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Old April 9th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Well, my son is gonna be getting his first vehicle. It's a '99 chevy tracker with the 1.6l 4cyl, stick shift. It's the 2dr convertible. Bone stock. So... I'm clueless on these things except the gas mileage. It's gonna be a DD with occasional trails, etc but he's at the age when looks count too so looking to make it appear a bit tougher and perform a little better off road. I've read that 225/75/15 tires will fit without rubbing. Anyone have experience with mild lift, 31's? anything similar? Open to any/all info and suggestions. Not used to picking up vehicles I know so little about. Thanks in advance.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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Really? No-one knows anything about these things?
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If it has the 2.0 motor,make sure the timing belt has been changed.They have been known to bend valves when they brake.I havnt heard anything bad about them,other then that.
We had 30/9.50s on my freinds 99 4 door,they rubbed a little too much with no lift.
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There is a suzuki forum here, so look around there as well. I have considered one for a winter beater/light wheeler as well. I think you can do a 29-30 tire with a home-brew er.. cheap lift.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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make sure to check the front suspension crossmember. the like to rust out where they connect to the control arm attachment brackets. their known for rotting out. if it is then its not worth buying. I've know a few people who's had the problem. it cause so many problems. tire wobble, steering looseness, veihical pull to one side, front end noises ( clunk, bang, rattle, act.), vehicle shaking, or steering wheel rotations when shifting from reverse to drive or drive to revers.
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Ok, thx. Will def check that out and if rusting bad I'll brace it and weld her up. It's the 1.6btw.

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old man emu is a company that makes lift kits for the trackers and samurais bought one for my buddies
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Thx guys. Btw mods I didn't know there was a suzuki section... Could you move this there if I put in wrong place? sorry about that.

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make sure to check the front suspension crossmember. the like to rust out where they connect to the control arm attachment brackets. their known for rotting out. if it is then its not worth buying. I've know a few people who's had the problem. it cause so many problems. tire wobble, steering looseness, veihical pull to one side, front end noises ( clunk, bang, rattle, act.), vehicle shaking, or steering wheel rotations when shifting from reverse to drive or drive to revers.
Yes and no. We have bought several 99 up trackers because the crossmember rotted out.
You buy them cheap,then go to chevy to have the recall done.This cross member is bolted in,and no big deal to change.
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Yes and no. We have bought several 99 up trackers because the crossmember rotted out.
You buy them cheap,then go to chevy to have the recall done.This cross member is bolted in,and no big deal to change.
o alright. i had to do some research on one for a friend of mine. I've never owned one so i didn't know. i just knew where to look and how to test it. but i will remember what you said.
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