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Old 12-29-2013, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 87 Suzuki samurai it is currently my daily driver and am planning to keep it that way. I am wanting to re-power it with the V6 Chevy vortex that I already have sitting in my garage. Also I'm looking at a 2'' body lift with 6 to 8'' coil suspension lift but not sure what axles will be the best option for me (looking for good stability the roads are pretty curvy around here) the "kit" I'm looking at is designed for zuki stock or toyota axles.

Suzuki Samurai coil suspension lift kit

Any advice and tips that anyone has would be greatly appreciated. This is a very long term project and most of the questions I have are in regards to the engine swap, what transmission to use, axles, drive shafts ect.
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It looks like you have done some research , From a lot of my reading , You dont 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 .

Suspention 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 .
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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.

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You might want to talk to these folks...

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Man, I'd be researching there client base and reviews. Pretty crude stuff from what I have herd and seen.
Probably a good source for tech though.
The v-6 Chevy swap has been done and re-done many times. Lot of info out there.
I went a different rout . Datsun / Nissan. Never look back...........

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Alright guys thanks for the input. Just a little background and the main reason that I am wanting to build up my suki. It was my grandpas farm "truck" I learned to drive on it and it was given to me by my grandma after he died. It holds a ton of priceless memories. Needless to say I won't be sparing any expense when I get around to doing my rebuild I want this zuki to last for forever. Currently it is in pretty bad shape I haven't done any off roading at all in it, its purely stock.

So I have been doing some more research about what you guys have said. Mostly on V6 or using a smaller engine. If I do end up using it I plan on putting a mild performance cam get it bored 20 over, aluminum pistons, heads, and intake. I don't know exactly how much HP it will gain but I figure that it should shave about 70 to 80 pounds. also I will be adding a custom tool/dry box in the rear end with a spare mount. so that its not so nose heavy. Anyways I could go on and on but I'll let you guys chime in.
Thanks for all the advice.
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