Does the 1986 Suzuki Samurai Pass the 4×4 Slip Test?

The small Suzuki Samurai still has a mighty reputation for off-roading all these years later, and we put the four-wheel drive system to the test. 

The TFL Samurai is a stock 1986 model and we are having fun testing its off-road worthiness. We rolled out the 4×4 rollers to see how the four-wheel drive would react to some real low-traction surfaces.

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The Samurai has manually locking front hubs, but no locking differentials. In fact, it doesn’t even have locking differentials, simply using open diffs to get power to the ground. That power comes from a tiny 1.3-liter engine that makes 60 horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque, all packed on to a wheelbase that is just shorter than 80-inches.

So with two rollers underneath, the 4×4 system did great, but how will it do with three rollers underneath, the toughest test of all? You’ll have to watch the video above to see how our little Samurai did.