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Offline Jeremy

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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #45 on: December 19, 2013, 12:50:51 AM »
Plenty of those here (known as the Daihatsu Sportrak). Don't know how good they are but it seems to be a fairly typical cheap softroader, aimed at people who can't afford a Freelander

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Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #46 on: December 21, 2013, 05:01:41 PM »
Found what I was looking for today.
Signed, sealed, and delivered.

Been a toad its whole life, it will continue to be a toad.

Now I need a tow bar....everything else is there

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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2013, 05:22:59 PM »
So what is it? Looks like it is a very practical car.
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #48 on: December 21, 2013, 05:34:46 PM »
Chevy Tracker
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #49 on: December 21, 2013, 07:11:47 PM »
Cool. Congrats and all you need now is the Morris Minor body to slap on it!  HA HA.

What driveline does it have?

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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #50 on: December 21, 2013, 07:18:24 PM »
Those Trackers were, still are, a great little 4X4 car, and were, still are, quite popular as toads. I have a 1989. Tell us more about it: is it 4X4? Some are 2 wheel drive. What year? Manual? Auto?

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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #51 on: December 21, 2013, 07:33:03 PM »
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #52 on: December 21, 2013, 07:55:14 PM »
Now That is a good looking toad.  j
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #53 on: December 22, 2013, 05:01:02 AM »
It's actually 2 wheel drive.  It has the five speed manual.  I don't know what engine, some kind of four cylinder....I think.
New tires, only 77,000 miles and I expect a lot of them while towed.  It was poorly painted years ago to match a motor home,so the color in the door jams is a gold, and the body is sand color.

Below is a picture of the tow connection.  Can I use any of the craigslist tow bars for this?

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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #54 on: December 22, 2013, 05:37:04 AM »
   Looks nice. They're pretty reliable Inspect underneath at left rear. That is the area that goes first, in the rust belt. Hopefully it hasn't seen salt. The Suzuki  Sidekick badged  version is offered with diesels in Europe. How many miles on it? Here are two useful forums:
http://www.suzuki-forums.com/forum-index.php
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #55 on: December 22, 2013, 05:55:06 AM »
Those brackets are for the tow bar that stays on the towing vehicle like the Falcon,Blackhawk,Demco or others it is easy to adapt a the cheaper tow bars from Tractor Supply or Habor Freight to tow that little guy with, they just take a little longer to connect till you get the hang of of it,

50 to 120 dollars there depending on adjustable or the non adjustable model at T/S or H/F

good luck
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #56 on: December 22, 2013, 06:20:54 AM »
I had a Suzuki Samurai and it was a great toad.  With such a light car, the old manual tow bars are not that difficult to hook up.  You won't even know it's there.

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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #57 on: December 22, 2013, 08:00:19 AM »
I have a '93 Geo Tracker like the one you got.  Mine is 4X4 with manual hubs.  Have found it to be an excellant towable.  Gets 30 mpg both highway and city.  Only weighs 2,350 lbs. so technically does not require a brake system (in most states).  Goes like hell in the snow.  I traded the soft top for a hard top.  The hard is much preferred, start looking for one now.  New ones are about 1,000 bucks.  Parts are real easy to come by, and cheap.  When I bought mine the odometer showed 100K, about half of which was tow miles.  I unhook the speedo when I tow (which generates a check engine light)  Mine has had a repaint also to a nice color, but they did a nice job, jambs, underhood etc. The original factory colors were pretty wild.  The car (Geo Tracker and Suzuki Sidekick are the same rig) was built in Ontario, Canada under license.  Don't expect to get out on the freeway and move 75 with all the traffic, ain't gonna happen.  I just drive mine at 55 to keep the rpms down.  Seats are hard, not comfortable to spend hours in.  Very little room in them.  Back seats fold up to provide limited cargo room.  Have had zero problems in the 6 years owned.  Would rate them very high as a towable, but nice ones are getting hard to find.  Kids get them and jack them up with the off road crap.  Good luck.
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #58 on: December 22, 2013, 01:29:21 PM »
Had a samuria also, ditto on all these notes, used the harbor freight hitch, had a quick mount from roadmaster 3" L brackets and finger sized stud, slip on a pin, very fast, it was left over from towing a 97 accord, still have it, would have kept the samuria, if I had my druthers, even at my size, lvmci...
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Re: Looking for a cheap toad
« Reply #59 on: December 22, 2013, 01:47:58 PM »
I can tell you that trying to load an 11R22.5 tire and wheel in the back of a Samurai is a challenge.

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