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Hi Guys,

I just wanted to share with you some of the pictures taken of my Samurai in our trip to Dahna Desert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Our photographer has blurred all the faces and the license plates for anonymity, so I apologize about that.

I also apologize about the watermarks that he put, just don't mind them and enjoy the pictures.

This was my first long-distance trip that I did with the Samurai. I just had to see it being able to do those trips, and it certainly didn't fail me. I drove 300 Km to there and another 300 back home. It was really noisy, but I managed to do it without drama.

I carried with me every tool that I could stuff into the car, just in case. I practically had a mobile workshop. I even had a spare fuel pump in case the fuel pump fails, and several other spare parts. I did not need to use any of them, and the trip was a great success.

That black scoop on the hood is to accommodate the carb. I had to do it after I swapped in the 1.6L engine. I decided to make a scoop instead of lifting the body, to allow some cold air in.

Gathering of all participants:


Me dropping down a sand dune from atop (scary with that short wheel base!)


Next to my friend's 70-series Land Cruiser, the Zuk seems like a dwarf :)




Next to a Jeep Commander:


Next to a Nissan Xterra:


In the convoy:


Along the dune edge:


Checking radiator water (I had some water leaking from somewhere, puzzled me, couldn't find out the source of it):


Dahna Desert:
 

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A few more pictures of other photographers:

Preparing to tow the stuck 70-series land cruiser with my Zuk! That's me standing on the other side of the Landy.


And the towing (thanks to those vitara crawl gears!):


Trying to climb a steap hill (no thanks to the crawl gears, not enough momentum :():


Another shot of the drop off the edge of the dune:


Another stop next to the landy:
 

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The most beautiful part of the area is when you see that fine line that separates the beautiful blue sky from the yellow sand dunes. The line is so fine and smooth, it feels like a painting, like in this picture:


Here's a video of some snapshots of the trip, from video cameras mounted to some of the vehicles in the trip:
 

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The pics look great! The scoop even reminds me of a wider version of the ones we see on the Japanese upgrades.
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One thing to watch out for though. When yanking somebody out from behind, turn around and use your rear bumper. Backing up (pulling backwards under load) will overload your birfields. Even with upgraded fronts, you risk snapping them.
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One thing to watch out for though. When yanking somebody out from behind, turn around and use your rear bumper. Backing up (pulling backwards under load) will overload your birfields. Even with upgraded fronts, you risk snapping them.
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Great pictures alternator! Enjoyed watching the video as well. Are there sinkholes or quicksand type of traps in the desert? I hope to be able to sand ski that way one day!:lol:

Hi Bill, always something new to learn. I've pulled backwards a few times not knowing it could break my birfields. Thanks for the info, really helpful.:)
 

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Kudos for the nice pics! Question; Are those after market wheel fairings or adapted from another veh?

Okay! I just brought them up at Trail Tough. Pricey, but really nice!
 

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The pics look great! The scoop even reminds me of a wider version of the ones we see on the Japanese upgrades.
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One thing to watch out for though. When yanking somebody out from behind, turn around and use your rear bumper. Backing up (pulling backwards under load) will overload your birfields. Even with upgraded fronts, you risk snapping them.
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Thanks Bill for the hint, I'll keep that in mind next time.

Great pictures alternator! Enjoyed watching the video as well. Are there sinkholes or quicksand type of traps in the desert? I hope to be able to sand ski that way one day!:lol:

Hi Bill, always something new to learn. I've pulled backwards a few times not knowing it could break my birfields. Thanks for the info, really helpful.:)
Yes, there are some soft patches of sand scattered about that you cannot see or recognize, they look exactly like the rest of the sand around you, but they're extremely soft and work as a trap for vehicles. Fortunately, all the folks were experienced sand drivers, and we had only a few vehicles getting stuck.

That skiing was really fun, I tried it as well and enjoyed it. But our ski board got all scraped out from the bottom it was no good any more at the end of the trip. It is quite dangerous though, one of the guys got stuck underneath the rear bumper of one of the vehicles but fortunately he wasn't hurt.

Kudos for the nice pics! Question; Are those after market wheel fairings or adapted from another veh?

Okay! I just brought them up at Trail Tough. Pricey, but really nice!
They are bushwacker fender flares, sold at many Samurai aftermarket parts sites, like Rocky Road Outfitters, Low Range Offroad, and Trail Tough.
 

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Hi Alternator...awesome pics mate! I really appreciated the fotos and video...
I wish I could also do some dune bashing like you guys!

I just got back from desert driving myself (fossil rock in UAE) but I couldn't tackle the dunes with soft sand.

I have a stock Jimny (1.3L engine)...i changed the tires to 27" x 10" (255/60/15).
Other than that, I didn't modify anything else...

Can you suggest some modifications on my jimny so I could enjoy dune bashing as well??

I thought your Zuk is really really cool!
 

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Hi Alternator...awesome pics mate! I really appreciated the fotos and video...
I wish I could also do some dune bashing like you guys!

I just got back from desert driving myself (fossil rock in UAE) but I couldn't tackle the dunes with soft sand.

I have a stock Jimny (1.3L engine)...i changed the tires to 27" x 10" (255/60/15).
Other than that, I didn't modify anything else...

Can you suggest some modifications on my jimny so I could enjoy dune bashing as well??

I thought your Zuk is really really cool!

Thank you.

My Zuk has extreme crawler gears on the transfer case and in the diffs, so no, it does not do so well in dune bashing. But it floats on sand like a boat on water, it cannot get stuck even if you try to.
 

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alternator...how can u make ur zook "float on sand"?
what is the size of ur tires? do u have lifts?

i dont have confidence in my jimny in the desert as it sinks in the sand...
 

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alternator...how can u make ur zook "float on sand"?
what is the size of ur tires? do u have lifts?

i dont have confidence in my jimny in the desert as it sinks in the sand...
33" tires on 15" x 8" rims, and 6.5" of lift should do the trick :)

Just put on some wider tires and deflate them to 15 PSI, and you should start floating :D

Make sure you fill them up with Helium gas, to become lighter <<<<<<<<<<<<<< (just joking)
 

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Hey Alternator great pics!
What kind of speed is that board being towed at!

Sure looks easy to get lost

Have you seen this-
Lan-cor - 4 x 4 Vehicle Recovery, Christchurch, New Zealand
works fantastic in sand

We've sold a few to Saudi Arabia
WOW! That's a really cool piece of recovery tool! Are you sure it will work on soft sand? I've tried burying a tire in our soft sand as an anchor, and it keeps getting pulled out of the hole without the vehicle budging.

In some cases when the rider is brave, we were pulling the sand board at speeds of up to 40 Km/h.
 

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40ks! bet that would make a rash if you fell off

have a look at the videos on the website theres 2 landcruisers winching without driving off one anchor in dry sand
4 x 4 Recovery Equipment - Ground, Land Anchor - New Zealand
Thanks Mof.

I still have doubts, cuz the video is on the beach, where it is muddy, not quite dry.

The other thing is that those land cruisers were not seriously stuck, they were "artificially stuck", if I may.

But is sure is worth a try, I'd love to get my hands on one of those.
 
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