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Old 11-30-2009, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i currently have the newer style (88-89) rearend in my sami. I have parts axels but they are the older style and i wanted to know if it is still a direct swap on the 3rd members or if i need to match the newer axels?
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The diffs (third members) are identical. It is only the housing that is different (brackets) to allow the change in brake line routing.
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thats what i figgured but it's always better to get a second opinion thanks
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You may have been told about the fronts being different. the newer SJ front axels are different than the older fronts. The newer ones only have 2 pinheads in the diff v.s. 4 pinheads in the older model. The rears have 4 pins in both the newer and later models.

Bill John explains it very nicely in this topic
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-...te-locker.html
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Yup. Stay away from the weaker 2 pin (heads) if you want to run a locker later on. Lockers can be abusive to the hardware...
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yah my buddy is going to sell me his lockrite locker for $20 so thats another project 4 me to pass the time. I'm going with a front only locker so when i'm in 2wheel i dont have the added problems of a altime rear locker
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My first locker was in front for the same reason. To be honest, I think it made me a better driver. It taught me how to think my way through an obstacle instead of trying to power through it. After a couple of birfields you will understand...
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just butting in here... which year models had the 2 pin?... im looking at getting airlockers... up the back, so it doesnt matter, but still...
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just butting in here... which year models had the 2 pin?... im looking at getting airlockers... up the back, so it doesnt matter, but still...
1990 and newer. I guess they started cutting back. But it is easy enough to find an older front or any rear and swap out the sidegears.
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yah i havent thrown a birfield but i have bent them. I'm on the 3rd front axle in this sami. It had a tuff life b4 the tuff truck comp was pretty hard on it in the jumps but thats over with now. I plan to just trail ride and go mudding. We fabbed our own front axle gussets etc to strenghtin them and thats when the birf joints started bending instead of the housing.
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