hey chris

i was contacted yesterday by kiajaffo - they will reply soon. as for your email - the 97 has 26 splines and they dont have a diff lock for it - only 28 splines - as fitted to 98-2003 sportages. the front forks will fit - but they are still trying to figure out the cost of shipment.
unfortunately- 5.3 diff ratios are no longer available- i was sorry to hear that too - my sporty is really slow on 235/75


2001 sporty. 4 inch lift+ body lift-front lovlells coils+extended forks. reat tj. monroe shocks. full skid plate, auxilary fan. external oil cooler. maxxis 8060 235/75 R15 tires on american racing wheels. trackfinder rear diff lock.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3948684/2001-kia-sportage