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Post Vitara LWB vs SWB ?
Hi All

My first post on the forum and I haven't actually bought a vit yet, but I do have permission from my better half, in fact she's as excited as me I think.

So I had my first Vitara over 20 years ago, it was a SWB hard top with 8" alloys which were popular at the time, and I've regretted selling it many times since, but especially having done a couple of off road drives.

Now as the title suggests, the only thing up for question at the moment is short or long. I'm planning at least a suspension lift and 235/75/15 tyres to start, but one day maybe body lift and winch etc as well, who knows. So what I really want to know from you good folks is if a LWB is as capable as a swb when the going gets rough ?

Also is all the advice on here around lifts and other mods valid for LWB? As most of it seems to be about swb, so any other tips about LWB modding will be helpful


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Post Re: Vitara LWB vs SWB ?
Hi Paul

i had a LWB it was a good little truck bonus of a bit of boot space and 5 seats i put a 3" suspension lift on it i got it from Jimnybits as they have the option for LWB and it was the same fitting procedure as the SWB i had that size of tyres on mine with no problems it was a good green laneing truck

hope that helps

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Post Re: Vitara LWB vs SWB ?

Mostly, there isn't much to choose between the two offroad, the suspension is essentially the same (except the V6).

Now for the downer; I would only buy on condition. Rust kills these, and even the youngest vits are nealy 20 years old now.

Find one with no rust and buy it, regardless of the number of doors.

Then, come and show us some pics :)

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