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Toyota Landcruiser–Review of Suspension Bushes after driving 4000 Kms

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The Toyota Landcruiser (TLC) has covered 4000 Kms since the suspension bushes were changed in February ’12 at 1322xx Kms. The ODO now reads 1361xx Kms.
Now having driven the TLC for approx 4K kms, I’d say that I’m really happy with the way the ride quality of the vehicle has improved. Infact (strictly not a wise comparing though) I think the ride quality is even better than my 2 year old i10 that’s done 32K kms (all city driving). During this 4K kms the TLC did marshal duty for 3300 Kms in Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm storm which included driving 25%, off-road and very very bad roads, especially my drive from Delhi to Sardarsher.
Here is the update that I shared on a social network for the Delhi to Sardarsher route

 

Drove from Delhi to Sardarshahar took the following route
Delhi- Rohtak- Jhajjar- CharkhiDadri- Loharu- Pilani- RajGarh- TaraNagar- Sardarshahar
The road was bad from Loharu and we thought that after Pilani they might get a little better. But were wrong. If they were bad earlier they were very very and agaijn very pathetic after Pilani all the way upto Rajghar. It seems that only BITS, Pilani is good about this place. The only consolation was that there was little to no traffic. Just paid a bomb to get all the suspension bushes changed on my Landcruiser 😦 Worried whether it would hold.
After Rajghar the roads were a little better.
Would not advise anyone to travel on this route and I wouldn’t even if anyone paid me to do it.
Total distance from delhi apporox 370 Kms.

So all in all I’d say it was money well spent.
Other work that was done on the TLC at that time is as follows

  • The rear tyres were turned inside out and at the same time got the balancing /alignment done.
  • Topped up the GearBox oil
  • Changed the Rear Diff Oil
  • Normal Servicing (Oil /Oil Filter)
    • Normally I get the normal servicing done every 5K Kms but this time it was done in 4300 Kms as I was departing for a long 3.5K Kms trip. Hense I decided to do it beforehand.

During my drive though Gujrat and Rajasthan I faced the following issues with the vehicle

  • Head Lights
    • They used to switch on on their own, even when the switch was in OFF position
  • RPM Needle
    • The RPM needle started dancing , literally. Yes it started dancing to the beats of the stereo. Well not only the stereo but even when the headlamps were switched on the RPM needle used to come to zero on high beam and even on low beam, they used to drop significantly. 😦

Solutions to the above 2 issues

  • A faulty relay was the culprit in the FUSE BOX. This was the Toyota OEM Relay and not the after market ones that I’d put. This was promptly changed.
  • An earth grounding wire was the culprit in this case. This was the main cable that runs from the -ve terminal of the battery to the body panel. This too was promptly replaced.

At the same time the power window motor for the Rear Left door was replaced. The Rear Right power window along with the central locking motors (guns as the mechanic was referring it), key type,for all the doors will be attended too this weekend. And during the next week I am getting it serviced again as I am off to Mumbai and Goa (Annual vacation time ) in this month. Just finalised my Goa bookings. So the vehicle and its owner is ready for another trip of 4000-4500 Kms.
Will keep the thread updated.

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Toyota Landcruiser – Maintenance Update VIII – (111813 Kms)

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

111813 Kms on February 15, 2011

Post this update the the maintenance log is upto date.

As I had to go for the Desert Storm 2011 I started to drive the vehicle quite extensively and since the last service interval I drove the vehicle for a shade under 1000 kms. And am glad that I did. The issues that cropped up during this period were

  • The Fuel pump had started leaking diesel, and started to leak quite a lot
  • The Head Lamps went kaput, in a span of 10 days. Actually the low beam was working but on switching on the high beams the vehicle was not giving any power on the high beams.
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4guna4 – The Man Made Trail

November 1, 2010 3 comments

From the Nature Trail we made our way back to the Leisure Valley Grounds for the IInd part of the event. The Man Made Challenges.

This part consisted of several challenges like rock boulders, Inclines, mud pits, articulation challenge, etc.

Again as at the Nature Trail, the objective here too was simple

To complete the various challenges in the least possible time with the least amount of penalties.  There were track marshals or officials posted at the start of the challenge and the end of the challenge and if the obstacle was long couple of marshals were in the middle of the challenge. The co-driver had the option of either sitting inside the vehicle or guide his driver from outside. However if the co-driver/ navigator decided to sit inside the vehicle, they were not allowed to exit the vehicle before the challenge was complete.

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Our famous SLS (Sardar Laxman Singh) in his jeep.

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As can be easily seen from the above set of pictures this challenge was not an easy one. This can further be seen from the attached video

 

 

In the following video it is Rahul Roy in his Force Gurkha  at the articulation challenge and then at the log challenge. 

In the following video its Ashish Bhatia in his trusted BUSHRANGER at the articulation challenge

The event was not fun and games for just the off-roaders. The kids and other participants were seen having a good time too. In the following picture while some can be seen talking serious business and other can be seen having a good time at the rope walk. Kids at the same time decided to have a good time of their own and decided to get the best seat in the house.

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There was this one challenge, I think the camel’s back. While all other vehicles cleared it easily. This one vehicle a Suzuki Grand Vitara beached at the top of the obstacle. Being a novice I am not sure whether this was because of the low ground clearance as the vehicle was prepped up for Extreme Rallying. Here’s a picture

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Here are some videos of a Gypsy at the Camels Back and the NISSAN PATROL at another

Then there was this one challenge ‘The ROCK or BOULDER SECTION’. On the face of it, the challenge looked really difficult. But if properly negotiated, it wasn’t as difficult at it was appearing in person

Then again doing the challenge, is one thing, but ROCKING THE ROCK CHALLENGE IS ANOTHER.

This is demonstrated by our own BOBBIE BHOGAL

 

Another obstacle, I am not sure of the exact name, there was this huge pit and the trick was to come nose down and then attempt to come out from the other side.

I am not able to explain it in detail. Let the following pictures and videos do the talking

The following pictures are of Rahul Roy in his Gurkha and Ashish Bhatia in his Bushranger

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The difficulty of of the challenge is not as evident in the above pictures but the videos are more explanatory

 

Then comes our own Mr.Bobbie Bhogal, in his home grown, Mayapuri marka jeep. I am not sure what vehicle this is and called by many as a JUGAAD. But I’d say that if a JUGAAD can accomplish this and makes it seem as a cake walk, Ill settle for a JUGAAD anyday.

Jokes aside, I totally agree that its not just the vehicle but the person sitting behind the wheel that makes a difference.

 

Now there was this one particular obstacle that was initially scrapped due to the difficulty level. But the off-roaders are a different breed all-together. Give them a challenge and utter these magic words.  THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE & CAN’T BE DONE, and watch the fun.

Then come BOBBIE in his mayapuri marka  mix and match JUGAAD Jeep or I should say that by this time the nickname UNSTOPPABLE BHOGAL is more appropriate

well… just watch the video

But again Bobbie wasn’t the only one. In the following pictures and video Madan ji can be seen in his 4000cc 6 cylinder petrol powered NISSAN Jonga and he too does the obstacle with ease

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The following are some pictures of Keshav Malik in his MM550

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Siddharth Singh Rathore from Jaipur in is Diesel powered SWB Jeep  CJ

 

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And finally last but not the least, THE UNSTOPPABLE BHOGAL giving another try at the same obstacle but from a different approach and the results… well does he do it???

See the video

 

Some Random pictures from the event

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Results & Prize Distribution

With the above picture the event came to a close and we decided to bid good byes to everyone and head home. I started to hunt for Ashish Bhatia, my co-driver so that we could move out. but in the meantime I get a call from Ashish himself.

He say “kahan par hai, jildi aajaa, near the podium”

Where are you, come fast near the podium..

Just wondering what the big issue was, I headed near the podium and Bhatia Saab had a big grin on his face and hugged me and said, “We came IInd in the extreme category”. I couldn’t believe my ears and was like “WHAT!!!” It can’t be, but it was true. Saw the results for myself

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I was over joyed and simply spell bound. I had no words to express my excitement. But all in all, it was a wonderful event and I enjoyed it to the last moment.

 

So finally, I finish the photologue of the event with the following prize distribution pictures.

XTREME IInd Runner’s Up

Rahul Roy & Anu Roy

Prize Distribution

XTREME 1st Runner’s Up

Ashish Bhatia & Harjeev Chadha

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XTREME 1ST

Bobbie The Unstoppable Bhogal & Shammi Chadha

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SUV

1st Sunny Sidhu/ Rohit Micheal

2nd Gaurav Bharadwaj & Rishi Kapoor

3rd Harjeet Grewal & Harjot Singh

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Final Parting Shots

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Thanks and cheers

Harjeev Singh Chadha

4guna4 – A Photologue-II – Nature Trail

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Continuing the previous post, from the meetup point at leisure valley we headed through Gurgaon to the Behrampur Trail. As we guys had done countless OTR’s at this trail, I was thinking that accha to thik hai, aisa bhi kaya different hooga (Its ok, we’ve been here countless times, what would be so different this time). But I wasn’t more wrong. I guess that doing the same obstacle again is ok, but doing the same obstacle with this thought floating in your mind that the other competitors would be a couple of seconds ahead of you, or if you hurry up a little you could just gain that crucial couple of seconds that matter in the end. Will this changes the whole equation.

I guess that this is was Time, Speed & Distance (TSD) is all about. Not breaking you vehicle, and still trying to keep ahead of competition at all times.

So continuing with the story, When we reached the trail the participants were allowed a walk through through the trail. So here are a couple of pictures and a video of us inspecting the trail

Walking the track and in the meantime the officials were also marking the path to be taken by the competitors (the yellow ribbon in the back ground)

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Our very own Laxman Vishwanathan, addressed by all of us as SLS (Sardar Laxman Singh) trying his hands, actually his 4×4, on the trail

Some more pics

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Same order as above with the addition of Rahul at the extreme right

Some pictures of the BUSHRANGER being driven by Ashish Bhatia

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The point where I was standing was at the end point of the trail. Now to think of it, I wished that I had created a GPS track of the trail and posted it here. This way it would have been a lot easier to explain the track. Anyways I would try next time.

Here are a couple of videos from the end point capturing the participants negotiating the last obstacle.

I am really sorry I do not remember the name of the participant.

If you are reading this, please mail me and I will edit the post

Randeep Singh in his gypsy

Arjun Khanna at the start of the first obstacle. Looking at this picture I cant comment, what is bigger the size of the tyres or his biceps

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This is after finishing the first obstacle

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The 1st Obstacle was completed fastest by Bobbie Bhogal co-driver Shammi Chadha with a lap time of 1 minute and 30 seconds in a CJ3B powered by a 1.8 Petrol Isuzu Engine

 

From here on we headed out to the second obstacle. Here too we guys were allowed a customary walk through through the track. This involved crossing the lake for a couple of hundred meters and then navigating through thick undergrowth and finishing the obstacle trying to save your vehicle from huge big boulders.

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Competitors after finishing the course, comparing their lap times and discussing…well cars, jeeps, vehicles, what would have been the best way to negotiate the challenge

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From left (Anu Roy, Rahul Roy, Ashish Bhatia, Behind Ashish Shashank Sekhar, Philip with his back to the camera, Arjun Khanna (no need to identify him just look for the guy with the biggest biceps :-))

I am again sorry I do not remember the name of the guy extreme right. Please mail me and I will edit the picture

Another picture. Standing position is the same as above

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Some videos of the above lake obstacle. Again as I was at the exit, I do not have any videos of pics of vehicles crossing the lake

 

Arjun in his Zuk

Dhruv in his Gypsy

Rahul Roy in his Force Gurkha

 

The 2nd Obstacle was a tie between Ashish Bhatia co-driver Harjeev Chadha and Rahul Roy co-driver Anu Roy with a lap time of 1 minute and 15 seconds in a 1.3 Maruti Gypsy and a Force Motors Gurkha respectively.

So after finishing the trail we were headed out back to Leisure Valley to complete the Man Made Trail.  Enroute we met with the SUV group trying their hands at the SUV obstacle

Some pictures

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The time now was 30 minutes past 12 we proceeded our way to the start-up point. I was thinking that this was it and it had been so much fun, but the real thing was yet to come-up.

Please remain tuned in for the next update

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