Suzuki sierra

Paul19
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Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 1st, 2011, 10:04 pm

Hi everyone, To start with i will just give you a bit of a background.
I am 21 years old, currently work as a labourer/truck driver and want to do tafe cources to be a metal fabricator. I am a licenced industrial security technician.

Some years ago i bought a Suzuki sierra hard roof with alloy bullbar and old man emu 50mm lifted springs and shocks. 1.3l petrol motor with 5sp man gearbox. I origionally bought the vehicle to be a cheap runabout but then the 4wd bug set in! :) eventually i was completing some of the most extreem tracks that i could find which custom patrols were getting stuck on just by playing with the tyre pressures and using maxtrax.

then one day driving home from work on the bitumen, a guy in a falcon did a 'u' turn in front of me without indicating or looking. i was doing the speed limit which was 80, the road was wet and gentle downhill slope curving to the left. So i freaked out, wheels locked up, and then BAM!!! I 't' boned the falcon on the driver side. the falcon driver and myself went to hospital, it took me months to recoup. Insurance paid out but my poor sierra sits in the shed now because i figure while i fix the damage i will do all my dream mods at the same time. Im learning lots and enjoying working on it.

so heres what i have done on my own so far to my baby since the accident.

Installed calmini 5:14:1 reduction gears, extended breather and calmini bash cradel, to the transfer box.
Rear ARB air locker and a baring kit to the rear diff.
New rear wheel barings fitted.
New rear brake shoes and drums fitted.
8 inch extended brake hoses front and back (snake racing).
Custom made rear towbar with recovery points, 6000pound winch, led tail lights and swing out 3 jerry can holder.
Custom rock sliders finnished with alloy chequer plate and led clearence lights.
Rear side brush bars (slight body chop to fit them).
Alloy chequer plated inside door trim.
Uniden 5w 40ch UHF radio with 9db gain antenna.
Led interior light.
600w inverter.
Installed 240v 15A Power inlet socket wired to a GPO via a combination RCD/CB.
EFS 65mm lifted front springs with Peders long travel shocks.
Replaced engine mounts.
installed Exedy sports heavy duty clutch.
Replaced the origional damaged engine sump and gasket.
Replaced high tension leads.
replaced timing belt and tensioner barring.
Spark plugs and filters.
New thermostat and housing gasket.
Custom made interior switch pannel.
Front roof rack with led clearence lights, truck air horn and antennas that can be pnumaticly hinged upright or down to the roof.
rear roof rack has small led tail lights.
Air compressor hours counter.
Stickers/decals.


Parts that i have sitting on the bench to be installed.

Endless air compressor.
aux. alternator.
New windscreen.
new radiator, shroud, hoses, 10 inch electric thermo fan, and cap.

Thanks for reading, to be continued... from paul.

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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Deans4by » September 2nd, 2011, 5:28 pm

Sounds like the makings of a good build up. Post some pics of the zook when you can and keep us updated as you go.
Happy 4wding
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 7:22 pm

Thanks Dean for the encouragment. I look forward to the first test drive.

Heres a picture of it not too long after i bought the vehicle.
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 9:11 pm

custom switch pannel i made, front locker switch not installed yet.
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 9:24 pm

Rock sliders are 46mm round 5mm thick welded and braced to chassis. a bit of bling gear to make them look good. lol
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 9:37 pm

removed engine and gearbox for easy access to replace parts.
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 9:47 pm

Custom rear bar (havnt got around to painting the red over coat yet)
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 9:58 pm

be seen = be safe
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 10:03 pm

efs 65mm lifted front springs are by far the most flexable i have ever had. i rekon thered be even more flex when the weight of the engine and gearbox is in there.
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 10:09 pm

Calmini gears and bash guard installed. The box is PTO ready and has an extended breather.
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 2nd, 2011, 10:54 pm

sory folks, i had to crop and compress the photos to be able to post them onto the thread.

Anyway to date i have spent $12k on the parts that are currently installed and a few special tools.

my plans are to install:

31 inch baja claws on 15x8 black sunraisia rims with internal bead locks.
wheel spacers if needed.
rear efs 65mm lifted springs and shocks.
Maybe polyair bags for a gvm upgrade.
CALMINI 5" bolt-on spring over axel conversion.
high steer conversion.
rockhopper drive shaft spacers.
avm free wheeling hubs.
new front wheel barings.
front diff baring kit.
Front arb diff lock.
extended breathers on gearbox and front diff.
front slotted brake discs.
new front brake pads.
Led rock lights.
2x 9L air tanks.
HID kit for origional headlights.
Led driving light bars.
Custom tube bullbar with Gigglepin winch.
Cameras, big stereo, alarm system.
custom snorkle.
CALMINI EMPI & HEADER COMBO KIT.
Sports seats and harness.
long range fuel tank.
custom registration plates.


And hopfully i can find an engineer to aprove it all.

to be continued... from Paul.

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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by pavadrin » September 4th, 2011, 11:44 pm

Looks good mate, good to hear you recovered from the accident. A quick side note you may wish to consider if you want to get an engineer to approve the modification is to talk to an engineer and see what can and can't be done, rather than having to go back and change things.

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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Mungrel » September 5th, 2011, 7:18 am

Coming along nicely,
With the engine in ya should get a bit more flex due to the added weight.
Keep posting the pics :D
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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by Paul19 » September 6th, 2011, 10:23 pm

Thanks pavadrin, i am aware of what you wrote about engineers.
And on that subject could anyone please recomend to me an engineer that is based close to mt. barker in south australia?

from paul.

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Re: Suzuki sierra

Unread post by pavadrin » December 17th, 2012, 11:45 pm

Hows this build coming along?

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