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  • Birthday 11/30/1980

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  1. Please share with other Off-roaders, friends, relatives in the Al Qudra area.
  2. When starting as an off-roading enthusiast in UAE, you will come to hear about deflating your tyres, and setting your tyres to the right tyre pressure is one of the first things you will need to learn to master. The main reason for deflating your tyres is to obtain a longer footprint in the sand, and that enables you to drive on the sand, instead of digging into it. Tyre pressure is defined in PSI (pounds per square inch) or Bar. You will find both readings on your pressure gauge. In UAE most people use PSI, and the gas station compressors also use the PSI identification. Below you can see the corresponding PSI and Bar readings. As a beginner level offroader, you should reduce your tyre pressure to about 15 PSI. This is low enough to enable you to drive in the dunes without the risk of the tyre coming off the rim. This 15PSI is also perfect for on-road-tyres. After a few drives, and depending on the terrain, or if you have offroad tyres, you can slowly deflate further down to 10-12 PSI. Take note that the risk for having a pop-out will increase, so don't be afraid to post your questions on the Carnity website or consult one of the marshals if you are not sure about your tyre pressure. There are different ways of deflating your tyres, and each have their advantages and disadvantages. The more you will practice, the sooner you will find out what works best for you. How does a stem valve looks like ? The stem valve is consisting out of 3 pieces. The body, that is made of flexible rubber, the core, and the valve cap. Take note of the following: - The rubber valve body wears out over time. Once you start to see cracks, it is advisable to get it replaced at the nearest tyre center. - The valve core is a tiny component with a small rubber gasket. If you remove them on a weekly basis, the gasket slowly wears out or the core can even break. Carry 5-10 spares in your vehicle. The tyre center often give them for free. - The valve cap keeps dirt and sand from entering into the valve, so it's advisable to always screw the cap back on. The process of deflating / inflating goes by either pushing in the valve core, which allows air to be released, or by removing the valve core, which is a much faster option. How to check the tyre pressure ? Verifying your tyre pressure is really easy. Get yourself a pressure gauge, and push it against the tyre valve, or screw it on (depending on the model). You will see the reading in PSI or Bar. The digital ones are fine, but one day the battery will be empty, so a good old analogue is preferred to have as well. PS if you find that your gauge has difficulties reading the tyre pressure, and you really need to push it hard onto the valve, this is an indication that the valve core is worn out. Replace it with a new one and you will see that this will solve your problem. Which tools to deflate and how much time will it take ? 1) Set of keys, a rock, or anything you might find in your car (+/- 15 mins) PROS: CHEAP and plenty of stuff available CONS: Takes a very long time which you could use for a smoke or a chat and risk on damaging the valve stems. 2) Valve Chucks (4-5 minutes) Buy 4 of them and stick them on all tyres simultaneously and then wait about a few 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 (2-3 minutes) 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. Use a stopwatch and learn to find the perfect timing when to screw it back in, and then double check with a pressure gauge. 4) Rapid Tyre deflator and pressure gauge ( 4-5 mins) This tool 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. The fake chinese ones are fairly unreliable. As with all tools and gear, we advise you to practice a bit at home to become familiar with them. It is also recommended to carry two pressure gauges, so you can compare them with each-other and double check your readings. Often we have seen pressure gauges giving accurate readings at high pressures (35) but very inaccurate results at 10-15 PSI.
  3. Next time you get stuck, i will let you shovel out your entire car with your little foldable spoon. Trust me that you will go and buy a proper shovel the same day 😁
  4. You should get a full-size (not foldable) proper laborer shovel with a handle on top, and a v-shaped tip. Available in most hardware shops (Speedex, Ace, or general hardware shops). Make sure it's long enough so you can reach far enough underneath the vehicle. (the one on the right is PERFECT).
  5. @Dagdag Sofiane last night the RSVP was full, and 7 people have posted requests already to be added to the waiting list (see on the drive topic). I noticed last night that 2 persons in the RSVP list were signed up for 2 morning drives, which is impossible for them as they can't be at two places at the same time, hence i have requested them to sign out and select either one of the drives. One of them signed out so this morning so it made one available spot in the RSVP which you have picked, while there were others in place waiting already. When RSVP'ing please always have a look at the drive topic as this waitlist was already posted this morning. I will add you to this waitlist. Current Waitlist: 1. Sinol : 9th August 7:57 PM 2. Muzamil Hussain: 9th August 8:13PM 3. SureshVNair: 9th August 9:12PM 4.Tero Vallas: 9th August 10:22PM 5.Miguel Ibarbia: 9th August 11:38PM 6. Dagdag Sofiane: 10th August 12:30PM
  6. @marks I have added you to the drive. @Dagdag Sofiane I have removed your RSVP as the drive was full and the first person in the waiting list got the first chance to signup as soon as a spot became free.
  7. Current Waitlist: 1. Marks: 9th August 7:08 PM 2. Sinol : 9th August 7:57 PM 3. Ilya Golubinksy: 9th August 7:57PM 4. Muzamil Hussain: 9th August 8:13PM 5. SureshVNair: 9th August 9:12PM 6.Tero Vallas: 9th August 10:22PM 7.Miguel Ibarbia: 9th August 11:38PM REMINDER: Dear @Ashok chaturvedi @topgear you have signed up for two newbie drives for Friday morning. Kindly make a selection so we can use the open spot for other members.
  8. Hi @Probir Mukherjee welcome to Carnity Offroad Club. You can find two way radios in Dragon Mart. We can recommend the Motorola/Crony MT777 or the Baofeng UV5R. Both are easily available. In below post you’ll find info on how to program them:
  9. Hi @Probir Mukherjee welcome to Carnity Offroad Club. You can find two way radios in Dragon Mart. We can recommend the Motorola/Crony MT777 or the Baofeng UV5R. Both are easily available. In below post you’ll find info on how to program them:
  10. Dear @Ashok chaturvedi @topgear you have signed up for two newbie drives for Friday morning. Kindly make a selection so we can use the open spot for other members.
  11. https://www.amazon.ae/MiMoo-Rocker-Switch-Household-Appliances/dp/B07B2S5QYN/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=10+amp+micro+switch&qid=1596985838&sr=8-5 You can easily replace yourself.
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    Drive Details Level: Newbie and above (All Level) When: 14 August 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 5:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/ig4VJTHWRh9hyxSa6 (Mahafiz Tree Shade) Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Please also make sure you have all the equipment required on board as an Intermediate. Approximate finish time: 09:00 AM
  13. This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and and strictly follow these guidelines in order not to jeopardize someone's health, and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely. MUST READ AND TOTALLY AGREE: COVID19 Precautions MUST READ AND TOTALLY AGREE: BAN POST Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. MUST WATCH: NEWBIE VIDEO BRIEFING Drive Details Level: Newbie and above (All Level) When: 14 Aug 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 5:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/ig4VJTHWRh9hyxSa6 (Mahafiz Tree Shade) Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 09:00 AM LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 15 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 or 1 Senior Members + 12 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members that do not confirm the terms of the COVID requirements will be removed from the RSVP list. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
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