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    Post Interested Suzuki SJ410 buyer - need some help pls!

    Hello everyone, I hope its okay I am asking a question here. Am new so not too sure how all of this works! Let me know if I'm wrong.
    I am interested in buying a Suzuki SJ 410 and found an advert for one online. As I am a newbie, I don't really know what is reasonably priced for an SJ, so needed some help to see if the price is right. It's a 1984 model and the body has been completely redone and is rust free. Gear box, clutch and engine are all also being redone and refurbished. Seller is asking R85 000, is that an OK price for an SJ that also looks to be in an excellent condition?
    Also, any idea where I could find some reasonably priced rear seats that could fit it?
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    Default Re: Interested Suzuki SJ410 buyer - need some help pls!

    Can you share the link to the one that you have seen. R85k it needs to be near perfect.

    The fact that it doesn't have the rear seat sounds like it is not.
    I recently sold my rear seat for my sj. original seat. they have become scarse.
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    Default Re: Interested Suzuki SJ410 buyer - need some help pls!

    Thank you for your help. Here's the link

    https://za.tixuz.com/gallery/3/6218559

    In the ad it says 78k but the seller messaged me and said it's now 85k. Considering the low milage, electronics and papers in order, all the refurbishing work the seller is putting in and what looks to be quite well done body work, I thought it was a pretty good price (but as a newbie I don't know much about all this) . And after browsing other options I also saw it's quite a high price... So decided to come here to ask. What do you think? Too pricey?

    No back seats from what I can see... I'm also not too bothered about it being original seats or not, so not too worried about the seats being scarce. I was looking into foldable seats for extra space anyway, but because SJs are so tiny I was wondering if anyone knew seats that could fit.

    Thanks again!
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    R75k with running motor. also motor is not new. it has been rebuilt. huge difference between a brand new motor and a rebuilt one.. there are some out there that has never had a motor rebuilt.

    If you want to make some changes to it. This one is to expensive.
    You can contact Manie Kotze in Cape town as well. I know he has a few good ones at the moment. and also stock allot of original parts.

    You are free to pm me for his details.

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    Before you buy, you should ask yourself: What do you really want and expect from your SJ?
    A collectors item, daily, allrounder, overland, weekend toy, extreme / wild off-roader, ........

    Also need to consider Tintop or softtop. Although last mentioned is more popular, lots of people prefer the tintop. Each got their pros and cons.

    Above will determine what you should consider spending your money on!

    A good SJ retailers between R50k and R100k.

    SJs became quite popular and expensive, but for R85k it must be a masterpiece! A get in and drive away, nothing to spend. You will go a long way to get something like that. For that amount Ill personally rather go for a Suzuki SJ413 Samurai or a modified SJ that is more vehicle and value for money!

    But will consider R85k if this SJ410 is still 100% stock standard and professionally restored to factory specifications, lll also strive to keep it that way, a good investment.

    If you need more from your SJ, rather look for a SJ with extras. Just a few basic repairs, extras and mods to that R85k SJ will easily escalate to a total cost of R120k and more. Something that you also need to keep in mind if you consider selling to retrieve your money.

    Internet media are creating a false impression of real SJ value and value for money!

    Once the SJ become part of your family, spending and resell will not be part of your vocabulary!

    Welcome to contact me and/or become part of the SJ Facebook and WhatsApp groups - experience and advice galore!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZacharyB View Post
    Hello everyone, I hope its okay I am asking a question here. Am new so not too sure how all of this works! Let me know if I'm wrong.
    I am interested in buying a Suzuki SJ 410 and found an advert for one online. As I am a newbie, I don't really know what is reasonably priced for an SJ, so needed some help to see if the price is right. It's a 1984 model and the body has been completely redone and is rust free. Gear box, clutch and engine are all also being redone and refurbished. Seller is asking R85 000, is that an OK price for an SJ that also looks to be in an excellent condition?
    Also, any idea where I could find some reasonably priced rear seats that could fit it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fearl3SS View Post
    R75k with running motor. also motor is not new. it has been rebuilt. huge difference between a brand new motor and a rebuilt one.. there are some out there that has never had a motor rebuilt.

    If you want to make some changes to it. This one is to expensive.
    You can contact Manie Kotze in Cape town as well. I know he has a few good ones at the moment. and also stock allot of original parts.

    You are free to pm me for his details.

    Realize u from Cape Town, visit Manie for good advice!

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    Default Re: Interested Suzuki SJ410 buyer - need some help pls!

    Looking quite good, but not sure if its worth R85k?

    From photo u can clearly see that the leave springs is straight and flat. Not replaced or retentioned, make me wonder how much other parts and components were just cleaned, resprayed and refitted again?

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    Default Re: Interested Suzuki SJ410 buyer - need some help pls!

    Thank you for your help and advice Theuns! Much appreciated. Will look further into finding the best SJ for the best price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theuns SJ View Post
    Looking quite good, but not sure if its worth R85k?

    From photo u can clearly see that the leave springs is straight and flat. Not replaced or retentioned, make me wonder how much other parts and components were just cleaned, resprayed and refitted again?

    Ahhh, yeah I see. Thanks for pointing this out! I wasn't sure what to look out for when viewing the pics. I will also look into Manie!
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZacharyB View Post
    Ahhh, yeah I see. Thanks for pointing this out! I wasn't sure what to look out for when viewing the pics. I will also look into Manie!
    Thanks again.

    Zac, may I ask what do you want to use it for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theuns SJ View Post
    Zac, may I ask what do you want to use it for?
    I was planning for every day casual driving use, later on possibly a fun little 4x4 companion... So really wanted something I could get a lot of use out of

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZacharyB View Post
    I was planning for every day casual driving use, later on possibly a fun little 4x4 companion... So really wanted something I could get a lot of use out of

    Simple rule: Buy the best vehicle for your money and allow room for planned and unforeseen expenses (there will always be !).

    First thing most guy fit is mags and bigger tyres, hence youll need suspension upgrade.

    Go test drive the 410, capable off-road but most probably not going to have enough power for your regular application. Depending on your driving style.

    Mods and extras are endless on SJs.

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    Default Re: Interested Suzuki SJ410 buyer - need some help pls!

    Thank you for your help! any idea on some good but reasonably priced suspension kits? Also, if you don't mind me asking, what's your fuel consumption like on your SJ? Thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZacharyB View Post
    Thank you for your help! any idea on some good but reasonably priced suspension kits? Also, if you don't mind me asking, what's your fuel consumption like on your SJ? Thanks again
    Some basic info:

    Lift:
    Several options available, depends on your needs and budget.

    Prices is just an indication and range from DIY to outsourced.

    Basic lifts dont necessarily require extended shocks, brake and fuel lines, props and steering shaft.

    Also note that lifts jeopardize safety, stability and center gravity points. Especially if not done correctly.

    ⁃Extended shackles: cheap and easy lift. Lifts in extend of 1.5 is not recommended. Average cost between R1k and R5k. Depending on type of bushes and shackles: extend, scissors, revolver, .....

    ⁃Body lift: straightforward lift by means of extended bushes and/or body mounts. Cheap with very little mod. Cost R1k-R5k.

    ⁃New set of standard leaf springs and shocks: gains an average of 1 lift depending on condition of old set. Most SJs leave springs lost tension over the years. Cost R5-10k.

    ⁃Spring over axel lift: Quite a job, only recommended for the more experience guys. Can also be combined with body lift. Several mods. Cost between R5 and R20k. (This is not my favorite!)

    ⁃Suspension upgrade: OMU, EFS, ....... The best option by far at about R20k+

    ⁃Coil conversion, excellent performance and driving pleasure at about R30k+. Take note that the latest SJs (96-98) use to be coilys.

    ⁃Possibilities are endless, but prizes can even be in extend of the SJs prize.

    Fuel:
    Well SJs are not the most economic vehicles on the road - what do you expect from 30-50 year old technology, shaped like a brick.
    The average standard SJs are between 8 and 10 km/lt.

    They are multiple engine upgrade, of which the diesel model offers the best torque and fuel consumption, expense conversion!

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    Default Re: Interested Suzuki SJ410 buyer - need some help pls!

    Thank you so much, that rundown is very helpful! I've got a lot to look into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theuns SJ View Post
    Realize u from Cape Town, visit Manie for good advice!
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