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\'86 vs. \'88, differnce?

What's the difference between the '86 and the '88.5 suzuki samurai? I've got both and I'm just curious... The diff fill and drain plugs are different, and the tranny&x-fer case fill and drain plugs are different also?!

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The visual difference is the dash, outside rear view mirrors, spoke to round hole wheels, steering wheel, flange bolt hole pattern on t-case and shift levers. There are probably alot more. I believe they went to a softer spring, longer travel on passenger seat slider and lower 5th gear also.

I like the looks of the older dash better.

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the difference between 86 and 88 is about 2 years!!!

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Re: \'86 vs. \'88, differnce?

Also, I understand that the display cluster of the dash is different from a wiring standpoint.

If you want to install a JX cluster with a Tach, be sure that you have the right one for your vehicle.


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Re: \'86 vs. \'88, differnce?

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so, does this have the different 5th gear? Does the x-fer case have different gears? Are most parts compatable with my 88?

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I first had an 86 back in 86. Now I have an 88.5 and the inside is diff. and it has a higher top end speed. I found a silver box with a wiring harness on the bottom of the utility tray under the passanger side dash. Anybody know what it is? Is it a brain?

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That is the "ecm" electronix controll module..


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The silver box is part of the A/C system.

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Re: \'86 vs. \'88, differnce?

Nowhere, your '86 has a higher 5th gear than the '88.5. The tcase gears are the same. There are some differences in the location of vacuum ports on the stock carb and intake manifold. The passenger side brake cylinder and rear brake lines are different. Your springs and the sway bar are different. Not much else mechanically different.

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The 1988.5 model-year brought the first significant changes to the Samurai. In an effort to improve the ride quality, softer springs and shocks were installed, while a larger front anti-sway bar was used to reduce body lean around corners. The 5th gear ratio was reduced to improve highway performance, and a new aluminum radiator, a redesigned valve cover, and large transfer case U-joint flanges were used. The dash was totally redesigned from the round air vents to square ones with a better integration of the radio, a 4-spoke steering wheel replaced the previous 3-spoke design, more comfortable seats and rubber shifter knobs, new round-hole wheels and a slightly revised radiator grille summed up the visual changes.

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