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Old 02-11-2020, 08:04 PM
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Hi all, I am thinking about another project. The same guy that I got the Suzuki mini truck from has a 1988 mittsubisi mini van, it has a supercharged engine 5 speed with hi and lo 4X4 just like the truck and I can get it for the same price $5k I was thinking of putting the tracks on the van for winter use as it.
1- is a van
2- has rear seats that fold up and down for passengers or cargo
3- even with the seats up there is a good sized cargo area and also luggage or gear can go up top.
It would just be more comfortable than the truck with the wife, dog in the front. it even has a large powered sun roof.
Then put tires on the Suzuki for summer use. Also later if another set of tracks come up for a reasonable price I could put them on the truck too. Opinions please. Marty
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:24 PM
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Just do it.
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:14 PM
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Just do it.
Made a deal on it. Got it for $4500.00. I will have to plan to go get it, its about 1.5 hours away and I am a little busy with work so it will have to be a Saturday either this one or next. Marty
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Everyone wants tracks now.

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This goes way better than the Tesla.
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Tracked Tesla or Barbie Jeep? The Jeep gets my thumbs up.
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Gonna have to get the moderator to dump these junk posts, seriously two tracked vehicles in 4x4 section ???!!!
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Hi all, picked up the mini mini van yesterday. I cleaned it up and looked it over today. The strut tower bolt pattern seem to be the same as the Suzuki so that will make the front lift kit easy, in the rear its going to take a 3" spacer block instead of spring shackles. I will get some parts ordered and start making the anti rotation parts to put the tracks on it. Then I will put 26" UTV tires and wheels on the Suzuki for summer Mountain use and the van for winter. No more dog in my lap. I will post as I go. Marty
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Did you talk to the dog about this? I know my dog preferred the lap position!
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Did you talk to the dog about this? I know my dog preferred the lap position!
Im sure dads little boy enjoys the front more to but my nuts don't. I have to tie him in the back seat in my daily driver, his 100# ass almost killed us a couple times by sticking his leg thru the steering wheel while trying to get something he saw out the window.
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Im sure dads little boy enjoys the front more to but my nuts don't. I have to tie him in the back seat in my daily driver, his 100# ass almost killed us a couple times by sticking his leg thru the steering wheel while trying to get something he saw out the window.
My girl was an 18# cocker spaniel. She loved sitting in my lap watching the people in other cars. Once were were on the road she would go to sleep on the passenger floorboard. “Wake me up when we get there”
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Today the lift kit for the mini mini van showed up. I have 2 options.

1- put the Camso tracks on it from the Suzuki then put tires on the Suzuki using the van in winter and truck in summer. ( original plan )

2- leave the tracks on the Suzuki and buy a new set of Mattracks EZ UTV tracks for up to 3500#. They have a roller on top that shapes the track around the wheel well and extends the length. With these tracks the front tracks and the rear tracks will almost touch greatly increasing flotation.

I didn't have any trouble with the Camso tracks and flotation but tires and wheels will be $1000.00 and the Mattracks tracks are $4000.00. and then I would be tracked summer and winter plus I would have 2 snow capable vehicles in winter.

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A M T ! Always More Tracks
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I’m all about tracks but Tracks are only good in the summer if you NEED them, they experience a lot of wear on dirt and a lot of the urethane parts grind down fast, so IMO winter tracks; summer tires
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We don't leave the tracks on our boss, or any other atv or utv we've used over the summer. They bite on dry land, no matter what the manufacturer claims.
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We don't leave the tracks on our boss, or any other atv or utv we've used over the summer. They bite on dry land, no matter what the manufacturer claims.
You guys have a lot more seat time with them than I do but keep in mind even in the summer they might see 100 miles maximum all summer. The dirt up there is very fine like powder fine. with steep grades 30 degrees. The tracks would help, with all with slow speeds under 15 mph. In the summer there is no water at all. How much reduction in track and wheels longevity in % do you think I would realize?
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Since it is an election year I’ll give you a political answer...it depends... and it all depends on your dirt type and temperatures in which your material reaches...hotter = faster wear, but if your application is low speed and steep climbs then tracks might be your best bet.
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Just a couple thoughts, even though I have no experience in this.

Tracks do get used on all sorts of terrain when 'needed'. I heard one of the tower guys say he was on his 4th or 5th set of terra tracks on a 2002 Tucker. The cat is a tool to get a job done. When you have to run on bare ground the first half of the trip and drifts the second half, that's what you do. It's just the cost of operation. For personal use, just have to decide if the cost of operation is worth it. Like you say, not high use, not high speed. Personally I look at it like, if I can get there in a jeep that's a better way. Unless I just want the fun of the cat.
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Hi all, reporting from the work cabin in the middle of a Ca. shelter in place order. We drove straight here and tomorrow we will drive straight home. There is a lot more snow here this time, the snow is all the way down to the staging area and range from about 2' at the bottom averaged a little more than 3 feet higher up with some 5'-7' drifts. it had just snowed so it is still very soft where you sink to your crotch. This was the big test for the Suzuki and did very well, with people dog and cargo about 1000# and it never even hinted at getting stuck.
The whole trip was without having to put the lockers on. The van will be great next year too.
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