1998 Jimny Japanese Import

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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by fella » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:12 pm

i trawled all over megasquirt websites and did much reading, and in conclusion, its a smidge beyond my understanding or capabilities at this time! guess the benefit of of megasquirt is as i learn i would be able to tinker with it as well without having to take it back to a garage, but thats a ways down the line.

i have found a couple of places nearby in essex that seemed optimistic about helping me with a piggyback setup, so will take it down to them in a couple weeks and see what they think. its been quite hard to get help with as most people baulked at the tiny size of the engine, and then if that didn't put them off it was because its so 'old' and they just werent interested.

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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by fella » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:41 pm

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this was how she looked in Japan.

the rims are 16" with snow tyres which would not be needed whilst we're in the uk so we bought 5 steelies off ebay for 50 quid.
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had them blasted and coated.
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then we found some yokohama geolander m+s tyres with bonus whitewalls and a good price. they came from Germany.
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the look my wife wants is a useable gangster so she had all the lenses smoked. It suits it rather well i think.
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we racked up 2500 miles over about 6 weeks, going to a wedding in snow up in the Yorkshire dales, some green laning over christmas in the wolds and also some motorway miles. all handled with ease.

issues that have popped up; although the wax protection underneath is great and there is no rust below, there are some patches that need doing on one sill, behind the drivers door, a bumper mount and weirdly the rear door is just starting to rot out along the bottom edge. all the seals on the windows and doors are and no holes anywhere else. the paint looks okay in the pictures and isn't bad from afar, but the rust and paint is the biggest thing that needs done.

having the engine boosted was a good move, when its turned back down to stock it feels achingly slow so it was enough to make it useable and also helps with wooosh sounds.

she's parked up at the moment as we bombed down to the south of France and the alps in the 4motion passat estate for a few weeks.

i think i'm going to have to order in from japan some oem fog lights for the front bumper as they'll come with the correct mount and will save some faffage. could also do with some genuine floor mats as the carpet got nailed over the 2 months we used it. mudflaps are also on my wish list.

think thats where we're at...

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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by mk1joe » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:28 pm

It looks excellent! I bet its great fun to drive. I'm really jealous that you went all the way to Japan and brought a car back, that's really cool.

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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by donkeychomp » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:56 pm

Best get those lights uncovered. That's a pull from plod any time and 6 points and £200 fine just for the rears alone. Cool truck though, I like it a lot!
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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by sj_durham » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:19 pm

Lovely Sj as others have said get it rustproofed asap so it stays lovely :)


As i spend this week blasting underside nooks and crannies myself i feel i must warn you haha.

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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by SherwoodNash » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:29 pm

You have illegal tints there mate. :thumbdown:

If I was driving my family, I'd go as bright as allowed, especially on a black car and wheels.

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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by fella » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:17 am

The under seal is clinging on fine, it’s been done plenty underneath so no issue there. It’s the body that sucks.

Went to a couple of paint shops to price up the body panel repairs and paint work needed. The issue it it used to be silver and the gloss black we see was blown over onto the paint that was barely keyed underneath. It’s flaking off quicker than goldmember.

The lights all remained their original colours and their power has not been dimmed beyond the 50% minimum of their original strength, this was the 25% sheet. It was doesn’t on a whim and we made sure it’s legal. there was the extra dark show cars only sheet which looked ridiculous and we kindly turned down. They’re brighter than the bleeding Passat still ironically.

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Re: 1998 Jimny Japanese Import

Post by Anton » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:06 pm

I actually like the tinted lights, I think they look awesome. And if they're fully legal (and you have documents in the glove box proving that) then I'd say rock on.

If you ever want to sell it, then you should consider going back to standard, but as I say - I think they look great.
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