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1988 Suzuki Samurai JX (Little Bigfoot)

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Photo of a 1988 Suzuki Samurai JX (Little Bigfoot)

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- I found this truck at a small private dealership I used to visit all the time. They weren't going to sell it yet because it didn't drive. I picked it up for $1,200 because the transfer case was stuck in neutral. We towed it home, and I played with it until I got it to work (not even sure what I did, it was my first 4wd).
- This truck was awesome! It had a shackle lift and 30-inch tires on it when I got it. It would go anywhere you pointed it. The stock 4-cylinder was anemic (downhill with the wind behind it, 72mph was all she had), but with big tires, light weight, and a great gear ratio, I spent more time pulling other people out than getting stuck myself.
- My best stuck ever was in this truck, and I really wish I had pictures! It's a loooong story, but we buried it to the doors next to a water run-off pond for the Dole pineapple fields in Hawaii, and it took a V8 Jeep, a full-size Chevy, and a pick-axe to get us out!
- Don't believe the roll-over hype, either. We had this thing on the side of a steep hill and got out and tested it by grabbing the roll bar and rocking it back and forth - steady as could be. Consumer Reports got paid to print that report (big years-long scandal!) that gave them a bad name and ruined sales until they stopped making them for America.
- This is another vehicle that I liked so much that I really hope to have another someday. I want to put a 4.3L Chevy V6 into the next one.


Vehicle Type:___________________2-door, hard top or convertible
Vehicle Class:___________________Sport Utility Vehicle
Production Years:________________1985-1995 (U.S.)
Base Price: _____________________$6,200 (1985) - $9,889 (1995)
Powertrain: _____________________Front engine, rear/four wheel drive
Engine Type: ___________________1.3 liter inline 4-cylinder
Engine Block:___________________Aluminum
Bore x Stroke:___________________2.91 in. x 3.03 in. (74 mm x 77 mm)
Displacement:___________________80.8 cu. in. (1.3 liter)
Compression: ___________________8.9:1
Valvetrain: _____________________Overhead cam (OHV), 2 valves per cylinder
Induction:______________________Carburetor / Single point fuel injection
Power:_________________________66 hp @ 6,000 rpm (49 kw)
Torque:________________________76 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Engine Oil Capacity: _____________3.7 quarts
Fuel Type:______________________Unleaded Gasoline
Fuel Tank Capacity: ______________10.6 gallons
Fuel Economy: __________________23 mpg city / 25 mpg highway
Engine Coolant: _________________5.35 quarts
Transmission Oil:________________1.38 quarts
Front Differential Oil:_____________2.10 quarts
Rear Differential Oil:_____________1.60 quarts
Transfer Case Oil: _______________0.85 quarts
Standard Transmission: ___________5-speed synchromesh manual
Clutch: ________________________Single disc dry with diaphram spring
1st Gear Ratio:__________________3.652
2nd Gear Ratio:_________________1.947
3rd Gear Ratio: _________________1.423
4th Gear Ratio: _________________1.000
5th Gear Ratio: _________________0.795
Reverse Gear Ratio:______________3.466
Transfer 4wd Low: ______________2.268
Transfer 4wd High: ______________1.409
Differential Ratio:_______________3.73:1
Front Hubs:____________________Manual
Body Structure:_________________Steel body on full frame
Front Suspension: _______________Solid axle with leaf springs
Rear Suspension:________________Solid axle with leaf springs
Steering System: ________________Manual ball nut
Turning Radius:_________________16.7 feet (5.1meters)
Brake System: __________________Power-assisted hydraulic
Front Brakes:___________________Disc with floating caliper
Rear Brakes:____________________Drum, leading & trailing
Wheels: _______________________15 x 5" (381 x 127 mm) steel
Tires: _________________________P205/70R15 all-season, full-size spare
Curb Weight:___________________2,059 pounds
GVWR: _______________________2,923 pounds
Front Gross Axle Rating:__________1,257 pounds
Rear Gross Axle Rating: __________1,675 pounds
Max. Payload:___________________845 pounds
Max. Towing Capacity:___________1,000 pounds
Wheelbase:_____________________79.9 inches
Overall Length: _________________135.0 inches
Overall Width:__________________60.6 inches
Overall Height: _________________65.6 inches
Front Track Width: ______________51.2 inches
Rear Track Width:_______________51.6 inches
Ground Clearance:_______________8.1 inches
Seating Capacity:________________4
Front Head Room:_______________40.2 inches
Max. Front Leg Room: ___________38.3 inches
Rear Cargo Area Length:__________32.5 inches
Rear Cargo Area Width: __________50.0 inches
Rear Cargo Area Height:__________40.2 inches
Cargo Volume:__________________27.8 cubic feet
Interior Volume:_________________83.7 cubic feet

Factory Options

Convertible top
Air conditioning
AM/FM Cassette


Shackle lift
15" chrome steel wheels
30-inch BF Goodrich tires

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