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Re: Finally - Sidekick STEEL Front Diff Can
Yup, yup. Soda can material, and you saw what happened to mine out in Moab. And that was the XL7 automatic diff which is the thickest of the aluminum diffs.
Best bet would be to get a GV or XL7 manual diff and use the housing. Or you can buy them from Suzuki for about $200. Go with whatever is cheaper. But if you get an XL7 diff from the yard, make sure you get the center mount too, it's different from the Kick/GV.
Then install a Calmini LSD. But since it's now all steel, you could also use a Sammy 4-pin rear carrier up front and drop a lock-right into in, provided you use the GV. Or a rear Sammy ARB air locker up front would be an option too. If you go for a locker, plan on carrying plenty of driver side CV shafts.