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Javier M

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    I have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career.

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  1. I think he had not enough momentum to go to the top of the dune There was a sand pocket that made him lost even more momentum I remember we could not even make it to the low part of the dune with the momentum we had I think that he hesitated to give more gas and steer right once the car sank
  2. My dad had a garage after he worked for Ford, GM, etc. so I grew up in the car assembly lines and all my life saw how cars were put together, fixed or modified. Back home I used to do modifications and maintenance to my cars like installing turbos or changing the brake pads, etc. but here I only do some minor mods. I don't have time now after work or weekends when I have to do all the honeydos. I do have a computer so I if there is something wrong I can check it out myself and maybe repair it if it's not very time consuming.
  3. I would say to wait and save so you can upgrade to something better with adjustable trackbars and control arms once you are more experienced. Answering your question, the answer is simple, a 2 inch lift won't mess with the center of gravity, typically something above 3 inch would be of some concern, but even then, if it is done properly it would not cause issues. I agree with @desertdude spacers are not a good way to go I think they are just for looks but it wont really improve the drive.
  4. I will try to upload today, it takes some time to put all the videos together and upload them do to the size. I just received a higher capacity memory card so we will see your Cherokee in 4K next time. 😀
  5. It is acceptable, I just renewed and had no issues with it.
  6. Try explaining that to RTA when registering the color of your car 🤣🤣
  7. I make a lot of typos and I sometimes go back to my posts to correct my mistakes, I really hope you guys can bring back the post edit option.
  8. Today I would like to talk about the cold air intakes. From what I can see in some threads in this site there is some controversy on whether they are worth it or not. What are Cold Air Intakes 🤔 How to pick a good intake 🤩 Where can you buy one 🤑 What to expect from Cold Air Intakes Personal choice In my opinion they are worth it, however, not all cold air intakes are made equal, you will get different results based on the design of the particular intake you choose. But let's back up a little to understand what cold air intakes are: What are Cold Air Intakes 🤔 Think of a factory air intake system as like having a cold that clogs up your head and restricts your breathing. Now go running. It's not going to work very well is it? A cold air intake allows your engine to finally breath. Cold air intakes move the air filter outside of the engine compartment so that cooler air can be sucked into the engine for combustion. Cooler air brings more oxygen (denser air) into the combustion chamber and that means more power. The filters are usually moved to the upper wheel well area or near a fender where there is more access to free flowing, cooler air and less hot air from the engine. Not only does a cold air intake reduce the air temperature, but it also increases airflow. Aftermarket intakes remove the need for a box surrounding the air filter and instead use large diameter intake tubes that are smoother, have less bends and are often wider than the original factory ones. Removing the air box and using smoother tubes gives the engine uninterrupted airflow. See the example below, this is the stock intake of a Jeep, look how restricted it is!, all stock intakes regardless the car model are meant to be restrictive on purpose, why? - Well, it really has to do with reliability and making sure no dirt enters the engine, the problem with this approach is that the engine is always working with lower oxygen levels than with a cold air intake. 2. How to pick a good intake 🤩 In order to look for a good design you need to make sure you move away from the stock design, this means you should look for a less restrictive design, in my opinion these two below are bad options because there is not much difference between the stock and these two, I am not say you will not see some benefits, but you will not be taking as much advantage as you would with other designs. In my opinion, the simpler the better, the less restrictive the better, you should be looking for similar designs with exposed filter like these two: The filter type (dry or wet) does not matter as much as the intake design as this will make sure constant cold air goes in the engine. 3. Where can you buy one 🤑 There are many places in the UAE you can buy them, it will all depend on your vehicle and budget, here are some options: Argoob.com Ramy ICON Auto Off-Road Zone I usually buy from the US from carid.com or rockauto.com because they can ship to the UAE with no issues and the prices after shipping tend to be very similar to the UAE prices, with the advantage of getting a far more superior product than the limited selection in the UAE. 4. What to expect from Cold Air Intakes Be realistic, don't expect to have a 500 HP beast after installing one of this. The typical HP gain is around 6 - 15 HP depending on the weather conditions etc. (If you see them advertising more than 15 HP they are cheating you). 5. Personal choice For my Jeep I picked the Injen cold air intake, the reason I picked it was that it is a well known brand for performance parts, and they had the perfect design for my particular application. Since I was going to go off-road and a lot of sand is in the air, I needed something that was not restrictive and yet had extra layers to filter the sand. So I picked this design, this is not a closed design like the ones I showed you above, but instead the walls are made of filtering material (see last picture).
  9. I don't know if you can pass RTA with the cone filter but you can pass it with the cold air intake. I just did RTA renewal and passed with no issues with my cold air intake. 🤔I must admit I thought they were not going to to pass it.
  10. I almost did not make it to this due to the short notice as I had already some commitments for the afternoon. Luckily I was able to move them for the morning before the afternoon drive. Unfortunately I won't be able to join the morning drive, sorry @Rahimdad.
  11. Definitely go for the flush next time. The miles are high so there might be some residue.
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