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Old 08-20-2017, 11:06 PM   #51 (permalink)
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with snow plow mount (mount is for sale $60)








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Old 08-20-2017, 11:12 PM   #52 (permalink)
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a few more shots... snowplow mount removed now.




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Old 08-28-2017, 09:58 PM   #53 (permalink)
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well, I have been debating about the samurai vs the sidekick. I really love samurai's, not the sidekick so much. No offense to those who own them/love them. The samurai is just so much "cooler" in my opinion (maybe because I am a jeep guy). anyway, as much as I want to make the samurai work, its probably not worth it or wise. The sidekick has a better ride, more HP, EFI, etc. I don't have the time or money, nor knowledge to swap the 1.6L EFI engine into the samurai. I don't want to fiddle around with propane to replace the samurai carburetor when I know the sidekick EFI will work as well or better.... plus I got a hardtop for the sidekick so I guess that makes the most sense at this point. Perahaps I can lift it without too much trouble to clear the tracks?

what about a body lift? Like this:


The tracks seem to provide quite a bit of clearence on their own, I just need to make sure they fit in the wheel well. I can do some trimming as well if needed I guess.
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Old 09-04-2017, 03:18 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Are those 2" or ???

SHould be sufficient.

As the saying goes, perfection is the enemy of good enough. SO yea, take what you are already progressing on, the Sidekick, and go with it.

Are you freezing yet?

Here in NM mountains, it has been down to 40ļ a few nites, though now it has warmed up to 86ļ today.
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:38 PM   #55 (permalink)
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some more developments...

I struggled with the decision of samurai vs sidekick. I posted on pirate4x4 also since there are some seriously knowledable offroaders over there who use samurai's. anyway, most people said go with the sidekick. I hate to agree since samurai's are just so much "cooler" (in my opinion). But, its more practical, has EFI, etc. It may weigh more, but I will strip it down to bare nothing as much as possible to reduce weight. also the heater works! Last reason, is I have another thing that's come up to use the samurai for, and or I may sell it to help pay for the project. we'll see.

anyway... I started working on adapters. I have some 1/2" aluminum plate. I tried to plasma, but it was so thick it was going to turn out like garbage if I could even actually get it to cut. So, I decided to CNC router it. Once I figured out the speed, rpm's, bit type, and air cooling, it worked great. Here are the first 3 sections of one adapter.







But THEN.... drats! two major snags
1. I don't have enought plate to actually make them all, I am one short. I could buy some i guess.
2. it took like 10 hours to cut just these 3. I have to make 21 more. I can't tie up the cnc at work that long, nor be there that many hours after work for weeks just for a set of adapters. you have to cut so slow and shallow per pass to keep the bits cool enough and not breaking or melting the aluminum which sticks ot the bit...

Just found these tonight. Might be the answer:
https://usadapters.com/products/5x5-...108mm-bore-x-2

$300 for 4, not horrible. But, only 2" thick, which will cause the hub to stick out 2" past the face of the adapter. I could buy some 5x5.5 spacers to stack behind the 2-part adapters. But, maybe, the hub can stick into the backside of the track. It seems like there is a bit of a hollowed out area in the middle... not sure its enough depth. Maybe I can split the difference and use 1/2" spacers and have the hubs stick out 1/2" into the back of the tracks??

well, that's it for now. snow is falling as I speak. but I have very limited time to devote to this. My goal for now is get adapters and get tracks mounted to see how it might handle it. If I can get around to fabbing anti-rotating brackets etc I will test it at the cabin this winter and see how it does before I start digging into locking diffs, lifts, stripping weight etc etc.
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Old 10-27-2017, 01:22 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Nice work on the adapters.


Gen 2's are great, you'll like it.




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Great write up I'm currently putting tracks on a 92 Asuna Sunrunner. Have you made a anti rotation set up?
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Great write up I'm currently putting tracks on a 92 Asuna Sunrunner. Have you made a anti rotation set up?
no, not yet. Have not gotten that far. Guess I figure I'll adapt the atv ones once I get that far... you?
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no, not yet. Have not gotten that far. Guess I figure I'll adapt the atv ones once I get that far... you?


No I didnít realize when I bought the tracks they didnít come with any anti rotation pieces. I mounted them late last winter and got about 30 KMís with no issues.


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First post.

This was a good read, left me hanging, what happened. I am looking at doing the same thing, Just got a quote from ATV tracks.net for adapters, They sell them for $525
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