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Old 12-16-2012, 03:54 AM   #31
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That's exciting to deal with, between that and the spedo corrections its a lot to...er... keep Track of.
Wear your seat belt.

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Old 12-16-2012, 12:17 PM   #32
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Looks like you have introduced oversteer and lots of it. May be able to compensate for that somehow by lowering the front/increasing the rear.Try 4 psi differential and see what happens. I am old enough to remember the Corvairs,mounted a few of their tires and apply some of the same principles to my newer GM, otherwise steers like a pig.

I said "maybe" : http://www.timskelton.com/lightning/...orrections.htm
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:26 PM   #33
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How are the shocks?
Could have a lot of effect on the handling.

My lifted Samurai doesn't waggle like that and I'm running 31s with about 14 psi in them.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:44 PM   #34
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It used 30.89 mpg. I'll call it a good shakedown. Sus&steering is fine. They all do that. I'm going to learn to love this thing.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:39 AM   #35
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^^^ The fix is to stay off the Interstate.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:42 AM   #36
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I had one of these the first year it came out and I wish I still had it. It was a great vehicle. Lots of fun to drive, economical, and good looking. You got a heck of a deal.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:32 PM   #37
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^^^ The fix is to stay off the Interstate.
When I was moving from NE to IA, one trip had my Tracker laden with possessions (as laden as a Tracker can be anyway) when we started hitting some freezing rain about half an hour out from Iowa City. Traffic kept slowing down, slowing down, slowing down, until we were going about 35mph on I-80.

I can't remember exactly what I did, but I either let off the throttle slightly or just barely tapped the brake when the rear end broke loose. The thing started fishtailing, then whipped me around 180 degrees to face the oncoming semis, then whipped me back the other way again and parked the rear end in the snow bank in the median. Completely fucking horrifying.

My advice - these things with 4wd can scoot pretty well in the snow. However, mine without ABS, couldn't stop for shit. Any time you would get on the brakes when on ice or hardpack snow and damn thing would start fishtailing. Give yourself lots of room to stop this winter.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:00 PM   #38
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New pics w/ new tires.



The wheel wells are good for 31"s



More 'They all do that' There's supposed to be some sort of plastic clips for this alum window bottom. I'll find a fix for it after it starts pissing me off.



Not shiny.



edit: Smugthugged this from thumpertalk, daydreaming...

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:17 PM   #39
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I still have my 96 4WD.
Love this little bugger.

Its only got 51,000 miles on it as I moto commute.
I don't find it dangerous or scary at any legal speeds.
I am running larger than stock tires, 235's if my memory is correct.

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Old 12-17-2012, 06:27 PM   #40
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Those wheelwells will fit 31s once, after that they will never look the same again.
My Samurai doesn't go fast enough to get near the interstate.

I have cars for that, it serves another purpose.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #41
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Yeah, second gen Trakicks look dorky with the stock wheels/tires.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:12 AM   #42
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Those wheelwells will fit 31s once, after that they will never look the same again.
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Its been YEARS since I went though upsizing the tires, but I think the 235's I have on mine are as big as you can run on a non-lifted tracker without any rubbing issues.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:08 PM   #43
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:59 PM   #44
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Nice score. I've always thought that if one lived in a small beach town or on an island/etc that one of these things (with 4WD) would be an ideal runabout. Great for sand and some fun offroading to get to certain spots.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:18 PM   #45
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Which is why the islands of the Caribbean are crawling with them.
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