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Well, I'm going Friday to pick up another Sami. This one is an 87, with 100K miles, all stock in that midnight purple color. Oh geez, what am I doing? That's all I'll buy for now. LOL So I can't imagine there are many differences between that and a 94?
 

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Well, I'm going Friday to pick up another Sami. This one is an 87, with 100K miles, all stock in that midnight purple color. Oh geez, what am I doing? That's all I'll buy for now. LOL So I can't imagine there are many differences between that and a 94?

Awesome, good find! Hope the deal goes well! How much you considering paying? How can you know the miles for sure, the early Samurai's have a 5 digit odo, as where your 94' has 6 digits. Not that it matters, I'm just curious.

Alot is different with early, and late model Sami's. Heres the main differences:

Early samurai's are carb, have halo headrest, round dash vents, door locker next to door handle, backseats, JX package, individual rear brake lines, beefier front side gears, lower 5th gear ratio, and a bunch of other IMO upgrades I cant recall.
 

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A few are, EFI - Dash - spring rate - engine displacement 1298, 1324 - OD trans ratio - computer - timeing belt, round tooth vs acme shape - Flange sizes - grill. Probably more but most everything swaps.
 

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A few are, EFI - Dash - spring rate - engine displacement 1298, 1324 - OD trans ratio - computer - timeing belt, round tooth vs acme shape - Flange sizes - grill. Probably more but most everything swaps.
Can you be more specific, what are the differences? In my experience the imporant things are NOT interchangable. The driveshafts can't be swaped, you cant add a mechanical FP if you want to convert a 94 to carb. And what do you mean by a few are EFi?? 85-90 are carb, and 90-95 are tbi, iirc.
 

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Wow, now you have me kinda worried! I didn't know about the 5 digit odometer, and I got the VIN to do a carfax the other day. That would only tell me if the odometer has been tampered with, but how else would I know if it's rolled over once (or twice)?
And I'm obviously very green about these little trucks. I also didn't know there were that many differences between those generations.
What's a mechanical FP?
 

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Okay, here's the actual ad:
This is a nice 1987 Suzuki Samurai that is Midnight Purple with only 100K miles on it. It has the 1.3 liter 4 cylinder w/rebuilt carb, New Soft Top, fresh tune-up, New Timing Belt, fan belt, hoses, & oil change. It also has NEW front and rear brakes, NEW front and rear tires on some nice aluminum wheels. It is totally stock and has Never been 4-wheeled on the Beach or in the Mud. It has nice comfortable custom seats and could be a great Daily Driver or Beach/Off-road vehicle for you.

I guess I don't know nearly enough about these to know if this is fairly priced. All I know is I paid $1525 for the 94 I got last week with 160K on it, and needing some cosmetic work, new top, and having no knowledge of maintainence history. I just know it ran very well.
When I read this ad, I thought maybe $2700 was because it's all stock, no rust at all is what he told me (he said 99% rust free and didn't have all that rust that most of them get), and because it was 100K original miles. Feel free to tell me what you think of the price.
In the meantime I did a carfax and what I find strange is that it went from 34200 miles in 1990 to 36700 in 1998. I think that's strange. Then it went from that to 125K in 2000, and then in 2001 it had 135,000. In Virginia, which is where the car has always been since original title issue, has annual inspections where the mileage is noted by the inspector. That should have been reported every year and shown up on the carfax, like the one I just bought which was also in Virginia all it's life with regular odometer reportings.
Personally, I don't feel really good about this and I think I should listen to my gut but it's not for me although I'm paying for most of it. If it was another $1500 I wouldn't care nearly as much.
Thoughts, input? I can take it....go ahead.
 

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Okay, here's the actual ad:
This is a nice 1987 Suzuki Samurai that is Midnight Purple with only 100K miles on it. It has the 1.3 liter 4 cylinder w/rebuilt carb, New Soft Top, fresh tune-up, New Timing Belt, fan belt, hoses, & oil change. It also has NEW front and rear brakes, NEW front and rear tires on some nice aluminum wheels. It is totally stock and has Never been 4-wheeled on the Beach or in the Mud. It has nice comfortable custom seats and could be a great Daily Driver or Beach/Off-road vehicle for you.

I guess I don't know nearly enough about these to know if this is fairly priced. All I know is I paid $1525 for the 94 I got last week with 160K on it, and needing some cosmetic work, new top, and having no knowledge of maintainence history. I just know it ran very well.
When I read this ad, I thought maybe $2700 was because it's all stock, no rust at all is what he told me (he said 99% rust free and didn't have all that rust that most of them get), and because it was 100K original miles. Feel free to tell me what you think of the price.
In the meantime I did a carfax and what I find strange is that it went from 34200 miles in 1990 to 36700 in 1998. I think that's strange. Then it went from that to 125K in 2000, and then in 2001 it had 135,000. In Virginia, which is where the car has always been since original title issue, has annual inspections where the mileage is noted by the inspector. That should have been reported every year and shown up on the carfax, like the one I just bought which was also in Virginia all it's life with regular odometer reportings.
Personally, I don't feel really good about this and I think I should listen to my gut but it's not for me although I'm paying for most of it. If it was another $1500 I wouldn't care nearly as much.
Thoughts, input? I can take it....go ahead.
mechanical fuel pump, uses the cam gear to turn the fuel pump, your 94' has a electric hp(high pressure) fp in the tank.

Thats way to much for that Samurai. I can get you some nice ones down here in El paso, tx where we don't know what rain, or road salt is. I found a nice 87' for $1500 yesterday.
 

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What I tried to say or mean was a few of the changes between years are .... carb to efi, (electronic fuel injection) efi is the tbi injection. Drive shafts can be swaped if you also swap out the transfer and rears flanges. They have the same splines. Actually I'm running the small flanges on my rears and the large ones on my transfer case. Doner from my 94 with the 4:16 to 1 gears put in my replacement 88 after I laid my 94 on it's side. I just swaped out half the driveshafts and so far no vibrations from the mix. I could be just lucky tho.
 

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Well I decided against the overpriced 87. Found a 92 for $900 less. Wish me luck, thanks for all the advice, info, etc!
 

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What I tried to say or mean was a few of the changes between years are .... carb to efi, (electronic fuel injection) efi is the tbi injection. Drive shafts can be swaped if you also swap out the transfer and rears flanges. They have the same splines. Actually I'm running the small flanges on my rears and the large ones on my transfer case. Doner from my 94 with the 4:16 to 1 gears put in my replacement 88 after I laid my 94 on it's side. I just swaped out half the driveshafts and so far no vibrations from the mix. I could be just lucky tho.
I'v come to realize working on all years of Samurai's, if you do the right supporting mods, you can swap ANYTHING over from ANY year. I ended using a low pressure electric fuel pump to run a carb on my 94', and I swapped the distributors, and the pigtail for the distributor. =)
 
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