IS THAT A SUZUKI SIDE-BY-SIDE?

We spotted it at Mecum Auction in Glendale, Arizona and had to do a double take at what appeared to be a Can-Am Defender on steroids.

It’s technically not a side-by-side, and we haven’t heard any news of Suzuki building one, but this rec/utility vehicle is a Suzuki. We spotted it at Mecum Auction in Glendale, Arizona and had to do a double take at what appeared to be a Can-Am Defender on steroids. It’s a 2005 Suzuki DA63T Kei truck from Japan that somehow made it to the United States.

The stock truck was given a custom build that includes an external and internal cage, Chevrolet EcoTec 2.0 4-cylinder engine, TVS 1320 supercharger, Stage 2 cams, ported and polished intake, LS throttle body, and it runs on E85 or 91 octane. It also has a TH350 GM transmission with 2500 stall converter and flipped Dana 300 twin-stick transfer case.

Underneath we spotted Fox coil over shocks, hydraulic power steering, Dana 30 front axle with ARB air lockers, a Ford 8.8 C-clip eliminated rear end with ARB air lockers, three-quarter-inch skid plate, PRP seats and harnesses, and it sits on 33-inch BFGs. It’s built for the extreme, whether that be utility work or gnarly rock crawling. And when you consider the current cost of your average side-by-side with this level of accessories, someone got a bargain! It sold at auction for $35,000.

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