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Old 02-09-2011, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to purchase my first Samurai and would like some advice on weather to buy the fuel injected version or the carb version? I plan to drive it a little and maybe add a 3 inch lift with moderate mud tires for hunting. Thanks and great site....
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would def recomend a carb version. I had a FI version, and it gaves me nothing but problems. The computers on the FI have major issues, and the sensors are usually not fuctioning properly at this age. In the end I gave up and converted it to carb, it was a pita though, had to use alot of donor parts from a carb samurai.

with that said, a carb sami is probably going to run like crap also, but you can just change the carb, instead of converting it, and have a reliable samurai.
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I have a FI 1.6 8V in my 87 Samurai and really enjoy it. It is smooth and enough power to do what I want without gear reduction. Fuel economy is reasonable and to date I haven't had any ECM problems or any other gremlins trouble me.

I am glad I went this route vs the 1.3 modifications. It's been good for me....
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Guys, I think I am on the right track, so I am still looking for the 1991 and up model Samurai....any leads for a nice one will be appreciated!
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There are advantages with a 91.
A buddy has one.
He is always worried about the ECU.
They say the 88.5 and newer have the ECU.
My 87 has been really good.
I have run it offroad for 13 years.
The components are certainly adequate for what I ask of it.
The after market support is a goldmine.
Having owned many other 4x4s I like my Sami the best.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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13 years is a long time so it must be tough...I heard the same thing about the aftermarket parts and support. I have found a 94 model samurai that is suppose to be really nice with around 85 to 90,000 miles on it, I am just trying to figure out what its worth. I hear that the newer ones have a different gear ratio as well to help with the taller tires??? Thanks for the reply....
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Bought my 91 EFI with 112000 miles about 6 months ago. My first Sammy and I really lke it. I have had a bunch of 4x4 trucks in the past and currently drive an '08 4x4 Tundra. My Sammy is all original and totaly stock in really good shape other than a couple of small dents. Nothing holds a candle to the fun factor of this vehicle. My EFI had a minor cold start valve issue (gunked up) and the previous owner turned every screw he could to try and fix it, compounding the problem. With some research and tinkering I have resolved my issues (and the cost of a can of carb cleaner) and found this EFI system to be as simple or simpler than a GM TBI system. I am very familiar with most carbs and made lots of $$ "back in the day" when I repaired them. I am not real familiar with the Sammy carb, but I think it is a feedback type that is somewhat complicated and problematic as a little research will show. EFI gets my vote for the preferred fuel delivery system. I think that '94 would be a great choice if you like it. There is a world of help and knowledge on this board and others to help you keep her on the trail or road. Good luck with whatever you choose and welcome to a great wheelin' community.
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Thats great news to hear that you have had good luck with your 91 FI , I think I am definitley going to hold out for the later model...are there many differences between the 91 and 94 models? Thanks again to all..
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I am also new to the Sammy community. My experience with them so far is isolated to my '91, there are some here that I'm sure can tell you about the changes. The only thing I know for sure is Suzuki deleted the rear seat (safety crap) from the factory at some point (my '91 has the rear seat). The attachment nuts for the seat and seat belts are there, I think you just have to drill the sheet metal for access to them if you want to add a rear seat.
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Question 87 Samurai... lemon?

Hey guys, great site.

I just bought a "surviver" 87 samurai last week and its up on the rack already from the MASSIVE oil leak coming from the fuel pump. I have read that this is quite a common of the mechanical fuel pumps. I have the replacement part and it seems to be a simple bolt on fix. I also have to fix the hood latch, the speedometer, odometer, hand brake etc... Nothin major, but still foriegn to me
Does anyone have any useful tips or advice on things they wished they would have done right away??? Do you recommend a weber carb upgrade? what kind of reliability and performance enhancements will that give me for my 300 bucks?
I'm not a mechanic by any means, but I plan on becoming something of a samurai EMT over the next few months getting this thing to a point where she is reliable. Over the next few years I am going to make a serious project out of it and really make it nice.
Thanks in advance everyone.
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