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11-10-2019 11:46 PM
oober Now that I am in-between day jobs for a week, I have embarked on a new project.

No bueno


Lots of rusty bolts later:


Big tank = big hole


Sitting in the hole


Much better


Still lots left to do, but there is no going back now so I guess I gotta finish it.

More pics and details here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-1/
11-04-2019 11:44 PM
oober I didn't feel like going to bed, so I took some of the time lapse video and pictures from welding the rear diff and made a quick video out of it just for giggles/practice.


Haven't been doing much on the projects lately due to personal shenanigans and kids. Friday is my last day at my current job and I'm starting a new job here in a couple of weeks that is way closer and will cut about an hour a day off my commute.

I do plan on taking a week off between the jobs though, and I have a couple of projects I might be able to get to on PJ.
08-29-2019 10:06 PM
YotaAtieToo Sweet, I've heard those have have really good traction in the rocks
08-29-2019 09:27 PM
lwb86 im liking all the mods so far. might steal your bumper mod for the winter beater . its kind of dicked from drift smashing from last year
08-29-2019 08:54 PM
oober Boom!

4 Rocktane XS 29x10x15 used for $150.

My dad picked them up for me today but I won't get them for a couple weeks when he heads back home from out of state.

I would have preferred 30's but these were so cheap I couldn't pass them up.







Between these tires and the wheels, it puts me right at $2k total invested in this project. Not too shabby.

Might go do some light duty wheeling this weekend.
08-22-2019 12:29 PM
2big bronco
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Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
$200 will probably get you some shit tires.

If you want to be cheap, you need something like this

Set of 4 (FOUR) Crosswind M/T Mud Tires - 30X9.50R15LT 104Q C (6 Ply) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TNH4V2H..._BSGxDb7WZF2JX

I almost got the 31s and cut every other lug out like people do with boggers and Mt claws


As far as the caliper rubbing the wheel, I bolted on a typical black rock crawler and it didn't look like it would take much to get them to fit. The samurai wheels on the other hand, are almost flat and pretty much need a 1" spacer.

I actually have those crosswinds on a 2 dr tracker and they seem to do very well.



And yes, 1" spacer to clear. These are 1-1/4" I had laying around
08-21-2019 09:27 PM
YotaAtieToo $200 will probably get you some shit tires.

If you want to be cheap, you need something like this

Set of 4 (FOUR) Crosswind M/T Mud Tires - 30X9.50R15LT 104Q C (6 Ply) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TNH4V2H..._BSGxDb7WZF2JX

I almost got the 31s and cut every other lug out like people do with boggers and Mt claws


As far as the caliper rubbing the wheel, I bolted on a typical black rock crawler and it didn't look like it would take much to get them to fit. The samurai wheels on the other hand, are almost flat and pretty much need a 1" spacer.
08-21-2019 08:08 PM
oober Good things come to those who stalk Marketplace relentlessly

Found a set of 15x8 wagon wheels and picked them up last weekend. $125 for 5 matching wheels.




Did I mention I LOVE tripping over kids stuff to get to my tools


Bolted one on just for giggles to see where it rubbed on the brakes. I forgot to measure but if I were to guess they are about 1" less backspacing then the original 16" wheels.


I have heard a lot of people talk about the wheels rubbing, but have yet to see any pictures of what was actually done about it. So with the wheel loosely bolted on I spun it to mark where it was rubbing.

Haven't done it yet but I feel comfortable shaving off just enough of the outer edge of the caliper here. There is some pretty decent meat there.


The high spots on the welds might need a very light touch with the grinder (ignore the rust, just look at the fresh scratched spots)



Now I am on a mission to find some 30x10x15 SXS or UTV tires. I have come across a couple but no killer deals yet. I am targeting like $200 or less if anybody has any laying around and is near KC.
08-07-2019 05:15 PM
2big bronco
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Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
Im about 90% sure the wheels off my 99 were 15s

They are/were
08-06-2019 04:38 PM
rennat_2006 The 2000 vitara i had were 15" steel wheels.
08-06-2019 03:45 PM
YotaAtieToo
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Originally Posted by 86chevyjoe View Post
Are the trackick wheels 15"?? thought they were all 16
Im about 90% sure the wheels off my 99 were 15s
08-06-2019 02:21 PM
86chevyjoe
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Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
Or stock 2nd Gen tracker wheels, more ugly, but don't need spacers.

I've always wanted a set of mid 90s F150 stock forged alcoas
Are the trackick wheels 15"?? thought they were all 16
08-05-2019 04:54 PM
YotaAtieToo
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Originally Posted by 86chevyjoe View Post
stock samurai wheels w/ 1.5" spacers - $100 or less
Or stock 2nd Gen tracker wheels, more ugly, but don't need spacers.

I've always wanted a set of mid 90s F150 stock forged alcoas
08-05-2019 04:40 PM
86chevyjoe
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Originally Posted by oober View Post
I like the ATV tires. I think I will have to get a second set of wheels that are 15's (with less backspacing to clear the brakes) and so I don't have to run the ATV tires on the street. Hmmm, now I just need to find some cheap ones

Good point. I didn't think about the TSL's being stiff. I was more impressed with just how cheap they were. I didn't get them so the hunt continues.
stock samurai wheels w/ 1.5" spacers - $100 or less
08-02-2019 10:42 PM
oober Finally got around to posting about welding up the rear diff. These drop out 3rd members are a lot of work compared to what I am used to .



Yard sale...


Gertrude telling me I was going to get in trouble for stinking up the house... right before I got the evil eye for stinking up the house (preheating in the oven before I started welding)


Think it will hold?


For way more pics and steps go here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...itara-tracker/
08-02-2019 10:33 PM
oober
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Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
Yes, I believe it's a samurai lock rite and they machine it and/or the carrier to get it to fit.

I hear ya, I didn't realize the whole diff assembly was aluminum when I bought it.

Next thing I would suggest is these

Maxxis Carnivore Radial Tire 29x9.5-15 for Arctic Cat 700 TRV LTD 2013-2015 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079QNJLJ1..._mxfoDbAXGY97D

I have the 32s and the traction is impressive, the 29s should fit with a lot let drama.
I like the ATV tires. I think I will have to get a second set of wheels that are 15's (with less backspacing to clear the brakes) and so I don't have to run the ATV tires on the street. Hmmm, now I just need to find some cheap ones

Quote:
Originally Posted by 86chevyjoe View Post
definitely do the maxxis carnivores over the stiff bias TSL's.

but go with the 30x10r15
Good point. I didn't think about the TSL's being stiff. I was more impressed with just how cheap they were. I didn't get them so the hunt continues.
07-24-2019 03:27 PM
86chevyjoe definitely do the maxxis carnivores over the stiff bias TSL's.

but go with the 30x10r15
07-24-2019 07:01 AM
YotaAtieToo
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Originally Posted by oober View Post
That is the 'custom' diff on their website that you have to send a core in for right?

https://www.trailtough.com/product/s...-front-locker/

While I would love to have one, I am going to stay away from a front locker for as long as possible. I am having fun doing more wheeling and less repairs from the trail at the moment.


I am still under $2k with this entire build . Going to try to keep it cheap and reliable.
Yes, I believe it's a samurai lock rite and they machine it and/or the carrier to get it to fit.

I hear ya, I didn't realize the whole diff assembly was aluminum when I bought it.

Next thing I would suggest is these

Maxxis Carnivore Radial Tire 29x9.5-15 for Arctic Cat 700 TRV LTD 2013-2015 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079QNJLJ1..._mxfoDbAXGY97D

I have the 32s and the traction is impressive, the 29s should fit with a lot let drama.
07-23-2019 11:19 PM
oober Took PJ out to do some wheeling at KS Rocks a couple of weekends ago. It was a Midwest Krawlers event that had about 40 vehicles turn out. It was fun.

I didn't post about it yet but over the last month I welded the rear spiders, boy was it an improvement. This damn truck went up just about everything I pointed it at.

My big issues were belly and gas tank clearance. The transmission crossmember and gas tank have some pretty big dents and I knocked the exhaust off bottoming out in some large ruts (was able to slip it back on easily, just a loose exhaust clamp). Other than that everything worked great.

I bought an Amazon knock off GoPro and suction cup mount so I made up a quick video of PJ doing his thing. It starts off slow with a time lapse of loading up so feel free to fast forward to the good stuff.


I had a lot more video but my video editor software crashed and I didn't feel like doing it again so it is going to stay how it is
07-23-2019 11:08 PM
oober
Quote:
Originally Posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
Want to buy a front trail tough locker? I bought one and ended up putting a Toyota diff in instead.
That is the 'custom' diff on their website that you have to send a core in for right?

https://www.trailtough.com/product/s...-front-locker/

While I would love to have one, I am going to stay away from a front locker for as long as possible. I am having fun doing more wheeling and less repairs from the trail at the moment.


I am still under $2k with this entire build . Going to try to keep it cheap and reliable.
07-23-2019 10:45 PM
rennat_2006 Good to see you back again Oober, I was hoping I would see you back here with another project one of these days.

Funny I had one of those rings about 6 months ago, I took it on trade thinking I'd use it for chasing coyotes. Took it out a few times and it just made me miss my blazer everytime so it helped persuade me to get back on it. Mine was a 4 cyl automatic with a lockrite in the rear, would have been a hell of alot funner rig with a 5speed.

Might want to pick up a cam sensor for it and through it in the glovebox, I had issues with mine and from what I read it's a common fail item.
07-23-2019 10:25 PM
YotaAtieToo Want to buy a front trail tough locker? I bought one and ended up putting a Toyota diff in instead.
07-23-2019 08:04 PM
oober Anybody near Lincoln/Omaha that wants to pick up some wheels/tires for me in Murdock NE and store them for a little bit until I can get up that way? Or anybody on their way from that area to KC?

I found a nice set of 31" TSL's on aftermarket wagon wheels that would fit PJ for cheap but can't get up there this weekend and the guy wants them gone within a week. I am in Kansas City.
06-22-2019 12:36 AM
oober Finally got to go wheeling! This was back on June 9th.

PJ did great, the Exploder did great towing it also. No breakage and PJ kept up with the jeeps in the group just fine, nothing a little momentum couldn't overcome!

There were over 150 rigs at KS rocks. It was a busy day!



I got no action shots of PJ. This parked shot is the best I've got!


This is the hill above where I was parked. PJ made it up in one shot, it was pretty rocky where the blue jeep is stopped. He ended up backing down and finding another route.


Video from the event posted to the Midwest Crawlers YouTube

BOOM! Check out that massive flex Removing the sway bar appears to have helped quite a bit. It still behaves just fine on-road with it off, just a little more body roll.


More pics here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...unflower-ride/


Since the trip I have just been tinkering with it and driving it to work occasionally.

I spent some time washing the mud out of the undercarriage so less mud would fall on my head during my next mod that I just started on
06-22-2019 12:20 AM
oober
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Originally Posted by SHARPMACHINE View Post
Really dig this build thread. The u-bolt repair of the front diff is similar to other repairs I have scene but, you explained it very well.

Thanks for sharing!!!!
Thanks SharpMachine!

I researched this mod to death and I can't remember if I saw a picture with a u-bolt or just read about it. Almost everything I found was 10+ years old and had broken picture links, so I wanted to make sure I documented well for others.
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