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Im getting tired of the twin cam engine and plan to run a buick 3.8L , I am wondering if anyone has done this swap and what are the hard parts of the swap to make easy.
Thanks.................KEV
 

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If you dont think the samurai T.case will hold up ,What case do you think would work better?
Stock samurai case are tuff shit , But yes i agree for the mods that I will be doing to the engine, it will produce some big numbers , there aint no hope for the stock case.
 

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one thing for sure,you'll have the pleasure of working on it alot and driving it less---I think <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Have to agree with Bobaki on this one. The 16v has all the power you need for wheeling, and keeps it light and dependable. If you want more power go to a store where the "fast and the furious" shop.

The whole reason I bought a sami was to get away from that yankee junk. When our club first started Bobaki was the one of the only ones with a Jap rig out of about twelve, now theres no yankee rigs left! We all got sick of watching him wheel the piss out of it with hardly any maintenance between rounds. One summer he did the entire con 5-6 weekends in a row with no maintenance!!! My Scout never did that!
 

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Originally posted by KEVZUKI:
<STRONG>Im getting tired of the twin cam engine and plan to run a buick 3.8L
Thanks.................KEV</STRONG>
Maybe you should just sell your Samurai and buy a CJ? <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by KEVZUKI:
<STRONG>Im getting tired of the twin cam engine and plan to run a buick 3.8L , I am wondering if anyone has done this swap and what are the hard parts of the swap to make easy.
Thanks.................KEV</STRONG>
I DID A 3.8 SWAP ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO AND IT RUINED THE TRUCK. made it way to nose heavy and it don't fit good at all. you'll have to get shorty headers cause the passenger side manifold won't work!!!!. if i was gonna swap another, i definitely do the ford 2.8 v-6 and c-4 tranny swap. it's cheap, it's easy, and you're t- case will handle it. and it's around 130 to 150 hp. they are great little motors. my .02 is don't do the 3.8 if you're gonna wheel it.
 

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samazuki hit it on the head - I was thinking it would be nose heavy,you confirmed it-the only thing I need more power for is to get to the con not to get through-my 1.6 does much better and the 16v1.6 should make up for the toy axels,toy dual tcases,and 35mtr's <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
I've put 50k miles on the thing,as a daily driver. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by bobaki:
<STRONG>samazuki hit it on the head - I was thinking it would be nose heavy,you confirmed it-the only thing I need more power for is to get to the con not to get through-my 1.6 does much better and the 16v1.6 should make up for the toy axels,toy dual tcases,and 35mtr's <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
I've put 50k miles on the thing,as a daily driver. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"></STRONG>

Look at this bobaki changes status to wheeler and now he can write full sentences!
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Originally posted by scwafish:
<STRONG>One summer he did the entire con 5-6 weekends in a row with no maintenance!!! My Scout never did that!</STRONG>
<font color="yellow">I hear that! I wheel in Memphis pretty much every weekend with a group of guys who all run Jeep CJs. (There's one guy running a sammy, but he's been swapping in 37" Boggers and Dana 44s all summer, so he don't count).

One of the jeeps constantly overheats, a good friend of mine blows her seals every time it gets on the interstae and the diffs heat up, and the fourth... Well, his runs fine - but he's got $40K in it, had it since it was new in 77, and the only oringial part on it is the steering wheel (Really!), so he's in a whole new league from the rest of us.

Only problem my Toy has had all year was a locking hub not engaging. Pulled it, wiped it clean right there on the trail, and threw it back on... and I was good to go.</font>
 

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I am running a 3.8 (231) olds engine right now in my zuk. There is no doubt that it is a heavy motor, But there is tons of power to drag the extra weight.I ran a stock motor for a season and then put in a 12a rotary. The rotary was a good little motor for the power to weight ratio, but It didn't last to long out in the mud. I am running a TH350 trans and a stock zuk transfer case. I haven't had any trouble with the transfer case at all other than mounts. If your looking for a cheap engine with good power I think it is a good swap. I found a 3.8 turbo charged motor and I am thinking of puting it in next. Good luck.
 

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<IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> how nice of you to notice Shanesan <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Thank you very much zuk99 thats what i wanted to hear , A personal experiance.To all you other guys I respect your opinions but I aint a rock crawler , Im a Mud bogger.
I have the twin cam and when i get goin hard in a bogg the bottom end just isnt there.For you guys runnin rocks a small engine is great , But i need a strong bottom end motor.
Samazuki , What kind of headers did you use?
Anyone else with opinnions on trannys T.cases ect.?
Thanks......................KEV
 

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Originally posted by KEVZUKI:
<STRONG>Thank you very much zuk99 thats what i wanted to hear , A personal experiance.To all you other guys I respect your opinions but I aint a rock crawler , Im a Mud bogger.
I have the twin cam and when i get goin hard in a bogg the bottom end just isnt there.For you guys runnin rocks a small engine is great , But i need a strong bottom end motor.
Samazuki , What kind of headers did you use?
Anyone else with opinnions on trannys T.cases ect.?
Thanks......................KEV</STRONG>
Hey man... I had the twin cam and I used a tracker bottom end and that gave me all the tourque I needed... I think it's a good setup.. as for you saying the sammy cases are strong... I have to strongly disagree. With my twincam in the mud I went through three transfercases in two years... they can't take the abuse.. just my personal experience though... 3.8 sounds like a lot of work.
 

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Mine has a 3.8L buick, the TH350 auto tranny, and an Advance Adapters (expensive) piece to mate to a 'Yota transfercase. I'm also running 'Yota axles. What I like about this set-up is I can go with a Marlin reduction kit in the transfercase later on if I need more crawl. Or if decide to go all out and stretch the truck I'll have the option of running dual cases.

BTW Anyone know if there are any fuel-injection kits for the 3.8, or which if any stock EFI unit will work with this motor?
 
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