Well after around ten years this is what has evolved of my 89 suzuki samurai.
I picked it up with the basic SPOA and on 31's beat it to shit like that for a few years.
Then upgraded to YJ leaf springs, that was fun on 31's and very floppy.
Next was toyota axles and 35's I ran these with 4:1 tcase and 5.29's
upgraded to the 6:5.1 gearing and a a tcase bucket with some stronger mounting points.
Then one day I thought I blew a Birfield out wheeling. ( turns out I just pinched a rubber brake line and the brake locked up that one front tire)
I purchased some dirty thirties regardless. And apon installation this happened..
Front tire off, lets remove some of this old smashed up body.
A little more...
And .. off goes the front clip
pulled it into the shop and started hacking shit off.
Picked up an IFS rear axle, cleaned it up and started mocking up the 4 link
At this point we also decided to do an 8" frame extension in the front and began to "dove nose"
and drop the hood, this involved lowering the rad about 4"
We started to bend some tube after a few soda's and some brain storming.
off to a good start
Here is a shot of the front hood concept
Got the front stinger going and tied into the rear main hoop
Most of the tube bent up and welded just adding lateral support for the cab of the rig and some materials to mount up the skins
New seats in and mounted up, good fit. sits nice and low but dropping the front of the hood makes for some decent visibility
All painted up, got the full Hydro all plumbed up, drive shafts back from being lengthened.
time for some skins
Really liked how these turned out, and easily removable at that.
flexing it out under its own power for the first time and the coilovers were rubbing on the rear tire
easy fix were some 3/4" wheel spacers for the rear a bit more stability as well.
And the front poser shot
have taken it out for a few runs, flopped it the first time out with in 10 minutes. that was epic.
I was working on this with the help of some talented friends all damn summer of last year and really want to take advantage of it this wheeling season..
After that im thinking of linking the front, lowering the whole thing a little and swapping a 1.6 16 valve with an auto and a kicker 3, this way im solidifying the drive train by marrying the two transfer cases and I do not have to do any further drive shaft modification. any input????
Center to center wheelbase right now is about ~ 104" and I think im at a good spot there on 37's.
who wants to wheel ?????