As a licensed automotive technician for more than 50 years (54 to be precise), I have some knowledge of mechanical functions. I have been an avid four wheeler, hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman my whole 76 years. I have also owned every kind of 4 wheel drive, including regular full size GM, Toyota, Jeep, Land Rover, and the Suzuki/Tracker line up, starting with the little 1979 LJ to the Samurai, Sidekick and Trackers. Last count I have had about 15 different off road vehicles. I have currently have 5 Sidekicks and Trackers, although I would like to reduce my inventory, but I love them all, and adding the lift kits from Zuki Nation makes each one a new fun experience. None of the previous trucks were lifted units, until the 1989 Tracker, that I have owned for about 12 years.
It has been a wonderful, tough, and great performer, on the road and in the back country, or anywhere. Great economy and super tough, and, I thought the ultimate in the rough stuff. That was until I installed the Zuki Nation 4.5 inch Alter Ego Lift Kit. I was totally amazed at how much better it performed in the worst of conditions, along with a much improved ride (when Geoff says it makes wash board roads disappear, he means it!) and great ground clearance. Stock clearance at the frame is just under 8 inches, and the lifted version, with 30 inch tires, measures over 14 inches!!!
It has over 300 hours of back country use in every imaginable condition and never missed a beat. In fact it performed so well that I was getting comments from other 4 x 4 users in the area. Every one was chained up on all four tires most of last fall hunting season, where we spent almost 40 days in everything from dry, to mud, to all kinds of snotty stuff, frozen ground, -33C temp. I did not run chains for even one day and was getting places the big chained up rigs dared not go or could not go.
They would just walk around looking at this little unit that works so well just shaking their head in amazement. Ron, the fellow I hunt with, used to use a 4 x 4 Quad. He sold it and goes with me all the time and says no one needs a Quad where this goes. You are in comfort and can travel when Quads are not allowed.
He went through the whole program with me for about 5 years, before and after lifting, and is continually expressing amazement at how much more comfortable the truck is now and how much better it‘s performance is. My wife also likes hunting and comes with us. She has learned that this little devil will go anywhere. There have been occasions she will want to get out and walk because it is a little to wild for her liking.
This year have added a rear locker, a Zuki nation bumper,( a thing of beauty, and well engineered.), and Geoff, (the designer and owner of Zuki Nation), is making me a set of custom nerf bars. What I have seen of the bars they are going to look very good and function well, as all his stuff does. Because it went so well before the locker, I am pretty interested to see how it works now with the locker. Maybe I will retire my chains. What I like about the Zuki Nation Lift kit:
It is very well built, no concern about breakage. Any bending or breaking would have to be a result of a pretty severe accident, which would also demolish stock hardware.
He uses very nice heavy duty Super Flex joints on the rear centre link and the lower rear links, to gain more articulation without bind.
It is all built in house with full quality control and no skimping or shortcuts. It could easily handle all the weight and power of a full size pick up.
The front diff has been dropped over 2 inches to eliminate cv joint bind and allow the most possible drop out
There is no welding or cutting the vehicle to install. It just bolts in.
I also have 2- 4 door Sidekicks which I am all excited about putting the 4 inch lift in. I have driven a unit Geoff has his 4 inch lift in and uses for testing. I was VERY impressed with the handling and ride. I will put the Alter Ego in the 95 Standard, loaded, and the regular 4 inch for my daily driver.
My 89 Tracker has 180000 k on it and works like a dream yet, the tires are 30x9.5x15, on 8' rims 3.75" offset, to give that width for more stability. This kit has an altered wheel base which allows an even larger 31 inch tire with no body lift. I have ran the truck with and without the sway bar. I think I like it with sway bar better, some may not. It does not let me down on power with the 30 inch tires, but putting chains on or 31 inch tires may make it work pretty hard. But even chains on stock tires will make a noticeable change to power. It has a 5000lb warn winch on the front and has power steering to help turn with that extra front weight and larger tires.
The Trackers and Sidekicks were always fun to drive. Putting this equipment in makes them just that much more fun. Like going from a Chevy to a Cadillac--------------But more fun than either."