03-11-2010, 09:47 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Independence, MO
Amazingly enough, what you are describing is perfectly normal.
Your typical highway rpm on a 1.3 Samurai equipped with OEM differentials (3.73), transfer case gears and 205/75x15 tires is around 4k.
Remember, this is a Japanese car with a Japanese engine. That Japanese engine, if properly maintained, will drive that way all day for months and month and months...
My '88 Samurai equipped with a 1.6 8-valve Tracker engine, 4.625 ring & pinions and 30" tires does 65 MPH at 4000PRM regularly. The 1.6 is a slightly "stretched" 1.3...
For the BEST service information on your Samurai, download the Samurai Factory Service manual. It's FAR Better than the Haynes - which most of us use as campfire kindling. Really!
You can download the Samurai FSM for free at a number of websites - prominent among them is Ack's FAQ (see link in my signature). To find it, do a search for factory service manual .
I hope that this helps!
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