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27 Feb 2020 15:52 #219158 by DrRobin
The trim comes out quite easily, there is just a lot to take off, including the rear seats. Since October, I have removed the rear seats and trim several times to fit:

- rear speakers;
- tow bar (twice, once for the tow bar and again to fit the electrics, needed the car in between);
- rear boot light.

I think like some gun nut I can now do it blind fold in about half the recommended time. I found a good step by step guide with pictures, let me know if you don't have one and I will find a link.

Jimny's seem quite easy to work on, it helps there is such a good forum.

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03 Mar 2020 18:10 #219334 by DrRobin
Went off road for the first time, in preparation for the Big Jimny meeting.

Well I say off road it is a designated 4x4 track in Slayley Forest. It started easy enough, gravel track, a couple of trees blown down, which my gen 3 went under and the first of the big puddles. It didn't look deep, it was, would have gone over the door sils and the engine (which I stalled), so reversed out and took a route round the side.

The next puddle was the same size but too much mud for me and if I got through it and encountered another I would be stuck, so turned round, got the back wheels stuck (had to engage low range box to get out) and went back the way I came. Not a great first off road trip and probably nothing for you guys, but we all have to start somewhere.

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03 Mar 2020 18:45 #219337 by Riccy

DrRobin wrote: Went off road for the first time, in preparation for the Big Jimny meeting.

Well I say off road it is a designated 4x4 track in Slayley Forest. It started easy enough, gravel track, a couple of trees blown down, which my gen 3 went under and the first of the big puddles. It didn't look deep, it was, would have gone over the door sils and the engine (which I stalled), so reversed out and took a route round the side.

The next puddle was the same size but too much mud for me and if I got through it and encountered another I would be stuck, so turned round, got the back wheels stuck (had to engage low range box to get out) and went back the way I came. Not a great first off road trip and probably nothing for you guys, but we all have to start somewhere.


Nice one B) Its always good to break the virgin 'laning gently :laugh:

Actually, Slayley isnt that gentle in general. There are some issues with people going off the track (off-piste), Its best to stick to the track and always go with at least one other vehicle in-case of problems. Theres some deep holes and the weather has been fairly wet lately. The track across the moor to Blanchland is nice and open with a few rocky bits. Then if you were looking for snow you should have headed over to Rookhope and Alston areas.

There are loads of other great lanes varying from easy scenic gravel tracks to nasty buggers, fords, etc in Northumberland. Probably one of the most under-rated laning areas and one of my favourites ;-)

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04 Mar 2020 08:19 #219358 by Reason2doubt

DrRobin wrote: Went off road for the first time, in preparation for the Big Jimny meeting.

Well I say off road it is a designated 4x4 track in Slayley Forest. It started easy enough, gravel track, a couple of trees blown down, which my gen 3 went under and the first of the big puddles. It didn't look deep, it was, would have gone over the door sils and the engine (which I stalled), so reversed out and took a route round the side.

The next puddle was the same size but too much mud for me and if I got through it and encountered another I would be stuck, so turned round, got the back wheels stuck (had to engage low range box to get out) and went back the way I came. Not a great first off road trip and probably nothing for you guys, but we all have to start somewhere.


I know that exact lane. It is heavily damaged and is progressively getting worse. I went up on new years eve and did the same thing, 1 puddle and turned back as the next two looked deeper and wider. If you are around Northumberland area give me a PM and I can outline a few more gentle lanes for you that I started on when I got my Jimny!

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04 Mar 2020 09:13 #219363 by DrRobin
Hey that is great Reason2Doubt. I live in Northumberland [near Wylam], Slayley was handy on Sunday as I was at Derwent Reservoir. I will send you a PM, thanks.

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05 Mar 2020 21:05 #219441 by Soeley
BigJimny armrest fitted tonight. Not driven with it yet, but feels comfortable.

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05 Mar 2020 21:08 - 05 Mar 2020 21:08 #219443 by Reason2doubt

Soeley wrote: BigJimny armrest fitted tonight. Not driven with it yet, but feels comfortable.


Looks nice that! Bet it will make those long journeys a lot more comfortable.
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05 Mar 2020 21:15 #219444 by Soeley
Yes it feels to sit at the same height as the elbow rest in the door card, and because the angle in the down position is adjustable, it shouldn't get in the way of gear change. In the picture I have set it level (ish) to start with, but with it dipped right down it still provides a good elbow support.

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06 Mar 2020 11:49 #219476 by TillymintDLG
Fitted an armrest with a hinge lid that I had bolted to a safe in my IQ (safe won't fit in between the seats now) [and it's now too low to be an arm rest]
I found a cup holder mounting for an armrest on one of the Aliexpress site.. Just search for 'Jimny Armrest'
It cost me £4.99 + Free postage +20 day wait !



Old arm rest on new cup holder mounting box


The box comes with a slotted lid which you can remove the arm rest it is designed for...
The lid is meant to be screwed to the mounting box (what a waste of space eh?)
As I didn't have the original, I decided to hinge the lid to the box and screw my arm rest to the lid.




In place









I was going to write I can safely conceal 2x660ml cans of Woohan Corona in there now.
But decided not to...
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08 Mar 2020 21:55 #219604 by FordPrefect1985
Wired in the new horns I fitted a couple of nights ago. I had thought I'd done something wrong at first till I checked the relay (came with the horns) and found dry solder joints. So I fixed those and tested the relay worked. I got everything connected, fitted the fuse and gave it a try and it worked quite well. I then heard a shout from an upstairs window, it was my other half saying I'd scared the crap out of her cat so badly it now had hiccoughs. :lol:

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08 Mar 2020 23:12 #219609 by Daniel30
Good work :evil: :evil: :whistle:

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13 Mar 2020 06:08 #219804 by Lambert
Today I replaced my off side kingpin bearings. What a mess. Bottom bearing inner race was in about 7 pieces and the rollers were almost spherical, the cv was essentially bereft of grease and had to be thoroughly cleaned as I suspect it had bits of bearing in it. And yet not a hint of death wobble which is odd, probably a mixture of settled springs and good dampers altering the castor angle and making it more neutral? Anyway all back together and ready for the trip to the head gasket place next week.

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