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10 expert tips for driving on the roads

What’s a couple of suitcases for the weightlifter? Easy, only hand take. Here is the Mitsubishi L200 pick-up in long-term test in the editorial, still took only the wheels, suitcases… — in General, weights. It’s time to load it up and drive… to the right place!Ilya Pimenov “Behind the wheel”

Roll bags

Nominal capacity Mitsubishi L200 — 920 kg. the Owners carry on these pickups and 1100-1200 lbs. For good measure we took a ton of twenty 50-pound sandbags. The loader to put the first bags to a distant Board, and even each other, had to work hard on his haunches. This is because our truck equipped with the optional kung.

There were doubts that the body will include all twenty bags. After downloading it turned out that there is enough space for at least another decade. But more not ship: pick-up and so pulled up the nose, dangerously dropping the tailgate.

Cargo L200 — 20 sand bags of 50 kg. Total — ton more to the nameplate capacity of a pickup truck.Cargo L200 — 20 sand bags of 50 kg. Total — ton more to the nameplate capacity of a pickup truck.

How to manage it?

To ride on this car with a ton of “behind” we need to learn from scratch. And accelerates, turns and brakes the car is not so, as no load — reluctantly. But the big bumps (“speed bumps”, for example), is amazingly soft. However, there is a “parasitic” swaying the body a couple of times briefly sways. When you get used to the new behaviors of a pickup truck, ride it turns as freely as without a load. Even on a bad road. The main thing — not too sporting.

For the prepared off-road vehicle such a track is nonsense, walking trail. For the standard car, and even fully loaded, is a great challenge.For the prepared off-road vehicle such a track is nonsense, walking trail. For the standard car, and even fully loaded, is a great challenge.

And now — in the river!

But our task was to properly frolic. Not on asphalt, and on impassability. Each of offroader, host of off-road riding school on YouTube Grigory Aleshin, got on the route, which like to ride Jeepers Moscow and the Moscow region, — in the area of Nikitsky (or Martanovsky) quarries under Domodedovo.

Just seeing fell to the stern L200, Grisha chuckled: “Just sit down, but let’s try it”. To increase the contact patch and improve self-cleaning of the wheels, reducing tire pressure to 1.2 atmospheres. And remove the front room to avoid being “washed away” in Brid. That’s all the preparation for the offroad.

Loaded truck sagged noticeably on the rear axle, causing the tow bar and then touches the stones under water.Loaded truck sagged noticeably on the rear axle, causing the tow bar and then touches the stones under water.

The first exercise is a Ford. The river (or wide stream) with fun name Rozsika adult can go, wearing Zapadnye boots. Technical characteristics L200 can overcome fords a depth of 70 centimeters. To clarify: with a smooth hard bottom. In this place the bottom of the Rozhayka covered with large boulders. A little wrong with the trajectory — and it is scratching the quality characteristics a bar, then the tow bar. But the car stubbornly goes ahead: 430 Newton metres is, of course, power.

On the hill and deep winding gauge, intermittent ditches and stuck Jeepers. Seeing this path, I was sure I will not pass it on to hundreds of meters. But the pickup was not overawed, not even in off road and winter Shipovka Brigestone Blizzak 265/60R18, just at full drive, without poniac and locks, and even with “teapot” (by the standards of Afinogenov) at the wheel he walked a few kilometers. And then sat down.

Sit-up

It is known that the track you have to skip between the wheels. Slide — need to get out of the rut. In the SUV, it’s easy: “toothy” tires bite into the wall and pull the car. Asphalt tyres (even winter, with a large pattern) — gain dirt (“zamylivaetsya”), lose touch, get into a slip.

Moving along the track, the most important thing is not to fall into it all wheels. Alas, sometimes the wheels just slide off…Moving on the track, the most important thing is not to fall into it all wheels. Alas, sometimes the wheels just slide off…

I happened to fall into a rut and missed the moment when it could go. Then the track became even deeper, and L200 to securely “anchor” the hump in the center of the track a tow bar, and a dynamic damper. He stands under the rear pedals and dampens the vibrations when dumping/adding gas.

Attempts to leave on their own were unsuccessful, even after enabling panigacci and all locks. Pull the cable fully loaded the car was also useless. Had to exercise is to unload half the bags and load them back after they pulled L200. The desire to bring the experiment to the end have overcome the temptation to throw a load in the woods. What those Jeepers would love the sand bags.

Sat. On the crest of track traces of the coupling device and dynamic damper.Sat. On the crest of track traces of the coupling device and dynamic damper.

The damper and tow bar

Back came back “whisper” — we were driving at night, stuck did not want to like tear something from the car. Off-road expert is especially advised to protect the front bumper that you can pull, “raskoryachivshis” in a rut and put a rack on her wall. Thresholds (footboards), in his words, withstand a lot.

Tow bar stopping on the road, especially when the car is loaded “under an outset”, as we have. On the other hand, it is necessary to pull the L200. Tow loop in the back there.

Long (1210 mm) rear overhang — the main thing that limits the throughput of a pickup truck. The departure angle and reduce underrun beam with a hitch (tow bar).Long (1210 mm) rear overhang — the main thing that limits the throughput of a pickup truck. The departure angle and reduce underrun beam with a hitch (tow bar).

In the center of the frame — another “anchor”, the dynamic damper which dampens vibrations of the propeller shaft upon insertion and discharge gas.In the center of the frame — another “anchor”, the dynamic damper which dampens vibrations of the propeller shaft upon insertion and discharge gas.

The gearbox and protects the machine from unwanted contacts a thick metal sheet. Impressive protection there is under the crankcase. That’s a plus.The gearbox and protects the machine from unwanted contacts a thick metal sheet. Impressive protection there is under the crankcase. That’s a plus.

Off-road running “plow” and the dynamic damper, which increases the comfort on the pavement. The idea is that it can be disassembled without voiding the warranty. If you’re going to commute on the L200 on the road, do so from a dealer.

But generally Mitsubishi L200 surprised. With a ton of cargo, Ford and missing the road… This truck is capable of much proven experience.

Attempts to “hang out” machine was unsuccessful: lateral body roll is already awesome, but all the wheels still on the ground. Impact loading, and impressive Linnahotell suspension.Attempts to “hang out” machine was unsuccessful: lateral body roll is already awesome, but all the wheels still on the ground. Impact loading, and impressive Linnahotell suspension.

10 expert tips on the road

1. Many drivers automatically fasten my seat belt, barely having started the engine. On the roads also should wear seat belts. But before the Ford (!) seat belts to unfasten the better — not to lose time, if the car starts to sink.

2. To increase permeability, bleed the tire pressure up to 1 atmosphere. With conventional tyres, it is better not to get involved in high risk ressortiront wheels. But to reduce the pressure of a must — so will increase the area of the “reference” surface and improves self-cleaning of tires.

3. To reduce the tyre pressure, you can do the usual car keys, pressing the nipple. We have more handy tool — the key to kung. However, the best special tool deflator — sold in the auto shops. The most convenient (and most expensive) model combined with a pressure gauge.

4. Conventional tow rope off-road is not suitable. Need so-called “dynamic”, or jerk, in the form of elastic straps, heavy-duty. To calculate what cable you need, the maximum gross weight of the vehicle must be multiplied by 3. In our case this is 9 tons.

5. Securing the rope rigging earring (Shalom), screw-your finger is loosen by half a turn. This will easily help you remove the cable, if the earring is deformed by the load.

6. To sling shot in the gap and not hit the car or person, it is necessary to throw the extinguisher, which may be conventional floor Mat, jacket or an old jacket.

7. To force Brod by car is possible only when there is no other way by land. For entertainment it just is not worth doing. We’re doing this for the service required.

8. Before Ford need to disconnect the radiator fan or allow the engine to cool down so he didn’t need the cooling while overcoming water obstacles.

9. From offroad, wheels have to be pumped up. Make sure that you had a good compressor.

10. In addition deflator, pressure gauge, compressor, dynamic rope and a shovel in front of Sally on the road to stock up on waterproof boots (you can of polyurethane) and a change of clothes. Better to lose a few minutes and change, than unsuccessfully attempt to dislodge the good stuff.

10 expert tips for driving on the roads

What’s a couple of suitcases for the weightlifter? Easy, only hand take. Here is the Mitsubishi L200 pick-up in long-term test in the editorial, still took only the wheels, suitcases… — in General, weights. It’s time to load it up and drive… to the right place!

10 expert tips for driving on the roads

Photo: Kirill Sidorov, Grigory Aleshin, Ilya Pimenov

10 expert tips for driving on the roads

What’s a couple of suitcases for the weightlifter? Easy, only hand take. Here is the Mitsubishi L200 pick-up in long-term test in the editorial, still took only the wheels, suitcases… — in General, weights. It’s time to load it up and drive… to the right place!

10 expert tips for driving on the roads

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