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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-27-2001, 08:01 PM
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I was wondering if anyone has tryed putting a big engine in a sammy, i was thinking about extending the front end a little bit, and try to squeeze a 350 in there. any ideas?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-27-2001, 08:29 PM
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Re: big engine

The problem with that is you lose the biggest advantage 'Zuks have....light weight!
I remember seeing a pic of some guy who put a 454 in a 'Zuk, along with full-size axles, etc...looked wrong....

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Re: big engine

go for it man, a guy in NC is doing the conversion now, there was one at zukimelt with it done, seen a few for sale done already too. look for heavier axles though. you will bust stockers.
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saw one in ottawa, boy did it rip! handled like a wet noodle! personally I'd keep it light , that's the suzuki advantage! - mike

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2001, 07:07 PM
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The 350's I have seen end up mounting the radiator in the rear, one even up on the rails baja style. It's insane, really. Put it on the rocks and somethings going to break eventually, first time you need to power it up or out of a sticky point SNAP... or you twist the frame. Too much torque, too much power. What's the point? I think the 4.3 is about the heaviest I would consider, and that I wouldn't do with leaf springs. But that is another thread in itself. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: big engine

Since Zuk Jr isn't around to post this at the moment, here's a picture of his friend's (the guy in NC) mostly complete 350 powered Samurai.

Looks to be a really nice was pretty tight up front, but would JUST have room to put the radiator in. Bad part was that he cut out the wheel wells prior to getting his headers, then found out that he had plenty of room after all.

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 08-30-2001, 01:14 AM
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Re: big engine

Well not having read any of the other posts all I can say is ............why? Out of the box samurais are VERY capable vehicles. Granted I opted for the lesser of two evils and charged as opposed to swapped. But there is a fellow here in Mi. that races his 350 powered sammy on a sand drag strip and he can not control it. so again WHY?

If off-roading is a jeep thing then why is it that the jeep guys don't drive a zook?
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