Originally Posted by tphunt
that does make alot of sense, never really thought about it that way. i will pay more attention. back to other ques. are the front diffs in the chevy tracker and vitara the same so lock outs would work on both and is there a major reason people build pre 1998 units and not the newer 03,04? thanks
The Tracker is simply a rebadged Sidekick/Vitara/Grand Vitara built in the CAMI plant in Canada. It should be exactly the same.
Somewhere in the early 2000s, the Tracker (and the Vitara/Grand Vitara) switched to Jeep-style front axles where the locking hubs were replaced with a vacuum/air-powered splined slipjoint mechanism (I am not sure which - vacuum or air
) in the axle housing. That's why later models of both type don't have locking hubs, although I understand that you CAN fit them if you want.
Also, the aftermarket parts builders has not caught up with the newer trucks. I'm not ready to mod my '02 Tracker 4wd 4dr ZR2 yet...
Finally, Suzuki SUVs have part-time
4wd systems and behave as kirk mentioned. Driving in 4wd on dry pavement is hard on the drivetrain - especially the transfer case.
I hope that this helps!
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