KingPin Shim Kit

KingPin Shim Kit
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3.8 average, based on 4 reviews

£3.50



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Specification

Kit of shims to pack out King pin Bearings on a Suzuki Jimny (note: this DOES NOT fit SJ Models)

There is a fair bit of information around about the Jimny "Death Wobble". Suzuki Jimny owners will know that sorting out the Kingpin Bearings and Wheel Bearings is the main cure for problems with wobble. However, this is not the complete cure in some cases. I know from other websites that people have completely rebuilt the front end of their cars and yet still suffer from wobble. This has reached the point where Suzuki has brought out a kit to help reduce the problem. Suzuki apparantly say that the Jimny was designed for small wheels and that larger wheels change the loading on the bearings and result in "harmonic wobble". This is partially born out by the number of instances of wobble in Jimny "O2" variants - with large factory fitted alloy wheels. Suzuki has now brought out a kit for vehicles affected by this and (as only Suzuki can) charge a fortune for it.

I have looked at what is in the kit and put a DIY version together and, of course, I had to test it out on my car.

A link to the "How to" describing how to change the bearings on a Jimny is HERE

You can find out more about curing Death Wobble here - http://www.bigjimny.com/mediawiki/index.php/Death_Wobble

 

The kit consists of small shims that increase the loading on the Kingpin Bearings.

NOTES:

1. These are NOT the same as the SJ shims which start by decreasing the load on the bearings and increasing the load as you remove the shims. This kit is NOT for SJ owners despite the set-up being almost identical

2. As stated this kit INCREASES the load on the bearings. Clearly there can be consequences of this, premature wear and bearing failure. If you are going to do this then you are responsible for the results!

3. The Suzuki Technical bulletin suggests you should only shim the TOP bearing. Try the top first!

DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!

The kit I have put together comprises of 3 shims per Kingpin bearing, there are 4 bearings so there are twelve shims in all.

The shims are in a selection of sizes - 0.2mm, 0.5mm and 1.0mm

This will let you put together different sizes:

0.2mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 1.0mm, 1.2mm 1,5 mm and (if you are really desperate!) 1.7mm

Installing them is a trial and error process. First of all - YOU HAVE CHECKED AND REPLACED YOUR KINGPINS BEARINGS AND WHEEL BEARINGS HAVEN'T YOU. This is not a cure for worn out bearings!

First jack the car up and undo and lift the brake caliper clear by undoing the bolts on the rear of the caliper carrier.

Undo the bolts on the steering bars (one on the drivers wheel and two on the passenger wheel)

Split the steering joints with a splitter, the hub has to be completely free to move around from left to right.

Undo each Kingpin and slip on a shim. Do both the top and bottom at the same time and then tighten the kingpins back up. Try moving the hub from left to right. If you are doing the "Suzuki" method you should pull the hub with a spring balance and measure the starting "pull". This is really difficult so I did it by hand. Add and remove shims until the wheel moves smoothly but firmly (not too loose) from side to side. Sometimes it feels "lumpy", this is not desirable and add or remove more shims to remove it - strangely adding more shim thickness can remove it. Do not get it to the point where the hub will not swivel. Take your time and get it to a point where you are happy that it is firm but not at the point where you will wear out the bearing in 5 minutes.

So what's it like?

Well I have got the firmest steering I have had in a long time. It is smooth with no wobble. I can still feel bumps in the road steering the car (bump steer) but no wobble!

Mine took 0.7mm on the drivers side top and bottom and 0.2mm on the passenger side lower kingpin.

 

Product Code SHIMKIT1
Manufacturer BigJimny
Condition New
Weight 0.03Kg

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 3.8

It Works

1 2 3 4 5
No more "Death Wobble". (May 12 2016, 05:43 AM)

No more steering wobble.

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Shims were a perfect fit. Completely fixed the steering wobble at 40mph on my 07 JLX. Mine took 0.2mm on the passenger side top and bottom, and on the drivers side 0.5mm top and 0.2mm lower. Very happy with the result. (May 07 2016, 21:02 PM)

At last I get a proper steering

1 2 3 4 5
Fits perfect, and totally solve the shimmie (Dec 08 2015, 17:14 PM)

KING PIN SHIMS

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I got an advisory on MOT for lift in swivel bearings. got these and fitted then as per the instructions. What a major difference to the steering! For interest I had to fit 0.7mm RH side and 0.2mm LH side. Well worth the money. (Feb 08 2014, 18:28 PM)
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