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Ok , its time to start the Mattracks installation on the mini mini van. This morning I washed it off and took it to the shop. Pulled the front wheels off and was able to get one side on the front lift kit installed. It was much easier than the Suzuki. After jacking it up and removing the front tires.

1- Remove the 3 nuts holding the top of the strut in place on the body.
2- Remove the bottom bolt where the strut attaches the spindle and push down and pull out at the same time, this gives access to the top of the strut outside the fender well.
3- compress the spring and remove the center nut on the top strut mount. remove the the nut then the mounting plate ( be careful there are washers and spacers to drop and loose ) remove the spring.
4- the new spring is then installed, it went in easily with minimal compression of the spring.
5- After installing the top mount back on the strut add the new 3" spacer to the top and orient the plate as shown in the picture, The slot in the top is how you correct the castor and camber after adding the spacer, then reinstall the bottom bolt that holds the strut to the spindle.
One side took about an hour. Next I will do the other side and then move to the rear.
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Ok , its time to start the Mattracks installation on the mini mini van. This morning I washed it off and took it to the shop. Pulled the front wheels off and was able to get one side on the front lift kit installed. It was much easier than the Suzuki. After jacking it up and removing the front tires.

1- Remove the 3 nuts holding the top of the strut in place on the body.
2- Remove the bottom bolt where the strut attaches the spindle and push down and pull out at the same time, this gives access to the top of the strut outside the fender well.
3- compress the spring and remove the center nut on the top strut mount. remove the the nut then the mounting plate ( be careful there are washers and spacers to drop and loose ) remove the spring.
4- the new spring is then installed, it went in easily with minimal compression of the spring.
5- After installing the top mount back on the strut add the new 3" spacer to the top and orient the plate as shown in the picture, The slot in the top is how you correct the castor and camber after adding the spacer, then reinstall the bottom bolt that holds the strut to the spindle.
One side took about an hour. Next I will do the other side and then move to the rear.
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Today I got the lift kit finished and now the front is done. I started looking at what I am going to do in the rear. After measuring and pondering, I ordered a set of air shocks, that is the easiest option to raise it up a couple inches and wont sag when loaded with stuff.
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looking good
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any fire up you're way yet? If not start clearing you're property up there, there will be soon.
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Today I finished the lift kit on the van, the air shocks I ordered showed up yesterday. Learning from the Suzuki build you can save a lot of money resourcing you're own parts. The air shocks are a set of universal air shocks from eBay $78.00.The air shocks for the Suzuki were bought from a Mini truck parts dealer for over $200.00. The stud is smaller than the hole in the shocks so it is easily fixed with a piece of 1/2" poly tube as a spacer. Looks like I paid over $100.00 for .50 cents worth of poly tube the last time around. They worked out great 70# of air brought the rear 1/2" higher than the front. I have to modify the front 2 wheel spacers by opening up the hole that fits over the locking hub to 81mm, the rear is OK. I will get that done tomorrow. After the adapters are installed it will be time to bolt on the tracks and fabricate the anti rotation brackets. After the tracks are installed it will go another 8" higher. When I went to the cabin I looked at the burned Suzuki and determined that I can use a lot of the parts from it on the van. I plant to go there again soon so I will either remove the parts there or if enough time load it on the trailer and bring t home.
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Hi all, today I got the wheel adapters and the tracks on the van. I had to enlarge the center hole that clears the locking hub to 81mm to get them installed, the rear had no issues. Next I had to drill the stud holes in the tracks to 31/64 to fit the studs on the adapters, that didn't bother me as larger studs are stronger. I found that the Mattracks drive flange is not machined for a tapered lug nut. I used flange nuts, and the flange fits snugly in the counter bore so I feel good about it. When I do final assembly I will use blue locktite on everything ( too many stories involving the nuts falling off ). The ground clearance at the bumpers is 24" and 14" on the diff center section. There is only 24" of clearance between the tracks, thats a lot more track under it than the Camso tracks on the Suzuki plus the Matts are an inch wider and have more aggressive lugs on the tracks. The side doors even open, I was a little worried about that. Next is the final task of fabricating the anti rotation assemblies.
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Today, I started fabricating the attachment brackets for the anti rotation. First I tacked together a frame made from 3/16" x 3/4" flat bar for a trial fit as seen in the picture. Then I made the rest of the frames and welded them together.
Then welded 4" x 1/4" x 8" on one end so I had plenty of material to work with. In the picture of the frame around the rubber dampeners the flat bars the dampenets sit on for a square hole in the middle. The arms with the frames welded to them get a hole on center with a piece of pipe welded in that fits into the square hole, then a bolt from the back of the plate on the track gets a bolt with a big washer that goes through the backing plate through the pipe and a nut on the outside that holds the whole assembly together and allows it to pivot with the dampeners. ( if you can't understand my explanation you will have to wait until I finish. I am going to the cabin this weekend and will rob all the pivot parts from the Suzuki that may be used on the van. The front has to attach to a bracket that is on center of the lower ball joint so it won't bind while turning. The rear I can either go to the leaf spring mount towards the front or to the rear shock mount on the rear end. I need to think about it for a while now.
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wow that thing is looking good those tracks are definitely bigger. turning that mini into a beast! we have pretty good defensible space around our place never enough tho.... and with forest service closing the forest makes it interesting....
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wow that thing is looking good those tracks are definitely bigger. turning that mini into a beast! we have pretty good defensible space around our place never enough tho.... and with forest service closing the forest makes it interesting....
Thanks, it should even better than the Suzuki in the snow, and I was happy with that. Do you have to pass through BLM land to get to yours? At you're elevation there should be less trees to burn ( hopefully ) Have you been up there in the winter? That is really my favorite time to go to the cabin. Its takes more time to get there and more work hauling the van or snowcat but to me its worth every minute. I am headed there tomorrow to finish hooking up the solar panels, secure the gates and some clean up.
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No BLM land just forest service land. and yes my wife and i snowmobile up there every winter. definitely one of the best times to be up there! we are still in the tree line, we are proactive about tree clearing.
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