Join Date: Feb 2001
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Re: New to zukis
HI and welcome.
I have been at this for two years and have learned a lot about Samurais and cars in general. I have been through a range of mods on mine and can offer some experiences and some opinions.
A 2" body lift will fit your tires of choice if you pound your fender seams and remove your bumPer. To get some suspension lift, you can get 3" lifted springs, which can be pricey and ride poorly (I have heard), possibly get a set of four add-a-leafs, which also ride poorly but give about 2" of lift, or get a shackle reverse kit.
I had the Calmini Shackle reverse and was basically happy with it. It rode a little bit low in the back and I boosted it up with add-aleafs to even it out. The handling wasnt much worse than stock, but it did have some dive in the front under heavy braking and seemed a tiny bit less stable while doing so, since a shackle reverse allows the wheels to move backwards under spring compression instead of forwards. Body motion wasnt much of an issue until I removed my anti-sway bar.
A shackle reverse just moves the shackles from your front springs to the rear instead of the front of the spring, and locates the spring solidly in the front on towers (or fangs) that bolt to the frame. In the rear, it just provides lift through extended shackles. I was able to run 30x9.5x15 tires with this suspension without any rubbing. My bumpsteer also did not increase too badly. I just got abigger steering stabilizer and it seemed to go away [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
I cant speak about spring over since I have never had one, but I personally have avoided it for a few reasons. #1 I just like to be different #2 it gives more lift than I want #3 it introduces a host of possible issues like increased potential for spring wrap, excessive driveline angles and steering correction requirements. It seems to be the mod of choice, though, so it cant be all bad.
My 1.3 pulled the 30s, but it was real SLOW. HIlls were to be avoided since even with a running start I'd end up doing 35 in second gear by the top of the hill. 4:16 gears in the transfer case fixed that, but they weren't cheap. My own R&P are stock, but I know a fellow who runs 30" tires using just geared down diffs and does well with them.
I was open for a couple years even though I had a welded dif sitting in my cellar waiting to be installed. Just as I was about to throw it in, the Trail Tough minispool came out and I opted to go for that instaed, which does the same as welding the diffs, but only because I didnt know who welded it or how good a job they did. Not too many miles on the minispool yet, but it hasnt caused any real problems for me. I understand they can be a little weird in the winter on slippery roads, though.
Your English is better than some of the native English speakers in here, so I wouldn't worry. At least you can spell and punctuate.