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How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts

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Offline rascott

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #42 on: February 06, 2012, 08:31:01 AM »
i agree that the pucks should have had more effect in the front than what you report.
did you remove the rubber bushing before installing the puck? same in rear(i did not)?
stock springs?
front suspension drop when you lift the chassis?
something funny going on.
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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #41 on: February 06, 2012, 01:46:05 AM »
The current situation is that its higher from the back However, The good thing about that is that when I load the back with heavy stuff the car almost evens out.

On the other hand if  i had it evened out with no load it will have to be lower from the back when loaded which might cause some rubbing issue but i am not quite sure about that.

What i though of is replacing the 1.25" in the front with 1.75" but i am not very confident doing that as it might affect the wheels alignment & CV and the drivel ability.

Appreciate your inputs/comments.

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #40 on: February 05, 2012, 01:10:53 AM »
Chaps,
I am a bit confused here,  I have installed 1.25" coil spacers all around front and rear along with 31x10.5 R15 tires. I want to even out all the wheels/fender spacing as it's currently much lower in the front.

Will flipping the strut mounts increase the height by any means? Or shall I install bigger coil spacers in the front, I am a bit worried that this might affect the drivability ?  Or shall I add strut spacers, I am not sure if that will help.

Appreciate your inputs.

There must be some other issue. With 1,25" spacers all around, it should be lower in the back if anything.

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #39 on: January 24, 2012, 01:35:40 PM »
I have used these in the past with great results. Inexpensive too.

http://www.sky-manufacturing.com/new/detaproduct.php?id=72

Here is the install article

http://www.zukiworld.com/month_050107/feature_budget-4doorbuild.htm

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #38 on: December 14, 2011, 05:33:26 AM »
The strut doesn't affect the height unless it's maxed out and compressing the spring(which I doubt with a 1.25" lift). You could go up to 1.5"-2" before you would need to lower the front diff to save the c.v. joints from destruction >:D
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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #37 on: December 12, 2011, 02:30:17 PM »
Chaps,
I am a bit confused here,  I have installed 1.25" coil spacers all around front and rear along with 31x10.5 R15 tires. I want to even out all the wheels/fender spacing as it's currently much lower in the front.

Will flipping the strut mounts increase the height by any means? Or shall I install bigger coil spacers in the front, I am a bit worried that this might affect the drivability ?  Or shall I add strut spacers, I am not sure if that will help.

Appreciate your inputs.

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #36 on: December 07, 2010, 12:34:58 AM »
If I read it right, sounds like you did the flip correctly, good job

Wild

thanks mate thaught i had by looking at all the jazz on the flip idea. Cheers again

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2010, 10:07:21 PM »
it does sound like you got it.
i added some spacers.
i've heard of that rubber in a strut mount failing, but have not seen it. yet.
this is what i did.
'89 kick w/little motor, still got pieces of jeff's pucks, stan's sticks into 4.24:1 tcase, 31x10.5x15's, rear lockrite, kick power steering, some radios(kj6esv), bmw seat, other changes just because. done on the cheap.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2010, 09:19:47 PM »
If I read it right, sounds like you did the flip correctly, good job

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2010, 10:25:44 AM »
Okay i think ive done the right thing here...
Please just read and confirm for me.

Ive done the springs while it was all out i removed the strut.
I took the top nut off removed the funny shaped washer and slid off the Cap.
pressed the bolts out, flipped the cap over, put the funny shaped washer back on the same way it came off did up the main nut. Now also when i reinstalled, between the Lip and the tower where bolts go thru i also packed with a couple of washers.

Is this the correct and safe way of doing a flip? someother people expained it a different way and have confused me as they said their rubber part failed in the cap, hence all my questions.. Thanks heaps guys

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2010, 09:38:24 AM »
jeeeez those are a great idea!, they dont sell stuff like that over here!

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2010, 08:58:03 AM »
Strut spacers are easier to install and work better. Doing a strut flip does not give you as much travel as you need when installing a 2" lift

Here's a picture of some strut spacers available at SR CUSTOMS:

http://www.srcustoms.ca/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=19&category_id=7&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=56



« Last Edit: January 25, 2012, 12:42:31 AM by MUD CHILD »
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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2010, 06:07:27 AM »
i haven't worried about it- i've been running that way(flipped) for several years.
i was a bit concerned, when i first did it, that it would affect the camber, but it aligns ok.
no worries now.

sorry- i ment caster, not camber(i used camber bolts).
'89 kick w/little motor, still got pieces of jeff's pucks, stan's sticks into 4.24:1 tcase, 31x10.5x15's, rear lockrite, kick power steering, some radios(kj6esv), bmw seat, other changes just because. done on the cheap.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2010, 09:21:55 PM »
Great makes me feel a lil better.. thanks :)

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Re: How to Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts
« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2010, 02:33:39 PM »
I was out wheeling and doing some high speed rough road and I started feeling
something wrong so I stopped and checked it out, I may have not put the big
washers back on and caused too much pull to pop it apart, been a long time
and I can't remember, but I haven't blown one since, and that was over 6 years ago

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