I don't have anything too important to add to this thread (I know..shut the F up, right?) but it is interesting to me since I just went through some stuff that was related to this and it's still happening.
I had my tan haardtop sami and built it up some, YJs, GRS2, spool, winch, armor, etc. The body was rusting away to nothing so I imported a nice softtop from VA and swapped the body over to my hardtop chassis. The result was so nice I decided to make the sami a daily driver and go backwards a little bit in development. I was going to build a tube frame crawler out of my "extra" sami frame for wheelin.
Right in all that time I happened into an 89 sidekick with good drivetrain but beat body and interior. After poking at it a little I thought it would be fun to make that into the offroadmobile. My pal wildweasel has a pretty rad Tracker, so that helped inspire that thought. I started talking about building it up and found myself with a drivetrainless 95 Tracker with a nice body and interior for a *real* nice price. It was generally thought that if I was going to build track/kick I ought to start with something more solid.
As I thought bout this a little more, I realized that the combined 89 kick/95 track vehicle would make an even better DD rig (more room, better ride, etc.) and that the sami was already halfway to extreme, so why not just continue building.
The track/kick project is about 3/4 done and should be wrapped up this weekend. I just got some other goodies to work on the sami over the winter and go YJs M/L SPOA, locked in front, 4 wheel discs, etc.
But I'm not fooling myself. I already know the track/kick is going to ride on siped 30x9.5 MTs with probably a little coil spacer lift. I am leaning towards some nice rocker protection and custom bumperage, probably to house my cheapo winch when I buy a better one for the sami. So i can see it coming a mile away. in a year or two the TRacker is going to start getting bigger and bigger, especially if the trend towards aftermarket parts for track/kicks grows as its been lately.
I agree with the whole idea that the track/kicks are the next samis. Samis are slowly becoming "extinct" and track/kicks are filtering down into the near "throwaway" category where I think a lot of our samis probably started. You'll start to find them parked next to barns with beat up soft tops and flat tires or a dented quarter panel or something..all ripe to be grabbed up and massaged back to life as a fun toy.
I kinda like having an iron in both fires at the moment. options are good.