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Old 10-17-2009, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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one more Samurai build

Build threads that drag on forever irritate me, so I swore I would get this out wheeling before I started one. It is certainly not done yet, but I have a couple of trips on it now, so here goes.

Pictures first; a little before and after

early days:

February 06, Mormon Emigrant Trail


March 06, Reno hills


over the last few years:

August 06, Rubicon


May 07, Moonrocks

August 08, Barrett Lake


and now to where this stage of the build will lead us:

August 09, shake down run


donít mind the E-brake cable poking me in the receiver




the only (short, poor quality) video I have
YouTube - Capps Crossing AUG 09

September 09, Barrett Lake
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Whats the specs on your zuk? What type of suspension do you have etc?
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I never really figured I would ever say this but I love how LOW your sami is

Whats the belly clearance on that thing?
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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very cool but we need way more info, im jealous you might be lower than me
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The low cog is cool.
Do you love it or sometimes want a little more body clearance?
Nice transformation.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Whats the specs on your zuk? What type of suspension do you have etc?
Lots and lots of details coming. Promise
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I never really figured I would ever say this but I love how LOW your sami is

Whats the belly clearance on that thing?
belly in the last few pictures and video is about 16" at trail pressure (<5psi)
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very cool but we need way more info, im jealous you might be lower than me
The last years worth of pictures and info is coming slowly, patience.
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The low cog is cool.
Do you love it or sometimes want a little more body clearance?
Nice transformation.
So far its been awesome. I don't want to say it does donuts and drifts turns without videos though . Once I get a full belly skid under it, I will determine if it needs to come up a little, though I wouldn't be suprised if an inch or two get added, more for up travel than anything else
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you have the best looking sami I've ever seen!

Low=awesome!

I'm trying to hard to get my toyota low, and you've just motivated me even more. thank you sir.
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that is so hot I want one that low with portals
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you have the best looking sami I've ever seen!

Low=awesome!

I'm trying to hard to get my toyota low, and you've just motivated me even more. thank you sir.
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Goals

104ishĒ WB, 3 link/panhard front, 4 link rear, conventional coil springs/shocks, Toyota minitruck axles, low and wide, moderately street-legal.

I have been building, buying, bartering and collecting parts for some time now to minimize down time. Buying everything up front wasnít in the budget anyways. Plus, I have spent the last 2-3 years wheeling instead of pondering a rig on jack stands.



I plan to reuse as much as possible to keep cost down (I am a Samurai owner). Radiator, gas tank (at least temporarily), proportioning valve and master cylinder, tail gate, hood, grill, doors, top(s), headlights, taillights, etc. Home built and used parts is the name of the game. This ainít no comp buggy, so fuel capacity, storage/interior room, spare tire, stereo, CB, etc. are all a must

I will do my best to to keep this in chronological order, but I am sure some of it wonít be. Details, pics, part numbers and prices will be included as much as possible. It also might take me some time to document, so donít expect everything at once
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Lets see if I can guess you have trail-gear four link in rear custom three in front. Those look like stock tj coils or there equivalent with 6.5 in the zuk case on a manual tranny. The flat belly is genius and the low cog you have by slamming the body should make you semi fearless. 36-38" swampers on toy axles. You used jj's for the links. I can't see an airline so maybe not arb maybe lincoln locked front and rear or ??? 4.10 gears in the diff you look like you are in the middle of the build and new ring and pinion usually comes last for most folks trying not to pay all at once for stuff. Gonna guess wb is 96to98" really hard to tell. It looks like ruff stuff weld on beadlocks. Its a great looking build you should be proud. Do you trailer or drive it?
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Lets see if I can guess you have trail-gear four link in rear custom three in front.
no kit, I did the links on both ends

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Those look like stock tj coils or there equivalent
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with 6.5 in the zuk case on a manual tranny.
close. Trail Tough 6.4's, stock motor and trans


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The flat belly is genius and the low cog you have by slamming the body should make you semi fearless. 36-38" swampers on toy axles.
yep, 38.5 SXs on minitruck axles

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5.29's/spool/lockright
I actually bought the built axles used 3 years ago

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Gonna guess wb is 96to98" really hard to tell.
104.5" wb
I put a lot of thought into keeping it proportioned, so if it looks shorter, I will take it as a compliment

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good eye. I am pretty sure they are the only 39 bolt beadlocks out there, easy giveaway if you actually counted them

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Its a great looking build you should be proud. Do you trailer or drive it?
Thanks! I am. I drive it around town some, and have driven it to the trail, but its a pain in the ass to drive it very far. I am currently flat towing it
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Before I get too far ahead, a brief history:

Feb 2006
As originally purchased for $1300, bone stock with an awesome paint job. Not quite the green (er, yellow?) trim I had imagined on the phone, but I needed a car and had driven over two hours (Sacramento to Santa Cruz) to see this thing. Good running condition and pretty clean.





About 10 minutes later, hadnít even taken it home yet.




I am quite thankful for spray paint
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I traded a friend some wheels and tires for complete Samurai axles/case/tranny and motor. While a lot of these parts are now gone/sold/used/broken/no longer needed, having extra everything has been priceless. I thought I had a picture of the whole extra drivetrain loaded in my Samurai, but I canít seem to find it. Here is how to fit 4 35ís inside

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A few snow runs with it stock

and within a month my buddy helped me weld my extra rear 3rd, and then I swapped them. I am a cocky MIG welder, but not so much with the stick. Welded rear is still the best bang for the buck to date.



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Nice! You and roczuk's low rider rigs are insane, and my favorite. Love the low Sami's.
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Love the stance....nice and low!
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Crap I looked for the towbar attachments and didn't see anything I must be blind. Good job on regearing early my hat goes off to you on that. Any regrets so far? Things you've redone twice or more?
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Thanks guys

With the 38.5's it sits 1" taller than it did with stock spring SPOA (about a 4 1/2 " lift) and 32s. I dont have a bone stock Samurai around for to measure, but I believe the suspension sits only 1-2" over stock
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Crap I looked for the towbar attachments and didn't see anything I must be blind. Good job on regearing early my hat goes off to you on that. Any regrets so far? Things you've redone twice or more?
Keep looking! Actually the pics that show the front are from before it was towed.

No real regrets so far. I had a few draw backs, as I made all most all the suspension brackets before hand, but I was completely expecting that to happen. I think the only thing I actually had to completely redo was the ram mount, no big deal
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The passenger door got swipped, I got a pair of doors for $80 and an $1100 check from insurance. Trail Tough 6.4:1ís, Mighty Kong and Gorrilla Grips ordered the day I got the check. I rebuilt/regeared my extra case, although not before learning why the directions say you must remove the speedo gear A guy on here made me a good deal on another case half, and I was on my way

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I bought a drop pitman arm from Roadless Gear and longer brake lines from Napa, and made some spring perches out of 2x2 .188. Swapped to the 6.4 case and did the spring over in the same weekend. Stock springs and shocks. <$200 total into the lift. I ran some borrowed 235ís for a week until I bought some 15x8 2.5 bsíd soft 8ís and 32/11.5 Kumho MTís. Wheeled like this for a couple of months.

May 06 Shasta/Chappie OHV


The wheels I got from the local 4 Wheel Parts, and are Pro Comp series 97ís, and ran under $50 each. I was hoping to find a deal on some used tires, but ended up getting the Kumhoís new from Summit for $104 each. I wasnít sure what to expect from them, but ultimately I was very impressed. I put 30k+ miles on them, and lot of rough offroad miles including several Rubicon trips. They wore very evenly, and all those street miles were with a welded rear. Didnít chuck and they aired down well. I ran 6-7psi all day long and never lost a bead. Even accidentally ran 1-2psi and it was no problem. They still had 75% tread when I sold them. My only issue with them is they didnít self-clean very well in the snow. Great for a lesser expensive MT
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