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Old 11-08-2009, 01:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi suzuki peoples

Im from Australia and own a Jimny. Dont hold that against me!

I love this little 4WD but the one area that it lets itself down is the small fuel tank. Australia is a big place and 40L just doesnt get you anywhere.

Im not interested in rock hopping with my jimny (big tyres, suspension etc) I want to make a tourer out of it, albiet a small one. For this to happen I would like to increase the vehicles range i.e I need to be able to carry more fuel. Another 40L would be ample.

I should say from the beginning Im not interested in carrying fuel on the roof rack, or carrying fuel in jerrys inside the vehicle. Given these limitations what are my options?

Has anybody seen a long range fuel tank fitted to a jimny? Even a custom made one? Where is a likely spot to put one? Not much room underneath...
How about a rear bull bar fitted with jerry holders? Another custom job for sure
Or a modified tow bar attachment with jerry holders?

Surely somebody has recognised the limited range of the Jimny and come up with a solution to the small tank!!

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Cheers,
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You could try an engorgement charm.. no wait, that's Harry Potter...

PetroWorks in Southern California sells a 15 gallon (roughly 1.5 times capacity) tank for the SJ413 (Holden Drover/Samurai). I don't know if that critter will fit under an Jimny since we can't buy a Jimny here in the US .

That said, your next best bet is a bumper fitted for external ("Jerry") tanks.

There might be a Japanese, Indian or Filipino 4x4 website with a product.

Also, check the Australian ARB website (Google ARB I don't have a link for it -sorry) for an aftermarket Jimny bumper.

Last option: Its Fabbing time! (unless you live in an apartment and don't have room for a welder and steel storage )

I hope this helps!
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Long Ranger of Australia makes 70 Liter long range tanks for the Samurai/Sierra. But I don't know if you can customize it to fit the Jimny. I imagine it can be done, just check the mounts and stuff. I don't think the two vary much in the chassis.

BTW Ack, Aussies managed to fit 70 Liters on the Samurai, that's 18.5 Gallons. They're the best when it comes to fuel tanks.

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long rangers standard wheel base Samurai is 15 gallons. The 18 gallon tank is for the long wheel base samurai. We don't have enough of those over here to actually have much of a market for limited run aftermarket parts for them.

Aside from internal jerry cans, would you be opposed to running secondary internal fuel cell that was hardlined to the primary tank?
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I own a Holden Drover and I have fitted a Brown Davis long range tank (75ltrs). You're right, 40ltrs doesn't get you far and that's why I fitted the long range tank. If you do get a long range tank to fit your Jimny be prepared to modify or replace the standard exhaust. The larger tank fills the whole space under the rear cargo area. My exhaust now comes out in front of the left rear wheel. The replacement tank hasn't affected my approach or departure angles. Also keep in mind the extra weight of the fuel, you may even have to upgrade your suspension to handle the extra weight of a full fuel load.

I'm in Perth so if you want more info PM me.
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Is the Holden Drover the same as the Suzuki Samurai/Sierra?
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Yes it is. Drover (Sierra) was produced by Suzuki in the mid to late 80s when quite a few manufacturers were model sharing. Suzuki Swift was a Barina for Holden, Nissan Patrol was a Ford Maverick, Nissan Pulsar was a Holden Astra, Holden Commodore was a Toyota Lexen, these are just a few examples of model sharing. Interestingly on the Drover most of the major engine bolts have the Suzuki S imprinted on the heads as well as a plate mounted on the firewall stating that this vehicle was manufactured by Suzuki for Holden (GMH).
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Yes it is. Drover (Sierra) was produced by Suzuki in the mid to late 80s when quite a few manufacturers were model sharing. Suzuki Swift was a Barina for Holden, Nissan Patrol was a Ford Maverick, Nissan Pulsar was a Holden Astra, Holden Commodore was a Toyota Lexen, these are just a few examples of model sharing. Interestingly on the Drover most of the major engine bolts have the Suzuki S imprinted on the heads as well as a plate mounted on the firewall stating that this vehicle was manufactured by Suzuki for Holden (GMH).
Very interesting!
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THanks for the replies folks, some good ideas there which I have mulled over below....

Lone Ranger Oz doesnt produce a tank for the Jimny, I've emailed them about it. They didnt elaborate whether their sierra 75L tank could be modified to suit the Jimny, I could ask them this particular question though to make absolutely 100% sure.

From their website ARB doesnt have anything for the Jimny apart from standard stuff like bull bars, tow bars, air lockers and suspension etc. I still need to surf the web a bit more to see if anything is made in Japan, India etc. I dont hold much hope though, those countries (especially japan) are tiny compared to OZ so they never needed to make a bigger tank available.

Im thinking like Ack that a modified rear bumper with jerry holders might be the simplest way of holding more fuel. I can remember reading somewhere (maybe this site) somebody totally rubbishing the idea saying it is highly unsafe. I think the words they used were its a 'backpack bomb' waiting to explode!! Im not particularly worried abou this because I would only be carrying fuel on the back once I get out of metro areas. Less traffic here shouldnt be a problem. You should see how people carry fuel in OZ, on the roof probably isnt anymore safe!

[B]Baratacus mentions the idea of an internal fuel cell linked to the main tank, this is something Im very interested in indeed. I've pulled out the back seats on my Jimny and its quite obvious where the fuel tank sits under the car, its right under where the back seat was!! Im sure installing a second fuel cell/tank within the vehicle would be straight forward if I talked to the right engineer/person, but who? WOuld I need a second fuel filler for this tank as it sits above the original and could not be gravity fed? Does that make sense? I m sure this option probably costs a fair bit too!!

I've looked at the exhaust on the Jimny as footloose suggested to see if a second tank could be put on the rear. The muffler on a Jimny is already on the right hand side, not on the far rear of the vehicle taking up space(which might be where it is on the Sierra/Samurai). I dont think there is space at the back for a second tank, there is chassis support bars or something (not highly technical but Im not sure what to call whats there).

Im in Kalgoolie so need to get to Perth in the coming months and talk to the Suzuki club there to see if anybody has any ideas to improving the range on the JImny.

Thanks again
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Sorry my appologies

I actually had a second look under my Jimny and saw that the muffler is in fact at the rear, an ideal location for a tank. I've emailed long ranger about their tr48 tank for Sierra and whether it needs to be modified for Jimny. I assume thats where it goes where the muffler is?

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