Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

King Pins and Bushings



Samurai Models

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. Remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle.

When the steering knuckle is pulled, the lower king pin bearing sometimes falls off.

  1. Remove the upper and the lower king pins, mark them. Check the number of shims on each side.

To install:
  1. Install the new king pin bearings in the steering knuckle holding them in with grease.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Cross-sectional view of the Samurai king pin and related components

  1. Install the steering knuckle on the axle assembly.
  3. Install the new king pins in the steering knuckle, shim them correctly and tighten the bolts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).

The correct procedure for installing the king pins is to check the turning torque of the spindle while pulling it outwards from the tie rod end hole. A spring type gauge is required for this procedure. The correct force should be 2.20-3.96 lbs. (4.8-8.7 kg) of force required to turn the spindle without the oil seal being installed. Use additional shims, if necessary, to correct the turning torque.

  1. With the turning torque of the spindle correct and the oil seal installed, install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.