Off-roading modifications on my Grand Vitara: Lift kit, rear LSD & more

I sincerely believe that it is a perfect package but was released ahead of its time in India.

BHPian RJM recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

The one and only Grand Vitara that can challenge the bigger 4x4s.

I have over the years followed GV in international markets and have been impressed with its performance as a compact overland vehicle. It is capable of doing a lot more especially if it is given a little bit of extra ground clearance and a decent set of tyres. I sincerely believe that it is a perfect package but was released ahead of its time in India.

I wanted to take up a project of making the GV more capable offroad and the criteria were:

  • 2-inch lift kit
  • MT tyres
  • Space for snow chains
  • LSD – rear
  • Stabilizer bar disconnect

in addition to the above, got it painted, and added door insulation along with lubrication of critical components.

Attached are photos as self-explanatory of the end result, the wheel arches have been extended to accommodate snow chains and the 245/75/R16 tyres have beefed up the look big time while increasing the ground clearance by approx 100mm over the standard.

The last photo shows the GV in its elements soaked in mud and rain.

Here’s what BHPian dhanushs had to say on the matter:

When you put offset wheels, getting muck on the body is unavoidable. I think he should’ve kept the wheel arches stock with these rims. Would’ve looked awesome. Now, I feel the look is kind of incomplete.

The Vitara is a very good handler, I wonder how it behaves with the sway bar disconnect, considering it can gain much off-road ability with sway bar disconnect.

Here’s what BHPian khan_sultan had to say on the matter:

Nice effort

Which lift kit you have used and what have you used for LSD at the rear?

Agree. Looks incomplete, but looks are also a personal subject.

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