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Title: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 09, 2017, 04:13:49 PM
Just joined here but looks like most threads circle around Monteros. Anyone here interested in Mighty Max builds? Have a 1990 that I've been wrenching on.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: IncorpoRatedX on August 09, 2017, 04:38:52 PM
You're the cat with the 3.8... you bet your ass we're interested. Love to see the build thread on that if you have time. Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: Crumb on August 09, 2017, 05:00:09 PM
 We love Mighty Max trucks! Welcome
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 09, 2017, 06:17:43 PM
You're the cat with the 3.8... you bet your ass we're interested. Love to see the build thread on that if you have time. Welcome to the forum.
I guess word travels fast. I'll see what I can put together for you guys.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 09, 2017, 11:53:07 PM
I have an active Max project, Pearl
Nice. I call mine Mad Max. She angry.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: IncorpoRatedX on August 10, 2017, 12:05:40 AM
I call mine "The Hyena"
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 10, 2017, 09:53:05 AM
I guess I need to share some pics at some point huh?
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: IncorpoRatedX on August 10, 2017, 12:23:26 PM
Sure!

Did you re-use the AW03-72L (non electric aisin) Trans from the mighty max?
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 11, 2017, 08:57:16 AM
Sure!

Did you re-use the AW03-72L (non electric aisin) Trans from the mighty max?
Mine came equipped with the V5MT1, but yes I was able to easily reuse it.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 11, 2017, 10:25:15 PM
So far the most current result of Mad Max's journey...

(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18422345_10101716551186394_4173328612975473761_o.jpg?oh=a8366232f61e64f7e6ef698652d2fa0d&oe=59F54D30)
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 11, 2017, 10:52:11 PM
Rig started as this. Bought it in the ghetto of Sacramento from a guy who didnt even have it titled in his own name. He got it from the original owners son who somehow gifted it to him. Either way Im just glad its in the condition that it is in.

(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1425785_10101063943667094_74770002995446112_n.jpg?oh=2fa52ff53edee17bb7acf9ee60673b46&oe=5A214930)

(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11222516_10101014618365394_4923736484708114744_n.jpg?oh=9cd453610cdb97fb86aa1dddf25ccd9f&oe=5A2F63FD)


Some interior swapping. New cluster with tach, clock, Mitsu deck, new shift knobs, floor mats, Momo steering wheel, dash pad
(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/944919_10101135879272564_2506460866283068288_n.jpg?oh=690b31240ad520732b5268160bd30ead&oe=5A310A62)

Donor 2007 Eclipse 6g75 Mivec. Had this engine slated to go into my 94 Dodge Stealth TT with some large turbos, but thought..."hell ive got a good idea ive never seen attempted yet." So there is when plans changed to fit this girl into the Max
(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13151747_10101170697766024_640956551275320444_n.jpg?oh=55fbc4ce150a04f94dd30e7e93e38be0&oe=59F61BD3)


Fast forward through lots of engine parts swapping and minor fab work. Now we have a montero'esqe engine turned the way it was never intended to go into a truck.
(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17352064_10101610984043794_5452442008799419501_n.jpg?oh=c9dd984477cecf41fb8c066eb63ec01e&oe=5A23889C)


Its in...
(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17630124_10101635189700464_6484542237448901041_n.jpg?oh=a9fed5e1810294ad10fe54fd6df8025a&oe=5A21B30B)


Now lots of engine wiring for new ecu and this.
(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17862864_10101659010772844_7696095874503723394_n.jpg?oh=de40ae57369733a3d92f9f5128699d8c&oe=5A266850)

Short walk around video of me getting it running. Have since cleaned up the wiring and put it all back through the firewall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSjpa22Gj20


I know its not a full writeup, but this should at least get our brains thinking. ;)
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 13, 2017, 09:25:27 PM
Thanks Dan. I'm glad you could make it out. Hope you had a good time while you were here. :)
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: PajEvo on August 13, 2017, 10:23:32 PM
This is amazing! Wow it looks like it belongs in there! Thanks for sharing. I hope this is the first of many...
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 14, 2017, 07:02:35 AM
Dan has ridden in Pearl, too. I bet yours is zoomier.
Details on Pearl? Dan appeared to have fun. Glad I could oblige.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 14, 2017, 07:06:10 AM
This is amazing! Wow it looks like it belongs in there! Thanks for sharing. I hope this is the first of many...
Glad you like. The goal was to make it look like Mitsubishi built it that way. Time will tell if similar builds catch on. I sure hope so.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: Crumb on August 14, 2017, 06:24:38 PM
 Hey, with your trailblazing I'm in. Been wanting one of these motors in my Montero since they came out.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on August 15, 2017, 08:21:51 AM
Hey, with your trailblazing I'm in. Been wanting one of these motors in my Montero since they came out.

Glad to hear. It's not an easy build but I think it's well worth it.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on November 11, 2017, 12:33:26 AM
Little update.

Been having too much fun playing around with her. Did manage to pull my rear axle for that of a 97 sport and then installed the lsd diff. No more one leg burnouts down the block.

Did figure you all might enjoy a video from a few weeks back.

https://youtu.be/JyjcxxiDjCc

Also, just had a breakthrough on extra power gains on the motor. Even more power now than captured in this video. Just keeps getting better.

Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on January 27, 2018, 08:22:04 PM
Installed a new intake. 95 Montero SR or Kia Sorento. Been playing with both. Each one has its own advantages. What both do well is allow for low end torque, and high end RPM's. Where you feel the gains is on the upper end. This motor really wants to pull if you give it some room to breathe. I took a corner the other day and just gave it some gas. Both rear tires broke loose as I took off up the hill. Didnt have to downshift or anything. :)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26904749_10102135770083364_6776465168762805286_n.jpg?oh=acdc3e29c8f7352e52c034fd72c2955e&oe=5AF17AB4)

Im still not done playing with intakes. I've got another one that I probably wont get to until later this year. Having a lot of fun with this.
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: Crumb on January 30, 2018, 08:49:45 PM
 That looks amazing!
Title: Re: Anyone into Mighty Max Builds here?
Post by: ChargerX3 on May 13, 2019, 03:00:35 PM
Update:
Went on another climb this weekend. Found a new trail up north and decided to give it a go. What started out as a couple hill climbs turned into an old mine road up to the top of a mountain.

Half way up the trail.
(https://i.imgur.com/0f7iNxM.jpg)


2/3 way up. Got steep from here.
(https://i.imgur.com/JjNilnM.jpg)


I hate how its hard to gauge an incline in pictures, but this is 3/4 way up. Lots of loose gravel, big rocks, washouts and tight switchbacks.
(https://i.imgur.com/sZYZrWr.jpg)


The top. There were several filled in mining holes up here. Appears to be an old Copper/gold mining attempt. Grabbed a couple cool rocks and headed back down.
(https://i.imgur.com/dMiREfr.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EvEuYRk.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yvSBI1w.jpg)


Ok with that one in the bag i got brave and wanted to try a run back at the last old mountain that I chickened out on. The road you see on the left is the one I have been taking up. Its a newer path and is plenty steep. The trail to the right is the old path, full of washouts, spinnouts, and loads of loose articulation. I cant say ive ever seen anyone make it up that trail since ive been coming here.
(https://i.imgur.com/2EKCsKv.jpg)

Better look down the gnarly trail. The top looks normal, but if you can zoom in the middle and lower section are a mess. Also this looks flat, but its so steep i nearly fell on my ass walking down.
(https://i.imgur.com/tJqGFO4.jpg)

Better picture showing how steep it is on the less steep top end. Me pointing camera straight in front of me.
(https://i.imgur.com/jTJwghd.jpg)


So, i decide to give it a try. Put the truck in 4wd low, backed up 2 feet to engage the front diff. and took off slow in 1st gear. Bottom section was bumpy and full of ruts, so i just took my time. Then as i started the incline I just picked a steady RPM and plotted out my course up the face. The trail shifts to the left with several deep vertical washouts that clearly got other trucks sideways and stalled. There were also two large boulders in the path that were permanent fixtures in the landscape. Not knowing if I would clear, i straddled one. Several times I felt the rear end lose traction briefly, LDS kick in, then momentum continue. Towards the very top there was the largest washout with nothing but loose rocks. I kept my pace, hit it, both rear tires broke loose, felt my momentum slow, but then the fronts caught just before i started to slow to a stop. Gave the truck just a little more throttle and up we went. One of my favorite climbs with this truck yet!
(https://i.imgur.com/r6axLOS.jpg)


Not a bad view either
(https://i.imgur.com/SFmPWXY.jpg)