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  1. Actually, I posted this up in July and it has not sold. I decided to take it off the market. Still no major repairs needed to it with over 115K on it. Recently I replaced both front wheel bearning/hub assemblies and the driver side front CV axle. It is still running great and has taken us on a several great trips. Thanks for your interest, but it is staying in the family for now. If things change, I'll be sure to let everyone know.
  2. Ahhhh, I am staying in the SUV category, but what I'm looking at going to is still classified. Mostly because I have not made up my mind yet.
  3. Yes, you heard right. I am selling my 2001 Mitsubishi Montero XLS. This has been a great truck and works great for the family but I am looking to go in a different direction. The truck currently has 107,000 miles. It is the XLS so no chrome, wood grain, or leather. Cloth is clean with no rips, stains, or tears. AM FM CD with 6 speakers, third row seats, cargo cover. Or, if you want, you can have the platform I built in the back and finish it (it needs carpet and a drawer built if you want). All maintanence done about two months ago. Runs great! It has ARB Bull Bar, 2 Hella 500 lights, OME 1.5" lift, Pathfinder A/T All Terrain 265/75/r16 tires on stock rims. Tires still in great shape with about 2/3 tread left. Cold AC, power windows, mirrors, locks, keyless entry, huge sunroof, 4.10 gears, limited slip rear diff, trimmed lower plastic molding. Everything works. The bad: one dash light is out for the left rear wheel, half the HVAC control light is out, plenty of desert pinstriping. Located in Phoenix AZ. Send PM for questions or more info. Extras included: Rear cargo cover, third row seat, factory front bumper, Cobra CB and mag mount antenna. Asking $8500 Pics: Comes with stickers but can be removed upon purchase.
  4. In the spirit of Kris, I love tomatoes but I hate mushrooms.
  5. I'm with both Desert Schools and Arizona Federal Credit Unions and they are both great. Service is better at AZ Fed.
  6. The standard US railroad gage is 4'8.5" wide. This is because the railroad designers initially were from England and that is the same gage used in Europe. It is 4'8.5" wide in Europe because the width of standard carriage wagon wheels was 4'8.5" wide. They were this way to accomodae for the ruts in the trails. The ruts in the trails were carved from Roman soldiers and their chariots. Chariots wheels were set at 4'8.5" wide. This is because chariots were designed tol fit two horses side by side, and on average, two horses rear ends side by side are about 4'8.5" wide. So, essentially, wagon wheels and railroads were designed by a couple of horses asses.
  7. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    Will do, Kris. Once I get into the rough stuff a bit more (probably not until June) I'll keep everyone posted, so far they are doing well.
  8. Nice write up, Tim. I have never even heard of Jackson Cabin before. I would love to check it out some time. As soon as my new adventure buddy is here I'll be able to get out again.
  9. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    OK, I made a few changes a while back but kept forgetting to take pictures and post them up. I finally got around to it today, so here goes. First, my clineometer was not staying put where I had mounted it in the early stages so it was moved to a more secure location and also easier for me to see. Besides, I didn't need the clock anyway (pic coming soon). Also, the thermometer for the fridge was not staying put so I needed a better way to secure it as well. Well, I was searching around quite a bit an looking for a good deal on a way to mount the thermometer as well as get a mount for my GPS. Well, the last time I bought a mount for a Magellan GPS unit from Magellan I felt really screwed out of my money. It was a total piece of junk and it broke in just a couple of weeks and it was $40. So, I decided to go the aftermarket route. Now, I know a lot of people on other boards are huge fans of the Ram Mounts and they do look nice and have gotten good reviews, I didn't want to spend that much money. Well, I was in Best Buy one day right around Christmas and found this: It is a Best Buy brand called Rocketfish and it looked pretty versitile and sturdy. And, it was only $20. So I picked one up and thought I would give it a try. Well, after a couple weeks of testing it appeared to do the trick. So, I went and got another one. Well, they seem to do the trick pretty well and I am happy with them. The one holding the GPS: It holds the thermometer very well also: How the "command center" looks now. Here you can also see the relocated clineometer over the factory clock: Also, I leave the thermometer in it's mount pretty much the whole time, but around town I do not use the GPS, so the mount makes a good place to put the iPod: So, those are the changes thus far, and I have to say that so far I am pretty impressed with the Rocketfish mounts. I have not done a lot of off-road testing with them yet, but the short amount of testing I have done they have proven themselves to be up to the task.
  10. I'm happy to help too, I'm off I-17 and Pinnacle Peak. If you want to test let me know and we can set up a time.
  11. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    Thanks, guys. I love the way these trucks look with that bumper on them. I also like the added weight in the front, it helps soften the very harsh ride from the heavy duty suspension I added. Now to work on underside protection, then a winch.
  12. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    I snapped a couple more pics of the new bumper. A little further away but still ont he street. Sorry for the street pics. I need to find some time to get back out in the dirt.
  13. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    So, here it is before: And here it is after. I do plan to paint the flairs and plastic trim black to match the new bumper: And a better shot of it during the day: And I do a HUGE thanks to Wil at Sierra Expeditions. This was a pretty big job and not that easy to do. He was patient and friendly the whole time, even when things were a little tricky or not going right. It did take us all day to get accomplished and it was cold and raining. But we got it done, and with out Wil it would not have gotten done. Again, top notch service from top notch people. Thanks a lot, Wil. And also, A huge thanks to Wen for putting up with me occupying her husband for a full Saturday.
  14. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    Ok, a big white truck showed up at Sierra Expeditions a couple of days ago. I had to fix something that has been bothering me since I bought the truck. The previous owner seemed to have a propensity to hit the corners of the front bumper on stuff. This left unsightly marks on the trucks otherwise nice finish: Well, Wil at Sierra told me that he knows how to fix that as well as reinforce the bumper making it even stronger. The cost was a bit high, and it was hard work to fix, but between the two of us we got it finished within a day. I had no idea Wil was so good at body work. So, the first step was to remove the damaged bumper to make it easier to repair and reinforce: Then, we painted the front part of the frame and added some reinforcing brackets: Now comes the important part. The entire reinforcing structure of the bumper. This was the big box that was delivered to Sierra Expeditions and what was inside it: So, the bumper has been fixed and the unsightly scars are no longer there, as well as it is now much more stout and sturdy than before. So, we have to start putting the truck back together: I also decided that I since the bumper was off and being reinforced I could install the Hella 500's that I had aquired almost a year ago. This was pretty easy and straight forward (Wil did most of the work), it was just a matter of finding a good place to put the switch. I though the factory blank next to the power mirror controls would work well: After that, the bumper was re-installed the bumper, and look! no more marks!
  15. Sounds like fun and I would like to join. But I will be out of town that weekend. Hopefully the next one.
  16. The Jetta over all has been a great little car. Very comfy and decent power from the 2.5 5cyl that still returns better than 30mpg on the highway. We are thinking of buying it after the lease is up, then we would own it out right and not have any car payments.
  17. The Jetta has beena great car. And it came with all scheduled maintenance so we don't have to worry about oil changes and what not. It is all covered, but the brakes are not part of that. I feel that it is a biot of a scam too and am now saddened by the lease. I could easliy save us hundreds of dollars by doing the brakes myself.
  18. I do all my own brake work too. Except when it comes to Jacki's Jetta. The car is leased and in order for her to not get hammered when it comes time to turn the car in it has to be done and invoiced by a repair facility. It really sucks that itis taht way because it would save a ton of money. Those Jetta brakes are exspensive.
  19. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    Thanks! I bought it second hand from a memebr of another forum. He only used it on two previous trips and it was just like brand new. When I picked it up he was using it as a beer fridge in his pool room. I have had that tool kit for about 6 years now and I love it. I saw the new ones at Costco over the holiday's too and I wanted to pick one up. They have more tools in the new ones. Not yet, I'll be adding one though. I have plans for a Maggiolina to go up top. Once that comes closer to fruition then I'll add one so I can work on getting the truck level for camping. Feel free to borrow or steal any ideas. I do the same. I would be flattered if you stole some of my ideas, I might do the same from others;).
  20. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    More... After a couple of trips and years of using coolers, I got fed up with soggy food and always worrying about the ice level and temperature of the cooler. So, after some searching I got a good deal on a barely used Norcold 40 (same as Engle 45) fridge. It came complete with the transit bag, both power cords, and a wireless thermometer. No more ice needed. Now I just needed a better way to secure it. After some thought and very little planning I came up with an idea. I placed a phone call and then ran to Home Depot. For less than $20 I got what I needed to secure the fridge and start building a drawer system in the back of the truck. The fridge is secured by and Engle Slide Lock. The truck came from the factory with LATCH Anchors in the back that I removed to get a level load floor. With the factory bolts and bolt holes I was able to build a platform to secure the fridge: The drawer system is still in progress as i keep changing the design plan for it, but I hope to get it finished in the very near future. But, the fridge is now secure, and I will never look at coolers the same way again. I also had some trouble finding a place to mount the thermometer. So I found this spot as a temporary home: The thermometer now has a new "semi" permanent home. I will post up more recent pictures soon. I also wanted to improve the stance of the truck. It had little "mud flaps" built into the body cladding. I found in more technical terrain these got caught up and hung up on stuff: So, a hacksaw and 20 minutes later, the Montero had a new and better look: Then I got another special delivery from my friend Wil at Sierra Expeditions: Being installed: That was a real PIA but I think it is worth it. It lifted the truck almost 2". Before: After: I have to say, the OME Heavy suspension set-up really killed the very pleasant ride of the Montero at first. It is a really stiff suspension and made the ride harsh. But , after about 400 miles of dirt and off-road travel, it has softened up quite a bit and the ride is getting better. I like it due to the fact that even when fully loaded with gear the suspension now does not give at all. I am really liking it now. That is all for now, but I have more stuff on the way. The modifications for the Montero are not really popular in the US, so I sometimes have to wait a bit to get stuff from Australia. I'll keep you all posted as I get more stuff done to the truck. Thanks for watching/reading.
  21. datrupr

    '01 Montero

    Well, I thought I would post up a thread on our family adventure rig. It is a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. I bought it last April after being out of and adventure rig for almost a year. This is the replacement for my now gone, dearly loved, and still missed '98 Isuzu Trooper. I do have to say though, the Montero has done a great job of fulfilling his duties as our family adventure rig. It was a pristine example that had never been taken off road before. I was very skeptical of the 4 wheel independant suspension and the uni-body construction. But, after a lot of research and factoring in the fact that I do not really do any "rock crawling" it would fit the bill nicely. After a test drive I was sold. Here it is the day I brought it home: It did not take long for me to tear into it and start changing things on it. First up was I needed to be able to listen to my iPod on the road and on the trails, so I took the stereo out of my Altima and put it in the Montero: I also added my clinometer that I salvaged from the Trooper. It has since been relocated on the dash. I'll get more recent pics posted up soon. I also need some form of communication while out on the trail so I purchased and installed a Cobra 18 WX ST II CB with a mag mount antenna. I had this same unit in the Trooper and I like that it fits almost perfectly in a DIN slot on the dash, and it reduces clutter due to the built in speaker: It's first run on the dirt: After it's initial shake down run, I had to do something about the "P" rated street tires. So, off to Discount I went and picked up 5 Pathfinder All Terrain 265/75/r16 tires. While not huge, I feel the very close to 32" size helped with the stance a bit. Plus, they are load range "D" to help with added side wall strength. I chose the Pathfinders primarily due to price point. They are made by BFG for Discount Tire and the tread pattern is very similar. I have run Pathfinders in the past and have always been very happy with them. After the new shoes: Also, the truck comes with a factory tool kit mounted in the rear door. I found this kit to be useless and it was broken anyway. the only uselful tool was the lug wrench. So, I ditched it and in it's place I found a perfect spot to mount my first aid kit: Now I need a place to put my Mag Light and fire exstiguisher. A quick call to my friend Wil at Sierra Expeditions and I had a couple of Quick Fist clamps to hold them securely in place:
  22. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Diane, yes, that first pick is from Smiley rock. It was the first trip for the Montero after I rescued it from mall duty. The only thing I had done to it at that point was put the 32" A/T tires on it. Other than that it was stock. It now has an OME heavy lift and a few other goodies. I also have some more stuff on a container from Australia that hopefully will be here next month. I'll get a build thread started in the "Rigs" section soon.
  23. I just found this forum and it looks pretty good. I still haven't been through every thread but I'll get there. Just thought i would introduce myself. My name is Aaron and I live in North West Phoenix. I like to get out with my family for camping and exploring and we enjoy the day trip fun runs as well. Looking forward to seeing what all is out there and we like to meet new people with like intrests. I'm looking forward to meeting soem of you in the near future. Aaron P.S. Here are a few pics of our adventure rig. Thought I would break up a bit of the Jeep monotony (not that I have any problems with Jeep's;)).
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