Toward a more civilized SJ

JA51 Jimmy 1300

In 1984, the SJ was revamped with the launch of the SJ413. The SJ413 included a larger 1.3 liter 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission and power brakes all around. The body and interior were also redesigned, with a new dashboard, seats, and grille. The SJ410 remained in production through 1985 with the old specifications.


The SJ-Series was introduced to the United States (Puerto Rico (SJ-410) and Canada earlier) in 1985 for the 1986 model year. It was priced at just $6200 and 47,000 were sold in its first year. The Samurai had a 1.3 liter, 63 hp (47 kW), 4-cylinder engine and was available as a convertible or a hardtop. The Suzuki Samurai became intensely popular within the serious 4WD community for its extreme off road performance and reliability compared to other 4WDs of the time.

The Samurai is also considered a great beginner 4WD due to its simple design and ease of modifications with engine swaps and suspension upgrades.

Suzuki Jimny (Euro-spec Samurai)

Suzuki Jimny (Samurai North America-spec)

The 1988.5 model Samurai was re-tuned for better on-road use in the United States. This revision included softer suspension settings and a larger anti-sway bar to reduce body roll. A lower 5th gear (.865:1 vs the earlier .795:1) increased engine rpm and power on the highway, and improved dashboard and seats made the Samurai more comfortable.

A new 1.3 4-cylinder engine with throttle-body fuel injection was introduced with 66 hp (49 kW). The Samurai was withdrawn in Canada in 1989 as the Suzuki Sidekick replaced it; however, sales in the United States market continued until 1995. Low sales prompted the withdrawal of the Samurai from the United States and it was replaced by the Suzuki X-90. The disputed 1988 rollover report by Consumer Reports was recognized as the cause of the Samurai’s declining sales..

Suzuki Samurai was sold in Colombia and Venezuela as Chevrolet Samurai. Produced by General Motors Colmotores (Colombia). Other countries in South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay) was sold as Suzuki Samurai, Soft Top, Hard Top, Long Body (No Mercosur), Pickup (No Mercosur). (Produced by Suzuki (Japan) & Santana Motors (Spain). A long-wheel-base Samurai variant is produced in India by Maruti-Suzuki as the Maruti Gypsy using the 16V 1.3 liter 80 hp (60 kW) engine.


Exactly the same as the Suzuki Samurai but were assembled in Australia.

Maruti Gypsy

Similar to the SJ-413/Samurai. It is only available in a LWB version and is still in production. More information can be found at Maruti Gypsy


The Samurai continued for sale outside the United States (referred to as the ‘Coily’), with a substantial update in 1996. This included a coil spring suspension, though the live axles were retained. The rest of the truck was redesigned as well, with new seats, dashboard, steering wheel, and doors joining a “macho” exterior.

Not all SJ models were updated however, with the original narrow SJ410 still in production in some countries. Even though the Jimny replaced the SJ in most markets after 1998, the SJ remains in production today.

Suzuki SJ-413

The first four gears SJ410 was weak but “alive”. When you put 5th gear, won in silence and comfort, but was still getting top speed in 4th. and consumption was never spectacular because the foot was always thorough and rpm in the clouds. Everything appeared he was going to be solved with the adoption of 1.3 with 62hp. but as many aesthetic and won only road (more so in the Aletin Samurai, the distance of the routes and the interior) and that the Achilles heel of the SJ413 and Samurai are some developments that undermine the long end real possibilities engine, a shuttle relations and differential lower than the SJ410 (Herein lies the boxes that are prized transfer SJ410) that weakened its role Trialeras and make the adoption of tires on the 30 “should be widely studied. But without questioned the benefits lie in a more powerful engine and higher final speed, since those who have managed SJ410, know that you must play fairly with the marches in city and even if there are 4 passengers, their gauge (Samurai) improved stability, a more striking front and hood and a much nicer interior. Another important change was the adoption in 1995 (Japan) Suspended by spirals which contributed to improve comfort.

In 1984, there was the evolution of the Suzuki SJ 410 version is kept and worked on a new vehicle, based on the same model and chassis, but trying to bring the SJ to a new level, leaving more sophisticated Spartan image, so their way into new markets. It takes a 63hp engine 1324 and is making improvements in the interior, exterior and aesthetics, such as replacement of the vertical bars mask by a plastic mask, hood and changing due to the vertical position of the new carburetor . It cuts down transfer relations and differentials, the gearbox also 5 speed longer shows developments, all of this to improve comfort on the road and the final velocity, which was the bigger problem of 410. Now the Suzuki SJ is not afraid to go to highways.
  • Engine Series: G13A
  • 4 cylinder, 4 stroke, water cooled.
  • Bore / Stroke: 74 x 77.5mm
  • Displacement: 1324cc.
  • Power: 63/5500rpm.
  • Torque: 10.7Kgm / 3,500.
  • RC: 8.8:1
  • Carburetor.

This SJ showed very similar characteristics are the 410, differing in the fact that the spreads showed a ratio of 3.91:1, the transfer case showed a reducing gears with 2.27:1 ratio and a high of 1.41:1. Can the interior is CERTAIN CANNED VEGETABLES many másrevisado to provide better comfort to passengers, changing the masacarilla moderm fronatl a plastic, and the hood should be lifted to allow the new vertical position of the engine carburetor G13A.

Although the model had evolved enough to the adoption of the new source engine, gearbox 5 speed, interior much more comfortable and appealing, and a more modern image, the Suzuki SJ continued to maintain a style of hard road and reliable, and still maintained the width of roads in the SJ410, which is noticed that the wheels were inside the mudguard and rode a very thin Aletin. Suzuki decided to enter fully into a new market and this should further improve its battle machine, this entry signidficaría Suzuki 4×4 scene more recognized globally: the Suzuki Samurai, SJ final evolution and leading to the Suzuki to surprise the United States market.


He ran to the year 1986 and suffered a new revision SJ: The Samurai. The vehicle itself maintains the shape of the bodywork and chassis identical to their predecessors, still has the workability, mechanical simplicity, good vehicle in city and Off-Road, but with a series of renovations that attract attention.Some Aletin that oversize fenders, give a more robust, if we consider that the roads were widened in 9cm, which helps a lot to the stability and aesthetics. The mask is changed again (which would happen a few times more), is installed below the bumper, the interior changes his board by a more modern and sporty. In general, the Samurai is a 413 “fed up” and updated.The highlight of the Samurai is its greatest width, both theoretically (Aletin) and practice (axis 9 cm wider). The smaller of the Suzuki 4×4 is ideal as a first All terrain, or for fans of hard TT, which is one of the last representatives. The small size of this 4×4 angles allow very good movement and a Lifebuoy to reach a few 4wd. Samu indulges overcome obstacles other 4×4 where higher power but greater size and weight will find many problems.

This new update allows you to enter Suzuki hit the U.S. market, where Suzuki would live one of his best seasons, big sales, Suzukis birth clubs, companies dedicated to modification, and so on. As a great novelty POPULAR MECHANICS magazine in its issue of December 1986, refers to the Samurai and puts it in a comparison with 8 models of major U.S. market, to which are absolutely amazed with the small 4×4 and its determination 1300cc engine. The Suzuki was able to pass through the same places as the other models, sometimes reaching beyond. In the edition stated: “The Suzuki half cost less than other models, and its fuel consumption was 2 times lower, while accepting its limitations, is a magnificent vehicle control on all four wheels and easy to care for less to buy and maintain. The Samurai is definitely a car to enjoy themselves thoroughly. Besides its moderate price purchase warrants “(Popular Mechanics, December 1986, vol.39)

By 1987, began working the assembly joint General Motors and Suzuki called CAMI in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada which is responsible for providing Samurai United States and Canada. These Samurai Canadians are easily recognized by their elongated and fairly bumper parking lights on the sides of both front and rear bumpers.

In Chile, the great debut of the Suzuki Samurai takes place in the International Fair of Santiago FISA, and SUZUKI in its stand in 1987 showed great innovation as a Samurai in dark green with high ceiling (leaving very surprised at all that we call to see updates to FISA, because for the people of the time FISA was the Chilean Motor Show), The debut of Samurai in Chile meant an entry price of $ 2,855,762, which began to sell very well and immediately began appearing in magazines such as MILAUTOS magazine, and it was not long to see the replacement of the SJ410 and SJ413 JEEP coompetencias in FUN RACE, when machinery is still maintained their standard bodies and you could see the competing machines come out of factories at that time the Samurai competed in a graceful against the rulers of the dates the TOYOTA LAND CRUISER TOYOTA FJ40 and HILUZ 2.2 4WD. The Suzuki Samurai was the applause of the public who came to the best years of FUN RACE (television transmission channel 11 included) in the Laguna Caren, San Carlos de Apoquindo, Reñaca Dunes, regularly holding poson of water and mud, tires, trunks, climbing, running with bent axle after each jump, and delighting those who saw their street machines competing on the track.

  • Metal roof closed or Hardtop
  • Roof canvas (Softtop) with folding windshield.
  • Fiber Roof
  • High Roof

The major changes:
Widening roads: 9cm. Front 1,300mm, rear 1,310mm.
Aletin of mudguard.
Elongated bumper.
New board.
Improved heating-ventilation.
New location back seat.

Differential: 3.91:1

At the end of 1989 is introduced in Japan and USA (Canada, exactly where Cami produced the Samurai) a new configuration engine dell G13. With a displacement of 1.298cc, which produced a power of 66HP at 5500rpm. The diameter is 74.0mm and the stroke is 75.5mm. The top speed (in 4th place) remains in the 130km / h as in the 413, with an average consumption of 11km / l. It raises the compression to 9.0:1.
Fuel injection
New Look
From the year 1992 is coupled to the engine 1.298cc single point fuel injection carburetor monitored, bringing the power of the 69hp engine to 6000 turns and the maximum torque of this to 11Kgm at 3500 rpm. That engine coupled to the differential and developments in the transmission can improve fuel consumption and achieve a top speed of 136.5km / h. Outside, front mask is changed to a more current design.
In 1996 takes place in Japan last and most significant revision of the Samurai, a year after he ceases to be sold in USA. It produces the most significant change in his life: The adoption of spirals on four wheels. For the first time SJ packages have kept springs (springs) and mounted on a spiral model for imagination of executives representing the firm in Chile was named as “SAMURAI II”, according to custom in Chile rarely invent versions distinguished from previous models: Nissan Sentra 2?, Samurai 2?, Maruti 2?, etc.. As the name remains the same: SJ, and the same model: Samurai in America and Europe, Jimny in Japan and Sierra in Australia.  This update changes radically as the board, which now in a lighter gray, with a very modern and watches in white tone is much more friendly to passengers. When you open the hood, it’s easily obsrvable the tips of the cushions on the sides. The hood is different to be higher, the windshield can be folded and not in front convertible version and shows a nice mask headlights united position and turn it. All the upgrade is completed with modern plastic bumper.
The changes for 96 were:Suspension 4-wheel spirals.
Capo higher.
Polyurethane bumpers.
Mask design new markers included.
Redesigned dashboard.
Chain Transfer with.
Windshield Fixed
This is the evolution of the SJ, since 1982 until 1998, which in Japan is introduced in the evolution successor version of SJ: The Jimny 98, which retains the name behind in Japan, but that changes in the bodywork, interior, chassis and engine. The SJ model is still being built in Spain by Santana Motors, with 1.3 and 1.9TD PSA, and in India where the Maruti Gypsy Udyong produces 1.3 16v engine and 82hp efi.

Since the late 80’s signature Santana Motors, based in Linares, Spain, is dedicated to the manufacture of Suzuki (SJ410-413-JIMNY, VITARA), both for the local market and for export to different around the world.

To meet the diesel car market, especially in Europe, Santana made a deal with French auto makers to equip their propeller models of origin samurai PSA (Peugeot-Renault), resulting in the emergence in 1999 of the Suzuki Samurai 1.9 TD liters XUD Peugeot engine series, equipped with diesel injection pump and turbocharger KKK brand that delivers an output of 62hp and torque to 4.300rpm torque 11.8kg / m.The consumptions are quite content, so are the accelerations, which is one of the most popular versions of Samurai engine oil, since in 1995 Suzuki oil Haba created a version just for Japan with a Mazda motor home.

Suzuki Santana Samurai 1.9TD .-

Peugeot Motor XUD 1.905cc TD .-
Indirect Injection.
Bore / Stroke: 83 x 88mm.
Power: 62HP@4.300rpm.
Torque: 11.8Kgm.2500rpm.
Vel.Máxima: 130km / h.
0-100km / h: 20.4 Sec

For the rest of the vehicle, this shows some improvement. as borrowed from outside the Japanese versions of plastic bumpers and a new mask similar to the Japanese, with parking and cornering lights included, but a bit more square and the smaller headlamps. Unlike the Asian model, this keeps the spring packs on four wheels, but shows an interior with new dashboard design, lead-colored, much more colorful and comfortable than previous versions and available in both short wheelbase versions as in LWB pickup.
Because the countries of Europe anti-pollution legislation about to get increasingly serious and strict, Suzuki decided to replace the 2001 version with a new configuration TD atmospheric origin and thereby raise Renault meet Euro III standards, 1.870cc this time, direct fuel injection and producing 64hp at 4500 turns, but with improved torque 12.3 kgm around. It maintains the style of the vehicle without major changes. Thanks in diesel info Reinaldo Munilla, Spain. Suzuki88 web.
Suzuki Samurai Santana 1.9 diesel .-

Motor Renault F18 1.870cc
Direct injection.
Bore / Stroke: 80 x 93mm.
Power: 64HP@4.500rpm.
. Torque: 12.3Kgm.2250rpm.
Vel.Máx: 130km / h.
0-100km / h: 19.2 Sec

Since 1983, an automobile company of India: Maruti Udyong, Suzuki has been manufacturing vehicles in close collaboration with Japan’s firm (which owns since 2002 the total Maruti), producing four-wheel drive Suzukis and maintaining all specifications identical to Suzuki SJ LWB (long wheelbase), which in Chile were very few units of SJ410, and they were exported in large numbers to Argentina.The great novelty is the market entry in 1998 of Maruti Gypsy King, who was riding a 1300 cc engine source. 16-valve multipoint injection MPFI elecrónica, fiber roof and room for 4 passengers with a large cargo area.The prime mover of the SJ, the engine is possibly the most technologically modern and powerful you’ve mounted an SJ in his life, sharing the engine with Suzuki Jimny 98.
Maruti Gypsy King 1.3 16v.
1.298cc Twin Cam 16V. MPFI
10.7Kgm @ 4500rpm
RC: 9,5:1
78.0 x Stroke 69.5mm diameter consumption: 16km / h

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