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    Default Suzuki Jimny Van Zyls pass

    Has anyone sucessfully gone over Van Zyls Pass with a Jimny ? How was the experience ?

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    Never been there, but from what I hear it is doable. Just don't go alone and remember to carry extra tyres.

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    Jimny can go anywhere with AT tyres. With stock tyres nowhere.

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    Doing Van Zyls in a Jimmy will not be an issue. It is more than capable of driving the pass.

    I also agree, do not go alone.

    The bigger problem will be getting there (and back). This due to the Jimmy having only a 40lt tank. Your range is limited and this is so remote you you will have to plan carefully, and get your mates to carry your extra fuel.

    I would not recommend towing a trailer with the Jimmy on a trip like this.
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    We descended Van Zyl’s in 2010 and in our group of five vehicles, three took trailers along and they descended Van Zyl's without any problem. However, I'm glad we did not take our trailer with. - Kaokoland is not for trailers because of the rough terrain.
    The rocky terrain did chew some chunks out of our tyres, but no cuts.


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    A Jimny should easily do van Zyls. We did it alone 2 years ago - it was great, no issues. Tyres should be upgraded, upgrade the suspension if possible, keep centre of gravity low (keep weight on roof rack low). I think the only issue will be fuel - we did close to 1000km between fuel stops.
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    Depending on who has been through before you, and recent rain, you may have to do some road building because of ground clearance issues. But that's the case for any vehicle doing Van Zyl's. The Jimny is nimble enough to duck around sections other vehicles would have to traverse.

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    Thanks guys. Seems feul and tyres are the only problems,wheather permitting. Think i'll do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by louis123 View Post
    Thanks guys. Seems feul and tyres are the only problems,wheather permitting. Think i'll do it
    Take a couple of spare tyre casings with you and learn how to attach them before leaving.

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    Do you think Jimny with a trailer would be able to do this? Was thinking light weight trailer to carry the extra fuel...

    Would be a cool club putting

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    Quote Originally Posted by louis123 View Post
    Has anyone sucessfully gone over Van Zyls Pass with a Jimny ? How was the experience ?
    I have recently seen a post (and photos) being shared on a Jimny FB page about somebody that has been over the Van Zyls Pass with his stock standard Jimny. I will try and find the post again, would like to know if he carried his own fuel or if he had some other vehicle carry his fuel. I do not doubt the capabilities of the vehicle though. Maybe it's somebody on the forum, or he is known by somebody?
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    We did Van Zyl's with the Fortuner Dec 2015, Jimny would be more than capable to do Van Zyls, some guys already mention, but important factors to keep in mind,
    • Keep center of gratify as low as possible,
    • Suspension not a must but extra ground clearance will help a lot
    • Good Offroad tyres as your tyres will take huge amount of hammering and scraping on the rocks, you dont want to loose a tyre on the pass, thus recommend at least a 6 or 8 ply tyre
    • Wont do it with a Jimny with a Trailer... will be just dangerous
    • Some areas the Jimny might even be easier as it will fit easier and give a few options to pic a better line than the bigger vehicles,

    Note, although Van Zyls can and will be extremely challenging, the road to Van Zyls will keep you almost as busy!

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    Sorry a bit of a late reply on this tread however I did Van Zyl's Jun 2019 with my Jimny.
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    Awesome, please post more feedback of your trip and more pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomthomas View Post
    Sorry a bit of a late reply on this tread however I did Van Zyl's Jun 2019 with my Jimny.
    and did you carry your own fuel? what mods did you do or deem necessary?

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    A friend was there in May and two guys from some tv show went through in a Jimny "easier than the rest".....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navigator View Post
    Awesome, please post more feedback of your trip and more pictures!
    Busy compiling more details and videos - will post once done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0lt3n View Post
    and did you carry your own fuel? what mods did you do or deem necessary?
    Yep filled up at Okangwati and made it to Sesfontein via the drums with my 40lt tank and 40lt on top however I had a 20lt back-up on another vehicle for just in case but did not need to use it. Minor mods like front 4x4 bumper for front clearance, 40mm lift, airbags in rear springs pumped to 2 bar and a steering damper and that is about all - rest stock standard. Only had 1 spare and fortunately not tyre blow-out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navigator View Post
    Awesome, please post more feedback of your trip and more pictures!
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