The Suzuki Samurai stormed the U.S. market with instant acceptance and brisk sales. A 4x4 with remarkably similar dimensions to the early Jeep MB and flatfender CJs, the Samurai boasted beam axles front and rear, a two-speed transfer case and a spunky four-cylinder, contemporary engine. Moreover, this was the modern trail equivalent of a vintage Jeep!
With any narrow 4x4 designed for backcountry ground clearance and use, there's an issue with center-of-gravity. Most of us know this and drive accordingly. Wider aftermarket wheels with negative offset will alleviate much of the C.G. issue, but in stock form, a narrow track, taller 4WD does have issues. Such C.G. and roll center issues drove the Samurai from showrooms. Fortunately, owners and loyalists did not give up on the Suzuki Samurai 4x4, which became one of the hottest focus models in Calmini Products' history.
These mighty little trucks ply the Rubicon Trail, save fuel and deliver a lot of fun. A mild lift, widened wheel stance and prudent, sensible driving technique are the best survival formulas for continued fun with a Samurai. Like a Jeep CJ, aftermarket modifications include steering system and traction upgrades, powerplant swaps, you name it! Some Samurai 4x4s get extreme modifications like a 9-inch Ford/Currie rear axle and a Dana 44 front axle. Through this all, the Samurai's tough ladder frame holds up!
This forum is for Suzuki Samurai 4x4 enthusiasts, restorers and hard trail users!—Moses Ludel