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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-03-2004, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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If you had to choose 1 truck that had to be your daily driver and fun truck what would it be? Something you could jump in and drive 300 miles no sweat and also go mild trail riding on the weekend. Here's my problem : since I got the 4dr Tracker the zuke sits most of the time. Why? The tracker has more power, rides and drives better, gets better mileage. Truth of the matter is I get almost 0 chance to go trail riding. Been thinking this nice sammy should maybe go to someone who can really use it. Trouble is the Tracker(Sidekick) doesn't take to mild mods all that well. Started to put a bit of lift in and when I discovered how much work was involved to lift it even 2 inches and have it be right just said forget it.

Don't have to have solid front axle since I don't do anything hardcore. I'm not interested in putting a 1.6 in the zuke, it goes fast enough now and I never ever take it out on the highway. Not enough room anyway.

Wranglers and Cherokees have so much aftermarket stuff available they have to be a possibility but what else? $6-$8000 range.

Yeah I know, the dark side blah blah blah.....who knows, may not be able to part with the zuke anyway.
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you mean some of you guys drive things other then sami's???? lol nope i'm happy with my zuk if i could have two it would be my other rig my 1969 blazer
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If I had to limit myself to one rig, it would either be an early Bronco or a Scrambler. Both have long enough wheel bases to be stable on the freeway, even with enough clearance to be off road capable. Both have enough room to take the family and some gear, yet are small enough to manuever well.

On top of that, I would convert it to diesel for increased fuel economy and torque and the ability to run biodiesel.

But, since I have the luxury of a family vehicle and my own rig, I have the Samurai and I'm just about finished with the diesel conversion.
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Re: If you could have only 1 truck....

I hate to say it but cherokees are pretty nice. not cheep but what is? The early Bronco idea's not bad (I have a 74) but they're not cheep either, especially by the time you get them set up with all the stuff to make them a good DD. ie; p/s, p/b, a/c. What about an early 4 runner? underpowered but not a bad compromise. Or you could wait for Calmini to release their bolt-on solid axel swap for trackick.
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1973 Blazer w/327 and auto...
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'89-'95 SASed Toyota pickup
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'89-'95 SASed Toyota pickup

[/ QUOTE ] Why would you say that, Randy? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I agree, if I could have only one, it'd be an SAS'ed '89-'95 but with a diesel, too.
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Re: If you could have only 1 truck....

Thanks for the ideas guys. I guess I should add it kinda has to be something that can be bought off the lot and driven as it slowly gets morphed. Major surgery/transplants aren't an option for me, no posse for fabfests like you NE guys. Rare rides like early Broncos, Blazers etc are also pretty much out of the picture since they've all since rusted to junk here in Saltzilvania.

Saw a cherry Scout the other day and had to go back and take a 2nd look....they're long since gone here.
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post this over on
http://bbs.zuwharrie.com
mike have a 4 dr kick on 33's i think check it out and see LQQKs pretty easy
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Re: If you could have only 1 truck....

dont buy anything old. partly because of the rust issue but everything else in the truck will be old and closer to failure, too.

Truth is, anything that isnt a total poser rig will do mild trails just fine. I like cherokees, too and theres no lack of bolt on stuff for them. lifting a cherokee a few inches is a driveway project for one day or a weekend (believe me, I have been looking into it) A grand cherokee like I got is also an option. the 1995 I now have cost $4995 in massachusetts without rust or dents, with only 88K miles. You can put on 30" tires without a lift (225/75015 is stock), do a 2" lift for $200 and run 31s or do a fancier 3.5" lift for 700-900$ and run 32s with lots of flex. cherokees and ZJ (93-98) GCs are a dime a dozen, I'd consider them very cheap for what you get: extra room ,more comfort, solid axles. Just pay attention to which 4wd setup is on it. Some are better than others. WRanglers are overpriced around here unless you get real lucky and I dont think you'd be happy with something that raw for a daily driver. The extra length and weight of a cherokee or GC is helpful in the snow.

I'm really liking my GC and thinkning of all the cool stuff i can do to it but its not tempting me to dump my samurai, nothing can replace that little runabout-anywhere overgrown ATV sensation. I will take the GC on some mild trails though, because its already up to it andwill be even more so after the minor mods I'm looking at.

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