Mitsubishi Tritons

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 22:24
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I have recently bought a Mitsubishi triton 4x4 and have found it to be an excellent all round vehicle. Does anyone have any comments, tips or suggestions on the tritons?
I am also looking for a set of alloy wheels and tyres for it Does anyone have any?
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 22:26

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 22:26
Paul I recently bought a Triton as well and more than satisfied with it so far.

Is your Triton a diesel or petrol?

Comments, tips or suggestions of what type?
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Follow Up By: Paul - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 22:34

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 22:34
My triton is a '98 dual cab 3l V6 petrol and i am amazed at how economical it is (12 - 13l per 100km). What is yours?
Comments, tips or suggestions on set ups, modifications anything really.
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 22:45

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 22:45
Paul I have a 2.8 litre diesel cab/chassis and built an enclosed body/camper on the back. As for modifications, I have fitted a bypass lube oil filter, which is not necessary on a petrol engine, and really don't intend to do much else to it. My only real complaint is the standard shockabsorbers, but otherwise, you cannot help but be impressed how rugged the vehicle is built compared to the competition. The larger cab size makes a substantial difference. Even on the V6 petrol like the 2.8L diesel, at least with the bigger cab you can get into the engine bay easily to do things and service the vehicle.
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Reply By: Justin - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 14:56

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 14:56
Paul, one tip would be to raise it by about 100mm so you can go the same places as your mates who drive landcruisers can go. Probably also make sure you have tow hooks on it so your mates (with landcruisers) can pull you out when you bog it or fry the electrics when you try river crossings, and $100 notes in the glove box so you can pay your mates (with landcruisers) when they pull you out.
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Follow Up By: Paul - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 20:51

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 20:51
Justin, if i had to wait for a cruiser to pull me out of a situation i would be old and very grey by the time it caught up to me. Also i have seen wheelbarrows that are better off road than certain landcruisers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul- Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 10:23

Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 10:23
Justin, theres no doubting the landcruisers are a great vehicle, but when are your type going to get your head out of the sand & realise there are some very capable "other " 4wd's out there. I just came back from a Simpson desert crossing with 2 x 80 series std diesels & spent a lot of the trip waiting for them to get over some of the dunes. They were both unable to get up Big Red & even got stuck on top of the fisrt dune out ofBirdsville (littel red) . Oh, by the way, I drive a Pajero.
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Reply By: bruce.h - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 15:15

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 15:15
Justin must have fallen on his head as he got out of his massive landcruiser becauce he actually had a good bit of advise in his respons ( unusual for a cruiser driver) but he hit on the head the only real modifcation you should need to rush into is to replace the tie down points front & rear of the vehicle with rated recovery points bolted directly to the chassis that way once you get used to driving with in the tritons abillity you can pull out all the over eger cruiser driversRegards Bruce
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Reply By: Tim - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 21:02

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 21:02
paul - do be bothered by some cruiser drivers - they just dont understand that there are some other manafacturers that produce a car as good as theirs or better - some of them, but not all are a slice of bread short of a picnic when it comes to capable 4wds - you've made a good choice that is a very capable 4wd, i hope that you enjoy your car and when youre pulling a cruiser out of a bog REMIND THEM WHO IS PULLING THEM OUT
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Reply By: desert - Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 10:01

Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 10:01
About the only negative comments I could bring to your attention, would be, poor Low-range gearing (1.9:1 just does not cut the mustard these days, but to be fair Mitsubishi is not the only culprit) and a poor turning circle. This/these short comings may or may not inpinge upon your particular driving environment, ie, gearing and manouverability are perhaps not as critical in the desert as opposed to mountain tracks.
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Follow Up By: Paul - Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 23:23

Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 23:23
Thanks desert
Yes i agree the turning circle is by far the worst aspect of the tritons. Its funny though, it has been the same in all tritons for the last ten years - you think they would have fixed it by now.
in your opinion is the low range gearing too low or not low enough?
Safe travels
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Follow Up By: Desert - Saturday, Feb 01, 2003 at 09:50

Saturday, Feb 01, 2003 at 09:50
As with the turning circle, Mitsu have dragged their feet on gearing too. The gearing is not low enough for serious mountain climbing. I mean, it does the job, but lower gearing for crawling over tricky, slow sections is always a useful tool. My argument is, if they are going to build a transfer with a low range, then make it a low range,! These days, cars are getting bigger, heavier and with our tendency to fit larger wheels and tyres, this further reduces the gearing, the cars are only marginal at extreme points in heavy terrain.
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Reply By: Craig - Saturday, Feb 01, 2003 at 22:27

Saturday, Feb 01, 2003 at 22:27
My Triton (d/c 2001) is a cracker - only problem is I really hate the gearbox. Snatchy when cold, just crunches when warm. Dealership are big on smiles, low on practical assistance. Is there a lube out there that has been tried and tested on the triton?
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Follow Up By: Dinga - Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 00:38

Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 00:38
G'Day Garic,
If I were you I'd be trying banana skins!! :-)
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Follow Up By: Craig - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 00:12

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 00:12
Hey Dinga the divot digger - hows the tyre pressure?
spoke to somone with a GU Patrol, who went against "factory recommended" and now has a perfect gear change.....
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