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Solid axle up front in a Sidekick?

Has anyone put a Sammy front axle in the front of a kick? Or now anyone who attempted it? I think Sky said something about doing that. Looking to take on a new custom project.

Last winter a custom Sammy trailer, this winter????

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Re: Solid axle up front in a Sidekick?

There was an article a while back in FourWheeler magazine about a 4 Door Sidekick that ran a solid axle. I'll look tonight and see which issue it was. I think they were using toyota axles. The Sidekick was also converted from coil springs to leaf springs.

There were also two 2 door Trackers featured in FourWheeler as entrants to this years Top Truck Challenge. They both ran solid front axles as well. One of them made the final ten, so there should be a feature on it in the next issue or so.

hope that helps.

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Re: Solid axle up front in a Sidekick?

Ok, I got the specifics for you:

4 Door SideKick
Appeared in August 1999 FourWheeler Magazine
92 JLX Model
Stock 1.6L engine with custom after cat exhaust and K&N Filter charger
Stock 4 speed automatic transmission and transfer case
He used toyota 8" axles/differentials with 5.71:1 gears in the front and rear with a detroit locker in the back. Converted from IFS to leaf springs using samurai spring packs with an extra leaf from a toyota spring pack in front and 3 inch rancho springs for an 84 toyota in the back.

Both 2 door Trackers appeared in April 2000 issue of FourWheeler

Number 1:
96 tracker with chevy 4.3L V6 connected to a built TH 700-R4 and dual marlin crawler cases. Runs full width GM 10-bolt axles with 5.13:1 gears. Stock wrangler springs in front and four linked 3/4 eliptical setup in the rear. All mounted to a custom frame.

Number 2:
89 Tracker uses same engine/transmission as above but mounted to a twin stick Dana-300. Runs dual Dana 44s with 4.56:1 gears. Uses 4 inch rancho springs up front and 4" 3/4 elipticals out back all mounted to a custom frame.

Both two door trackers ran with 35 inch boggers while the 4 door was mounted with 33" BFG Muds.

Well that's about it. After looking at those again, I kinda want to build one myself[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Re: Solid axle up front in a Sidekick?

Do you have any pics of your custom trailer? I am thinking about building one myself. What did you use for an axel? A guesstimate of the final weight would be helpful too.

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Re: Solid axle up front in a Sidekick?

You're a yankee, are ya???? [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

Here's a couple not so good pics whe we got back from Moab. Can't find my other CD's. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I'll dig 'em up if ya want.

It's around 650 lbs., if I remember right. Fully legal and NYS DMV registered. It's got sooooo much done, it'd take a whole post just to tell ya all 'bout it. (Not like I've been know to write long posts before)

For this winter, we're completing it with a two-person flip-open camper. The top will be alumnium diamond plate, 4" tall with a thick air mattress (saves space and weight).

It will have a two-burner stove, gas/electric fridge, pantry, and gas/electric lights and outlets. To round it out, the rear door will be removable and will allow an add-on tent with an additional sleep room and screen porch.

We figure it ought to be a pretty sweet place to kick the boots off.

If you are wondering, you can have one too. Very custom, built-to-order and not for the average wallet.

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Re: Solid axle up front in a Sidekick?

Hey Tim,
Try flipping those photos up 180 degrees!
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Re: Solid axle up front in a Sidekick?

I know, that's how the photo place put them on the CD. Call me lazy.

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Thanks for the info. Yup, I am a Yank.

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