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    Smile Gitout.com - Ultimate Expedition Build - 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Limited



    This build will be different that most you've seen. My first priority is adventures. My goal is to limit the Montero down time and keep it on the trail. I sold my 2013 Tacoma and was in search for a replacement vehicle. Price wasn't really an issue; although ideally I wanted to keep under $20k for the initial purchase cost.

    Here's my base criteria:
    Comfortable for long drives (quiet), decent mpg, availability of long range or aux fuel tank, fit 33" spare tire (under the truck or door - no bumper swing outs), reliable / low maintenance, newer (1996 or newer), not wider than 75-76", wheelbase taco length or less (127" max), good turning radius (40ft so ideal), payload 1,200 or more, room to sleep inside or truck bed/canopy.

    Any vehicle will get ARB lockers, gears, lift, armor so factory lockers doesn't matter.

    Vehicles of consideration:
    2003+ Mitsubishi Montero
    Tacoma Access Cab Long Bed
    FJ Cruiser (small interior + need for roof tent = less likely)
    2004+ 100 Series Land Cruiser
    1996 Mitsubishi Montero Diesel

    Yes, the Montero won! I love the seating position, comfort, design and capability. My search was expanded to include the entire US as low mileage, clean Monteros are difficult to find. I ended up purchasing this (rare) 2003 Montero Limited 20th Anniversary Edition with 90k miles.

    General plan for it:
    Keep it as light as possible while being loaded with all luxury expedition equipment.

    What is getting installed:
    Toyo MT 255/85r16, 4.90 gears (already purchased), ARB Lockers Front/Rear + Air Compressor (being shipped), Lovelle HD Springs (just arrived), OME Nitro Sport Shocks (just arrived), ARB Bumper (just arrived), Xeon 10s winch, custom roof rack for awnings, rock sliders and rear bumper, arb fridge (saved from the Tacoma), 30 gallon aux fuel tank, light weight skids. The rear will be built into an interior camper.

    I have some extended trips coming up this summer so pushing to get it done in the next 1.5 month.

    Let the games begin!
    2010 Winnie View - Tuned, 31" Duratrac, 2" Lift, ARB Dual Compressor, 920W Solar, Compressor Fridge/Freezer
    1998 Tacoma - 37s, ARBs, Dual Cases and Blower.
    1998 Ravi - Manual, 2DR, Convertible!

    -Peter

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    Sweet Montero! What made you sell the Tacoma? If you don't mind me asking.


    Kevin

    1995 Mitsubishi Montero SR
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwmonty View Post
    Sweet Montero! What made you sell the Tacoma? If you don't mind me asking.
    Free up cash for completing the new construction investment refinance.
    2010 Winnie View - Tuned, 31" Duratrac, 2" Lift, ARB Dual Compressor, 920W Solar, Compressor Fridge/Freezer
    1998 Tacoma - 37s, ARBs, Dual Cases and Blower.
    1998 Ravi - Manual, 2DR, Convertible!

    -Peter

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    Is that photo above with then new tires and no lift? If so, WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracer-X View Post
    Is that photo above with then new tires and no lift? If so, WOW!
    That picture is from the trail cleanup (yesterday). Just installed the Toyo 255/85s a couple days earlier (no lift, no rubbing - big wheel openings).
    2010 Winnie View - Tuned, 31" Duratrac, 2" Lift, ARB Dual Compressor, 920W Solar, Compressor Fridge/Freezer
    1998 Tacoma - 37s, ARBs, Dual Cases and Blower.
    1998 Ravi - Manual, 2DR, Convertible!

    -Peter

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    Going to be a sweet rig. Still can't belive those tires don't rub

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    Good lookin' ride. Your vehicles are always clean and tastefully modified... Love it getting ARB'd to the teeth!
    @Upperleftwake

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCObray View Post
    ARB'd to the teeth!
    Awesome! that right there is sig material!

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    Man those tires make a huge difference! I can't wait to see it in action!
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    Nice rig Peter! Aside from all mentioned above you forgot that it holds quite a bit of garbage!! HaHa...

    I like the unobstructed (if that is a word) underside. I didn't hear it drag on anything!
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