Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by tperkins, Aug 21, 2018.
Important question...Have you pushed the mystery button yet?
Yeah, mystery button makes a beeping sound and I can't really tell what else it does.
New news from looking at it today, it has passed a Shaken inspection in January of 2018, has a brand new battery with 600km on it, all fluid changes are up to date, and the flash light in the back plugs into the truck and has a magnet on the back.
Failed the OOP inspection? Why? Baby cracks in the tires that didn't concern me in the least. In other news, camera on phone still broken so pictures still look potato in quality.
Anyways, took some nimble navigating to pass, borrowed a set of tires from internet stranger.
I also raised the front a bit
Anyways, I swapped my other tires back on for the time being.
I found this under the rear seats, which all fold in mysterious ways.
Picked up some winter tires, which I will be getting studded and mounted this weekend:
I took it about 1000 km this weekend to go hunting, and get some tires, etc. First impressions, it is good. Fuel economy isn't as terrible as I expected due to barge status, probably GDI magic. I almost got 700 km out of 80L. It chewed through a lot more gas hunting than on the highway, it would be interesting to see how much kms you could get out of a highway tank.
I felt this weekend was a rude awakening to race tank, that it no longer has cushy Tokyo life, and I think it is fine with it. Ran well, no new noises, reliable. 4wd works good, the different systems of 4wd feel noticeably different but take a long time to engage. Also, it does kind of suck to wash, many nooks and crannies. I will also say that it is much more spacious than Tacoma, hunting gear has tons of extra space.
It also has metal skid plates that start at the front, end briefly at the end of the transfer case, and then cover the gas tank in the rear.
Looks like some historic leaks, the front one looks like it was from the oil filter at some point, the rear one seems to be from the front diff at one point.
Living with Pajero for a while, is good, starts and runs well, I quite like it.
GRIPES: Cup holders are brutal (not pictured), window regulators and motors suck (typical Mitsubishi), rear right was broke when I got it, front right sounds to be dying. Car has auto up and down for all windows, which isn't optional from NA model, so I have had to order Japanese regulator to fix old window. Should be fun when motor on front dies.
The fuel gauge is whack af. For the first 150km it stays on full, then around 350-400km it is around 1/2 tank... then the 1/3 below the 1/2 line just tanks in like 80-100km, then it just lives at 1/8 tank left for a while. I need to carry a jerry can and just see what it will do at some point.
Other than that, pretty great.
Here are some pictures:
Studded the winter wheels!
First chicken (killed while driving the Pajero, not by the Pajero):
The end of bow hunting is upon us! Hopefully it will be better prepped next season.
Love your Pajero, looks awesome man.
Your fuel gauge sounds like my Safari-
Drive 60km with it pinned on full
400-450km to halfway mark
From 1/2 tank to 1/3 only 80km
Fill up pretty much at empty, after going 600-700km
The stupid part is my truck is supposed to have a 95L tank... I think the most I have ever put into it is 84L with the gauge on empty. So there is a secret 10L of reserve fuel. I have wanted to, but never taken a jerry can and ran it dry to see how far it would go.
Typical JDM cup holders! The Safari is old school JDM- didn't even have them from the factory, so drove around 5 or so years until I finally got some aftermarket ones lol.
I know it hasn't been cold, but how is the heater?
If it makes you guys feel any better it's fairly similar fuel readings on my HDJ 81 Land Cruiser as well. I believe it's a 95l tank on the truck. When the warning light comes on I think I put in about 80l. The most I've ever put in on one fill is something like 84l.
It has been pretty cold, not crazy but I think we seen -12, heater is excellent. Truck has the winter package, so bigger heater core blah blah blah, if you turn the front and rear on full blast it heats up in no time.
That said, the coolant was disgusto, and I flushed it heaps of times and I will probably do it once more. I even purchased a new coolant reservoir for it and stop cock, since I flushed it so many times I messed up the o ring on the old stop cock, and my kit with almost every metric "o" ring known did not have the correct one.
Why can't it just tell you what is in there? lol. Minor annoyance.
Got many snows.
Activated hover tank
These are some funky wheels
Winter wheels on tank, I ordered some bigger ones. 265/70/16 (old), 265/75/16 (new). They fit well!
How old is the spare? Worthy of changing as well?
Spare is 7 years old? Seems good enough for spare. I did not commit to new winter tire for a spare, playing the dice rolling version.
Did some sport utility things this weekend:
Changed old fluids, they were definitely all tired. Diffs, t case, and trans fluids I wouldn't be surprised if they were still the fluids Mitsubishi put in, which could be possible considering it had 76,000km when I got it... although you'd think they would change it after a certain amount of time.
Climafresh musty aircon bits
Changed thermostat, mostly so I could flush the coolant some more times running no thermostat.
Removed monsoon guards. Downside, no more smoking darts in a monsoon. Upside, I can see out of my windows!
Boy was it a pain to get that old two 3m off.
What did you use to get the old 3M double sided tape off? I've had to do that on my driver's front after the window came out of the track, it needed to be reinstalled in the channel out of the door, and the glass only comes out towards the outside, so the Monsoon visor had to be removed, it sucked.
I'm interested in your impressions with the monsoon visors off, is it any quieter on the highway (or louder?), any change to your fuel economy? I love mine, no way I'd ever get rid of them.
I'm interested to know as well as I've thought of removing mine, but I don't really want to. Most of the time they aren't an issue, but some frosty mornings they definitely impede visibility. Plus, less noise on the highway would be nice.
It looks so weird without the visors!
I used what is called a pin stripe/sticker remover, it is like a big eraser that you attach to a drill or something and you just wheel the 3m off.
I just; popped the clips off, took some heat to the 3m with a heat gun, used a plastic trim separator tool, slid it down the length of the visor to remove them, then used the pin stripe remover to get most of the 3m off, then some goo-gone to get any of the remaining adhesive off. The pin stripe remover makes a mess, basically like eraser shavings everywhere, but it sure beats plastic blades.
First impression of the monsoon visors gone, good riddance. The middle of my eye would naturally sit directly looking through the center of them. I found myself crouching so much my neck would hurt after long drives. It seems like since removing them my 360 degree visibility has improved, smaller blind spots, just all around better visibility.
They made hunting super inconvenient, if you were trying to look up at all, big time in the way, even looking straight sideways they were in the way. I have a window mounted spotting scope that they made very painful to use, you had to recline the seat wayyyy back to get down far enough to use the spotting scope. God forbid it snowed, then they were right in the way and opaque and didn't clear off with any heat haha.
As far as wind noise, really it isn't that much different, a little quieter now. I really haven't driven it enough in consistent enough conditions to comment on the fuel efficiency difference. To be honest I thought about getting a smaller version, but I think I will continue rocking nothing.
I think it actually looks better.
That pin stripe remover sounds like a huge time saver! I rubbed and rubbed till my fingers and thumbs were sore, then rubbed some more. I would definitely go our and grab one of those eraser wheels another time, great idea!
It sounds like your driver position is different than mine, I've never felt like my big visors were really in the way of visibility, but I know what you mean as I remember that being a problem in my Hilux Surf with the big visors. I can see how that would be no good for hunting.
Definitely a time saver, but it is still a pain. Be careful to not cook your paint, just get the bulk of it off and finish with some goo gone.
I would expect your seating position to be like a 4runner, which is a lot different. This truck is very upright, which took some getting used to. I was hesitant to take them off because they are JDM AF, but just too inconvenient.
PSA: Pajero can fit 8 tires with room for 4-8 more, depending on how keen you feel.
Zestino was having a sale to clear some inventory, they were offering 2 sizes for 75$ a tire, and 65$ a tire if you buy 8 or more. So, talked a friend into thinking he needed a set as well and we both got a set for 273$.
Pajero tire for scale
With the 3rd row seats still in no less!
Did some more maintenance to the old rig;
When I got it, if you'll remember the rear right window was not working. When you hit the button it would make some terrible noises, ordered a same year montero replacement that was wrong (due to having auto up and down in the Pajero which wasn't on the monteros), had to get a new track from Amayama (old one the guide wire had fell off the spool). Anyways, after replacing it, the window no longer knows where the top is for auto up.
So, if I hit auto up it goes up, reaches the top, decides it must be squishing someone's arm, then goes down. Sometimes there is a button on the motor which you can adjust the span.. go all the way up, hold button, go all the way down, hold button and then it should remember. This doesn't have that. The montero FSM shows a limiting switch that physically makes contact on the top and bottom, and you can adjust that. I couldn't find that either, so last hope was that with the door button plugged in, going up and down a few times it would then learn where up and down was; but that also didn't work. So I guess I am just living with it.
Of course the old poly was fragile and exploded when I touched it, went and grabbed some from a dumpster at a construction site to replace it.
Really, since getting it I haven't had this door card on.
Next was addressing stereo, no wonder it sounded so bad as the old rubber had deteriorated around the front cones.. and neither of the tweeters were working.
New rears (weren't that easy to get to):
There was this big AC unit back there which provides AC through the rear vent (controlled by either from climate control or rear)
Installed above that:
Fronts were a little more work, went with a component speaker with an external crossover. So, I needed to run wire to them, then to the speaker and tweeter. I also installed some sound deadener in the door, which I then 3m 2 sided taped the shit out of the back of the crossovers and stuck them to.. hopefully that holds up. It honestly did seem very sturdy, but if it lasts the first -40 day when the glue is brittle and then the first +30 day.. I will feel more confident in that.
Just utilized the front buckets for the speakers, originals were 5 1/4" so I had to cut some of the back out of it and make new screw holes.
Sounds much much better. I can actually hear my music now.
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