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Unread 08-05-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Anyone put Mattracks on and XJ?!

Reading up on mattrack and youtubing and what not, and wondered if anyone has ever just said FORGET TIRES and installed mattracks?

Here is a pic for those who don't know what mattracks are.
http://www.mattracks.com/html/custom...de_show_15.htm

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Unread 08-05-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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if i lived in like colorado i would totally put some of those on. they are so sweet
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Unread 08-05-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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I used them on my 4 wheeler and we had some on a hummer during katrina. they work great, but the cost is crazy. for a light duty set for my dodge, they wanted $8500.00 for a set of 4. although a great product, not worth that much.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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I used them on my 4 wheeler and we had some on a hummer during katrina. they work great, but the cost is crazy. for a light duty set for my dodge, they wanted $8500.00 for a set of 4. although a great product, not worth that much.
x2 those things are costly
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Unread 08-05-2008, 12:57 PM   #5
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Like this.....

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This belonged to a guy down the street. Asking price was $6.500 for the tracks, and the XJ was free. Great deal except the tracks were dry rotted and cracked to the point that they needed replaced, and the XJ was an 86 with the 2.8.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 01:15 PM   #6
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Wow I guess that straight up answers my question! So if the 2.8 rod throwing weakling can turn those things than they should be the equivalent to turning what a 31" tire maybe? Do you have to upgrade steering as well?
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Unread 08-05-2008, 01:24 PM   #7
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I'll bet your stock power steering won't last very long.

The other thing is too many moving parts! Probably 5 times the bearings and that means 5 times more problems. I''m guessing if you pick up a piece of debris just right on the trail you'll wreck your system pretty quick.

Now, how about putting them just on the back???
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Unread 08-05-2008, 01:25 PM   #8
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They maybe very expensive but how much have some XJs cost us all together..... I figure with those tracks you don't really need to lift as the XJ above looks like it still have its stock suspension. And you don't have to think so hard on tires, these shoes should tackle almost all kinds of terrain. So maybe they are not so expensive after all.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 01:26 PM   #9
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I'll bet your stock power steering won't last very long.

The other thing is too many moving parts! Probably 5 times the bearings and that means 5 times more problems. I''m guessing if you pick up a piece of debris just right on the trail you'll wreck your system pretty quick.

Now, how about putting them just on the back???
Totally didn't even cross my mind. Lol never mind about my above post. With maintenance costs and failures they would be more expensive.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 01:30 PM   #10
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Like I said though, I wonder how it would work if you just installed them on the rear. Lots of guys upgrade the rear-ends anyway, slap a pair on the back and puck the front just to make it level. That will 1) save the strain on the transfer case 2) save your Power steering 3) save your steering box 4) cost half as much and 5) if one track fails on the rear, you can easily carry two spare tires to throw on rather than four. All the while your primary drive wheels get the benefit of added push traction.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 01:38 PM   #11
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Like I said though, I wonder how it would work if you just installed them on the rear. Lots of guys upgrade the rear-ends anyway, slap a pair on the back and puck the front just to make it level. That will 1) save the strain on the transfer case 2) save your Power steering 3) save your steering box 4) cost half as much and 5) if one track fails on the rear, you can easily carry two spare tires to throw on rather than four. All the while your primary drive wheels get the benefit of added push traction.
Now that makes good sense. Just the same as people that use something like swampers in the rear and a less aggressive tire in front.
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a half tracked xj would be sooo sweet!
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The government and also concessionaires use tracks like that in Yellowstone during the winter. I talked to a guy who drives vans with those, and he said it's like driving with a really flat tire. They take a lot of energy, BUT the equivalent tire size would be the size of the gear that goes on the hub, so it would be like a lot of gearing down.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 02:45 PM   #14
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I'm not surprised. Your MPGs will go to hell in a handbasket too, if that concerns you any.

It would be sweet for a half-track XJ. In fact, I think someone who is bored should take the above pic of the tracked XJ and photoshop some 31s on the front to see how it looked.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 03:32 PM   #15
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You couldn't use part time 4wd if you had a half track.. but maybe you wouldn't need it
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