Last month we reviewed the 10 qualities of a great trail leader. That article took us from the planning and preparations stages to the conclusion of a 4WD trip. This month’s article discusses what you as a Trail Leader need to do once everyone has reached the departure point. Even though the ride is over, several additional steps are needed to bring that enjoyable event to a successful conclusion. This is riveting information if you are a trail guide!
Okay, it started with a gasket replacement and escalated from there. Gasket replaced, thermostat housing replaced, fan belt replaced and manual throttle control installed. And, everything works.
The paint dried and I reinstalled the floor panel over the transmission. That lead to another small item - new transmission shifter boot covering. The original was barely big enough and it was showing signs of stress - the rubber boot was in three pieces. Luckily, the local Pep Boys has the next larger size of universal covering in stock. Perfect fit.
My decision to begin a search for the rare and unique Pajero Evolution was fraught with peril. Being a limited production homologation model, with only 2500 ever produced, were there actually any parts that crossed over to the mass-market Pajero, beyond the obvious things like sheetmetal and glass? Beyond this pressing question, could I still find one in decent shape, 18 years on, that was ready for export? Finally, would I have to pay a king's ransom to actually ensnare the beast?
Some of the parts compatibilities have still yet to be answered, but, in a virtual sense, I was able to cross over some part numbers to the "normal" Pajero/Montero, such as maintenance items on the MIVEC 3.5L. I also found out that the front brakes were the same ones that the third generation model used. A few hits like this convinced me that my search wasn't entirely irresponsible, and I began my search in earnest, anxious to discover answers to my last two questions - availability and affordability.
After watching the JDM auctions for six months or so, several things became crystal clear:
A. I wasn't going to have the pick of the litter. Of the 80 to 100 pajeros available in a given week, there might be ONE PajEvo, or none, depending on the moon cycle and the shape of the clouds hovering over Mount Fuji.
B. Procuring a manual transmission model (my secret yearning) was going to be almost impossible. If the slushbox was rare, it was downright ubiquitous alongside its three-pedalled sister, of which I saw exactly two in all the time I was looking....
While cycling through vehicles to check fluid levels, hoses, and belt condition, I noted seepage from the thermostat housing on my YJ. No problem, I had a couple gaskets and it was time to swap the stock housing for the hi-flow thermostat housing that has been taking up shelf space for several years. And, while I'm at it, a new fan belt as the one on is cracking and showing signs of wear.
I began my Mitsubishi 4x4 obsession in 1995 with a 4 cylinder, 1988 Dodge Raider (a badge-engineered Mitsubishi Montero SWB). This was after years of admiring its unique, boxy form, in a country (Canada) where they were a virtual unknown. Over the next 20 years I would own many variants of this theme: an 89 V6 Raider, followed by a long wheelbase Montero of the same year, and then two JDM import diesels. The first was a second generation SWB Pajero 2.5 diesel, and then a 93 2.8 LWB diesel. My sixth one took me upmarket to a North American 3rd generation Montero, which my wife promptly claimed as "her truck". Additionally, my satisfaction with Mitsubishi reliability lead me to branch out into cars as well, having six cars in this time.
All these vehicles ticked different boxes, from bushwackers, to tow vehicles, to rock crawlers to daily drivers, as well as people, bike and kayak haulers.
I was ready to tick another box.
May 3, 2016 - With an estimated 35,000 bears, California has a healthy and growing black bear population. In spring hibernating bears emerge from their winter slumber and begin an almost perpetual search for food. It is not uncommon for a black bear to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, this search can sometimes lead bears into populated areas and conflicts with humans.
ExtemeTerrain is giving one lucky winner the ability to completely overhauling their rig by providing both game-changing parts and a complete installation
MALVERN, Pa. (April 26, 2016) – ExtremetTerrain.com, a leading aftermarket Jeep Wrangler parts supplier, is celebrating the change of seasons with their biggest overhaul prize pack ever. They are giving one lucky winner the ability to reinvent their Wrangler from the ground up, creating a dream build. Participants can enter weekly at http://www.extremeterrain.com/custom-jeep-wrangler-build-sweepstakes.html now through the end of August, 2016.
Eighth Year of Yamaha Employee Volunteer Project to Improve Outdoor Areas and Access
CYPRESS, Calif. – May 2, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, employees returned to the San Bernardino National Forest this past weekend to volunteer their time in support of projects aiding the popular Summit OHV Staging Area. Working with members of the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the effort represented the eighth year of Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative volunteer projects in one of the nation’s busiest forests.
April 27, 2016 – The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all off-highway vehicle (OHV) drivers and passengers to ensure they are riding safely by carrying only the number of passengers for which their vehicle is designed.
The reminder comes after a Mohave County couple was injured when their single-rider all-terrain vehicle (ATV) flipped recently while on a difficult roadway in the Hualapai Mountains, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Most ATVs are only designed to carry a single rider.
You’ve driven the trails numerous times. Have hundreds of hours of 4WD experience under your belt (some of which, of course, is spent outside of the vehicle). You’re good with people, and feel your managerial skills are top notch. You’d like to be Trail Leader for an upcoming excursion. What’s next?
First, I commend you for wanting to take on a leadership role. As a certified professional 4WD Trainer with more than 40 years of off-road experience, I know the value of a good Trail Leader. Our hobby could use more people willing to step forward and fulfill this role.
Apr 15, 2016 - In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will extend the comment period on a proposed land-use planning rule by 30 days. The proposed rule aims to improve the planning process by making it more collaborative, transparent, and effective.
In 1971, the Chappie-Z’berg Act established the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program that has successfully provided for a self-funded, high-quality OHV recreation program. The OHV community has supported directing funds to law enforcement, education programs emphasizing safe and responsible vehicle operation, conservation efforts, and closure and restoration of OHV areas.
- Modifying a CV Driveshaft
- Tacoma Manual Hub Conversion
- Changing Rear Axle Shafts
- Drivetrain Lift for More Clearance
- Dual Transfer Cases with an Automatic Transmission
- H55F Transmission Swap on an FJ60
- Convert a Forward-Shift Transfer Case to Top-Shift
- Twin Stick Shifter Install
- Driveline Basics
- Two Piece to One Piece Driveshaft Swap
- Rotated Front Axle Housing
- Permanently Defeating the ADD System
- Replacing Toyota Automatic hubs
- Gears and Traction Devices:
- Solid Spacer vs. Crush Sleeve for Gear Setup
- Setting Up Gears
- Installing the ARB Locker in a 7.5" IFS Axle
- Installing the ARB Locker in an 8" Axle
- Installing the Detroit SoftLocker in an 8" Axle
- Retrofitting the Electric Locker in an 8" Axle
- Retrofitting a Supra LSD in a V6 8" Axle
- Installing a LockRight Locker
- Custom Aluminum Radiator
- Upgraded 22RE Alternator
- Degreeing a Cam on the 22R Series Engine
- 22R Timing Chain Install
- Supra 5M-GE Engine Swap
- Installing Headers on the 3.0L V6
- Premier Power Alternator on the 3.0L V6
- 4Runner Suspension Reviews
- Front Cross Linked Air Shocks
- Rear Cross Linked Air Shocks
- Torsion Bar Tech
- Dana 44 Solid Axle Swap
- Project Mini: Front Suspension Part I
- Project Mini: Front Suspension Part II
- Project Mini: Rear Suspension Part I
- Project Mini: Rear Suspension Part II
- Body & Armor:
- Bumper Roundup
- Rockslider Roundup
- Shaved and Plated Differentials
- Beefing Up the Gas Tank Skidplate
- Tubbing the Fenderwells for More Clearance
- Building a Custom Flatbed
- Tubular Bed Fabrication
- Whittling down the Bed (J. Kopycinski)
- Bobbing the Bed (A. Zook)
- Tacoma Front Bumper Trim
- Relocated Steering Box
- Relocated Cooler
- Cooling System Frequently Asked Questions
- DIY Front Axle Seal Driver
- OEM Fog Lamp Switch Retrofit
- Auxiliary Fuse Block
- $56 Air Locker Compressor Solution
- DIY Tire Siping
- Grooving Tires
- Relocating the Gas Tank for more Clearance
As part of a continuing commitment to improve their management of the nation’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the way they develop and update our Resource Management Plans (RMPs).
This initiative, known as Planning 2.0, aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology into land use planning. They have released proposed revisions to planning regulations, along with a preliminary economic analysis and categorical exclusion for public review and comment. By implementing these improvements, the BLM endeavors to enhance the way that it involves the public in its planning efforts, including measures to provide earlier, easier, and more meaningful participation.
Do not just volunteer; but rather up-purpose your volunteerism! In today’s world when we are all torn in many directions by multiple jobs, kid’s school games, community involvement, paying bills, family commitments and more, we must stop wasting our precious volunteer time. Too many of us have become trapped into the status quo of losing ground in the long run. Herein I will explain purposeful volunteerism and how we need to push beyond just holding our ground when it comes to access to responsible motorized recreation.
SEMA has issued a press release informing the public that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make it illegal to convert automobiles originally designed for on-road use into racecars, even though such conversions have been done for decades. Under the EPA’s proposed rule, it would also be illegal to sell any performance-related products for those cars. The EPA’s proposal would have a devastating impact on motorsports since many types of racing rely on production vehicles that have been modified for use strictly at the track.Ask the EPA to Withdraw its Proposal Now
The below release from SEMA should give every auto sport enthusiast cause to worry about the future of the gas powered engine. The rule making out of the EPA is yet another example of executive overreach that has come to mark the current administration in their drive to regulate every aspect of daily life. While the title and general content refers to "racecars", pay close attention the stated purpose: "...proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars..."
If you enjoyed the recent King of the Hammers off-road event, be worried. If you enjoy building and using a 4x4 as off-road recreation, be worried.
SEMA To Oppose Action As Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers
Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2."