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Old 02-15-2010, 01:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1980 Mitsu jeep build

Welli have started a new build thread here in the Mitsu side of Pirate. Here is my old one http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...hlight=1uzcj3b.
im starting a new build thead cuz i changed the plans on the build.
New plans
new frame
ditch the V8 for a Mitsu 2.8 turbo diesel
4 speed auto tranny
Dana 18 t-case
Yota 8in axles with hi pins 4 link read 3 link front Maybe.
32in rancho coil overs
here where im at. the frame and engine




2.8 turbo diesel





For the T-case ill be tring this setup hope it works
this adaptor to the Mitsu tranny to the Dana 18
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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well ill start striping the axles tomorrow, i have some questions on my setup.
im looking to 4 link the front but keep the rig as low as possible, can i run the top links parallel an angel the bottoms, or just run a 3 link with a t-bar?
the 2 yota axles i have are 8in hi pinion with 488 gears. i do have a set of yota 9.5in axles. Do go with the 8in hi pinions or the 9.5in for beef.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd go with the 9.5s unless your 8s are seriously built.

Are you gonna keep the rear axle offset or are you gonna center it?

Wered you get the adapter for the tcase at?

And is that a 4door minitruck in the back? If so details
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd go with the 9.5s unless your 8s are seriously built.

Are you gonna keep the rear axle offset or are you gonna center it?

Wered you get the adapter for the tcase at?

And is that a 4door minitruck in the back? If so details
the adaptor is from here if all is right it should work on yota & Mitsu auto trannys too
http://www.novak-adapt.com/catalog/kit_152.htm
you taking about this pic if so no its a 1971 nissan skyline
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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what about 102 is that a good wheel base. any of you guys running and have pics of a 4 link with the top links run parallel. im thinking of ruuning about 6inches of up travel. what you think?
this is my coilovers 32in
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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109s the magic number they say. Provides the best of everything. Dont know bout 102in WB

What kind of a low range you gonna have on your D18?
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Lordtrunks has the same adapter, he swapped in a dana 20 into his montero. I'll send him a text to post up on the subject.
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that would be cool. does he have pics too
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whats the stock wheelbase?
what tire size?
frame height from the ground?
do you want to slide it over obstacles or have the clearance?

That will determine wheelbase. 102 sounds good to me with such a small length of body
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whats the stock wheelbase?
what tire size?
frame height from the ground?
do you want to slide it over obstacles or have the clearance?

That will determine wheelbase. 102 sounds good to me with such a small length of body
my new frame is around 24" at belly tires are 36 TSLs. Im shoting for a flat belly on this thing. here are some pics of the frame and a tape measure

here is the back brases installed

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here is the rear axle at full stuff its about 4ins from the frame

here is my goal ride hight 24"

its around 126.5" long

around 29" wide
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i did get all the brackets cut off the axles today need to do a lot of grinding.
going tomorrow to order the tubibg and brackets for the 4 link
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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well got some work done today. Got the body off and set on the new frame
everyone has talked me into keeping the v8









i plan on raising the motor about 2" in the new frame
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Well since your keeping the V8, Ill give ya my address and you can ship me the 4m40.
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ok im going tomorrow and ording my tubing for my 4 link.
the goal for the 4 link is to run the upper link parallel and the bottom will be angeled, the size is 2x2x.25 wall.
the end of the links will be inline with the t-case ujoints when they are cut. will i need to run a track bar with this setup?
this will be my lower setup (I think)
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:23 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Lordtrunks has the same adapter, he swapped in a dana 20 into his montero. I'll send him a text to post up on the subject.
did you text him
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the tube is here for my 4 link
now i just got to wait on Novak to build and send me the t-case adaptor. ill be ripping apart the tranny this weekend to get it ready for the dana 18. ill start making the link mounts too.
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well got an update
took my Mitsu Pajero tranny and took the t-case off and put the jeep t-case adaptor on it now im just waiting on novak to send me my jeep to dana 18 adaptor here are the pics. ill make a better writeup when its all done.









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yeah but i never checked back here, sorry i'm so late but here's a pic i dug up.


All i could find
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[/jack thread]Do the 20 and the 300 have the same bolt pattern?
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[/jack thread]Do the 20 and the 300 have the same bolt pattern?
no they dont the dana 18 and 20 does i do beleave
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no real updates, i have decided to go back to the 4m40 mitsu motor. im on hold for the novak t-case adaptor to do a lot of things. i did order a rear sump oil pan today

this is what im basing my 4 link off of. all link mounts inline with the drive shaft ujoints
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im going with this setup it turn my tranny into a full manule tranny
ill have 2 more shifters in the jeep

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Sorry i didn't post up bout the 20 in my montero but i saw you were keeping the v8 then didn't worry bout it. BUT now your going 4m40 That is a pic of my dana 20 mated up to the mitsu km148 it is a different tranny than whats behind your 4m40 but i see you have swapped over the jeep tail shaft housing so your on the right path. I used a advanced adapter for the d20 to 23 spline jeep(short shaft) its recomended that you seal up the weep hole on the tailshaft housing as the new spud shaft may or may not seal up and you'll have tranny fluid leaking out.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:38 PM   #24 (permalink)
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where is the weep whole
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I'll have it apart this week and i'll post up a pic for you, but the weep hole is in the tranny tail shaft housing its a little pin hole.
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