A decade of zukin'

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    A decade of zukin'

    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..


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    Front tire off, lets remove some of this old smashed up body.


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    A little more...


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    And .. off goes the front clip

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    pulled it into the shop and started hacking shit off.


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    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"



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    We started to bend some tube after a few soda's and some brain storming.
    off to a good start



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    Here is a shot of the front hood concept


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    Got the front stinger going and tied into the rear main hoop


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    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


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    New seats in and mounted up, good fit. sits nice and low but dropping the front of the hood makes for some decent visibility


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    All painted up, got the full Hydro all plumbed up, drive shafts back from being lengthened.
    time for some skins


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    Really liked how these turned out, and easily removable at that.



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    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.



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    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 ?????
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    Zuk 37' stickies, 6:5.1, 5.29's, 4link rear FOA's, full hydro, full cage. HORNNAAYY

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Nice ride and write-up!
    Gotta go change my underwear now.....

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Nice.

    After 12 years the only mods I can boast are rust and more rust.
    Randy, sit back and let the liquor do the thinking

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Well be at the gate to eagle at 11 2samis so far there's a ton of snow up there right now!!!!
    the duke, 87 sam-yota-yj-kick.....call it what you will

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    okay, 11 am? pm? ..... and what day? lol
    Zuk 37' stickies, 6:5.1, 5.29's, 4link rear FOA's, full hydro, full cage. HORNNAAYY

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Ha lol
    Sorry ya was up there at 11 this morning next weekend I wanna go back up my buddy had to get back by 3 just got
    Back down shit ton of snow was a lot of fun
    the duke, 87 sam-yota-yj-kick.....call it what you will

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    very nice
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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Very nice build you will love the upgraded 1.6l 16v and the kicker 3 I have this done to my rig and love the setup works great I kept my sami t-case stock thats all I need. I was thinking when my 1.6l 16v dies upgrading to the v6 grand vitara motor I heard it has 140HP and will mount to the sidekick transmission without any mods
    87 LWB Zuk 1.6 16v Doug Thorley Header 5spd Sidekick Transmisson Kicker 3 Exo 84 Toy Axles YJ Springs Locked 529's 35 GoodYear MTR Kevlar's

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Damn, I would be nice to have V6 power. Right now Id settle for a 1.6 8V. Im just about to take my Jimny of the road for a bit. Installing the SPOA i over the next couple weeks. Maybe one day I'll get to the stage in the above photo's!

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Thanks for the kudos,

    About the 2.0 liter motor I've thought of this swap but was partial to the 1.6 16 valve due to (dare I say) easy
    Install and availability, 2.0 liter is def an option tho. I will look into this some more.
    Last edited by 89samurai->; March 22nd, 2012 at 09:36 pm.
    Zuk 37' stickies, 6:5.1, 5.29's, 4link rear FOA's, full hydro, full cage. HORNNAAYY

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    As you have essentially a rail Zuk, putting in any complete/clipped OEM Zuk harness is certainly going to be easy. The 2.0l is a great 4cyl motor, I had one in my 2001 Vit 2dr auto: stock 127bhp and great mpg too.
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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    Love it, Kudos
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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    To be honest I haven't really done much research as far as motor swaps go, Obviously more power would be great but I still want to try to keep the whole thing as light as possible.

    For the time being i'm just going to wheel it as is and enjoy the 4 little gremlins bouncing around under the hood, pick away at some ideas over the summer, maybe even start to acquire some parts once I make a decision and then do some sort of swap this winter.

    Right now I've just got the 1.3 in there with the MySide application ( Harley carb ) has anyone ever tuned one of these up or know anyone who has? its running quite lean and its hard to keep it idling while the full hydro is at work if I'm not on the gas, I've temporarily adjusted the idle to run higher in order to stop it from stalling. I'll continue to run it like this for now, but would prefer to have her dialed right in..
    Zuk 37' stickies, 6:5.1, 5.29's, 4link rear FOA's, full hydro, full cage. HORNNAAYY

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    Re: A decade of zukin'

    I thoroughly enjoy my 2.7L with 183hp and automatic trans for wheeling (37's/1 ton axles/ 5K lb XL-7) ...... Food for thought.
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