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You know what doesn’t? I’m guessing your crusty 20 year old steering wheel. If you’ve driven 250k miles that means you’ve been gripping that wheel for five thousand hours. Yuck! Lace-up steering wheel covers are cost effective, look fantastic, they LAST.. they feel excellent in your hands and the only hard part is you need to be a little patient while you install it.
If you want the very best, Wheelskins are unbeatable. If you want something great for a fifth the price, these leather lace-ups are excellent. I have installed both.. the Wheelskins ones really are better so I don’t regret stepping up, but the budget ones aren’t a let-down. The difference is in how cleanly they fit and how the “bead” of the cover is drawn tight. The one pictured at right is a cheapie! Gen 2 Montero wheels take a 15″ cover.
The battle cry of AZ Crew! I had to google up how to pronounce it, it’s like “Bo Fung” to our American tongues but I prefer BOFANG!!!!
These inexpensive 2 way radios cover a lot of bands, not all are legal but some of them are and if you’re clever you’ll learn which ones you can use – if you’re even more clever you can get a license and use more of them (but.. the legal bands are better if you have a group of people anyway since they may not be licensed) . We’ve all done CB, we’ve done FRS/GMRS.. these guys beat all those. For less than dinner and drinks.
OK, the Official Doctrine is that OEM’s are the best and if you’re really persistent you should track down some 100mm CV’s from a SR… and that’s cool if you have the time but if you need to just drop in a pair of CV’s with no downtime the best I’ve found – and what I run in my Montero – are Cardone remanufactured CV’s.. 60-3354 on the Right and 60-3353 on the Left. Unless you’re giving it two scoops every day they’re likely all you’ll ever need (they’re remanufactured OEM, after all) and they’ll buy you some time while you track down those elusive 100mm CV’s forged from the tears of Chuck Norris.
Did you know that your Gen 2 and Gen 2.5 headlights have aiming gauges built into them? Those two round crusty yellow disasters you see on the top of each headlight when you pop the hood is actually clear plastic that’s just been sun damaged and turned yellow – chances are you can bring them back to almost transparent with a few minutes, a washcloth and some PowerPlastic.
Gen 3 plastic headlight lenses, Montero Sport headlight lenses, your other daily driver that probably has plastic headlights.. even that little auxiliary light that came in the back of your Montero has probably gone yellow by now and there are two products that I believe work better than anything else on the market: Power Plastic for quick and easy jobs done with a rag and ten minutes of your time, or this NuLens kit for when you really want to restore a few headlights. Don’t just take my word for it, peep the reviews!
Why’s that? They just plain work, with silent and noticeably more confident stops and they’re priced about where the mid-grade whatever brakes are at your local auto parts chain. Here are the parts to look for if you own a Montero:
Gen 2 & 2.5 Rotors Why blank (not drilled/slotted) rotors? Again, they just plain work without introducing any possible problems.
A filter for your coolant! Well.. it’s a fuel filter but its screen is sintered metal and it unscrews for cleaning. I put one of these inline on the hose that heats my Gen 2.5 throttle body and it’s amazing how much gack it collects from this old engine. I’m sure over time that amount will diminish – that’s the point!
A word of caution: This product is not intended by its manufacturer for this purpose so you’re on your own if you choose to do this. I picked this one for my own truck because its aluminum body and o-ring gasket are strong enough for the pressure of a coolant system – not every fuel filter is built like this. Remember to always use your noodle when going off script!
It’s almost too easy these days! You get an OBD2 dongle , download Torque on your Android and you’re a pro!
Need a cheaper solution? I posted the BAFX unit because it’s the one I personally use and I know it works with my Gen 2.5 Montero (and Toasty’s Gen 3, and my 2015 Ram, my wife’s Mustang, my old Escape, my sister’s BMW.. every car I’ve ever tried) – it’s probably the best selling OBD2 dongle on Amazon for a reason. There are cheaper ones.. maybe those work too? If you try it let me know!
OK the absolute coolest racks I’ve been able to find come from Australia.. just look at this stuff!!! But I have to also admit it’s a bit beyond my comfort level right now price wise.
I did some homework and decided on this Chinook 2 bike carrier from Swagman – it’s more where I’m at financially, it easily accommodates our less traditional frames, it clears the Montero spare tire and it’s as tight and secure as anything in this price range.
After 2 months with it I’m happy to say this carrier works – and works well.
This is my “daily driver” and it’s also the best, easiest and most durable tent I’ve owned. Two very strong poles pitch it, or a third for the rain fly. As much air through as can be wanted, and two big doors to leave open when weather and wildlife permit. I have years into mine and expect years more.
Yep, the official tool is MB990954-01 and you’ll find it online for about a hundred dollars. It’s The Right Tool For The Job™ if the price doesn’t put you off. But a cheaper alternative exists if you’re willing to do a little work!
Performance Tool W1270 is a socket made for doing the same job on Ford and GM 4wd vehicles of yesteryear but it can be easily modified to work on 4wd Mitsubishi Monteros and Montero Sports that require the MB990954-01 tool. Grind or file off four of the six teeth, leaving two opposite teeth in place and you’re in business! Available for a fraction of the cost of the official tool.
If you’ve removed the door sills on your Gen 2 or 2.5 Montero and accidentally broke or stripped the brittle captive nylon screw grommets in the sheet metal, you’ve got loose trim. Yeah. You’re gonna be known as the Loose Trim Guy or that loose trim girl. Gross.
Got you covered though, for less than a Soy Chai Latte at Bikini Beans you’ll be tight and tidy once more!
Sometimes these are just a fashion accessory, sometimes they’re a life saver. Why not both?
These are the most affordable I’ve found, and I bought two sets. They look and feel about the same as those Maxx ones, and I’m confident that in soft soil they would serve the same purpose. I’m just as confident that they’re not suitable to actual bridging but neither is any other molded ladder (you want steel or fiber waffleboards $$$ for that!) .
Available in Orange-As-Heck, you get a pair of them for this price. They show up in a cardboard box with no accessories.
Gen 2 and 2.5 Heater Cores
Yours is leaky, right? That sweet antifreeze smell every time you turn the heater on.. yeah.
And you don’t want to use any of that pour-in sealer because that just gunks up your radiator and water pump and ruins your engine. So I’m going to lay some bad news on you right now: replacement heater cores are out of production. Yes really. The part number is MN188337 and so far nobody has found an aftermarket alternative that’s made to just drop in. The units made for Changfeng trucks might fit but until somebody finds one of those for sale, we won’t know that either.
You can still buy MN188337, there are still a few sitting on shelves but you’re not going to like the price: http://amzn.to/2IK0QMN
If anyone finds a better priced alternative that works, let us know in the forums!!
This is a lot easier to fix than you might be thinking… you kinda just take the panel off and there it is. This piece is made by Dorman, it’s not OEM but it’s what I put in my rig.
If you have the Aisin 4 speed AW30 transmission and want to tidy up those shifts a little, this is the part you’re looking for. I have one of these… on my desk. Gonna have to install it one of these days and do a proper write-up!
This little lock is some cheap insurance against opportunists looking to make off with your spare tire. Will it guarantee no theft? Nothing’s going to stop a determined thief but this will make it louder and more of a hassle when they try. Take that, ne’er-do-wells! I run this on my Montero spare for just a bit more peace of mind.
Yeah take it off! If you want to remove the sticker cladding on your 1998-2000 Montero and reveal the paint underneath, the safest way to do it is with a Whizzy Wheel! It’s basically a big rubber eraser that you run against decals and it manages to peel them off without damaging the paint underneath. I used about 95% of one whizzy wheel to get all the cladding off my 2000 Montero.
Yeah! It’s no secret what makes a transmission last; clean and cool fluid. That’s it! If you’re going to drop your transmission pan to do a fluid change or maybe install a shift kit, you’ll be wanting a new pan gasket and a fresh filter. These fit the bill for less than a bill!
From the forums! Jaccox says “Here’s a pretty budget friendly air compressor I’ve been using for about a year and a half. I find it more than sufficient for 31-33″ tires. The carry case hasn’t deteriorated either so that’s a plus as well. Has plenty of hose and wire length to reach all 4 tires with supplied items. If you were running 35’s I’d suggest the 400p since I think it’s a 100% duty cycle.”
& “These floor mats require very minimal trimming and fit the gen2 chassis like a glove. Needs like 1” trimmed on the rearmost part and needs a cutout for the gas pedal floor stop. Had these for the entire time I’ve owned the montero and pressure washed them a few times and they are still intact” – Thanks for the recommendation jaccox !
These look and work perfectly on Gen 2 & Gen 2.5’s, even fit nicely under the red OEM rubber sleeve doodad. I have this in my Gen 2.5 and like everything on this page would absolutely recommend it to friends. Thanks Toyota!