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I do like those little guys. Local friend has two he built. The white one was a recent pickup that had been used at an off-grid island cabin. Toyota axles!

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And they’re good for pulling out stuck jeeps



Re: my last post - should have said there’s no *legal* offroading other than a couple areas for quads. We have a select few micro-spots that are accessible, but don’t think I’d take a larger rig.
This looks like one I've seen around, but it's a Sidekick right? The Samuai definitely has some broad based appeal. Former auto shop teacher at JD had one that I got to check out a bit. He would occasionally take it out of Juneau on hunting trips. Local artist Bill Spear has one here during summer. I think he drives or ferries it down to California for the winter, where more adventurious driving possibilities exist. He's always been somewhat eccentric. Now quite well off financially, and well into his 70's, he's driving around town in a lifted blue/green Samurai.

Some offroad enthusiasts I talked with in Haines seem to prefer smaller, lighter rigs for their routes. Older Toyota mini trucks and 4Runners, for instance. There are also a lot of Land Cruisers to be found there, 40's, 60's, 80's and a few Unimogs too. Jeeps? Not so much.
 

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Samurais are basically SxSs with solid axles and a body on frame construction. So yea they’re pretty unstoppable. Lighter and smaller is better off-road in many situations.

And the way I see it, any used 4x4 in the year range we’re talking about is gonna be a moneypit. I don’t care what the badge is. 4WDs tend to get abused and neglected, and parts and labor are often more expensive in terms of time and money.
 
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Can't comment on newer Jeeps but my brother had a 92 Cherokee with the straight 6 and that thing was unstoppable.
Probably more reliable than an 80 series honestly
 
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In one of Matt’s Off-Road recovery vids I watched recently he said to the viewers all you need is an XJ on 31s and you can do 90% of the trails there

Of course he would say that.

A: he is obsessed with xj's

B: he says that because he is trying to make more work for his business.

C: his xj is on 37's and doesn't have any original parts left. Jeep!!!! Just exchange every part.
 

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Lighten up Francis……..
 
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Fraudulent is a big word. Three syllabary .
 
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I don't care what anybody says or thinks. Samurais are the real trail heroes!
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100%! My first ride was a Suzuki SJ410. That rig would go anywhere and it had solid axles to boot. 65mph max speed sucked though with the 4 speed but kept me out of speeding tickets. Pulled out a few Toyota mini trucks with it. Wish I still had it now.
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This looks like one I've seen around, but it's a Sidekick right?
Yep, there’s a guy with a white jacked up sidekick.

Correction - this white Samurai was supposed to go to Shelter island, but the owner passed, sadly. It was under their house on fritz cove, and had to be driven out via the beach. Locked Toyota axles, top speed 35mph. Sounds fun!
 
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