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Old 11-01-2012, 01:33 PM  
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Please help me... i am trying to buy a samurai for my fiancee for his 30th birthday. this is something he has always wanted, but has never been able to rationalize spending the money on. he want to make it into a 4wheeling vehical. i do not know what year would be the best to buy. i want to make sure he will be able to get parts and such for it. please help. what year?!?!?
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:16 AM  
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If he is a wrench puller:
Samurais from 1986 to 1988 1/2 with no ECU
(electric control unit) no EFI (electronic fuel
injection) never fiddled with by offroaders,
completely stock is my recommendation.
He can use it for a platform to build his own
functional 4X4.

If he is not familiar with gear pullers and
torque wrenches:
Locate a 4X4 club in his/your neighbourhood.
Ask one of the Sami guys there if a good
Sami is for sale in the area, better still is one
for sale in the club membership.
Take it to a mechanic you trust, not one
recommended by the seller, and have it gone
over for any defects.
If it meets your needs get it.

If you look back in this forum, just recently
a member went to great lengths to find a Sami,
he could use. After several entries from several
members here he finally got a good one and has
be posting what he is doing to bring it up to his
standards. Very informative reading and most
helpful to anyone getting into the Sami game.
But keep in mind if you are in North America,
these 4X4s were last sold new here in 1995-6.
That is OLD in 4X4 language because when they
get into the hands of offroaders, they are often
driven like they were stolen/rented. Harshly!!

Hope this helps and please tell us how you
find success with the right purchase.
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Thank you so much! He is a technician and yas been working on cars his whole life. he has more then enough knowledge to build himself what he wants. i have found a few stock ones for sale in my area, years 87 and 88. So i will ask the other questions you have mentioned before i buy. these little things are a hot commodity right now! They are going for quite a bit of money for what the are and the age of them. i was very surprised!
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Personally, I prefer the 90-95 EFI (electronic fuel injection) samurais. You will likely find more 87 and 88 samurais, just because more were sold those years than any other.
The good thing is, most every part is interchangable in 86-95 samurais. There are a few variations (EFI vs. carbed), different bolt pattern on the driveshafts/flanges, etc., but a lot of parts will interchange.
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Please help me... i am trying to buy a samurai for my fiancee for his 30th birthday. this is something he has always wanted, but has never been able to rationalize spending the money on. he want to make it into a 4wheeling vehical. i do not know what year would be the best to buy. i want to make sure he will be able to get parts and such for it. please help. what year?!?!?
Any years' a good one when it comes to a samuri... They are all tough. I was lucky when i got mine. I traded a bunch of junk and a garage door all bent up
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