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    Default Groenkloof in a Jimny?

    So I took the plunge and bought a Jimny (used, I canít afford a now one&#128563. I want to test the Jimnyís 4x4 system at Groenkloof so that I can be sure all is well while I still have a warranty😂. I have never been to Groenkloof and am not sure what to expect. A few posts here say it is a great beginner track and others say itís pretty tough. Obviously I donít want to damage the little guy and have a few questions.
    1. Is the track open on Sunday?
    2. I have done De Wildt a few times in larger vehicles (including Gert se klip&#128521, so am not a total novice, but am by no means an expert. Will the little guy manage without damage?
    3. What is recommended tyre pressure?
    4. Is it safe crime wise?
    5. Any other tips for the day?
    Thanks👍🏻
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnna View Post
    So I took the plunge and bought a Jimny (used, I canít afford a now one&#128563. I want to test the Jimnyís 4x4 system at Groenkloof so that I can be sure all is well while I still have a warranty😂. I have never been to Groenkloof and am not sure what to expect. A few posts here say it is a great beginner track and others say itís pretty tough. Obviously I donít want to damage the little guy and have a few questions.
    1. Is the track open on Sunday? Yup
    2. I have done De Wildt a few times in larger vehicles (including Gert se klip&#128521, so am not a total novice, but am by no means an expert. Will the little guy manage without damage? Depends on the driver. Vehicle is capable enough.
    3. What is recommended tyre pressure? I go down to 0.8bar with my Defender.
    4. Is it safe crime wise? Never had problems with crime there.
    5. Any other tips for the day? Careful going just after big rain, the river crossing can be deep.
    Thanks👍🏻
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    Thanks Albert!

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    Its a pleasure
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    Would love to go to Groenkloof with the Duster. Any advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnna View Post
    So I took the plunge and bought a Jimny (used, I canít afford a now one). I want to test the Jimnyís 4x4 system at Groenkloof so that I can be sure all is well while I still have a warranty. I have never been to Groenkloof and am not sure what to expect. A few posts here say it is a great beginner track and others say itís pretty tough. Obviously I donít want to damage the little guy and have a few questions.
    1. Is the track open on Sunday?
    2. I have done De Wildt a few times in larger vehicles (including Gert se klip), so am not a total novice, but am by no means an expert. Will the little guy manage without damage?
    3. What is recommended tyre pressure?
    4. Is it safe crime wise?
    5. Any other tips for the day?
    Thanks
    It will be no problem for the jimney, I also want to do groenkloof in my "new" hilux so let me know when you are planning on going.

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    Default Re: Groenkloof in a Jimny?

    Easy Peasy. Dry enough now, slowly up the mountain, check ground clearance.

    Belly protection in place?

    What time on Sunday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duster Jack View Post
    Would love to go to Groenkloof with the Duster. Any advice?
    Most of the obstacles have escape routes so just use your common sense.

    My concern is the river crossing in the beginning that must be crossed. If the water is deep you might have a serious problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duster Jack View Post
    Would love to go to Groenkloof with the Duster. Any advice?
    The Duster shouldn't have any problems. Just choose your lines carefully
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    Does the Jimny need any underbody protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnna View Post
    So I took the plunge and bought a Jimny (used, I canít afford a now one&#128563. I want to test the Jimnyís 4x4 system at Groenkloof so that I can be sure all is well while I still have a warranty😂. I have never been to Groenkloof and am not sure what to expect. A few posts here say it is a great beginner track and others say itís pretty tough. Obviously I donít want to damage the little guy and have a few questions.
    1. Is the track open on Sunday?
    2. I have done De Wildt a few times in larger vehicles (including Gert se klip&#128521, so am not a total novice, but am by no means an expert. Will the little guy manage without damage?
    3. What is recommended tyre pressure?
    4. Is it safe crime wise?
    5. Any other tips for the day?
    Thanks👍🏻
    If you've done de Wildt. Groenkloof is rather a yawn.
    A Jimny can do all of the obstacles at de Wildt without any problems, including Gert se klip.
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    Default Re: Groenkloof in a Jimny?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Does the Jimny need any underbody protection?
    You can pick up damage of you don't choose your lines correctly, there are some rocky areas. Gave my Defender a nasty bump but it was due to a rock jumping in behind me while reversing. If you are careful you should be fine. As I have mentioned before. most of the obstacles have escape routes. First walk the obstacle and then decide whether you want to tackle it.
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    Default Re: Groenkloof in a Jimny?

    The small section, after the first steep downhill, that runs in the riverbed can be challenging for the Jimny. There are very deep mud holes in the tracks and the tracks are probably wider than the Jimny tracks which will make it tricky to stay with both wheels on the middelmannetjies and if you drop in you may sit on your chassis.

    First walk this section as, once committed there is no turning back.

    You do not have to drive this section. Plenty escape routes.

    Lots of people on a Sunday so safety not an issue. Last incident involved hikers more than two years ago. Perps were apparently arrested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertvl View Post
    Most of the obstacles have escape routes so just use your common sense.

    My concern is the river crossing in the beginning that must be crossed. If the water is deep you might have a serious problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duster Jack View Post
    Thank you for the reply. Appreciate
    Take the jeep instead

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    Quote Originally Posted by rog163 View Post
    Take the jeep instead
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duster Jack View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by albertvl View Post
    You can pick up damage of you don't choose your lines correctly, there are some rocky areas. Gave my Defender a nasty bump but it was due to a rock jumping in behind me while reversing. If you are careful you should be fine. As I have mentioned before. most of the obstacles have escape routes. First walk the obstacle and then decide whether you want to tackle it.
    I must agree, get out and always check what lines you need to take.
    Me and girlfriend did Groenkloof on Saturday and really underestimated the track.
    We did it a couple of years back in a Duster (obviously not the extreme mud hole part) and found it challenging but ok. Over the weekend I took my Triton and the water crossing was way deeper than expected. It also seemed a bit more spun out and we had to adapt ur lines much more than we did with the Duster. Great fun though.

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