Boosting Our New Trail Truck
Our Suzuki Equator project is moving along. So far we have driven the slick truck more than 5,000 miles and have really gotten to like it in factory form. But since something in our genes forces us to modify trucks and push them to their limits, our super Equator is quickly transforming into a formidable off-road machine.
We don't have many complaints about the Equator. We really appreciate its performance, but it lacks the ground clearance required to take us places we'd like to push the truck. We aren't looking to turn the Equator into the next supersized monster truck, just a tough and dependable rig that's comfortable to drive to and from the trail despite the bone-jarring effects of rock-strewn and washboard trails.
Since the '09 is hot off the presses, there wasn't one proprietary suspension system available for the truck. So we teamed up with a few of the top suspension manufacturers and gathered a mishmash of quality components. What we wound up with is a hot midsized truck with a substantial increase in ground clearance and a well-mannered, high-performance suspension system.