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    Sam I am

    My first vehicle was a samurai, and I quickly went down the path of bigger, longer, more, ect. I'm not sure I even made it a year before I swapped in toyota axles. I always wanted another stockish Sami to put some sxs tires on and use as a sxs. I tried doing the same thing with a 99 4 door kick, and the 2.0 is nice, but the ifs and over all size missed the mark.

    Well thanks to Lil,yota i got a mostly complete sami
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    Came with a ton of calmini stuff, front and rear bumper with swing out tire carrier, belly pan, diff guards, lift springs, shackle reversal, lift kit, braided brake lines, ect. Plus as it sits it has a YJ spring kit on it.

    I'm not sure what combination of parts I'll end up using, but I do know it needs to be lowered quite a bit. I'm thinking spring under in the rear with the YJ leafs and maybe use the stock rears, calmini rears or a combo of them in the front spring under to help with approach angle. Oh, I also have a pair of 44044 wagoneer lift springs that are the same length as the yj leafs but the pin is offset forward, so that's an option also. Click image for larger version
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    I also have a bunch of kick diffs I can use to regear, I have 2 rear 4.62 diffs I could use in hybrid housings, or a 4.88 front and rear diff I could just use the kick rear axle and the r&p in the sami front. Still up in the air. I'm leaning towards the 1st gen kick rear complete in the sami, with a wider hybrid front.

    I'm still undecided on weather I should try to get the 1.3 running as is, or just dump it for the 2.0/3spd

    BTW, most of the calmini stuff is for sale, except the belly pan. Pm me if you're interested.

    ​​​​​​​I'll upload more pics later.
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      #3
      I'm still trying to figure out the Pic uploading

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ID:	39615 got it running off a gas can pretty easily. For some reason the starter turns really slow, even with a charged battery and jumper cables hooked up. I had oriellys bring in a starter just in case. It's also puking fuel out of the pump, damn ethenol fuel

        Still need to do a lot before I can drive it, I have no steering links for it at all. I just ordered some 3/4" hiems for the side shit, so I'll probably order 2 more and just do heim steering, the knuckles on the axle are drilled out anyway.

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          #5
          Mine had those same graphics on it when I got it. Do you have the doors with the matching stripes?

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            #6
            Whatever you do, properly mount the t/c. I didn't and it completely dismantled my case. I broke and stripped every mounting hole off of it. That Snatch thing was popular back when I built my rig. Never got around to installing it; parted it out before I could.

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              #7
              Originally posted by DirtRoads View Post
              Mine had those same graphics on it when I got it. Do you have the doors with the matching stripes?
              Yes, I have the matching doors. Got to love the 80s graphics

              Originally posted by woods View Post
              Whatever you do, properly mount the t/c. I didn't and it completely dismantled my case. I broke and stripped every mounting hole off of it. That Snatch thing was popular back when I built my rig. Never got around to installing it; parted it out before I could.
              Yes, I've been down that road a bit as well with my first Sami 15 or so years ago. I thought I could get away with gusseting the stock mounts

              ​​​​​​I installed a snatch on a friend's rig, it was a huge pain and I wasn't a big fan. Buuuuut, it does seem to do the trick. What's the other options these days?

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                #8
                Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post



                Yes, I've been down that road a bit as well with my first Sami 15 or so years ago. I thought I could get away with gusseting the stock mounts

                ​​​​​​I installed a snatch on a friend's rig, it was a huge pain and I wasn't a big fan. Buuuuut, it does seem to do the trick. What's the other options these days?
                I made my own at first, but ripped the mounts out of the frame. I then got a Kong Mount, that didn't hold up either. IIRC, there's a rectangular mount on the bottom with four bolts. That block got sheared off and completely busted. Once that goes, the entire thing falls apart. I honestly think that Snatch is going to be your best bet. Something that attaches to the spine of the case.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
                  . What's the other options these days?
                  I have the EOS cradle from Low Range with 6.5:1 gears. It has held up pretty well, I did have to pull it and re weld several spots after a few years. That might be because I am using a really solid poly mount. Some of my friends are using the same mount, no complaints from anyone. I'm also running beefed up frame mounts, the stock ones started to fail.

                  The snatch also is highly regarded

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by woods View Post

                    I made my own at first, but ripped the mounts out of the frame. I then got a Kong Mount, that didn't hold up either. IIRC, there's a rectangular mount on the bottom with four bolts. That block got sheared off and completely busted. Once that goes, the entire thing falls apart. I honestly think that Snatch is going to be your best bet. Something that attaches to the spine of the case.
                    I thought about making my own starting with the zuk parts spine. Probably wouldn't be too hard to just add a few rubber mounts to.

                    Originally posted by DirtRoads View Post

                    I have the EOS cradle from Low Range with 6.5:1 gears. It has held up pretty well, I did have to pull it and re weld several spots after a few years. That might be because I am using a really solid poly mount. Some of my friends are using the same mount, no complaints from anyone. I'm also running beefed up frame mounts, the stock ones started to fail.

                    The snatch also is highly regarded
                    I just found the eos, I had seen it before, but forgot about it. That's probably what I'll do as I like the style more than the snatch.

                    I'm surprised that TT hasn't really stepped up. The mk was cool 15 years ago, they have the mk2 but it's barely different.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post

                      I thought about making my own starting with the zuk parts spine. Probably wouldn't be too hard to just add a few rubber mounts to.



                      I just found the eos, I had seen it before, but forgot about it. That's probably what I'll do as I like the style more than the snatch.

                      I'm surprised that TT hasn't really stepped up. The mk was cool 15 years ago, they have the mk2 but it's barely different.
                      The only thing that sucks is that you are buying from trail gear. Not much you can do about that though.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DirtRoads View Post

                        The only thing that sucks is that you are buying from trail gear. Not much you can do about that though.
                        Ya, I try to go with the little guy when I can. I just personally did not like the snatch design. It seemed like something that was home built, then added to and added to. The eos looks way more clean and easier to install and get to the case for service or repair.

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                          #13
                          Runing TT 6:1 gears and original bucket with oem mounts, I tried the hard mounts and the hinged mounts both wallored mounting holes, went back to stock oem mounts and added weld washer passenger side and a panty liner on drivers side. Toy axles with nitro 4:88's nitro spool and a lunch box front. stock shafts and birfs, front cut and rotated. I built the axles five years ago, the tcase I built in 05, Synthetic gear oil and retorque case every year.
                          fyi Wheelers offroad has 20% off today only. edit; just realized that Wheelers got bought by TrailMart, The VS of offroad parts.
                          Get that bitch running and wheel the shit out of it, 2.0 is a finicky interference timing chain kluged up pile of shit imo
                          Last edited by crisbee1; 06-15-2020, 02:31 PM.

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                            #14
                            I have been reading about sticking with the stock mounts, funny how not too long ago everyone said to throw away the stock mounts.

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                              #15
                              yep, and there are crappy china mounts made to look like oem jap. purple stripe added and bs born on stuff.

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