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tiv last won the day on June 2

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About tiv

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    Drunk Ol' Mechanophiliac

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    DIY, Off roading, racing ,photography. anything to do with automobiles...
    Building old Diesel engines,

My Vehicle Details

  • Vehicle Make
    Mitsubishi/ Suzuki/Toyota
  • Vehicle Model
    Montero/MSport /Vitara/Vitz
  • Engine Type
    3.2 DiD / 2.5 DiD / K10-T / 1KR
  • Cosmetic Mods
    Too old for that
  • Future Plans
    Nah, getting old settled down. Downsizing
  • General Comments
    Automotive hobbies, keeping you broke for decades

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  1. Most cars dont come with relays, and most of the entry level models come with only one note/ single horn. People do this different ways, including just running both the horns through the existing wiring. If you do not have a factory relay to hold the load, Doing this u can blow a fuse, or heat / melt up the wiring, and also burn the horn switch inside the steering wheel. Also the horn wont be loud enough piss off the fellow in front. The safest way to do this is, not to meddle with the factory wiring even if there is a relay, just make a new harness for the horn, a separate relay, triggered by the horn with supply direct from the battery via a a good fuse link. High quality wiring, clamps and crimping is a must with 1 layer of insulation and 1 layer of heatshielding/ braiding. And zip ties to anchor the wiring. Crimping and heat shrink it's better than soldering, if possible or atleast solder, do not twist wires and tape. If you do have a relay in the factory loom, you can just split the existing line and upgrade the relay in the fuse box for your new horn set. Try to get Bosch ( not that knock off yellow tin BEOSCH) or Hella, I've been using them for decades with no trouble, mostly hella- over 15 sets in different cars now. So called Toyota premium horns sold by vendors are a joke to me. If you are not competent pls dont attempt it, as you can always pop an airbag or burn your car up or hurt the ecu, or wiring loom. Abd thus If you arent into DIY, Give it to a good electrician and watch him do the above steps.
  2. I use a Bush mechanic from the Katugastota area for my work, anything Mitsubishi I give to the agents. If u are interested I ll pass the contacts But its not a posh joint, small place in a narrow road, but will know your car in and out
  3. So I have this habit, I go up the hantana range to a secluded spot way up in the hills and fly my drones, I do it almost every 2 weeks in my montero sport. Since my car is in the garage being painted, i took the family Montero v98

    Seems the ground clearance is lower than the Montero sport that I managed to peel or off the rear bumper costing 90k for the fix, a ledge that I cross frequently 

    Dad has been swearing since morning now. This is gonna be a fun weekend 

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    2. tiv


      Mavic air is old now, poor support for parts and stuff. I had one before, really good drone 

      I had a phantom 3 standard it was my learner 

      Had a phantom 3 SE, crashed in Dambulla, but restored 

      Had a Mavic pro, never liked it 

      Sold all of the above and was using a Phantom 3 Advanced, just purchased a mavic mini days ago, but planning to sell it and go for the mavic air 2 as soon as cameralk brings them, as I cant start funding from scratch to buy one.

      Amazed by the mini though, best drone I've ever owned. Also extremely good value for money. Manages heavy winds easily due to its low profile. So many automated modes.

      Highly recommend the phantom 3 lineage, parts ample, cheap and easy to fly, very durable even if they fall, can easily fix

      Big drones = bird magnets

      Larger Mavics are not that stable in high winds and turn to dust on a fall.

      Mavic mini I guess they worked it out.

      Also expensive starting cost for other mavics 

      DJI drones definitely worth the investment. The wifi thing is no big deal, they all work the same, I've never pushed beyond 500m in distance even those they all can touch 4km. 

      Also registering with CAA is a cumbersome event. 

    3. tiv


      Btw Unit#d Mot#rs stocks for most of the 2010s suvs have dried out, finding parts are getting tougher. Sad to see a good agent going down.

    4. Gummybr


      Hey tiv, I would like to drive up that mountain, do you have a route? I remember a friend living on the Gampola road with a view of the Hantana range saying that he sees vehicles going up the mountain.


      Is it a hard trek or how?

  4. I've noticed Defender values are plummeting 

    Any particular reason? 

    Lack of parts due to import bans? 

    Or has the 2020 plastic sculpture affected the value of the old one???

    1. Magnum


      I think because of the new one, I heard one or two came down to SL

    2. Kavvz


      Interesting as the new defender is completely different...I was actually figuared the opposite: The old defender would hold its value and the new one would drop in value due to a lack of sustained demand! :D 

  5. Gosh this is an enormous amount of bullshit for a small repair, 600k? Gosh you could have bought a speedbike And the sub par work they've done, invain you could have taken this straight to the owner, actually who is a friend of a friend. I'm staying clear, my Bush mechanic seems to be divine compared to all this.
  6. Has anyone recently used CARS Paint shop kandy ? Their reviews in the past haven't been the best but I am being told by colleagues they are good now.

    Need a booth paint, stuck with primer due to the weather, 

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    2. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      Yup that one.

    3. BlueRaiden


      Dont go to sewwandi auto paint polgolla. They do have a booth but the workers are careless.

    4. tiv


      Decided to go with my painter, will wait till the weather improves 

      Way too many bad reviews on cars after digging around a bit.

  7. During my accident chaos, the offender was a imbecile with a learners permit. As his stunt nearly killed me and almost took out a house with people, I was told by the police that if taken to court he may loose license permanently, And with a strict magistrate or poor defense can end up in jail for 2 years tops. Reason due to endangering lives/ gross negligence I cannot comment on the credibility of the above as it was not a lawyers word. My lawyer was like let’s sue him and the Lorry owner and buy a new Jeep lol.
  8. Jag Xf; I’d except it to be more troublesome but the Audi A6 and BMW 520d are fairly cheap to maintain cars, and with almost no issues, like I said a hybrid cayenne will be heaps more expensive to maintain than the above. If you like the exotic market, if looks aren’t a problem, and IF RUNNING COSTS ARE IMMATERIAL then go for it. Don’t attempt it even with a 6 figure Sum set in your head for maintenance And repairs, it will disappoint you.
  9. The fact that you are concerned about the maintenance cost and looking at independent garages is a giveaway that it’s a financial mistake, for expensive motors like these expect at least 1.5 times average Late model merc ownership costs, let alone repairs. At least 1mil, in maintenance a year, given u run liberally, with just maintenance, NO REPAIRS besides people are running away from aquas with hybrid batteries why would u want to be stuck with a pointless hybrid from an exotic manufacturer with deficient support just because they came in cheap through a loophole and now they are cheap for the obvious. Don’t board a sinking ship mate.
  10. This must like be nirvana when compared to the vitz, pretty car Congrats. something I’ve always wondered, do they do the facelift here, to the latest model, I’ve seen pakistanis or Bangladeshi troops going at it. +1 on the alloy wheels, many perks
  11. Anyone know of a place near kandy or nearest to get stuff chromed for a bike?
  12. Replace the rack mate, these repairs don't work long. U can find a recon one for cheaper in delkanda.
  13. My Montero Sport Saved my life today.

    Took a T bone collision to the rear quarter panel, from a lorry, the thing came straight to the drivers door. I accelerated and saved my self, just got discharged from the hospital after a checkup, 

    No matter what new fellas say about crumple zones and what not, this thing is proper weight to weight. Just realise how strong these suvs are. Just a  large bump and I drove it home. Amazed realising it took tg awhile weight and was shoved to a side.

    The lorry was a proper mahiyangana sand lorry, full load, the c**t was driving on a learners permit, couldn't control his reverse into the construction zone, lost control and rolled right onto me down a slope, face first. If I was in my vitz or a smaller car, I'd be in a morque now.

    Cops took over the lorry momentarily but I deferred them.

    Repair cost approx 100k, given I need a new wheel arch and tail light. And its pearl white, expensive bitch to paint. 

    Despite my parents and friends deciding to ruin his life legally, the driver is in the hospital after negotiations but I am not pressing charges or taxing him for the repair, as he will loose his livelihood and be in jail. 

    Best part is, if the car rolled over, I would be in the mahaweli river.

    Dear friends, please give up smaller cars when money permits. Get something large and safe. 

    Due to privacy concerns I am unable to share pictures. 

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    2. ghostwriter


      glad to hear you're ok and it may have been your luck that you decided to take the SUV instead of the smaller car when you went out. 

      would have been better if you decided to press charges just so the person gets to understand the gravity of the risks they take without consideration on others' lives. he got to walk away with no hindrance today might result in him taking someone else's life in another day, doing the same mistake.

    3. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      😰 damnn

    4. Magnum


      Glad to hear you are okay

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