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    Exclamation Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter (snow)

    Folks, this winter i went to Abbottabad with family/ little kids and never actually had a plan to venture any major snow terrain; however, just to have a slight taste of snow we made a plan to go to Nathigali from Abbottabad on 6th Feb 2014. It is worth mentioning that it was raining in Abbottabad for the last 12 hours so we had this apprehension that we may come across live snowfall too in addition to snow embankments on both sides of road. However, despite being ill equipped for the snow travel we left and trust me what we came across was never anticipated and the extent of which words alone can never explain. One more thing you need to bear in mind is the gradient of Nathigali from Abbottabad is very steep as compared from Murree, going up and getting down in snow can be a major scare. The snaps taken at the occassion are entailed as an eye opener so you must never understimate the nature:


    The one below is the stage where the 4x4 simply was not able to go on "unchained". 4x4 was simply able to hold the vehicle at the gradient and once acceleration was applied, the vehicle was simply swinging sideways.



    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357093




    This is another view of the spot where we were stuck at such gradient that even turning back was not the option as it could have just helped in slipping. But out of nowhere we were lucky to find a guy who was doing the rent-a-chain business, ofcourse he had small chains for cars, but he doubled them and we were able to chain our two tyres diagonally. And from there on we moved and moved till we found a level ground to take a u-turn, which was in Nathiagali.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357095


    Checking the chains integrity as you can see the intensity of snow is on the rise.

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357096


    Finally our level ground and the snowfall was turning into a blizzard.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357097





    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357098


    Snow at its best!!!!!


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357099


    This double cabin tripped in front of our eyes even with the chains on. However, fortunately it hit the snow embankment and stopped with no major loss.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357101


    Helping the people by simply letting them pass on clear track...

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357100


    Finally landed on earth....and trust me the vehicle covered with snow explains all as to what we went through. though we enjoyed at the end of the day but trust me you must be careful while venturing any terrain thought to be easy as the nature can prove you wrong at any given instance.

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357102


    Happy viewing. Thank you.

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    Interesting and nice pics how did your surf perform in this tough terrine and is it 1kz-te ?
    What fuel mileage did you get from it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by faisal5837 View Post
    Thanks man, and its a diesel variant (1kz-te) and i think that is why it probably never stalled on such terrain.
    Very nice pics, you must have fun with your 90 series btw how did it perform in such conditions and are you satisfied with her performance
    Kindly share some more pics of your adventures

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    Quote Originally Posted by hagillani007 View Post
    Very nice pics, you must have fun with your 90 series btw how did it perform in such conditions and are you satisfied with her performance
    Kindly share some more pics of your adventures
    well my friend, surf again was the 1Kz-te (intercooler) variant and performed marginally better than the 90series because it had a diff locking feature as compared to the simple 4x4 of 90 series. Similarly, one more thing i have noticed over the years is that the tyres u put on on our SUV matters alot. I had goodyear with the surf and have Yokohama with 90 series both AT, but goodyear is way ahead and it carried my everywhere unchained.
    However, comparing both machines may not be justified, as surf is more of a SUV and prado's are more of MPV's so there has to be a difference. Cheers.

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    Nice pictures and adventure!
    Can anyone in simple words explain the functions of diff locks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haris001 View Post
    Nice pictures and adventure!
    Can anyone in simple words explain the functions of diff locks?

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    if you are tackling obstacle and 1 tire looses traction then all power will be directed to that tire only, so it will just keeping spinning and the tire which has traction does not get ample power and there is no forward movement. This is open differential its great on road but does not work off road. With diff locks power is given to those wheels which has grip and car keeps moving on....

    LSD, Diff locks, air lockers, Vsc, traction control etc Provide same function but it working dynamics is different....
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    I think my friend has already explained the diff lock functionality and thats what it does, it simply takes off the power from the tyre loosing power or loosing traction by any reason and transmits the same to any other tyre which is getting traction. You'll be surprised that even if 3 tyres are doomed, the only one in grip can take you forward. Similarly, in more simpler words the tyres of diff locking vehicle never spins because as soon as anyone starts spinning or even prone to spinning, its power is taken off.

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    @qwerty so LSD is also the same??
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    YES it is but there are little bit differences.... Application and purpose matters
    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by faisal5837 View Post
    Folks, this winter i went to Abbottabad with family/ little kids and never actually had a plan to venture any major snow terrain; however, just to have a slight taste of snow we made a plan to go to Nathigali from Abbottabad on 6th Feb 2014. It is worth mentioning that it was raining in Abbottabad for the last 12 hours so we had this apprehension that we may come across live snowfall too in addition to snow embankments on both sides of road. However, despite being ill equipped for the snow travel we left and trust me what we came across was never anticipated and the extent of which words alone can never explain. One more thing you need to bear in mind is the gradient of Nathigali from Abbottabad is very steep as compared from Murree, going up and getting down in snow can be a major scare. The snaps taken at the occassion are entailed as an eye opener so you must never understimate the nature:


    The one below is the stage where the 4x4 simply was not able to go on "unchained". 4x4 was simply able to hold the vehicle at the gradient and once acceleration was applied, the vehicle was simply swinging sideways.



    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357093




    This is another view of the spot where we were stuck at such gradient that even turning back was not the option as it could have just helped in slipping. But out of nowhere we were lucky to find a guy who was doing the rent-a-chain business, ofcourse he had small chains for cars, but he doubled them and we were able to chain our two tyres diagonally. And from there on we moved and moved till we found a level ground to take a u-turn, which was in Nathiagali.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357095


    Checking the chains integrity as you can see the intensity of snow is on the rise.

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357096


    Finally our level ground and the snowfall was turning into a blizzard.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357097





    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357098


    Snow at its best!!!!!


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357099


    This double cabin tripped in front of our eyes even with the chains on. However, fortunately it hit the snow embankment and stopped with no major loss.


    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357101


    Helping the people by simply letting them pass on clear track...

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357100


    Finally landed on earth....and trust me the vehicle covered with snow explains all as to what we went through. though we enjoyed at the end of the day but trust me you must be careful while venturing any terrain thought to be easy as the nature can prove you wrong at any given instance.

    Never underestimate even Nathigali in winter snow -1357102


    Happy viewing. Thank you.
    big applause for the two suzuki bolans following u
    lolz they can travel on any road in any weather
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    Quote Originally Posted by shk_54 View Post
    big applause for the two suzuki bolans following u
    lolz they can travel on any road in any weather
    Bolan is king of the road in galyat due to shorter gear ratios.

    @ op big applause for u bro!

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    seeing bolans traveling in such conditions raised a lot of questions and i checked one of those, it had an added differenetial and similarly, certain others were having big sized rear differentials as compared to the original ones, so necessity being their mother compelled them to make alterations, helping their cause. but still locals are locals, they have the nerve.

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