05-19-2016, 06:58 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
I'm not certain how (or why) "getting pushed thru a red light on a wet surface" becomes a locker related concern - take your foot of the gas, put it on the brake, the car stops in exactly the same way it did "pre-locker".
Having said that - the reason why I'm looking at selectable lockers is, like yours, a safety concern, my wife & daughters do drive my car.
You could if you wanted, fit a front locker, it just requires a little more work - you'll need to swap the front diff center for one from an earlier model, and faff around with the CV axles to get them to fit. Not advisable though, unless, you're also going to swap in a cast iron diff housing, the aluminum one you have now is known for it's "fragility".
As for the cost justification, that's more of a personal issue - there are many folks out there who have more "invested" in their vehicles than the vehicle itself is worth - yes, I am one of them - here's how I see it...
What's it going to cost you to go out and buy a vehicle, equipped the way you want that can take out there and go where you want?
Suzuki 4WD are probably the last remaining "true" compact 4WDs, they have distinct advantages over many of the other compact "SUVs", and the only disadvantage is the lack of "available options".
If, for example, you were driving a Jeep, you could take it down to your local 4WD Parts store and get it all kitted out, you can't do that with a Suzuki, but, realistically speaking, your Suzuki will get you to 95% of the places that Jeep will, and for a lot less cash.
I "daily drive" my 5 door GV, which is in the body shop as I write this, I got rear-ended a few weeks back and chose to do a complete refinish, and that's costing me more than your truck is worth, but less than it would take for me to replace it with a comparable vehicle.
It's all about how much you (or I) value the vehicle.
98 - 1.8 Mitsubishi Pajero iO
98 - 2.0 Suzuki Grand Vitara - SQ420
05 - 2.0 Suzuki Grand Vitara - JB420
15 - 2.4 Kia Sportage