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Suzuki DDIS Grand Vitara 2008

Discussion in 'My 4WD' started by WillyMaikit, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    Suzuki DDIS Grand Vitara, 2008


    Good Points
    Economy, comfort, power.

    Bad Points
    Not much of a chassis to attach things to.

    What mods have you done?
    Custom Stainless Snorkel
    Roof racks
    Pro Racing Chip
    2" Lift from SR-Customs, with longer rear shocks
    ODA Under body plates
    Diff Breathers
    Tyres- Steel Rims 225/75/16 BFG Mud Terrains
    Tyres- Factory Mags 245/65/17 BFG Rugged's
    Chopped ECB Bullbar
    Custom Front recovery points
    1 Set Maxtrax
    Matson Dual battery, 120AH AGM
    3000w Inverter
    Wireless reverse cam
    80Ch Mini Compact UHF Radio
    48" Hi lift jack with base plate
    150L Air compressor, twin Cyl

    What mods are on the list to do?
    Winch
    9 Lt Airtank, air hose front and rear
    Custom rear bar
    Tinted windows

    Why did you buy this vehicle?
    The size and economy suited my needs.

    How often do you go offroad?
    1-2 times per month

    What will your next vehicle be?
    Unimog
     
  2. ratsack

    ratsack New Member

    Pictures!?!??!
    Pretty sure this is what my sister has, would love to see one with that list of mods on it.
     
  3. scarps

    scarps New Member

    Sounds like a great set up, look forward to seeing the pics.
     
  4. prawns

    prawns Moderator

    He might need a few more posts under his belt before pics can be forthcoming? (not sure)
    Sounds like a top rig though for sure!
     
  5. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    Here are some pics.

    With muddies.
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    Custom snorkel
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    Running Trackranger software
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    Bluetooth OBD2 reader on my phone
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    Chopped ECB bar and recovery mount
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    Fraser Island last month
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    Have to show my sons Ranger
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    Cooking up a storm ;)
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    Last edited: Oct 28, 2013
  6. 03GV

    03GV Member

    Nothing like fat on the rear window!:D

    Nice one, more and more of these are getting done up for touring.
    Keep up the good work!;)
     
  7. scarps

    scarps New Member

    Man that is one mean looking machine:)
    Love it!
     
  8. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    Woohoo, the windows are now tinted.
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  9. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    Added some extras to the GV today.
    To add to my dual battery system, i installed a solar panel and mppt controller.
    Then removed the fold up seat from the back and fitted my fridge.

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    And next is to install the winch.
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    :)
     
  10. Biesel

    Biesel Active Member

    Is that bar a winch bar or are you going to mod it?
     
  11. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    Hi,

    I have made up my own winch mount plate. Just have a look at "D.I.Y Winch mount. :)
     
  12. dschmeda

    dschmeda New Member

    Hi mate,
    Nice car there.
    I have a GV as well, but is a 2.4 petrol. Sometimes I get clutch smell, specially when on sand and in 4H lock, or when reversing in slopes. Have you ever had similar issue?
    Cheers
     
  13. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    Hi,

    The only time i did smell some burnt clutch was when i was stuck in a fairly steep, dry creek crossing.
    Typically, you should not smell burning clutch during straight driving activities. Keep the revs up, and don't be in too higher gear.

    How many km's has your done?.
     
  14. dschmeda

    dschmeda New Member

    Hi mate,
    Thanks for taking the time to answer. My GV is around 60K, but i had it second hand. I know the k's are too low for clutch problems, that is why I asked you. Maybe the problem is that I was using a high gear, but still the smell when reversing on slopes is annoying. I have found on several forums, where people complain about reversing on slopes (even in asphalt).
    Maybe the clutch needs to work more (?)
    Cheers mate!
     
  15. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    You have to explain this "reversing up slopes" part. I am assuming it's quite steep when your doing this, and are you in hi or low range?.
    I'm now trying to think when i have reversed up a slope/hill.
    I normally go forwards :eek:
     
  16. dschmeda

    dschmeda New Member

    Sorry mate, let me explain properly. I also normally go forwards, but sometimes I like new challenges, hehehe.
    It happened two times when I was reversing on a steep driveway. I was on 4H normal driving, and the clutch was fully released.
    I was reading a couple of Suzi forums and I found out that it is a fairly common issue with the clutch, and apparently there is no major problem with the function of the clutch appart of the smell. It seems like it gets solved after changing the clutch disk.
    But still quite annoying!
    Cheers!
     
  17. Destinationtoby

    Destinationtoby New Member

    Nice setup !!!!
     
  18. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    Cheers mate.
     
  19. WillyMaikit

    WillyMaikit Member

    I guess the only way to fix it and the smell, is with a new clutch. It's a shame it's only done 60k.
    Get the workshop to check it again, but start saving for a replacement if you like the vehicle ;)
     
  20. dschmeda

    dschmeda New Member

    Yes, I'll take it to the service next week and I'll ask the guys in the workshop. I really like the ride of the car, maybe my next Suzi will be a diesel one!
    Thanks for the exchange of ideas though!
    Cheers!
     

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