What Goes Into Building a Suzuki Samurai?

The Suzuki Samurai design is worldwide, although there are different model names, they all equal one tough little machine. See a quick view of what goes into building a Suzuki Samurai SJ413, check out the video below as we run down the assemble line from dipping the shell into primer to sitting it on the frame.


It’s an interesting look at what it took to make a Suzuki Samurai and will add to your appreciation for the Suzuki. It also walks through many of the features that were added on some of the later year models. If you prefer to read text from the video check it out at the bottom of this page.

Land Rover Santana began the production of Suzuki 4x4 vehicles in 1985 with the Samurai SJ410. The purpose of this video is to introduce the new Suzuki Samurai SJ413 and to show you the upgrades introduced in this model. This video shows images of the process of building a Suzuki Vehicle at the Linares Assembly Plant. Once all the elements that make up the body work are in place then it is ready for the electrophoretic primer or primer application done by immersion. This undercoat gives the body work additional protection against corrosion allowing the vehicle to perform under any elements of the environment.


The body then goes through the drying oven shortly after through the washing module. Once the primer has been applied to the vehicle it is inspected in order to eliminate any flaws from the primer. It then goes through the painting booth. The body has been painted and prepared for the installation of tires, moldings and other interior accessories. In this frame the chassis is being prepared to mount all mechanical elements such as the motor, transmission box, etc. The body of the vehicle is assembled to the chassis which already has been equipped with all mechanical elements mentioned before. Subsequently, all interior and exterior components are installed, such as mud guards, rims, fender flares, upholstery, seats and roof top, etc.


Here is where Suzuki tests the brakes and lights, followed by an emissions test. After the final details are installed the vehicle goes through a tunnel for a stability test. Once the final inspection is done the vehicle is ready to roll out to dealer lots. In 1987 Suzuki increased their selection with the launch of the Suzuki Samurai SJ-413. With an increased power a 5 speed transmission, interior improvements and new body colors. Now in 1988 we present Suzuki Samurai with a greater range of possibilities. Suzuki Samurai is a vehicle with numerous uses from leisure to business due to its strong chassis, suspension and tough motor. There is a wide range of models to select from such as the ones shown on the screen. An Elevated Metal Roof Top, Hard Top and Soft Top.


The vehicle is 3.54 inches wider increasing the feeling of stability. The new front grill and bumper give a more modern and attractive look. New color coordinated fender flares give a more dynamic look. The Samurai Logo is positioned on the front fender the side turn signal has switched positions with the logo. A new side graphic makes the vehicle more attractive. Another innovative feature is the protective molding. The rims have been redesigned to accept a low profile tire such as 205/70R15 (a tire with lower profile).


The 5 speed logo is located on the back of the vehicle. Front and back side bumper guards are made of polyester. The spare tire features a new anti-theft lock. The new seat colors and dashboard match the interior of the vehicle harmoniously. The new upholstery is designed to make trips more comfortable. The passenger handle along with the glove compartment have been redesigned. The air conditioned vents have a new look and swivel in any direction. The ash tray has changed from its original location incorporating a small storage compartment and a digital clock. The heater system features 3 speeds.


The instrument panel is now designed for easy reading from the driver seat. The steering wheel has a sporty look. The gear shifter and emergency brake have a modern design and feel pleasant to the touch. Seat levers come in two colors black or brown to match the interior of the vehicle. Head rests are also available in brown and black to match with the vehicle’s interior. The passenger courtesy mirror on the Samurai includes a protective cover. The rear view mirror features two positions, normal and antiglare position to facilitate night driving.


The new Samurai comes with a screw in oil cap an added fuse to protect the electric circuit. The ground wire is now screwed to the body of the vehicle. Removal or extraction of head lights is done from the inside compartment underneath the hood. The stabilizing bar is wider and it is anchored to the exterior plates, holding the suspension spring. Both the connection and steering bar are longer. The suspension spring holders are located 1.77 inches from the chassis guide. The top support for the shock absorber is longer to create a more vertical shock absorption. The suspension springs are semi elliptic. The new Samurai integrates a parking brake to the rear tires. The anchor plate is in a different position and the brake bowler has a new design.


The new Suzuki 4x4 is now wider and elegant, wider and dynamic. A vehicle for easy and daily chores as well as driving on unpaved roads.

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