Monday, January 4, 2016

Off Rocker: 1987 Suzuki Samurai 12A Powered

The seconding generation Suzuki Jimny (SJ40) was sold as the Samurai at dealers in the United States, and featured a mix of economical city driving and (surprisingly good) light off-roading for the weekends.  It featured a simple and durable 1.3 liter 4-banger, and many have been swapped out for domestic V8s for more low end grunt...however...I can't say I've seen on powered by a rotary before today.  Find this 1987 Suzuki Samurai 12A Powered offered for $3,000 in Buffalo, NY via craigslist.


The Samurai was good for offroading because of its light weight, short wheelbase, approach/departure angles, and adequate torque from the original engine, but swapping in a rotary is a gamble.  Sure, the weight might actually be improved, and power should be doubled (if not more) but rotaries aren't known for low end torque, and a carburetor isn't what you want for radical vehicle angles.


Regardless, you can't deny that this car won't be a hoot to hoon around town or out in the country -- it should make a terrible racket and  with the 100-150 horsepower that is easily available from a modified 12A; it should also be "fast".


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4 comments:

  1. Im not sure a fast Suzuki Samurai on the street is a good thing. Now on the dirt, sand or drag strip this would be a kick.

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  2. It was a common engine swap in the 90s and even the early 00's. They are fun, they really aren't the rollover death traps that people think they are.

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  3. Its really cool, and props to the guy. But these are one of the few vehicles that are perfect from the factory.

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