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Old March 12th, 2009, 06:33 AM   #1
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I've been thinking about getting a tracker or sidekick and putting it on 31's . How bad will driving this on the road be ? Will it drive at highway speed ? Will it break all the time ? This will be for mild wheeling and camping

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Old March 12th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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you are chosing the right vehicle if you like the sound of....

1. 20-25 mpg on road
2. reliability
3. cheap to put on 31s with a 3 inch BL or 2 inch BL and a coil spacer
4. Mine travels 65-70 mph with ease(this required regearing from 4.62 to 5.12) it is only 8 valve though ( which I prefer )(less wiring and junk under hood)

down side
1. low on power if you are the power hungry type
2. no overdrive on older models (high rpms)

These are some of the pros and cons for me, I could go on forever, if you want some tips on anything specifically I can help
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Sounds like what I'm lookin for . Down here there are lots of backroads and trails that aren't worth towing the jeep too but are still fun . so I want something small that gets good mpg and is reliable to get out and about .
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I hop on and off two tracks in the summer all day long and get around 17 mpg with 5.12s. That includes plenty of sand hill climbs.
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I agree with 93Trackaddict, the 'kicks are a pretty reliable little truck. They'll hang with Jeeps and other stuff on the trail easily. They are cheap, and they will take a BEATING! I drive mine 100 miles a day getting 25+ mpg on 30's with 170,000 on the ticker. A Calmini header helped in the power dept., as did a K&N open air filter and 2" exhuast. You'll get no respect until they see it perform on the trail though. I love mine. Lift it 3" put some mud tires on it and have fun! Oh, and I have a 3000# winch on it, works great!
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I agree with 93Trackaddict, the 'kicks are a pretty reliable little truck. They'll hang with Jeeps and other stuff on the trail easily. They are cheap, and they will take a BEATING! I drive mine 100 miles a day getting 25+ mpg on 30's with 170,000 on the ticker. A Calmini header helped in the power dept., as did a K&N open air filter and 2" exhuast. You'll get no respect until they see it perform on the trail though. I love mine. Lift it 3" put some mud tires on it and have fun! Oh, and I have a 3000# winch on it, works great!
I've seen lot of people wheel there trackers at the mounds . I was just wondering the mpg and relibitiy with 30 or 31 inch tires .
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Old March 14th, 2009, 03:49 AM   #7
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I love seeing a non believer when a tracker shows up ...out wheeling the bigger trucks who have more $$ in tires than tracker/samurai guys have into their whole rigs
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yeah i get alot of people say i things about my tracker. saying its not going to go thru that and things to that nature. thats until. i walk right thru it. i have a home made lift and 31" super swampers on mine. I beat the crap out of it and it goes just about anywhere. plus it floats. but only for a while.
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They jump pretty good with the ifs up front, just ask anyone who was in my group at snowblind!
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My girlfriend has a 2002 Tracker with about 70,000 that she may want to sell. It's the 2.0L 4x4 auto 4dr. loaded. It's just starting to show signs of being 7 years old. Everything works on it.
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My girlfriend has a 2002 Tracker with about 70,000 that she may want to sell. It's the 2.0L 4x4 auto 4dr. loaded. It's just starting to show signs of being 7 years old. Everything works on it.
Thats a long ride for me I'm 1000 miles for mi. I think I'll look down here . But thanks anyway .
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They jump pretty good with the ifs up front, just ask anyone who was in my group at snowblind!
and no death wobble
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Mine wheels like a champ with 30's, and I'm still getting25-26 mpg. I have yet to fix any drive train parts, and I beat on it pretty good. My road to my house alone is testament to how much it can take. The big problem with the Trackicks is the key way on the crankshaft that guide the timing gear. If the Main bolt holding the gear on the crankshaft comes even a little loose, it will wobble and start wallowing out that key way, which will cause the gear to start eating into your oil pump and cause your timing to be way off. With a heads up on that you should be able to avoid that whole mess though.
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Old March 15th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #14
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I've wheeled Trackers for over 15 years. Starting with a '93 and ending up where I'm at now. (which some say is hardly a Tracker anymore.....but I disagree! )
I've got plenty of parts to back up my statement here. In stock form without upgraded axles and iron/steel front axle housings. Adding traction influencing devices, lockers, only makes the situation worse.
235 to 29's are pretty safe.
31"s are running the absolute ragged edge of dependability.
33's are borrowed time.
I ran a Lockright in the rear and 31X12.5 and 5.12 gears. I've got 6 broken axle shafts and 100 lb of aluminum axle housings in my shop with broken ears.
With stock tires I could get near 27-30 mpg
With 235's I could get no better than 23-25
31's no better than 20 and usually could never use 5th gear.

Other notable areas that need attention:
=Steering idler needs to be upgraded if you go with any larger tires.
=Front damper bolts are only a problem if you remove it and don't put loctite on the threads when you reassemble it.
=U-joints need careful looking after. If you trash a joint. replacing the joint is a real PITA.The C clips from most u-joints are to thick to fit in the locking groove. You can pinch the locking groove when removing the joint and then the yoke is not fixable.
=Shock towers need a brace if one isn't already there. You WILL fold the towers in. Especially if you like a bit of air every now and then.
=Camber is not adjustable in stock form but many solutions exist out there to add it in.
=Distributor o-ring WILL leak.

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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:33 PM   #15
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Stock tire size daily driving you guys have scene 30 mpg??
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Mine used to get 30mpg with stock tires. After the K&N filter and a good tuneup. I get 25 with bigger tires an the Calmini header.
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