Tracy

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. Tracy's family moved to central Utah when he was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah. These family moves established a precedent, of sorts, as Tracy has lived in numerous states over the past three decades. Tracy is determined now, however, to settle down in Colorado Springs.

His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. This, too, is a precedent started many years ago in dad's pickup truck, followed by Tracy's first 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco.

Tracy aspires to climb some of Colorado's venerable 14'ers while traveling some of the notable and not-so-well-known 4x4 trails in the Centennial State. He's excited about contributing to Trails Offroad because the site and fellow contributors are committed to meet a critical 4-wheel drive enthusiast requirement--current and accurate trail data.

My Builds

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1994 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80 285k miles on the 1FZFE inline six cylinder, four-speed automatic, and manual dual-range transfer case. OME 2" lift springs, ARB bumper with 8k winch, custom sliders and rear bumper. Camping Lab rooftop tent.

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1983 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60 4.2l inline six cylinder carbureted 2F H42 4-speed manual transmission wheels and tires: 235/85/16 MT's on American Racing wheels other: 2" OME suspension lift, Trail Gear sliders, custom front / rear bumpers, 9k winch, Camping Labs rooftop tent

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1988 Isuzu Trooper II 4ZE1 2.6L fuel-injected 4-cylinder, MUA5 five-speed manual transmission, and manual dual-range transfer case. 4.56:1 ring and pinion in OE Isuzu 10-bolt front (IFS) and Isuzu 12-bolt rear axles. Aisin manual locking hubs.

This is a somewhat rare "transition" model between the early and later first generation Isuzu Troopers. It is the long wheelbase, 2-door model, but has the EFI engine (versus the earlier carbureted 4ZD1, 2.3L), the dual-A-arm IFS, and the heavier-duty (larger ring/pinion gear) rear axle.

My 17-year old son, TJ, is the primary operator. We named the truck "Deja Blue" due to the fact that I originally bought this truck used in 1994, and my wife, Lisa, drove it daily through 1999 when TJ was born. The 2-door configuration made life difficult with a child seat, so we sold it to my brother-in-law, who used it as a "bad weather drive to work truck" and "gone fishing" rig.

My two nieces and nephew all learned to drive in this truck. Of course, they all chose to move on to something more "cool" in their opinions, so the Trooper sat unused for a few years. After visiting my sister's family for Thanksgiving in 2014, TJ (then age 15) expressed interest in the Trooper as his first vehicle. By Thanksgiving, 2015, TJ and I were planning the necessary repairs and maintenance to make it drivable.

When I told my sister of TJ's interest and asked if they would sell it to him, she replied "yes, just come take it away!" So we spent many hours of Thanksgiving weekend replacing the fuel pump, clutch master cylinder, vacuum hoses, and other miscellaneous items plus all the requisite fluids and brake/suspension/steering/electrical checks. At the end of the weekend we drove it 300+ miles home to Kansas City.

Recent Trip Reports

Cottonwood Pass 05-22-2017

An acquaintance posted to his FB page on May 22nd that he camped overnight on the east side of Cottonwood Pass; He said there was snow on the night of May 21st, though he didn't specify how much. He stated that the pass is still closed on the east side at the Denny Creek Gate, but anticipates it to open soon to allow driving to the pass (summit). The west side is still expected to remain closed most/all of Summer 2017 for paving activity.

Klondike Bluffs 03-05-2017

Klondike Bluffs is an amazing 4WD road on the north side of Moab. It is right off Highway 191, so it is convenient to access. The road traverses State Trust Land, and has an immense mountain bike trail network. Klondike Bluffs is scenic and one segment includes visible dinosaur tracks. Fantastic trail!

Eye of the Whale 03-05-2017

Had a blast running Eye of the Whale with daughter and friends from Colorado and Utah. I have been to Tower Arch before but was not aware of Eye of the Whale. This, combined with Klondike Bluffs and the KB Escape will be included on future Moab visits. These are such beautiful roads and scenery!

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