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Re: Steel Front Axle Upgrade
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 09:19:47 PM »
This article from our home page may help some.  https://www2.zukiworld.com/feature_sidekickdrivetrainimprovements/  Since that article was originally written, other ways to do the swap have been developed. What you can do is drop your ring, carrier, & pinion from the aluminum 3rd member into the steel one vs. using the Samurai third. Use your axles, locker if you got it. This is all a bolt on situation (you need to get the 'snout' mount for the donor too).The gears ratios (if you choose to buy a junk yard 3rd) can be a bit more of a sticky situation as the v6 models may have different ratios vs. 4 cylinder and earlier gen depending on year. Check the junk yard's interchange... Also take a peak at our spec sheets available from the home page.

Good luck,  -Eric
Thanks for getting back Eric. Yes I read that article. Its actually the one that planted the idea of this mod in my head. A couple dumb questions if u don't mind...What is a snout mount? If it is the mount on the third member, I already broke mine on my stock one.  Last question....You mention gear ratios? Well if I go to a junk yard and put my ring, pinion, and locker in the junk yard third member housing and axle housing I don't have to worry about anything to do with gearing correct?
Thanks for your help.
Chris

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Re: Steel Front Axle Upgrade
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2019, 01:30:45 PM »
This article from our home page may help some.  https://www2.zukiworld.com/feature_sidekickdrivetrainimprovements/  Since that article was originally written, other ways to do the swap have been developed. What you can do is drop your ring, carrier, & pinion from the aluminum 3rd member into the steel one vs. using the Samurai third. Use your axles, locker if you got it. This is all a bolt on situation (you need to get the 'snout' mount for the donor too).The gears ratios (if you choose to buy a junk yard 3rd) can be a bit more of a sticky situation as the v6 models may have different ratios vs. 4 cylinder and earlier gen depending on year. Check the junk yard's interchange... Also take a peak at our spec sheets available from the home page.

Good luck,  -Eric
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Re: Steel Front Axle Upgrade
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2019, 12:23:00 AM »
The way this is advertised they lead me to believe I can just throw my 1997 Tracker gears in and use my Tracker stock CV axles? And of course the third member would also but added. I can get these pretty cheap odd a used Grand Vitara. I already broke my third member. I have a locker in my front diff. Thanks


http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/1989-1998-suzuki-sidekick-tracker-steel-front-axle-upgrade-kax-csh.html

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Re: Steel Front Axle Upgrade
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2019, 12:12:28 AM »

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Re: Steel Front Axle Upgrade
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 07:32:56 PM »
The cast iron axles were fitted the 99~05 Grand Vitaras with the V6 engine & manual transmission and the 01~03 Grand Vitara XL-7 - please be aware, these axles will not have the same ring & pinion as your Tracker, they also use a different diff center (one with a pneumatic freewheel clutch) and the CV axles are going to be different, and some will have a different third member mount - in short, this is not a bolt-in swap.
'98 SQ420 Grand Vitara
'05 JB420 Grand Vitara

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Steel Front Axle Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 06:43:01 PM »
Hi there. I want to upgrade my 1997 Geo Tracker front axle housing and 3rd member to the steel one on the Vitara. When I do a junk yard search online for a used one they ask me for a vin number range for the Vitara. Does anyone know the range I am looking for?  Dot sure if they are even different? Are they the same if I pull one out of a automatic or manual?
Thanks tons!
Chris