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Another Track/Kick question

Never thought it'd happen, but as our needs change it looks like it's time to sell the xcab Silverado and find something more useful on a daily basis. All this talk lately of Track/Kicks has me looking at them a lot closer. A couple of questions for those of you in the know:

How interchangeable are the parts between the 2 "makes"? With Chevy garages everywhere and the closest Suzuki dealer 75 miles away it makes more sense to find a Tracker....but I like the look of the Kicks better. If the mechanicals are identical I could go to the Chevy garage for important stuff and NAPA for the rest.

I'm leaning toward a 4 door with a mild buildup like Daxe, Casper and others are talking about to make it fit our biking/camping/dogs life better. A roof rack, black steel rims and 30s and a bit of lift.....

Is there something different about the Sport models of Sidekick? Remember some talk quite a while ago about some differences but can't remember what they were. For some reason I like the look of the Sport (if they just weren't 2-tone).

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Re: Another Track/Kick question


I can shed a little light for you. The Trackick I just threw together is truly a Trackick. It has the mechanicals from an 89 Sidekick transplanted into the body of a 95 Tracker. The only inconsistencies were as a result of going from year to year, not zuk to geo. We even replaced a 16V with an 8v without too much fuss.

It is my understanding that the trucks are literally identical exept for trim and grills and stuff. I even put the sidekick grille on my 95 Tracker because it looks better (and there was no grill eon the truck anyways)

I am not 100% certain, but the Sidekick sport you speak of has (I think) a 1.8 liter motor which is unique to the sport. it also has longer coil springs (I think)

But to your basic question I can say with reasonable surety that they are mechanically identical. If you want to experiment, go to the Autozone or NAPA website and look up the same part for the two different trucks to see if the numbers match.

hope this helps!

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Re: Another Track/Kick question

The sport models are quite a bit differnt bigger engine like
Daxe said and alot of the aftermarket parts will not work on them. They are also wider than a regular one.

My wife drives a 4 door 96 and she loves it. very dependible.
and they are the same from zook to tracker.
(the only exception being some of the early sidekicks that
where made in Japan. otherwise they are both made by cami in canada.)
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Re: Another Track/Kick question

Some Tracker Specs (not complete for all years though)...

1996 Sport specs:

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Re: Another Track/Kick question

Mechanically, the Trackers and Sidekicks are identical. The only differences are in trim levels, badging, wheel availability, and interiors.

The Sport was the only Japanese made model sold here, and its the only one to use the 1.8L engine similar to the Esteem. The frame and body are also wider than a regular Track/Kick (And the Calmini lifts won't work without some REAL work). The springs are a tiny bit longer, but also stiffer. After swapping them into my 2 door softtop, I actually like the ride better!

Given your requirements, I would find a Sport. A little roomier, and much more power (120hp) vs a non-sport 4 door (95hp). Also a little bit nicer on the inside, and better looking on the outside. Stick with a set of coil spacers and 30's shouldn't be a problem.

The only issues you'll have are:
- Chevy never got a Sport model, so you'll be stuck with only NAPA for replacement parts.
- Due to the larger ABS discs all around, you can ONLY run 16' rims. They come with pretty nice 5-spokes stock. 15's won't clear the brakes.
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