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About to buy a Jimny in Japan...

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01 May 2019 09:35 #207059 by Guy 2
Looking good!

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01 May 2019 11:45 #207064 by Lambert
Awesome!

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05 Jul 2019 21:12 #210689 by fella
It arrived to Southampton and has been delivered to some family whilst I'm overseas.

Still has snow tyres on from the Japanese ski season so first thing will be getting another set of rims on with some chunky a/t tyres to give it a bit more presence, and secondly fitting a rear fog light so it can pass its M.O.T!
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06 Jul 2019 06:06 #210694 by Lambert
Too cool! That is so awesome!

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06 Jul 2019 08:24 #210701 by Soeley
I like that, that looks really nice B)

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29 Sep 2019 16:41 #214018 by fella
update time.

rear fog fitted, needed wiper blades and then she flew through the MOT. Paid somebody to detail and valet it as was rather dusty from the ship and I am told it looks a million times better. v5c came back after 4 weeks so it also has plates. got a good enough deal on insurance for a japanese import too. and we haven't seen it since we were in japan way back in the winter!

i bought a set of sj steelies off ebay, had them blasted and powder coated gloss black and have some crap tyres on as a temp job until the next phase is completed which will allow us to get some nice ones

that phase being lifting it which is proving mighty tricky to source parts! there is some cross over with the sj80s that were barely sold in europe and98-onwards jimny according to websites in japanese and looking at parts on japan yahoo auctions, but nothing concrete. there are plenty of lift kits available out there but the postage and total cost is insane so hopefully can bastardise something together in the uk be it sourcing springs and shocks sepertely. much research to be done on how i can do this.

we head home in 5 weeks so will get some pictures then.

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29 Sep 2019 17:17 #214020 by mlines
Wont a Jimny lift kit fit, I thought the coil SJ chassis was basically the same

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2003 M13 early KAP build.
3" Trailmaster lift with 1.5 Spacers on front
Customised winch bumper and roll cage
235/85R16 Maxxis Bighorns on 16" Rims, 4:1 Rocklobster, Rear ARB locker and on-board air
Corrected arms all-round, rear disks, Recaro seats and harnesses

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29 Sep 2019 18:40 #214025 by fella
i think it may be possible, but until i get home and can do some investigating i wont know for sure. i have been trawling parts numbers and looking at different models to see what crosses over, and some bits will and others dont. i dont quite know how to dechipher the suzuki parts system yet so i am not sure if i am being thick and lots will bolt straight up.

I've been in touch with raptor4x4 who couldn't confirm either way but offer a 30 day refund if its no good so that will be my backup plan. also tried XSHOCKDAKAR as they have dealt with the sj80's which is essentialy the same with the wider track and bigger engine, and they seem to think a bit of faff and welding maybe required.

my search for any others in the country has been in vain thus far. i cant believe i am the first, but pretty cool if i am also!

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29 Sep 2019 19:01 #214027 by jackonlyjack
Raymond Edwards (Brighton) aka rhino ray
find him on facebook
He should be able to answer all your questions

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30 Sep 2019 20:10 #214075 by fella
so after much trawling i finally saw the obvious answer to my questions!

the 98+ jimny shocks and springs mount differently on the front and ever ever so slightyl different on the rear. ja22w seats the spring onto the front shock as one unit so the shock needs the collar on it. this is the tricker bit to sort as i would need to find a shock that fits as such (unlikely in the uk), i could buy a similar shock and have it welded up to work (getting expensive and risky-ish in terms of my abilites) import from overseas (expensive but simplest as it will definately fit). rear springs mount the same, rear shock is in a marginally different location so need to find the correct length shock.

for eases sake i think importing is the way to go as i am not after a mega lift to go rock crawling, and i want to avoid any modifications should we ever decide to sell it and can return it to stock. just so happens pedders suspension happen to be based out of australia and can import me a set. only kicker is they are designed for the 1.3 engine which does weigh a bit more, but we also do tend to travel a bit and intend to with the jimny so we would normally be loaded up with mountain bikes/skis snowboards and duffel bags full of kit. might not be such an outrageous plan.

looking at parts for trailing arms/panhards/bushes a lot of them come up as multifit for european and japanese jimny models bar occasionally maybe one letter or number in the part number, but this is also true between the three years of different model ja22's that are only differed by limited edition things like a fancier interior or different fogs, so i am convincing myself i can get the aftermarket versions of these sorted in the UK.

in my own head i feel like this has been the most stressful bit to organise as there is limited info available to work with, let alone any in english and its a big investment in parts that cant be returned if they're wrong or not made correctly!

I know i am rambling like i'm in therapy to strangers on the internet but its helping big time!

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30 Sep 2019 20:12 - 30 Sep 2019 20:13 #214076 by fella

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About to buy a Jimny in Japan...
Raymond Edwards (Brighton) aka rhino ray
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He should be able to answer all your questions

this was next on my to do list so thank you for the contact, but then as in my post i worked it out! still may need help with traliling arms. etc so he may come in handy yet!
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