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Rahimdad

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  1. On 3/9/2019 at 1:47 PM, Rahimdad said:

    Similar experience with me, I had the BBS brand who started this trend and after about 3 tries it died also, the old fashioned jumper cables are still the best, if recovery service is not at hand.

    I have seen a nice one with the recovery team, saw it at Dragon Mart but way too expensive. Since we do not charge and use it on regular basis no guarantee how long it would work.

    @Melvin Martin. Already mentioned my dilemma.


  2. Similar experience with me, I had the BBS brand who started this trend and after about 3 tries it died also, the old fashioned jumper cables are still the best, if recovery service is not at hand.

    I have seen a nice one with the recovery team, saw it at Dragon Mart but way too expensive. Since we do not charge and use it on regular basis no guarantee how long it would work.


  3. @Atif As explained earlier it all depend son the level of drive you are interested in, I would suggest a metal plate, bolt on application for the rear bumper also, as it is hollow and like Pajero can be bent by dragging sand in the back. Normally if you increase the tire size it causes rubbing issues as the factory fitted tires are the biggest size you can get without rubbing issues, always better to get a 2 inch lift, than you can enjoy bigger tires. Second thing about the increase in fuel consumption is only if you get heavier tires, if you are just changing the tires to a slightly bigger size the change in fuel consumption should be a minimum. Regarding airbags, the real danger is if you have side airbags which are programmed in such a way that if you are doing a 45 degree side slopping and if you perform a criss cross, that is slide to the other side of the dune doing a 45 degree slop in the opposite direction, than the car computer tells it there is a tilt of 90 degree which means the car has rolled over to its side, this deploys the airbags. If you have not done extreme off-roading than you have not been through this manoeuvre. However if your interest grows it is at least better to locate where the air bag fuse is and remove it for the advance drive.

    For ridge cutting or criss crossing see below video at 50 seconds onward to understand better.

     

     


  4. Hi @Atif

    I know I am not wild cat, but still let me answer your query.

    Let me start by saying that the Toyota Prado 4.0 is a very capable off-roader, however things to be considered is the level of trips that you want to make. if it is just occasional off-roading in easy to medium areas the Prado is very capable without any modifications. However, if you feel that you want to go for more advanced of extreme drives in more challenging areas, the Prado 4.0 is still very capable but needs a little lift, slightly bigger tires and a skid plate to protect the bumpers as those bumpers are really easy to loose. i would also recommend to either know where your airbags fuses are to remove during the drives, or fit a switch which would deactivate the airbags as certain manoeuvres can trigger the airbag to go off. Both the SWB and LWB are capable vehicles, but you get better arrival and departure angles on the SWB.

    Hope this helps.

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  5. Once again I am impressed by your description of why SUV's are not capable off-road vehicles.

    Once again I would just like to add that 1 more point to make it 6 reasons.

    6) SUV’s do not have Transmission Coolers

    Unlike proper off-road vehicles SUV's do not have a transmission cooler. In the harsh off-road conditions where you are using your vehicle at low speeds and high end torque is often required, it heats up the transmission and if pushed beyond a certain point it will end up frying your transmission. There is a transmission cooler just located in front of your radiator and has a fan of its own to keep the transmission oil at cooler temperatures which will help you to drive through without any complications.

     

    Hope this helps.


  6. Hi wild cat, brilliant description and totally agree with your point of view. Just to add to what has been said already any truly capable off-road vehicle will also have a transmission cooler. Due to the harsh conditions in the desert and the mountains alike and the amount of low speed driving using higher torque the transmission tends to heat up even more. Any capable off-road vehicle will have a transmission cooler which is just in front of the radiator with a dedicated fan to cool it down. Result, when on a AWD vehicle you will end up frying your transmission a capable off-road vehicle will allow you to get out of the situation without loosing your transmission.. Hope this helps.

     

    Just my 0.000001 fils


  7. These are the most comprehensive off-road guidance I have ever read. This is brilliant guys.

    I can't emphasize enough the importance of travelling in a convoy of at least 3 - 4 cars when venturing out to the off-road scene and best to have atleast 1 person who has been there and knows what to do. Carry plenty of water and food as venturing in the unknown, you do not know what surprises would spring themselves.

    On long journeys like in Liwa it is advisable to carry some extra fuel also, there are special containers for these which you can find at Ace Hardware.

    One more thing that comes to mind to to carry a two way radio per car, preferably UHF, you can find them at under AED 200/- each in Dragon Mart, I personally use the Crony CN-888. This is not for chit chat but a very important tool, for example, the car leading does not know the terrain and might come down a dune to find a tree in front of him or an ugly pocket. If all cars have radios communication is easier and timely to avoid getting more cars getting stuck in the same place which would make it worse as lesser place to maneuver

    A flag pole is one more thing that comes to mind, these are much higher than the height of the car and are visible if a car goes over a dune and help the cars behind to get the hint whether everything ahead is clear or not. Also maintain distance in the desert, at least 3 to 4 cars gap as in the desert it is more difficult to break and as mentioned sudden braking can get you into nasty stucks.

    A good air compressor should also be carried in case of a pop-out. A pop-out is when the tire comes off its rim and it would be difficult to change the tire in the desert or to consider that fact that more than 1 tire has poped-out. In this situation a good piece of wood, a good high lift jack and air compressor will come very handy.

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