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BigJimny Meet 2019 (17 May 2019)

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Noggin and Natter - pre-event chat - Old Bell at Grazeley (part of hotel) 7:30pm 19th October

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10 Aug 2019 20:49 #212008 by Gadget
Summer holiday time and a 250 mile drive to North Wales. It would have made a lot of sense to take our Astra, it's faster, more economical and has more luggage space, but it's also really, really dull.

So I decided to stick on the roofbox and squeeze wife, son and luggage into the Jimny.

High winds meant the weather wasn't exactly ideal for a trip in a heavily loaded, narrow, slab sided vehicle with a roofbox on top, but it coped with it admirably.

The wind added some excitement to the drive, but never to the extent of being worried about being blown over or even veering out of lane, just wobbly and needing constant steering input to keep things going straight.

Was impressed by the amount of luggage the Jimny could swallow. One seat down and it took a 120l roller, 80l duffle, big bag of toys, coats, couple of rucksacks and we even managed to squeeze 3 bags of shopping in towards the end of the journey, still leaving space for my son.

The roofbox took the light & bulky stuff and didn't seem to add much wind noise, well, not that we could hear over the howl of the gusts anyway!

I stuck it in cruise at 60mph and it doddled along quite happily on the motorways, with the autobox only kicking down and getting shouty a couple of times despite the heavy load.

Economy wasn't great, averaging about 36mpg and you really notice the small fuel tank on longer journeys, needing tactical refuels at about 230 miles to avoid running out in the sticks.

Was really pleased I'd decided to take the Jimny when we reached our destination, lots of very narrow single track lanes and an unfinished track to reach the cottage, perfect Jimny country! :)
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19 Aug 2019 21:58 #212332 by Gadget
Racked up about 1300 miles in the last week, 500 getting to and from Wales and the rest driving into and around Snowdonia each day. Car didn't miss a beat, as expected. Really seemed to like the roads in Wales and despite it being very wet at times, zero problems with grip around corners/roundabouts with the Yokohamas.

Removed the roofbox at our holiday cottage, but found that the Thule squarebars seemed to howl at about 40mph without the box in place, so took the lot off while we were there. Fuel consumption improved to about 38mpg without anything on the roof, no luggage in the car and on the twisty roads.

When I got back I decided to swap my Thule bars for some Yakima Flushbars. Lower profile, lighter, easier to adjust, no noticeable noise at any speed and to my mind, they look nicer too. Really pleased with them, shame they're so expensive! 115cm Flushbars (YKS9B) and Smartfoot fitting kit (YKK324) bought from roofbox.co.uk

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20 Aug 2019 08:02 #212359 by AlexK
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My old Grand Cherokee came with sliding roof rails from the factory. They used to howl and whistle terribly, too. However, they were silent if you slid them both all the way back. Don't know how much of a faff that would have been with yours, but it might be enough to keep them quiet without having to leave them behind or have them rattling about inside.

Moot now obviously you've changed to lower profile ones (they look quite neat), but might help somebody.

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20 Aug 2019 10:38 #212380 by Andy2640
Hay Gadget, nice updates, thanks.

I was wondering if youve had any more thoughts on the CB install?

I fancy popping my midlands CB into the cabin and running it off a "magic pro" module. I was interested to find out what aerial ideas you might have, as in welding an attachement plate on or around the spare wheel plates, and having a decent aerial hooked up etc etc.

Cheers buddy!

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20 Aug 2019 15:59 #212394 by Gadget
Hi Andy, I've not made any progress on the CB front yet. Have been saving my pennies waiting for the Jimnybits rocksliders, so haven't bought a CB set, although it's the Midland M5 I plan to get, with all the controls and display on the mic.

I'm still thinking of a bracket using the spare wheel mount for the aerial, although that would mean me drilling a hole in the back door to run the coax through! :S
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20 Aug 2019 19:26 #212414 by Andy2640

Gadget wrote: Hi Andy, I've not made any progress on the CB front yet. Have been saving my pennies waiting for the Jimnybits rocksliders, so haven't bought a CB set, although it's the Midland M5 I plan to get, with all the controls and display on the mic.

I'm still thinking of a bracket using the spare wheel mount for the aerial, although that would mean me drilling a hole in the back door to run the coax through! :S


Hi mate,

Have to say you really do live up to your name gadget! That midland M5 is a wicked piece if kit. I had no idea these tiny little CB's were availavle. Gonna be much more easy to position in cabin and sooo much more discreet!

Yeah..... the hole in the rear door is rather terrifiying, but at least it'll be behind the spare wheel and truly hidden. Still a little unerving though hay!

Hope to get this project going soon. Cheers for the update.

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20 Aug 2019 21:51 #212427 by Soeley
I know someone mentioned removing a bolt from the spare wheel bracket, my idea would be to see if it is possible to drill out the centre of the bolt and feed the coax through then fit the connector. That way you would have the bolt heat to apply some heat shrink to and no fretting bracket to rub your paint away. Just a thought off top of my head.
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21 Aug 2019 20:14 - 21 Aug 2019 20:15 #212468 by Gadget

Soeley wrote: I know someone mentioned removing a bolt from the spare wheel bracket, my idea would be to see if it is possible to drill out the centre of the bolt and feed the coax through then fit the connector. That way you would have the bolt heat to apply some heat shrink to and no fretting bracket to rub your paint away. Just a thought off top of my head.


I think I saw the same comment on Facebook but hadn't considered it seriously before now, but that might be a really clever way to do it.

Looking at this photo from one of GeorgeC's posts (where did he go?) there are four 10mm bolts holding the spare wheel mount to the rear door. Not sure if the retaining holes open into the rear door space or are closed off? Will need to pull the door trim off again to check.



Co-ax is what 5-6mm? So in theory there would be enough room to run the cable through a center-drilled bolt to give a very neat and easily waterproofed entry point.
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21 Aug 2019 20:44 #212469 by Soeley
You could also squeeze some sealant into the bolt hole to seal the coax in as well.
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22 Aug 2019 11:33 - 22 Aug 2019 11:34 #212503 by Andy2640

Gadget wrote:

Soeley wrote: I know someone mentioned removing a bolt from the spare wheel bracket, my idea would be to see if it is possible to drill out the centre of the bolt and feed the coax through then fit the connector. That way you would have the bolt heat to apply some heat shrink to and no fretting bracket to rub your paint away. Just a thought off top of my head.


I think I saw the same comment on Facebook but hadn't considered it seriously before now, but that might be a really clever way to do it.

Looking at this photo from one of GeorgeC's posts (where did he go?) there are four 10mm bolts holding the spare wheel mount to the rear door. Not sure if the retaining holes open into the rear door space or are closed off? Will need to pull the door trim off again to check.



Co-ax is what 5-6mm? So in theory there would be enough room to run the cable through a center-drilled bolt to give a very neat and easily waterproofed entry point.



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This cable through the bolt idea seems a great solution if it is feasable.

Im goin home shortly, as i half day off work, so im gonna wangle the spare wheel off and have a butchers at where the bolt comes out internally. Even if it comes out within the door somewhere, it still wont require a scary drilling through the external bodywork.

Then a nice ariel bolted to the wheel frame, cable it through the cabin and have a concealed midland CB by the footwell.

A sweet setup for our October meet!!

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22 Aug 2019 13:01 - 22 Aug 2019 13:03 #212508 by Gadget
I just ripped the rear door trim off and the ends of the bolts are visible inside the door, yay! Should be easy to route a cable through the door and existing conduit to the car interior, then behind the side trim up to the front. Next question, anyone have a lathe who wants to centre drill a bolt for me? :)
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22 Aug 2019 13:32 - 22 Aug 2019 13:33 #212511 by Andy2640

Gadget wrote: I just ripped the rear door trim off and the ends of the bolts are visible inside the door, yay! Should be easy to route a cable through the door and existing conduit to the car interior, then behind the side trim up to the front. Next question, anyone have a lathe who wants to centre drill a bolt for me? :)




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I was gonna go n ask at a local engineering firm down the road. Surely a quick n easy job with the right tools?

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