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Old 05-13-2008, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gears for running 33" tires on a stock Samurai

I have a 1987 Samurai. I bought it with a spring over axle lift, 33Ē tires and stock engine and gears. As you can imagine, itís sluggish. Itís going to be used mainly on my deer lease but I will also drive it on the county roads around our lease and sometimes drive it when one of the other vehicles goes out. I guess Iím looking for something that will still
work in the woods and the street.

Future upgrades but not anytime soon are a I Weber carb, header and exhaust. Before I bought it they installed a new clutch.

What are my options for getting the Samurai a LITTLE more peppy on the street and still be good off-road. Also, itís not going to be used as a rock crawler, just good old East Texas mud! It would be nice to be able to use 5th gear.
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I have a 1987 Samurai. I bought it with a spring over axle lift, 33Ē tires and stock engine and gears. As you can imagine, itís sluggish. Itís going to be used mainly on my deer lease but I will also drive it on the county roads around our lease and sometimes drive it when one of the other vehicles goes out. I guess Iím looking for something that will still
work in the woods and the street.

Future upgrades but not anytime soon are a I Weber carb, header and exhaust. Before I bought it they installed a new clutch.

What are my options for getting the Samurai a LITTLE more peppy on the street and still be good off-road. Also, itís not going to be used as a rock crawler, just good old East Texas mud! It would be nice to be able to use 5th gear.
This will fix the power problem. Puresuzuki.com Samurai Drivetrain 6.5:1 Rockcralwer Gearset

Anymore question fell free to ask.
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Mike,

It sounding like the t-case is the way to go.
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It sounding like the t-case is the way to go.
For the price yes it is but the other option is engine Chevy 4.3L w/ 200R4 4-Spd Auto Trans. from SuzukiConversion.com, cost $6,875 to have them install it for you.

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After reading through a BUNCH of threads I feel like I know more than when I started but I think Iím also more confused!

The more thinking I do about the Samurai the more I think I would like to run 31Ē tall tires, be able to drive it on the road and use 5th gear and be able to drive around some in the woods. There are no rocks where I live. . The samurai will be driven some, not everyday so I would call it a Semi DD.

I have done so many swaps on the big 4x4ís, Chevy and Fords, I really just want to enjoy the Samurai and not be jacking back and forth with swaps. Would like to do it one time and as long as I do not break anything, leave it alone.
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After reading through a BUNCH of threads I feel like I know more than when I started but I think Iím also more confused!

The more thinking I do about the Samurai the more I think I would like to run 31Ē tall tires, be able to drive it on the road and use 5th gear and be able to drive around some in the woods. There are no rocks where I live. . The samurai will be driven some, not everyday so I would call it a Semi DD.

I have done so many swaps on the big 4x4ís, Chevy and Fords, I really just want to enjoy the Samurai and not be jacking back and forth with swaps. Would like to do it one time and as long as I do not break anything, leave it alone.
It's you choice on what's done to your Sam but heres my Sam build list.
V6 & Trans. Swap
Calmini 5" Lift
Calmini Front & Rear C.V. Driveshafts & Heavy-Duty Axles
Warn Premium Hubs
PowerTrax Lockright Front & Rear Lockers
Summit 15x8 185 Series Wheels & BFG 31" Mud's

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trust me...you want broken gears go the t/case option. if you want reliabilaty go a set of 5.1 diff gears.
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