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Suzuki Samurai?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by MowTaco, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Sep 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM
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    MowTaco

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    Hello TW
    So we just got a lake house and are in need of a rig to get down to the dock and back, and just running around down there. The trail requires some fairly serious rock crawling. We looked at stuff like side by sides but for half the price we can get twice the truck. I found a 1989 Samurai on CL that is pretty well built... Lifted, rear locker on 33s, 4.92 gears in the T-case. I am going to go look at it sometime pretty soon. Anyone know anything about these? I found some common problems with google but just wanted to gain some background. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Sep 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM
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    Andrew H

    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    I know that they had a problem rolling a lot back in the day. Thats all I know. Don't drive like a tard and you won't roll it.
     
  3. Sep 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM
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    THXEY

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    samurai's are like cockroaches.

    they never die.

    what i would do for a sammi :drool:
     
  4. Sep 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM
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    All I know is that they use a divorced transfercase and they can go anywhere when modded correctly.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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    They're cool as shit when they're built & maintained properly.

    Aside from being a samuri.... That CL find - make sure you see it in person, drive it in every possible situation (highway, city, 2WD, 4WD, 4Lo, etc) and give it a really good GO-over before you buy it.

    Not any different than what I would do when buying a used vehicle.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    mntbiker2008

    mntbiker2008 First I derp.. then I herp

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    x2 if they are built up correctly, they can go anywhere. A friend of mine had one and he had that thing following the quad runners which were by no means easy trails.
     
  7. Sep 26, 2010 at 1:38 PM
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    MowTaco

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    Alright going to look at it now... I'll take lots of pics
     
  8. Sep 26, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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    steve o 77 braaap

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  9. Sep 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    Sorry tried to do it when i got home but the droid was taking forever to upload... so without further delay...

    Ahhh it's dinner time. I'll be right back
     
  10. Sep 26, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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    lol so true. we all had them in high school.they are great for trails.really not much bigger than a quad.you cant beat that they are cheap,4x4, convertible, and great on gas. anything lifted will not be highway friendly. shit even stock they arent highway friendly. ive been looking lately too. this one has been for sale for 2 years or so.it just popped up again. so bad ass.it had a rotary motor in it last year

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/1901441359.html
     
  11. Sep 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM
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    ask away..ive got an 87. i know a good amount about them.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM
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    Paintdiddy, that one kinda contradicts everything you just said about them haha... Still pretty cool though. Anyway this time is for real. I got some of them that didn't upload to work so here it is:

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    Sorry for the blurry one... but you get the idea. None of the other ones of the underside came out, but it was very clean. Dirty, but free of rust. The driveshaft angles looked kind of extreme, but nothing was really out of order. The owner really knew his stuff and did everything right. I drove it around in a field and tested 4-hi, 4-lo, everything worked. I didn't try to spin it to test the locker because it was basically his lawn in the middle of town. It sure was cool to drive. He's asking $3000 but said he'd take $2800 cash. I think I got the old man's approval, but my mom said its ugly haha. She yelled at me for not looking at the mileage, she doesn't understand how really irrelevant it is. Women...
     
  13. Sep 26, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    damn at my lakehouse we just walk down some stairs to the dock
     
  14. Sep 26, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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    pretty good deal for 3k! looks like an JX, well at least the seats are out of an JX lol
     
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    Thats a nice sami.
     
  17. Sep 26, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    They're great. We have one in Baja for putting around on the beach and in the washes. Goes anywhere... if you get hung up, 2 dudes can lift it off a rock.
     
  18. Sep 26, 2010 at 8:46 PM
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    Thanks guys. Just gotta get dad out to see it and hopefully make it ours. I'm sure he'll haggle the price down too he won't pay over $2500 for it.
     
  19. Sep 26, 2010 at 11:48 PM
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    good luck man
     
  20. Sep 26, 2010 at 11:54 PM
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    Thats a nice find! My dad and I had 5 samurais on our property at one point and now we're down to 3. They are great little trucks just don't take them through deep water or mud.
     
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