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Old 12-01-2013, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just purchased a 1987 suzuki samurai ragtop model . I will need a new top soon. Where do I get one these with tinted windows instead of clear ones. I also have a problem with air coming into cab. It doesn't have duct work up to defrostor and air is coming in from outside . How do I stop this without putting in new duct work. I also have a problem with rear shocks bottoming out. The rear axle is turned up side down for lift with 31x10 50 tires. What is the easiest way to fix this problem. Thanks I need some advice before I go forward
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just purchased a 1987 suzuki samurai ragtop model . I will need a new top soon. Where do I get one these with tinted windows instead of clear ones.
I would look at Petroworks. They have the Rampage tops that have tinted windows and they zip out!
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I also have a problem with air coming into cab. It doesn't have duct work up to defrostor and air is coming in from outside . How do I stop this without putting in new duct work.
Stop. Rethink it. Get the right parts and be done with it.

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I also have a problem with rear shocks bottoming out. The rear axle is turned up side down for lift with 31x10 50 tires. What is the easiest way to fix this problem. Thanks I need some advice before I go forward
First of all, if the axle is upside down, it ain't gonna last very long. The housing is designed to lubricate the R&P ONLY in the 'right side up' position... If you want a SPOA lift (SPring Over Axle), invest in a set of perches and do it right. But then you will also have to take another look at how the steering, brake lines and drive lines have been done. If the builder went cheap on the axle project, then I would be careful of the other important parts under there...

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I'm pretty sure the PO is describing a SPOA. If the axle was simply flipped over the offset would be un workable.
If you are bottoming out it may be a shock length issue. IE : stock shocks on a SPOA.
Or it may be axle wrap , or any number of other problems.
Post detailed pics of you're suspension. If we can se the problem we won't be guessing.......
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I'm pretty sure the PO is describing a SPOA. If the axle was simply flipped over the offset would be un workable.
If you are bottoming out it may be a shock length issue. IE : stock shocks on a SPOA.
Or it may be axle wrap , or any number of other problems.
Post detailed pics of you're suspension. If we can see the problem we won't be guessing.......
I looked hard through my old pix and couldn't find the one I was looking for, but I did see a zook with the rear axle flipped - just to do a 'no cost' SPOA. I swear the guy kept complaining about vibrations but he couldn't (or wouldn't) understand when we tried explaining about complimentary angles... He did the same to the front but couldn't get the drive shaft around the motor...

So I would believe almost anything people come up with on here. Mostly it's just trying to fix the mistakes of the previous owner...
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After reading reply's . I do have a spring over axle lift and rear shocks are bottoming out and ride is pretty ruff. What is the best way to fix this. Some said get perches what is this. I also hope everyone is doing ok in these ice conditions we are starting to have here in west tn
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Richard, you need to use the Add Reply or Fast Reply button when replying. Do not use the New Topic button when replying as it opens a new thread.

Here is the original post that you should have replied to:
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Your Samurai has obviously been modified, so you need to post images of your truck so that others can see the mods. You can upload images to the gallery by using the Upload function found under the Photo Gallery.

The users here need to see how the springs are mounted on the axles, the shackles, the shocks, the bumpstops. and draglink angle. Just one side is enough, but it needs to be front and rear.

Do not reply to the post, but put your reply and images in the original thread.

And a welcome to this board from another Tennessean.

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I have the same issue with the rear bottoming out even on speed bumps. It just has the factory springs flipped to the top side of the axle. I bought it used and it has a really rough ride. Is this likely an issue with worn out springs?
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