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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-04-2002, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Questions on diffs

Are the Sidekick diffs, front and rear, the same as the Geo Tracker?

Are ARB air lockers available for them, both Sidekick and Tracker? And both front and rear?

The computer system on the Tracker - same as Sidekick?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-05-2002, 03:39 AM
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Re: Questions on diffs

Yes. As long as you dont get into some of the later model Sidekicks that got bigger and 4 doors.

Not 100% sure, but I do know they have them for Samurais and that would mean it would work with 'kick/Tracker FRONT diffs.

Yes, same, as long as we are talking again about the same engines etc.
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The diffs are the same between Trackers and Sidekicks.

You can get ARBs for the front and rear of any model Tracker, Sidekick, or Vitara (Grand Vitara for that matter too). The ARBs are a simple install. Much easier then you would think.

Feel free to contact us if you like as we have killer prices on ARB's. We're lower even than the GIANTS like 4wheel Parts Wholesalers. We're not allowed to advertise our pricing, but can send it to you in a private email or by phone if you like. We also have package deals for even lower pricing on ARBs.

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Re: Questions on diffs

Thanks Glen, I was going to call you this morning to ask if there wasn't a reply.

I'm possibly buying one today - for the major parts for my crawler, but if it wouldn't take ARB's, I'd pass.

You'll get the sale in probably 2-3 weeks.
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Re: Questions on diffs


For noting purposes, if an ARB will be installed in the front of a GV, then the installer would need to swap out the CV stub on the pass. side of the axle. The GV stub is too short, due to the "shift on the fly" air diff. No biggie, but needed to do the swap.

They will also need manual hubs.

And most importantly, they will need to swap in Sidekick R&P's as the innner diameter of the ring gear is different on the GV's and doesn't match a Sidekick ARB carrier.

Basically, in order to run an ARB in the front of a GV, you need to swap over several components from a Sidekick, essentially making it a Sidekick front axle.

But don't expect the diff in the GV or XL7 auto to last long. Even without a front ARB, my diff exploded into pieces at Moab. Too much torque from a V6 and gears on a diff designed to handle a stock 1.6L.
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