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Gen 1 Montero / Lower ball joints on a SWB
« on: March 20, 2019, 03:46:32 PM »
Who has replaced the lower ball joints on a 4-cyl Gen1?

My '87 SWB suspension is squeaking. On inspection, it looks like the grease boot on the passenger side lower ball joint got torn somewhere along the line, and all of the grease inside has solidified.  The joint is still, surprisingly, tight, but I know it's just a matter of time now.

Two questions:

1) Other than OEM, is there a quality ball joint you can recommend? I'm looking at the Beck/Arnley ball joints from RockAuto, but I've heard good things about Moog as well.

2) Is it really necessary to remove the torsion bar just to replace the ball joint? The FSM says I need to, but I'd rather not if I don't have to. Anything to make the job a little easier!

(I do have a ball joint press with adaptors.)

Mitsubishi Related / Question about alternator upgrade
« on: March 18, 2019, 03:53:06 PM »
Iím preparing to drop in a Starion 75-amp alternator in place of the 50-amp unit in my í87 4-cyl. However, Iíve been looking at the charging wire running from the alternator, and itís a pitiful thing; I havenít measured the conductor to be sure, but it looks like no more than a 10-gauge wire.

Looking at wiring charts, it tells me that a 5-foot run (which is about what it is from the alt to the battery) at 75-amps requires a 4-gauge wire. Thatís a big difference from whatís in there!

Should I upgrade that stock wire before putting the new alternator in?

Mitsubishi Related / Gen1 shock advice?
« on: March 13, 2019, 01:32:51 PM »
Itís getting time to replace the shocks on my í87 SWB (2.6l w/5spd). Like most rigs, it spends 80% of its time on pavement, the rest of it on gravel, unmaintained, and ďhistoricĒ roads. I donít rock crawl or mud at all. Many of the roads I travel are heavily rutted or washboarded. (Itís the washboard that gives that short wheelbase a rough time!)

Of course everyone suggests KYB Gas-A-Just, but Iíve heard that theyíre on the stiff side. I donít want a firmer ride if that means itís going to be rough or "walk" sideways on the washboard.

Others suggest the Bilstein 4600, but they only make them for the rear (no front models available according to the Bilstein website.) I need front and rear.

Any suggestions (or more feedback on the KYB?)

Gen 1 Montero / Re-Installing 5sp transmission
« on: January 24, 2019, 12:57:04 PM »
Tips, please, for installing the 5-speed transmission in a Gen1 SWB with 2.6 engine.

The tranny has to be rotated counter-clockwise so the starter bulge in the bellhousing will clear the firewall. What's the easiest way to make that happen without damaging the clutch or the input shaft?

Mitsubishi Related / Jet Valve heads?
« on: November 20, 2018, 12:05:10 PM »
I understand that the Jet valves on the Gen1 2.6l heads are a problem; I've seen references to heads actually cracking around those valves.

What I haven't been able to learn are the symptoms of that problem. What are they?

Is there a fix or would someone be limited to finding another in a junkyard and hoping it didn't have the same issue?

Mitsubishi Related / Differential oil and LSD additive
« on: October 14, 2018, 07:27:59 PM »
I'm going to change the rear differential oil in my '87 (which of course has a limited slip differential.)

I've heard that some diffs need more additive while some less; what's been your experience?

Mitsubishi Related / Gen 1 trailing arms?
« on: September 29, 2018, 03:07:07 PM »
I've seen references to the need for upgrading Gen 1 trailing arms, but I've also seen vague references to only being a concern with the LWB/v6.

Is this necessary on my 2.6l SWB? Is this something that needs to be fabbed or is there a bolt-in?

General Discussion / Newbie from Oregon
« on: August 29, 2018, 07:49:13 PM »
Rxinhed sent me here, said it was a good place for Montero people to hang out.

Have an '87 Montero, 2.6l in really nice shape - but with mechanical issues from previous owner's deferred maintenance. Got most of the issues fixed, but there's always something else to do on a 30-y/o vehicle!

Located in Oregon's gorgeous Willamette Valley.

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