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Gen 2 Montero / Considering a Gen 2 again.
« on: September 17, 2020, 06:24:58 AM »
Well, its been a couple years since Ive been on here since I sold my 95 LS.   Family life happened and we needed cash for some other things, so the toys had to go. However, I am considering another capable rig again and still miss many aspects of the Gen 2 Montero.

I have purposely avoided looking for any because I remember there isnt a huge aftermarket or product support like there is for the other household names (Cherokee, 4Runner,, etc.)... but, then I also remember these are more comfortable and will out perform those other products in stock condition and have many factory do dads not offered by competitors.

 So my big question for this Monteiro/Pajero Subculture is Is there still a solid support group for these rigs? Or have most jumped ship to the newer rigs with more product support?

Ive got my eyes on a 95 SR with fairly low miles (under 100,000).  It needs a few things like CV boots, unknown of timing has ever been done, plus some general elbow grease to get the thing cleaned up. Im just wondering if there is still any kind of a following for these?  I dont care about popularity, but I still like to have reliable resources and knowledgeable people out there to consult with as things break or I consider more modifications.

Anyway, thoughts or opinions are welcomed.

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General Discussion / Opinions please...
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:22:21 PM »
I posted this on the Facebook page, but bought Id ask here too.  Maybe more experienced Montero advice here.

I am on the verge of spending some significant money on my 95LS.  My original plans were to get ahold of a cheap SR and  do all of the expected (axle swap, gears, rebuild the 3.5 and swap, buy all of the ADD Gen 2 stuff, etc.)

However, in my search for a beater SR, I stumbled across a pretty clean unit, 98,000 miles with some mods done already.  It got me thinking... do I just sell my LS and get this SR, or keep on with my original plans.

Keep in mind...my LS is in tip top shape and I would have a more intimate knowledge of its workings after doing all the work.  However, Id probably have to spend a bunch more money to get where I want as opposed to just buying the clean SR.

I have already talked to Adam (Toasty) and Ive got his opinion, but thought Id check with the masses.

Thoughts...

Mine is the blue and the white is the SR that Im considering.




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Build Threads / B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807
« on: November 24, 2017, 01:28:35 AM »
Hi yall,

I figured after a year on Expedition Portal and now as a new member on here, I might as well introduce myself and my rig.

My name is Brian and I live in Montrose, CO - elevation 5,807.  We are surrounded by 13000 -14,000 mountains to the south and east, the Grand Mesa to our north and the Utah state line is 58.5 miles to our west... Moab is a couple hours away.

My personalized plates on every rig I have ever built match my handle which simply means:
Be iN Z MounTaiNS.

I come from an extensive background with full size Chevys, straight axle and IFS, but have recently taken an interest in Monteros, because of their straight forward, purpose built, overly engineered design.  My wife and small children got tired of bouncing around in my clunky straight axle K5 and so that prompted me to get something a bit more family friendly.

About a year ago I found a clean specimen.  A minty 95 LS.  It was apparently owned since new by an older couple.  They were religious about maintenance and had all services performed at Mitsu dealers.  I have every service record from the day it was new, including oil changes, and tire rotations.
After the husband died, the former service manager at the Mitsu dealership found out the wife was selling it and purchased it, since he knew every detail about it and its care.  He drove it for about a year and decided to cut down on the amount of vehicles in his herd, so it popped up on Craigslist about 3 hours from me... and here I come with some cash and home with a super clean Montero.

It is all stock aside from manual hubs and 31s.  But my plans involve the usual... SR axles, maybe re-gear, some lift, 33s (maybe 35s), possibly a 3.5 swap and some other overlandish mods or family camping trips.

I have already appreciated gleaning useful information from this site and other Montero friendly sites.  I look forward to sharing my progress with you and the helpful advice that  will come along the way.


My last Chevy Build (3 years from stock to this)



My LS the night I brought it home


He even included a set of factory service manuals


After a nice bath





I have not has the time or funds to do much with it over the last year, but it gets me where I like to go anyway.


Till next time

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