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Trail Tough Rock Block:  Dual cases for a Samurai

TRAIL TOUGH ROCK BLOCK: DUAL CASES FOR A SAMURAI Editor: Matt Verley Astoria, OR – Which gears should I put in my transfer case? I wish there was an answer to that question!  I’ve owned over a dozen Samurais in the last 20 years, and had every available transfer case gearset in my transfer cases.  The Samurai tcase is a bit …

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BUILDING A ‘NEW’ CHEVY TRACKER – FOR A ROAD TRIP

BUILDING A ‘NEW’ CHEVY TRACKER – FOR A ROAD TRIP Author/Photos: Jeff Simons Editor: E. Bewley Sioux City, IA – I must confess, I’m a Suzuki nut and have been driving Suzuki vehicles for nearly 15 years. When I find one for sale, it’s tough for me to pass on it; especially if it’s affordable. The following story is an example of this scenario. One day …

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Custom Front Bumper for a Sidekick Sport

Custom Front Bumper for a Sidekick Sport Story & Photos by: M. Verley SEASIDE, OR – One of the great things about the 1996-1998 Sidekick Sport is its wide stance from the factory.  The frame rails are spaced a few inches further apart to accommodate a different engine.  Unfortunately, this spacing causes some problems in the aftermarket.  Since Sidekick bumpers bolt to …

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Want a New Suzuki Samurai? Go to India or New Zealand

Nostalgia: Want a New Suzuki Samurai? Go to India or New Zealand Editor: Andy Lilienthal – subcompactculture.com Portland, OR – The Suzuki Samurai was introduced to North America in 1985 as a MY 1986 vehicle and was on sale for 10 model years. Despite the whole Consumer Reports roll-over conundrum in the 1980s, it remains one of the most loved, coveted, and in-demand 4x4s …

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Adding some more “sport” to a Suzuki Sidekick Sport

How To: Installing a 2.3 Aerio Engine Into A Sidekick Sport By: Matt Verley, Photography: Matt Verley Seaside, OR – Over the last 20 years, I have owned at least a dozen Samurais, several Sidekicks and Trackers, and a couple of Vitara and Grand Vitara.  About 3 years ago, I stumbled across a 1996 Sidekick Sport with a blown engine in my …

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How-To: Suzuki Samurai mini-spool installation

How-To: Suzuki Samurai mini-spool installation Canon Beach, OR – Story/Photos: Matt Verley I’ve seen the “how hard is it to install a locker in my samurai?”  about a dozen times in one way or another; and I didn’t see a comprehensive set of instructions with pics.  So, since I put the spool in the back of a Samurai this evening, AND …

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Project “Plus One” Building a 4-door Sidekick with Family in mind.

Review Overview Fit & Finish Engineered Quality Ease of Installation SAS Kit S.O.R.D. - has created a great kit that allows builders a solid alternative to the solid axle swap for the Sidekick/Tracker. A key component of this build. User Rating: 3.75 ( 3 votes) Suzuki Sidekick Solid Axle Swap with 35″ tires and more! Part one… Editor: E. Bewley …

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Big Dreams; No Money – Suzuki Sidekick Rock Crawler Build Project

Big Dreams; No Money – Suzuki Sidekick Rock Crawler Build Project Editor: E. Bewley Story/Photo M. Hagen Minneapolis, MN –  Building a rig for maximum performance on a budget means that it will require a lot of time and you will need to get creative with as many stock components as possible. Keeping it lightweight helps keep the stock components …

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Installing Calmini’s 2 Inch Suspension Kit For The Sidekick

ON HIGHER GROUND Installing Calmini’s 2 Inch Suspension Kit For The Sidekick Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Corey Kychik TOPEKA, KS -The first time I took my 97 Tracker out wheeling, I was piloting my trusty Tracker over a breaking ledge and my cross member met up with the rocks in a most unfavorable fashion. It was then, I quickly realized …

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