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ovrlndr

Tango Tracker

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This shouldn't be much of a build thread, but I bought well built rig.

1998 tracker
2.3l suzuki aerio motor
Front Trail Gear Rock Assault axle with chromoly axles, trail gear 5.29 diff with ARB locker
Rear stock Toyota axle with 5.29 gears and ARB locker
Trail Tough Trail Slayer SAS kit
ARB twin compressor with 1 Gallon Viair tank
4.24 geared transfer case with twin stick

 Front and rear Trail Tough slip yoke eliminators
Custom front/rear double cardan driveshafts
Trail Tough 3 speed auto custom adapter
Newly rebuilt 3 speed automatic transmission from Rick Roods transmission
35x12.50 Goodyear MTR's
10k Warn synthetic winch
Low Range seat brackets and Corbeau seats
Full bedlined tub inside/out
Front and rear custom bumpers

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Awesome rig, can't wait to see it in action

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Wow! Great looking rig. Sounds very well built as well. Can't wait to get on the trails and see it go!

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Previous own complained that nobody could hear his transmit on his cb

Removed the hidden antenna, made a nice high removable mount 🙂

ignore my welds, my helmet wasn't darkening,  so i was welding blindfolded lol

 

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Should be able to transmit and receive better in that location. 

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4 hours ago, ovrlndr said:

It was just a lazy clean up.....washed, wire brushed, rust converted, rust painted

looks really good - better yet, functional. I'd rather stop the rust than make it look pretty.

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21 hours ago, autumnwalker said:

looks really good - better yet, functional. I'd rather stop the rust than make it look pretty.

Exactly.

I'm on the fence about undercoating it. I did the Sami, and it was miserable to work on.

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Surveying the underside, and found the cross member crack under the link where it's notched out. (I was told about it). Thankfully the crack ends at a hole.

It's tight under there!!

 

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In the middle picture, the end of the link looks bad, but I suspect it’s just the angle the picture was taken?  🤔
 It looks really really bad!!

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6 hours ago, sar4x4 said:

In the middle picture, the end of the link looks bad, but I suspect it’s just the angle the picture was taken?  🤔
 It looks really really bad!!

No you're right, the link has a twist on it at the joint, like the bushing has collapsed. 

IDK what kind of end it is, but it's not like a poly or regular pressed in bushing, it's recessed with a zirk and looks like it should twist like a heim.

I can't be sure tho until I remove it for further inspection. 

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Rear seat belt towers were removed when I got the Zuk.....so I've removed the rear seat since I doubt anyone is going to sit there.

The space left over is pretty small...only 40x30x20, so I'm going to fill the space with a couple of trunk organizers that I can lift in and out easily for parts and knickknacks.

 

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Got invited to tour of the Range. I had to cut it short after the rock climb as I started to hear some suspension grinding and clunking due to a bad rod end (or 2)

It was a shake down run after all 🙂

 

 

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Figured 57/60ths of a high lift was better than none....so i chopped a few inches off mine and made it fit 🤪 

 

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I predict you will never notice the loss, but you certainly will notice the convenience of having it fit / mounted there!🤪

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Haha true 🙂

so I got to the bottom of the link end mystery.  The link that looked like the bushing had collapsed, is actually able to move like that.

The ends look like this from Ballistic Fab. So they should be rebuildable....just waiting on Trail Tough to get back to me for parts.

In the meantime I have 2 rear wheel bearings to do and build a new trans crossmember. 

Anyone know what these are called?

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1 hour ago, ovrlndr said:

Anyone know what these are called?

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Nope!  From the guy with traditional buck/board suspension.

In the meantime you have some maintenance to do!

 Keep at ‘er!

 

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Need an armrest, so i went hunting at Kenny's in the sun.

Poked my head in dozens of vehicles, then found the only current gen matrix in the yard with something very close to what I'm looking for.

Im going to need to move the air tank, but well worth a $20 tinker....

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