What major changes did Suzuki make to the Samurai during the time it was sold in America?

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What major changes did Suzuki make to the Samurai during the time it was sold in America?

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Suzuki followed Volkswagen’s philosophy with the Beetle in their decision to design the Samurai to be a good, simple vehicle which they would refine – not change – over the course of its lifetime. Many refinements were made over the years, but comparing a 95 to an 86 shows how little was really changed. 1986: First year offered in the U.S: metal side- and rear-view mirrors, round dashboard vents, small plastic shifter knobs, 0.795 5th-gear ratio, 4-pin front differential, carbureted 1324-cc 64-hp engine, triangle-spoke wheels. 1987: Larger, plastic side- and rear-view mirrors, longer passenger-side front seat tracks, larger, more reclined rear seat. 1988: “Strange” year for Samurais, as they progessively implemented changes to 88.5 model year, so not all have every 88.5 changes. 1988.5: Redesigned dashboard with square vents, new leaf springs with teflon pads and softer ride, thicker anti-sway bar, 0.864 5th-gear ratio, big rubber shifter knobs, slight change to the grille, bigger radi

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