Driving to Leh in a Ford Fusion

#1 Jul 24th, 2011, 20:40
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Hello all IMER's,

I was just wondering whether a Ford Fusion Petrol would make to to Leh via Manali and return Via Srinagar.

We would be interested in knowing if any of the IMER's have done this stretch on a Ford Fusion, if Yes, what were their experiences wrt the car.

We would be 4 People in all me + wife + 2 Kids 16 and 14.

I have raised the Rear Ground Clearance by 20mm making the rear GC to 195+20 = 215mm would this be enough.

What all other mods should I think to carryout on the car, standard and emergency accessories to carry for the car as well as occupants.

Though I have read much about the journey and know quite more than the basics but I would like the hardcore adventure IMER's to please inform some more indepth and things that people forget while doing this Journey.

I plan to take this journey during the 4th week of September 2011. so have time to carry out mods etc.

Is there any good and reasonbale travel agent or a person who can manage our enroute accomodations, we would also not mind if we can get a individual as a guide from Manali till Leh to tell us about the minute details on the passing by vilages etc.


Thanking in anticipation and eagerly awaiting your replies,

With Best regards

Vidu
#2 Jul 24th, 2011, 20:51
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You can check out xbhp or Teambhp forums. Thay have many more auto experts than here.
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Thanks, Narender Sir,

Take Care
#4 Jul 25th, 2011, 22:05
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One of our members Vinathorat has done Pune Leh Ladakh Pune in a Wagon R or Swift.

He has posted the trip report here but I cant find it right now.

You can read about it at bcmtouring:
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/trav...2010-a-t25774/
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#5 Jul 26th, 2011, 13:25
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I would suggest you raise the front clearance also, as it is more crucial(engine is on the front).
I have raised the clearance of the Zen (old model) on all four suspensions and then no problem.
But you have to be careful all the time, On the mountain road for the rocks etc and on the main highway(avoid high speed) as you have raised the CG.

And WagonR(180mm) without raising the clearance had no problem.
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How have you raised the rear suspension? Road conditions are quite tough here and any job not done properly might give away.
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Dear snonymous,ladagspa and Omega,

Thanks for your input.

The travelogue of Mr.Vinathorat was wonderful and he took this journey somewhere in May which is incredible.

Regarding the GC how did i do it is very simple I removed the rear shocks from their place and below the sprin I fitted a Nylon Pad of 20mm Thickness keeping the diameter (inner and outer) the same to fir in the given bracket. Have been running the vehicle at speeds of around 150KM and have been to sangla, Badinath, Kedarnath etc with this fitment, no issues at all.

Yes of course the linear distance of the shocks have been reduced by 20mm but you would never like to bump on a breaker at high speed to have a feel of the full movement of the shocks.

Regarding increasing the Front GC i have few questions : The front axle has a limited range of angle in which it can run, disturbing this angle would result in abnormal wear of the spline i the axle, thats the only reason I did not carry out the raising of the front GC.

May I ask ladagspa how many milimeters were you able to raise the front GC of your zen? and after that did you find any wear in the axle etc. after having your comments may be I would also try it in the fusion.

Well thanks for your concern

I remain with best regards/ Vidu
#8 Jul 27th, 2011, 17:07
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I have put 20mm on both front and rear.
As for the wear and tear, I'm in no position to comment as I removed it just after the trip and leaving only of the back suspension.

HTH

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