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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-24-2002, 08:20 AM
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First I want to express my appreciation for this board and all of the valuable info I see. I am looking at buying a Sam in the near future. Have looked at two and wanted some other opinions. Breakdown as follows:

88 Samurai all stock
Mechanical checks out good, 5 speed
new top in good shape
77K miles
interior needs work (seats)
no dents, paint in very good condition, no rust
asking $1850, have got him down to $1600 and expect I can pick this one up for about 1400-1500.

Good mechanics, 5 speed
top may last another year
air cond
paint faded, no dents or rust
interior needs work (seats of course)
124,000 miles
Asking 1500 should be able to buy for about 1300-1400.

I am not new to 4 wheeling and have owned 3 jeeps and one K5. The four wheel drive checks out good on both of these vehicles. One question on the 88 is the steering felt like it had a slight drag at low speeds when turning lock to lock (about midway). Any ideas on this. I am leaning toward the 88. Sorry about the length of this but I am currently without a vehicle and it is driving me crazy. Thanks.

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I'd go the 88. The steering could be the little ujoint in the steering column or the bushing where the steerng shaft goes through the firewall may need to be lubed. Jim

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This is a hard call. Personally, I'd go for the lower mileage Samurai, the 88. But, if you like AC or feel you need it then the 88.5 might be the better choice.

There are a few differences between the two. Aside fom the obvious interior differences, the 88.5 has a softer spring pack so it's supposed to ride a little better. However, when doing a SPOA a lot of people pull the teflon pads (what makes it softer) out. The 88.5 also has a regeared transmission that gives you a little better 5th. On the down side, the 88.5 has a larger flange on the t-case, driveshafts and axles. This isn't much of a PITA unless you like having spare parts around as the larger flange stuff is harder to get.

You don't mention if either of these are JXs or not. Personally, I like the subtle interior differences of the JX over the nonJX.

I still think I'd lean towards the 88 as it has about 50K less miles on it and would make a nice build/driver project. If this is your first Sami you might want to drive it a while in it's stock form. You just might be impressed enough with it as it is that you'd want to keep it that way for a bit.

Just my 2 cents.

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Thanks guys. I am not sure what the difference in a JL and JX ? is. And I will use it in stock form until I decide where I want to go building wise. Will mainly be used for Outer Banks surf fishing.

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Get both of them!

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Mack5, Please take a moment to fill out your Bio so we know where you live. I'm especially interested because I want to know where you found two Zuks with no rust!!! That's unheard of!!! Oh yeah, Farther is right, buy them both.
PS I used to own a Mac 10 [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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he must live in arkansas beacuse seein a rusty zuk here is unherd of .

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You're going to be able to watch them rust before your eyes if you're going to be fishing The Banks. I just had to replace the rear brake line in the K2500 tow rig and it only went out on the beach maybe 10 times in it's life. Hey Mr.Surley I still own my MAC 10!!!

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i have a mac 10! well, its not mine, but it will be when im older. I shot what i heard to be 3, and i checked the clip and it was all 10...

Put on your seatbelt... I wanna try something.

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Mr Surley, I live in NC, I'll fill out my bio when I buy the Sami. I'll try to attach a picture of the 88.5. I hate rust and will not buy one with a great deal of it. Robzuk, I must disagree on the rust from surf fishing. I've been going for 20 years and have not had a problem. I do a thourough (sp) cleaning after each trip. I have seen some vehicles submerged and yes the salt water will eat the truck before your very eyes. Sorry about the picture BBS said the file was too big. And I thought these were small trucks.

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