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Old 11-15-2010, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Want to buy samurai, no idea what to look for

ok so this is going to be very broad and all answers are appreciated.

I want to buy a samurai and make it a rock crawler, or if i can get one already done up nice that would be good. One problem...i know nothing about them. I used to be a jeep nut and could tell u anything you wanted to know about them but i know diddly squat about samurais.

Are there different sub models like in jeeps? is there certain years i shood steer clear of? best axles/transfer cases if they had different models over the years? what were the different gear ratios offered? so any general info would be helpful.

thanks alot guys.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1986-1995 suzuki samurai will all be the same, with exception of minor changes, which could all be interchanged over the different years, ask me how I know .

Thats whats cool about the samurai you don't have to steer clear of any years. What ever is available to you will have to work.

Samurai is pretty simple rig, there isnt much to say, the sheet metal is thin like a beer can, so they rust out, and dent rather easily. Consequently, it weights in at 2000lbs. So you pretty much float over sand, and mud with good wide tires, and rear locking diff.

I'm warning you now, the stock injection will give you problems no matter what year it is, but the easy fix is install a side draft carb, there are many kits for the samurai for only a few hundred bux. The side draft runs awesome, so its def a worthy purchase, and they say it adds a lil hp on the top end. I belive it.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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pirate4x4.com will answer all of you're questions just be sure to post in the newbie section or wear a flame suite . Aside from the wise cracks they are VERY informative.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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U will find that some Sami owners have favourite years and reasons for the preferences.
There are many aftermarket shops supplying a myriad of 'make it better parts'
As a jeep guy u should know that the Sami is very close to the flatty in size and versatility.
If u do not try to over build one it will do all u ask of it and come back for more.
To get the best advice find a Sami owner who obviously goes off road and chat him up. Most of u will spill most of what we kno with little prompting.
Good choice to go Suzuki !!!
Mine have NEVER let me down. ( yes shouting)
Owned and operated 70's Ljs to 91 Sami...all have been offroad.
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