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    Default Jimny - Wobling steering wheel

    Under the technical problems I read that 3 other people had problems with a wobling steering wheel when driving between 70 and 80km/h.

    I bought a Jimny (15000kms) on Friday. We also have the wobling steering wheel problem. It sometimes starts when braking, but continues even when releasing the brakes. Today it happened while just driving.

    At first I thought it was the 40mm raised suspension causing the trouble. I took the Jimny to LA Sport West Rand. They had a look at it and saw Pro Comp shocks fitted with new control arms, stabliser arms and a heavy duty steering dampner (worth R25000 according to them that I scored). It looked like the steering rod touches the new stabliser arm (if that's what you call it). They thought that that could cause the trouble because everything else looked fine.

    One of their guys drove with me to Pro Comp in Honeydew (as they make/import the shocks) and LA Sport does not know that specific suspension kit.

    At Pro Comp the guys looked at the set up, but said that it's only their shocks, but not suspension, control arms and stuff. They recommended I speak to the Suzuki dealership and find out from the previous owner what kit have been installed.

    After phoning the dealership, they said the kit have been approved/installed by Suzuki SA and I can take the car to any Suzuki dealership to be looked at.

    Are there even any "Suzuki Approved" suspension lift systems for the Jimny that won't effect the warranty/maintenance plan?!

    Anyways, after resading the posts from other Jimny owners with similar problems, I decided that I will rather go to check:
    1) The wheel alignment and balancing
    2) See if the brake disks have been warped

    I am almost certain it will solve my problem. I will post back tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey-D View Post
    After phoning the dealership, they said the kit have been approved/installed by Suzuki SA and I can take the car to any Suzuki dealership to be looked at.

    Are there even any "Suzuki Approved" suspension lift systems for the Jimny that won't effect the warranty/maintenance plan?!


    1) The wheel alignment and balancing
    Not aware of any approved lift kits.......

    Wheel alignment and balancing might do the trick BUT I think its your tyre pressures

    1.6 Front and 1.8 Back....these pressures make a huge difference.

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    1) TIRE PRESSURES

    2) Ask your Suzuki dealer to check the "steeing box", a few needed attention

    3) Brake discs possibly needs skimming

    4) the suspension lift ..... ?

    5) TIRE PRESSURES !!!!


    Please let us know what it was, once you have sorted it out.

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    Which Suzuki Dealership did you call?
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    If wheel balancing and alignment sorts out the problem, you scored big time with the suspension upgrade. Even standard Jimnys do this as far as I've heard. Shouldn't be too difficult to sort out. The brake discs should be fine at 15 000km.
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    Can we have some pics of the car and suspension underneath please?

    It will be nice to see the difference in lift and what the shocks etc look like - especially if this is approved by Suzuki SA.

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    Yesterday morning I took the Jimny to Tiger Wheel and Tyre for balancing and alignment. They said the one tyre was out of balance, but they rotated it on the rim and properly balanced it.

    According to the results page you get with the alignment, there was nothing major wrong there.

    A few hours later my wife phoned me saying she almost made an accident again because the steering messed up.

    I drove the Jimny to Suzuki Bryanston where they did not know of any approved suspension. Eventually one of their guys came out and said he knows our Jimny and that it was on a show for Suzuki SA approval for the extras installed. He also said that Suzuki SA guys did the modifications.

    I went for a drive with one of their technicians, but could not get the steering to wobble again. I told them that they should keep the Jimny till they can fix it because it's too dangerous to drive like that.

    They phoned later saying they found the problem, but Suzuki SA (head office) said they decided not to approve the suspension any more and will replace it for the standard suspension for me.

    Although I liked the raised suspension, I do not wish to loose my warranty and maintenance plan and would like for my wife to drive a safe car, I told them to go ahead and put the standard suspension back in...

    I'll post some photos of the Jimny and suspension shortly.


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    After seeing the pics, I agree with Suzuki, put the stock suspension back. That is not a very reputable kit that has been fitted. Have a look at the stretched coils.

    I would get them to leave the steering stabiliser though.
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    I can see part of the instability problem in the second last pic. The anti-roll bar links should be vertical, not horizontal.
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    I can't see the pictures!

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    Images are hosted at Flicr.com. Maybe you have reached your international cap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saxj View Post
    After seeing the pics, I agree with Suzuki, put the stock suspension back. That is not a very reputable kit that has been fitted. Have a look at the stretched coils.

    I would get them to leave the steering stabiliser though.
    The coils are stretched because the Jimny was lifted to get the wheels balanced at Tiger Wheel and Tyres. I took the photos yesterday while it was jacked up and the wheels removed.
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    For those who want to know ...

    Spoke to the service manager at suzuki centurion today. He said that the first +- 200 Jimnys brought in used a defective rubber compound in some of the bushes in (IIRC) the leading arms which causes the 80km/h steering wobble. Suzuki will apparently replace if part numbers match the defective batch.
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    Thanks Soutter - I will follow up with my local dealer ....

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    I suppose a Jimny bought in June 2009 should be above the 200 count? Hope so.
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    I have a 45mm lift and it does not look as high as jour 40mm lift. And I have never had any wobbles of any sort. I agree with Saxj the anti-roll bar links should be vertical, not horizontal and even if you lift the car thy will not go horizontal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey-D View Post
    The coils are stretched because the Jimny was lifted to get the wheels balanced at Tiger Wheel and Tyres. I took the photos yesterday while it was jacked up and the wheels removed.
    Even when extended the loops of the coils should be evenly spaced.
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    I wonder why they gave it a quick spray job, just to make it look clean and shiny? Looks terrible when you look underneath. Looks like a 2nd hand car after it had gone for a valet. Just to hide the rust and damage.
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    Myne is one of the 2008 launch vehicles, and has now started this wobble with 23000km on the clock. I hope all the dealers are aware of this problem.
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