Dan & Kathy's Product Review - Treker 4420ST All Terrain Utility 4x4 by Land Pride
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UPDATED October 30th, 2009 see very bottom of page for update on reoccurring frame problem and feedback
UPDATED December 1, 2012 see very bottom of page for update on shifting cable

In August of 2008 while clearing some property near Wimberley, Texas, Kathy and I decided we wanted an all terrain utility vehicle that met the following criteria:

4 Wheel Drive with Easy Operation
Able to navigate rough rocky terrain with high ground clearance
Able to carry 1000 lbs with at least a 48" bed (4ft)
Automatic dump bed
Capable of pulling a utility trailer front and back
Accessories readily available to attach front and back
Could be used and used hard as a work horse for long hours
Easy maintenance for DIY people like us

After looking at the Kawasaki Mule, the Yamaha Rhino, Artic Cat Prowler, John Deere Gator, Polaris Ranger, and others, we purchased a new TREKER 4420ST made by Land Pride from ACM Tractor in San Marcos, Texas.  This is our review after 14 months and over 300 engine hours of steady DAILY operation.  The first thing we did was mount a tool kit directly under the driver's seat which is an army ammo can strapped to a gas can brace (red in the photo).  We put our work gloves, tie down straps and few basic tools inside for the chain saws.

We liked the "keep it simple" 3 position gear shift lever which allows for Forward, Reverse, and Park.  No clutch to press, just shift and go.  Neutral is in the center.

On the lower left of the dash is a switch to go from 2WD to 4WD.  The owners manual was not clear if the vehicle can be moving when this change from 2WD to 4WD is made, so we have only made the switch when the vehicle is at a complete stop.   The manual is clear that for higher speeds and smooth roads, only use 2WD.

The engine choke is located directly under the driver's seat (yellow knob in the photo above) and is an easy reach.  The choke is self retracting so pull it out and after the engine starts, just let it go.

The bench style seat allows easy access and is convenient for our kids (seen in photo on right).  There are idiot warning labels all over the vehicle about don't do this, or don't do that (disclaimers forced by product liability litigation no doubt) but all those labels could be put into one label that says USE COMMON SENSE or DO NOT USE THIS VEHICLE

As we do with all of our work vehicles and tools, we bought this Treker to USE daily.  No, we will never put a coat of wax on it, and we don't care if it gets scratched.  It is not a show piece or a trophy, it is a TOOL to use and get a job done.  We have and continue to perform regular maintenance, oil changes, daily checks, tire pressures, and strictly follow the owners manual regarding the maintenance schedule.

For transporting wood chips, we added a quick plywood box to the back and fed the chipper chute right into the bed of the Treker.  We found that the chips make an excellent road base for trails on the property.

The second switch on the dash controls the dump bed.  There are no other buttons to push, or latches to unhook to make the bed work.  Just press the toggle switch UP and the bed raises and dumps, push it DOWN and the bed retracts.  You can stop the dump process at any time by releasing the button and the bed position holds.  The tailgate will raise and lower even when the Treker is in gear and moving forward.  This is a good feature if you want to spread some dirt or gravel and dump as you go. 

The bushings in the tailgate are VERY STIFF to operate and it takes some muscle to lower the tail gate.  This is a GOOD THING.  When traveling over rough terrain the tail gate is not loose and DOES NOT rattle.  The cables holding the tailgate are coated and they don't rattle or make any noise either during travel.

 

It wasn't long before we added our first accessory, a winch which we purchased as a "universal"  that would fit on many different kinds of ATV's.  Although the winch can be easily removed from the standard 2' square tube receiver up front, we made the wiring more permanent and tucked out of the way under the fiberglass cowl.

The next accessory was a gun rack which we made ourselves by welding some rebar to the main cage.  There are aftermarket gun racks for ATV but after all, we are DIY.  The rifle keeps the coyotes in check and away from our herd of goats.  During a recent brush fire where firefighters went into areas in and around our property, a deer carcass was found up in a tree.  There are some large predatory cats in south Texas and I like to stay at the TOP of the food chain, not the top of a tree branch. 

We did remove the seatbelts which were in the way and annoying.  We don't recommend that everyone do this but we don't have small children and we are following the COMMON SENSE rules of ATV operation.  We LOVE the handles on the overhead cage to hold on to when going over the bumpy road and getting into and out of the vehicle.

We modified an old jet ski trailer and made it into a flat bed.  The Treker has never lacked power to pull anything we have asked it to pull and we have "slightly" overloaded the dump bed.  The water in these two barrels alone weighs 968 lbs plus the trailer, passengers, and whatever we put in the Treker bed.  The 4 wheel disc brakes had no problem stopping and the 20hp Honda engine had plenty of power even when going up hill.

In the picture on the left you can see clearly the tool kit we mounted under the driver's seat.  The red brace is a metal military style gas can holder and the green ammo can is held in with a pull strap.  My recommendation to Land Pride is to use this dead space on the body to put a tool or accessory kit there on future models.

One minor problem we have had so far is the brake sticking.  In the photo on the left the brake lights are ON and they should not be.  On a few occasions we have had to pull back on the brake pedal to get the brake lights to turn off.  ACM has told us the vehicle is still under warranty and to bring it in for an evaluation and fix. 

                  TREKER OVERALL GRADE  B+
This is a GREAT PRODUCT and much cheaper in price than the competition.  We have put this treker to the test and used it HARD!.  We are using this Treker daily and it has made our ranch work and land clearing fun!  We waited until we exceeded 100 hours of operation before we made this initial report and we will update this report as hours increase.  Great product for a very reasonable price!  We would buy another one and may do that providing they correct one reoccurring problem....

LIKED

  • Plenty of engine power, torque, & payload capability
  • Easy and QUIET operation
  • Lots of accessories available, feeders, plows, roof, racks, doors, windshield, etc.
  • 6 ply tires have not gone flat even when running over multiple large cactus
  • Standard 2" receivers both front and back
  • Power dump bed "one button" easy operation
  • Glove compartment for a first aid kit and we liked the drink cup holders
  • Adjustable 3 level heavy duty suspension with high ground clearance
  • 12v cigarette lighter on dash to plug in cell phone or spot light or whatever
  • Tight turning radius and one button 4WD
  • Handles on overhead cage for easy entry and exit and for holding on over rough terrain
  • Easy maintenance and very easy access to engine by raising the bed.  Air filter, oil filter, and engine oil drain plug are all within easy reach with the bed up.
  • Plenty of passenger compartment room for all
  • The recommended 7 PSI in all tires makes for a smooth ride

DISLIKED or Could be Improved . . . .

  • Have to leave the driver's seat and look under passenger seat to see fuel gauge which is mounted on the fuel tank
  • Would like an accessory tool box mounted under drivers seat in front of rear tire
  • Minor brake sticking problem where sometimes the brake pedal does not retract 100%
  • Would like to see a rear facing utility light for night operations (we will put one in)
  • Have to remove cage and front cowl to access brake fluid reservoir, or service from the bottom up by removing driver's side front wheel.  Need access door to brake fluid reservoir for us DIY people.
  • Front metal brake lines are exposed and although it has not happened, we worry about snagging a rock or stick and damaging the brake lines.  Land Pride does sell "boot guards" for just this reason, but it is not standard issue, rather an accessory.
  • REOCCURRING PROBLEM WITH THE LEFT REAR FRAME ARM SUPPORT, see details below.
 
 

UPDATE #1 - JANUARY 2009 with a little over 150 hours on the Treker, we noticed that it was leaning more and more to the drivers side.  Upon inspection we discovered a frame weld had broken and caused the left rear shock mount to separate from the main rear suspension arm frame! (Part number 700-263H TRAILING ARM LH WELDMENT)  We took the Treker to ACM and the rear suspension arm was replaced under warranty with no cost to us.  It was determined by representatives of the manufacturer that the arm had a "bad weld" or "no weld" during the automated welding at the manufacturer.  It was no fault or abuse on our part and covered 100% by the warranty.  Although this made me question the durability of the Treker, I will post more updates as heavy use continues and engine hours increase before I change my opinion or rating on the Treker. After the first 100 hours I changed out the gear oil in both the front and rear gear boxes with synthetic oil.

UPDATE #2 - MARCH 2009, 197 engine hours, after having the rear drivers side frame arm replaced under warranty, it happened AGAIN, an improper or missed weld in the frame began to separate.  This time ACM has offered to weld the frame back.  This is obviously not an isolated incident and could be an across the board problem with these trekker units.   I have lowered the overall grade to a B-, down from an A due to this reoccurring problem.  As you can see in the photo below, there is NO WELD in this area and there SHOULD BE.  I believe this is a manufacturing flaw.  To be continued.  April 20th 2009, ACM welded the frame arm and we have the treker back.  We will see how long the weld last. 

UPDATE #3 - AUGUST 2009.  At 300 engine hours the Treker is still working great!  No more issues with the weld.  An interesting note is that I received an email from a guy who found our website and had the EXACT SAME PROBLEM with a break in the non-weld on his Treker at the exact same location seen below.  This is not an isolated incident and it will need to be addressed if you buy a Treker.  Once the weld is fixed, there were no more problems.  Overall grade is changed to at a B+.  Would have given it an A if it was not for the frame issue in the one area where a weld was missed.  I'll bet this issue was addressed and fixed in the next years model.  Would I buy another one?  Hell YES! (Photo below left shows the opening in the frame, photo on right was taken after the welding was complete)

                Treker Part number 700-263H TRAILING ARM LH WELDMENT

FEEDBACK October 30th, 2009- James from Granby, MO wrote:  I own one of these fine machines also.  What a great review!  I plan on looking at the frame weld tonight!  We use ours extensively on our cattle ranch in SW Missouri and I am planning to take it on a hunting trip and wanted to know if you could forward me some closeup photos of the gun rack you made? Also I have the windshield on mine with the flip up bottom. I want to put on the front rack, do you think the rack will interfere with the windshield when the bottom portion of the windshield is opened and shut?
REPLY:  James, thank you for the compliment.  Both the gun rack and front utility rack were fabricated and welded by me in our shop.  These are NOT store bought items.  The front rack was made out of an old bed frame with fence "T" post inserted into the square tubing from the front support.  With the removal of two bolts on the overhead frame, the entire front rack lifts off the Treker.  The gun rack was made by drilling two holes straight down into the rear tubing and inserting rebar formed into the rack.  Nothing special, just a weekend DIY project.  I will post photos of the gun rack and front rack soon!  I do not believe the rack we made would interfere with the windshield. - Dan

UPDATE- December 1, 2012  Had a problem with the shifter where it was becoming increasingly difficult to shift.  Eventually the shifting cable BROKE and I had to replace it.  While doing maintenance on the Treker to replace the cable, I discovered the rear differential had struck a rock, cracked, and was COMPLETELY EMPTY OF WET BRAKE OIL!  The rear differential takes "wet brake oil" only and mobil 424 is recommended.  I was able to repair the small hole in the differential using JB WELD.  I then, replaced the rear brake oil and the shifting cable with no more difficulty in shifting.  If you are having trouble shifting your Treker, immediately check the rear differential wet brake oil and replace it.  If the oil drains a milky light brown color, water has penetrated into the rear differential.  There is a rubber press in cap on the top of the differential where water can enter if you forage through deep water.  this is also the cap where you add the oil.  The drain plug is on the bottom and easy to remove.  After draining add 20 ounces of mobil 424 wet brake oil as specified.  BTW I know this treker so well mechanically inside and out that if you have a used Treker you want to sell, or if you want your Treker properly serviced, contact me.  Trekers are no longer made and they will become an extinct dinosaur.  Parts are easy to get but finding a proper service center can be difficult. - Dan


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