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  1. When you connect, make sure to click the checkbox "Find more ECUs" (screenshot below), it will take longer to connect (almost 5mins) but will find every reading hidden by the manufacturer 😁
  2. hi @Niki Patel good to see fellow OBD-enthusiasts πŸ‘‹πŸ» I use Motordata OBD (screenshot below), cos it has an option to do "Extensive Search" while connecting, and the log shows it tries to connect to every possible controller from Climate Control to ABS. The most popular one is Torque but I find it lacking and for a phone the Dial Gauges are too small too see, maybe they are better suited for RAM-mounted Tablets or Android radios 😁. If you use iPhone I believe your OBD Dongle is WiFi instead of Bluetooth?
  3. My LandCruiser has a Pentium4 processor in its ECU, as such just like we monitor everything that's automated by computers, I want to collect what sort of parameters are good both for onroad & offroad driving. I'll start with below, mainly for offroading: 1. Vehicle Speed: seems redundant cos we have speedometer, but mine is in Miles per Hour, so having KM/h is important to avoid speed cameras πŸ˜‚ Additionally any minute drop in speed means i'm losing power for momentum. 2. Gear Actual: unfortunately my OBD dongle doesn't connect to the transmission ECU so I can't get
  4. Gaia Track based on the trip, for those who want to repeat it again 😁 >> https://www.gaiagps.com/public/SuCAtpndeXdYeTAShzkicOul
  5. Great lead by Dr @Chaitanya D, all those weekend drives for the past year really shaped your experience & leadership πŸ‘πŸ» Paired with awesome assist by @Craig Finlayson, we were definitely in safe hands today πŸ’ͺ🏻 Everyone did well in self-recovery too, I greatly enjoyed today's drive 😊
  6. cc @Warren Flay token to remember for the Gajero 😊
  7. The previous drive to Bu Tais I left home 4am thinking I have ample time to reach by 6am. Then halfway through around 5am, fog settles in and I have to drive below 80km/h to prevent fines (speed cameras automatically adjust to 80 if fog is detected). I reached around 6:15-6:20am but was surprised people were there before me with tyres deflated. Moral of the story: I should have left at 3am, don't assume no fog πŸ˜… Even if we arrive too early, we can make use of the time to sleep and the Marshall will knock your window to wake you up when it's time πŸ˜„
  8. hi @Warren Flay kindly refer to ADMediaOffice screenshot on this page >> https://www.instagram.com/p/CKqh0YBBBh8/?igshid=ce2jn0ytcmqk The footnote says u don't need test to enter Abu Dhabi, but the E icon is green with outer yellow. Not sure if this is the same icon you have on your Al Hosn.
  9. @Lakshmi Narasimhan you don't need to wait for second dose, you can do DPI (blood test) in exit after LegoLand. The trick is you have to alternate DPI-then-PCR for your second trip to Abu Dhabi. You can't do DPI-then-DPI again.
  10. Well what a coincidence, just yesterday we talked about catching up, and it seems I'll see you lead this Friday bro @Chaitanya D πŸ‘‹ Lookin forward to the drive ☺️
  11. If this happens after _every_ drive, sounds like something(s) might be loose. Get under your car with those camping headlight strapped on the head and inspect: Tie rods still straight or bent? Ball joints worn or not? How to Check Ball Joints: 7 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow Track bar bolts loose or need tightening? Any bolt holes that have lost the bolt in place? Control arm bushings, have the rubber worn out or do you see too many plays (bars can move too freely)? How To Tell If Your Front Control Arm Bushings Are Bad -- EASY!!
  12. Neat, you got a fridge πŸ˜„ I think new rules on this forum is not to recommend any garage, so feel free to WhatsApp me on 056-7242156, and I'll text you back where I got them from and the contact person 😊
  13. Ah lucky for you @Wadepat2, I'm stuck with unused features like Heaters. Sometimes I prank my passenger by pressing the heater button so their seats get so hot they think they're sitting on an oven 😁 Here are my front recovery points (2 rated @ 4.75t shackle each) and rear recovery point (Hitch Receiver with D-Ring so it can fit a soft shackle):
  14. Welcome @Wadepat2 , it seems we have the same LC100: Black, US-import V8 4.7L 😁 Since I got it on the cheap, I spent some dough "baselining" the car (the 90K miles Toyota recommended routine: timing belt, tensioner, pulley, etc.). First thing to get it desert-ready was replace the stock tyres with Yokohama Geolandar 275/70/R16 (keep it OEM specs so speedometer will be correct to prevent fines from overdriving πŸ˜‚ ). Got some windfall, so went crazy and did 2" lift. Well, I still got stuck πŸ˜…, so it didn't help except boost confidence level by +10 points. Anyways, welcome fellow LC 100, let
  15. Thanks everyone. @Chaitanya D I remember we both used to be the ones in Patrols, definitely will catch up with you and others as soon as I have E status in my Al-Hosn app (did 2 vaccines already) - this will help me move easier between Abu Dhabi & Dubai 😊 Would love to see you lead and learn from you πŸ€™
  16. This video is dedicated to the 7 Camaraderie of Bu Tais @Farouq Owdeh @Taufique Surve @Hasan Wahlan @Karthikeyan Govindarajan @xavier @Mus_hus78. Remember what HeadMaster @Asif Hussain says: Follow the track πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ VID-20210402-WA0001.mp4
  17. With the last Newbie (me!) being promoted to Fewbie, I think this drive will turn to an upgraded Fewbie level πŸ˜… @Karthikeyan Govindarajan the LCs are now in the middle, Strong Center Mid-Fielders πŸ’ͺ @Hasan Wahlan bro I drove 10 psi last week, just a heads-up since you'll be after me... If you see the track messed up, it's not me cos my tyres are flat πŸ˜‚
  18. Transmission Cooler seems to be on the list for high-temp long-hours summer driving 😊
  19. Armada is American version of Y62, so as someone who had crashed into Armada (longgggg time back) and owner of Y62, I can say Armada is quite capable and will protect you in the desert (I survived a rollover). However, maneuverability is not that great when going for more technical dunes, due to the size and angles... unless you're ok with losing front & rear bumpers after serious offroading πŸ˜‚ But great as family car, we once visited all Emirates in 1 day in our Y62 and loved it.
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