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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2018, 07:43:56 AM »
Olin’s, that is awesome!  My jealousy of your beautiful surroundings is making it hard to think nice thoughts though!!!

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2018, 09:18:10 PM »
Got out this evening and did the Dome Mountain Loop. It's got some minor challenges, more when it's wet and soggy, but a great view from the top, and it's not too long so the kids don't get bored.











97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #40 on: September 03, 2018, 10:05:25 PM »
Did a day trip with a friend up to the Telkwa Range as approached from Houston, BC. Was neat because neither myself, my wife, nor my friend's wife had ever been up there and it was quite nice. I didn't get any pics of the challenging stuff on the way up to the alpine, but I know he did so maybe I'll post them later.








97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #39 on: August 24, 2018, 09:58:26 PM »
I know it's a long shot, but it'd sure be something to have the next Zukfari around here!
97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #38 on: August 22, 2018, 11:48:14 PM »
Photos of your area are great.
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: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2018, 11:25:23 PM »
Went for a drive after work today. The weather has just been so nice lately, I couldn't resist getting out and getting some 4Lo time in with the whole family. Most of BC is thick with forest fire smoke right now, but for some reason our little valley has been clear skies almost entirely through the summer. <fingers crossed>

This pic is at the top of a loose, steep, shale climb that goes on and on forever. I glanced at my temp gauge at the top and was surprised to see it was 3/4 to the hot mark! I've never seen it move beyond operating temp. I guess the H27 doesn't like to chug along at 2000 RPM or less up a 30% grade with little air movement for cooling.



Coming back down, made me wonder why Suzuki didn't put like 2.5:1 low range in the t-case. 1.8:1 just doesn't cut it for mountain wheeling.


Smithers' most prominent feature, Hudson Bay Mountain:


And some other mountain ranges looking due west towards the coast.


97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #36 on: August 17, 2018, 10:11:26 PM »
Did a checkover on the vehicle the other day and was shocked to find both of my body mount studs at the tailgate were broken off! The spacer and isolator were still sandwiched in between the body and frame, so I just went up to the wreckers and got a pair of new lower isolators and washers, and used some 6" long 1/2" bolts to reattach it. It wasn't too difficult to drill right through the original bolts and then getting a nut and lock washer inside the body channel was easy because there are access holes right beside the body mounts, you just need to remove a rubber plug.



Just a reminder to check your rig over periodically and ensure it's safe for you and others to have on the road!
97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #35 on: August 10, 2018, 09:02:39 PM »
Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2018, 09:53:07 PM »
Did an overnight overland trip from Telkwa to Terrace through Telkwa Pass. This is about a 90km "shortcut" compared to driving on the highway which goes around the mountains rather than through them. But it's slow going so it actually takes longer, but it's always enjoyable for the scenery.





I might have some better rig shots coming later from other people's cameras.
97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2018, 06:38:26 AM »
Looks like you had fun.

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2018, 10:16:10 PM »
Got out to the Telkwa microwave last week with some family:



97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2018, 09:29:07 PM »
The XL7 worked excellent with 2 kids in car seats in the far back, 2 grandparents in the middle row, and my wife and I in the front. We did a few hours of driving together and I never heard a complaint from anyone. The only issue is there's not a lot of trunk space but at least I have a big roof rack for that. I am really impressed that this rig still manages to pull 22 mpg with that much of a load!

A while back we spent some time in Prince Rupert, on BC's north coast. There isn't much wheeling there but there is a forest service road that goes to the top of Mount Hayes which affords a decent view of the ocean and some islands on a clear day.




97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #30 on: June 20, 2018, 09:26:52 PM »
Been a while since I posted an update, but the rig hasn't been worked on or driven that much between January and May.

I had some trouble with the wheel spacer studs being just long enough to hit the inside end of the lug nuts and damage the threads on the tip of the studs. Had to fix this problem by replacing a few damaged studs and I also replaced all the nuts with the splined anti-theft nuts (that every common thief has a key for). These are a bit smaller in OD than the nuts that the Ultra wheels came with when the original owner installed them, so now there is a little bit of wiggle room between the socket used to install the nuts and the bore of the wheel. Should make things alot simpler.

I see my last post had to do with trying some OME WJ HD front springs on the rear- they didn't work as I hoped. The top of the coil was too large in diameter to fit nicely in the factory spring pocket so I returned them and am still running the mystery junkyard springs that have the same problem. For now I'm just keeping friction at bay with some rubber pads between the spring and the frame. Not ideal but I haven't found a better solution yet.

The latest and greatest news: Today I converted my XL7 from a 5 seater to a 7 seater by installing all the factory 3rd row seat parts. I bought them used off a guy from BC Suzuki Club for $100. Was super easy, not sure why all the google results said it was nearly impossible and not very cost effective. Will be seeing how the rig hauls 4 adults and 2 children next weekend

BEFORE:


DURING:


AFTER:




And oot n aboot
97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2018, 09:19:31 PM »
Today I bit the bullet and ordered a pair of OME 2936 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Heavy Load Front Coil Springs for the REAR of my XL7. I'm crossing my fingers that my guesstimations are correct and that they deliver the perfect ride height and spring rate for this application! While we wait...I found some more summer wheelin' pics!!!

First outing with the new A-arms, back in June or July:


Way, way high:


My son seems to love wheelin' as much as I do!
97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper

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Re: Project Zuk 3.0 (rows of seats) - 2003 XL7
« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2018, 09:16:13 PM »
It's been a long time since I updated this! Since the last post, I've put the Zuk away for winter, and knocked a few items off the to-do list:

Removed the crappy AE springs and put in a pair of OME XL7 light-duty front springs. Gained 1.5" of lift and the ride is way more controlled instead of soft and sloppy. The CV's now point slightly down instead of slightly up. Here is the AE spring, stock spring, and OME spring side by side.



OME installed:



Here is a pic of the AE springs at full compression. Notice how the coil is completely bottomed out on itself. Very bad.



Compared to the OME spring under the same compression, just on the opposite side:


I've even got over an inch of unused travel that I could tap into with some strut mount spacer modification, if need be.

The next problem to tackle was that with these corny aftermarket wheels that are 1" wider than stock (17x8), when combined with the AE A-arms, the inside edge of the rim hits the back edge of the A-arm when making tight turns. I tried grinding some of the excess material away from the lip on the back of the arm, which helped, but didn't solve the problem. I looked around for a set of 17x7 wheels but they don't seem to exist. I didn't want to buy a new set of tires in a different size, so I ended up just getting a set of 1" wheel spacers from Titan Wheel Accessories on eBay. It was a good price and easy to justify compared to what 4 or 5 rims would set me back, even used. Here's a pic, sorry it's not the best, but you get the idea.



No more contact between the rim and the A-arm, hooray! I haven't had a chance to try it out on the articulation ramp, but I'm sure I'll have to heat up and bend, or cut, some plastic to get them to fit without rubbing at all. But at least the main problem is fixed now.
97 Sidekick 4door 5 speed, 1.5 spacer lift, 2" body lift, CJ rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low <SOLD>
01 Vitara 2.0L 5 speed, 2.5" Calmini lift, 2" body lift, Sidekick rims, locked rear, 31's, 4:1 low, 5.13 diffs <SOLD>
03 XL7 2.7 5 speed, 3" AE lift with OME springs, 2" AE body lift, 5.13 diffs, 235/80R17 BFG AT's on Ultra 17x8 with 1" spacers, skid plates, Balmer Fab front bumper