Pajero NM - suspension

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 19:05
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I have a NM pajero with 70 000 km on the clock with stronger springs on the rear.

I have replaced 2 sets of rear shockies and warn the front and rear suspension bushes out .Whilst 15 000km has been on dirt and corregated roads (Gunbarrel Hwy, Tanimi Track, Old Gharn Railway line), towing a camper trailer and with a long range tank fitted, I am a little disappointed with having to replace these components so soon.

A further complicating factor is that no after market manuafacture (that I can locate anyway) produces the front and rear suspension bushes and the current quote is $1400 to have them replaced with original parts.

I have 2 questions.

Has any other NM pajero suffered the same suspension fait?
Does anyone know of an anfter market manuafacture that makes the replacement bushes for the NM pajero?

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Reply By: Richard - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 07:23

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 07:23

I have a 2001 NM Petrol with 110,000KM on the clock. Put in an ARB/OME 2" lift with HD springs at 43,000KM. Done a few outback trips including a Simpson crossing since then. After the Simpson trip found the bottom front bushes had warn out and they were replaced under warranty over the km limit but within the time limit. Otherwise no problems and the ride improved. Have heard the Pajero is prone to wearing front bottom bushes. Lift, springs and shocks cost me around what you have been quoted.
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Follow Up By: Eddo - Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 22:56

Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 22:56
Hi Richard

Thanks for the response. Since your reply I have approached Mitsubishi seeking the replacement of the bushes under warranty. In my case the warranty is out of time but still under the km. I have used your example” over km but within time” as a precent.

Ironically or conveniently after an examination by Mitsubishi they don’t believe the bushes need replacing with no abnormal wear. This just happens to be contrary to 2 suspension specialist opinions.

It appears the battle beings……….

Eddo (WA
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Follow Up By: Richard - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 04:52

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 04:52

The front bushes went on the replacement OME shocks not the original Mitsu ones but its worth pushing them anyway. From what I've seen they seem to be a bit more receptive to customer relations of recent times.
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Reply By: Matt (W.A.) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 13:00

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 13:00
I too have an NM Paj 2001 and have had the ARB OME Suspension kit added with great results The price was roughly the same as your quote and the ride was noticeably improved especially over the corrugations admittedly I don’t have as much weight over the back end as you but would highly recommend it, all the OME gear is warranted for two years or 40000Km. you could also look at putting poly-air airbags in to help with the weight you carry, also post the same question to the Vic. Paj Club and see if anyone there can help?

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Reply By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:18

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:18

Had an NM 3.5L for three years. Did 120,000 km before I sold it. Mixture of highway, good dirt and rough dirt including GRR. Also towed a Kimberly camper for a short time before I bought a Coromal Seka 505 Pioneer XC off-road caravan.
Still had the original shocks, springs and bushes when I sold it with no sign of adverse wear.

Now have an NP 3.2L Di-D and have modified the suspension. HD springs on the back (van ball weight about 220 kg) OE springs on the front. Bilstein shocks all round. Got about 50 mm lift in the back and 15 to 20 mm in the front using the Bilstein "Circlip" arrangement to adjust where the bottom of the front OE spring sits.

Resulted in flatter cornering in town, smoother ride in town and on the corrugations and flatter towing profile with the van and all my camping gear.
Check my profile pics.
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Follow Up By: pjchris - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 12:57

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 12:57
Gee Rosscoe, for a rig with a 50mm lift it looks awful low at the back with the van on....Do you use a Weight distribution hitch?

Our van also has a ball weight similar to yours and I also have HD lifted springs in the back and with the WDH set up properly the rear sags 5mm with the van on and the front goes down 10mm.

I tried towing it ONCE without the hitch and it was all over the place...


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