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Mario Cornejo

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Mario Cornejo last won the day on December 13 2022

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    Aviation, travel, photography, genetic genealogy, overlanding, off road, 🏆

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  1. Hi @Dan S - the original idea is available in YouTube, search for "The Wifey Air System", the basic set up is a compressor feeding 4 lines through a manifold, a valve, a pressure gauge etc. While researching the parts I decided to add the tank and the remaining parts to safely operate it. The 2nd compressor is optional, I added it because fuses were being blown frequently in my first compressor installation, but later I found out that the installation was done incorrectly the garage (they even used wires of wrong capacity, I was lucky I did not get a fire as it was a big mess). As to the parts: I had one compressor and got a used one that was later refurbished, the remaining parts were sourced through Amazon (AE and US). The Viaair tank is available locally and through Amazon (AE). If time permits I will try to put a list and share it. In terms of getting the job done: I was lucky to find a small "boutique" garage that had started operations, they had time and a good electrician that did the cleanest installation I've seen so far. Unfortunately I cannot recommend you anymore than research for garages that focus on projects for overlanding and for you to design the system to your specs, discuss it with the garage and scrutinize every step, and then test the system thoroughly until you are satisfied. Hope this helps!
  2. Hi @Dan S you need the tank to create the pressure. I have a Viaair 20L tank under the car, fed by two twin compressors. You need to install check valves (to prevent the high pressure back into the compressors) and a safety valve set a pressure lower than the tank maximum pressure rating. Another alternative, depending on your air filter setup, get 2 dry-filters and exchange them, one for off road and one for city. Look for cotton based elements, which you can carefully wash and dry.
  3. I am sure, @Hisham Masaad you are leaving satisfied knowing how many people learnt to love desert drives under your lead. Wish you all the best and hope to see you around.
  4. This is interesting and good to know @Gaurav as I remember I started disconnecting air bags based on a recommendation I got in an IM drive long time ago.
  5. Hi @DP1011 - my understanding is that a Kill Switch is not stock for most cars, and therefore must be installed. What you need to make sure is that you select a place (garage, shop, etc) with someone with good knowledge, or be present as they do it and ask the right questions. It is easy to mess this up or have a low quality installation that might pose a hazard, this is valid for all cars.
  6. Hello @DP1011 Car model: Nissan Patrol Y61 kill Switch Button ( if yes, where to locate) - Yes, panel next to gear shift Airbags turn off button (if yes where to locate) : No, I remove the air-bag fuse. Other comments : I also disconnect the traction control, which Nissan calls VDC, which you need to repeat if (a) car engine is switched off, or you have shifted from 4L to 4H. The air-bag fuse is disconnected as the system might be triggered by a sudden fall or bumping into “sand-step” with force.
  7. Hi @Alphin Aloor - I have done the compressor + tank set up in two flavors which I can explain later. But in short: 1. Compressor installed under passenger seat or, if a SWB Y61 then at a space in the left side at the back (this space is not available if it is a LWB Y61) 2. Tank installed under the car if a SWB Y61 or under the driver’s seat if a LWB Y61 (space is not available under the car in LWB because of the fuel sub-tank) 3. Air outlet located outside of the car - in wheel bays or rear bumper What this set up allows you is, as Zed mentioned, running air-tools, and you can also switch-on the compressor while you are driving towards the exit. The compressor will shut off automatically once the air in the tank reaches 150 psi approximately (all ARB compressors have a small manifold and an cut-off switch rated at 150 psi, the cut-off switch can be replaced if damaged or by another at a different pressure rating), and the air outlet outside of the car will allow you to keep doors closed and bugs away . When all tires are inflated back to your desired pressure, you turn off the compressor and can use the air in tank to blow off sand. The setup I have in my car, a Y61 SWB, more or less allows me to inflate four ~33” tires, from 10psi to 35psi, in almost 5 minutes and also allows me to run air tools, it consists of two ARB dual compressors and a 20l air tank. Hope this information helps.
  8. Hehe! Excuse the confusion. Indeed the axle issue is possible on Y61s only, not in Y62s. Cheers!
  9. @vince6485 If the car was used for off roading, then there is a slight probability of having a bent front axle. So, in addition to Fred's suggestions, if the front axle is not reinforced, then have it checked. Do this as the last option, and get the opinion at two places. Hope this helps.
  10. Amazing! Benjamin, congratulations, very well deserved. Keep the momentum, keep moving!
  11. Hi @Varun Mehndiratta I unfortunately will have to withdraw from the drive. Wish you all a fun, challenging, fast/fluid paced, and, above all, safe drive. It is very hot out there, so don't forget to check your cars 😉!
  12. Yalla! Don’t think much, just get a Y61 VTC and khalas! You will be happy in the desert and on road with it, chances are you get to be unhappy sometimes when you think about what you spent in mods, but most of the time you will be happy I can assure you that My two cents on Y61: 1. Less electronics - less points of failure. 2. Parts - you can find them plenty: new, used, scrap yard, grocery in the corner, you name it. 3. Power - I managed to drive in terrains considered challenging (Qua, Bu Tais, Liwa)before installing any mods such as headers or cold air filter, the car did well, and had enough power for self-recoveries and to help recover other cars. 4. Protection - this applies to any car: skid plates (front and rear), roll cage (after installing headers/CAI ) 5. Suspension - this is key, good springs, shocks, sway bar/links, to help you control rebound and not lose traction. 6. Temperature - manageable, just ensure you check your car coolant before drives. 7. Wheels / Tires - choose well, lighter is better, but be mindful of tire wall wear; wheel offset close to 0 is best. Hope to see you soon in sand!
  13. Hi everyone, wow! what a morning! a solid convoy and an interesting area that tested our skills, from dealing with technical areas, soft sand, climbs, switches and more. A big shout out to @GauravSoni for hosting the drive, it is always a pleasure to attend the drives you organize. Everyone drove amazingly well: @Gertjan, @Jaro Tuzinsky, @Waqas Parvez, @DP1011, @ASAD., @Benjamin, @Chris Wing and @Zed Unfortunately @Vaibhav had to leave early, I am sure I echo everyone in hoping you get the issues resolved with your Jeep. If the issues persist, then remember there must be a VTC with your name somewhere in the UAE 😎💪! Wish you all a great rest of the week! @Gertjan thank you very much for the pictures and documenting the drive! Superstar! 😁
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