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Frederic last won the day on April 15

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About Frederic

  • Birthday 11/30/1980

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    Music, Cars, Dogs, Reading, Electronics, Hifi,
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    '99 Pajero SWB 3.0
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    Technical Manager
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    Pretending to have a clue what i am doing

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  1. Thanks buddy, but I’m far from an expert. In my line of work I just need a very broad range of skills and that has always helped me. About the carbon steel, you’re right as it’s slightly more flexible than SS. I didn’t consider that one. let me check with our procurement guy where we buy the decent quality of bolts. Most of them are from the general traders, but for some application the 10.9 rating is very critical and necessary, as well as proper torquing and quality of the bolt itself. These are coming from bigger industrial suppliers.
  2. I've checked in several Pajero forums (South-Africa, Australia) about my OEM recovery points and they seem to be of good quality. No reports have been posted about damages. Getting them fabricated is an option, or going for aftermarket ones. If i'd get them fabricated, i would go for Stainless Steel 304 or 316. Takes away the worries about corrosion. I guess it depends from driver to driver if he thinks his OEM points are "good enough" or if they would invest in aftermarket ones. Have a look at attached bolt grade markings and strength chart. 10.9 and 12.9 are preferable.
  3. I’ve seen crazy accidents after being 20 years working in manufacturing industry. Taking into account the crazy amounts of stress load that comes into play when recovering a vehicle, EVERY possible step in minimizing the risk should be considered, and the soft shackles are i god gift in such situations. i would like to add that it’s advisable to use a sandbag over the tow rope while doing a recovery. I don’t often see that being done here. In this case above, the OEM tow hook would have been dragged to the ground instead of going through the windshield. @Gaurav it’s pretty difficult doing a load or stress test to assess your OEM tow hook. But severe corrosion should have been noticed by the owner of the vehicle. A test rig could be built by attaching a winch to a tow hook, with a load scale in between like they use on cranes. But this would be only partly accurate or reliable, as the kinetic pulling energy is far more than a steady buildup of force. As I mentioned before, kinetic ropes are a fantastic tool, but as you feel the jerking feeling less, people often pull like crazy, and the kinetic snap-back is really extremely forceful and puts great stress at factory tow points. Again stressing the fact that kinetic pulling should be slowly built up in 2-3 attempts. Very sad to see what happened there and makes me realize again the forces at play🤕
  4. Wow that’s a massive amount ! I always learned about the rule of thumb which was 0,03 times your body weight = recommended water intake per day.
  5. You managed perfectly @vsmano , very impressive for tipping your toes in the sand the first time with your very capable FJ See you back soon !
  6. With the summer coming closer, we will go a little deeper into the dangers of being exposed to the extreme heat UAE brings to us. During off-roading, some activities such as recovery work, replacing tyres, and dealing with pop-outs, are physically demanding, and many of us who are in office jobs are not trained to cope with this amount of heat. Luckily with the help of some basic things, we can minimize the risk of below mentioned issues. The following risks are identified: Heat exhaustion: Warning signs: A person may suddenly look pale. Heart rate will increase and the victim may complain of feeling dizzy and nauseous. A feeling of weakness is also common. What to do: Seek shade immediately and lie down, especially if you’re feeling lightheaded. Apply a cold compress to the forehead and remove extra layers. Heat Stroke: Warning signs: Heat stroke is a type of hypothermia where the body temperature is greatly elevated. If not treated immediately it can be fatal. Symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, along with nausea, headaches, hallucinations, difficulty in breathing, and agitation, What to do: apply cool water to the skin and place ice packs under the arms to reduce the temperature quickly. Preventive Measures: • Sip some water all day long, rather than just when you are thirsty. If you are thirsty it means you are already dehydrated. • Wear light clothing that can "breathe", but also wear sunblock and keep your head protected with a cap or hat. • Some fruit and vegetables can re-hydrate the body even more than water. Carry some in your cooler. • Water is important, but too much water can be dangerous as it can cause electrolyte depletion. Limit yourselves to 2-3 liters per day. • When recovering a vehicle in full sun, limit your exposure time and take some rest every couple of minutes. Because you are focused on the task at hand, you might completely forget the heat and become dizzy and exhausted. • If at some point you feel unwell, inform your club members immediately. When driving, inform immediately over the radio so the convoy can be stopped. • Keep an eye out for your fellow club members. It is relatively easy to recognize above symptoms in somebody else. Let them take appropriate rest. Please do share your tips, hints, experiences !
  7. until

    Lovely lovely drive, but unfortunately i am on business trip from Wednesday onwards and only flying back on Saturday
  8. @Srikumar your enthusiasm on every drive, your positive feedback towards us younger members, and your efforts and hard work makes that you can wear the Marshal badge proudly ! Looking forward to one of your next drives 😉
  9. Hahahahaha I prefer the original one from willie Nelson, but this is the cover done by seasick Steve. Otherwise video gets blocked for copyright purposes.
  10. Thanks for keeping this updated. This thread will become very valuable for others !
  11. You did well buddy ! You always stay calm and positive and that’s what matters ! It’s a pleasure helping others out and that’s what Carnity stands for. On the crest it’s better not too fight gravity too much. Steering towards the crest while the car wants to go down is a bit tricky and dangerous . Once you do more of those crests you’ll see that you just need to attack that crest a bit higher and faster so you’ll be able to ride it further and longer. Once the car wants to come down it’s better to point the nose of the car downwards and make your descend. See you soon !
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