Originally Posted by morbo
It looks like you have done some research , From a lot of my reading , You don't want a V6 power plant in a zook , Too heavy. Putting coils in a old zook? No idea but that`s gonna be some work and re-engineering .
Suspension lift? Pointless unless your going to be rock crawling.Yesterday i accidentally dropped my little zook off a rutted out track, Wish i got vid (i got into the passengers seat to stop it from tipping) , It was unbelievable bit of driving on standard road tyres .
Most people are not insane enough too find the limits of the zooks capabilities off road .
I'd have to agree with Morbo'S first assessment.
The V-6 vortex is a heavy beast. If you are looking for good HP to pound #'s
You can do better.
Coil conversions are tricky, expensive, and generally un-streetable when completed.
As to lifts. I'd have to disagree with him whole heartedly.
A stock Zuke is a very capable rig.
But will not even come close to the capabilities offered by a properly set up (modified) Samurai.
The trick is to find the happy medium between a daily driver and a wheeler.
It can be done.
I drive my 88.5 everywhere every day. Around town and freeway. Long and short trips. Never a problem. Actually drives better than stock.
AND I WHEEL IT HARD on weekends.
Again, with very few issues. ( wheelers are never unbreakable )
The only stock parts left on mine are the steering wheel / door cranks and glass...........
By the way . The RR kit you mention . Lets just say that I have found it less than impressive .
Axles are a HUGE point of debate.
1st gen Toyota's work well , Dana 44s are great , I'll let you do you're own research on that choice.
I will state that an upgrade is a good idea.
I ran heavily modified Zuke axles for years .
Had tons of $$$$ invested in lockers, chromo shafts etc. Still to week for 33's and my foot.
Am now running a Super 30 front and Dana 44 rear, 31 spline And OX lockers.
Should have spent the money there years ago. Could have saved all those $$$$$ and time.