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Crossover Zack
September 24th, 2012, 11:07 AM
1997 Geo tracker two door convertible 5 speed manual.

anyone else tinker with these?

it has a very rough idle on start up then idles fine once warm. it also needs new front axles. other than that, solid vehicle.

http://i674.photobucket.com/albums/vv105/zrobinson92/Geo%20Tracker/0921121858_zpsa3fabdd4.jpg

Pete the Pirate
September 24th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Generically, try to tighten the intake manifold to the head. If they are loose it won't take much. If they are already tight, be careful, they can break off easily.

ThatGuy
September 24th, 2012, 11:35 AM
idle controll vaulve

Audiopudding
September 24th, 2012, 12:24 PM
I miss mine! I would go for the idle control first, then look at the manifold while you're tinkering. Even when mine was warm, when the manifold got loose it would die at idle sometimes. Those little guys will run forever if well maintained. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to check your plugs.

johnsnownw
September 24th, 2012, 12:33 PM
I installed an aftermarket HU and subwoofer in one of my best mates gf's Trackers a few years back. That's the extent of my knowledge, however. I do know she kept hers a long time, and it was pretty stout. Not a bad purchase, not bad at all.

Crossover Zack
September 24th, 2012, 01:15 PM
where is the idle control and what should i do to fix it? "supposedly" the guy that sold it to us said he just replaced the intake manifold gasket.

i'm also looking for a good Geo forum to help me learn more about these, any body got experience with "other" forums that have good tracker enthusiast?

WV.SX4
September 24th, 2012, 01:29 PM
these are super popular in wv. You see more of these lifted offroading than you do jeeps here for sure.

GMJager
September 24th, 2012, 02:13 PM
I was driving the CHEVY Tracker for a little while! Automatic, convert, 2002, 88k miles on it. Not a bad car, but I love my sx4 1000x better

Pete the Pirate
September 24th, 2012, 10:27 PM
The idle control is near the throttle butterfly and bypasses it wIth air only (the injectors may stay the same or adjust to match by the computer at idle depending on the car). This Air Idle Bypass Valve has a fast reactng electric motor and typically fills with goop over time. Remove it, trying to not tear the gasket. A little silicone may work if you do. Take off the electrical parts and clean the metal parts with carburetor cleaner, q tips, test tube brushes, just about anything. Some mfg's say soap and water so as not to melt their anti goop coating (some sort of shellac that obviously did not work anyway). Like Audiopuddin' says, a plug could have been slightly cracked when installed. I like Autolite because they are hard to break putting them in.

twistedcherokee
September 24th, 2012, 10:41 PM
http://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-sidekick-escudo-vitara-geo-tracker/ seems to have some good feedback. I have a 96, has been a very good vehicle for us.

Toby

bigcountry
September 25th, 2012, 06:26 AM
My 15 yr old sister-in-law got a sidekick, but refuses to drive it. The one thing she did make her dad do is remove the airbrushed "fourplay" off the side of the sidekick. We still call it the "fourplay", which is probably why she won't drive it. I told her I would trade her my 97 dodge ram 4x4(p.o.s.) that I got for free for it.

Crossover Zack
September 25th, 2012, 10:24 AM
The idle control is near the throttle butterfly and bypasses it wIth air only (the injectors may stay the same or adjust to match by the computer at idle depending on the car). This Air Idle Bypass Valve has a fast reactng electric motor and typically fills with goop over time. Remove it, trying to not tear the gasket. A little silicone may work if you do. Take off the electrical parts and clean the metal parts with carburetor cleaner, q tips, test tube brushes, just about anything. Some mfg's say soap and water so as not to melt their anti goop coating (some sort of shellac that obviously did not work anyway). Like Audiopuddin' says, a plug could have been slightly cracked when installed. I like Autolite because they are hard to break putting them in.

thanks for the info! i started it up last night and it ran perfect, so i'll wait till it happens again to clean the idol control.

we are currently in the process of gutting the interior to fix the little bit of rust. so far the rear seat anchors are rusted out and a baseball size hole on the left rear fender tub is all so far.

Ronzuki
September 25th, 2012, 10:34 AM
i'm also looking for a good Geo forum to help me learn more about these, any body got experience with "other" forums that have good tracker enthusiast?

http://bbs.zuwharrie.com/

Anything you could possibly want to know. Vendors on ther actually own and wheel Suzukis.

Crossover Zack
September 25th, 2012, 10:38 AM
http://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-sidekick-escudo-vitara-geo-tracker/ seems to have some good feedback. I have a 96, has been a very good vehicle for us.

Toby

thanks! i will check them out!

Crossover Zack
September 25th, 2012, 10:39 AM
http://bbs.zuwharrie.com/

Anything you could possibly want to know. Vendors on ther actually own and wheel Suzukis.

these guys look hard core! thanks!

Dowser
October 12th, 2012, 08:37 PM
The G16 is a strong engine. I got a '97 Suzuki X-90 for my daughter. It is a 2-seater with a T-top on the same chassis.
http://imageshack.us/a/img4/1855/dscf2063p.jpg

Thirty-Nine
October 16th, 2012, 08:20 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/Tekka_Maki/PowerFest%202012/IMG_8616.jpg
I've got a '95 Sidekick, aka "The Teal Terror." I love this little rig.

2" BDS Lift
Shrockworks front bumper
WARN VR8000-S winch
WARN WXT200-S lights
Kumho Road Venture MT tires
15x7 steel wheels
Bestop soft top
Kenwood stereo

Future mods include rock sliders, Lockrite rear locker, and to fix the semi-busted driver's side door :D

My go-to Sidekick/Tracker site is http://www.zukiworld.com. A good bunch of people there. (I post under "Warn Industries" which is where I work for my day job)

- Andy

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/Tekka_Maki/Sidekick/464993_10151117945044851_539849003_o_zps9c09bb6a.j pg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/Tekka_Maki/Sidekick/teal_terror_mudfest.jpg

The Teal Terror on ExpeditionPortal.com (http://www.expeditionportal.com/vehicules/58-other/950-vehicle-feature-the-teal-terror.html)

Crossover Zack
October 16th, 2012, 10:42 AM
i really like your setup! that's just about what i would like to do to her tracker. heavy duty bumpers, and a mild lift with about a 30" tire. i told her for her birthday i'm buying her a 2" body lift :D

we currently have just about the whole body torn down. i'm leaving the heater assembly attached to the firewall, but we did pull the dash out. now we just need to pull the body off the frame so i can get under it to rust proof it. truck bed liner on the whole under body and interior, and a brightassyellow paint job with a metallic flake in it.

this is all intended to be her daily driver. so i want it to last as long a possible.

to finish the body we need: driver side front fender, grill, hood, headlights, new soft top, and a right rear seat.

Thirty-Nine
October 16th, 2012, 11:32 AM
i really like your setup! that's just about what i would like to do to her tracker. heavy duty bumpers, and a mild lift with about a 30" tire. i told her for her birthday i'm buying her a 2" body lift :D

we currently have just about the whole body torn down. i'm leaving the heater assembly attached to the firewall, but we did pull the dash out. now we just need to pull the body off the frame so i can get under it to rust proof it. truck bed liner on the whole under body and interior, and a brightassyellow paint job with a metallic flake in it.

this is all intended to be her daily driver. so i want it to last as long a possible.

to finish the body we need: driver side front fender, grill, hood, headlights, new soft top, and a right rear seat.

Don't bother with a body lift. You can do up to a 2" suspension lift and still be OK with the front CVs. There are a number of inexpensive spacer lifts that I'd opt for before lifting the body. This is the kit made by one of the members on Zukiworld. A lot of people using it. The guy who makes it is named Jeff. Lots of info on them on Zukiworld.

2" Spacer Lift (http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-COIL-LIFT-KIT-98-OLDER-SUZUKI-SIDEKICK-GEO-TRACKER-/271075082948?fits=Model:Sidekick&hash=item3f1d5582c4&item=271075082948&pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr).

FYI, I'm running a 235/75/15 tire, which is about a 29" tire. A lot more sizes in 235/75/15 than 30x9.5x15.

Wagoneer
October 17th, 2012, 12:31 AM
i told her for her birthday i'm buying her a 2" body lift :D

Make sure she knows you're talking about her tracker! That sentence could get you into trouble :P

Crossover Zack
October 17th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Make sure she knows you're talking about her tracker! That sentence could get you into trouble :P

she seemed real excited when i told her that, so we'll see if she understood me correctly. lol :rolleyes: