Dan & Kathy's Product Review - Treker
4420ST All Terrain Utility 4x4 by Land Pride
Honest Reviews on products we USE!
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Plenty of engine power, torque, & payload
- 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
- Power dump bed "one button" easy
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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