11-22-2017, 08:03 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
Why do I think I've seen these questions already asked, and answered, elsewhere?
The Vitara engine in a Sierra, mated to the Sierra transmission is a very common swap, and so to speak, time tested & proven.
Ask yourself this question - why would the Vitara engine being too powerful for the transmission cause the drive shaft to fail - if that were the case, shouldn't it be the transmission that fails?
My guess is plain & simple neglect, worn UJs on the jackshaft were not replaced in a timely fashion.
Swapping a Vitara transmission in would not be ideal - those have the transfer case bolted directly to the transmission and have the rear tailshaft centered, unlike the Sierra transfer case, the swap can be done, but will require the transmission tunnel and mounts to be modified, along with custom driveshafts and you're likely to run into tailshaft angle issues.
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