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Monday, April 30, 2012

D1 Spec Oil Catch Tank

This is the most cheaper brand that I browse trough at car accessory shop recently. I bought this oil catch tank to be installed at my Suzuki SJ410 which consume quite a lot engine oil and too much oil deposit come out from the engine breather. May be the engine need to be overhauled. 

What is oil catch tank? Oil catch tank is an optional accessories for any car which to be installed between the engine breather to the air intake. Original hose from engine is normally connected directly to air intake, thus the risk of oil vapour contaminate the air intake for combustion in the engine. Oil catch tank is used to store oil excess (vapour) from the engine, thus reducing the oil vapour to the air intake.      

Well, when I inspect the build of the D1 Spec oil catch tank, no wonder it is cheaper. It is an aluminium with two inlet caps and when the caps are removed, there is no filter inside the tank. So, this tank will store deposit of excessive oil from the engine breather but will not guarantee to reduce the oil vapours through the air intake. Nevertheless, it is better than direct hose from the engine to the air intake. I'm thinking of modifying this oil catch tank with filter to reduce oil vapour to the air intake.   

D1 Spec Oil Catch Tank box, the price RM195 is wrong, it is cheaper (check out at mudah.my)

Inlets at the top of the tank

The basic package of D1 Spec oil catch tank

DIY - Hyundai Inokom Atos Starter Removal

I replaced my Suzuki Jimny SJ410 starter sometime ago and it is quite easy because plenty of space in SJ410 engine bay. However, the Atos compact engine bay is really challenging for starter removal. Actually, a hard start had happened to Atos since few months and recently getting worse. Service centre diagnosed as starter problem. The battery is new but very hard to start especially after turned off the engine and need to wait for few minutes then the Atos can be started with two or three key turn. It is very annoying when turning off the engine while filling fuel at petrol station. 

Wifey asked at service centre the new starter, guess how much.. RM1K++.. matai.. crazy expensive. Alternatively, have to go for third party starter and looking around Inanam, most of the car parts shops do not have Atos starter. Besides, I don't really know which shops have this starter. Finally, I asked the regular shop at Tamparuli and need to order (no stock already) with price is about RM200++.    

 First of all, jack the front car and put stands underneath for safety

The starter from underneath of the engine near gearbox, there are two bolts to be removed and wires to the solenoid

 The second bolt need to use an angle socket wrench

Now, the starter is removed from the gearbox

 but, the starter cannot be taken out fully because the space is too tight, and I have to remove the solenoid first (the one that has L sticker) 

 The starter with solenoid

and it is MADE IN INDIA for a Korean car! I thought it was made in Korea.
I wonder who made the third party starter for Atos. I'm still waiting for the new starter to arrive and will  post the photos for the new third party starter. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pan Borneo 4WD Challenge - Kinabalu to Mulu

Event: Pan Borneo 4WD Challenge from Kinabalu Park to Mulu Park
Organizer: Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA)
Date: 29-31 April 2012
Start: Kinabalu National Park, Kundasang
End Mulu National Park, Sarawak

DAY 1: Flag Off at Kinabalu Park (8.30AM) officiated by Datuk Masidi Manjun, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister. Proceed to Kuala Penyu, via Ranau, Tambunan, Keningau, Kimanis
DAY 2: Kuala Penyu, Sabah to Miri, Sarawak via Lawas, Labu, Puni, Limbang, Kuala Lurah, Sungai Tujuh
DAY 3: Miri to Mulu National Park

Monday, April 23, 2012

Malaysia 4x4 Jamboree 2012

Date: September 15 at 12:00pm until September 17 at 5:00pm
Venue: Sepang Off road Circuit


New addition to my Mengkabong Sunrise

Saturday morning, I was invited by photography friends of MA?NAP Under Ground (MUG) (now renamed as: MKH) Sabah for a photography outing at the best sunrise spot, Mengkabong bridge overlooking Mount Kinabalu. It was a quite long time I haven't visited this spot in early morning. Thanks for the invite friends. However, I don't have tripod because my camera tripod plate was missing some time ago and force me to use whatever techniques to stabilize the camera and my shaky hands with the help of the in-body Image Stabilizer in the Olympus E-3. Here are the best without tripod.

Camera: Olympus E-3 + ZD ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0

ROL at Mengkabong

Morning at Mengkabong

Here are some other photos of sunrise at this spot while I was crazy to go here almost every morning.
Selamat Pagi 2 Febuari
2 Feb: Kerbau mencari makanan di sungai Mengkabong?Selamat pagi 6 Febuari
Lembayung syuruk 13 Mac di Mengkabong..Cahaya di celah awan
Menuju puncak paling tinggi..
Matahari masih tenggelam di sebalik ufuk tersembunyiKinabalu
Lembayung syuruk 13 Mac di Mengkabong..

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ford Ranger @ Ford Road Show 18-22 April - City Mall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah MALAYSIA

Today, I went to Ford Ranger Roadshow City Mall Kota Kinabalu to check for the New Ford Ranger 3.2L. The Ford road show which will end on April, 22 is not only displaying the New Ranger but also other models such as Ford Fiesta. New Ranger as explained by the sales representative is not yet available and will be launched end of June, thus anyone interested will get their Ranger after 3-6 months after June.

The new Ranger is definitely looks larger than the previous models. It seems  similar or slightly bigger in dimension with the Hilux 3.0G but heavier in gross weight, 3200kg compared to 2780kg (Hilux 3.0G) and 2930kg (Triton 3.2L). Anyway, I don't know how to compare those double cabs because I never had any of them. I just like to take photos and share some of them for interested folks out there. The only I know are they looks the same, all are double cab vehicles and carry things in the rear bed, but people may compare their power, interior/exterior, warranty, service, fuel consumption and so on. Let the experts do that.

Here are some photos of the Malaysian edition of the new Ranger.

New Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L
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New Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L
New Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2LNew Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L
New Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L
New Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2LNew Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L
New Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2LNew Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L
New Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L

Ford Ranger vs. Triton vs. Hilux vs. Colorado. NOTE: The numbers are copied from brochures and/or manufacturer website (Malaysia).
Chevrolet Colorado 2.8L vs. Mitsubishi Triton 3.2L vs. Toyota Hilux 3.0G vs. Ford Ranger 3.2L
Colorado 2.8L
Hilux 3.0G
Ranger 3.2L*
5-speed MT / 6-speed AT (shiftronic)
4-Speed AT
4-Speed AT ECT
6-Speed AT
with ESOF

Dimensions And Weight
Overall length (mm)
Overall width (mm)
Overall height (mm)
Wheelbase (mm)
Track Front (mm)
Track Rear (mm)
Min. ground clearance (mm)

Curb weight (kg)
Gross vehicle weight (kg)

4-in line Duramax XLD28
3.2-liter 16-valve
inline-4 intercooled
turbocharged DOHC diesel (4M41)
4-Cylinder, In-Line, 16-Valve, DOHC Intercooler VNT Diesel
Inline 5-Cylinder, Turbocharged Diesel
Displacement (cc)
Max. Output (kw(PS)/rpm)
180HP / 3,800
118(160) / 3,500
120 (163) / 3,400rpm
Max. torque (N-m(kg-m)/rpm)
470 / 2,000
343(35.0) / 2,000
343 (35.0) / 1,400–3,200

Fuel System
Fuel supply equipment
Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection with VGT
Electrical fuel injection (Common   Rail)
Common-Rail Direct Injection
Common-Rail Direct Injection
Fuel tank capacity (litres)

Fuel Consumption (100KM)

Front and rear

+Sabah price
* Specification and price may be different from the actual, please check Ford for the detailed specification.

4x4 Borneo Safari 2009 Flag Off - Ford Ranger
A Ford Ranger during Borneo Safari 2009
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