Re: can you bypass safety switch on samurai
As Crow said, the switch does have an important function. Once when I was in a rush and I didn't realize the car was in first gear, I turned over my engine (it was an '81 Corolla without a clutch safety switch) and the thing lurched forward and took off. I was half in and half out of the car. I was "lucky" that the car ran into a chain link fence and stalled.
Despite the safety issue, it is very convenient to be able to bypass the switch. Most (all?) Toyota trucks have a clutch bypass switch that temporarilly bypasses the clutch safety switch. That way you can start the truck in gear (e.g., if you are on a steep hill and don't want to take it out of gear and/or mess with jumping from the brakes to the gas). I have thought of rigging up something like that. Maybe a temporary push button switch could be used.