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Fitting a lift kit to your Grand Vitara is one of the first modifications that most owners consider when they want to optimise their rig for off-road use. Like most new 4WD’s out of the factory, the stock Grand Vitara has relatively low ground clearance. Installing a lift kit provides many practical benefits when it comes to off-road capability, however when installing a suspension upgrade on your Suzuki Grand Vitara there are a few issues you need to consider.

Installing a lift kit can be detrimental to your vehicles performance. Suspension lift kits effect a range of things including steering, handling, and ride comfort. Excessive spring lift can also create issues within the suspension and driveline geometry, causing drive line parts like CV joints and drive shaft universal joints to experience shortened lives. Airbag compatibility should also be a consideration, with some systems becoming compromised should the incorrect lift kit be fitted to your Grand Vitara. This article takes a look at the benefits of installing a quality lift kit and the different suspension lift kits that are available to suit your Grand Vitara.

Why Fit a Lift Kit To Your Suzuki Grand Vitara?

Aesthetics

white suzuki grand vitara lift kit being tested on this white vitara off roading on a clear sky day in australia
Suzuki Grand Vitara In Action

The reason for installing a lift kit usually comes down to a combination of aesthetic and practical reasons. Although many 4WD enthusiasts wouldn’t like to admit it, some of the motivation for a lift kit comes down to wanting a rugged look that you don’t get with standard 4WDs. Certainly adding a lift kit and big beefy off-road tyres creates some rugged appeal. Stock standard, the Grand Vitara doesn’t have the off-road look that many 4WD enthusiasts crave. Add a bull bar, lift kit and some fat off road tyres and now you’re talking.

Practical Benefits of a Suspension Lift Kit

The main practical benefit to installing a Grand Vitara suspension upgrade is to raise the height of your chassis to provide more ground clearance. This has a number of benefit’s including steeper approach and departure angles, increased ramp over angle and improved wheel travel. This truly does benefit the off-road capability of your Grand Vitara preventing bottom out on rough tracks and terrain. The second reason most drivers add a lift kit is so they can add bigger tyres to their 4WD, though often there is a compromise between lift gains and reduced wheel travel.

Many Suzuki 4WD’s can’t accommodate off-road tyres without some form of modification. The general motivation for wanting larger, off-road tyres is higher ground clearance and improved traction in rough terrain such as mud, snow and rocky terrain.

Issues to Consider When Fitting a Lift Kit to Your Grand Vitara

Fitting a Lift Kit

black suzuki grand vitara on beach at dusk australia off roading suzuki in perth, western australia
Enjoying A Grandi Vitara Perth Beach Ride At Dusk Thanks To The Suspension Lift Kit Installed.

You can fit a lift kit yourself. Although it can be an intricate job, so it’s probably better to get a qualified Suzuki mechanic to take care of the job. Keep in mind also, that an experienced mechanic may diagnose potential safety or other maintenance issues which can be rectified during the fitting of the lift kit; including the fitment of castor correction bushes or bolts and performing a wheel alignment.

Performance and Handling

Fitting a lift kit and off-road tyres can drastically impact the on road performance of your Grand Vitara. Off-road tyres tend to wear faster, are noisier, can affect the gear ratio of your vehicle and will affect fuel efficiency. After market suspension lift kits also tend to create a stiffer ride, reducing comfort in some vehicles. Lifting your Suzuki also raises its centre of gravity, this can result in less stability on side angles.

Legalities

Some changes to your suspension may affect the legality of your vehicle on road in some states and territories. Check the regulations in your jurisdiction before modifying, or ask your qualified Suzuki mechanic for their advice.

Suzuki Grand Vitara Lift Kits

4WD Part Shop (a.k.a. Suzistore) stocks a wide range of lift kits to suit Suzuki Grand Vitara models, both short and long wheel base, and can provide custom solutions on request. All the lift kits available at Suzistore are designed at a safe and comfortable ride height and provide improved ground clearance without compromising safety. Suzistore stocks suspension lift kits by Dobinsons and Ironman, two excellent manufacturers who provide lift kits made specifically for harsh Australian conditions.

Dobinsons Suspension

Dobinsons suspensions lift kit coil springs are Australian made and meet ISO ISO9001:2008 standards. All Dobinsons lift kits to suit Grand Vitara come with Twin Tube Nitrogas shock absorbers expertly engineered and extensively tested before mass production.

Ironman Suspension

Ironman Lift Kits, Built tough for Australian conditions, will provide up to 40mm of lift. Each kit includes 4 Nitro Gas Shocks ad 4 Ironman coil springs.

Suzuki Grand Vitara Lift Kit Buyers Guide

Grand Vitara Model and Lift Kit

Suzuki Grand Vitara JB416 2005 – 2008 Motor M16A EFI 1.6L 4 Cyl:

  • Ironman Suspension Lift Kit 40mm Short Wheel Base
  • Dobinsons Suspension Lift Kit 40mm

Suzuki Grand Vitara JB419 2008 – On Motor F9Q-299 1.9L 4 Cyl Diesel:

  • Suspension Lift Kit 40 mm – Four Dobinson shocks and coil springs
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit

Suzuki Grand Vitara JB420 2005 – 2008 Motor J20A EFI 2.0L 4 Cyl:

  • Suspension Lift Kit 40 mm – Four Dobinson shocks and coil springs
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 40mm LWB
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 40mm SWB

Suzuki Grand Vitara JB424 2008 – Upwards Motor J24 2.4L 4 Cyl

  • Suspension lift kit 40 mm – Four Dobinson shocks and coil springs
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 40mm LWB
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 40mm SWB

Suzuki Grand Vitara JB627 2005 – 2008 Motor H27A EFI 2.7L V6

  • Suspension lift kit 40 mm – Four Dobinson shocks and coil springs
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift 40mm LWB

Suzuki Grand Vitara JB632 2008 – 2012 Motor N32 3.2L V6

  • Suspension lift kit 40 mm – Four Dobinson shocks and coil springs
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 40mm LWB

Suzuki Grand Vitara SQ416 1998 – 2005 Motor G16B EFI 1.6L 4 Cyl

  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 35mm SWB

Suzuki Grand Vitara SQ420 1998 – 2005 Motor J20A EFI 2.0L 4 Cyl

  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 35mm LWB
  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 35mm SWB

Suzuki Grand Vitara SQ625 1998 – 2005 Motor H25A EFI 2.5L V6

  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 35mm LWB

Suzuki Grand Vitara XL7 2000 – 2005 Motor H27 EFI 2.7L V6

  • Ironman Grand Vitara Lift Kit 35mm XL7
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Suzuki Sierra vs Jimny: A Side-By-Side Comparison

Suzuki has a well-deserved reputation for providing small four wheel drives that punch well above their weight. For buyers in the second hand market looking for a cheap four wheel drive to get them out there you can’t go past a Sierra or Jimny.

But which one is better?

Really each have their pros and cons and it comes down to what you intend to use the car for. Jimny’s have a little more comfort and power than the older Sierra’s, although Sierra’s have a proven reputation for being more capable off-road.

Plus Sierra’s are more easily customised for those who want to modify their car into an off-road weapon. This article takes a look at the main factors when choosing between a Sierra vs Jimny, so you can choose the car that is right for you.

Jimny and Sierra Overview

red ute rebuild parked on grass at 4wd part shop wa
Red Ute Rebuild At 4Wd Part Shop (Suzistore)

With Sierra and Jimny you get a simple no fuss small SUV, but what they lack in glamour they make up for in fun.

Light, high riding, full-ladder chassis, a dual-range transfer case and live axles front and rear make the Jimny and Sierra perfect little off-road machines.

Sure, they might not be the most comfortable or powerful car to drive on the road, but you get a lot of 4WD fun packed into a tidy little package. Reliable on the beach and down most dirt tracks, you can take the Jimny or Suzuki Sierra most places you can take much larger 4WD’s. Often further too due to their light weight, short wheelbase and narrow track width. A major advantage they hold is not having to drive in the ruts left by the larger vehicles.

Some downsides include a lack of cargo space, they’re pretty slow up a long hill, plus they aren’t the most comfortable car. But with Jimny and Sierra that’s not what you’re buying, you’re simply buying pure off-road driving fun.

Performance

For years Sierra owned the small 4WD market due to its off-road capabilities and for good reason. Low range capability, four wheel drive and light weight made the Sierra an excellent off-road car. Sierra’s come in 8 Valve 1.0-litre or 1.3-litre carburetted engines.

They certainly arent going to be breaking any land speed records.

But when it comes to off-road, Sierra’s are often favoured over Jimny’s for two reasons: they are easy to modify, and they are stronger vehicles. When Suzuki made the Sierra, they were designed purely as an off-road car for fun.

Jimny’s are more of a soft 4WD and made for improved comfort on road with some off-road capability. Suzuki sacrificed strength in their transfer case, a weaker gear box and axles for comfort in the Jimny with its coil suspension, longer and wider track and heavier overall weight.

The second reason four wheel drive enthusiasts’ love the Sierra is its ability to be modified. The simple design and engineering makes it the perfect platform for 4WD modification.

When the Jimny was released, modern additions such as coil springs, airbags and fuel injection made it harder for the home mechanic to modify this newer Suzuki model. Aftermarket support was also once quite limited for the Jimny (though this is no longer the case).

Being easily modified is a big tick for the Sierra allowing for the easy addition of basic 4WD extras such as off-road tyres and bull bars.

When it comes to off-road vehicle capabilities, the Jimny holds on to Sierra’s long legacy with a separate steel chassis, dual range transfer case, rigid axle’s, small packaging and plenty of ground clearance making it still modestly capable. Where Jimny really stands above Sierra is in its reliability.

Vastly improved by fuel injection versus carburetion. Jimny’s are also newer, and therefore suffer less issues associated with the age of the vehicle and parts at the end of their life cycle. Jimny’s also saw an improvement in power with 8 more valves boosting output to 59KW at 6000 RPM. This addition made for a welcome bit of power driving around town.

Comfort and Ride

white suzuki jimny parked on grass lawn

It’s fair to say comfort wasn’t the most important factor on the designer’s minds when Suzuki developed the Sierra.

The poor riding leaf-sprung versions aren’t helped by thinly padded, vinyl-covered seats. After market suspension for the Sierra can help soften the ride, but there is a limit to what can be done. Jimny’s release in 1998 saw an improvement in comfort.

Coil sprung, hard top, air conditioned, improved interiors and wider wheel base all contribute to a more comfortable and secure ride.

Plus, the addition of airbags and side intrusion bars give it a significant edge in the safety department (though we don’t recommend testing it out).

If you’re looking for a weekend car to take on bush tracks you’ll be happy with the Sierra. But if you plan on using your car for longer commutes and road trips, you’re better off with the Jimny – depending on how far you wish to modify either one as well of course.

Maintenance and Parts

Sierra’s are older cars and with that age comes a few problems. Sierra’s have always been a favourite car to take on the beach, so they can be susceptible to rust. It pays to have a close inspection of the panels before purchase, particularly around the windscreen frame and under the plastic sill covers. A lot of Sierra’s were sold as soft tops and years of exposure to the sun and elements means finding one with interior and seats in good condition is nearly impossible. The older age also comes with potential mechanical problems. For this reason it is best to take it to an expert Suzuki mechanic for a check over before purchasing.

Jimny’s are newer cars, but keep in mind the older models will have the same problems and are now nearly two decades old.

Though Jimny’s have a slightly less ‘hardcore’ market, they have generally seen less time off-road and are better cared for than the older Sierra.

When it comes to aftermarket parts both models are relatively easy to get parts for due to the availability of Suzuki Part Shops and Suppliers (such as us at 4WD Part Shop/Suzistore!)

Purchase Price and Availability

As Sierra’s get older, finding one in decent condition is getting exponentially harder. There are still a few on the market though, and you can pick up a 90’s era Sierra for between $4000 and $7000 AUD on the likes of GumTree.

They are a car with a bit of a cult following so you can find a lot of cars that have been modified for more extreme off-road use. Be careful that any modifications done have not jeopardised the safety, legality or performance of the car.

Interestingly, Sierra’s are getting so rare you may end up finding you pay more for a 90s era Sierra than an early 2000s Jimny. This is because Sierra’s that are not modified poorly or are rust-free are becoming as rare as hens teeth.

Getting your hands on a good Sierra may even see it rise in price over time as long as you keep it in good condition.

On the other hand, Suzuki Jimny’s have not quite developed that same rarity or following just yet, Suzuki are still producing Jimny’s.

4th Generation Suzuki Jimny

4th generation suzuki jimny

A new 4th Generation model Jimny was produced in 2018/19 with the same underpinnings.

The 2018/19 Suzuki Jimny retained its off-road greatness while introducing new enhancements. The new model, wider but shorter than its predecessor, maintained the Jimny’s iconic boxy design with the 1.5-litre engine that offered improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. It featured an AllGrip Pro 4×4 system that gave it seamless transitions between drive modes. The interior was also updated, now including modernities such as a touchscreen infotainment system in the GLX trim.

The latest 5-door Jimny, launched in 2023, kept its classic design but additional modern features were added. It has a strong frame and a 1.5-liter engine with 105hp. The Jimny 5-door is said to be more safe and more comfortable. It includes options like alloy wheels as well as an increased touchscreen size.

The newest 4.1.2 4th Generation Jimny 5-door is available in two trims: Zeta and Alpha. The Alpha trim includes additional features like alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, and an Arkamys sound system. Safety features like six airbags and ESP are standard across variants.

What Car is Right for You?!

image of silver-suzuki-jimny-off-roading up a fallen tree log

At the end of the day, it comes down to what car is right for you.

You probably already know if you’re going to buy a Suzuki Sierra.

Sierra’s are suited for the Suzuki 4WD enthusiast who wants to do a bit of modification work and doesn’t mind getting his or her hands dirty.

They’re great little off-road cars, built strong for off-road use and easily modified due to their simple layout.

But you’re sacrificing a little comfort and safety for that raw off-road appeal.

If you’re looking to get into the off-road market, but plan on using your car as a daily driver, you want to go with a Jimny.

Air conditioned, water tight and superior ride comfort goes a long way when you’re driving any sort of distance on a regular basis.

Next Post: Buyer’s Guide: Suzuki Jimny JB74 Suspension Kits

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Categories: Motor Upgrades

Suzuki Sierra Motor Conversion : G13BA to G16B EFI Motor

Suzuki Sierra Motor Conversion : Upgrade from G13A motor to a G16B EFI motor, feel the difference in power and performance. You’re in the right place! This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process, using motors from either a Suzuki Jimny or Baleno with the G16B motor.

The Conversion Process

  • Adaptor Kit: This kit will enable us to bolt the Sierra 5-speed gearbox to the G16B motor. The adaptor kit is supplied by 4WD Partshop.
  • Inlet Manifold, Cam Shaft, and Wiring Loom: We will use either the Baleno inlet manifold, cam shaft, and wiring loom from the Baleno or Suzuki Jimny G13BB.
  • Fuel Injectors: The fuel injectors will be upgraded to the 1600 Baleno type.
  • Custom Intake Hose: A Custom intake hose is used to couple up to the original air cleaner box.
  • Custom Water Pipe: With the Baleno setup, we require a custom water pipe for the top radiator hose running down the exhaust side of the motor.
  • Wiring Harness: Either wiring harness is integrated into the factory Sierra wiring harness.
  • Clutch Kit: All conversions done by the 4wdparts shop run a heavy-duty Exedy clutch kit.
  • Exhaust System: A set of extractors and a full new 2″ high-flow exhaust system is installed.
  • Cooling Components: All cooling components are replaced, like radiator hoses and viscous clutch fan and hub.
  • Motor: All our conversions are fitted with a full reconditioned G16B motor.
  • Starter Motor: You will require a small body type stater motor.
  • G16B EFI Motor: Fully reconditioned G16B motor to suit the Suzuki Sierra application.

          G13BA Engine (Suzuki Sierra):

    • The G13BA engine is a 1.3L 1298cc
    • Key Specifications:
      • Displacement: 1298cc
      • Bore x Stroke: 74.0 mm x 75.5 mm
      • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
      • Valve Train: Single overhead camshaft 8 valve
      • Fuel System: Carburettor
    • Power Output:
      • Range – approximately 50 kW (67 HP) to 54 kW (72 HP).

       G16B Engine (Suzuki Baleno):

    • The G16B engine is a 1.6 L 1590cc
    • Key Specifications:
      • Displacement: 1590cc
      • Bore x Stroke: 75.0 mm x 75 mm
      • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
      • Valve Train: Single overhead camshaft 16 valve
      • Fuel System: Multi-point fuel injection (EFI)
    • Power Output:
      • Range – approximately 69 kW (93 HP) to 71 kW (96 HP).

Benefits to Upgrading to EFI

  • No More Cold Start Problems: EFI makes cold-weather engine starts hassle-free. No more morning motor struggles!”
  • Improved Off-Road Performance: “EFI conquers steep inclines for smooth off-road adventures.” 
  • Smoother Running: EFI systems provide precise fuel control, resulting in smoother engine operation. No more rough idling or uneven power delivery.
  • Enhanced Fuel Efficiency: EFI optimizes fuel-air mixture, leading to better mileage. Enjoy longer drives without frequent stops at the pump.
  • Sharper Throttle Response: Say hello to snappier acceleration. EFI systems react swiftly to throttle inputs, giving you better control over your motor.
  • Enhanced Power: Unleash formidable power for both on-road and off-road adventures.

Absolutely! Don’t hesitate—upgrade to EFI and experience these benefits first-hand!

Conclusion

All our Suzuki Sierra Motor conversions feature fully reconditioned motors meticulously built by 4WD Partshop. In today’s market, sourcing reliable second-hand motors has become an difficult task, as all doner cars are disappearing off the road leaving the only option to recondition old core stock, but lets face it if your spending this amount of time and money why not do it right the first time.

Suzuki Sierra motor conversion can seem like a daunting task, but with the right parts and with good mechanical experience , it’s entirely doable. Remember, the key to a successful motor conversion is preparation and understanding the process. If your unable perform this Suzuki Sierra Motor Conversion there is also our workshop that carries these types of jobs on all the time, Happy upgrading!

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Please note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only. Always consult with a professional before attempting any vehicle modifications.

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Why Fit a Lift Kit To Your Suzuki Jimny?

Suzuki Jimny Suspension Lift Kits : Buyer’s Guide, most 4WD enthusiasts want to fit a lift kit for two reasons: aesthetic appeal and practical off-road improvement. From an aesthetic point of view let’s admit it, Jimny’s aren’t the most masculine looking four wheel drives on the market. Add a lift kit combined with some off-road tyres, chuck a bull bar on the front and you’ve got a beefier look.

From a practical perspective adding a suspension lift kit helps to allow the fitment of larger tyres (within reason) but most importantly you achieve steeper approach and departure angles, plus chassis and sill clearance, enhancing your Jimny’s terrain capabilities and preventing bottoming out on rough tracks.

suzuki jimny suspension lift kit in action on a mountain dirt road.

Jimny Lift Kit Installation Issues

4WD Part Shop outlined in detail some of the issues that installing a suspension lift kit can cause in their Grand Vitara Lift Kit Buyers Guide. These issues can pop-up in the Jimny as well. It might be worth reading that article in full for Grand Vitara owners.

Here’s a summary of things you should consider when installing a Jimny suspension lift kit:

  • Jimny’s have a short wheel base and narrow track width. Adding any height via lift or tyres will make the vehicle more top heavy. For this reason we recommend suspension kits of around 40 to 50 mm.
  • Jimny’s have solid axles, so you won’t get the ground clearance increase by fitting a lift kit that you do on a Grand Vitara, as the diffs can only be raised by fitting larger tyres.
  • Due to the size of the wheel arch you can’t fit a tyre bigger than 215/75r15 without doing body modifications such as hammering the sills or even taking to the guards with a grinder in extreme situations.
  • Fitting a lift kit to your Jimny can be a pretty complicated job. It’s recommended to get a qualified Suzuki mechanic to take care of the installation to ensure factory tolerances are maintained.
  • Fitting a lift kit can affect the performance and handling of your Jimny on and off road. Larger tyres also affect gear ratios and fuel efficiency. While a raised centre of gravity and softer suspension will impact your Jimny’s cornering and braking performance.
  • Jimny’s can suffer from steering wobble from time to time. Any modification to the suspension system and tyres can exasperate this issue, leading to further repairs and modifications and additional steering and suspension adjustments.

4WD Part Shop are one of Perth’s most trusted and top Independent Suzuki service specialists. From servicing to full engine rebuilds, suspension lift kit installations or custom builds. Learn more about our full service Suzuki workshop.

4WD Part Shop Suzuki Jimny Lift Kits

4WD Part Shop stocks lift kits for Jimny by Dobinsons, Ironman 4×4 and EFS

Dobinsons 40mm Suspension Lift Kit for Suzuki Jimny

Dobinsons suspensions lift kit coil springs are Australian made and meet ISO 9001:2008 standards. The Dobinsons lift kit includes 4 coils, 2 Dobinsons rear shock absorbers and 2 Dobinsons front shock absorbers.

EFS 4×4 Suspension Lift Kits

EFS (Enhanced Four Wheel Drive) Suspension is a high-quality product that has earned its stripes in 4WD competitions across Australia. Developed to withstand the rugged Australian conditions, EFS suspension components have been rigorously tested and fine-tuned to meet the specific needs of each individual 4X4 vehicle.

Ironman 4×4 Suspension

Ironman Suspension Lift Kits are built tough for Australian conditions. These will provide up to 40mm of lift. Each kit includes 4 Nitro Gas Shocks and 4 Ironman coil springs.

Jimny Model Specific Lift Kit Options and Pricing

Jimny SN413 FJB33V 1.3L G13BB Petrol 1998-2000

Jimny SN413 FJB33C 1.3L G13BB Petrol 2000-2002

Jimny SN413 FJB43V 1.3L M13A Petrol 2000-2004

Jimny SN413 FJB43V 1.3L M13A VVT Petrol 2005-2018

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