Free hubs for Suzuki Vitata, Grand Vitara, X-90, Jimny, Samurai
Used to connect or disconnect the
front axle assembly on part-time 4WD models, they can also be fitted to
early model 4WDs that have fixed hubs to stop unnecessary differential
rotation and resulting wear.
The outer end of each front axle is a splined section over which the
inner hub fits. Around the outside of this is an outer hub which is
connected to the wheel. A clutch separates the two. This clutch can be
engaged by oblique grooves cut inside the free wheeling hub control knob
that is mounted on the outside.
Turning the knob from ‘4x2’ to ‘4x4’ moves the clutch, locking the
inner and outer hubs together. For normal on road or hard surface usage,
4WD is not required and the hubs should be placed in the free position.
If 4WD is required or likely to be required, the hubs should be turned
to the ‘lock’ position.