SJ Series

Usually when someone who does not know too much wheel drive vehicle observed a Suzuki SJ410 (S = Suzuki, J = Jeep 4 = cylinder, 10 = displacement), what you see is a square box on wheels, and say Ahh ! But despite the Samurai is the name that became popular this body, and that the model retains a basic form without major changes through his whole life, there are differences between the SJ410 and Samurai.

First of all we should note that this model is born Suzuki was born in 1981, bone, 5 years before the appearance of the Samurai and does so as Suzuki SJ30 Jimny SJ410 Suzuki in Japan and overseas markets pra. Secondly you have to divide between model name and the name that was given to each variation in the names we can find SJ30, SJ40, SJ410, LWB, Etc.

As for names that were given to this model we can see variations according to countries:

  • In Chile, the SJ410 and SJ408 his younger brother took the name Jipsu (Jeep Suzuki)
  • In Asia Pacific countries was called Katana.
  • In Australia it was called Suzuki Sierra, in addition to carrying the logos of Holden under the name Grover.
  • In Spain under local manufacturing called Santana SJ410
  • In India, manufactured by Maruti, also called Gypsy SJ410.
  • But the original name for the range since the beginning of the Suzuki 4×4 until now has been to JIMNY, name given by the Suzuki Motor Co. in Japan and used until today, therefore, the Jimny model we see today is only the continuation of the same vehicle.

We have received information that we have not yet confirmed, that during the late 70s and early 80s, Chile has waged a tax under 1000cc cars.  something very similar to what happened in Japan with the Key Car and government regulations. Which would explain the existence of SUZUKI SJ408, of which there are no records in other countries and was imported only in Chile.

The SJ sees the light in 1981, as a continuation of the LJ series under the title SJ30, his name is the Suzuki Jimny, riding a 569cc and 28hp engine in Japan, but including a variety of engines in the domestic market to suit the regulation of the Japanese tax authorities who demanded that small engines for all people to access them. But this situation the most famous setting in the world would be that of the SJ40, called Jimmy 1000 in Japan and around the globe SJ410), with its 970cc, 4 cylinders in line. This model remained in production from 1981 to 1987 in Japan, showing an incredible quality and outstanding mechanical strength, with an economy car and low maintenance.  Usually the name that popular to the body of the Samurai SJ, but the 410 is not a samurai, then, let’s see what makes it different to the Suzuki SJ410:-Engine-970cc (1000)

-Carburetor horizontal.

-Metal-mask with 10 vertical bars.

-Capo-flat (for position of the carb.)

-Mudguard Aletin of short-or lack thereof.

-4-speed box.

-Seniors who transfer relationships in the 413 and the Samurai: 2.51:1 to 1.58:1 in high and low for the SJ410.

-Differential Relations: SJ410 with 4.11:1.

-Length of lines (hoses), with 1210 mm front and 1,220 mm rear.

-Parking brake-mounted transfer case.Over time would come some changes in the SJ410:

-“The first mounted front drum brakes, which will eventually change discs.

-Raw iron-Cardanes which become tubular.

-Adoption of the Cube-free rotation.

-Metal-plastic board, and new 3 wheel ends.

-Brake Assist (Brake booster).

-Hand-brake to rear wheels (in the transfer failed to act on the action of the rear differential)We also record the construction SJ410 remained for many years in Spain by Santana de Linares, and by the Maruty Udyong of India, who worked mainly in the SJ410 LWB version, which called Maruty Jipsy King.

THE SJ IN JAPAN: Small Kei-Car road that started the saga.

The Kei-car tax class correspond to a used car in Japan, with reductions in taxes and insurance. This idea originated after the Second World War, when most Japanese could not buy a car, but they had enough budget for a motorcycle.’s Kei car was created to promote the growth of the automotive industry, to promote the use of small, economical vehicles, and to provide alternative methods of distribution of goods and people from small companies and local businesses. Within this idea Suzuki was the pioneer in offering small wheel drive vehicles and small displacement, being later followed by other companies.

Among the first engines that used SJ in Japan, we can observe 3-cylinder units, very low power and torque, but with good relationships in the transmission, so if SJ410 with the surprises of his behavior with an engine so small were large, the greater should be surprised to see SJ’s work these 3 cylinders. The only way to differentiate a common SJ was in the Turbo version of a striking EPI air intake on the hood, everything else was identical in all versions. Also in Japan remained for these cheaper models narrow shafts for life.

  • Engine Series: LJ50
  • 3-cylinder, 2 stroke, water cooled.
  • Bore / Stroke: 61 x 61.5mm
  • Displacement: 539cc.
  • Power: 28 / 4.500 rpm.
  • Torque: 5.4Kgm / 2,500.
  • RC: 6.2:1
  • 1 barrel Carb.
  • Differential: 4.7:1
  • HI: 1.74.
  • LOW: 3.05
  • Engine Series: F5A
  • 3-cylinder, 4 stroke, water cooled.
  • Bore / Stroke: 62 x 60mm
  • Displacement: 543cc.
  • Power: 42/6000rpm.
  • Torque: 5.9Kgm / 4,500.
  • RC: 8.2:1
  • EPI injection.
  • Differential: 5.3:1
  • HI: 1.50.
  • LOW: 2.51
The faithful 1.0-liter engine F10A
The engine that brought the world markets SJ, Suzuki engine is a well-known: the F10A, 1000cc, which also rode the boxcars and the Suzuki Super Carry Cervo.

Its features are:

  • Title: F10A
  • 4 cylinders in line, OHC.
  • Engine: 970CC, CR: 8.8:1.
  • Power: 45 HP @ 5500 RPM.
  • Torque: 7.5KG.M @ 3OOO RPM
  • 65.5 x Stroke 72.0mm diameter
The SJ410 is, basically, a TT, a concept that we must not forget to make a criticism of this car, as if we put it on the road we will see many anomalies due to small space, its small engine, Spartan suspension, etc..  First, perhaps not a bug, is the fact that all types of vehicles, buses and trucks pass you, and overtaking should be carefully studied and thought (the same for the samurai).But off-road is when you enlarge: With it you can have fun in a big way, takes you everywhere (Like a child after the older brothers, always delayed and are behind, but coming to the same places and even at the end of day), fuel economy is good, excellent car Trialeras, finish and appearance is sympathetic (equipadito is bellizimo), its robust mechanical, quality (typical of Japan), make you love it, and if is young, what better to start with the SJ410 in the world of TT, a 4×4 is cheap and takes you anywhere.
Existing versions
Other specifications
  • Metal roof closed or Hardtop
  • Roof canvas (Softtop) with folding windshield. (In Japan they had a great frameless door).
  • Pick-Up with Dropside.
  • Fiber roof (in Chile Studio 4, I installed a fiber roof canvas version).
Vel High: 120Km / H.

0-100Km / h: 30sec. (Approx.)

Weight: 980kg.

Angle Attack / Release: 42 ° / 38 °.

Clearance from floor: 20.5 cm.

Consumption: 12Km.Lt.

So oddly enough, in our country was being marketed in conjunction with the Suzuki SJ410 Jipsu a version lower capacity and lower priced obvious: SUZUKI SJ408 Jipsu, which had a displacement of 800cc and shared the F8A and differential relations Suzuki LJ80.
  • 4 cylinders in line, OHC.
  • Capacity: 797cc.
  • RC 8.8:1
  • Power: 41HP @ 5500rpm.
  • Diameter: 62.0
  • Stroke: 66.0mm.
  • Torque: 6.1kgm @ 3.500rpm.
  • Vel. Max: 100KM / H.

For year 1982 of the Chilean Milautos magazine.

As described in the beginning, we received information about a release of taxes on cars below 1000cc in the 80’s, this may explain the existence of this version, not seen in other countries, which even brought the logos on the sides with the legend SJ408.

In 1984 in March of 408v value was $ 790,000, slightly cheaper than a 410V which enpinaba by $ 900,000, which contrasted sharply with the value of a Nissan Patrol: $ 1,950,000, a Mitsubishi Montero: $ 1,959,000; Chevrolet Trooper: $ 2,050,000, and a Toyota Land Cruiser $ 2,450,000. the difference in price ever played for some crazy sales of Suzuki, which already was in that year 4×4 No. 1 in sales. On the chassis it shared the same relationship of the transfer case 410, differential relations differ since the 800cc are steeper.


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