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Hello. Im new to the forums so hopefully I can get this right. I guess Ill start off with a little about me. I am a 18 year old kid about to graduate and I purchased my first samurai about 3 months ago. I was looking to buy a four wheeler when I heard about the samurais and how versatile they are. After searching for a couple of days I found a decent one not to far from where I lived. I had no clue what I was doing or what I was getting myself into. Anyways I picked it up for around $2400, not sure if it was a good deal but it doesn't really matter to me, first time rookie mistake if I paid to much. My only worry after I bought it was the previous owner ground down the front hubs to be able to fit big wheels and lower it. Because he ground down the hubs there were no lockers to test out the 4x4, talk about sketchy. Brought it home on a late saturday night and couldn't wait to drive it around the next day.
On the trailer bringing her home.

First things were to add a couple accessories.

Inclinometer for those oh sh*t moments:wacko:
The headlights were terrible! You couldn't see nothin in at night so some $30 led pods from amazon were a must.



A jeep came into where I work a few weeks before and it had a set of pods set up just like this and I thought it looked cool so thats where they went.
As a 18 year old kid I have a wild imagination, always thinking of things I could do to my new toy. I knew I wanted to lift it and put some new shoes underneath it, but where do I start. After searching for a while, I found two lifts that stuck out to me. SPOA and a coil system or whatever its called. Sorry I still have a lot to learn. Also as a young teen I tend to spend my money as fast as I get it it seems so I knew from the start of this I would have to budget this project, and we all know how that goes. So SPOA it was! Me and a friend spent one saturday installing the low range SPOA kit, and I have to say it took a while, but to my surprise was pretty easy.

Thats me under it fighting up the drive shaft bolts after putting in the spacers.
While looking for lift kits i found out about the steering issues that come when you lift the samurais. I will be fixing it but for now it works. Also the stock shocks were left on the car as well. Once again I will be addressing that but for now it will work.
 

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Why in the world did the PO go all ghetto on the Sammy and LOWER it?! What an idiot! Can't see the pics, so don't know what it looks like or what you've done to it so far.

When I got mine, my plan is to work on it over the next 12-18 months as a college graduation present for my youngest daughter. I'm going the opposite route, and will try to keep it as stock as possible, with a few exceptions (seats, interior panels, wheels, engine). The stock engine is pretty weak, so I couldn't imagine lifting it, bigger wheels/tires, etc. with the stock engine. So my plan is to swap in a 1.6 EFI engine, but keep the drivetrain stock, with 215/75-15 AT tires, so it should be more than capable of getting up to highway speeds, and holding it's own on beach sand, fire roads, logging roads, etc. Since she surfs, is a lifeguard, and likes doing those outdoorsy things, this rig once it's done should be a good fit for her.

Before I went further down the lift / tires / wheels / armor / etc route, I'd seriously look at getting more hp for your rig, since it looks like you're making it out to be a mini-monster truck.
 

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Why in the world did the PO go all ghetto on the Sammy and LOWER it?! What an idiot! Can't see the pics, so don't know what it looks like or what you've done to it so far.

When I got mine, my plan is to work on it over the next 12-18 months as a college graduation present for my youngest daughter. I'm going the opposite route, and will try to keep it as stock as possible, with a few exceptions (seats, interior panels, wheels, engine). The stock engine is pretty weak, so I couldn't imagine lifting it, bigger wheels/tires, etc. with the stock engine. So my plan is to swap in a 1.6 EFI engine, but keep the drivetrain stock, with 215/75-15 AT tires, so it should be more than capable of getting up to highway speeds, and holding it's own on beach sand, fire roads, logging roads, etc. Since she surfs, is a lifeguard, and likes doing those outdoorsy things, this rig once it's done should be a good fit for her.

Before I went further down the lift / tires / wheels / armor / etc route, I'd seriously look at getting more hp for your rig, since it looks like you're making it out to be a mini-monster truck.
That's a cool graduation present! Will get pics up right away now that I figured it out. I think that's cool that you're going all stock though. Everyone has their different needs and wants from their vehicles so for what your daughter is going to be doing I think the path your on makes sense.
 

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Well sense my first post wasn't the best sense none of the pictures went through ill just start from the begin(this time with pictures)

First up is the night I picked it up.
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It was in moderate condition with a dent or two, crappy window tent, and dirt for days. But worse of all, which I have no clue why the previous owner did it, but he painted the whole outside with a roller and matte black paint:eek::mad:. Yeah I know stupid! But a new paint job is coming.
 
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