Australian company Ironman 4x4 has announced the first, and only, federally approved gross vehicle mass (GVM) upgrade to suit the latest Suzuki Jimny pint-sized off-roader.
The Jimny's original 1435kg GVM has been increased by 350kg to 1785kg with revised axle-loading limits of 800kg front and 1100kg rear – an increase from the OE figures of 680kg and 880kg, respectively.
The GVM kit, which is available now, effectively ups the little Zook’s load capacity so it can take more accessories and cargo onboard.
The suspension upgrade increases the Jimny’s standard ride height by 45mm and is claimed to improve ride and handling.
The GVM upgrade gives Jimny owners greater scope to fit bull bars, winches, roof racks, recovery gear and carry even more camping equipment, without exceeding the new GVM.
Standard GVM may be unknowingly exceeded, especially when you consider that a Jimny’s bull bar may weigh more than 80kg, a winch more than 28kg, a roof rack more than 20kg, and your fridge and camping gear more than 200kg. Throw on some all-terrain tyres (more than 30kg) as well as two passengers (150kg-plus), and all of a sudden your standard Jimny (without a GVM upgrade) might be on the edge of its legal maximum weight.
Ironman 4x4 states: “With each accessory carried by the vehicle, the responsiveness of the original equipment (OE) suspension changes. The OE manufacturer designs their suspension kits for comfort above all else and the addition of load can compromise ongoing performance.
“GVM upgrades assist in satisfying insurance and road transport regulation requirements, as Ironman 4x4 has conducted all required testing to ensure complete integration with all safety systems and requirements as well as compliance with federal laws.”
Ironman 4x4 GVM upgrades to suit the Suzuki Jimny are available, in pre- and post-registration kits, through approved GVM installers across Australia.
Prices start from $2571, plus freight and shipping, plus engineering sign-off (post-reg only), and are subject to state compliance.
Note: a state-authorised automotive engineer must inspect and approve your modified vehicle for the issue of modification plate.