The Hillbillies 4x4 Club had a vision: to create a gutsy little 4x4 toy capable of going just about anywhere for the Colorado Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs' 2002 raffle. In the fall of 2001, a 1992 Suzuki Samurai JS
was rescued from a local used car dealer and chosen to fulfill this vision....
The Hillbillies had many previous commitments, including an Adopt-a-Road project, but a core of hard-nosed Suzuki fanatics stepped up to take on the Raffle Vehicle challenge, and the membership, following their lead, pitched in and got crackin'.
After stripping the 'Zuki down to the frame, the standard 1300cc fuel-injected engine received a top end rebuild at Gunn Automotive. Zuki South donated the Pacesetter Header. Thanks go to Checker Automotive #1348 for the tune-up components and lubricants. Exhaust Pros are responsible for the custom "header back" installation of the 2-inch free flow exhaust system.
The transfer case was shipped off to Rocky Road Outfitters, LLC for fresh 4:1 gears thanks to a generous donation from the Mile High Jeep Club. The t-case was then remounted on heavy duty Spidertrax bars with poly mounts. Clutch Doctor/Niles, Inc. donated a new clutch, and the drive shafts were given a new lease on life by Front Range Driveline. The 4:57 diff gears were donated by Randy's Ring and Pinon, and installed by Off-Road Solutions. The front axle assembly is upgraded with the addition of Birfield Rings from Spidertrax. The Samurai claws its way over the tough spots thanks to an air locker and compressor donated by ARB in the front, and a Lock Right Locker from Powertrax in the rear. She sits atop custom 2.5 inch lift springs from Alcan Springs, and will be supported by Rocky Road Outfitters' package of extended-length shocks and spring-over-axle suspension components. Drop it all onto a set of Mickey Thompson 33x12.50 Baja Claws wrapped around American Racing Outlaw II wheels generously donated by Off-Road Ltd., Mickey Thompson, and American Racing, and the chassis is ready to rock.
Meanwhile, the body was sent to the good folks at Bob's Auto Body & Paint, who stepped up to contribute all necessary body work and a beautiful paint job. It ended up a screaming-on-fire-glow-in-the-dark-freak-of-nature-don't-stare-at-it-or-your-eyes-will-stick-that-way green... an attention grabber to be sure. The body then was sent to Line-X, Inc. for a complete spray-in tub lining for a no-muddy-carpet cleanup that's quick and easy. The Spidertrax six-point rollcage (just in case) went off to Perma-Tech of Colorado for a durable coating of its own. A brief stop at Safelite Auto Glass resulted in the installation of a new crystal clear windshield.
Check out the interior of this totally custom ride: brand new Bestop seats donated by Predator 4 Wheel Drive went in on either side of a locking center console provided by Tuffy Security Products. Tuffy also donated the overhead-locking console, the home of a new CB radio courtesy of SBS Electronics. The dashboard holds the Kenwood sound system generously donated by the Colorado Go 4's Club, right above the custom shifter knobs from Spidertrax. A fire extinguisher from the Colorado Go 4's, a high-lift jack from Four To Go , and a first aid kit courtesy of Mile High Jeep Club Patrol 8 are all gift-wrapped inside a new Bestop soft top.
Out front, a Trail Tough Products custom front bumper holds a 9000 lb. Superwinch, as well as K.C. driving lights courtesy of Super Trucks USA. Out back, Rock Ware contributed a custom rear bumper and the spare tire mount. MuddyTires.com provides the custom rock rails underneath. Turn the key, and the beast roars to life thanks to an Optima gel-cell battery from Mile Hi Jeep Rebuilders.
Appropriately dubbed "The Green Hornet", this remarkable vehicle is the product of generous contributions and the hard work and dedication of members of The Hillbillies 4x4 Club. The result is one tough little climber thatís sure to turn more than a few startled heads!
86 Samurai 4"lift, Weber, P/S
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