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    Default Suzuki underdog build

    Time for a underdog build thread here. First of my name is Paul and I’m from The Netherlands (near Alkmaar). I’m a board member of the dutch suzuki club (suzuki club nederland). And yes you’ve guessed it right, I drive Suzuki.
    I’ve been following SW for a while now. Checking the builds and stuff and I just love the low lifestyle. What I’ve noticed here, is that all the builds are good/perfect quality. And I’m gonna try to achieve the same quality build.

    My daily driver is a Suzuki Baleno (Esteem) 1.8 Estate. I need a stationcar for transporting my drumkit. The car has a lot of mods, but my girl won’t let me stance the daily.





    My first build was a clean tuning build in 2009-2011. A lot of work went into the body.












    I was quite keen with this car, but when I crashed it, it was time for something new, but stil Suzuki. So last year I’ve bought an mk1 Swift GS from 1986 (the same year in which I was born) with the plans to stance it out. It really is an underdog, because only 6 of this type of car exists in The Netherlands. Everybody’s doing bmw’s, honda’s, audi’s.. but stuborn me is going for an old swift.

    The main problem with this, is that parts are extremely hard to find and everything has to be custom made. Also the car has leafsprings in the back, which troubles the lowering…
    The project will be done in a couple of fases:
    1: installing mk1 swift gti interior, gti skirts, gti brakes, lowering and widened steelies (done)
    2: wrapping the roof in gloss black (done)
    3: removing old engine, cleaning/shaving enginebay, mounting refurbished mk1 swift gti engine (G13B 16v twincam), refurbished gti gearbox and Mikuni carbs (almost done)
    4: more lowering, rollcage/rollbar
    5: wheelarches, cleaned boot, dipping the car and mounting the refurbished Ally Cat rims
    6: re-upholster interior

    Enough talking, more pics of the build.

    As bought:





    Lowering: custom Weitec coilovers, Koni rear shocks, lowering blocks:



    New/refurbished GTi brakes, with EBC greenstuff:


    Interior: complete gti interior, done the whole car with vibraflex, installed car-audio




    After fase 1:




    Fase 2 and 3:





























    Ally Cat 13”7J rims:





    I hope this project passes SW-standards, a lot of parts are already laying around, but it’s not easy to install. Nothing is plug and play.
    Last edited by Pauluzz; 02-01-2016 at 07:50 AM.

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    I like it so far. What kind of headunit is that? Never seen one like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evertoconquer View Post
    I like it so far. What kind of headunit is that? Never seen one like that.
    The headunit is an 80's Grundig. I've converted the volume knob to bass remote. I have a new JVC headunit in the glove-compartment.

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    Going to be a cool little car, keep it up
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    I know different car but the same look... Could be promising haha




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    good car,I've converted the volume knob to bass remote. I have a new JVC headunit in the glove-compartment.thanks

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    I had an opportunity to buy BC Racing coilovers for the Estate... so I did!!



















    Sorry for the crappy phone pics, but I'm very happy with the result!!

    Wheelporn updates will follow soon on the mk1 Swift.

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    Got my hands on electric windows for the mk1 Swift, pretty unique!



    I've sold the Ally Cat rims and got me a unique JDM set real japanse rims.
    13" SSR Dunlop T-E, 6J 3-piece!








    The rims are 3-piece, but welded together. Two lip are damaged and need to be replaced for wider ones, so we're gonna cut the welds.

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    Fitted the rims and the front ones will need smaller lips. In the near future I want to go wider, but first I just want them to fit the car without having to customize the sh*t out of the guards and undercarriage.

    Rear:






    Front:

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    YES.
    Being a Samurai/Jimny enthusiast, I can't help but have a soft spot for the first gen Swifts.
    G13B, I presume? I'd LOVE to get one of those for a tintop Samurai.
    Looking good so far!

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    Front looks perfect, get wider lips for the rear instead!

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    This thing looks great, nice pickup on the ssr's!

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    Nice cars. Question though; why not do a full resto and build up?

    You've got a daily and the car is so small, so it takes less effort I guess.


    Like the ssr find and engine bay and the plans sounds right!

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    Damn, honestly, I didn't expect it to be this good....
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    So awesome, love when little cars like these get played with.
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    The project’s been quiet for a while. I’ve been in a break-up (after 6 years), a lot of time and energy wasted on that sh*t. Now a lot of time, energy en money gets wasted on other girls. I just love being single again hah!
    Been collecting some parts to continue the engineswap. It will resume in January, deadline is April.

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    Nice to hear that, enjoy your time
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    I've converted the volume knob to bass remote
    cars coool

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    Updates!! Couldn't keep my hands of the daily. Did some maintenance work on the rear strut:










    And rolled the arches, put DZ exklusif wheels on it (front 7,5J, rear 9J), and lowered it a bit more (could go lower, but it's still my daily)








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    And done some more work on the project Swift mk1:

    Taken apart the carbs


    Ultrasonic cleaned them:




    New gaskets and new filters:




    Took apart the SSR rims (factory 3-piece and factory welded) well, not anymore!


    Drilled some extra boltholes:


    Painted the inner lips:



    And painted the centers:


    Need to order wider outerlips now

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    Zo die was rot

    Daily staat leuk op zijn wielen, maar die getrokken banden en dan nog wat wheelgap...

    Maar ik snap het wel .... als daily, maar zou dan zelf niet zo getrokken gaan als ik niet zo laag kon om het te laten tucken

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    @Suburuuh: Hij is nog wel wat verder ingezakt hoor

    After a lot of work today the car finally started! Still needs more finetuning and an exhaust
    Most of the not-starting related problems where timing and no fuel from the carbs.

    Video: https://youtu.be/lgroEEemzy4
    Last edited by Pauluzz; 09-08-2015 at 04:20 AM.

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    I love the old car and the soil

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    anyone still active in this thread just got a 2002 suzuki esteem and i want mine to look like that! where do i buy the parts i live in the US and cant find shit for parts besides oem.
    YES IM SLOW I DRIVE A SUZUKI WAGON DEAL WITH IT!

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    Yep, still own the Baleno/Esteem


    You'll need BC-Racing coilovers for starters! Plenty of suppliers in the US I think. http://www.bcracing-na.com/br-type/#

    The mk1 Swift is gettin' there. Still some little things to do. Right now making plugs for the injectors, then some more adjusting to the carbs. Connecting the power windows en power doors, etc.

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