Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero Winter package aka "Groot" Build & Adventure thread.

MrGalantguy

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Oil change was due so perfect time to install these parts. Oil filler tube was leaking so I ordered a new OEM one....no more leaking. I also was missing the lower portion of my fan shroud that I kept forgetting to order till my radiator issue a month ago so I ordered it.
Groot
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Groot
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My son is a big avid nature fan , especially when it comes to wildlife. Knowing this has helped us understand him as he is autistic so when it came to therapy and understanding him. He has always wanted a pair of binoculars to sight see wildlife in their natural habitat so I bought him some binoculars. One of the main reasons I bought my Montero is to be able to explore and go offroad to more remote places to be where animals are in their natural surroundings rather than zoos, etc etc. So I found a trail near my house and took my little man with me. He is hooked and not only he wants to do more exploring he has this new found appreciation of the Montero. Looking forward to when it get cooler out...I am definitely looking to do more exploring with my son and hopefully my daughter and wife.
Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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MrGalantguy

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My son wanted to go exploring again so we set out to a place locally known as the Swamp Ghost. Jeepers go here a lot but there have been many stories of many of them getting stuck in the mud mostly by pure stupidity and ignorance. They started putting "No trespassing" signs in the areas that were active but I found a section with no signs in sight so I ventured out there. Since I was going in solo...I made sure I didn't trek anywhere that was suspect. Sections of the area are soft due to the afternoon torrential rains we get but the Montero did perfectly fine going through those areas. My son was on a mission to find Eagle/Hawk nests but no luck, but we did run into several Deer, some species of bird and Panther tracks.
Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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MrGalantguy

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Found a spot about 7 miles from where Iive so decided to check it out. The entrance is gated but was open so took the opportunity to check it out real quick. Area looks pretty nice...but its been raining every afternoon so there were areas that had a lot of water so I didn't go too further in w/o a trail buddy. Will definitely check it out when its more dry..and if the gates are still open next time.
Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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Groot needs a front suspension rebuild...so taking this opportunity to upgrade parts. ADD's new chromoly upper and lower ball joints came in and Siberian bushings galore. I just need a couple more OEM suspension parts and the rebuild starts.
Groot
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by grimgs, on Flickr
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What swaybar bushings did your order (P/N)? I can't seem to confirm that the front and the back are the same Part Number.

Also, the assembly at the bottom, is that part of the front diff?

Thanks,
Steve
 
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MrGalantguy

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Steve,

Sway bar bushings depends on the size sway bar you have in your Montero. Apparently size varies depending on the "package" you got.

Botton piece is the transmission mount with front diff carrier bushings fitted to it.
 
Sway bar bushings depends on the size sway bar you have in your Montero. Apparently size varies depending on the "package" you got.
Thanks for the info - I have the winter pkg with locker, but no adjustable suspension. I assumed they are the same size as yours (sway bars)...

Bottom piece is the transmission mount with front diff carrier bushings fitted to it.
Thanks for that as well..I'll have to see about getting the bushings for mine too.
 

MrGalantguy

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I noticed about 2-3 mpg increase between fuel ups depending if I use my A/C a lot for that period of time. I do notice a little more pep on initial acceleration also.
 

MrGalantguy

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Last sunday both my son and daughter woke up pretty early and my son wanted to explore and my daughter has been wanting to tag along. I scouted a area near me a few weeks ago that look like a cattle pasture field with the entrance gate that looks to have been open for awhile with the weeds and plants growing almost on top of it. I took them there and they both were hoping to find some cows or horses but nothing than a few birds here and there. Though they had fun bouncing around some of the uneven ground traveling through this huge pasture. My daughter loved exploring and wants to do it again...so looks like I have 1 addition to the adventure gang. 8)
Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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Groot
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MrGalantguy

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One of the bolt threads for the skid plates war barely threaded when I got my Montero and finally after the last oil change the last remaining useful threads gave up. I thought this would be a good opportunity to teach my son and daughter something and had them help me helicoil the stripped thread.
Groot
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My son threading for the helicoil
Groot
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My daughter installing the helicoil
Groot
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Lil man tighting the bolts for the front skid.
 

MrGalantguy

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Took my son on his very 1st camping trip this past weekend as my brother in law invited us because my nephew who is in the boy scouts had a family camp weekend. Campsite was at Camp Lanoche just outside of the Ocala National forest. Plenty of activities like archery and BB guns, fishing, etc etc. My son absolutely loved it..and as a big nature/wildlife fan he felt right at home.
Camp Lanoche
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Camp Lanoche
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Camp Lanoche
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Camp Lanoche
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Camp Lanoche
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Camp Lanoche
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Camp Lanoche
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