I bought a Tracker

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RLK, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    ABS would be handy. My dad had originally bought mine for the 4x4 in the Nebraska winters. Problem was, it didn't have ABS, and anytime you tapped the brakes it would start fishtailing like a motherfucker. That eventually put me in the median of I-80 when I was using it to get moved and the weather turned to freezing rain.
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  2. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Iowa City?
    How's things in the flat land?
    Charlie's bar still open?
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  3. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    That is the most air I have ever seen a car do on youtube. Hats off to the crazy rednecks. Wonder if he drove it home. Shocks busted?
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  4. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    I'm sure he bent and broke some stuff.
    But they are a damn tough vehicle.
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  5. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    I'm not aware of a Charlie's in Iowa City anymore... Everything else is swell though!
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  6. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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  7. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    By now you probably have figured out that i'm not the smartest person you'll never meet. I'm a never ending-daydreamer. I daydream about a custom plug-in hybrid front drive system. In this dream I put 4x4 front end parts in from manual hubs to the pumpkin and drive it w/electrons. Re-gen brakes, electric only mode or electric start and only use gas power to the rear for 3rd gear+ needs. Unlock the hubs and shut it all off and drive it normally gas RWD mode for long highway stretches. There's room for batts under the seats.

    I don't think they teach this kind of stuff at the community college...

    ...also in this daydream the roof doesn't leak. If you find a good used hardtop laying around please holler. Thanks
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  8. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Hardtops are expensive, new soft tops are under $200 and shouldn't leak.
    You need to get over here, join up and look around. http://www.zukikrawlers.com
    There is a good used parts section, and plenty of knowledge about what you are driving.

    I didn't know a thing about my Zuk when I got it, but learned a lot on ZK.
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  9. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Mine had a Besttop hardtop on it. I think it worked well for a few years but it started leaking all over the place eventually. Also, when windows would get knocked out of it, replacements were almost impossible to find. I always wanted another ragtop but my dad claimed it would be too noisy.
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  10. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    Recent developments have allowed me to get this thing somewhat squared away. Its got new Dunlops in 185 65R 15. The spec size 195 75R no longer exists. I still have KLR envy so Rather than the more expensive 205 70Rs I went smaller/cheaper. By my best guesstimate these are 8% smaller than OEM. 65mph indicated is only 60 actual mph. I took a trip to ere109's xmx party by the exact route Goog maps gives at 69.0 miles. The odo measured 153.6 directly to and back. Off by a factor of .898 or whatever. On the trip I was aiming for 75 indicated. I can describe it as feeling like driving a flying windshield, quite an aerodynamic disaster scraping along through the air, half fast, 3800 rpm. The short base magnifies steering inputs. A little wiggle of the wheel can turn into an ugly swerve. The wall of air that dumps off the sides of bigger vehicles at speed wants to push the little buggy around a lot. That's exciting to deal with, between that and the spedo corrections its a lot to...er... keep Track of. :lol3
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  11. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Wear your seat belt.

    :amazon
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  12. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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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.:wink:

    I said "maybe" : http://www.timskelton.com/lightning/race_prep/suspension/corrections.htm
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  13. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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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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  14. RLK

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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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  15. JamesG

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    ^^^ The fix is to stay off the Interstate.
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  16. gatling

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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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  17. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    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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  18. RLK

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    New pics w/ new tires.

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    The wheel wells are good for 31"s :lol3

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    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.

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    Not shiny.

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    edit: Smugthugged this from thumpertalk, daydreaming...

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  19. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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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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  20. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Those wheelwells will fit 31s once, after that they will never look the same again. :lol3
    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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