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Old 05-03-2012, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Where is rust NOT okay?

The right answer of course is ANYWHERE, but can someone list the places to be especially careful to look when shopping for a Samurai?

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Where to look for rust to show up most often on the 87 to 95 Sami.
Under the back inside facia over the top of rear fenders. Be careful how you remove this fibre board facia, it tears very easily. Look inside and up under the body on top of the rear wheels.(from the outside)
Floor panels under the foot wells beneath the pedals. (inside and out/under)
Front fenders especially near the battery box/platform.
Under the plastic rocker panels (below the doors)
Bottom of the doors, open the door and lay down to look up at them.
The rear rounded corners near/above the rear bumper.
Inside on the floor under the rear floor mat, just inside the rear door/gate.
Check out the seat rails where they are bolted to the body, orient yourself, then look under the vehicle at those points. Also check for fatigue cracks in the metal near them. If you sit in the seat and push your body back against the seat back with your feet and hands on the steering wheel and hear a creaking sound with movement...look carefully for the cracks.
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Thanks, this is a big help!
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Unless I am in the market for a parts rig. I never pay for rust.....Boxcar....
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I like it, that's what I'm talking about!
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I would also check for all suspension components, mounts, front/rear bumper tubes, frame, steering components, axle housings, wheel knuckles.
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