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I've always loved the idea of camping on the roof of a car. To get up off the wet ground, off the rocks and not have to try and bang pegs into a stoney riverbed. So I did it. The Benefits Camping in a rooftent is cooler than you'd expect. Your bedding stays in the tent, you don't need to drag it through wet grass or even take it from the car to the tent, it's always dry and clean.  The same can be said for your clean clothes - keep them up top and you're sorted. You can load your...

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There are lots of liftkit options available and my mates at Opposite Lock NZ talked me through the pros and cons of each.   Essentially, some come with all the wee bits, some don't. The kits that come with all the bits, they're twice the price of the kit that doesn't, but the bits that aren't included in the cheaper kit are cheap and easy to source. So we opted to go for the Dobinsons kit, which included springs and shocks. Opposite Lock sorted out the longer rear brake hoses (off a Hilux), and they made a new mount for the headlight alignment sensor....

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When four wheel driving, especially in very remote areas, a snorkel is almost a requirement - you never know when you're doing to need to cross through a river that's a little deeper than expected. Since getting my Jimny well over a year ago, I've been hunting for a snorkel, with no luck. I've had my sourcing guys in China looking everywhere, and recently they found a factory that'd make one for me, so I ordered a sample.  It's fantastic!  All the parts required to fit it up nicely - it looks to come with exactly the same bits as...

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It's the internal debate that I've been having for a while now:  Do I use a towbar or rear recovery points on the back of my Jimny.  A towbar means I can tow a trailer if I need to, and it's a nice solid bar across the back of my Jimny for any tricky rear departure angles that I face when in the wild wilderness.  Rear recovery points are advantageous because they're super light and are nicely tucked out of the way.  It's a tough call.  I've had my Jimny about 6 months now, and I've never felt the urge...

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WHY DO WE NEED ROCK SLIDERS? In New Zealand, the Warrant of Fitness inspectors get unhappy about any damage to the sill, the piece of the body under the doors, so they need to be protected.  Unfortunately, when 4wding, sometimes you come across rocks and ledges to get over, especially when your Jimny hasn't been lifted yet (just as mine currently sits). So the solution is rock sliders. A rock slider is a bar that runs under your vehicle, along the length of the vehicle between the front and rear wheel. It's number 1 purpose is to protect the body...

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