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05 Jan 2021 05:50 #231504 by Lambert
That looks comfortable. Real leather or vinyl?

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05 Jan 2021 08:26 #231511 by RainerK
With this type of junction boxes and junctions I had troubles in the past, especially when they get wet and corroded, i.e. like trailer connections.

If you want to use this type you could crimp the ends of the wires (this already helps a lot) and use some fatty corrosion protection inside the box (I would use FluidFilm Max spray) or go for a crimped spade type junction box.

Out of whatever reason my junction boxes tend to be a little moist inside all the time and then there is corrosion with faulty contacts.
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05 Jan 2021 11:56 - 05 Jan 2021 13:59 #231520 by X8GGY
Lambert - "Faux Leather" :lol: - black vinyl to you and I... they are Bad Boy Classics BB6 Bucket Seats, bought a couple of years ago...

Bad Boy Classics

Comfortable, supportive and "waterproof"... ;)

RainerK - Thanks for that, I'll keep an eye on it, but it is a fully sealed box, and mounted "internally" - not that there's (full) doors or a back to the body tub! :lol:

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06 Jan 2021 15:17 - 06 Jan 2021 15:24 #231566 by X8GGY
More on therear lights wiring today...

 

I wrapped the unwanted offside rear wiring loom  in black pallet wrap and insulating tape, finished with ty-wraps and then stuck in down the inside of the soft-top pillae out of the way, and then bolted my seat back in B)

 

And then prepped all the rear lights, i.e. they are mounted but not wired yet...

 

Offside rear light - they are Suzuki SJ lights sourced from JimnyBits, with light-guards off a fella on eBay... the fog-light is now fitted below, on the back of the waffle board mounts...

 

LED number plates fitted spot-on to the perforated sheet... the mounting holes lined up perfectly?! :woohoo: (The number plate is loose that's why it's on a slope... the wiring for the number plate lights need to be hidden behind the 'plate... with ty-wraps through the perforated sheet ;)

 

And the hi-level brakelight on the back of the 'halo hoop' that surrounds the roofline to protect the cab and the soft-top... it's the same as the foglight, so nice and bright multi-LEDs B) Yes, it's slightly wonky :( But the holes are drilled now! :lol:

Wiring on Sunday then! ;)
 

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06 Jan 2021 15:30 #231567 by X8GGY
I decided to knock off at three and give the dogs another good walk (they had a little one this morning)... and when I ventured out of the garage I was surprised how good the weather was... Hmmm, yes, I think I will... ;)

 

 

 

 

(still listing to the left, I'll have to take the 15mm spring spacer off the offside spring! D'Oh!)

 

 

 

I think I'm happy with it... it's the first time in a while it's been out of the garage... :ohmy:



 

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06 Jan 2021 15:54 #231570 by Roger Fairclough
Fabulous build Dave but be aware that you will be plagued by:-
1) The Plod, "Is this your car sir etc etc etc".
2) Small boys, "cor give us a ride mister".
3) Old ladies shaking their brollies "menace on the roads, shouldn't be allowed"
4) Nuns, repeatably crossing themselves.
Oh, by the way, are the seats comfortable? The standard Gen.4 seats are pretty hopeless at comfort or body control.

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06 Jan 2021 17:16 #231571 by X8GGY


Kind of like my inspirational photos...

 

You can see some of the design cues anyways! :woohoo:

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06 Jan 2021 19:15 #231573 by Lambert
Looking very excellent indeed and really can see the inspiration.

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06 Jan 2021 21:45 #231574 by X8GGY
I forgot to say (on facebook as well) that the buggy is the b@st&rd child of the two inspirational vehicles above, and the Jimny donor, but also condisering:

1) It has to cope with the British weather so the windscreen and front soft-top sections were retained (and a stout jacket ordered!)

2) It has to be able to wade streams and rivers, so the half doors and wading wall were necessary

3) It still has to be identifiable as being based on a Jimny for MOT, insurance and Police (legal) reasons... and keep DVLA and VOSA happy! 

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06 Jan 2021 21:51 #231575 by X8GGY
Great one off Facebook (with many thanks to 'old' friend John Richardson - he used to write for 4x4 Mart back in the day and wrote the "How to modify your Suzuki 4x4" book) B)

 

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08 Jan 2021 09:45 #231600 by Roger Fairclough
I liked the look of the seats and emailed the dealer but unfortunately none of the seats have the facility to take seat belt mountings. I would like to change the standard Gen.4 seats as they have poor support. Does anyone have any alternative suggestions

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08 Jan 2021 09:59 #231601 by Paul_sterling
Looks phenomenal Dave, really really nice work.

I'd love something like that (and do want to one day build an Ecoboost powered Jimny, but I won't start unless I've got a clear pathway to the finish), but life consistently gets in the way, you've managed to find a groove which works for you and built a brilliant machine in the process. Well done mate.

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