1987 Samurai Rock Crawler

Filed in Suzuki Samurai by on May 2, 2017 • views: 3263

This is a great example of the modifications people can do to turn these Samurai’s in to true offroad warriors.

This Samurai now rides on a Diamond front axle with a Toyota center section, and a Toyota Tacoma rear axle. Both have 5.29 gears and spools permanently locking the axles. Combine that with a Toyota 5-speed manual transmission, dual Toyota transfer cases, and Marlin Crawler 4.7 gears, and you end up with an impressive 459.1 craw ratio.

The Samurai gets it’s power from a 1995 Suzuki Sidekick 1.6L engine. With that much gearing, the 1.6L has no problems turning the 39″ Super Swamper TSL’s, and the 4-link suspension helps it crawl over boulders.

Writing an article about all of the modifications would turn in to a novel, so we’ll just list all of the modifications along with numerous photos, so you can see it in action.


1995 Sidekick 1.6 16V

Wiring harness built by Trail Tough

Trail Tough unbreakable engine mounts

Doug Thorley Header

All serpentine pullies & belts

Petroworks aluminum fan

SOS adapter to adapt Sidekick bell housing to Toyota transmission

Toyota W56 5 speed transmission

Duel Toyota T-cases, Triple drilled flanges F&R

Marlin Crawler chromoly 4.7 Gears F&R

Marlin Crawler chromoly front output gear

Longfield chromoly rear output shaft

KC Day lighters

Duel Optima red top batteries

Chevy alternator

Toyota long travel D-line front

Spicer D-line rear from Hi angle D-line

Longfield chromoly rear output shaft

(5) 39″ Super Swamper TSL’s

15×10 weld on Bead locks

Front Axle:

Diamond axle front 3/8” thick steel

Longfield 30 spline inners

Trail Gear 6 Shooter knuckles Kingpins upgraded to Marlin Crawler 25MM (Very Strong)

Sky Manufacturing IFS Hub Conversion

5.29 spooled, V6, High Pinion, 3rd, triple drilled flange

Tacoma rear axle:

Trail Gear chromoly 30 spline inner axles

5.29 V6 Tacoma rear, spooled, triple drilled flanges

Rock diff. guard

Sky rear disk break setup

12,000 lb winch

PSC full hydro steering

PSC full hydro 2″ double ended ram

Eaton orbital box

Trail Gear oversized reservoir / filter

PSC 4 gallon per. min. pump

4-link F&R 2″x1/4 wall DOM tubing

TG Creeper Joints @ all 16 points

Link brackets Trail Gear & Rough stuff specialties

Summit 14″ QA1 coils

Rancho 9000 shocks 99036

Trail Tough tube front clip, tube doors, shock hoops, bad boy rock sliders

Trail Tough rear tub cap

Rock4xFabrication NCZ Full cage tied into frame

Full Safari top and Best top wind jammer, complete stock full top if you want it.

17 Gallon fuel cell

Hi pressure fuel pump

CD player

2″ wheel spacers on all 4 corners

Rock lights

Grant Steering wheel

5 point harnesses


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