Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: BROOKTONDALE, NY
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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick
I have been wheelin" a 91 Tracker since I bought it new for $10200 back in 1991 and have yet to have ever broken a front axle housing or r & p carrier. Front axles.......Yes. Ring and pinions......Yes. But I was always at fault and being stupid when these breaks occurred. The front passenger side axle is a "weak" link, but it also can be changed in 10-15 minutes on the trail. I really think it is a "driving style" issue.
Runnin' 33's Lockright in rear and spool in the front,( by the way I use to break both sides and inner axle when I was running a Lockright or Detroit in front) 115-1 crawl ratio, stock 5:12 gears, and twin Toy transfer cases,stock rear and front axles,Calmini 2" suspension lift in front only and a one off 4 link w/ 18" srings on rear. Bought the GEO new and wheel it hard COSTANTLY!!!! I've often thought of changing front to a straight axle and have even got all the components fabricated and the parts here. ......But then I think of not having that perfectly smooth under carriage, no more skidplate protection, having to learn a whole new driving style, and most of all no longer seeing people along the trail shaking their heads and muttering something along the lines of," That thing is amazing!" I gotta stay with "The Little Tracker That Could". I've gotta about $25-30K invested into this Tracker over the last 11 years...I've tried almost every concievable part & idea, at least twice, Hell Kramer at Calmini used to send me parts just to see if I could break, bend, or destroy them in short order for R & D purposes. If you need to know if it can be done,....has it been tried,.....or where can I find that piece, parts or info..I probaby can help or lead you to someone who can. Kerry at SOS