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Build Threads / Re: Resurrection of The Canyonero
« on: July 14, 2018, 02:36:44 PM »
Is my super secret decoder ring still valid?

Build Threads / Resurrection of The Canyonero
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:25:55 PM »
This won't be a build thread per se, but documentation of getting my rig back running again for anyone coming along in the future that might be in the same spot. Maybe this belongs in just the Mitsu section instead of a build thread, so Mods, please move accordingly.

Without boring people to death, myself and my truck have been sidelined for a number of years for various reasons, and it's time to get myself and my rig back into action.

There's a long thread back on the 'Wire detailing my issues with this truck from the beginning. I may go back and find the link at some point for posterity, but the fellas in the AZ Crew know the journey well.

To catch everyone up on the deal, I parked my truck around 2.5 years ago when I had a pretty significant loss of power. I bought a new vehicle to get my carcass to and from the Jay Oh Bee so I didn't have to depend on my truck as a daily driver, but now my son is almost of driving age and the solution to needing another vehicle has been sitting in my driveway up until yesterday, when the kids and I power washed a ton a of dirt, scum, and black widows off it's neglected undersides, and pushed it up the driveway and into the garage. 

I'm torn where to start first, as it's been a number of years since I've wrenched on one of these rigs, and with it sitting, not started for a long time. The valve stem seals had been leaking for a significant amount of time, so I'm hoping the damage is minor, and I can do the seals, gaskets, timing belt and water pump, replace the cat and start driving. Along with a multitude of other things that need to be done to it.

Things I might do first:

Compression test - Not sure with the engine being cold if this is going to be a valid test. All the things I've read state in order to get accurate readings the engine needs to be warm.

Leak-down test - This will tell me if there is any internal issues with the engine, (i.e. rings, valves, etc), and what percentage of air might be leaking out, but not if I'm getting good compression across all cylinders.

Do above maintenance - valve stem seals, new cat because of all of the burning oil, and all of the standard maintenance items including coils, wires, etc. and see what happens.

PA_JERO has once again offered his help to get going again, since we live close and he's a good dude. So I'm grateful for that as always.

Cheers, and looking forward to hitting the trails again soon.


Don't forget the new washer with the new crank bolt.

General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Area Folks - Something Cool To Do Saturday
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:15:50 PM »
anyone else notice this recent influx of snowbirds? Killin' me on my morning commute!!

I've definitely noticed. Went from a little over an hour to an hour and a half plus now. Making me rethink my life choices.

Gen 2 Montero / Re: Rough Running 95 SR (3.5 DOHC) When Hot/Under Load
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:25:44 PM »
That brings an entirely new meaning to "hot/under load"...

Mitsubishi Related / Re: Gen 2 front brake rotor upgrade
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:32:09 PM »
Great info!

General Discussion / Re: Hi from the UK. 1UZ swap help...
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:57:19 PM »
This is where I've been searching. I have my eye on the '94 with 132K miles. Just waiting for it to come up for auction.

Mitsubishi Related / Re: 1st timing belt and tensioner question
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:40:56 PM »
I've done two non-oem tensioners and both failed prior to the 60K change interval.

Gen 2 Montero / Re: brake noises - rotors at service limit?
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:57:26 AM »
And the rear rotors are much less of a PITA to change than the fronts.


Glad to see you coming out our way JB!

For Sale Automotive / Re: 1998 Montero
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:17:40 AM »
I can help with some of the questions, since my brother and I did most of the work.

Timing belt and all pulleys and tensioners, water pump, valve stem seals, rear cam seals, and updated crank bolt have all been done, but I can't remember what mileage it was done at. My guess is 15K ago given it doesn't get driven much. Also has a new crank timing gear, as the original was pretty much welded to the crank snout, and I had to cut it in half to get it off. Front of the crank was not harmed during the process, and anti-seize between the gear and the crank snout to keep it from happening again.

Any other questions, let me know. Thanks!

Mitsubishi Related / Broken crank bolt
« on: June 10, 2017, 04:22:22 PM »
Hey y'all. My brother just called me and said his crank bolt snapped. For you guys that have dealt with this before, can you post up how you went about fixing the issue? He's going to sign up on the forum, and I'll direct him to this thread. Thanks in advance.

General Discussion / Re: Hi from the UK. 1UZ swap help...
« on: June 07, 2017, 04:50:17 PM »
Thank you for the engine difference information. What's unfortunate is in Arizona, engine swaps are only allowed if the engine is from the same year or newer, so for my '95, I don't get to use the stronger '94 and under engine with the ability to further modify. Really didn't want to mess with OBDII or VVTi for that matter to keep things simple, but I may change my mind for the additional power. Would certainly open up donor options though, as finding a '95 SC400 donor car has proved to be a challenge. Well, that didn't have 200K+ on the clock.

What aftermarket engine management system did you use?

General Discussion / Re: Hi from the UK. 1UZ swap help...
« on: June 05, 2017, 11:12:19 AM »

From all the reading I've done on this, the vehicle I'm currently looking for as my donor is the Lexus SC400. I think they call it the Soarer overseas. The LS/GS versions of the 1UZ have a front sump oil pan which causes problems with front diff clearance. The SC has a mid/rear sump that just clears the front diff. I'm still researching the wiring, but have the LS400 ECU pinout, and am still looking for the SC400 ECU pinout.

General Discussion / Re: Who are you?
« on: April 06, 2017, 02:41:57 PM »
Canyonero on the 'wire, CanyoneroAZ on expo, Jay Mock on FB. Haven't been active on either in a while, but have some plans in the works.

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