Gene Killian of Tustin, California, isn’t new to ’wheeling—he’s owned his share of Jeeps over the years. What is new to him, though, is a ’95 Geo Tracker. He purchased his Tracker for a mere $150 on a whim and dropped it off at Flat-Line Customs in Temple City, California, just to get it up and running. The job soon snowballed into a complete build, including suspension, body armor, a soft top, paint, and even more parts on order.
We caught up with Gene, along with Mike Montana and Tony Sanchez from Flat-Line Customs, during the first test run of the Tracker at a local ’wheeling spot. While the Tracker is still in progress, it still had plenty of flex thanks to the Calmini 3-inch suspension system. With just one afternoon of testing in the Tracker Gene was hooked on its nimbleness over obstacles. Its 86.6-inch wheelbase was reminiscent of the CJ-5 he’d owned years earlier. Since the photo shoot, lower transfer case gears from Trail Tough have been installed, as well as a Power Tank air system, and Gene is still adding to the list of planned upgrades. Check out of the photos and captions for the details on what’s been completed so far.
|Vehicle:||1995 Geo Tracker|
|Owner/Hometown:||Gene Killian/Tustin, California|
|Transfer case/low-range ratio:||Suzuki/1.82:1|
|Suspension:||Calmini 3-inch system, 3-inch body lift|
|Tires:||31x10.50R15 Pro Comp All-Terrain|
|Wheels/Backspacing:||15x8 Stockton wheels/2.25 inches|