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Gen 1 Montero / Bouncy seat for passenger
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:55:08 PM »
So, digging around in my pile of stuff, I came across a rusty bouncy seat base. Since I've converted The Ram to a 2-seater, I thought I would make the passenger as comfortable as possible, since it already has the Gen 2 seats in it. Besides, the tilt forward feature of the passenger seat didn't work well with the external speaker for my CV, mounted on the side of the shifters panel.

Gen 1 Montero / Power steering overheating
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:50:39 PM »
All right, let's put this in context. I was on a muddy, 70 slope pushing between 4500-5000 rpms, spinning my 37" tires. And making it before a CV blew. Regardless. I had been trying to climb this slope for a couple minutes,  turning the steering wheel back and forth, sliding left and right. As I was creating the slope the CV blew, and started moving backwards. And the power steering had started protesting, screeching. Slid back down the hill til my backwards progress was halted by a tree. As I rested against the tree, I let my heart rate calm down, pulled the seat cover out of my butt, and after a minute or so, the protestations of the power steering stopped. Got off the hill, saw the blown up CV boot, and checked the fluid in the ps reservoir. It was HOT! Although an extreme example, was have youse done, if anything, for a cooling system on the power steering?

Gen 1 Montero / Rear door table
« on: January 22, 2018, 07:38:16 PM »
I had thought about doing a rear door shelf, just one of those little projects you think about, but you just don't have everything. So it's not pressing. Then one day, that missing thing shows up.
The piano hinge to make it happen shows up.

Mitsubishi Related / CB talk
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:30:00 AM »
So, starting this thread to help put out information about Citizen Band radios. Originally, this was about antenna placement. Hopefully when more knowledgeable folks chime in,  they can add to the discussion. First thing I'd like to add, is a simple explanation about antenna placement, and how it works.

Mitsubishi Related / Gen 2 steering box on a Gen 1
« on: December 17, 2017, 08:30:19 PM »
Going thru an old phone found some pics of when I put the Gen 2 steering box on my Gen 1. I did it one way, probly the quickest but not prettiest in my mind. Just so you get the idea, the steering box is held on with 4 bolts. On the Gen 2 its a square, I think it's 4". On the Gen 1, the bottom bolts are 4", and the top two bolts are only about 3 1/4".

Gen 2 Montero / 93 RS turn signal relay
« on: October 01, 2017, 10:29:54 AM »
The engineers have hurt my feelings on this. I can touch the box, but from what I can tell, the original relay has two "fingers" that click into the panel. I can't get my sausage fingers in there. At the parts store right now, but not sure wether to grab a 2- or 3- prong relay. Any ideas?

Gen 1 Montero / Weird Gen 1 dash issues
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:04:29 PM »
So you guys having weird issues with dash lights and gauges, wouldn't hurt to maybe loosen up these grounds and clean them up and re-attach them. I did the one by the ECM and some weird intermittent idle issues dissappeared.

Mitsubishi Related / Repairing the splash shield
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:11:13 PM »
Noticed my splash shield had broken free of its mount. Splash shield? Whats that? On the Gen 1 theres s rubber shield, that is supposed to help deflect water from the fan. It's held in with just a couple of 6mm bolts. Pop it off, then put some new rivets on it.

Mitsubishi Related / Siberian engine mounts and trans mounts
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:55:31 PM »
Is there any plans to come up with Siberian mounts for the engine mounts and trans mounts?

Gen 1 Montero / Factory manuals for troubleshooting
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:08:25 AM »
If you are having problems with how your Gen 1 is running, to the rescue again. The factory has two manuals, one for carburetted vehicles, and one for fuel injected, to help you diagnose both Driveability and no start issues. Check them out at  And don't forget to show a little PayPal appreciation to the man who runs the site.  Every little bit helps.

Mitsubishi Related / Floor pan drains
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:56:21 AM »
So, what do you do when you leave your windows down and can't get back to your truck before the torrential down pour hits? Or your live in Florida, and water crossings are a way of life? Take out the factory metal plug, and install a removable one

Build Threads / The Ram - 1989 Raider
« on: April 27, 2017, 03:59:16 AM »
I had built an 88 Montero, took about a year to get it together. After getting it running and using it regularly to play, I was getting restless for a new project. At the time I was living in a subdivision that had about 700 houses in it. The main road was a big circle, with roads going off in different directions. I lived in the back of the subdivision,  and it was 2.1 miles from the front off the neighborhood. One day, I come around a turn, and bam, im passed by a black Raider. I was busy, couldn't chase him down. It was like that for 6+ months. Then i didn't see it for a long time, probly 7-8 months. Then leaving one day, i see it in a back yard. Wrecked.  :'( to be continued

Mitsubishi Related / Setting up the ADD Adjustable Panhard Bar
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:50:05 PM »
Toasty decided to R&R his rear suspension today. He was making an instructional video for everyone but unfortunately he forgot to make sure he had space on his SD card and only got the first 17 minutes (Job Takes 40 minutes). But here's a couple pics for those who can't get the alignment shop to set their rear track.
1. Hang something straight off the frame (tape a ruler to it or something) then measure both sides from the (undamaged) wheel bead.
2.Subtract half of the difference of the longer side by rotating the link. Double check both sides are equal then tighten the jamb nut. DONE!

Mitsubishi Related / Gearing and ring and Pinion information
« on: April 23, 2017, 04:45:28 AM »
Gearing/Ring and Pinion  information

Quote from: TOASTY
Here are the ratio options and your axle options, use this info to figure out your gear vs axle applications

   Taken from Outerlimits
 [color:"red"] T/case & Final Drive Ratio's
Gen 1

2.3 TD = 4.875, 5.29
2.6 / 2.5 TD = 4.625, 4.875
2.5 TDI = 4.625, 4.875
3.0 V6 = 4.625, 4.875
t/case = 1.944:1 low range for 2.6, 2.3 TD & 2.5 TD, 1.925:1 for 3.0 V6

Gen 2

2.6 = 4.875
2.5 TD & 2.5 TDI = 4.875, 5.29
3.0 V6 = 4.625, 4.875
2.8 D = 4.875
2.8 TDI = 4.90
3.5 DOHC V6 = 4.636
t/case = 1.925:1 low range for 2.6, 2.5 TD, 2.5 TDI & 3.0 V6, 1.90:1 for 2.8 TDI & 3.5 DOHC V6

Gen 3

2.8 TDI = 4.90 5sp man
3.2 DID = 3.90 5sp auto or 4.10 for 5sp man
3.5 SOHC V6 = 4.30 5sp man & 5sp auto
3.8 SOHC V6 = 4.30 5sp auto
t/case = 1.90:1 for all

Gen 4
3.8 SOHC V6 MIVEC = 4.30 5sp man and 5sp auto
3.2 CDI = 4.10 5sp man or 3.917 for 5sp auto
t/case = same as Gen 3

Axle Data [/color] 

Gen 1

2.6, 2.3TD, 2.5TD & 2.5TDI (some) :-
front axle = 25 spline, 29mm diameter, diff = 7.25" diameter (low pinion)
rear axle = 28 spline, 30.5mm diameter, diff = 8" diameter
3.0V6 :-
front axle = 28 spline, 29mm diameter, diff = 8" diameter (low pinion)
rear axle = 28 spline, 30.5mm diameter, diff = 9" diameter

Gen 2

3.0V6 :-
front axle = same as Gen 1 except for NH & NJ auto has 7.25" diameter front diff (high pinion) NH & NJ 5sp man has 8" diameter front diff (high pinion)  [color:"blue"] some models with auto transmisions will also have 8" high pinion but will have smaller CV joints [/color]
rear axle = 28 spline, 30.5mm diameter, diff = 9" diameter

2.5TDI :-
same as NH & NJ auto

3.5V6 & 2.8TDI :-
front axle = 28 spline, 29mm diameter, diff = 8" diameter (high pinion)
rear axle = 31 spline, 33.5mm diameter, diff = 9.5" diameter

Gen 3

3.5V6, 2.8TDI, 3.2DID, 3.8V6
front axle = 28 spline, 29mm diameter, diff = 8" diameter (high pinion)
rear axle = 33 spline, 36mm diameter, diff = 9.5" diameter

Gen 4
same as Gen 3

Note :- Mitsu factory Aisin manual hubs (found on some models - Gen 1 or Gen 2 base models & Tritons) are interchangeable and will retrofit to all Gen 2 models with super select.
These will not fit to a Gen 3 model as they run solid one piece hub flanges (non-removable).

Without a doubt, one of the first things people look for when they get a new-to-them Mitsubishi is a service manual to help them perform maintenance on their vehicles. A lot of people settle for a Chilton's or Haynes Manual. A better choice is The Factory Service Manual. You can find that at While there, take a look at some of the other manuals available there. Performance Manuals. Diagnosis manuals. Lots of excellent information there. And please, leave a little PayPal appreciation for the site's proprietor.

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