help and advice on how to take the 'off road insurance' for my 4X4- any help / advice /direction is most welcome. regards. Amit
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    NO Really, I will write so much if I knew which tire......cmmon. Shifting has taken a big toll on your sleep.
  47. 1 point
    Textbook recovery !! Perfectly done by @Javier M
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