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Old 03-06-2012, 11:53 AM   #126 (permalink)
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where in mn is this? im just over the river to the west
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:18 PM   #127 (permalink)
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Any of you tow your geo,zuks, vitarras with a half ton?.

I tuged mine all over with my 01 frontier 1/4 ton from gj up to billings and out to loma. But now i have a 1 ton psd no issues tuging anything now.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:54 AM   #128 (permalink)
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nice work! i'll be starting my 94 tracker build shortly, might have to "borrow" a few ideas
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #129 (permalink)
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I cannot take credit for the idea, but I think I just brought more attention to the possibilities of making a cool little buggy at a 3rd of the cost. Plus it is a lot of fun to build your own little projects.

This little project has been a lot of fun and no stress. I have my full truggy to go play with and can tackle this as funds and time allow.

It is nice to just plop it in a corner and worry about it a week later.

Side note: Bonus comes this Friday. Time to start buying the cool expensive shit. I am about $300 dollars down already for this entire project.

Costs coming
$1200 in brackets, links, and rebuild parts from ruff stuff and Trail Gear
$1200 for the PSC full hydro
$300 in more tube
$500 in winches
$700 in spools and gears
$700 for set up. labor
$200 in misc consumables and crap.

Probably have about $5100 by the time I am done.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:25 PM   #130 (permalink)
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Fab Table

I'm interested in your welding/fab table, can we see some good pics and details on it. is your welder inside it? thanks
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #131 (permalink)
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Damn that is funny. I have more comments on that table. I found it at an architectural firm that I demolished to build an office. The fooker is heavy duty 1" ply/fiberboard shit all the way around with heavy duty castors. I put the plasma and the welder underneath. Threw some 1/8 diamond plate on the top and drilled all the bench tools to it. It has the grinder, vice, and tube notcher. I drilled out the sides to run all the cables from the machines. You can pound the shit out of that table as well. I have done several u-joints in that vice.

The little bins go all the way through. They are like a map rack for drafting. I put all the scrap angle, strap and some times tube in there.

I also found some 50' cable burried at drilling site in Wyoming during some site clean up. I can roll that thing all the way out of the house and weld out in the alley.

I will take some closer pics this weekend and post up on Monday. Going to get some tube Friday afternoon for some weekend bending.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:36 AM   #132 (permalink)
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There are two fans on the Tracker. One mechanical and the other is electrical. Has anybody ever pulled the mechanical fan off from the motor and just ran the electrical fan only?

I am asking because I want to slope the radiator back and get as close to the motor as possible. Slanting the radiator will allowme some more up travel in the suspension.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:21 AM   #133 (permalink)
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Still looking for an answer above, but I think that I will be OK. I have seen some samis with the mechanical fan pulled in favor of some electric fans.

Any how. Here is an update.

It has been several weeks since I last updated this. I picked up some stickies from Spy. This thing just keeps snow balling. I will still have the 34' ltbs for the fire roads and fun, but now I will have to buy some longs for the front fro sure to run the 37' krawlers. On to the pictures



I am 5'8" and the cage is sitting about my height. It looks like I will have about 10" of up travel if I leave this at this height. I still want it a bit lower. The belly is sitting at 19 inches now.





Did some work on the roll cage.



This is where it sits now. It is tiny and looking better and better each day.

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:13 AM   #134 (permalink)
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Very nice little build. Subscribed
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:03 AM   #135 (permalink)
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I like the top cage work! Looking good.. This will be a nice tight trail wheeler!
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #136 (permalink)
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I've had a few of these over the years and the only real issues I had was clutch's, rust, and the wiring going to the fuel tank getting pinched between the body and a lip on the fuel tank. I actually bought a couple that quit running due to that reason and pretty much stole them from the PO's I was thinking of getting a next gen tracker, 96 and up year I believe and doing something along the lines of what you have here.

Can't wait to see it done.

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:36 PM   #137 (permalink)
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The stock electrical fan is an auxiliary for when the A/C is on.

An electric fan is a great idea, but you will need one that pulls more air/CFM to cool the entire engine.

I prefer an OEM fan from a junk yard rather than anything aftermarket. OEM fans are more durable pull less amps, and move more air. 90% of them come with a shroud and they are about $150 less. The Lincoln mark series cars have one of the best sized, most efficient fans I have come across and come with a shroud perfect for the Samurai 1.3/1.6-8v/1.6-16v radiators.

Doorman makes a OEM replacement that looks identical and performs well if you absolutely have to have new.

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Old 04-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #139 (permalink)
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Thanks for the fan response. No pun. I have pulled the ac and sold it. Won't really do me any good. Less junk around the motor, less pull on the motor....I am going to use the electric fan that came with the truck and watch the heat when I first take it out.....Not sure if that day will ever come. I will report back.
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Maybe I am misunderstanding, are you going to try the electric fan that came stock on the track/kick?

What I am saying is that the electric fan that came stock on the tracker is not big enough, it is only for aux cooling. If you run that fan there's a high chance you will overheat before you get out of the garage.
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If I fail.....I will personally send you 5 bucks. When I tube the front half I will be sure to leave some extra space in there to put in a bigger electric fan.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #142 (permalink)
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loving the build, your little portable work bench looks sweet, have you got ant close up pics of that, would be very helpful in the garage
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Maybe I am misunderstanding, are you going to try the electric fan that came stock on the track/kick?

What I am saying is that the electric fan that came stock on the tracker is not big enough, it is only for aux cooling. If you run that fan there's a high chance you will overheat before you get out of the garage.
I wired up my aux fan as my main cooling fan after removing my a/c. Works like a charm for the last 3 years, including all day long trail rides in the middle of the summer. Haven't overheated once.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:34 PM   #144 (permalink)
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BAM fn yam.


Than means....Send me my five bucks. I hold my bet and prove it myself, but that was what I was hoping for.
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loving the build, your little portable work bench looks sweet, have you got ant close up pics of that, would be very helpful in the garage
Just look up some of my other threads. IT is a cool little tool. Heavy as fuck, but awesome in the garage and back alley.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:02 AM   #146 (permalink)
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More work done. Slow progress

Fuel tank mocked up and tacked.





Wheel spacers for 50 bucks for the front. 1.5"



Fire wall between the tank and occupants

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Looks good! That cage has some cool lines to it!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:41 AM   #148 (permalink)
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Where the magic happens



Got to find a home for this bad boy.



Progress





I had a scary moment last night. I was trying to pry that front engine hoop around the dash to get to the main roll cage. Tight fit. I was pulling really fn hard and the tube smashed my middle finger between the dash and hoop.

I was stuck for about 2 minutes with no cell phone. Adrenaline took over and snapped my finger out of the jam. Ripped the middle finger nail pretty darn good. Couple bud lights fixed it right up.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:08 AM   #149 (permalink)
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Ordered my link and bracket parts from TRAIL GEAR and RUFF STUFF today from Scotty at ADDICTED OFFROAD.

Fun begins in a week or so. I am at the point where I need to start having all the expensive shit to finish chassis work.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:32 PM   #150 (permalink)
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will be a fun little toy looks like love the bottle opener
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