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post #21 of (permalink) Old 10-28-2002, 09:11 PM
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Re: Sammy\'s vs Trackers

I think there are a few key reasons:

- Solid front axles makes is much simpler and cheaper to build a more capable rig.
- Aftermaket parts are more plentiful for Samurai's (today any way)
- Appearnce of the body

Here is another wrinkle in all this. When I get the bug to build another rig, it will probably be a fully cut up and tubed out rock toy.

I think a 4dr Track/kick might be a great thing to start with for this.

Even if you start with a samurai for a project like this the front axle and steering are going to be replaced anyway.

The wheel base is right where you would want it already, ~98"

You would start with a 1.6/16V already installed.

Stronger tranmission.

The body is going to get cut off so styling preferences are not an issue.

I'm sure there are some draw back, haven't really researched it that much.

Just a thought....
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Re: Sammy\'s vs Trackers

For what your planning on doing off road. The IFS lift would be fine. I think you've been "horror storied" into thinking that a solid axle swap is the only way to keep from breaking stuff.
First, your not going to be running 33" tires.
Second, you don't have such a large right foot as others you've talked to.
Third, it's a lot less money than the alternative.

I'm no expert on track/kicks by any means, but have worked on a couple and had the front end apart. So I think a little prudence with this setup goes a long when you hit the dirt.

IFS and coil springs are a nice ride! Going to a solid axle and perhaps leaf springs is kinda like going backwards evolution wise.
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