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Sidekick J1 -1989 to 1998 sold in 2 and 4-door hardtop and 2-door softtop models with several trim packages. Fitted with many different I-4 engines including: 1.3 8V, 1.6 8V, 1.6 16V, and 1.8 16V.

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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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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Installing a Ford 9″ rear end into the Suzuki Sidekick / Geo Tracker

Installing a Ford 9″ rear end into the Sidekick. Editor: Eric Bewley Photo/Story: Mike Hagen Cottage Grove, MN -Why do you need a nine-inch? There’s a good chance you don’t. I wanted to do this because of a few problems I was having. First were the twisted axles. After smoking several rear axles and experiencing a rash of twisted splines, …

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New IFS Design For Sidekick.

PUSHING THE LIMITS Hagen Does It Again, New IFS Design For Sidekick. Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Mike Hagen COTTAGE GROVE, MN – The Orange rig is due for a makeover. Doing the project:RockStar project has kept me out of my orange rig all summer. From experience, I know the project:RockStar will spank the orange car all day long on the …

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BUDGET SIDEKICK BUILD – Building a 4-door Sidekick on a Budget.

  BUDGET SIDEKICK BUILD Building a 4-door Sidekick on a Budget. Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Jason Hutchison SAN DIEGO, CA. – We recently purchased a 4 door Suzuki Sidekick to do battle against rising gas prices. This vehicle will be used as a daily commuter to work and can be used for camping trips and mild trail runs or a …

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OPERATION: ROCKSTAR Building A Stadium Rock Sidekick On A Club Band Budget – Part 3

  OPERATION: ROCKSTAR Building A Stadium Rock Sidekick On A Club Band Budget – Part 3 Editor: Eric Bewley Story/Photo: Mike Hagen COTTAGE GROVE, MN -In our first installment of this series we posed the question How far can you go with a Trackick? In the second part we picked right back up with our builders in the shop for …

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Stronger CV Shafts For Your Suzuki Sidekick or Geo Tracker

  HAGEN Stronger CV Shafts For Your Sidekick. Story/Photo: Mike Hagen Editor: Eric Bewley Cottage Grove, MN -It’s no secret that the CV shafts are the weak link on this rig. The good thing is that they are fairly cheap and easy to change. For those of you who don’t break them very often this works just fine. For those …

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