2020 was a strange year and I have not published much to this front page. Here are some catch-ups. First of all, fitting a Diff Locker.
One of the most common upgrades people want to do to their Jimny is to lift it. This can be for a number of reasons varying from "the look" through to fitting large tyres or replacing a tired suspension. We like the look of a slightly perkier Jimny, not a soaring lift but just enough to make it look a bit more purposeful.
I sell the Trailmaster 50mm lift kit in the BigJimny store which gives that extra lift without going too far. In particular, it does not require the spacers on the front cross member that other kits seem to need.
I have videoed the experience and the videos are below......
I have embarked on building my own low ratio transfer box. I have previously built two boxes, one for my SJ and one for my Jimny but both of these were 4:1 boxes built using the "Difflock" cut & shut gears. This is a frequently maligned process but the current Jimny one has served nearly 10 years so far so they cannot be too bad, however with 32" tyres it is time for something more low range.
Since I did the cut & shut one, a variety of aftermarket gearsets have appeared that provide a "drop in" solution with pre-cut gears. There are a variety available from cheap Chinese versions through to Japanese manufactured ones made in the original factory.
I went for the Trail-Gear 6.5:1 set as it represents a mid priced solution that has been on sale in the USA for a number of years. This should bring back the gearing quite nicely on the road whilst providing a very low gearing off-road.
Also needed is a Suzuki SJ transfer box, either a 410 or 413 will do (except for the very early 410 versions which are useless). See the section in the Wiki - HERE - which tells how to identify the correct box. Late 413 boxes are particularly good as they have the same larger flanges that the Jimny has, however it is straight forward to drill the old ones if necessary.
If you are doing this from scratch you will also need mounting arms, propshafts and a speedo adaptor to fit it to a Suzuki Jimny. Of course, I already have those parts on my as it has a 4.1:1 Transfer box already fitted.
So the build begins......BigJimny's Transfer box.
The UK SZ5 specification Jimny has DRL (Daylight Running Lights) fitted. Whilst the main headlights on the SZ5 are LED, the DRLs are plain old Tungsten. Therefore they look yellow when on and are generally mis-matched to the overall look of the car. Therefore I have upgraded the lights to LED. It is a simple task of replacing the bulbs howeve...