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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Repaint Jeep Wheels

The first thing is removing the Jeep wheels in pairs. Untie the lug nuts on the front wheels and lift the jeep with a car lift. Ensure the jack is securely standing on the vehicle. Lower the Jeep lifts until an equal weight is distributed between the lift and jack stands.

Use the 400-grit sandpaper to sand the Wheels, rub as if you are washing the Jeep. Ensure you keep the sandpaper wet the entire time. Use water from a bucket or running water hose pipe. The water is usually used to keep build-up of the old paint from scratching into the surface of the wheel. Sand the surface until the wheel feels smooth to the hand. Remove any rough spots and any scratches or surface rust.

After removing the dirt apply degreaser. Once applied, wash the Jeep wheel off with water. Allow the wheel ample time to dry completely. Apply masking tape on the tires sidewall and also around the tire’s valve stem this is to limit the overspray from the paint. Ensure that no parts of the wheel are masked. Use the adhesive promoter and spray the primer in light thin coats so that it fills all parts of the wheel. Each coat should be sprayed within two to three minutes. Let it dry.

Use the 1200-grit sand paper and wipe the Jeep wheel down. Sand down any areas which were contaminated. If necessary, you can reapply the primer. Wash this area with water after final sanding. Then, use rubbing alcohol and a cloth to clean the entire area.

Finally, you spray the wheel with colour coat rim paint. Apply two to three light coats, this limits dripping of the paint. Ensure you keep the nozzle eight to twelve inches away from the wheel surface and also apply in a back to forth motion. Allow the paint to dry for at least 30 minutes and remove the masking tape.

Tata Safari Storme

Powering the Safari Storme is the same old 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder VariCOR (remember the DiCORs of the older Safari? It’s the same thing) diesel engine that puts out 138 bhp and a torque figure of 32.6 kgm. Fuel economy is quite decent; this SUV returns around 10 kpl in the city and a little over 13 kpl on the highway. This engine has a linear power delivery and can pull the car quite nicely till the tachometer gets up to 4,500 RPM; although be warned that things do get rather loud once you’re past 3,500 RPM. The short throw gearbox feels true but it does require a little effort in operating it. If you have driven the previous Safari, one improvement that you will notice right away is the fact that the Storme feels a lot smoother and refined. And thanks to new sound deadening features, the passenger cabin is a lot quieter as well. Also adding to this feeling of refinement is the new wishbone suspension with coil springs at the front. A wider track at both ends does increase stability but not by all that much; go around twisty roads at speed and it feels like trying to run on a water bed!

The Safaris of old have been notorious for their quality being extremely dodgy. Tata Safari Storme reviews have been going on about this issue for a long time now but this has been addressed to a good extent in the new Storme. Interior plastics, soft touch materials and the chrome detailing on certain parts feel really good. Some other bits still do feel like cut-price parts though; like for instance, the electric window buttons, AC control knobs, seat adjusters, the ancient audio system and so on. While the middle row of seats is very comfortable indeed, the front and last rows sadly are not. The seat back is as straight as the chairs found in a school and with the last row being essentially jump seats, its best that they are used only on (very!) short hops. But overall, the quality is far better than what it used to be and so are the ergonomics.

Although the top end variants are not easy on the wallet, the car is pretty good value for money. With the Tata Safari Storme price range hovering between Rs. 12.5 lakhs and just under Rs. 18 lakhs depending on the variant and where the purchase is made, Tata Motors has put forward a well equipped SUV that is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in many ways.

About Off Road Modifications

Some people find the sport intimidating because they have an impression that it is expensive. Luckily, there are cheaper options such as aftermarket upgrades that are available in the market.

Here are some of the top modifications that can improve a vehicle’s off-roading capability:

Off-road tires are more expensive than your regular tires. The price of mud tires usually start at $100. This is the most basic upgrade that a budding off-roader can start with. These type of tires have deeper treads and offer excellent traction to withstand different off-roading conditions.

Cold air intakes and air filters are another must have when you go off-roading. It enhances a vehicle’s performance by improving its airflow. Some of the most popular brands are AFE, Volant and K&N.

Another popular upgrade is shock absorbers. High quality shocks are essential to help control the suspensions and to improve the ride quality and handling of a vehicle, on and off-road. Rancho and Bilstein are two of the most popular shock absorber brands in the market.

Lights are another must have. Visibility is one of the most important concerns of outdoor adventurers. Different types of off-road lights such as light bars and flood lights can help the off-roader to see faraway objects, blind corners and other potential hazards that are often encountered during nighttime driving.

Winches are also important. This simple upgrade is essential, especially during the times that a rig is stuck in deep mud and is need of extraction. Warn, Smittybilt and Superwinch are three of the most celebrated brands when it comes to winches.

Roof racks are often purchased to load objects that can be used while going on an off-roading adventure or other type of sport equipment such as kayaks, canoes and surf boards. It also gives a rig a rugged look.

Lift kits are also a must have when it comes to this sport. This gives a rig an added ground clearance, increases wheel well clearance, to allow use of large tires, and also adds space between wheel axles.

Body armors are also a popular upgrade, particularly heavy duty, off-road front and rear bumpers that offer greater protection than regular bumpers and skid plates. These are steel plates that serve as an undercarriage shield to prevent damage from ground contact.

Ford Poised

Ford has asserted its plans to release its subcompact SUV Ecosport in more than 60 countries all over the world from just 10 in the current picture. The Escape renamed as Kuga outside North America is set to make its release to Chinese markets this year. The huge investment was said to be a major bet to incorporate Ford’s plan to propagate small SUVs multifold by Jim Farley, Executive Vice President-Global Sales & Marketing, and is relied upon to pay off well. Small SUVs have helped Ford to multiply their share in the market; especially traditionally toughest markets of coastal areas like California and catalyzed expansion in markets under development. CEO Alan Murray has pushed beasts like Explorer SUV on a diet to invite more customers looking for rough terrain performance, cargo space as well as fuel economy. With wealth being grown in Indian and Chinese markets, One Ford Plan has prospered very well and is expected to continue for coming years.

People around the globe have fallen amorous for these Small Utility Vehicles. The body style seems intriguing while the fact that people can sit above traffic and pack luggage as well as people in cozily, is inviting; whilst the main factor is the fuel economy of the vehicles. Deliveries of SUVs all around the world have peaked by 35 percent since 2005, accounting for 13 million units sold per year, and will continue to out-rule other supply segments by 2017 raising their share of sold vehicles to 20 percent. The growth is greatly driven by increasing paperbacks in India and China and rising gas prices in North America.

In order to capture a big chunk of the market share Ford must make efforts to boost growth outside North America. Ford North American and European units have had profits in the SUV and small utility market in humongous amounts despite great losses in sedan and hatch segments. The orders are far beyond the production of small utilities, says Mr. Farley and that nothing has been more prolific that the boom of small SUVs. Western trends have now seemingly transported to developing countries as customers are entranced with the concept of sedan-like driveability and efficiency in fuel consumption. China proves to be the biggest opportunity as it houses demands for small, medium and large sized SUVs, and the market demand is expected to double in the next five years.