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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-06-2001, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

I think I've found my next set of "tires"! Just kidding--still cool though. A Chevy dealer locally has a set on a 3/4 ton extended cab. Might be to long for my CJ5 though.....Maybe you guys with CJ6s or CJ8s could use them though! Think about showing up at the next rock Crawling competition with this set up!

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Re: New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

I just Have one thing to say... HOW MUCH FUN WOULD THOSE BE?? Great in the snow I bet. BIG FUN.

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Re: New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

What do you mean? Don't know your Jeep history very well, do you...

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Re: New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

Jeepn' I gotta love the hat that guy's wearing. It takes me back to my youth... I actually remember a few of those running around in the artic before the Artic Cat became popula... of course the weasle was a great snow vehicle as well as in the water.

The tracks on the first picture are "Mattracks".. and if you gotta ask how much they cost... you can't aford them. If I remember right the price is about $30,000 for the tracks alone.



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Re: New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

I saw a rig with these tracks at an expo about 5 years ago... didnt get to see it rolling (or crawling) They just had them installed on a truck, looked VERY cool!

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I saw some tracks like those a couple of years ago. They only ran about $3,000 for everything, but work in everything but the rocks. They just seem to slide on rocks, so no crawling.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

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Re: New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

Hadn't seen that particular picture of a jeep track set up before JEEPN! Now that I think about it, I did see a different set up in a book on WWII though.

I still think the farm Jeep set up was kinda.....different though! Mil-spec tires dualed out!

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Re: New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

I've seen that one in person, with the backhoe on it. It has a narrow track D60 rear. I think I have some pics around, but it's been years.

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Re: New Tires....Uh, Tracks!

They had those on an episode of trucks a couple of years ago that I taped. They are easy to install and work good for dirt, mud and snow but trying to rock crawl with them will only tear up the rubber drive grips on the inside of the belt.

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I actually have the Matraxx sales video. I seriously looked into a set a couple of years ago. They want $5000 for the whole set. Had it not been for a divorce, I would have a set now. The biggest expense is the track, it is a kevlar aramid woven fiber. The whole unit is pretty neat. They actually act as a bit of gear reduction, and they recommend not exceeding 45mph. The sales video has a hummer with the regular 37" tires and one with the tracks racing through a plowed field. The field almost looks like plowed powder instead of dirt, but the tracked hummer flew through it, and the stock hummer was stuck after only 30' or so. With a set on a Jeep you could go almost anywhere a snowmobile could go. They claim less than 2.5 psi ground pressure, and I think that is for a full size truck (5000 lbs+). If they weren't $5k, I would have a set now. They would be awesome for winter coyote hunting.

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