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Gen 2 Montero / Re: Gen 2 suspension questions
« on: October 20, 2018, 09:25:41 AM »
Unless something has changed in the past couple weeks, 4600 rears are still not available anywhere in spite of what websites may say.  Bilstein is retooling their manufacturing and don’t know when they will be in.  After ordering them from 7 different retailers and being informed they were out of stock after being assured they could source them, I called Bilstein and got the skinny.

Koni heavy tracks can be ordered and specially made with a 3-4 month lead time from the Netherlands.  Having run pretty much everything else on Monty’s since 1984, I ordered 5100’s for my recently acquired 92 SWB Diesel Paj Import.  I am liking them but would have run the 4600’s were they available.  I ran Tokico blues on all the Gen 1’s that were included in the John Baker Baja suspension kits and really liked the shocks and the whole kit.  He made and put together some good stuff. 

On my 98 I have been running my last set of Edlebrock IAS Performers made by Ricor iirc.  They also made the shocks for the Dakar Pajero and are truly amazing.  Very similar to the Koni FSR’s I have run and continue to run, on many street cars.

Not a huge fan of the rancho’s, skyjackers, or any of the other typical “off road”shocks and I think I have tried them all.  The OME’s are good but didn’t last as long as I would have expected - typically about 35k give or take.  The single stage KYB’s are probably the best bang for the buck but are pretty firm.  The generic 5100 (5125 actually) are most likely the best option for Montero/Pajero/Shogun/Galloper et al currently available without breaking the bank.  I have liked all things Bilstein over years and if they make one that fits your ride, they are worthy of your consideration.  Just installed the application specific 5100’s on my sons new F150 and they are pretty sweet and allowed for easy leveling of the front as a bonus.

Mitsubishi Related / Re: Front passenger window regulator
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:00:28 PM »
Had the same problem with both right and left sides.  Just removed the blades from the connector and swapped them around.  Small flat blade screwdriver works them loose and then just swap and push them back in.  You could also cut and re solder the wires as well.

I have a pair of the blue dot sport springs out of my 1998 Montero (it has been running on the OME springs and torsion bars for the past 15 years) but the spring rate is a bit high for the swb model and, while a bit longer than the oem in the Pajero, they are still loose enough at full droop to fall out.  Not much out there spec’d for Gen 2 shorties but I knew that going into it.  Spring clips give the most travel while staying put so I will most likely venture down that path.

To answer the question the op asked, it’s a 16mm bolt.  I am running the 5100’s all around on my diesel Pajero swb and initially thought they were too soft on road but the control is much better.  Off road at moderate and slow speeds they are very plush and cushy.  It’s hard to explain without experiencing it.  A fully loaded lwb Monty at speed off-road would not be their forte.

I fabricated the rear lower mount that used a stainless tube and smaller diameter bolt an washers.  9/16” grade 8.  You could go tube free and double nut the oem 16mm.

Just when I was starting to enjoy the ride I had the balancer shaft belt tensioner grenade and throw bearings and bits around and cause the timing belt to jump a tooth or two.  It ran but sounded like a can of bolts with the detonation.  Appears to be no valve train damage - could have been much worse.  Waiting on parts and then I can get back to enjoying the comfy ride.

On a side note, what are those with longer rear shocks using for coil spring retention?  I am going back and forth between spring clips and limiting straps.  Any thoughts?

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