Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Make tracks: 1999 Jeep Wrangler with Mattracks

Last week our E-i-C, who lives in temperate climes, made a reference to winter fading away and the comentariat that lives the subarctic took him to task. So for those of you in reader-ville, north of the 50th parallel, here's something to get you to the mailbox until hope returns. Find this 1999 Jeep Wrangler with Mattracks for sale in Kalispell, MT for $32,500 via craigslist.

From the seller:

"Selling my 1999 Jeep Wrangler with only 36K miles!!!! The best part are the tracks. These are the Mattracks 105 series. Rated with a GVW of 10,500 lbs. Take a look on youtube if you are not familiar with these. They are awsome!! Current price for the tracks from Mattracks is $28K + install. The Jeep runs great. Comes with stock rims and tires for summer driving (as pictured in the last picture). Everything is pretty stock except for the disconnecting sway bar (more travel in the front with the tracks on). Also had the interior floor / tub completely rhino lined (no carpet). Makes for the perfect off road vehicle. Cleanup as easy as a quick wash out with a garden hose! This is by far the ultimate off road vehicle, perfect for winter fun. The only thing I would do is upgrade the steering. With these tracks (lots of surface area on the ground), it can be difficult to make tight turns. Definitely doable as is, but would be a nice upgrade. There seems to be plenty of power with the 4.0L engine. The tracks have internal gear reduction of 2/3. Puts more power at the wheels (ie if the spedometer is reading 30MPH, you are actually going 20MPH). Top speed of around 40, but feels better around 20-30MPH. I don't need to sell, so please no low ball offers. If you know what you are looking at this is a steal. Hard enough finding a Jeep Wrangler with 36K miles, but add a set of tracks -- all I can say is Awesome!! Give me a call at <redacted>."

See a better way to make tracks in the yellow snow? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


  1. Now yer talkin', DT! In my case, I will take a slightly different slant, with the same goal:

    [image src="http://aws-cf.caradisiac.com/prod/mesimages/207405/2CV_38.jpe" width="400px"/]

  2. These would work on SoFla sand, right?

    1. I think they would work literally anywhere.

  3. Some weird trivia for you based on the license plate. Kalispell was the 7th largest city when Montana started issuing license plates. The first number indicates rank at that point in time. They wanted to change at some point, but Butte (who was #1 at the beginning) threw a fit and so they kept the original numbers.

    Also Montana uses very little salt on the roads and it is pretty dry up here, so old cars tend to not be as covered in rust as you would expect.

  4. They make these tracks right up the road from where I live. You don't see them on vehicles very often as it isn't that practical. Mostly light stuff like Jeeps or late model Chevy trackers. In any case the tracks are always worth more than what's riding on them. The sets for heavy vehicles are crazy $$$. Very common to see on UTVs/quads then you have one off-road vehicle for both seasons. Every once in awhile the company will raffle off a test vehicle for charity.

    1. Worked in the high arctic for a bit and these were used on F350 Crew Cabs for winter transport. Pretty mean looking setup.

  5. I have nothing useful to offer other than..... THAT IS BAD ASS!

  6. A few people additionally believe that the name for this multi reason vehicle originated from a character in Thimble Theater funny cartoon Popeye, the character is known as Eugene the Jeep. car dealerships near me


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