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There is only 1 way to get the diffs higher off the ground, and that's with larger tyres. When we're using tracks that have been rutted out by larger trucks, they'll often make ruts that are deeper than what a small tyre can get you through. So there are lots of reasons for larger tyres. I've got for 31"x10.5" tyres. Again, they're Goodride tyres from the super helpful team at Bridgestone Shirley in Christchurch. These guys know exactly what is needed to fit a Jimny, they've fitted wheels and tyres to LOTS of them! The Challenges: Clearance Since I've changed...

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A winch is an essential piece of kit, especially when heading into the hills alone.  Now days if I'm going bush, I take a loaded up camping trailer behind the Jimny. I can cart all sorts of things in there, I can load it with BBQs, tents, fishing gear, my inflatable boat and outboard motor - I can take a lot of gear. But it all adds a lot of weight. Having a winch gives me so many more options to get unstuck. I get stuck in a hole or steep spot, I can winch out. If there is an...

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Canterbury, Jimny Build, Roof tent, Wilberforce Trailers -

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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Jimny Build -

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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