Sidedick sport build

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    Sidedick sport build

    So here is the start of my new project to replace my samurai, picked this turd up for 360 dollars and drove a 14 hour round trip to go get it. I wanted something a little bigger and more comfortable to drive on road than the samurai, and something I could be comfortable towing a small teardrop camper behind (which will be the next thing I build after the sidekick)

    I've been gathering parts to build a 4 door for a while, I have a aerio 2.3, 84 toyota front axle with IFS hubs, IFS rear axle, 5.29 gears, ect ect.

    Plan is to use some fox qs3 2.5 10 inch and 12 inch travel coilovers from a Maverick x3 I picked up on the cheap. 3 link front and single triangulated 4 link rear. Plan is to run 35s

    Picked the sidekick sport since the 2.3 will be a direct drop in with some rummaging around in the Suzuki parts bin, the factory 1.8 has a hole in the block. Somehow the a/c still works, and it starts, runs, and drives just fine other than missing a whole piston and rod.

    Going to get the engine swapped and drive it around and wheel for a bit on these 30" tires while I gather the rest of the parts I need for the suspension.

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    Got the engine pulled tonight, waiting on gaskets and parts to install the 2.3. ripped the interior and carpet out too, super happy to only find one small spot of rust on the floor I need to patch on the passenger side. Thing is pretty clean for a michigan sidekick

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      #3
      What is your plan to get the trans and engine to communicate?

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        #4
        Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
        What is your plan to get the trans and engine to communicate?
        With the sidekick sport being a j series 1.8, all I have to do is swap the accessories, intake, and distributor over to the j series 2.3 aerio engine and use the 2.3 injectors to get it to work. The 1.8 wiring harness and computer will run the 2.3 no problem according to people who have done the swap.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Alex View Post

          With the sidekick sport being a j series 1.8, all I have to do is swap the accessories, intake, and distributor over to the j series 2.3 aerio engine and use the 2.3 injectors to get it to work. The 1.8 wiring harness and computer will run the 2.3 no problem according to people who have done the swap.
          Gotcha, I don't know much about the 1.8, they are a weird beast. 1 year only? Iirc

          I'm guessing the same goes for the 2.0? I plan to keep an eye out for a 2.3, especially if it's basically a direct swap.

          Let me know if you need any 2nd tracker parts for this project

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            #6
            Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post

            Gotcha, I don't know much about the 1.8, they are a weird beast. 1 year only? Iirc

            I'm guessing the same goes for the 2.0? I plan to keep an eye out for a 2.3, especially if it's basically a direct swap.

            Let me know if you need any 2nd tracker parts for this project
            2.0 should be the exact same deal for swapping it. Just use your 2.0 parts like the oil pan, pickup tube, intake, cooling stuffs, ect. And it should be a direct drop in. The 1.8 was a 2 year only thing only available in the sport models. I lucked out finding the 2.3 in a car at a scrap yard, they torched it all out for me and I got it for 200 bucks. Transmission was cooked, but the engine looks to be in excellent shape. Can't wait to get to drive this turd box
            Last edited by Alex; 07-18-2020, 11:18 PM.

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              #7
              Ya, I will say the 2.0 moves the big 4 door pretty well, the 2.3 is quite a bit more power too.

              You planning on just running the 4.24 gears? Or have something special up your sleeve for dual cases?

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                #8
                Going to make up some SYEs and upgrade to 4.24s, unless I come up with a dual case setup. I don't have a tig welder at the moment to weld the case, but I do have access to a bridgeport to make adapters and whatnot.

                On another note, according to the gear calculator I should be around 2900rpm at 70 with 35s and 5.29 gears, not sure if that will be high enough rpm for the 2.3 to cruise happily, I guess we will see.

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                  #9
                  Still waiting on gaskets, so I decided to install the snorkel. Not that I need it, but I've always wanted one.

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                    #10
                    Gonna look a bit like mine!! Love it. But mine as the 1.6 16 valves and is pretty much beat up!! 😅

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                      #11
                      I never understood why people post pictures of their junk, in someone else’s build thread. 🤷‍♂️

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                        #12
                        Because I’m dumb and need attention!!

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