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Old 01-12-2009, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Just bought an 87 samurai

Ok, I found this thing, im 17 and I just wanted to buy something to mess around in, go muddin and stuff. I paid 650 bucks for it, got a clean title with it. For what I paid for it, its in pretty good condition to be honest. My cousin does alot of body work, and I am going to have him paint it for me. Im also going to put a lift and some tires and wheels on it. Theres some things that are wrong with it (little things) that I was going to ask here.

1 the speedometer doesn't work. Im not sure if it it just disconnected or what.

2. It idles a little high. When it is cold, and when it is warm. They guy i bought it from paid a thousand for it and put 500 into it, he put a new head on it, put a new clutch in it, and he cleaned out the carb.

3. I got the original tape player with it, it was disconnected. How can I wire up a cd player up to it. There is no box or anything that came with it. Can I rig something up to hold the cd player in?

4. It seems to use a little bit of oil. You can tell it in the smoke, the smoke has a blue tint to it. It doesn't smoke alot, but you can definately tell it uses oil.

5. The hood releasee doesnt want to work very well. It was working but now it doesnt. I can take a pair of pliers and grab the cable between the grill and pull it sideways and it will unlatch the hood. Perhaps it just needs a new cable? It isnt cut or anything, it is still intact, but yeah.

It doesn't have front signals, it has rear though. I was thinking about going to walmart and getting those cheap orange rectangle lights, and just wiring them up and mounting them somehow. Would that work? I could probably screw them to the frame, or figure out something.

That is about all that I can think of at the moment. If I think of anything else, then I will be asking here. I don't know a lot, but I know some. Thanks for the help!
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like you have similar issues that I have/had with mine. Mine Idles high right now because (I think that) it came from sea level and I'm running it at 1200-3000 ft elevation. Those round amber lights you are thinking about are good, I used them on my old FJ40 and it was an economical fix. The CD player thing should be a snap, just pull out the old tape player and cram a CD unit in there or better yet a MP3 style unit that takes a SD card won't skip. My 'zuki didn't come with a hood latch so I used an after market Jeep style hold down clamp on either side of the hood, before that I used big a$$ bungy cords that worked like a charm.

With that in mind I use my 'zuki everyday for work in the bush and swear by it. I know sometimes I walk the thin line between cheap and efficient but it is the only way I can stay in business now a days.

Hopefully this helps!

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Old 01-20-2009, 10:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was able to cram a cd player in mine and wired it up pefrectly get your self a kelsey hayes or chilton book for you sami helps in everyway possible. As for the smoke.....NOT GOOD. when i bout mine it was worse then a misquito fogger. To run it temporaroly i just put a heavy weight oil in it that helps lesson the amount it used but just for now make sure you always check it so you dont sieze it up, when it gets worse i would say rebuild it or get it rebuilt.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi The Speedometer Cable Some Time Broke Check Under The Car And Look For The Transfer Case Disconnected The Cable And Test If Is Broke Replace Will Cost You Like $29.00 ,enjoy Your Toy
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Congrats on the new sami. If you're planning to do a lift to it and you're trying to keep it cheap, let me know, because I did a 3 inch lift on my 86' for $165. It isn't blocks or a SPOA, just brand new, longer shackles and aluminum bushings. You don't have to do any cutting either. Just throw it together and roll. They actually work great too. I got pics if your interested. Let me know. Congrats again!

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