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    Thread: “The Blue Elephant” My Safari 4x4 review and mods

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      The Blue Elephant Made about 1000KM round trip to Bombay & Gujarat.
      Most of the roads where NH3, NH8 & NH211. Pretty terrible roads for the most part.

      1. On the way Back suffered a massive Blowout in Driver rear tyre. What I assume a Small sharp stone hit the tyre before I could swerve. Both Front & Rear tyres went over it. Rear one went with a bang. i must give it to Safari for not Flinching an inch. The Heavy SUV continued at about 70~75 KMPH as if nothing happened. Only symptoms was Loud bang follwed by Increased tyre noise. I slowly dropped speed and found a nice Lay-by to park the vehicle safely. The Puncture actually happened on smooth roads and not the bad ones.

      2. Learnt after sweating 1.5 Hours That Changing Safari tyre is not child's play. Thankfully two bikers stopped (Nice people of Gujarat) and helped me place the jack as well as swap the tyre.

      3. Open Returning home and getting the tyre checked,was surprised to find this massive bolt inside the tyre. The tyre is yet to be mended.

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      Thats a massive one - wonder what angle the car would have been for that to prick the Safari tyre.

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      Wonder how did it even manage to prick the tyre with such a blunt edge

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      Quote Originally Posted by Lvramanan View Post
      Wonder how did it even manage to prick the tyre with such a blunt edge
      Even i had similar thick bolt (10-12 MM) puncture my Storme front tyre. The tyre had to be patched from inside, and then put to spare tyre. Do Bridgestone dueller's tread attract such bolts?
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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      Thats a massive one - wonder what angle the car would have been for that to prick the Safari tyre.
      Quote Originally Posted by Lvramanan View Post
      Wonder how did it even manage to prick the tyre with such a blunt edge
      As both the tyres went over it, I assume the front Tyre actually kicked the bolt and threw it towards rear at an awkward angle. The heavy Humongous weight of Safari did the rest. Tyre popped like a baloon. or Like an Apple being smashed. Did'nt feel anything inside.

      Quote Originally Posted by speed79 View Post
      Even i had similar thick bolt (10-12 MM) puncture my Storme front tyre. The tyre had to be patched from inside, and then put to spare tyre. Do Bridgestone dueller's tread attract such bolts?
      I belive Any kinds of HTs are wrong types of tyres for any Heavy SUV such as Safari or XUV. An AT upgrade will be coming soon.
      Also Bridgestones are some of the weak tyres in my opinion. Yokohamas should be better.

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      A few recent updates-
      1. The puncture has been mended.There is a large patch inside while the top has been faced with solid rubber. Quite a solid job I could say.
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      2. I should thank Tata (or should I say pre-cost cutting era?) for providing really high quality speakers in the Safari. Yes these are OEM speakers, They don't boast to be harman or anything but they are decent quality like any aftermarket speakers you can buy (JBL, Pioneer etc).
      The fronts are proper component set. Rear are Coaxials.
      They are fiber cone speakers with rubber surrounds. Quite unlike paper trash provided on XUV500 and also on Storme.
      The dia is about 6 inch.
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      3. The navigator door handle does not open door from outside. It can be opened from inside. Anyone knows what needs to be set?

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      4. Meanwhile many small & Big projects have happened. Here are a few teasers.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Lvramanan View Post
      Wonder how did it even manage to prick the tyre with such a blunt edge
      Similar one went inside the Michelin's which are on my Linea. I too wondered, how is that posibble

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