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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2002, 11:30 AM
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Is the Sidekick a good 4x4?

I'm resurrecting a 93 5sp 4dr Sidekick with a bad motor. I will be getting it running soon but I was wondering about the offroad ability of this thing. I don't know much about this vehicle but I can see it has very little ground clearance, which translate into a poor off road machine. Is this more then a just a mommy mobile or can I make this thing a respectable 4x4 with a little work?

So what I need is to have you guys tell me what the minimum it will need to be as good as my Chevy or Montero. I know its size gives it an advantage up front so this is a big +!
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Re: Is the Sidekick a good 4x4?

in stock form, if your not afraid to drag the undercariage on stuff(at times), it wheels fine. I had bought one for parts, ended up driving it and wheeling it .. it was just as fun as my big sami, and more fun on the easier trails my sami just walked over as I had to try to not destroy it more then it was [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]. All I did was put 235/65-15 MTs on and it made a big difference for offroad ability. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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you can go here FSU Offroad and check out madsidekicks pics of his sidekick from zookiny2k2. at first it didnt do very well offroad but now that his new suspesion is broken in it really kicks ass.
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Re: Is the Sidekick a good 4x4?

Ground clearance is definitely the biggest problem. I've fitted a 2" spring lift to mine which also increases articulation considerably. A set of 235/75s or 215 MTs give loads of grip and a little more height. I'd advice fitting some decent bash plates under the front diff and gearbox. The gearbox crossmember can take a hammering. Otherwise it goes just about anywhere and gives a far better ride than a Sammi. Its also much better on long drives. Have a look at my web site for more modified Vitaras/Trackers

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Those are some nice rigs. I'll have to gave this more consideration as to how much I may want to modify the Sidekick.
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How much money would one have to spend to get the body lift and the suspension lift?
How about gear reduction what are the options?
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Yes my 1997 sidekick is a good 4x4. I have installed a locker in it and it goes in alot of places that people think that it can't.
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I think it works very nice offroad....but then again...I am a Mommy

Get skid plates, take the bumpers off ASAP...they can hold tons of mud and takes forever to get it out. Calmini has a wonderful suspension lift ...go ahead and get the body lift too...then you can almost fit 32" tires under it. If you're have a manuel Tranny...it probably already has 5.13 gears in it. Lock the rear at least. Oh Yeah...take the mirrors off while offroading they cost $60 bucks each and don't hold up to the ground very well...or trees for that matter.
Everything we've done to ours counting the winch is still under 5 grand
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Laurathebum,
Nice KICK. One thing I like about them is that you all ready have the 1.6 in it.So power is there.
Does the b ig tires lug it done though?
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Re: Is the Sidekick a good 4x4?

i was running 33 thornbirds on mine the motor does bog down but not as bad as
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