Getting high with Bilstein

Suzuki Jimny fans can now tweak the off-road ability of their vehicles with the addition of a Bilstein ‘Raise Your Game’ (RYG) suspension kit.

The locally-optimised RYG kit for Jimny brings to 12 the number of vehicles catered for – including various Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen and Isuzu SUV’s.

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The latest kit fits the current fourth-generation (JB74) Jimny but also the previous-generation versions. They share a 2 250 mm wheelbase and this means the kit fits vehicles going all the way back to 1998.

The Jimny RYG kit comprises a quartet of imported Bilstein B8 Off-Road monotube shock absorbers which are custom-built locally and then paired with a set of locally-manufactured springs. This achieves, in the case of an unladen Jimny sans accessories, an increase in ride height in the order of 35 mm to 45 mm.

The kit also includes a set of high-density polyurethane bushes with an offset metal sleeve. These bushes are pressed into the original locating arms and compensate for the castor angle change that comes about with increased ride height.


RYG kits provide an unladen height increase between 30 mm and 50 mm, in line with the objective of ensuring driveshafts and other components work within their original specification. With the Jimny, which has solid axles front and rear, driveshaft angle is not an issue, but loss of castor angle is, necessitating the inclusion of the non-concentric bushes.

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The Jimny RYG kit retails at R22 625 and can be ordered at any Goldwagen or Imcomex store on the sub-continent.


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