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#984 of 1838 Suggestions for tires?
Nov 28, 2004 (12:39 am)
I had a 2001 Tracker LT 4x4 for about 4 years with 51,000 miles. I bought it new then and had no problems so far, except with 2 tire punctures (one was caused by a broken beer bottle, and the other by a piece of metal chip.) Just plain unlucky. I still have the original tires, but I am now thinking about getting some new tires, preferably with good snow traction, but dont really want to get snow tires. Any suggestions on all-season tires or all-terrain tires? How much should I spend on them?
Those BF Goodrich all-terrains look great!
I think Chevy stops making the Tracker in 2005. That's sad.
Thanks in advance for your input.
Nov 28, 2004 (10:28 am)
my B.F. increased road noise a little bit. but i also have a softtop... the traction with the BF's are truly amazing! i wont use anything else on my tracker. if you look at tirerack.com you can review all types of tires. the B.F. AT's scored the best for all around traction. plus they even look great. the rain traction of these tires are also impressive. I've gone places with my B.F.G tires that makes peoples heads shake.. i;ve gone through water to the point where it started to come in the door.. and in mud and rock they are more than i expected
#986 of 1838 Re: BF Goodrich [arkainzeye]
Dec 06, 2004 (9:37 pm)
I have a '03 Tracker Convertible (base) with 18k miles and just recently upgraded from the stock 15x5.5 195/75-15 Goodyear Wrangler ST to 16x8 235/60-16 Kumho Ecsta HP4 716. Of course mine is a street cruiser, so I didn't have the need for off-road tires. The Kumhos are very quiet, even more so than the stinky Wranglers.
The offset will play a huge difference in what will fit. In my case, I needed -6 offset to clear the calipers.
Here are some pics for those interested:
Dec 07, 2004 (6:18 pm)
i was just wondering. did you have any issues in making sharp turns? any rubbing?
#988 of 1838 Re: BF Goodrich [arkainzeye]
Dec 11, 2004 (7:57 pm)
Thank you for your input.
After reading your suggestion and doing some research online, I have had 4 BF Goodrich All-Terrains installed on my 2001 Tracker LT. They are truely wonderful and look great. We have had some snow here and they performed admirably. A definite upgrade from the stock Goodyear Integrity tires. Of course, the BFs are truck tires while the Integritys are for passenger cars. The BFs have a bit more road noise, but they worth it. We haven't had heavy snow, but I am pretty confident that they will do well.
Dec 13, 2004 (12:09 pm)
this coming FEB my BF a/t tires will be 3 years ago! still have alot of tread on them also. I love my BF-all terrains. when i need tires, i WILL get another set of them babies! and you are right there is a slight increase in road noise.. but what you gain in return is well worth it. they really grip!
#990 of 1838 Re: Kumho Ecsta [arkainzeye]
Dec 13, 2004 (10:08 pm)
sorry for the delay is getting back to you (#987). No, no rubbing at all. With this style, "-6" is your offset. I have not seen more-positive offsets with an 8 inch wide wheel. They may be around, but it was tough enough getting these to fit. I first tried American Racing Burst, and they fit but the offsets made it impossible unless going to a 15x8 which was a -19 offset. They were doable, but not the look I wanted once I got them on. I drove with them for a mile or two and they were pretty heavy.
Before I left the "Discount Tire" I told the guy to put on both front wheels and I turned from lock to lock and got out to look to make sure I was clear. Now I am an "on-road" vehicle, so I can't comment on what would happen while turnd to a lock and hitting a large bump.
#991 of 1838 possilbe A/C troubles?
Jan 22, 2005 (8:55 am)
i think i remember hearing about people with trackers having some air conditioning problems. I believe i may be in the same boat. the other day i tried to turn on my a/c just to see how strong it was, and it wasnt there. in the summer i charged it with 1 can on the r-134a. i did this cause in the summer i thought the a/c was weak. maybe that was just a sign.? anyways. i think i remember people talking about damage to their a/c components? which ones? and is there any type of sealant cans of coolant out there. btw talking anout a 1999 tracker (2.0 engine)
#992 of 1838 Re: possilbe A/C troubles? [arkainzeye]
Jan 22, 2005 (10:44 am)
You are probably referring to the "crop circle" damage to the a/c condenser. If you have been drafted into this club of victims of poor design, expect a $1,000 repair bill. To see if this is your problem, look through your grill with a flashlight. You may see a donut pattern of smashed fins on the condenser. It is easier to see if you remove the grill. There are quite a few posts regarding this problem in the Vitara Problems & Solutions forum. By the way, I have avoided a repeat problem by installing a car mask when driving in snow and freezing rain. I also removed the rubber stripping between the front fan shroud and condenser and put 1/8 inch thick washers on the mounting brackets between the fan shroud and a/c condenser. Good luck. I hope you haven't been drafted into the club of "crop circle" believers.
Jan 23, 2005 (7:41 am)
thank you for the extremely quick response!! i havent looked yet to see if i have crop circles. but i would guess i do. since my tracker was the first year they changed. (or messed up) lol i wanted to ask you.. do you know on average what the mileage was for failure of these a/c units. the reason i ask is because i have 67k. also. i wanted to ask i know there isn't alot of softtop owners out there. but this winter i noticed a few little leaks. its towards the rear on the far corners. i only noticed it on very heavy rain. i thought about a Hard top. but they are over $1000. i do plan on keeping this tracker. its been the best car/suv i ever owned.. plus its worth more to me than it is as a resale.. thanks for your help!!