For the last several weeks, I've been drooling over ProjectTwin's Tracker
, so I've been talking with him about the various modifications he's made. He seems pleased with how it's turned out, and I certainly approve of the mods to his rig. I'm considering building a 4-door Sidekick or Tracker in the future, so I take all of his information seriously.
But something he said really caused me to worry if this actually will be the right vehicle for me to build. With his 6 inches of lift and 32 inch tires, he says his Tracker tops out at about 70mph in 4th gear. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] Obviously, re-gearing it to bring back the use of 5th gear will help, but I was under the impression that with a 16-valve 1600, it would be able to easily, comfortably cruise at 80-85mph.
Maybe I have a skewed impression of what to reasonably expect from only 1590cc's of power, but since my little Swift GTi 1298cc motor can get my big Sammy on 33x14.50's up to 80-85mph without drafting or going downhill, that little motor should be able to easily
pull 90mph if I swapped the tall, fat Swampers for the short, skinny 32x9.50's that are on ProjectTwin's Tracker.
So is my GTi hybrid motor really making that much more power than the 16-valve 1600, or is there more than just the too-tall gearing eating up ProjectTwin's top speed? What kind of speed do you Sidekick/Tracker guys get out of your rigs on the highway? I'm not looking to build a race car, but part of the reason why I want to upgrade from my Samurai to a 4-door Sidekick is so that I have a more comfortable vehicle to make long-distance drives in, especially since I have a girlfriend's concerns to be keeping in mind too.
A 4-door Sidekick has even more weight to haul around than the 2-door, and I was even considering getting an automatic which will sap even more power from the motor. If I was to build a 4-door 96-98 Sidekick/Tracker with an automatic, 31's, and swap in the 5.12 gears from a manual tranny vehicle, what kind of highway speed do you guys think I could comfortably cruise at? I don't need fast acceleration or an unreasonably high top speed, but I would like to be able to cruise with California freeway traffic at 80-85mph on all but the steep grades.
Have I set my sights too low? Would I need a V-6 Grand Vitara or XL-7 to meet these requirements?
-- Geoff Beasley