For the Australian media launch of the new Jimny, Suzuki Australia enlisted ARB to develop a static display of a kitted out Jimny called “Project JBOX”, fitted with specially designed features like the ARB-designed Jimny protection bars.
Following on from Project JBOX development, ARB’s own Jimny was brought into play for testing chassis mounts, winch loads and attachment hardware, for the real-life production versions.
Now, with a roof rack application already available, and the Summit Bar and Rock Sliders due to arrive any day, ARB had a head start on accessories to follow the runaway success of Suzuki’s new off-roader.
ARB New Zealand’s Marketing Manager, Callum Crawley, says that there is a new suspension upgrade package due here towards the end of July or early August.
Inspired by the ARB Deluxe Bar, the Jimny’s Summit Bar is a vehicle-specific design and fits in perfectly with the Jimny’s off-road persona.
With almost too many features to list, the bar includes things like a split front pan that accommodates a range of winches up to 8000 lb, and still allows airflow through to the radiator.
Then there is a cool three-piece grill that hinges out of the way for easy access to winch clutch handle and driving light fitting points.
The traditional ARB “wings” accommodate the factory Jimny fog lights and indicator/park light units, and the bar has a driving light and antenna mounts.
Off-road jacking points are factory welded to the bar in such a way as to prevent interference between the jack and the front of the bar during lifting.
The bar adds 120 mm to the length of the Jimny but improves the approach angle by two degrees to 37 degrees.
Although 8 kg is removed from the Zuke, before the bar is installed, its 45 kg weight adds 37 kg to the front of the little truck.
Crawley says the soon to be released suspension upgrade includes a two-way option for the front springs, to allow for fitting the bar, or the bar and a winch.
The Summit Bar is finished in black Integrit powder coating, which sets off the textured black guard extensions on the Jimny.
Complementing the launch of their Jimny Spec Summit Bar, ARBNZ are also looking forward to the arrival of the new ARB Rock Sliders, which also featured on the “Project XBOX”.
Both Suzuki and ARB are expecting the new Jimnys to see significant off-road action, and these sliders are pretty tough items.
Made from 60 mm steel tube, they are attached to the chassis by a combination of brackets, M10 bolts and fasteners at three mount points to ensure proper vehicle support in a severe grounding, as well as protection.
Chassis support bars are 47.6 x 2.6 steel, and the brackets are 4mm laser-cut, welded and folded plate.
Again, to match the front bar and guard extensions, the sliders are finished in Integrit black powder coat.
Photos: Courtesy ARB