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Gen 2 Montero / Denver area mechanic?
« Last post by Montykup on May 27, 2019, 08:34:49 PM »
Wondering if anyone has a mechanic theyd recommend in the denver area?
Gen 2 Montero / Re: Baseline Service Recommendations?
« Last post by Montykup on May 25, 2019, 05:56:47 PM »
Wow!  Awesome info shovel.  Thank you!  Im hoping to get several more years out of this rig with this maintenance and the addition of 32x11.5s.
Gen 2 Montero / Re: Baseline Service Recommendations?
« Last post by Shovel on May 25, 2019, 04:33:47 PM »
You'll want to download the factory service manual from  to assist - that's going to make life easier and save you some cash.

Doing the timing belt, water pump and valve guide seals all at once is a marathon but in the long run it does save time and money vs. doing first one then the other.     At least if you're DIY'ing... if a shop does them they will bill as two separate jobs (but if they're an honest shop they'll be kind on billable hours since it will save them a bit of time to do both) 

If you DIY the best tool for the valve guide seals - to remove the valve springs - is the official Mitsubishi tool, but unfortunately that's about $450 for the tool itself.    I bought one to do mine and my brother-in-law's, and then sold it to Josh @ ADD since he works on these engines more than I do. 

The second best tool as I understand it is the Lisle tool,  it uses hammers and magnets and magic.. apparently a pretty big pain in the ass on at least 3 of the valves but still doable.     There are some guys who argue it's easier to just take the whole engine out for this job so you can work entirely un-encumbered;  I actually think they might be on to something.  Being serious,  once you get this deep in it's actually not much further to just pull the motor and then with it on a stand you can have access to everything all at once. 

You're going to want to replace every fluid in the vehicle (yeah every.)  and also check this forum for a thread about everything that can leak coolant... check all that stuff.   Timing belts and overheating and the "Cash for Clunkers" program are the three top reasons these trucks went to junkyards without a collision.   

Great vehicles once you get on top of deferred maintenance!!
Gen 2 Montero / Baseline Service Recommendations?
« Last post by Montykup on May 25, 2019, 12:54:43 PM »
Hi all.  I just purchased a 97 Montero LS with 71k miles and am looking for baseline service recommendations.

I am planning on timing belt and water pump and am thinking it will need valve stem seals based on the clouds of white smoke coming from the tailpipe after cold start and pushing accelerator.

Does anyone have a Montero mechanic theyd recommend in the Denver area?  Im considering tackling these items myself too.

Thanks!  Looking forward to Montero life
I think it does. I might go that route. I'd have to take my 3rd into a gear shop to do shims and whatever.
I have a 93 LS rear with the LSD. It's 9" like the 3.0 M.S.
The spring perches on the 00+ 3.0 M.S. are too narrow for the Montero cast iron trailing arms. BUT I just went to my local yard to check out  an AWD 3.5 2003 M.S. ,,, the perches are 60 mm wide just like my LS. It has the 12 bolt 9.5 4.9 axle, but I think it's open. It had a shiney tape type tag with ratio on it,,,I big letter i didn't think to write down, and a red stamp .
I'd like to put that Non Disconect front pumpkin in, But I'm pretty sure it won't fit - it will make driveshaft hit  clutch slave cyl. I think everybody has put these in 2.5s and maybe Gen 1 s with AT.
For what it's worth, Sports are a cheaper build and assembled in a lesser factory. Having said that, a lot of the Sport 3rd members i've taken apart had too much preload on the pinion bearing and have a roasted pinion bearing (still working) dropping shavings into the diff. It's sort of a good idea to take the things apart and reassemble them into a Montero 3rd.

Would the 4.9 gears from a sport fit into the diffs of a Gen 2 LS? (the smaller diff Than the Sr?)
Build Threads / Re: The Half Monti
« Last post by ChargerX3 on May 24, 2019, 08:21:52 AM »
Thanks guys. Im having a lot of fun with it. Contemplating swapping out the 3.0L for either a 3.5 or 3.8 Mivec at some point though like my Mighty Max.
Mitsubishi Related / Re: TRE Air Lockers
« Last post by SD_Montero on May 24, 2019, 12:13:45 AM »
So will the tre rear air locker fit in a 96 LS rear end?
Build Threads / Re: The Half Monti
« Last post by Hooots on May 23, 2019, 01:45:52 PM »
Enjoying the build! Lookin good !
Too bad I didn't heed this suggestion months ago.......... >:( >:( >:(

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