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Tubed Suzuki Samurai Buggy

Posted in Project Vehicles on March 1, 2012
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Some guys just can’t own enough off-road machines. Anthony Miller of Billings, Montana, is one of those. A longtime Jeep owner, he fulfilled his quest for a rig a little bit different when he ran across this retired ’88 W.E.ROCK Samurai buggy.

He couldn’t resist the deal for the lightweight tube buggy, so he snatched it up for more family fun.

The 4x4 is a rig Anthony can hit hardcore trials with and not worry about dents or rollovers. Since the purchase and with a number of modifications, the little tubed Sami has wheeled without a hitch just about every trail in Moab and many other tough ones in Montana, Wyoming, and California.

The buggy’s ride is damped by BDS long-travel shocks in the front and Fox 21⁄2-inch air shocks in the rear. The rear of the 98-inch wheelbased rig has a basket designed into it to hold the fuel cell and carry gear for a day on the trail.

Tech Specs
1988 Samurai Buggy
Engine: 1.6L Suzuki Sidekick
Transmission: Stock 5-speed manual
Transfer case: Dual Samurai transfer cases with doubler
Front Axle: Dana 44, 5.89 gears, ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Dana 44, 5.89 gears, spool
Springs & Such: 4-link front and rear, coil springs, BDS and Fox shocks
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R17 BFG Competition Krawlers on 17x8 Allied steel beadlocks
Steering: Howe fully hydraulic front and rear
Other Stuff: Ramsey 8,000-lb winch, Cobra CB radio

The 1.6L engine was scavenged from a ’92 Suzuki Sidekick and cranks out more than enough power to push and pull the 2,000-pound buggy over just about any obstacles. Anthony tells us that the little engine has run like a top ever since its installation and has been extremely dependable.
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