I took the advice from bigjimny.com based on the fact I’m not a major off road enthusiast and want to protect the essentials. So there’s only a few bits of underbody protection to add.
First phase is Radius Arm Guards. I’ve hit these a few times so far, more so than anywhere else so it seems a good place to start. To follow is a Fuel Filter guard and Transfer Box skid plate. That ought to do it until I can find the rock sliders I’d like to go for. Just something that’ll offer a bit of extra protection but more importantly something I can step on.
Jimny Style Radius Arm Guards
To maintain the overall look of the build, these black arm guards looked good. Strong but not heavy, coming in at a total of 3.2kg for the set.
- STL HIGH PEAK Rear Radius Arm Guards for Suzuki Jimny (2018+)
- STL HIGH PEAK Front Radius Arm Guards for Suzuki Jimny (2018+)
I parked the car on flat ground and used a webbing strap to try and keep the arm in place as I removed the bolts. This worked out fine. I needed to use a screw driver to line up some of the holes ready to tap the new bolts through and for one guard I needed my wife to push the wheel a bit to line it up.
I must have bashed and bent the side of one the radius arm mounts (not sure the name) as it took a bit more persuasion than the other 3 but it went on with help from a rubber mallet. Easy an DIY job in the end that took around 30-40 mins… yeah I’m slow lol.
I did notice some rust on all four sides before fitting the guards so I’ll have to get the guards removed and have them treated once I get the whole underbody protection painted on.
The OEM bolts are 17mm and the JimnyStyle Bolts are 19mm.
Love the final finish on these and they’re certainly tough.
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Sleep well, safe in the knowledge that your door locks are bulletproof 😜
Bad joke aside I love em!
I’ll update this article once I get my hands on more kit 🙂
12 thoughts on “Protection – Part 1”
Do you know if these would fit a 3rd gen Jimny (2017)?
Unfortunately not :/
Try jimnybits.com ?
Trekfinder has something similar for the FJ series.
No need to jack up for installation?
No, I didn’t need to jack it up. I’m working on a mods update video that’ll show some of the fitting of them. ?
Hi when you fitted these which way did the spacers go the flanged side pushed through the hole from the outside so the flange stayed on the outside or aligning the spaced on the inside of the steel protector with the flange on the inside
Hi Paul, I fitted them with the spacers pushed through from the outside. Rightly or wrongly 😉
Hi thanks, i did the same, wasn’t sure if it was right though, perhaps I overtightened as the metal bent inwards (all good and secure but if I ever have to take them off i fear they will not slip back off of the lip on the chassis radius point). It was is if there needed to be more of a thick spacer between the inside of the protector and the chassis radius point to handle the torque and not bend in. Did yours bend inward.
I don’t remember them bending so maybe I didn’t tighten them to the correct torque. I had a quick look they’re still rock solid and don’t look bent. 👍
what ever happened to protection part 2?
Hi Rod, I ended up very rarely going off road that would necessitate it so haven’t bought any new underbody protection. Cheers