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Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

A buddy of mine has an 89 Sidekick. He was out dowtown when he saw a Sidekick with 33's. Talking to the owner he was told that a 2 inch lift would do for these tires. He was also told that for off-roading its fine.
I think that it is a complete crock of sh_t but was wondering.... What would be the minimal to get on 31's. I mean minimal work and money. He's a cheap bastard... What can I say [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

Hmm

33's would need the calmini kit 3" and over 3" of body lift
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Solid Axle Swap


31's can be done with a 3" body lift and 1" spring spacers.


Thats just my two cents
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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

Hmm.. from my experience I'd say stay away from 33's unless yo got SAS. I dunno how you fit 33's with any lift on the market. Even calmin says their 6" combo is only good for 32's. I ran 31's on mine with 2.5" ProComp suspension and 3" calmini body lift anf still rubbed. The other common problem is the the exploding front diffs, 33's are rough on these weak parts.
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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

FOR CHEAP and workable..
2" body lift
1" coil spacers, flip strut mounts & longer rear shocks
30's on a 7" rim
some TAD
LOTS of skid plates

It'll go far with that setup. and it'll be pretty cheap.
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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

Hey Mini4x what do you mean by exploding front diff? Now you got me worried, now I really don't want to put big tires on.
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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

Don't worry, wheeling the truck with stock tires can lead to exploding diffs.

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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

33's with a 2" lift is BS unless the dude really went to town with his sheet metal.

Plan on a more realistic p235 with only 2" of lift.

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Re: Minimal lift for 33\'s on Sidekick

The front diff housings are cast aluminium and are pretty weak, ask around just about everyone that wheels somewhat hard has busted one. Look around though there are products out there to help beef up the mounts and stuff to keep them from breaking. I split my 3rd member almost in half, just in front of the pinion bearing races. Big hill liberal throttle, made the top front tires got a bit light, came back down to earth and KABANGGGGG,, clang clang clang.. OOOpppsss..
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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
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