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Re: basic sammy questions
The Sami's are actually IMHO built very rugged, for a inexpensive 4X4 vehicle. I believe all Sami's came from
the factory with 1.3L 4 cyl engine. Choice of Auto or Manaul trans(auto tran's pretty I rare). Most Sami's came with
3.73 gears, I heard that are a few rare ones out there with 3:90's or 4:10's(?)
I think you could stuff a V8 into one if you really wanted to, but you would also have to swap the entire
drivetain to a much more heavy duty drivetrain, which would seem like a lot unnessecary work to me.
There are numerous lift choices available from a Sami. Srping Over, Lift springs, Shackles reversals, etc.
Some kits are weldable others are bolt on. The choice is up to you.
I sometimes miss the room I had in my CJ7, but there are other times I love the smaller more nimble Sami.
They have a removeable backseat like a CJ, very small cargo area behind the seat. But with the seat removed you
can pack alot of [censored] in the rear of a Sami.
Off road capability is amazingly great even stock. Again sometimes being smaller is better!
I get high 20's mpg running 31's with a 4.5" SPOA, stock engine, 2" catback exhuast, K&N filter setup w/ a 5spd.
Mechanically more reliable than a jeep in IMHO.