Alhamdolillah, team IJC is back safely after participation in Cholistan rally!
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By Desert Devil!
" Plagued by oil filter relocation issue I was just not certain if I would be able to race in Cholistan this year. I unfortunately lost my engine in Jhal when the oil filter cracked as the engine mounts caved in and went down after a hard landing resulting in busted engine. Tried various sources but none was something that would appeal to mind. Arrived in Pakistan on Feb 3 and immediately rushed to Nadir bhai’s workshop to take a look at the preparations. Things were slow but moving towards finals. While we were hoping to receive the oil flter relocation kit we received yet another great setback 2 days prior to departure when we came to know that both rear reservoir shocks were damaged. Nothing else could be done and we decided to put in simple KYBs. The filter relocation kit was still on its way (a week has passed already)(it arrived yesterday) and there was no way we could speed that up. Noting the fact that the kit will never arrive we decided to just wrap up the pending tasks and leave for cholistan as it is. We replaced the OEM oil filter with the smallest oil filter available in the market (kia Pride).
During reccee we noted that the rear KYBs would not last first 2 Cps. The quality was just not what I had purchased last year. I guess our spares are now heading to 3 number and 4 number. The front were fox and they were just awesome. The engine performance was as per expectations except for the fear of oil filter bursting. The rear shocks bottoming out was something we had to live with.
We took along spare KYBs so that we can have these changed at the mid break which was succesfully done within 20 mins time given. Special thanks to IJC mid break team.
The race day was tense. Nadir Magsi was to start right behind me. We knew that he would cross us within the first 20 mins which he actually did. He went on the rampage on crossing a total of 13 vehicles. We only managed to stay afloat as the alternator packed up at CP2. The battery indicator light came on and so did the ATF light. This was alarming, and resultantly we further reduced the speed thinking to save the gear from overheating. Later on we found out that ATF light does come on when alternator doesn’t work.
The battery almost died at CP 8 and we were in limp mode till mid break. At Mid break we had the rear shocks replaced, battery swapped from Huxaifa’s Pajero however couldn’t solve mystery of front brakes engaging at every lift off. We were advised by Akif bhai not to use electronics as the battery wasn’nt being charged and if it drains the fuel pump would stop. We needed to finish the rally hence we avoided use horn, lights, windows or electric cooling fan. Alhamdollilah we finished the rally. The timings were worse then my last year however given all the issues we had with the jeep we were still relieved that we finished it without a need to be towed back. Though we were towed : D from Bhawalpur bypass till the city by NN as everything related to electricals died on our return journey.
Woud like to thank my Co-driver Hasan Rana for having the patience to bear my cursing and anger whenever something would go wrong . Honestly I would have exited from the rally before mid break as it was no more competitive for me however he was the one who kept pushing me “Asad bhai step on it daikhe jayagee”. I would also like to thank the entire IJC team for being there for our support at Mid break and elsewhere and making possible what looked impossible. Shall be posting my share of pics shortly. these were taken by Devil Jrs. "
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