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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2018, 07:59:30 AM »
The steering wheel looks great. I think small projects are good ways to keep progress moving.  Several small projects make a lot of difference, especially when we don't have time to do big projects.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2018, 08:41:06 PM »
Another small progress item...the ‘Kick has a Grant GT steering wheel...I like it, but the Allen head screws around the hub had long since lost all their paint, and were rusty and nasty, and the wheel was just dingy.  I pulled it off and gave the whole mess a repaint yesterday.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2018, 04:43:05 PM »
I tackled a little project today I had been pondering on.  I had put the Gen 2 Tracker springs up front and had the factory 4 door springs off the front. I had compared some specs, and while the front springs are a little bit shorter than the rears, they are a heavier rate, and installed heights were similar.  I feel like the rear springs on the ‘Kick were a bit on the saggy side, and I routinely haul tools and building materials in the interior, and drag a small trailer regularly. It rides super spongy when hooked to a trailer, so I figured the extra spring rate might help that.  So some pictures.  The picture with the hitch...I dollied that trailer down, picking it up just enough to clear when I pulled away...pulled the rig in the shop, installed springs and backed back up to the trailer to see how much, if any, additional lift I gained.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2018, 05:33:56 PM »
So more bumper progress.  I got all the welding finished. I could still spend a lot of time grinding welds on the back side, but I am just tired.  Since March started, I have had a bout of cellulitis, wife had a baby, gallbladder attack and subsequent removal, uncle that raised me diagnosed with blood cancer...it has been a long spring!!!  So more than anything I decided that while the bumper is not finished, I am done for now.  I slapped a quick coat of black paint on it and put the grille back in. I am overall happy with how it turned out, and eventually I have a few more things to do to it.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2018, 11:44:05 AM »
I have finally nearly finished the bumper!  I have some grinding on the back side to finish, and a cap for the 2x6 tubing in the hitch opening, but it is pretty much what it is going to be!

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2018, 07:56:41 PM »
I ran my stub axle for about 5 years with two leaking seals on ps.  I installed a poly bushing behind the seal last year (?), and think that it should improve seal life.  I made mine. but Bits for
Vits is the only place I have found that have them.  They will help on standard ps also.
93 Tracker,XL7 springs & 1" raised spring pads in front with YJ springs in back, home built bumpers rear & front (w/winch), 2" x 4" rock tubes,  ARB front & rear, converted Sami rear to IFS, 33x12.5x15  aluminum rims, roll cage, 2.7L w/5 speed auto.

Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2018, 06:40:23 AM »
Lots of good information BRD HNTR. The cv mod has been on my list for a while.  I also want to make the move to larger tires.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2018, 07:43:18 PM »
I am looking at buying a parts rig, and will have an extra drivers side stub if I do...can you just run the driver side stub on the passenger side?
Yes you could run the stub axle shaft and ds CV without other modifications.

Drivers side on the differential has a "about" 14 inch axle shaft with three lobes on it.  There is a CV shaft bolted to the three lobes that goes outward to the wheel hub.  On the Passenger side there is a double splined CV shaft that slip into the differential and wheel hub both.  It is easier to change the Drivers side CV shaft because it can be unbolted from the differential.  On the passenger side the easy way is to remove the ball joint and lifting the hub up and outward slip the CV from the differential and then wheel hub for replacement.
Now, if you take the ps CV shaft and cut it off just at the base of the CV cup, then take a ds differential axle cut the lobe off, and weld that lobe onto the stubby axle end you just made, you will have a ps stubby axle shaft.  Now the ds CV will bolt onto the ps stubby alxe and you won't have to tear the whole ps apart to change broken CV's.  So now you only have to carry one CV shaft (because it will work on either side) and is much easier changing. 
The real trick is to measure the total compressed length of the ps CV shaft, then measure the comp-ressed length of the ds CV shaft.  The difference is the length of your new stub shaft with the lobe welded in place.  (If you weld is not true it will wobble.)

Just remember.
Every modification begets another modification.  Always!
93 Tracker,XL7 springs & 1" raised spring pads in front with YJ springs in back, home built bumpers rear & front (w/winch), 2" x 4" rock tubes,  ARB front & rear, converted Sami rear to IFS, 33x12.5x15  aluminum rims, roll cage, 2.7L w/5 speed auto.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2018, 04:11:15 PM »
I am looking at buying a parts rig, and will have an extra drivers side stub if I do...can you just run the driver side stub on the passenger side?

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2018, 02:22:43 PM »
Brd , was that the only added dimensions you needed to run the driver shaft on the right?  That is an eventual goal, so anything I do that can move me in that direction, I want to do.
Fordem, that sounds like a Dodge issue on 6 speed transmissions in diesel pick ups.  To get enough fluid in some of them to keep them from becoming a grenade, you filled with fluid to the top of the fill plug, then remove the shifter and add 2 more quarts.
I made the change to be able to fit 33's, which required more tire clearance at firewall.  After moving ball joint forward, the CV joints were too compressed, so then moved it outward 3/4".  The stub axle seems to be everyone's personal creation, in that they are cutoff and a flange is welded on.  If they are cut too short, the flange bolts will hit on the Diff mount bolts.  If cut too long, the CV will be running at full compression and fail early.
I found a machinists to make ours, and he turned and fitted them in a lathe and then trued it up after welding.
You should be able to run them on stock suspension.  I would also run the polyurethane bushing inside the seal, it helps with seal life.
93 Tracker,XL7 springs & 1" raised spring pads in front with YJ springs in back, home built bumpers rear & front (w/winch), 2" x 4" rock tubes,  ARB front & rear, converted Sami rear to IFS, 33x12.5x15  aluminum rims, roll cage, 2.7L w/5 speed auto.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2018, 07:39:17 PM »
Brd , was that the only added dimensions you needed to run the driver shaft on the right?  That is an eventual goal, so anything I do that can move me in that direction, I want to do.
Fordem, that sounds like a Dodge issue on 6 speed transmissions in diesel pick ups.  To get enough fluid in some of them to keep them from becoming a grenade, you filled with fluid to the top of the fill plug, then remove the shifter and add 2 more quarts.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2018, 10:54:45 AM »
seems like you could be compromising longevity by letting the pinion bearing be a little bit dry.

I just thought I would mention it - this is easily resolved by jacking the front of the vehicle up when filling the front axle - this was actually a recommended procedure on the early Grand Vitaras when Suzuki figured out that they had messed up on the levels, they eventually released a new axle housing that had the fill hole almost an inch higher.
'98 SQ420 Grand Vitara
'05 JB420 Grand Vitara

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2018, 07:25:30 AM »
I was thinking of doing pretty much the exact thing you did BRD.  I was probably going to use 1"x4" stock, primarily because I have a random stick of it laying around.  I am probably buying a parts rig in the near future, so I will then have a spare set of control arms to play with.  I have to drive the rig to work every day, so long term tear downs don't work out well.  I need to then figure out what I need dimensionally out of the modification so I can use the left half shaft on the right...I also need to look at your front diff drop again...I am needing to drop mine, but I want to figure something out to drop the entire thing and keep it level...I don't like the idea of tipping the diff back...seems like you could be compromising longevity by letting the pinion bearing be a little bit dry.
I was probably going to use 1"x4" stock, primarily because I have a random stick of it laying around.
I had a scrap plate of 3/8 steel that was big enough for both sides.  I moved mine forward 1 1/2", and then had to move it out 3/4".  PierPaul computed thos numbers on his computer and said they were correct.  And I have been running on them for six years.
I am needing to drop mine, but I want to figure something out to drop the entire thing and keep it level.
I dropped my middle crossmember a half inch, so my diff is still angled a little.  So I had the same opinion as yours, and I would reccoment dropping it 1"..  As you go with longer springs and spacers up front, you have to drop the diff further to keep the CV angles within their limits.  Eventually you run out of drop on the struts.  I had thought of cutting a section out of the strut towers to keep from using spacers and be able to run in middle of the struts limits.  That can affect both the camber and castoer of the front end.
seems like you could be compromising longevity by letting the pinion bearing be a little bit dry
Some raise the front of their rigs when checking diff oil level so it will be actuall level at that time.  Then they are actually running with a higher level in the gears.  Unless you forget to unlock your hubs the front diff see very little useage comparitively to the miles you run it as a dd.  (Although I have run from Seattle to Portland 4wd in the snow most of the way.)
93 Tracker,XL7 springs & 1" raised spring pads in front with YJ springs in back, home built bumpers rear & front (w/winch), 2" x 4" rock tubes,  ARB front & rear, converted Sami rear to IFS, 33x12.5x15  aluminum rims, roll cage, 2.7L w/5 speed auto.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 06:33:30 PM »
I was thinking of doing pretty much the exact thing you did BRD.  I was probably going to use 1"x4" stock, primarily because I have a random stick of it laying around.  I am probably buying a parts rig in the near future, so I will then have a spare set of control arms to play with.  I have to drive the rig to work every day, so long term tear downs don't work out well.  I need to then figure out what I need dimensionally out of the modification so I can use the left half shaft on the right...I also need to look at your front diff drop again...I am needing to drop mine, but I want to figure something out to drop the entire thing and keep it level...I don't like the idea of tipping the diff back...seems like you could be compromising longevity by letting the pinion bearing be a little bit dry.

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Re: 1995 Sidekick Daily Driver/Weekend Family Fun Rig
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 07:45:56 AM »
On my build page on page 10 is how I moved mine, which is similar to how Muskegtracker did it on "Mr T" build.
It is critical that you move the ball joint holes the exact same amount.  I measured, marked, and drilled my plates individually, and am slightly off.  That will change you caster and cause it to want to turn toward the one with the greater caster.  If you drill the plates tacked together, then holes will be exactly the same.
I ran 31's on mine without the modification. 
Kreator makes a Coilover strut replacement, and moves the ball joint forward and outward.  Derek has one on his 4 door, and it is smooth.  It is expensive, but two complete coilover shocks and springs aren't cheap.  I really like the possibilities of his kit.
93 Tracker,XL7 springs & 1" raised spring pads in front with YJ springs in back, home built bumpers rear & front (w/winch), 2" x 4" rock tubes,  ARB front & rear, converted Sami rear to IFS, 33x12.5x15  aluminum rims, roll cage, 2.7L w/5 speed auto.