Putting the axles side by side made it easy to transfer the pieces we were going to reuse. These pieces only included the rear flexible brake line, and the wheels and tires. The Sidewinder is available in three different lengths (stock, 3" and 6" over). As you can see in the photo on the right, we had been using Spidertrax wheel spacers to fit the Swampers without rubbing. Spidertrax supplied us with their '3" over' model so that we could ditch the spacers in the back and still get a little extra clearance. Here you can see the brake rotor and caliper mounted on the axle. It was a pretty straight forward install, and you can even use stock front brake lines as they go directly to the axle where the hard lines are mounted. In this configuration, they will never have to 'stretch' when you are articulating. We rolled the new unit under the vehicle and bolted everything back up. Remember not to jump ahead and fill the pumpkin yet... otherwise it could get messy while you are jockeying the assembly into place. You can see the clearance gained between the tire and rear spring. Those are 32/11.50 Swamper SX's that are equipped with some nasty side lugs, so clearance is always a consideration. You should also notice that although the front axle is still equipped with spacers, the rear lines up nicely. If you are running anything really wide, you can order the '6" over' model and gain that much more. You can see in the photos the gain of clearance under the pumpkin. This is really beneficial considering the stock Sidekick housing would have hung lower than the stock Samurai axle (Larger ring diameter). Check out part two of this series where we will install an ARB Air Locker into the Track/Kick third member. Be sure to look for it as it is going to be of interest to both Sammy and Track/Kick owners.
Pt2-ARB Track/Kick Rear Air Locker