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Old January 16th, 2008, 05:44 AM   #1
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Tracker in need of Traction!

I have been building up a 90 Geo Tracker, I am new to these and I am looking for a little advice.
My goal is for a fun roadable woods rig but I don't wish to sink too much doe into it. I have just installed 31" Super Mudders, 2" suspension lift, slight fender trimming, and a 2" body lift. I have read up on a "The Fozzy Alteration" to the Third Members gears where they weld in 4 places, but recommended for off road only. Is this what is done when people talk about a welded differential? I see one company that has developed a Front Locker but $400 is a bit more than I want to spend without careful consideration. If I ran a locker in the front could I use a spool in the rear and still have a good roadable machine?
And lastly should I toss the Sway Bars for improved articulation? If I do will it dangerously effect road safety?
Any advise would be appreciated.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 06:05 AM   #2
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Stay away from anything that will increase the traction capability of the front end. The aluminum front housing can't take the additional load. I ripped the mounting ears off at least 5 of them during some relatively moderate wheeling trips. If you upgrade to the OEM Grand Vitara iron housing or Calmini's steel Anvil you could get away with some form of locker in there but I would shy away from anything welded in the front.
Back in my stockish Tracker days I ran 31's, lock-right rear and open front and still managed to twist 3 rear axles. Your right at your limit for tire size as the axles would be the weak link in the whole system. The factory sway bar doesn't adversly affect your articulation enough to remove it. I tried it both ways and just left mine on.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 06:59 AM   #3
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Doug,
Stay away from anything that will increase the traction capability of the front end. The aluminum front housing can't take the additional load. I ripped the mounting ears off at least 5 of them during some relatively moderate wheeling trips. If you upgrade to the OEM Grand Vitara iron housing or Calmini's steel Anvil you could get away with some form of locker in there but I would shy away from anything welded in the front.
Back in my stockish Tracker days I ran 31's, lock-right rear and open front and still managed to twist 3 rear axles. Your right at your limit for tire size as the axles would be the weak link in the whole system. The factory sway bar doesn't adversly affect your articulation enough to remove it. I tried it both ways and just left mine on.
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