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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    PartSouq, they didnt have all of them but I ordered 3 different ones and Zuk made the others work by reusing my existing shims ans using toyota shims that fit when needed.
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    Sedole's Gen 3- Soccer Mom to Mall Crawler Conversion

    Love it, looks like new!
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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    So to sum everything up with the gear work - Zuk at Gear Installs LLC has a legendary status in the Toyota world and is known as the go-to-guy for gear work. And now, I can totally see why and certainly share those sentiments. The man is a differential savant and even though he is technically...
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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    5/12/19: Onto the much simpler front diff 4.90 install: "First paint using 070 pinion shim and you can see that although the drive and the coast look okay, you can see that the Comet Tail on the pinion tooth is hugging the root inside the tooth real hard so I can add 003 or 004 to the pinion...
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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    5/10/19 cont'd: The front diff's driver side seal was seeping but rather than just replace that one, I took this opportunity to replace all the oil seals in both diffs with new OEM parts just for good measure. I kept the bearings the same, not because it wouldn't have been best to replace...
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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    5/10/19: Onward! Let's rejoin the diff work over at Gear Installs LLC. Zuk started with the rear diff and began sending me live texts and photos of his progress. Inspecting/Measuring the existing 4.30 Gears: He found that they were in excellent shape, not that it really matters since...
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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    4/14/19: Here's another quick and easy mod I did a few months ago. For some reason, later years of the Gen3 got a different computer screen than earlier years. I'm not sure if the change happened in 2004 or 2005 but I do know that 2001-2003 screen were full color with a nice bright red compass...
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    School me on full size Monteros

    A JK made it to 200k miles!?
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    Gen3 factory rack broken

    Yep, I think the factory plastic rack is only rated for 150lbs. Mitsu doesn't say if that is static or dynamic but I'd bet it's dynamic because I've seen guys mount hilifts and roof top tents up there without issue. If you've got the factory rack off and want to upgrade to something slick...
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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    1/28/19: Let's take a break from the diff work for a second and go back in time because I forgot to mention this handy mod. I noticed that this Montero had a much dustier and natural type of smell to the air that blew through the vents than my 2003. On one trip I swear that I could taste the...
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    SOLVED: 3rd gen transmission stutter and momentary loss of power

    That makes sense because the Montero uses a different kind of MAF than most other cars. It is a Karman Vortex MAF and should never ever be cleaned with traditional MAF cleaners or the risk of damaging it is very high. It really never needs a cleaning since it operates completely differently but...
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    "Yoshi" - 2005 Limited Build & Adventure Thread

    Ahhh yes, the Hilux; that was a real Toasty Special. AKA spending a ton of time and money building something amazing and then sell it right after finishing it. I'm not complaining though, as you know, that's how I got Black Betty :-)
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    Sedole's Gen 3- Soccer Mom to Mall Crawler Conversion

    I think that is definitely the case!
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    Sedole's Gen 3- Soccer Mom to Mall Crawler Conversion

    Low mileage one just popped up today: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/d/peoria-2003-mitsubishi-montero-limited/6904338200.html
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    2003 Montero: Keep, Trade for 4Runner, or ???

    This is a much more toned down version of Toasty vs 3 years ago when he had the GX which was "this thing is so weak", "the CVs are tiny and the Toyota dudes think it's normally to spend thousands to make them stronger", "it can't hang with the Monteros, I need to buy a Gen3".
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