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My project and hello!

Posted By: steve1814

My project and hello! - 08/13/07 01:39 PM

Guys,

I have been on here for a while, but took a break from it and evidently my account was deleted.

Anyhow I just wanted to show my Gen II.5 project I am working on. It is not complete yet, but I did put up a small picture gallery on my home page. Click to look at the pictures here

OBTW: If anyone wants my old springs and torsion bars, come and get them - I live in Smithsburg, MD. If you are interested in the tires and rims, PM me.
Posted By: Oyaji_Jon

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 02:11 PM

Very nice rig!

Angelo, watch out, looks like you got come competition!
Posted By: sparkem

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 02:19 PM

Ooo, I like it. Very nice. I like the Jaos Mudflaps.
Posted By: hazy_daze

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 03:00 PM

SWEET rig <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Welcome back <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: steve1814

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 03:31 PM

Thanks guys.

I am by no means finished with it yet! I have the front bumper off right now and have been trying to graft a JDM and USDM bumper together to get the look from the sample pictures on my web page. It hasn't been easy and thought MANY times about just scraping the whole thing and getting an ARB bumper instead. The only thing keeping me going is the $$ I have invested in the bumper right now! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

The rims were another sore spot with me...I ordered less backspacing than the OEM since I was running flares and wanted that extra little distance. What I got was the factory backspacing on a 9" rim so the tires are tucked in too much. I have ordered some 1.5 wheels spacers, hopefully that won't push them out too much. Check the web page out in about two weeks and you'll see what the difference is.

If you have any questions about the Mods, don't hesitate to PM/email/post...I have been collecting parts for 3 years for this project and it is nice to see it FINALLY coming together.

Cheers,
Steve
Posted By: jfarsang

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 04:49 PM

What lift do you have on there ?
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 05:39 PM

First Bourge, now Steve? Wow, nice Montero!!

Its the JAOS 2" battlez lift kit. Comes with an adjustable lateral rod, the coils, torsion bars and the lift components. I didnt get the torsion bars for they were too much. The factory ones can be turned to accomidate it. But I have been looking into getting the iron man torsion bars and checked into the Battlez torsion bar, but still trying to find out the advantages in getting it.

AWESOME work Steve! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> I hate you tho cause I was looking into those JAOS fender flares 3 yrs ago, but never got them. They were up there. If I ever get any flares, it will be from Ice Land after I do a SAS and finish all custom work. But thats years and years from now <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Where did you get the ladder, it isnt JAOS? Mud flaps look sweet too, but didnt opt for them cause of the rocks on the trails I run. They would tear off! Nice rims too, Ziga rims, right? Mine were 8.5 with I think -10 backspacing (if I remember correctly which was 6 yrs ago when I got them. I like the painted grille, I had it like that after an accident 4 yrs ago.

Thats alot of money invested into it, but then I read that you've been collecting all these parts for 3 yrs, that would drive me crazy not being able to put it on. Snorkel too! Nice!

As far as the lift components, you can trim down those bump stops to get more compression. But double check cause you dont want your tires rubbing if that backspacing is too wide. BTW, where did you get the backspacers, JAOS too? I know they have some but cant remember the width?

Man, over all i'm really impressed! I dont feel so special anymore <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> Everyone is getting Gen II.5's now! Keep up the good work! As far as the bumper goes, save the steel/ metal and make a rear bumper and get an ARB. I had the JAOS bull bar and eventually got the ARB cause of the offroading I'd be doing. If you are going for looks and less off roading, go for a bull bar <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

BTW, do you have a source for all these products that you are getting from overseas? I also like the garage!! later,
Angelo
Posted By: NathanC

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 05:51 PM

I like the flares! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: MontyMcV

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 06:07 PM

How did the flares go on? Looks like screws on the inside lip. What about on the body steel itself- 3M tape maybe?
Posted By: steve1814

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 09:04 PM

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What lift do you have on there ?


jfarsang, As Angelo mentions, it is the 2" Battlez lift (from JAOS)

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BTW, do you have a source for all these products that you are getting from overseas?


Angelo: Thanks for you many kind words and your support. coming from a long time 4x4wire member adds more credibility to what I am trying to do as well and it is appreciated. I have had the Montero (now known as a "Pajero" thanks to re-badging) since new in 1999. I first saw the JAOS stuff back in 2004 and started with the fender flares, three years later (and a LOT of $$ later) I finally had the parts all together. Believe me, I wanted to put the stuff on as I bought it, but thought it would look better if I did it all at once. The Ladder is an ASIO brand, cost even more than the JAOS, but the load rating was higher, and I intend on using it - a lot. The Rims are Ziga's.

--Oh, Speaking of painted grilles: you wanted that EVO looking grille I had didn't you? PM me about it.

Since the front bumper is off, she is back in the garage getting the rest of the "bling" put on while I fiddle with the bumper, I am also doing the electrical stuff (well some of it anyway - can you say AUTO climate control? but that is another story). The body shop who took the stupid decals off the doors got a little over zealous with the polishing wheel and took some of the paint off with it, so next Monday she is back getting the lower doors re-sprayed.

My source, well make a long story short - my Suzuki Samurai buddy who lives in New Zealand works for RHS who has offices in Memphis TN - takes time to ship, but when the sea freight is free, you don't complain and buy you friend many, many gifts <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> He has helped me more than I can say THANKS BEN!!!

--Here, a little taste of what we are NOT getting in the US Click me!

The spacers are from OKoffroad. Made for Yota's but fit Monty's just fine.

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How did the flares go on? Looks like screws on the inside lip. What about on the body steel itself- 3M tape maybe?


MontyMcV: You are correct! Just below the nice rubber grommet is the 3M stuff. Now the flares didn't come with the 3M stuff, I added that even thought the flare were tight against the body I wanted to be doubly sure.
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Guys, thanks again for your questions and complements. I hope to update the web page again it two weeks with all the exterior work done, including the AWESOME cargo rack straight from the outback in Australia (it's used even!)jerry cans, High lift/shovel mounts and the 8" IPF lights. Then it is on to the interior work.

In case anyone is wondering about HOW I got a snorkel that TJM America denies exist, I would be happy to provide the part number.

Oh, and if anyone needs a JDM part number, I will be happy to assist, I have the CAPS program for Japan, Europe and the USA.

Cheers,
Steve
Posted By: MontyMcV

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 09:23 PM

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MontyMcV: You are correct! Just below the nice rubber grommet is the 3M stuff. Now the flares didn't come with the 3M stuff, I added that even thought the flare were tight against the body I wanted to be doubly sure.


Interesting in that the SR flares have the screws around the lip, but also those press-to-snap fasteners similar to what interior panels use. I have a near-complete set of SR flares and I haven't gone about installing as I have no desire to drill all the holes. I have been wondering about the 3M, but haven't delved any deeper.

Thx! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: steve1814

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 09:32 PM

MontyMcV: I don't know if you knew/realized this (which you probably do), but the SR Gen II has flat body panels and were an option on those years. The '99 -00 "Wide Body" Gen II.5 has bubbles on the fenders and never got the flare treatment(which was was sorely missed IMO). I'm sure that the 3M tape will work, I mis-aligned one half of the right rear flare and had a *&%# of a time getting back off! besides, if/when the trail does decide to "take" one of the flares from you, it'll just rip the tape and not pull the sheet metal such if using the snap fasteners would. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 87Montero

Re: My project and hello! - 08/13/07 10:55 PM

Where did you get those mudflaps? I heard Landraider wants a pair of them! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Nice rig!!
Posted By: bOURGE

Re: My project and hello! - 08/14/07 05:04 AM

Holy geez I wanted to lick it <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/drunk.gif" alt="" />. But seriously, nice!
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello! - 08/14/07 05:46 AM

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Angelo: Thanks for you many kind words and your support. coming from a long time 4x4wire member adds more credibility to what I am trying to do as well and it is appreciated. I have had the Montero (now known as a "Pajero" thanks to re-badging) since new in 1999. I first saw the JAOS stuff back in 2004 and started with the fender flares, three years later (and a LOT of $$ later) I finally had the parts all together. Believe me, I wanted to put the stuff on as I bought it, but thought it would look better if I did it all at once. The Ladder is an ASIO brand, cost even more than the JAOS, but the load rating was higher, and I intend on using it - a lot. The Rims are Ziga's.

--Oh, Speaking of painted grilles: you wanted that EVO looking grille I had didn't you? PM me about it.

Cheers,
Steve


Now it makes sense, I was trying to figure out who you were when you said you used to be on the wire, you used to be shoezuki ?

But yeah, I know what you mean about the JAOS stuff and all the extra accessories, they can add up quickly. I might consider some spacers too, let me know how they work out for you, and the torsion bars too. Def keep us updated on the mods you are doing with the interior. I would love to check out what you are doing. There are tons of things I would love from overseas, but let me know next time you think about getting something, I might have something in mind IF you and your buddy dont mind, but nothing big <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

I saw all those extra goodies we will never see in the US, unless you can get it shipped here? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif" alt="" /> I was looking through it, awesome accessories and aftermarket stuff! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

Glad you are finally getting around to putting everything on, you are going to be busy that next few weeks/months or year. For me its usually every week trying to finish up some projects, but never able to keep working on it. I too have had mine since the end of 99. I couldnt imagine not being able to just sit on this stuff and not do anything. Good thing I found the 4x4wire after I ran into DougH. HE was the very first person that helped me out and pointed me to this site, I will never forget <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />

Looks like you are on the right path to all the upgrades, if you keep this up, you'll def have one of the sweetest GenII.5's out there!

Angelo
Posted By: TOASTY

Re: My project and hello! - 08/15/07 03:45 AM

angelo- i sent you that link to that russian site, that guy speaks english and will ship any of that stuff to your front door. Thats also where i plan on getting my new evo hood and grill.
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello! - 08/15/07 04:38 PM

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angelo- i sent you that link to that russian site, that guy speaks english and will ship any of that stuff to your front door. Thats also where i plan on getting my new evo hood and grill.


What link?

An EVO hood, wow, isnt that big bucks right there?
Posted By: Charlie Belew

Re: My project and hello! - 08/18/07 03:51 AM

Can't wait to see that rack...used in the Outback eh?!?! Sure enough, got the red dirt stains to prove it!
Posted By: steve1814

Re: My project and hello! - 08/18/07 08:52 AM

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Can't wait to see that rack...used in the Outback eh?!?! Sure enough, got the red dirt stains to prove it!


And even pressure washing won't get rid of it! I think I am going to try some metal polish next <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/baby.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: steve1814

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 08/18/07 11:11 PM

Guys, I have added the pics for the Spacers if you want to look at them, I also added some interior mods for Angelo as well.

Check it out Here!

I may have exceeded my allotted web space, so some of the "bigger pic links" may not work...but I'm working on it.

Oh, and Charlie, wait to you see the Jerry can holders I have for your old rack..and the Highlift and the shovel..


Steve <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/drunk.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 08/19/07 05:50 AM

Ok, you def got all the interior goodies I've been dreaming about, well, atleast the flip screen, rear cam and the rear screens. Where do you have the cam, hiding under the lisense plate or else where. You are really into perfection and making everything look clean and "factory" too! The details are amazing and the mods are time consuming. You must be really good with wiring and electrical work, huh?

I'll def be bothering you in the future for some advice. Is that auto temp control box from another vehicle or just an aftermarket product for electrical wizards like you <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

Well, get a good look at all that stuff cause now I know where you live!! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> Thanks for the pics!! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

BTW, ever get my PM about the grille? Angelo
Posted By: steve1814

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 08/19/07 09:01 AM

Angelo,

If you look really close at the center of the spare tire, you'll see the camera lens. I have it mounted in the center cap so I can remove it if I need access to the tire.

The auto climate system is from a '98 Pajero. Came from the factory that way - we get the el stripo model in the US. The Asian Market definitely got all the good stuff - they even have a factory Nav system that goes where our compass cluster goes. Has real time traffic reporting, voice prompts and the works. You should see the Factory PTO!!!

You know I got so carried away with taking pictures of the spacers that I forgot about the grille. I'll get you one when I get back from work today...

Anytime you want to come for a visit, just let me know <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

OBTW: Any of you "smarties" thinking bout "relieving" my Montero of it goodies I'll also include pictures of my home security system - now THAT's impressive! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 08/19/07 02:11 PM

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Angelo,

If you look really close at the center of the spare tire, you'll see the camera lens. I have it mounted in the center cap so I can remove it if I need access to the tire.


Of course, the most obvious spot and I looked over it. Like I said, very good work, its timing consuming, but its done right. Where did you get the cam from. I see you also have the factory 10 CD Changer, can that too be worked into aftermarket screens?

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The auto climate system is from a '98 Pajero. Came from the factory that way - we get the el stripo model in the US. The Asian Market definitely got all the good stuff - they even have a factory Nav system that goes where our compass cluster goes. Has real time traffic reporting, voice prompts and the works. You should see the Factory PTO!!!


Are you serious!! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" /> Man, the accessories and aftermarket stuff they have the the Paj overseas are unreal. Makes you think they are high class cars like the benz and beamers. I'm just curious to see what all this looks like. I guess thats what you're going for? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> Nice!
Posted By: steve1814

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 08/19/07 11:52 PM

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I see you also have the factory 10 CD Changer, can that too be worked into aftermarket screens?


Actually that is a Kenwood CD player modified to fit the OEM cd changer bracket <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

The camera I got from Flea Bay, I'll have to find the transaction to get the seller. It actually is a very nice camera, it's CCCD and not CMOS.


Oh, and I posted a couple pics on the site of the grille Angelo....


--If anyone wants the factory radio system with the factory CD changer, PM Me, you can have it for the cost of shipping though I prefer local pick-up. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 11/19/12 05:15 PM

Whatever happen to this guy?

Ray, could you fInd any info on Steve, he used to go by an old username then changed it to the current one, but after all this, he disappeared. Now that I live up in NoVA, I'm closer to him and wanted to stay in touch but never heard back. I've also received "read receipts" so I know he's looking at them.

Anyone else ever stayed in touch with Steve?
Posted By: lordtrunks

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 11/19/12 05:23 PM

awsome your on a roll digging up old threads <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: off-roader

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 11/19/12 06:41 PM

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Whatever happen to this guy?

Ray, could you fInd any info on Steve, he used to go by an old username then changed it to the current one, but after all this, he disappeared. Now that I live up in NoVA, I'm closer to him and wanted to stay in touch but never heard back. I've also received "read receipts" so I know he's looking at them.

Anyone else ever stayed in touch with Steve?


I can't see much more about him than you can actually. I did see from his links that his name is probably Steven Elston. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 11/19/12 07:26 PM

What about any other emails or when he was last on the wire. I thought you had the ability to see who's on here, when and the last time he logged on?

He's done too much to his montero to just drop off the face of the earth & not contact anyone. Checking to see if anyone ever had contact with him also
Posted By: off-roader

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 11/19/12 07:31 PM

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What about any other emails or when he was last on the wire. I thought you had the ability to see who's on here, when and the last time he logged on?

Anyone can I believe. Click on his name. Then click on the link to see all his posts. He was only posting for about a week.

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Angelo

Re: My project and hello -Update pics - 11/19/12 08:18 PM

Thanks Ray
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