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Old 02-23-2010, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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new to your forum, but have gained alot of good info. built a 91 tracker per alot of your recomendations. i want to build a 99-04 either chevy tracker or suz vitara mainly because of the 2.0. i found a vendor with lock out hubs for a 99-04 vitara but am not sure if the chevy tracker is the same front??? i cant get any good info. what is the issue with not running in 4wd on dry pavement or making tight turns, are the gear ratios different? my 91 doesnt have any problems with either. any other issues building these years that i need to be aware of?? any input would be great, thanks
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new to your forum, but have gained alot of good info. built a 91 tracker per alot of your recomendations. i want to build a 99-04 either chevy tracker or suz vitara mainly because of the 2.0. i found a vendor with lock out hubs for a 99-04 vitara but am not sure if the chevy tracker is the same front??? i cant get any good info. what is the issue with not running in 4wd on dry pavement or making tight turns, are the gear ratios different? my 91 doesnt have any problems with either. any other issues building these years that i need to be aware of?? any input would be great, thanks
If your '91 doesn't have problems turning on dry pavement, you are not running in 4 wheel drive. It's time to service your hubs. One or both front wheel hubs isn't engaging, so there's no drive through the hub(s). If they are engaging, then you've got to trouble shoot the transfer case.

The reason the car bucks and shudders is that each wheel travels a different distance during a turn. While the Suzuki has open differentials at each end, the transfer case is locked solid, and won't allow for the distance difference between front and rear. The gear train binds up until there is enough force to make a tire release by skidding on the dry pavement. You end up with violent jerking and shuddering... keep it up and you will damage something.
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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
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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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