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Old 06-12-2012, 12:55 PM  
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Hey all,

I just bought an 87 Samurai, after reading about their off-road prowess, reliability, and good mpg. The only problem I'm having with it, is the steering. After reading everything I could on the forum, I've come to understand that it has bumpsteer because of the stock steering set-up and the aftermarket suspension. It also has an incorrect castor angle on the axle, which I've read causes a terrible wobble at speed.

So I'd like to ask you guys about some options: I'm definitely going to go with a Hi-Steer kit, probably the RR. But I'm considering doing a SPOA kit (it is currently SPUA). Is there a way to tell just how high my current lift is (i'll need that info to choose the hi-steer correctly)? The spring mounts are Calmini, as are the front springs. Not sure what the exact set-up is. I don't want it to be too high, I'm currently running 30-in tires, and don't really want to go bigger than, say, 32's. But I don't want it to look funny raised that high without giant tires. Should I consider just going with shims to correct my castor angle, or should I look into the SPOA kit?



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You have what appears to be two mods, extended shackles and lifted springs.

The stock front shackle is 2.75" from eye to eye. Half of whatever the difference yours are compared to the stock shackles is your lift from the shackles.

The worn, original stock front springs on my '91 are basically flat. From the pictures, it looks like you may have 3" lift springs.

have you looked at Suzuki Samurai Steering Parts | Low Range Off Road or Suzuki Samurai Parts - Trail Tough or Steering: Roadless Gear For Suzuki for other options?
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Thanks for that info. After some further reading, I think I'm going to go with some shims to equal out my pinion angle, and a hi-steer kit to get my drop link closer to parallel. Hopefully that will clear up my steering problems. I'm also going to install a new polyurethane bushing kit, some of them are completely shot.

On a different note, I have a significant gear oil leak from my front diff's center seal. Is there anything special I will have to do to repair this, or is it a pretty cut and dry seal replacement?
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Gratz on your purchase, thats a good clean looking machine.

Tony
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