Suzuki Jimny 4x4 in the Kimberley

Submitted: Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 09:08
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4X4 driving in the Kimberley
Can any one give advice ,I am looking to visit the Bungle Bungle and maybe the Gibb River next May / June 2014 in my Suzuki Jimny 4x4 I have fitted a snorkel and a rear air diff lock.
I have some experience 4x4 driving but worried about river crossing's due to the light weight (900Kg) of the car.
I look forward to your thoughts.

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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 09:38

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 09:38
Good luck, you will thoroughly enjoy your trip. One of your main problems might be fuel as from memory the Suzy doesn't have a very long range, but I could be wrong. Can you please post some before and after pics of the Suzy and don't forget the rudder if the rivers a little high.

Cheers
Merv
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Follow Up By: scud - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 13:52

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 13:52
Thanks Merv
we really are looking forward to the trip suzy has 40Lt tank = 400Km I will be carrying additional 20Lt Jerry can should be enough? Wife always steers me when in trouble would that help in flooded rivers?
I think my problem would be fast flowing rivers any comments?
Keep well
Rick
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 14:06

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 14:06
There is no doubting the Suzuki's offroad credentials and its only failing when compared with larger 4wds is as you mentioned its abilty to ford faster flowing creeks and rivers.

However the same rules for any vehicle apply - don't rush, walk the creek first (crocs permitting), map out a route, think about "what if" happens and have a plan - prepare the vehicle - tarps, engine sprays etc.

You know your vehicle so if in doubt don't do it.

For something that might be Ok but could have issues wait for someone to come along so that help is at hand if all goes wrong.

Good luck with it.

Garry

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 14:10

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 14:10
Oh - forgot to mention - I had a new long wheel base Sierra in the mid 80s and managed to flood it on Fraser as it tended to float and loose traction in very deep water - so I can understand your concern.

The 6 Ps apply - Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
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Follow Up By: toffytrailertrash - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 17:09

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 17:09
I can remember back in 1988 pushing a Suzy with my 60 Cruiser across a fast flowing creek between Tom Price and Whittenoom and nearly loosing the Suzi half way across. Memories. Owner had ran out of fuel 100 ks out.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 16:34

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 16:34
To be safe in harder off road conditions, your fuel budget should be double your in road use!

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Reply By: krimnl - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 19:46

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 19:46
If you are sticking to the main roads / tracks there are not really any fast flowing rivers at that time of the year. you will find most of them down to a trickle.
If you are going to venture onto tracks like Carson River track you may find some deeper flowing rivers still, but to get into bungle bungles & gibb river road you shouldnt have any issues.
remember the later in the season you leave it the easier it will be.
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 19:50

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 19:50
G'day,
I wouldnt hesitate to do it.

I travelled the outback extensively in the mid to late 70's in a in a Suzuki LJ80 on my own. Carried plenty of Jerrycans & water. No room for a fridge so carried lots of dried food & my dual battery was fitted as a spare & for lighting & emergency starting only.
Plenty of bush repairs with fencing wire & remodelled tin cans!

I was only 19 & my parents used to worry but I have real fond memories. I will admit to having to open the doors to let the water in when she started floating in some of the rivers though!

Enjoy. You will be fine.

Cheers
Stu
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Follow Up By: scud - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:42

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:42
Hi All
Thank you all for your posts very informative and you have certainty answered my questions.
I am looking forward to the trip (6 months on the road in the west)
with my wife I will be careful and equipped
till later
Rick...From Tassy
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Follow Up By: cruiser 3 - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 15:32

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 15:32
Hi Rick
I would be very interested to hear of your preparation and subsequent trip.
We have travelled around Australia in a Landcruiser towing a caravan and in particular to ElQuestro and Tunnel Creek on the Gibb river road so understand the areas you ask about.
We also have a 2013 model Suzuki Jimny and have often wondered about taking it on an outback adventure.
There is definately no doubt about the Suzuki's off road performance the only down side as I see it is it's limited space for camping gear or lack of power for towing a laden trailer.
So you can see why I am interested to see how you are going to overcome these obstacles.
Another thing I notice is that the Suzuki is great for really rough going (maybe better than my Landcruiser) but when travelling on badly corrugated and rough roads like the Gibb river road it suffers from it's short wheelbase IE it skips around alot and pitches for and aft. Maybe a suspension upgrade may make an improvement in that area.
Anyway I hope you let me know of your plans and preparation
Cruiser
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Follow Up By: scud - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:04

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:04
Hi cruiser 3
Would be happy to give feedback, re some of your thoughts, I have a pod that fits to the roof bars, and have removed the rear seats and built a lightweight set of shelves in their place, for a two man tent, swags, gas stove, water, etc it all fits well including extra fuel and a small 12v frig.
We are flat towing the Suzuki behind our Motorhome and will leave the Motorhome at a secure location. so only need a few nights or so supply in the Suzuki, as we side trip etc, etc
Rick
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Follow Up By: cruiser 3 - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:30

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:30
Thanks for the feedback. Interesting how much you have been able to fit in the back.
Having the motor home for most of the travel and using the Suzuki for short trips seems an ideal way to see the country.
When I tow my caravan and am far from home I am reluctant to take the Landcruiser into very rough areas because of it being my only means of returning home. You on the other hand can be far more adventurous with the Suzuki.
Cruiser
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Follow Up By: scud - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 16:46

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 16:46
Hi Cruiser
not all in the back thank goodness for the roof pod

Rick
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Reply By: "Not So Grey Nomads" - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 22:09

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 22:09
Gday mate. We travelled to the cape last month including the old telegraph track.. I have some great pictures of a jimny crossing some of the good creeks... we saw it at various points including the tip and back at port douglas... if u send me your email ill happily send the photos...
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Follow Up By: scud - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:06

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 10:06
Hi Not so gray (me either?)
hilux601@hotmail.com
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