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    Default Found a 89 Trooper RS $1200 obo

    I have had ISUZU trucks in the past. Even had matching Spacecab pickup 4x4 and a TROOPER LS for me and the wife back around 90-94. Matching as in same 2 tone paint. Wife got the trooper and I built up the Spacecab with a lift, wheel flares, 32" bfg, header/cam from calmini and so on. LOVED that Spacecab and Trooper.

    Anyway...was on the web looking for a wii for the kids and found a 89 RS Trooper. from what I remember, the RS was 2 door, and came with the 31" tires and Alum rims like the ones on the LS pickup (Rodeo wheels later on) Also had 4.78 (?) gears.
    Here is a picture. Looks like a RS to me?? Might call him up?? What do you guys think, are they still hard to find?
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    1989 ISUZU TROOPER 4X4
    Runs good, has newer mudders on it, new distibutor cap and rotor button,
    new plugs and wires, new fuel filter. 4 wheel drive works great, pretty easy on
    gas too. Has cuise control, and A/C, interior is in great shape, all around
    a good vehicle. Anyone interested call Danny
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    An RS in good condition is a bit of a rare find. Even harder to find is one with a desiel. That one looks pretty good. I love the old RS's.
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    If I remember right, the 1989 RS only came with the 4 cyl 2.6L in the gas motor. I don't think the RS had the GM 2.8 V6?? (hated that motor!!) From the other pictures it looks to be a 5 speed and maybe all the RS troopers are. I know I have not seen to many around.

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    I loved my 88 LS. I wanted the 2 door but they went from the long wheelbase 2 door to the short wheel base like pictured in 87.

    I was disapointed in the size change. With the back seat up there is almost no cargo room. Thats why I went with the 4 door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella PSD
    If I remember right, the 1989 RS only came with the 4 cyl 2.6L in the gas motor. I don't think the RS had the GM 2.8 V6?? (hated that motor!!) From the other pictures it looks to be a 5 speed and maybe all the RS troopers are. I know I have not seen to many around.

    Louie
    AHHA we agree on something...

    THe first 4x4 I wheeled was my old mans 91 Trooper with the 2.8L V6 (aka Worst GM garbage of all time) Oh god how I hated that motor. If I recall correctly, it generated about 56ft/lbs at 3500-3550 RPMS, and that was it. Never had to change the oil either, it just ate quart after quart. Never leaked, or smoked, just ate the oil.

    My uncle had a 2dr with the little Diesel, and that thing was neat (being a diesel and all). I never see 2Dr Troopers any more, maybe a Monty (2dr) here and there or a Dodge raider, but no Troopers.
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    If it does have the small and underpowered v6 I would stay away from it. But the 4 banger was a great little motor. Torquey and virtually indestructable. The downside to the older Troopers is they are prone to rust. Check the frame for rust, they are known to rust competely out to the point of failure.
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    Funny how V6's of that era were like that eh... The 3.0 Toy6 comes to mind. Basicly in trying to smooth out the truck they lost alot of the torque delivery a larger bore motor develops. 22RE versus 3.0, same boat.

    Was that 4banger in the Troopers an Isuzu motor or was it Shivvy garbage as well.
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    I believe it was an Isuzu product. IIRC Isuzu used their own motors when it came to 4cyl, and used GM stuff when it came to the v6's. But that changed around in the mid 90's when Isuzu started using their own 3.2, and switched to a GM 4.
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    If it's not rusted out or beat up then the price is about right for an RS 2 Door. Maybe a little below market. I looked at one this summer like that that brought $1500.
    I've got 4 1st Gen Troopers. Various years and engines.
    I'd say go for it. The 89 is a good year for the Trooper. The 2.6L Fuel Injected 4 cyls were the best. Called 1st Generation.
    Parts are getting a little hard to find tho. I know of a Company that can get almost any new Isuzu part you need. Dealers are dropping out right and left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Rescue
    Funny how V6's of that era were like that eh... The 3.0 Toy6 comes to mind. Basicly in trying to smooth out the truck they lost alot of the torque delivery a larger bore motor develops. 22RE versus 3.0, same boat.

    Was that 4banger in the Troopers an Isuzu motor or was it Shivvy garbage as well.
    The Isuzu 2.6L 4 was a tough motor, much like a 22R but a bit bigger and more HP than the Toyota. All Isuzu built, and not one GM anything in site. No hydraulic lifters on this valve train. They had to be set. And that was part of the problem with the engine. The two I owned second hand never had the valves adjusted until I got them. So the valves would burn. If set every 15K the motor was excellent. The 5 speed was way overbuilt for a small pickup truck.

    The 89 RS Trooper only came with a 2.6L and 5 speed. This was Isuzu's flag ship at the time and I do not think they wanted any GM in it at all.
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