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Old 06-05-2003, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 'con worth the drive for me?

Hey all, I have always considered doing the 'con, but I live in SLC so its a reallllllly long drive I would take my sammy, but we all know how soft of a ride a sammy is and how little gear i can carry in it for the probable 25+hour drive(more time for sure with a 60mph top speed in the sammy)So, I was considering trying it in my '99 chev tracker/vitara....I'm wondering if it is capable enough to do the 'con and worth my time&money to drive out there ((especially if my tracker cant make it)...anyway, heres my rig setup 3"suspension lift, 2"bodylift, 30" mud terrains, OME extended lenght struts up front(wishin for a SAS)24" doestech's in the rear, skid plates, rock rails and a lock-wrong in the rear diff. The tracker gets around 21-24" of articulation b4 lifting a tire up(depending on how the vehicle is weighted, i have a hard time fully compressing the springs and getting max articulation out) I consider myself a pretty good driver and have done some of the tougher trails in moab. Anyway, give me your opinion (serious ones, cause i know how many 's my tracker about to get or if any of you have done both the 'con and moab, it would be great if i could a comparison as to trail difficulty (I know they are 2 seperate beasts being slickrock and sierra shit) but any comparison would help. ...oh, and in response to the suburu guys doing it, I, unlike them may bring a to trade with the rednecks for assistance
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Hell yeah, bring it! I would suggest adding rock sliders and a winch before your trip Let us know when you're going to be there and someone will step up and make the trip with you.

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Old 06-05-2003, 10:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I already have the rock sliders..they took a nice hard hit on them last week too in moab when i decided to do the wedge (on poison spider)in the dark, no spotter and in the rain(i can hear the redneck banjo's playin already) and decided to slip a tire off the wet wall and started to go down. rockslider saved my doors arse ..as for the winch, i'm working on designing a bumper that will take a winch and work with the 99 tracker setup...problem is, the air pump that actuates the automatic hubs is hidden up in the front bumper along with some sort of airbag BS so i have to work around that, but one should be ready b4 going....
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Ok, sounds like you're up to the challenge! Have you considered a multi-mount style for the winch? IMO, it's not prefered but I've seen them work
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Old 06-05-2003, 11:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 06-05-2003, 12:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the drive from salt lake is not that far its like driving to moab
and back to salt lake. if its a driving problem throw that thing
in the back of a uhaul and get a friend to split the cost.
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Old 06-06-2003, 06:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you do decide to run it this summer, give me a holler and if my Toyota is done, I'd be willing to run it. I'm up in Clearfield, so we could do the carpool thing. I'd have to have a little notice to get the leave from the Military, but it shouldn't be all that big of a problem. A friend of mine and I were considering making the run this fall... Too bad i'm working on selling my trailer, it would have been able to haul atleast 2 trucks, plus the the tow rig is pretty nice!

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Old 06-06-2003, 07:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hell yeah, come on out and give the 'Con a shot. Back in the olden days a bunch of us would drive from Georgetown, CA to Durango, CO for a week or 2 of wheeling every year. SLC's closer than Durango.
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Old 06-08-2003, 11:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
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doing 80 it only takes about 9 hours to get to south lake tahoe from SLC. so it will probably only take you about 15 not 25+
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Old 06-10-2003, 05:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Are we talking about a new tracker\vitera?, my mother has one of those!!!!! They make lift kits and stuff for them........SWEET!! I know what she is getting for next mother's day. I want to get pics, it sound set up. I have never ran the con but plan on my first trip in july, but in february of this year, at the beginning when SLC got like a week of powder, we were snowboarding at Snowbird, Solitude, and the Canyons from there we loaded to Lake Tahoe to board Kirkwood and Heavenly. The roads were covered a lot of the way in the white stuff and it took us 14hrs or so, we also had a friend that turned 21 in SLC (thats why we were on the trip) so we stopped for several at EVERY rest stop. You should be able to do it in 10hrs or so, if you keep a good pace. I'd do it! post some pics of that rig!!
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like everyone else would say.. yea.. but not now.. read the poor rubicon thread.. I have a 93 wrangler 4" confer lift 3" body lift.. and 33" tires.. I didnt even try it last sat.. the gate keeper is in bad shape..
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Old 06-15-2003, 03:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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JUST DO IT! Rent or borrow a pick-up and trailer just in case. you'll have a blast. Hope your locked up front...makes it lots easier!
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the gatekeeper is in perfect shape! doin its job, that wrangler should have made it though. i saw open/open diffs making it

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