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1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions #1106002 03/08/21 06:12 PM
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New owner here...and would love some guidance on the following:
1. Looking at upgrading tires and wheels - would love to run 31x10.5R15s on these stock rims if possible - anyone know the width of the stock 15"s that came with these (mine is a V6 model with the spring rear suspension) - I also am considering 15" alloys to reduce weight
2. Roof rack recommendations? - want to haul 2 kayaks - fly rods etc
3. OME lift / ADD crawler kit - anyone have input or feedback how these improve stock ride - worth the cost?
4. Not much on this rig needs sorting but I have a budget for fixes as needed....so
Any proactive mechanical fixes/upgrades to consider?
Any parts I should just buy if available - upgrades or stock?

Thanks all - I am looking forward to learning and having fun with this new rig.


Yellow 1989 Gen 1 SWB V6 5sp Dodge Raider
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Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106003 03/08/21 06:38 PM
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You can upgrade to 2nd gen rotors and 2 piston calipers while you are at it to help with stopping power. We offer a braided stainless kit to make that all jive together, or one if you just want stock.

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Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106004 03/08/21 07:43 PM
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Sweet - it is super helpful to know companies still making upgrade parts for this truck..

so far I have found
Adventure Driven Design
monterogen1man
and now blinepeformance....
would be great to see a list of others here.


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Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106010 03/09/21 04:41 AM
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The 31"s will fit no problems. There is a tire fitment thread in here somewhere. Pro-active stuff. All fluid changes, using lubricants as directed by the FSM. Such as GL4 for the Manual trans. Mitsubishi or Hyundai Auto trans fluid if an automatic. A complete cooling system flush using Thermocure anddistilled water, emptying out via the blocks water drains. Fit a new OEM radiator cap and thermostat. You really want to be proactive, get the radiator rodded and cleaned. Don't let anyone talk you into a crappy plastic and aluminum radiator. There's a start


89 SWB, V-6 5SPD, OME Shocks, 16.5X37's, 2"BL, SR axle, Gen2 brakes, Lincoln w/Superwinch
Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: Mudraider] #1106017 03/09/21 06:58 AM
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1. Looking at upgrading tires and wheels - would love to run 31x10.5R15s on these stock rims if possible - anyone know the width of the stock 15"s that came with these (mine is a V6 model with the spring rear suspension) - I also am considering 15" alloys to reduce weight
2. Roof rack recommendations? - want to haul 2 kayaks - fly rods etc
3. OME lift / ADD crawler kit - anyone have input or feedback how these improve stock ride - worth the cost?
4. Not much on this rig needs sorting but I have a budget for fixes as needed....so
Any proactive mechanical fixes/upgrades to consider?
Any parts I should just buy if available - upgrades or stock?

Thanks all - I am looking forward to learning and having fun with this new rig.

1. search the forum. plenty of info on the stock tire sizes. 31's will fit and there's even room for 33's.

2. most roof racks are the same. ideally you want to keep to 50#s or less up there to avoid being top heavy in an off camber situation. or even taking a turn too fast and clipping the curb. with that limitation most racks will fit the bill. If you're looking at a roof top tent just make sure whatever rack you get will handle the weight.

3. not worth the cost unless your building up your rig and need extra suspension for increased weight. If that's the end game OME is the way to go. don't go more than the mediums as the heavy duty springs are way too stiff. otherwise a simple lift can be done with Gen 2 SR springs from a junkyard and cranking up the torsion bars. That gets you an 1.5". You can also use the stock springs and get a daystar lift for a toyota, but the SR springs will carry more weight and are progressive rate. A cheap body lift can be done with hockey pucks from amazon. They're an inch thick and solid rubber. You'll spend more on new bolts than you will on the pucks and you'll spend less than $50 for everything. Just drill out the centers.

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Originally Posted by Mudraider
The 31"s will fit no problems. There is a tire fitment thread in here somewhere. Pro-active stuff. All fluid changes, using lubricants as directed by the FSM. Such as GL4 for the Manual trans. Mitsubishi or Hyundai Auto trans fluid if an automatic. A complete cooling system flush using Thermocure anddistilled water, emptying out via the blocks water drains. Fit a new OEM radiator cap and thermostat. You really want to be proactive, get the radiator rodded and cleaned. Don't let anyone talk you into a crappy plastic and aluminum radiator. There's a start


^^^All of this.^^^ Clean your grounds. Check the fan clutch. Don't forget the fuel filter. If you have a sunroof, blow out the drains. You can use an air hose into the hose drains that come out of the bottom of the body at the pillars.Lastly, buy some ShinEtsu Grease for the door seals. It'll make them new again with repeated applications. It's amazing stuff.

One last thing - visit mitsubishilinks.com and download the factory service manual. donate a couple of bucks. another member here maintains that site so we can have access to great info. all donations great or small will be appreciated


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Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106026 03/09/21 06:01 PM
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Great info -thank you



What does SR stand for?

Last edited by LTChip; 03/09/21 06:02 PM.

Yellow 1989 Gen 1 SWB V6 5sp Dodge Raider
Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106027 03/09/21 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by LTChip
Great info -thank you



What does SR stand for?


SR is a model designation for second generation Monteros. bigger engine, locking rear axle, stronger suspension....


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"You are what you are, and you ain't what you ain't." - John Prine
Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106030 03/09/21 10:15 PM
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I see thanks.


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Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106034 03/10/21 04:34 PM
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The SR trailing arms are worthwhile swapping. It’s a great upgrade.


90 LWB - Not your average bear

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Re: 1st GEN Dodge Raider 1989 Questions [Re: LTChip] #1106048 03/11/21 12:12 PM
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there are lots of later gen LWB monteros here so I should be able to find those parts - is it best to source new parts for trailing arms and these springs or should I check the scrap yards?


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