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XL7 Front Ring & Pinion question

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Offline olija

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Re: XL7 Front Ring & Pinion question
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 09:33:27 PM »
The XL7 uses the same front end parts as all the other 1996-up IFS Suzukis. The only difference is (at least on my 03 V6 5 speed) the CV cups were marginally larger in diameter. Something like 3/16" larger IIRC.

I believe Samurai rear ends and Sidekick front ends are interchangeable. So, since the XL7 diff is the same as a Sidekick diff, you should be able to run an XL7 front diff in the rear of your Samurai.

HOWEVER, any 1999-up Zuk will have the air-actuated shift on the fly carrier- but the ring gear transfers over to a regular carrier.

04-06 XL7's use a totally different style of front axle and I have no idea what's inside them. They are not the most popular for that reason.

All XL7's use a stand-alone rear axle that is not compatible with any other Suzuki product unforutnately...only manufacturer of a locker is Lincoln.

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Re: XL7 Front Ring & Pinion question
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2018, 02:21:18 PM »
I believe the TrackKick ring and pinion fit the Sami...may be slight modification needed

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Re: XL7 Front Ring & Pinion question
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2018, 06:14:09 PM »
I am almost 100% certain that the GV & the Samurai don't use the same ring & pinion, and I'm almost certain that  the 01~03 XL-7 uses the same size ring & pinion as a GV.
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Offline Jonny Rash

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XL7 Front Ring & Pinion question
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2018, 08:54:15 PM »
Howdy,
Does the first Gen XL7 have the same ring and pinion as the GV and Samurai? That is the 6.9 inch ring.

The reason I ask is I am wondering if the ring and pinion will fit in a Samurai diff.

I conducted several searches, but I was unable to find any info other than the housing material (aluminum, steel) changes.


« Last Edit: October 26, 2018, 04:22:08 AM by Jonny Rash »
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