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Installing a Soft Top On Your Samurai

HAWK STRICTLY SUZUKI Installs Specialty Tops Aero Model Top for Samurai. Editor: Eric Bewley Photo: Cindy Hawkins MERLIN, OR -Hawk Strictly Suzuki has the latests in Specialty Tops for your Samurai. Through a special purchase they are able to bring you a great deal on one of the most unique tops out there. The Specialty Top’s AeroTM top. For a …

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Simple Suzuki Sidekick Modifications – Hagen’s Widening Mod

Mike Hagen’s Tips To Modify Your Sidekick. Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Mike Hagen COTTAGE GROVE, MN. —To answer the first question of “Why?”, will take a while. Our original reason for doing this modification was to be able to use the left axle shaft in the right side. This would make it far easier to swap axle shafts on the …

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DIY Contest Winner – How To Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts.

DIY Contest Winner – How To Flip Your Sidekick/Tracker Front Strut Mounts. Editor: Eric Bewley Story/ Photo: Matt Oswald ZW FORUM – This write-up was how I went about flipping my strut mounts, you may take a different approach than I did. I had browsed around the Zukiworld forums and didn’t see any kind of detailed write-up regarding flipping your …

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Over Rotation of the Rear Suzuki Sidekick Axle.

Over Rotation of the Rear Sidekick Axle. Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Mike Hagen COTTAGE GROVE, MN. —Every offroader dreams of having driveline angles that are straight but it’s not very realistic on most lifted vehicles. Thankfully, it is very possible and doable on a Sidekick. This article will give you some tips on how to accomplish this mod on the …

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Strengthening the Suzuki Sidekick Idler Arm

Sidekick Tech: Strengthening the Sidekick Idler Arm Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Bill Lane INDIANA. —As the Sidekick is used more offroad, it is natural that the size of the tires used will increase and the terrain tackled will become tougher. One of the earlier things to bend or break when building a Sidekick is the Idler arm. With a thin …

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Upgrade your Suzuki Sidekick / Geo Tracker IFS front end with OEM Steel

SIDEKICK UP! Jason Hutchison upgrades his drivetrain with several mods. Editor: Eric Bewley Photo/Story: Jason Hutchison SAN DIEGO, CA -In the ever growing pursuit of trail prowess there comes a time in every 4×4 vehicles evolution that locking differentials is a decision that has to be made. We want bigger better faster and more capable, lockers and stronger components are …

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How-To Repair The Shifter Sheet On A Suzuki Samurai Transfer Case

Low Range Off-Road T-Case Repair Fixing The Shifter Sheet On A Suzuki Samurai Transfer Case Editor: Eric Bewley Photo: E. Bewley Molalla, OR – One of the most common problems with our Samurai as they age is the transfer case bushing failure that causes the transfer case to get stuck in neutral. Luckily, the fix for this is quite easy …

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Installing a Trailer Hitch Receiver to a Suzuki Sidekick / Geo Tracker

Installing a Trailer Hitch Receiver to a Suzuki Sidekick / Geo Tracker Hitchin’ to a Sidekick. -Junior RENTON, WA  —Don’t blink, or you’ll miss our six and half-minute installation of Draw-Tite’s trailer tow hitch. No kidding, this install took more time to brief the instructions then it did to install the hitch. (Hitch courtesy of Calmini Products Inc.) First and …

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How To Tighten Up You Suzuki Sidekick Steering.

 How To Tighten Up You Sidekick Steering. Story/Photo: Mike Hagen Editor: Eric Bewley COTTAGE GROVE, MN. —As your lifted kick gets some miles on it the drag link will soon begin to rotate which causes the alignment to toe in and out. This causes wandering and tire cupping. Even if you think it drives nice the way it is, it …

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Raising the Gas Tank on a Sidekick.

Raising the Gas Tank on a Sidekick. Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Mike Hagen COTTAGE GROVE, MN. —Mike Hagen is no stranger to hard core wheeling with Suzuki Vehicles. He has owned and operated, or shall we say thrashed on, several Samurai and Sidekicks over the years. His last creation, however, is a mobile work of art. It is the best …

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