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mini swamp buggy

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by blaster, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. blaster

    blaster G&G Evangelist

    I have the urge to build another swamp buggy. this time I want to go small and light. I was going to use a Jeep but decided on a Suzuki Samauri because the running gear is so small and there seems to be a lot of aftermarket stuff for them. hopefully I can use the stock chassis, it will have to be lifted high to clear stumps, cypress knees, deep water and mud. does anyone out there have any experience modifying the Samauri? I am in the brain picking mode now. thanks, Mike

  2. ArkansasHunter

    ArkansasHunter G&G Newbie

    I don't have the experience but you've made a good choice going with the Samauri.

    Your very right there's a ton of aftermarket parts available to do your build. The skie is the limit.
  3. tommy

    tommy G&G Enthusiast

    i think i would have looked for a used rhino they will go through anything and they are cheaper to maintain than a regular car/truck . now them little sami's are nice to play with but after you drop some bigger tires on them they really lose alot of power. look on youtube for some videos of them you'll see that the operator has to keep poppin the clutch to get it to do anything.
  4. blaster

    blaster G&G Evangelist

    I bought a 1988 Samarui a couple of weeks ago. I am going to make it into a deck buggy so I have pulled the body off and am now stripping the chassis. I'm going to give the body to a friend who is into these little beasts. he has a transmission repair shop and he is going to re-build my transmission & transfer case. he will put a set of 6.5:1 gears in the transfer case. I'm going to put the springs on top of the axels to raise it up. It will run about 40" tires. I will post pics as soon as I figure out why my computer won't download from my camera.
  5. tommy

    tommy G&G Enthusiast

    you better drop a bigger engine into it if you gonna wanna turn them 40's
  6. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    never heard of a Rhino, gimme a clue.
  7. tommy

    tommy G&G Enthusiast

    here's mine i have it snorkled so i can cross mud or water 50" deep or more . i installed a clutch kit for even more power and added some 26"outlaw tires.




  8. Tommye

    Tommye G&G Newbie

    a little help

    I am going to use the Tranny out of a Suzuki based car like a prism with a 1.3 four banger, the drive axles will be used as drive shafts that will connect to the sammy axles. That will give you some good ratio's and you should be able to use the original gears. I'm going to use an auto tranny, you will need to "Lincoln Lock" the tranny Diff, otherwise the you will not have full control of your axles, they will differentiate between the front and rear drive axles. Just figured I would let you know what I've found , maybe it will help.

  9. AllAlaskan

    AllAlaskan G&G Enthusiast

    A Suzuki Samauri is a good choice, something to keep in mind is dont go to tall. With a short narrow wheel base you get to tall your going to be tippy. I have seen videos of Samauris going through some nasty crap with a small 3 inch lift and 33 inch tires. Im sure your going to have a blast with it :D
  10. bigpistolnut

    bigpistolnut G&G Newbie

    What ever you do make sure you reroute the air intake, on mine the in take was through the wheel well and I sucked water in a bent a rod.It was stock but it went through a bunch fo water befor it actually happened. one mud hole i actually floated across(not sure if actually floated but that was what it felt like).They are great little vehicles!
  11. AllAlaskan

    AllAlaskan G&G Enthusiast

    Since I pulled the whole body off I would assume he is re running the intake. I need to swap my spair 4.0L into my ranger, when I do I plan on putting a snorkel on it because of some of the places around here I have to stay out of because of the higher water levels.
    IM really looking forward to see Blasters project when its done.
  12. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    Sounds like a fun project, but I have no knowledge of Suzuki Samurai's. But I do play a Samurai in my dreams, lol !!
  13. neophyte

    neophyte Wonderment :) Forum Contributor

    Pictures; Sir, Pictures

    blaster: Sir, pictures as this thing grows:)
  14. blaster

    blaster G&G Evangelist

    unfourtunatly my project had to be put on the back burner and the buggy wasn't ready for this hunting season. I plan on busting *** and having it ready by the end of this summer. here are some pics of it so far.

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  15. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

    So the body is gone for good eh!

    Nice Boggers

    I got 33x12.50/16 Boggers that haven't put in my truck due to some hacking must be done in order to fit them properly, all in due time I guess........

    Keep posting pics as you go.......
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  16. sawnoffshotgun

    sawnoffshotgun Suspended

    heres some of the mudders i like to use.

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  17. AllAlaskan

    AllAlaskan G&G Enthusiast

    Looking like its ganna be a mini beast :D
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