How to Modify Suzuki 4X4 for Serious Off-Road Action

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Suzuki vehicles, specifically the 4x4 Samurai, are often used as off-road vehicles. The Samurai's Jeep-like qualities, including its removable top, durable, boxy frame and lightweight, have made it a popular alternative to the Jeep Wrangler. You can modify your Suzuki into a highly competitive off-road vehicle by making some basic changes to the original factory setup.

  • Make a list of the qualities you want your Suzuki to possess off-road. There are a variety off different types of off-roading, including trail riding, mudding and rock crawling. The modifications you make to your Suzuki will depend on which type of off-road activity you want to use it for. What makes a vehicle extremely effective as a mudding truck can make it extremely dangerous as a rock crawler, so make sure you prepare your vehicle for what you plan on doing with it.

  • Lift your Suzuki. One of the most basic off-road modifications is the suspension lift. Use a lift to increase your Suzuki's height by several inches, up to a foot or more.

  • Add off-road tires to your vehicle. You can purchase specially made tires for whatever off-road activity and terrain you plan on driving in. Be aware that if you select extremely large tires, you will need to install a fairly tall lift in order to keep them from scrubbing against the truck when you drive.

  • Put aftermarket off-road bumpers on your Suzuki. Make sure the front bumper is equipped with a heavy duty winch for extracting the Suzuki if it gets stuck.

  • Take your Suzuki to an off-road specialty mechanic or shop and discuss motor upgrades to improve your off road performance. You can have your drivetrain water-proofed to avoid damage, and your intake snorkeled to avoid getting water in your engine if you plan on doing a lot of mudding or trail riding with creek crossings.

  • Continue to modify your vehicle as needed. As you continue off-roading with your Suzuki, you will discover problems or issues that you can rectify with various after marker parts and accessories, for instance, waterproof seats and radios to keep your Suzuki Samurai's seats dry and radio functioning if you get rained on with your top off. Modifying a vehicle for superior off-road performance is a never-ending project, as advances continue to be made in terms of equipment and accessories.

Tips & Warnings

  • The bigger you go with your Suzuki, the more likely it will be that you have to replace the motor. Suzuki vehicles typically come with small four-cylinder motors, so if you plan on installing a big lift and corresponding large off-road tires, expect to have to upgrade your motor in the near future.
  • Off-road driving can be dangerous, so take proper safety precautions. Modifying a vehicle for off-road performance will alter the way it handles and drives both on and off-road, so make modifications according to your comfort level.

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