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Old 02-17-2018, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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At least its better than Smurfette...

1987. 1.3L, 3rd owner. Last owner had for her 10+ years and snowbirded between western WA and AZ. She is rigged for flat towing, so I just connected her to the dually, plugged the lights in, transfer case to neutral, 2nd gear, key on to unlock the steering wheel, and off I went. It was about 100 miles from the house. When heading into the mountains, Ill be sure to unbolt the rear drive shaft just to be safe.

Looks like 123k miles. 5 lift with springs over axle and extended shackles. Pretty soft suspension, which is what I want. Locker in the front, new rear drive shaft (allowing for the lift), rebuilt front shaft. 4.57 gears turning 33x10.5x15 Toyos on spacers. Recent front and rear brakes. New fuel lines, but needs a new sending unit (which the previous owner gave me). New top with tinted windows and I have the bikini too. Heater, defrost, and wipers work (needs new blades).

Shes my hunting rig, and Im not interested in crawling around or trying to break things . It was either this or spend twice as much on a used SxS.

Things she needs:
- cup holders
- gun rack
- winch
- possibly on board air (though that may go into the dually)
- spare tire
- muffler

Things I need:
- to take her out with others who can show me what she can do and what I should avoid.

Other suggestions?

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Old 03-01-2018, 08:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats Wdlfbio. Looks like you found a pretty clean one with some nice mods done. Does it have a rear locker too? Do you know the gearing on it? Just curious.

Im running the same tires and have a spare mounted on the tailgate plus a 5 gal metal gas can without a problem but my spare is a stock size tire/wheel. I asked the folks at Trail Tough about mounting a 33 spare and was told that most just use a standard size tire for weight reasons. It can make changing a tire a little more complicated on my rig due to full time rear lockers but Im hoping that plugging will be good enough and changing a tire on the trail is the worst case.

Ive thought about on-board air but having it on the dually wont do you any good when your Sammi is 20 miles into the woods. A good portable compressor or on-board air in the Sammi is the way to go. I like the small portable, like a Smittybuilt.but it does make a tempting target for a low life.

One upgrade to consider is swapping the alternator for a GM alternator. There are kits available on line and the extra charging might be a good thing if you mount a winch or air compressor. Maybe even dual batteries if you venture into the remote alone.

Be sure to check that the factory jack will do the job with the lift and larger tires. I needed a hydraulic bottle jack and some RV lift pads and some carry a high lift farm jack.

If you haven't already found them here are two really good groups to follow on Facebook. You might find some other owners you can meet up your way.

Suzuki owners: https://www.facebook.com/groups/798352936902198/

Suzuki Buy/Sell: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1497763007109161/

Good luck and have fun with the new toy. If you want to chat send me a PM. Im always happy to talk about this stuff.

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Old 03-03-2018, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Negative on the rear locker. Time will tell if I change that. The rear was rebuilt with 4.57 gears. With the 33s, the speedometer is over about 23%. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to drive her at highway speeds, so the speedometer is of no use anyway.

Yours is super clean. Cool that yours does fine with the spare tire mount, it it looks like you have a pivoting mount back there? If I don’t need one, it’ll save me from having my buddy weld up a pivot mount back there.

This rig will not be seriously off road under my use. Having a spare tire with air is plenty for the day to day stuff. That’ll appt least get me back to amp, where the dually will be. I’ll always have the dually around, but only have Stitch a few times a year. That’s why I put the air on the dually.

The alternator was replaced a couple years ago. Not sure what it is outputting. But, the recent battery is only 540amps. That’ll get upgraded or I’ll add a second battery. Plenty of room either way. I’m gonna go with a 12k winch (so I can run it on the dually too), so I’ll need plenty of juice to run that. For the couple of times I may actually use it, I’m not interested in an $800+ winch. Might just buy a POS from harbor freight for $289 next weekend. Adding a snatch block should significantly reduce the draw on the winch, so maybe it won’t break the first or second time out...

Factory jack is totally useless. That’s getting pulled just on principle . We have a local Jeep club off-road swapmeet on the 11th. I’m hoping to get a hi lift there.

Need to replace the muffler and take her for a real spin.

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