The HUGE Difference between Cheap Tyres and QUALITY Tyres
September 04, 2023
Well, this is embarrassing to admit.
For a long time I've said great things about Goodride tyres. I've used them in 3 different sizes on my Jimny: 30", 31" and 33", and they've got me to some awesome locations.
A couple of month ago, things changed.
I put some Maxxis Razrs on my Jimny.
Now I understand the need to pay for good products. I get the whole 'you get what you pay for' thing.
But I didn't think the difference would be so noticeable with these Maxxis Razr tyres.
I've opted for the same size tyres as what I had before: 33" x 12.5" Mud Terrain tyres. The actual track on the Maxxis Razr is a bit wider than the Goodride tyres, despite both being classes as 12.5" wide.
On our first trip out, it was muddy and wet, and I knew we'd get stuck. But it was tougher than expected.
Right off the bat I could see that these tyres were a big step up. It was beyond the fact that they were new, I'd only done about 3,000kms on the last set of Goodrides. These were next level grip.
The next trip involved some fast gravel tracks/roads for about 25km before we got into the good stuff. The gravel roads are where I really saw the difference with these tyres. I went faster and faster to see when these tyres would slip, and they just wouldn't. I'd point it in the direction I wanted to go, and it would just go there. I was looking for some understeer, but there was none.
On that same trip we got high up into some nice snow. This is the ultimate test, and they went great. As we blasted up snow covered hillsides, through snow covered streams and higher and higher into the mountains, I simply felt more confident with these new tyres.
I'll never go cheap on tyres again, you really do pay for what you get. If I didn't enjoy driving and pushing my vehicle, maybe it wouldn't matter the same. But I do.
If you're in the market for new tyres, seriously consider the Maxxis Razr range, they have options for both offroad and on-road.
Our mates at Bridgestone Shirley can help you with your tyre needs, give them a call or stop in and see them.
Upgrading the Standard Shocks on a Suzuki Jimny
July 31, 2023
It's no secret that the factory suspension in a Jimny is fairly soft. It's fine for driving to and from work, or shopping up to the shops to do the groceries, but if you're loading your Jimny up for a roadtrip, you'll need something more suited to the task.
If you're going to spend any money improving your Jimny, you should spend it on the suspension. Whether you're looking to get a suspension lift and do some offroading, or if you're happy with the standard height of the car, some better shocks improve the ride quality immensely.
Now that we have our Rental Jimnys, I'm driving standard Jimnys more than ever, and something really needs to be done about this suspension!
My goal is to have the Jimny drive more stable. If I'm following a truck at 95kph, I don't want it to track all over the road. If I've loaded the Jimny up with camping gear, booze and snacks, I want to feel safer on the winding hilly roads through the Lewis Pass.
So I've tested 3 options, and I've found a solution.
Our friends at KYB have a brand new product on the market, called Skorched4's, which includes a newly upgraded range of shocks for the Jimny. This is a range of shocks designed in Australia especially with 4WD touring in mind.
I'm never one to jump onto the first product I try, so I've tested 2 other brands of shocks, and these Skorched4's shocks easily come out better than the other two options, and miles better than standard shocks.
Here's their speil...
"Australian designed for 4WD touring and tested for our unique conditions, the KYB Skorched4’s range was specifically engineered as a lifted height heavy-duty upgrade from Original Equipment. With a large 35mm bore, the Skorched4's shock absorber provides superior handling and control when off road, and incorporates an increased oil capacity to minimise overheating and fade-out while in operation.All Skorched4’s Shock Absorbers are matched to industry leading coil and leaf springs, to provide extra wheel travel of up to 30-50mm for lifted vehicles (in line with the industry national code of practice)."
Driving the car without a load is firm on the road, without the body roll that they normally have. Loaded up with camping gear and two people it's stable and comfortable, steering is more direct and windy roads a lot more fun! Offroad these shocks will really shine, with more travel and a firmer ride, tracks are going to be much more comfortable.
Even better, KYB has assured me that these are suitable for factory ride height, or up to a 50mm lift! So if you choose to lift your Jimny in the future, you won't need to change to different shocks. They do this by having a longer shaft within the shock.
Check this out, see the difference between the standard shocks and the new ones!
We have these available for sale now (HERE). They aren't cheap, but they're the very best way to improve your Jimny. Again, I truly believe this is the best improvement you can make to your Jimny.