Every modification has an implication, and I believe we trade off the pros for the cons, and live with some side effects, in return of gains, that suit our individual use cases.
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Every modification has an implication, and I believe we trade off the pros for the cons, and live with some side effects, in return of gains, that suit our individual use cases. I constantly preach that it is crucial for the car owner to understand these side effects and weigh their options with a “whole of vehicle” approach rather than committing to certain mods just based on localised gains or aesthetics alone.
So here’s a list of ALL my mods, with their gains and side effects.
Maxxis Mud Terrain Upsize Tires (245/75/R16):
- Improved Traction on mud and sand (aired down)
- More resilient against punctures on trails.
- Aspect ratio throws in more rubber for the wheel, great offroad.
- GC increase.
- Wheels roll heavier tires – associated wear.
- Lower Mileage.
- Higher Road Noise.
- Minor torque shave due to effective drive ratio change.
Alloy Wheels Neo Killer 16”:
- Lighter than steelies.
- OEM supply. Rare to find an aftermarket fit for the Gurkha PCD 160×5
- Standard alloy vs steel wheels offroad compromises robust, repairability etc.
- Protection and Strength
- Provides Winch Base
- Improved Approach Angle
- Hi-Lift Jacking Point
- Introduces Proper Recovery Points in the Front compared to low positioned stock tow-eye rod
- Higher Position of Recovery Points makes recovery from pits and slush easier.
- Not Road Legal, Only for offroad use.
- Airbag operation will be affected.
- Weight, concentrated front nose weighs down front IFS.
- Steering characteristics marginally affected not manifesting due to low speed and BOF manners
- Superior protection and slide over rocks and side break overs.
- Hi Lift jackable from side.
- Non Slip foot rail acts as sidestep.
- Upward Angle helps in sliding.
- Kick out at rear helps to pivot and kickout rear end.
- Added weight (but distributed over relatively long span)
- Marginal increase in overall width beyond wheels.
- OEM Supply. Perfect fit.
- Versatile and flexible to pack flat overhead with raised lips for securing.
- Great for securing dirty stuff outside the cabin enclosure. Have custom mounts for jack lift and traction boards.
- Adds top weight and invites further top weight in terms of luggage and gear overhead.
- Reduces garage clearance- Adds top height above snorkel head. Jerry can holder is highest point.
- OEM option is Not full length of roof. Limited capacity.
- Jerry can holder eats up flat space.
Rear Half Ladder:
- Manageable to climb onto roof if one is athletic.
- Differentiates rear end from Trax cousin.
- May mount some gear on it for ready reach (Older gen had a jerry can here) (I used to have traction boards here).
Obscures visibility through rear side glass slightly, especially with gear mounted.
- Barkbusting protection for windshield.
- Has mounting point for aux lights if required.
- Narrow trails extremely effective to part branches.
- Improves Aesthetics of a blank windshield- oozes offroad cred.
- Blind spots especially on driver side. Earlier gen gurkha snorkel used to be huge blindspot. Presently bs6 snorkel is in line with A pillar but this windshield guard gives blindspot on certain view angles.
Underbody Bash Plate:
- OEM front plate is steel. decent for normal use. offroad heavy usage requires heavier protection.
- Underbody diff guard from OEM is notorious (Tax plate installed for lower paper GC and hence reduced tax slab) So needed to change and swap.
- Perfect mating to bumper contours and OEM mounting points.
- Protects radiator etc from front bash and protects underbody hits of front diff.
- Can mount a GoPro inside safely for recording suspension and wheel travel.
- Weight in front bias.
- Difficult to quickly inspect/ work underbody area.
Rear Diff Guard:
- Lowest point on my Gurkha.
- Pumpkin had hit repeatedly on several occasions in rougher trails offroad.
- Now my Custom made ‘taco’ style rear diff guard protects the diff.
- Clearance from diff reduces rear GC slightly.
- Any Hit transfers to mounting points on live beam axle.
- Stone guard.
- Aesthetic nod to older Xtreme.
- Mounted by drilling hex nuts into headlight housing.
- Rust and leak scares.
Jerry Can in Holder:
- Heavy truck low mileage, 63L tank. Limited range.
- 20 L extra fuel is godsend in remote.
- Limited capacity.
- Filling requires funnel and spout.
- Metal rattles on top and exposed to atmosphere Rust scares.
- Not as convenient or spacious as an additional aftermarket fitted fuel tank.
- Tall truck with wide rear glass but huge blindspot at lower height.
- Required for reversing in normal times and especially on tight trails.
- Mounting point is below rear bumper. Lens blinded in slush easily.
Tall Gear Shifter Leather Wrapped
Easier and shorter reach.
- Not chunky hold. slender form factor.
- Not visual sync with 4wd lever.
Hi Lift Jack with Butterfly Mount:
- Easy to use versatile and can jack up from different points.
- Rattle snake . Heavy kit so mounting issues.
- Dangerous recoil if not used correctly.
- Prone to rust and lockup if not maintained.
Traction Boards with Butterfly Mount:
- Easy solution to traction on loose surfaces.
- Can bridge small gaps and crevices.
- Superb option for sand recovery.
- Needs special mount for easy reach and stowage. Large planks prone to wind buffeting if not secured right.
Wing Top Chequer Plate:
- Aesthetic nod to the ol’Defender
- Drop Tools and gear while working under the hood.
- Can stand on it to access roof from front.
Black plates gets heated up like a hot plate.
- Easiest communication on trails with convoy.
- Simple setup. Not CB. Works on PTT Motorola Set.
- No wiring hassle.
- Limited range.
- Battery drains too quickly.
- Perfect cushion for long drives.
- Angle of knee fixed.
- Prone to adhesive getting ripped off.
Custom name plates:
Michelin Floor Mats:
- Non skid.
- Easy to remove and clean unlike stock mats which are buttoned down.
- Needs care for pedals clearance.
- Generic model.Not perfect fit.
Sloped Rear step:
- Before – When parallel to ground – Always hits at steep departures.
- Now inclined upwards. Better departure angle.
- Higher and odd slope difficult to climb for rear entry.
270 Degree WrapAround Batwing Awning.
Full Suspension Upgrade.
I’ve compiled a video explaining all the mods in detail.
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