Hey everyone, just picked up my first Zuk. (Wife couldn't stand I was calling it my Jeep, so I nick named it that...)
It's a 1988, with 106K miles on it. It's in pretty good shape. Even has the back seat, which is in awesome condition. Not that I care, because it stays folded up. lol... The top is in fantastic shape, the carpet is about a 6/10.
I picked it up for dirt cheap...and you can see why.
That's my powerstroke sitting behind it in the guy's driveway. LOVE that truck, but frequent fishing trips are eating me alive! Which has lead me to the Zuk.
Wife immediately started calling it my Barbi-mobile. LOL...what ever.
I do custom paint on the side, so it didn't scare me.
Couple of days after I had it home I had a few minutes so I did a quick mask and paint job on the pink...
Already looking much better.
Then on Saturday, I woke up to one of the tires sitting on the rim (all tires were severely weather checked on the side walls)
So it was time to get new (bigger) tires.
So Monday it got some new Goodyear Wrangler Armortrac's size 29.
I had read that it was the biggest you could go without rubbing. LOL...BS!! I could ONLY back straight out of the tire shop's stall. ANY turn of the steering wheel and it rubbed hard! So the front bumper came off so I could drive home. I do plan on doing a SPOA lift on it. Maybe just an old man EMU...Not looking for anything crazy.
So as of right now, I have a chopped front bumper (had to retain blinkers) until I can figure out what direction I want to go there. I might just cut and remount the stock brackets further in, and shrink the front bumper losing the license plate.
I've already done a couple little things to it...
The seats were trashed and had PURPLE seat covers on it. UGH! So a quick search on CL I found some Geo Metro seats and swapped them out. Now the seats are a 9/10.
So all that is actually positive...So far I've put about 400 miles on it and it's been fun.
Here's the negative. I would like to be able to do the damn speed limit on the highway! lol! WOW.
I've been reading up on all kinds of things, and I really don't want to dump the money into an engine swap. I already dumped a ton of money into my Ford, and it's sitting at just about 850 lbft of torque...so if I REALLY want power, I can just hop in that. But it's ALL I can do to hold about 55 on the interstate if there is no incline. But about 60 on average.
I looked into the cams for the 1.3L engine, and it seems that they are a lot of hype. Many claims that the engine performed no better after the surgery.
I have read that the filter system is a cold air intake...not to mess with it. Ok, fair enough, but what about the stock filter? Is it really that efficient?
I found a couple of articles that claim to change out the carb. One said Harley carb, one said Toyota carb, and there was another, don't really recall what. Thoughts?
I've read about headers, but what about the rest of the system? I don't want a loud buzz box. It's loud enough from road noise as it is. I've dealt with drone before and no thanks. Are there any decent aftermarket systems out there that are a good middle road of flowing and quiet?
So the big question I have is what would be the best way to gain about 25 hp (not torque) for highway cruising? I know I could have bought smaller tires...but c'mon!
We know that's not an option.
The big positive is that I've checked my mileage manually, and I'm getting a solid 40 mpg out of it. WOW!
Also, I'm reading conflicting information. 1.3L CARBED engine... But it has an ECU? Yes? No? If yes, WHY? It's CARBED?!
Anyway, look forward to hangin out with everyone, swappin war stories and knowledge.