1987 samurai

warrpath4x4

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Because of course I needed something else to work on lol, but one of my co-workers is transferring to another state and had to many vehicles. I picked this up for cheap, and it runs and drives. He bought it back in the late 90's when he was in high school, since then he sold it, bought it back, and his kids have been using it moving irrigation water. Its been rolled at least 4 different times (which is why the windshield frame is in the back seat). I don't even know what I am gonna do with it yet but couldn't pass up the price, I may just fix a couple things and sell it, may run it this winter while we still build the Cherokee.







Pulled the broken windshield out last night, removed the track piece for the front of the soft top, I have a little rust repair to make before putting new glass in.







This is the only rust spot in the lower portion of the frame.

 

warrpath4x4

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this weekend I worked on the windshield frame, cut out the rusted spots



welded in new material but I don't have a pic of that yet, definitely not quitting my job to go do body work lol.

also pulled the front bumper (which only had 2 bolts)



thing weighed in at 82 pounds

 

warrpath4x4

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Just spent a bunch of money on this thing, lockers, soft tops (bikini, jammer, duster), 6.5 sumo transfer case gears, updated output shaft, alternator upgrade, extended brake lines, certified machine Toyota 3K carb (when they get some in stock).

I am meeting a guy tonight who has a set of seats I'm gonna look at, heated leather out of a Honda Odyssey
 

warrpath4x4

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Saturday we did a bunch of running around and went to Milton Freewater to the drive inn theater, but I picked up a piece of pipe to sleeve the front crossmember in the frame.

Sunday we slept in since we didn't get home till 3AM from the drive inn, got fair entries turned in, moved some firewood. Installing the sleeve was the only thing I got done on any vehicle. The pipe is 1.25 which has an OD of 1.66 and the tube in the frame is 1.75 ID, the frame tube was dented from previous abuse so it made the tube fit nice and snug after driving it in with a 15 pound sledge lol. Only issue was when I got the tube I verified they got me the right size, I did not verify they cut it to the correct length so it doesn't go all the way across like I wanted, its about an inch short on each side but it will work. I sleeved the tube so I can incorporate it into my winch mount since I don't really trust the stock bumper holes in the frame.

 

warrpath4x4

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Damn, I miss going to the drive in...

ya its the only one still around here, its a 1.5 hour drive from home so makes for a late night after a double feature. They play current movies (jungle cruise and black widow this weekend) and old one, last summer they did star wars, took my kid to go watch those on the BIG screen. Its cheaper than indoors also, $7 for an adult to watch 2 movies.
 

warrpath4x4

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So obviously the steering needs to be addressed, they welded the ends directly to the draglink which looks homebrew and moves around a lot.





I'm not sure which kit I want to go with though and was wondering if anyone had any insight between these or a better option?





 

Monstercrawler

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The kit from TG is a true High Steer kit that will move your tie rod above your leaf springs. Just depends on what your intentions are with the rig. If you plan on rock crawling it I'd go High Steer. Look into the Prius electric steering conversion too. Makes turning larger tires so much easier if you plan to keep it road worthy.
 

warrpath4x4

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Looks like you might want to invest in some diff armor. The factory housings on these things are paper thin and doesn't take much to knock a hole in the ring gear cover.


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ya i noticed that the front was smashed up, looks almost like its smashed around the ring gear. once i pull the third im going to try and pound some of the dent out (without making a hole) and add some diff armor, just not sure what style yet since its not exactly stock smooth lol.
 

warrpath4x4

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yesterday I tried to order the Trail Tough steering, but their website didn't like my credit card and I couldn't get anyone to answer the phone. So today I ordered the Trail Gear align correct full kit but ordered it from Poly Performance with a military discount, no tax, and free shipping.
 

Blitz

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yesterday I tried to order the Trail Tough steering, but their website didn't like my credit card and I couldn't get anyone to answer the phone. So today I ordered the Trail Gear align correct full kit but ordered it from Poly Performance with a military discount, no tax, and free shipping.
That's strange. I literally just sent them an email asking about the buggy bed kit and they answered me within a few minutes.
 

warrpath4x4

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That's strange. I literally just sent them an email asking about the buggy bed kit and they answered me within a few minutes.
Hmm, dont know, I called 4 times and always got a message that they were busy. oh well, i got steering coming now.

quite a few of the parts have come in but still waiting on my lockers. May be an issue there since I bought them from rocky road and now I'm hearing horror stories about long delivery times
 

warrpath4x4

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This weekend (and this week) I am working on the roof of our house so not much time for anything else. We did manage to pull the rear seat and seatbelt. Also pulled the plastic side trim in plans of making rocker protection/sliders, as part of that I was going to unbolt these.





Of course though they are welded to the frame, and not very well but enough to make it a hassle to remove. Also found the transmission crossmember has seen better days.

 

warrpath4x4

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Got my lockers today and felt like an idiot lol.

I know I have to use the 26 spline spider gears from my rear axle and move them to the front when using the longfield chromoly axles and lockers, ive seen several videos of people using their rear spiders up front when installing lockers.... did not pickup on the little detail that most of them were running spools in the rear so they had the spider gears available lol. So I found some NOS spider gears for about $65-70 and ordered them, now I can run my lockers front AND rear.