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About tiv

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    Drunk Ol' Mechanophiliac

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    Off roading, photography. anything to do with automobiles..

My Vehicle Details

  • Vehicle Make
    Mitsubishi/ Suzuki/Toyota
  • Vehicle Model
    Montero/MSport /Hustler/Vitz
  • Engine Type
    3.2 DiD / 2.5 DiD / K06A-T / 1KR
  • Mechanical Mods
    Poor Potential
  • Cosmetic Mods
    Too old for that
  • Future Plans
    Nah, getting old settled down. Downsizing
  • General Comments
    Spending money on 2 suvs thereby forced to drive a vitz I hate

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  1. tiv


    I’ve had sidewall failure issues in Dunlop in 3 cars and 3 different profiles No problems with maxxis except road noise
  2. tiv

    Buying a used BMW X1 E84 diesel

    Brakes, they have a history of excessive wear on the brakes, the rotors etc costly stuff, plenty less cumbersome vehicles in your budget range, also if you look hard enough and be patient you can find something in the less than 60,000 or to 80,000 km range or you ll have some miles left to regain sufficient finances to do the timely repairs on them
  3. The overhaul kit is not that costly for a 2C, take the head off inspect the wear, most probably the bore will have a bit of scoring and a bit of a lip, rings are sure to be worn, check the bearings change the above, run in a bit with a fine oil and you ll be good for another 100,000km and you ll have piece of mind
  4. What is the mileage I don't think u need a complete overhaul Just change the ring set
  5. tiv

    car setup

    There are kenwood models, if you already have a setup and the wiring then it can be done. If you just have the camera with no setup installed very less likely the car has steering input for the camera, in that case if you really want the guide lines, you can install a camera that already has the lines which automatically move at angles to work like moving guidelines do not expect the guidelines in ANY system to be accurate as even a 10 degree slope or incline throws them off by about a foot, check the mirrors a 2019 Vitz bumper cost around 80k and the tailgate included around 400k
  6. Would a newer petrol prado 2.7l TRJ150 be a wise swap to a 3.2 diesel Montero 2013 v98, can it be called an upgrade? 


    1. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      Options and Prestige wise,Prado it is.

      But 2.7 is hella underpowered. The 4 liter V6 is awesome,but rare to find. But the suspension is soft. Hard bends make it swing like a boat. The monty is much better to drive. Off road would be bit more capable on the 2014 onwards 150 more than the monty(took them out recently after asking for your advice).


      Also the prado has amathi thuma status. So u can hoon in traffic a bit more than the monty. 

    2. tiv


      UI don’t daily drive the montero, and it does 4 kmpl in traffic, touched around 75k km, but tight as a drum, my dad drives it mostly really don’t care about the amathi status as I mostly drive around in a kei or the vitz lol, I get looked down upon daily by my colleagues and subordinates who show off,  off road though is a big point. Was wondering since prices have come down, still it’s s hefty sum to go for a petrol prado, just wondering if it will be worth it, the 2.7 vvti is the budget and sensible one

      and the prado is the only petrol suv that won’t depreciate a lot. 

    3. alpha17


      Better to get a fully loaded one mate. A fully loaded one comes with almost all the options available with the Land Cruiser 200(what we call sahara). As for the swinging issue at bends, getting a one equipped with KDSS(Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) can fix the issue by a considerable amount as it helps to stay the body flat during cornering by a fluid mechanism. Don’t expect good fuel economy but expect less maintenance and low resale value.As for me getting a Prado seems a good upgrade over the monty.

  7. tiv

    Lug nut lock nut on audi a6

    Don’t try to drill it, the drill will jump and damage / score / scuff your wheel and the stud threads as well, go to a reputed lathe or a garage, they ll tack weld a small bit of metal and use that to rotate the nut, simple job most lathes know as its a very common mishap when importing euros
  8. tiv

    Tools for DIY of Vehicles

    Spoken by someone who literally taught the words DIY to this forum, nice to see you back mate!
  9. tiv

    Tire air drops

    Basic car ownership check the valves, stems check the tyre bead, pull it off and set the bead again check the expiry date for the tyre, expired Tyres leak a bit lastly swap the tyre to another wheel and see if the rim has a leak.
  10. tiv

    Tire air drops

    Basic car ownership check the valves, stems check the tyre bead, pull it off and set the bead again check the expiry date for the tyre, expired Tyres leak a bit lastly swap the tyre to another wheel and see if the rim has a leak.
  11. tiv

    Suzuki Hustler/wagon r Vs Demio

    I own a Hustler The demio is better than the hustler in every way other than fuel economy. Reliability maybe equal
  12. tiv

    Tools for DIY of Vehicles

    Voltmeter + 12V Tester Long Screw Drivers Flat/Philips Short Screw Drivers Fat Philips Spark plug sockets Set of wrenches, open end, + ring spanners Torx Screw driver set Hose Crimp Pliers Hose Clamp Pliers Wire Stripper, wire crimper Hydraulic 2tonne - trolley jack Drill with Dremel , Extension Cord, bits, hole saws Angle Grinder Universal Filter Removal Tool. or to suit your car(s) Metric Socket set with ratchet and angle Vice Small Compressor with paint gun, with tyre attachment Plastic trim removal tools 12v light to hang into car Plastic funnel PLastic oil tray, Jerry Can
  13. The truth is this mate, cars at mileages below 10000 ranging to 30-40000km go for much higher prices at auctions, just take a look at listings in some Japanese sites, you yourself add the duty and the cif/ handling values, you ll see that the cost of the car in the island will be higher than what you can buy locally, thereby implying they buy lower grade cars for lesser cost, fix it up and send em, sell em and auction documents are forged. truth is most real low mileage cars are r grade cars, and the rest are all tampered mileages locally and in Japan itself. Few personal import vendors are good in that aspect though, but really rare. the fact is an average Japanese car can easily run about 200000km now even with very little care, and being japs most do take minimal care at least, and being Japan the service tech and materials are far better and running conditions are far better. bottom line a 120000km jdm car run in Japan will most likely be in better nick than a 45000km car in Sri Lanka
  14. tiv

    Toyota Passo 2016

    We only handle the temperatures in the green scored area, thereby why the concern in an engine like this, synthetic or mineral is another story. In 660 cc start stop engines the thinnest oil is preferred to reduce friction as they have little power and are coupled with hybrid assist or start stop systems, 0w-20 base is almost always synthetic as they are difficult to manufacture and meet grades otherwise using synthetics allow one to run a higher mileage over a short period of time ie; 10000km under 6 months, also from experience I’ve seen synthetic oils keep the engine cleaner, probably they don’t darken much either. Even in the 660 engines, the turbo models always recommend 5w-30 doesn’t that imply they are more concerned about heat tolerance than oil flow, esp considering they need oil to the turbo ASAP. A while back I too blindly poured in thinner synthetic oils to other cars, but after much study I don’t believe it’s a prerequisite for these 1kr engines, Comments guys?
  15. tiv

    Toyota Passo 2016

    Do you think this will be that significant in the local context? Given that everything that Toyota Lanka sells and services has been flooded with 10w-30 and its not an idle stop car with an engine as small as 660cc? Unit#d Mot#rs on the other hand sells the Axia with the same engine (variant) but use 0w-20. Pretty much a divided opinion which I am yet to test myself, given that the w figure is the cold temperature performance and the 20/30/ value indicates the thickness at 100c Also I have attached a bit off the jdm Vitz manual where they state all the oil values, please use google translator