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The front end was almost impossible to get square because I didn’t have a proper table. After what seemed like forever I was finally happy.


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I used some 1" square tube to help hold the tubes in place. At this point I started running out of room in my garage. Good thing I only had to make 1 more bend.


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That’s it, here it is as it sits today. I finally decided it would be a good idea to get the rest of the plate work laser cut. I have the trans and motor mounts, axle brackets, 5 point harness brackets, ect.

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Anyone have experience running a samurai transfercase? Any bets on how long it will last? I'm starting to second guess the drive train...
 

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Only experience I’ve had with the samurai case was in my samurai, had 4.16 gears in it on 37’s. Stock power plant. Never had any issues and I was pretty hard on it but with you running a v8 it’ll be interesting to see. Run it till it breaks then run a 205 .
 

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Chassis looks great. I know I never broke a t-case in my Samurai with all 50hp of 1.3L engine in front of it, but I don't think I'd trust one with a V8 in front of it. Seems like a big engine for such a small chassis.
 
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Chassis looks great. I know I never broke a t-case in my Samurai with all 50hp of 1.3L engine in front of it, but I don't think I'd trust one with a V8 in front of it. Seems like a big engine for such a small chassis.
Agreed, The vortec fits in CAD... hopfully it fits in real life or I might have to go back to my original plan of a 4cly or a small v6.
 

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Very nice work!!! I wish i had your CAD and welding skills. No first hand experience with Sami T-case. The portals will help take some of the stress off of it but seem like a big ask to have it hold up to an LS. A 3RZ would be bad ass in there!
 

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Very nice work!!! I wish i had your CAD and welding skills. No first hand experience with Sami T-case. The portals will help take some of the stress off of it but seem like a big ask to have it hold up to an LS. A 3RZ would be bad ass in there!
Hmm I will see if I can find a good deal on one. What Auto trans would be good behind that?
 

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Instead of taking out the engine to save the transfer case you could upgrade the transfer case (Atlas/Stak) to save the engine.
 

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the trick to getting a samurai case to survive is to make sure you build a wrap around mount of some type. But personally i would run a different tcase.
 

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Any ideas on a transfercase that has passenger side drop front and rear?
Personally I'd sell the L33 for a profit and use a smaller/lighter engine. Also, if you keep your drivetrain short enough you could run a centered output transfercase with the offset rear axle. Plenty of guys have done it, you just need to make sure the angles are right.
 
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