If you’re looking to beef up your gen 1, a lot can be borrowed from it’s bigger, little brother, the 2nd generation Montero:
1. Front brakes. Larger rotors and bigger calipers, more stopping power, less fade (be sure to upgrade brake master cylinder to go with this)
2. Front suspension (upper and lower control arms, spindles and CV shafts. a bit more travel but mostly easier to maintain due to bolt on ball joints instead of press in.
3. Torsion bars, early gen 2 uses a shorter progressive rate which allows for a much better on-road feel and better response when traveling at speed on forest roads or even bumpy roads. Take your measuring stick with you to the junkyard because we forgot what year range this one comes from.
4. SR rear end. Larger brakes, slightly wider track, beefier trailing arms and an Air locker
5. Steering box, pitman arm and idler. Tighter turning radius stronger parts, more steering leverage (less effort at the steering wheel)
7. Wheels – gen 2 typically comes with a 15×7 aluminum wheel, they take a beating and they’re lighter than the stock steel wheels
8. Seats. Comfort and arm rests, what more could you ask for?
9. Engines: 3.5 and 3.8 will bolt in, beyond that you’d better have your thinking cap on, wiring will be the biggest job here.
Disclaimer: This is an incomplete list of things you can do at your own risk that may or may not result in you or others getting hurt, frustrated, or divorced. Wrench at your own risk and always use safety equipment. Adventure Driven Design is not liable for anything that you do, or don’t do.