Lil Beastie build

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Lil Beastie build

Post by Lil_Beastie » Thu May 19, 2011 8:46 pm

Ello. Some may know me off difflock by my constent questions in the Zuki section.

This isnt going to be a current build, more what Ive done since owning it nearly 2 years, whilst keeping it on the road.
This was my second car, first 4x4 and have learnt lots starting with taking the wheels off to... well I think its alot. :smokin:

So, I bought it like this:
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95 Sammie with - addaleafs, mits GTO seats, 235 BFG ATs, 30mm wheel spacers, a hard top roof, 85,000 miles on the clock and MOTs dating back to 2004

In Sept 09 for a few weeks I went on a derust (that didnt work) and painting (with halfords paint which was also a mistake) the rear bumper, spare wheel holder and the hardtop roof black.
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Made axle breathers with some hose and wired my rear number plate light as it hadnt worked since having it.

Also in Sept 09 I bought a new radiator as mine was moth-eaten, along with doing an oil change and diff oil level check.

I then got the money to insure it

In Dec 09 took apart and re-grease the free wheeling hubs.

We then had that first year of heavy snow, where I went out greenlaning, breaking my front side and indicator case. So a bodge job was needed with plans in my mind for a new bumper anyway I bought LR lights.
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Bit of MDF cut to size.
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Ran it like that for 3 months.

In Januray 2010 I bought a new battery as mine wasnt holding its charge.

Its first MOT with me in Feb 10
Advisories were the rusted away front outer arches that I replaced with plastic ones.
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And my rear spring bushes. I bought bits4vits polybushes and learnt how to do that saving me £30 per hour for our family mechanic to do.

In March I bought myself a nofearzuki front bumper and I also found locally and bought for a bargin some -50mm offset wheels
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They were abit too wide and didnt want to add rubber to widen the arches. So sold them and in April 2010 bought some -20mm modulars with Recip Trial MT 30s. This meant I could through the cheap wheel spacers away (ebay).

For the new wheels in May I bought some Genuine Suzuki Locking wheel nuts

After reversing into a few trees I decided I needed a rear window, bought a CB and replaced the spark plugs in June
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After offroading in July I killed my alternator and starter, so got it refurbed. Soon after I blew a a main battery positive wire causing me to loose all power meaning something major was wrong with the electrics. I payed out £££ to get the problem fixed professionally.

In September after a few months saving a safety devices internal roll cage came up locally. Never liked externals personally. However it was for a hardtop sj so got a neighbour to cop an inch off the legs and weld the plates back on.
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by Lil_Beastie » Thu May 19, 2011 9:29 pm

So that was a year passed of owning it, time for a brakes service: new brake pads and rear shoes.
My rear brake caliper decided to rust in half after I tried bleeding it. :jawdrop:
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So new rear brake calipers on both sides.

Also in Sept 2010 I had the clutch replaced and I decided I wanted an extra rad fan wired in using an independent switch.
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After months of banging and clanging coming from somewhere under my car whilst driving. In October I took it to the doctors (3D Transmissions), to discover it was the transfer box and 2 CVs. And as they'd already stripped it down I had to give the nod for them to fix it, again for masses of £££
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blimmy I forgot how much ive spent and done on this thing!

End of October I got a new job in slough. In the first few weeks my front wheel bearings finally gave up on both sides causing serious :toilet: driving along the motorway with the disc brake hitting the pads every few seconds. So after getting a quote from the family mechanic I read up and had a pop at that too at the start of November along with getting the starter motor refurbed again.
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Just before the second MOT in febuary 2011 I decided to buy another set of -20mm modulars from my AT BFGs to go onto, as I was doing 177miles a week on the motorway with the muds on.

Lil Beastie failed the MOT on a small bit of welding and a dodgy brake light but no advisories, unlike last time with a few.

So with the dodgy brake light wire half soldered to get it through plans for a rear end re-vamp started forming un-binknown to the parents (until the new lights turned up).

A few weeks of planing and checking legal stuff I started. It needed to be done in a 3 day weekend in Febuaray 11
Off came the spare wheel, weighing in at 4 stone, (the same weight as the roll cage so that went in as a perminent fixture unlike before) and number plate moved to the middle.
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A day later I had the holes and another day the lights were wired and silicon-ed in. I painted some spare checker plating to fill in original light holes in the bumper.
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In March 2011 the clutch went in the old starter motor so got it fixed under garantee. I decided to buy a spare brand new (fat version) starter motor whilst the old one was being fixed. This meant the old one could be a spare.

In April I went to visit parrot to get some cosmetic welding done on the rear arches to remove the rust that was forming under the rear arches. He performed a 1inch virtual lift whilst also patching up a dodged cover up patch done by the previous owner.
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Will update sometime soon.
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by Darrell » Thu May 19, 2011 9:40 pm

Welcome Mark, wondered when you would get round to joining here :thumbup:

ps - will you stop breaking things :S
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by albertross74 » Thu May 19, 2011 10:36 pm

seen your truck on Difflock, really smart 'zuk!
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by Lil_Beastie » Thu May 19, 2011 10:45 pm

:lol: cheers Darrell


I use it for what it was intended for Darrell, just maybe abit excessively. :rockin:
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by twiss » Fri May 20, 2011 9:41 am

I've lost count how many starter motors I've had!!!
I've had 3 of the ones I'm currently using....

Then I've had a "skinny" starter... and at least 3 regular starters :(
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by ScottieJ » Fri May 20, 2011 10:01 am

:welcome: to :S:cuk matey, glad you decided to join us :rockin:

Nice little zuki you got there, looks like she's getting the treatment she deserves too :thumbup:

It's alternators that I always kill, I've got a big collection at home that I need to go through and rebuild :S
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by ferris » Fri May 20, 2011 6:15 pm

:welcome: to the club lil-Beastie. Your zuk looks :smokin: .
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by ROBBIE » Fri May 20, 2011 7:46 pm

:welcome2: nice truck mate nice to see you've had fun whilst you broke it :lol:
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Re: Lil Beastie build

Post by d86 » Fri May 20, 2011 9:41 pm

welcome..

couldnt pick a better way of intraducing yourself....

nice truck..

tony:)

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