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24 Jul 2018 13:26 - 24 Jul 2018 13:28 #194607 by ChrisW
Yoshi was created by ChrisW
Hey All,

Thought it would be a good idea to get a thread started to not only get some advice but also share a journey and track the progress of my little Jimny. Hopefully something here will help others looking to do the same thing.

Named Yoshi by my misses as its a little Japanese Jimny from 2003. Purchased in August last year, so coming up to 1 year of ownership. Drove up to Skipton, from Kent to collect where I traded in a Corsa Van and some cash to get the car. 63,125 miles on the clock at purchase and now at 83,300.

Everything internally works, no issues there at all. There is the usual rust, which at times worries me a lot. Other times I think its all manageable. I dont have the space or tools to do any welding, and get the feeling I am going to have to take the car in to get some rust properly managed over the next 12 months.

Intended Purpose:
The reason I wanted a Jimny is that I love camping, and wanted a car that I could take and go anywhere with. I also wanted something that could be a little bit of a dog taxi when the time comes (look after a lot of friends dogs and will be getting my own at some point in the near future). A mud car as such. Something I didnt mind getting dirty, and stepping into with muddy boots from hiking in the rain ect.
Something small and a challenge was also a must.

In order to make this the perfect camping car, I had thought about roof top tents but don't really want to have to store a tent (don't have space anyway), so have decided to instead work on making it so that I can sleep in the car. I have done a couple nights inside before when the rear seats were in. Other than the annoying back rest it was comfy. With the rear seats out and a way to level it all off it would be perfect for my use case.

Full details will be posted later in this thread, as works get done.


Work to do:
Servicing, every 9,000 miles.
Replace battery
Upgrade front speakers
Replace disks and brake shoes (calipers done as well due to rust)
Remove rear seats
Paint Rims black
Tint rear windows - Kevlon Auto Film in Kent - £95
Upgrade front seats
Replace Kingpin Bearings
Replace Radiator
Sort rust in wheel arches
Get the underside Waxoyl'ed
Full set of BFG AT tyres with new rims
2" Trail master lift kit - with all mounts checked

Camping system: - conscious of weight and what can be installed
Rear storage / sleeping surface
Cooking surface drawer / slide
Secondary battery (Jimnybits part)
Electronics, power distribution
Compartment lights
Rear door down lights
Cig lighter power points + USB points
Internal roof cargo net system (requires additional handle)
270 deg awning (TBD, custom system currently in the brain)
Last edit: 24 Jul 2018 13:28 by ChrisW.

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24 Jul 2018 14:17 #194609 by S200KYS
Replied by S200KYS on topic Yoshi
Welcome to the forum Chris... and Yoshi!

Dave ;)

  • S200KYS Jimny - 5" lift, 31"s, 4.87:1 Rockwatt Crawler , Rear ARB, twin winches, etc... and BT54VTS 'daily driver' ;)

    Trade as Bits4Vits and ZookBOB on eBay ;)

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    24 Jul 2018 15:37 #194611 by Lambert
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    Welcome to the forum.

    It's not a Jimny. It's my Jimny

    Mooo said Ermintrude (black)
    Boing said Zebedee (blue)

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    24 Jul 2018 18:06 #194616 by Daniel30
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    Welcome :)

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    24 Jul 2018 19:04 #194620 by Riccy
    Replied by Riccy on topic Yoshi
    Nice looking jimny! welcome along ;-)

    The draw system idea sounds interesting for storage or camping...

    J999 MNY, M16 VVT, R7me gbox & Rocklobster,
    31x10.5r15 Cooper STT, 2x ARB Lockd' 3.9 diffs & twin compressor,
    6.5" total lift, Zookbob HD steering shock, Ignis recaro's
    Custom bar & arches, rocksliders & guards,
    Snorkel, K&N, 13500lb Winchmax, Buzzweld, etc, etc

    Plus ULYSSES (06' trayback project)

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    24 Jul 2018 21:20 #194622 by gv42
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    welcome ,

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    25 Jul 2018 00:02 #194625 by 1390_taz
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    Welcome to the forum

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    29 Jul 2018 13:42 #194694 by ChrisW
    Replied by ChrisW on topic Yoshi
    Thanks for the welcomes guys. Today was a quick one, not a huge amount done. Waiting on the seats which I have scheduled to collect next weekend. After those are installed I can crack on with the rear box.

    Instead, spent the day working on something I have had the bits for for a while now. Just needed to make some progress. The whole electrical system for the camping setup still needs to be done. However, I could install the LED's for above the rear door and run the wires though the door. Annoyed that my crimps and connectors are all in the office, so cant complete the wiring until Monday.

    Removing the cover, and can see that the LEDs need to be low profile... sadly they are not THAT low.

    Hole drilled for the switch, and switch installed.

    LED's installed (sorry about the picture quality)

    Wires run, and cover back in place.

    Since the LEDs are a little too high, as expected, they hit the bottom of the break lights. So a small bracket will need to be made to move the mounting point of the trim clips back around 10mm. Its that or cut the brake light which I would prefer not to do.

    I think I am going to replace the rear plastic panel with some black tread plate. Also need to replace the gas strut to be lightly longer. I want the door to open 90deg to the car. As a slide out table will run along in front of the door.

    Have to decide where the fuse box will be located. I am thinking inside the little cubby by the rear door. That way its hidden for the most part, but the fuses are accessible. Wiring up new bits will be a pain however as the side panel will need to be removed.

    Chances are, once I have the rear cabin LED's, cig lighters and USB ports in place I wont really need to add anything else. At least not to the rear section which this Fuse box will be responsible for.

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    01 Aug 2018 13:18 #194763 by ChrisW
    Replied by ChrisW on topic Yoshi
    Just need to create the bracket for the plastic cover before I can close it up properly, so its held in place with cable ties. Its solid enough for road driving.

    These are with an old flat drone battery, but still bright enough for my use case. Will be better when I have the actual 12v going through them:

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