Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: High Wycombe, UK
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The front diff housing is the weakest link in the drivetrain, they do go pop. The problem gets worse when you fit bigger and grippier tyres, less spin = more stress. The V6 GVs and the later (non-US) diesels have a steel axle and 3rd member. They seem to let go mainly when reversing up against a rock or similar. Interestingly the later GVs have a different style 3rd mounting.
As for the bolts - I had mine rebuilt by a transmission specialist but looking at the FSM what you have is correct. I do know that the Track/Kick front is a 10 bolt (carrier), early rears are also 10 bolt but later models are 12 bolt.
2000 Vitara 1.6, 2" lift, 3" body lift, winch, snorkel, safari rack, 33" MTs, rear discs, steel front axle, 5:83s
SJ413K Pick Up, 1.6 conversion.