Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Sidekick: Straight axle -VS- 3 inch Calmini su
Maybe I can help clarify the Anvil axle (since I will be putting one in soon).
The Anvil will not cure the "broken diff" syndrome so typical on Kicks. The cure for that is problem to use a steel 3rd member housing from a manual tranny GV. This is the only REAL fix for the problem.
As for the Anvil, this serves two purposes. One, it get away from the weak aluminum housing and replaces it with a plate steel unit. Two, it eliminates the weak passenger side "floating" inner stub. It replaces the stub with a bearing supported inner shaft (same as the driver's side).
In order to use the Anvil, you would need to get a 26 spline driver side inner shaft from a 96-98 1.6 Japan-built Kick, and an extra driver's side CV shaft.
Going to the 26 spline over the early 22 spline greatly increases strength, especially if you use a locker. Also, since the CV shafts on both sides will be the same, you only need to carry one spare part. And changing a CV shaft takes only 10-15 mins. This leaves the CV shaft as the fuse, and at $80 a shaft with lifetime warranty at Autozone, it's not a worry. Ask Kerry Wittig about it (if you could), he's exchanged a few for free. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Fact is, IFS will never be the flex monger that a radical SAS could be. However, that doesn't mean IFS can't be wheeled and WHEELED HARD! A lot folks with 33", SPOA & locked Sammies will have a hard time following Kerry in his IFS Kicker. I've walked over things in my lifted GV that gives grief to a Sammy.
Remember, it's not the wand, it's the magician.