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10/02/19 updated

Please check-in here prior to first time forum posting:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/new-member-area-introduction/64401-welcome-all-newbies-start-here.html

Technical Publications:
Max's FREE Pubs stash. Service, Owner's and more Manuals! https://www.mediafire.com/folder/cvrt1rfoso8t8/Service_Manuals
Other Zuk model Pubs (SideTrack link) https://geo.pink/?fbclid=IwAR2Z1uG62GCHy3yyYa4JZCjMb0lLVSuLZdYuALQYjvUlZD4jRjOk0CAfp5A
Suzuki Pit Stop (Pubs for purchase)>> https://suzukipitstopplus.com/Category/5-suzuki-owners-manuals.aspx

Genuine (OE) parts: With part #'s and diagrams!
Florida https://monsterfactoryparts.com/ no longer processing new orders :(
Calif Suzuki Car Parts Catalog Online Store
N. Carolina Chevy Tracker Parts> GM Parts Direct: Your direct source for Genuine GM Parts
Arizona https://parts.billlukefiat.com/ + by VIN
New Jersey Genuine OEM Suzuki Automotive Parts
Ohio https://www.worldoemparts.com/worldsuzukisubaruparts/auto-parts/
U.A.E. (Asia) https://www.catalogs.ssg.asia/suzuki/?lang=en By VIN too
UK https://www.suzukicarparts.co.uk/
Caribbean https://www.simpsonmotors.com Suzuki Caribbean | Choose Your Country
A worldwide warehousing source https://www.megazip.net/zapchasti-dlya-avtomobilej

Aftermarket Mail Order: Forum sponsor
https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/suzuki

Used Parts Sources:
Oregon Trail Tough Used Suzuki Samurai, X90, Sidekick, XL7, and Geo Tracker Parts
Arkansas Universal Auto Sales
UK https://www.dacarsuzukiauto.co.uk/Select new OE parts as well.

USA / Canada Wrecker search engines:
Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market


VEHICLE INFO (general):
Suzuki OBD Trouble Codes –

Cold Air Intake system mods
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/21019-bought-cold-air-intake.html

02 Sensor Replacement
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-verona-chevrolet-epica-daewoo-magnus/17638-oxygen-sensors.html

Alternate tire size options:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/32051-2000-suzuki-grand-vitara-v6-jlx.html

Engine and transmission removal
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/213802-h25a-v-6-engine-removal-replacement.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/172657-removing-2-5-l-engine-my.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/192897-manual-transmission-drop-lessons- learned.html (manual trans)
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/183305-wanting-make-swap.html (2.7L to 2.5L V-6 particulars)
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/222746-vitara-project-j20a-j23a-swap.html (J20a to J23a swap)

Ignition timing setting
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/107753-set-ignition-timing-without-tech-ignition.html#post662457

Engine noise at start-up.
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/186546-valve-noise-first-2-seconds.html

ENGINE (specific) REPAIR INFO :
Diesel
Which manufacturers Diesel engine do I have?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/211986-what-engine-do-i-have.html

J20a (2.0L)
Timing Chains and Tensioners (Vitara & Tracker) repair info:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/32794-j20a-4-cylinder-timing-chains-tensioners.html

Camshaft Position Sensor (CPS, aka CMP)
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/75330-vitara-stalling-when-idle.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/96162-camshaft-position-sensor-2003-vitara-2-a.html

Where to buy an oil pan and how to install...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/41183-where-buy-oilpan-how-install.html#post245058

Engine vibration due to motor mount issues? See...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/160714-motor-mounts-again-im-sorry.html

H25a / H27a (2.5L / 2.7L)
Timing Chains & Tensioners (GV, Tracker & early XL-7) repair info...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/15365-h25a-h27a-v-6-timing-chains.html

GM 2.5L OBD Codes
https://service.gm.com/gmspo/mode6/pdf/Metro_Tracker/2002 Tracker 2.5L.pdf

A/C belt changing / tightening technique with a manual tensioner
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/38429-ac-belt-xl7.html

Alternator and belt removal tips
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/45207-alternator-belt.html

Exhaust Smoke. Valve Cover Baffle drainage issues and PCV Info...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/78833-h25-h27-v-6-blue-exhaust.html

Where can I find my Camshaft Position Sensor?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/28893-where-can-i-find-my-camshaft.html

MAF and inlet duct replacement info...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/131737-code-p0102-maf-circuit-voltage-low.html

MAF info:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/38803-bad-mass-airflow-sensor-maf.html

Where are my spark plugs?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/17136-where-spark-plugs.html

Servicing the EGR valve and Intake Plenum gaskets...:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/18432-servicing-egr-valve.html

Engine hard to start and fuel "Flooding" symptoms...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/43605-another-99-grand-vitara-no-start.html

Starter removal tips:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/40103-starter-removal-tips-02-zr2-tracker.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/47826-any-you-guys-ever-change-starter.html

Oil pan removal and reseal. Lessons learned + tips
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/207322-h25a-v-6-oil-pan-removal.html#post1227450
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/258581-sump-gasket-replacement.html#post1499701

ADDITIONAL TOPICS

Cooling System:
Radiator Replacement
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/26512-when-good-radiators-go-bad.html

Finding and fixing coolant leaks...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/152138-coolant-leak-99-gv-h25a.html#post926985
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/48213-what-place-coolant-leak.html

Conversion: mechanical to 12V thermostatic electric fan
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/22213-conversion-12v-thermo-fan.html

Drive train:
4 Wheel Drive problems to include early (thru '04) XL-7's
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/24778-4-wheel-drive-problems-include-early.html

Gear Oils:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/15814-differential-manual-tranny-fluid-check.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/37801-transfer-case-fluid-what-kind.html

Stuck transmission, differential or transfer case drain or fill plugs?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-sidekick-escudo-vitara-geo-tracker/120073-dayum-stuck-fill-plugs.html

Clutch problems...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/18239-time-replace-clutch.html

Loose (manual) shifting mechanism!
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/34083-loose-gear-shifter.html#post986618

Automatic Transmission level checks and transmission oil changing...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/157209-transmission-question-2002-zr-2-tracker.html

Rear Axle Bearing and axle seal servicing:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/19396-has-ne1-here-pulled-rear-axle.html

Front hub (wheel bearing) replacement...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/242297-vitara-front-wheel-bearing-quandry.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/31078-wheel-bearing-bad-can-i-fix.html

CV joint / seal free play (differential nylon bushing up-grade)
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/29722-cv-joint-free-play.html

CV Shaft and Boot replacement:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/37983-hard-change-cv-boots-1999-gv.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/203682-1999-front-differential-engine-removal-questions-2.html

Finicky hydraulic clutch operation?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/22086-finicky-clutch-pedal.html

Heating and Air Conditioning:
A/C system overhaul. Lessons learned:
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/237162-c-system-overhaul-lessons-learned.html

Cabin Filter. Do I have one? How to change..
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/43047-cabin-air-filter.html

Compressor troubleshooting...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/78010-2001-tracker-c-compressor-replacement.html

Amount of refrigerant charge and compressor replacement...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/32196-c-works-doesnt-work-issue.html

A/C condenser fan issues & under-hood 25amp fuse blowing...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/53403-ac-fan.html

Heater Core replacement
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/43016-2000-vitara-2-0l-heater-core.html

Frame, Steering and Suspension:
Calmini 2.5" Lift Kit
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/31574-calmini-2-5-lift-kit.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/192657-4xfourart-3-suspension-lift.html

Rusted out front cross-member
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/49228-99-tracker-vitara-front-crossmember.html

Tightness in steering
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/46427-power-steering.html

Rack and pinion housing, rubber securing mount / bushings...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/145281-rack-pinion-rubber-bushing-replacement-info.html

Brakes:
Brake shoe installation, lessons learned...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/20222-brake-shoe-install-lessons-learned.html

Front brake (calipers) dragging...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/157009-front-brakes-dragging.html

Electrical:
Starter or battery??
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-2001-2006-xl-7/198425-starter-battery-2.html

Steering wheel "clock spring" / Multi-function switch and Air Bag light problems?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/47682-clock-spring-failure.html

Ignition (no start) blackout...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/20820-ignition-blackout.html

Interior:
Radio removal (1999-2003), HVAC control lighting, dash light dimming, Auto Trans floor shifter light bulb replacement...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/15602-thats-odd-auto-dash-light-dimming.html

How to fix a faulty power window switch
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/141305-how-fix-power-window-switch.html

Re-programming the 1999 & 2000 remote door lock system...
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/18119-remote-central-lock-2000-gv.html

Side door panel removal and window operating problems?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/25592-99-gv-front-windows.html

Exterior:
Front grille removal
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/166961-grille-removal.html

Headlamp / sidelight bulb access...
https://youtu.be/uxlYdBusjaY?t=15

Replacing the back door handle
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/134433-installing-back-door-handle-reposted-fixed.html

Misc:
Trailer towing capabilities
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/38372-6x12-uhaul-trailer-grand-vitara.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/168562-what-safeguards-not-ruin-my-automatic.html

Flat towing your Zuk
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/52134-flat-towing-behind-motorhome.html
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/192625-towing-2001-gv-4x4-limited-what.html

Common Problems of note?
https://www.suzuki-forums.com/1g-1999-2005-vitara-grand-vitara/162041-1999-2003-common-problems.html
 

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Thanks for doing this writeup, Max!
 
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