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Stretch – Samurai With Custom Tube Work & Armor

 

Featured Zook with Bill Johnston

Stretched

Click through for a closer look...Click through for a closer look...This 1987 Suzuki Samurai is straight out off of a true zookaholic's dream sheet. Wayne Fling, out of Shawnee, Kansas, has put together a truly eye-catching, truly wheelable work of art. We caught up with him at the 2006 ZookiMelt in Attica, and he was very happy to share his Zook for a little photo time.

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Click through for a closer look...Click through for a closer look...The first thing you notice (aside from the striking yellow paint) is that the body has been stretched a full 11" behind the front doors. But he didn't stop there. The dashboard has been replaced with a slick aluminum unit outfitted with a full compliment of Autometer gauges. Another cool feature, also great for survival out on the trails, is the unique internal/external cage. It even allows for the use of the soft top. Click through for a closer look...Click through for a closer look...The interior is set up for two. The rear area has been modified to hold the spare. Like the other four, it is a Nitto Mud Grappler 35/14.5/15 mounted on a Bart beadlock rim. The rearview mirror looks a little different, but that is because it is a racing component designed to let the driver see EVERYTHING out back. It makes it easier to keep track of those on the trail behind you. Click through for a closer look...Click through for a closer look...The front suspension is a coil-sprung three link with panhard bar. The rear is a Spidertrax Quarter Elliptical system and there are Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks all around. When I went poking around the rear suspension, I noticed something that at first seemed very strange. Wayne has mounted his High-Lift jack against the frame, over the left rear tire. He says it is easy to get to and I admit it looks pretty slick. Click through for a closer look...Click through for a closer look...The engine compartment has it's share of goodies. Starting with the 1.6ltr engine, it also has a Calmini header and a Toyota power steering system. It feeds power through a Track/Kick 3spd Automatic transmission and transfer case. Then it passes through a Samurai (Petroworks) GRSII transfer case. Yup, dual cases! That makes the transfer case(s) ratio 8.9:1. The front axle is a Sidewinder with high steer arms, and the rear is a full floating axle, all from Spidertrax. Both axles are stuffed with 4.62 gears, LockRight lockers, Warn hubs and Spidertrax hub bolt upgrade kits. Click through for a closer look...Click through for a closer look...Like everything else, the front bumper is custom and it makes a nice home for the Ramsey winch. It does well to protect the whole front end.

The rig is not just a beauty queen...  He wheeled it all over the Badlands at ZookiMelt, and then he took it to Disney Oklahoma the next weekend.

08/11/10 14:10

 

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