2001 Mitsubishi Montero XLS Build (aka... Pajero / Shogun & Monty)


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It's been FOREVER since I've used a forum (going back to my MR2 days on MR2OC.com)

Anyway... decided I'd post up here for the build that I've been doing. I'll try my best to keep it simple, and updated as it goes along.

Back story - purchased the vehicle from the 2nd or 3rd owner and drove it from AZ to IL (that was 3 years ago).

This vehicle is about to hit 200k this year....

Specs / Current Condition as of this post:

  • OME Lift
  • BFG KO2s
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab for GPS / Nav / Infotainment & OBD Reader
    • Custom Mounted Double Din (removed the clock/storage console on the top of the dash)
  • Custom Rear Slider Storage
    • RIGID Pro Toolboxes
  • Pioneer Mechless Headunit
  • 8" JL Audio Subwoofer
  • JBL Mono Amp
  • Compustar Remote Start
  • ADD (Adventure Driven Design) Bangers & Mash (their naming, not mine) Skid Plates
  • Horn Kill Switch (Montero's don't like the cold.... they'll honk all night)
  • Heated Front Seats (this XLS came sans heat)
  • CoverKing Ballistic Nylon Seat Covers
  • Curt Trailer Hitch
  • Yakima Tire Mount Bike Rack
  • 22" LED Lightbar (not yet installed)
  • Fiskars Axe
  • SOG Shovel
  • Maxtrax
  • ARB Rear Air Locker
  • Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform
  • Smittybuilt 4 Person Rooftop Tent
  • Front / Rear Custom Bumper
  • Midland GMRS NOAA Radio


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Some of my plans were side-tracked as my transmission failed (just shy of 200,000 miles).

I've since had my local AAA shop (no sponsoring or paid endorsements) source a used transmission with 80k on it. They installed it and it's running great.

With that out of the way I was able to finish installing my custom made rear storage tray, develop a rear seat delete on the 40 split seat behind the driver to mount my cooler and 7 gallon water reservoir, installed a 22" LED light bar on the front bumper, installed a trailer hitch and wiring, and installed my Smittybilt RTT.

At this point, I'm set for some fun trips with my boys over Spring and Summer. Haven't decided what I'll do next. Maybe front / rear bumpers, paint job or more interior work.

Some photos of the updates...