Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Disturbing news about side coupler gears
Do you own a '93 or newer Samurai? Has your Sammy (regardless of year) had it's sidegears replaced at any time? If so, listen up.
I have a '94 and when I installed my rear locker it wouldn't fit. Upon close inspection, we found a "ridge" on the tooth side of the gears. The ridge was about the thickness of a quarter. Older side gears did not have such ridge. I asked on the BBS, and no one heard of it. I spoke with Powertrax and they never heard of it. So I ground off the ridge and completed the install.
A year later it's making a lot of noise, so I figured it must be those side gears. Decided to order new SGP ones.
I finally found out what happened, thanks to Petroworks. Seems that Suzuki changed manufacturers of the sidegears in 1993, and the design changed. So '93 and up will have the "newer" style gears. All SGP replacement gears are the newer style, regardless of what year the application is for.
So, if your sidegears wear out and you want new ones, you'll have to bring the replacement to a machine shop and turn the "ridge" off. Or you can contact Petroworks and have them do it for you.
Letting you all know something new, at least to me.
<font color=blue>Yankee Tim</font color=blue>[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]