My 1991 Mitsubishi Montero is about to get a fresh bounce in its step

My old Gen-1 Mitsubishi Montero is getting a bit of work done. The truck is at the same shop where my Benz wagon is hibernating. But work is underway on Tony Montero. A few months back I bought a set of Fox 2.0 shocks from a company called Accutune. Now those shocks are finally going in.

Here is how one of the front shocks looks mounted on the truck. The upper and lower shock mounts required a bit of work. Actually, the top mount needed to be completely fabricated for this to work. While the truck is in there, the A-arm bushings and ball joints are getting replaced as well. Also, the shop will finally take a look at my steering to see why I have more angle turning right than I do turning left. It’s likely that a prior owner did some steering work and didn’t line things back up properly when finished.

I’m excited to get this thing back and see just how differently the fresh suspension feels. Should I have also upgraded the rear springs at this time? Sure. But we will get to that in short order. And that’s a job I can do at home myself. Okay, maybe with minor supervision. Whatever.

When the truck is bolted back up, I’ll head out to a few trails I know and put this thing to work. Video, pics, and more to follow. Stay tuned!

9 Comments

  1. I like “Jeff learns a new wrenching skill” features more than “Jeff had a shop install stuff” ones.

    And if you haven’t already done so, invest in a second creeper so your daughter can hang out with you under the car while you change the oil or whatever else is safe to observe. Explain to her, at an age appropriate level, your steps and the reasons. In a couple years when you let her be the one to turn the wrench, she’ll feel like a responsible young person, and you’ll feel like the best mixture of proud papa and Tom Sawyer.

    I suggested before that your asymmetrical steering problem was the result of an aftermarket steering stabilizer installed by eyeball. Have you ruled that out yet?

    1. Hey, sometimes farming stuff out is for the best in terms of actually keeping a project moving. I think Jeff has really found a car that fits his groove and this one is getting lots of use, unlike some previous projects. Both are still interesting to me.

    2. I’ve learned the rubbing on the full lock right is from a bent mud guard bracket. So that’s an easy fix.

  2. Were the A-arms replaced or just cleaned up? ..because they look minty.

    Was the fabrication of mounts needed just so they’d fit or because of corrosion? I reckon my wee cappucciono is probably going to need surgery on the inner wings which is one of those things that’s always a little worrying. It’s the typical small japanese car made out of tinfoil grade steel so there’s not much to rust through.

    1. Just cleaned.

      The fab’ing of mounts was to make the suspension fit. The underside of this thing is in otherwise good shape.

  3. Are you going to keep us hanging on what this does to the ride height, or is it going to stay stock-ish?

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