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Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:18 pm

So after bit of a delay I thought I should start a build thread of the Triton. I joined the site about a year before I bought the vehicle. There was something about the shape and style of the Triton that rang a cord with me. Then from doing a lot of reading on other models compaired to the Mitsi it was an easy decision.

I first planned on getting an ML though after a few months of looking a Silver MN came up and after a bit of negotiation with the seller I grabbed a bargain.

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It was stock as a rock with the exception of a tub liner, soft cover and a Prodigy P2 brake controller. The previous owner had a smallish Jayco van so he had the e-brake fitted. I grabbed it after work on a Friday night went home and loaded the dirt scooter on the back for a weekend riding the Big Desert park. Nothing like getting straight into it !!!

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The car ran great though there were a few things that caught my attention.

LIKES:
10.2l/100 loaded up towing the bikes for a weekend away riding.
AUX jack in the center console to connect the ipod
super smooth auto
Interior space
quiet on the road
power

DISLIKES:
The seats, no support
Hi Beams, my tourch is brighter
Rear overhang and the super low factory tow bar, ML tub anybody ???
Steering is quite heavy
Suspension is a little suss, excess body roll

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:45 pm

Jane was keen to get away so not havin been up North for a bit so the Flinders was an easy choice. We went to Willow Springs and took the Tri along the Skytreck to see how it wheeled offroad.

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The vehicle went great though I was itching to get some changes happening. First on the list was some underbody protection. Reeldreamer was starting to sell 3mm Stainless bash plates so I put a call out to the S.A members and we got ten sets sent over to my work. It was a great way to meet some local members.

Next on the list was some interior comfort. I got a set of deploy safe airbag compatiable sheep skin covers off ebay. 25mm with foam inserts. These helped a lot though the lack of support was giving me the shits. Mattz put me on to the spacers from did3.2 so a PM was sent and within a week we were sorted...

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After the trip I was washing the car and noticed a lot of oil weeping from the TB and the outlet of the Turbo. On closer inspection it was dripping from the IC also...

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:01 pm

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... back to the NTN search function... I decided to fit a Provent to the CCV system. Some say that the oil going through the system isn't such a bad thing and it keeps everything lubricated. I think they only plumb it that way because they have too. I cant see how oil mist going through the turbo mixing with any particles that may make it through the airfilter then turning to valve grinding paste can be a good thing...

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the filter arrived and at the same time I'd been in contact with Alex about one of his SS blanks. The Tri was running a little rough and had a surging issue. I took it to Mitsi and complained about the oil weeping, surging, increased fuel useage and lack of power. They booked it in and said that I had the 'older' style manifolds fitted and that they needed to be replaced with the new design... :roll:

They reflashed the ECU, replaced the manifolds and cleaned the TB all under warrenty. It was that night I fitted the Provent and blank. Straight in no holes drilled and 30k kms later never had a CEL or limp mode.

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby hvac guy on Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:02 pm

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby Cowboy Dave on Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:11 pm

Good stuff so far mate, keep going...
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby Sky Miner on Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:19 pm

motoz wrote: I joined the site about a year before I bought the vehicle.


Nothing like laying down the ground work first ;)
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:28 pm

I formed my list of mods that I wanted to do and set my budget and created a timetable. I saved for the next couple of months, researched, changed direction a few times then set the wheels in motion.

The standard tyres were not the best, the suspension was like a boat in the ocean and the rear GLX R towbar had had me hooked up on more that one occasion. These three were on the top of my list to get sorted. I had a big ride to go on in the Victorian High Country so getting the suspension and tyres was first on my list.

I read all the reviews then decided to go with a full kit from Ultimate. I contacted Jack and told him what mods and barwork I was about to add and he made a package to suit. 50mm lift allround, though without the steel barwork fitted it was a little higher. I had the rolling stock left over from my last 4B. I chose the rim design a year before to suit the Triton I hadn't even bought yet... :lol:

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The tyres are MT ATZ 4 Rib on 16 x 8 Pro Comp Alloys with 0 offset. A trial fit on the Tri pre lift proved it wasn't going to happen without some upward elevation... :lol:

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I still needed to perform a little inner guard massage to shoehorn the big boots in...
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:47 pm

Thanks for the imput guys. As they say the story must go on...

With the shiny blue springs in, the 33's under guard the the increased track of the 0 offset it was starting to have the stance I had in my minds eye...

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I also fitted a Mitsi bonnet protector and slimline window deflectors at the same time. The High Country ride went well till one night after a couple lemonades I got talked into going wheeling with a mate in his 6" twin locked 100 series. I got cross rutted and dropped the barge ass into the dirt leaving a golf ball size dent. A RB6 rear step bar from TJM replaced the standard Mitsi offering as soon as we got back. We joined the S.A crew for a weekend away to the Bridal track and an overnight camp just out of Melrose. It was a great trip with a great group of people. The Tiddy Widdys were a little rough though... :lol:
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby fez on Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:03 pm

very nice mate. very keen to see some more pics
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:43 pm

fez wrote:very nice mate. very keen to see some more pics


Thanks mate, next on my mod list was to fit a UHF. I had the unit left over from the 4runner so put it to use. With no real space to fit it I just used Velcro and attached it to the LHS of the center console. Crude yet very effective. If I ever fit a double din GPS stereo I'll look to move it to the factory radio din spot.

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As there was no front bar yet I ran the coax under the carpet and bought it up between the tub and the cab then mounted the whip on top of the rollbar. Ive since moved it to a bracket I made that attaches to the awning track.

With coms, suspension, wheels and tyres sorted I took a break and saved some more. A week later I was watching a snorkel for sale on ebay. I was at the time trying to source a Rallyart style one from Asia though that deal fell in a heap. The opening bid was $149 and with no bids and 30sec to go I entered $149 and won a snorkel.

The following Saturday armed with a drill, tape, Sikaflex and a 6 pack to ease the nerves I attacked the car and bolted on the purchase...

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Although its a fairly easy job it still took me 5 hrs. Must have been the cans...

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:11 pm

A job came up at work in Kangaroo Island. It required a 4wd to access the location so with the only 4B in the fleet I accepted the task...

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The job took me a couple hours then I had a day and a half to explore the Island. I drove to all the major locations and took a few pose shots while there...

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On returning from that 'work' trip I soon realized I needed some roof racks. I ended opting for the Rhino HD Aero bars with the track mounting system. I shopped high and low with $600 fitted being the best deal I could get. Steep yet acceptable. It was at the same time I got the front bar. The T13 Delux got the nod. I chose it due to the features and look as the curved lines really suit the front of the Triton.

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I really like the shape and the fact that they have gutsy recovery points and recessed fog lights.

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I got the shop to fit it as work was going gang busters at the time. Having since helped Godzilla to fit his it was the best $180 ive ever spent ... :lol:

I grabbed an Awning off Boycee to attach to the racks. With the Barwork and Awning fitted the touring guise was starting to take form...

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Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby big_bob_thefirst on Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:12 pm

Looking good so far!
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby Mattstruck on Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:13 pm

Nice work Dave. :)
Gotta have a rear step towbar imho.
Priceless protection.
Like bash plates ;)
Shame the damage came first :? :shock:

Love the big wheels and the pre-lift photo :lol:
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:34 pm

Mattstruck wrote:Nice work Dave. :)
Gotta have a rear step towbar imho.
Priceless protection.
Like bash plates ;)
Shame the damage came first :? :shock:

Love the big wheels and the pre-lift photo :lol:


Thats it mate. I did learn one thing though from that experience. Friends shouldn't let friends drink n wheel... :lol:
Thats one of the reasons that we now have the RTT. Once its set up and Ive had a few the car aint able to go anywhere. :D

The next big outing for the Tri was the Beachport to Robe weekend during the Australia Day Long Weekend. The only mods done in the leadup to this trip was the fitting of the shovel holder to the racks, the purchase of a set of Maxtrax on special at Supercheap for $230. I knocked up a quick Aluminium holder for the trax at work a few days before we went.

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They got used several times during the trip, none by me I might add...

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It was another fantastic trip with great crew. I was super chuffed with how the Tri ran in the sand over the weekend. We didn't get stuck once and made it up everything we tried.

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby NTBB on Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:44 pm

motoz wrote:
It was another fantastic trip with great crew. I was super chuffed with how the Tri ran in the sand over the weekend. We didn't get stuck once and made it up everything we tried.

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Way to rub it in motoz... :lol:

Top effort so far, good read... 8-)
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:57 pm

That sinking feeling...

During the trip the front end began to sag. It dropped about 30mm :o :shock: :oops:
you can notice from the trip pics that the Tri was sitting like a top fuel dragster rather than a touring rig. Over the rolling access tracks this 30mm drop was causing the 33's to get very friendly with the front guards, flares and inner arch covers. :(

A buzz to Ultimate, a big heap of photos and measurements later and a new pair of front springs were sent over. A huge thanks to Brendan for working through the issues with me and getting the stance back to normal. These guys have great after sales service and really stand by their products. ;)

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with the stance back to normal the next wave of mods was about to start. A set of Hazzard Engineering (WASP 4x4) sliders were added. Hugh makes a great product and they really are a solid bit of gear...

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he did some mods to a mates rear ARB step bar that came up a treat also...

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:00 pm

NTBB wrote:[quote="motoz"

It was another fantastic trip with great crew. I was super chuffed with how the Tri ran in the sand over the weekend. We didn't get stuck once and made it up everything we tried.

:D

Way to rub it in motoz... :lol:

Top effort so far, good read... 8-)[/quote]

done worry Myles your little $#%^&* while we were out wheeling is safe with me. I wont ever mention it...

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby Mattstruck on Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:15 pm

Lucky your Maxtrax only got used once Dave!

Mine were used about 10 times over the weekend and never by me :roll:

Half shagged too. Need a new set soon... still never been used by me :roll: :lol:

Steveo8 a few times... Mooons few... Greedy a couple... who else? Probally Batto... everyone else had a go at recovering him :roll: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:27 pm

I promised myself that I had finished with all the bar work though post our last big trip up through the Flinders then over to the West Coast a custom steel tray may be on the cards... more about that to come.

So with the exterior ticking along well I turned my attention to the dark art of 12v DC electrics. :lol:

First up was a power source. I'm always on the hunt for a bargain and about six months ago came across a Powersonics 120ah deep cycle battery, Projecta 600w sine wave inverter, 120w fold out solar pannel and a LCD TV / DVD combo. The bloke selling it had split from his missus and was selling everything from the Caravan for cash before she got her hands on it :lol:

The stuff was only 6mths old and after a haggle I bought the lot for $550. With a few tips and ideas from NTN I decided to mount the battery on top of the RB6 rear bar. I went about making a rack and some roost protection...

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the battery aint no light weight at almost 30kg's !!! I used some 8mm polly sheet and with a little heatgun and angle grinder work made a roost guard to protect it from stones off the rear tyres...

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I'll grab some pics of it mounted underneath and edit later. I mounted a CTEK D250s duel behind the rear seat, running 6 B&S (13mm2) cable from the front to the CTEK then the same from the AGM back.

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I threw in a couple of extra 12v sockets in to run a little drinks fringe that we keep on the back seat.

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:54 pm

After the Oz Day long weekend trip and the wind gusts we dealt with I decided that I had had enough of ground tents. I'd been keen on getting a RTT (roof top tent) for a while and spoke to Glen from 4WD Supplies about ordering one in.

With the tent arriving the next challenge was working out how to mount it to the vehicle. I don't have a canopy and am way too much of a tight ass to justify the $3k that ARB want for there offering. :o
I was cooking a pig, while having a beer and staring at the Tri and came up with a removable rack design to fit the RTT, Jack, Maxtrax etc. I wanted to keep it light weight, low mounting and have everything within easy reach.

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I also didn't want to lose any tub space so decided to have it sitting on top of the gunnels. After a bit of head scratching and a sketch or two I knocked up a basic frame...

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It worked pretty well. I used large turnbuckels to tie down to the factory tub points. I used the time to get the roll bar powder coated black to match the rest of the barwork...

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:12 pm

With the basic frame made next came the customization. It started off as just wanting to mount a Hi Lift and Maxtrax as per usual I got a little side tracked and ended up adding an Axe and Fire Extinguishers... :lol:

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mounted on the tub with the RTT...

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I fitted 5mm SS cable through the equipment and its all locked in place. You never know when someones need for your stuff is greater than yours. ;)

On our recent trip the frame worked a treat. We went through some quite damaged and corrigated roads while enroute to the Googs Track. The frame didn't move an inch and held up to all the wheeling. It fits the 60lt ARB fridge and Space Cases under and we can still use the soft cover on top.

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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby godzilla_rising on Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:32 pm

motoz wrote:I got the shop to fit it as work was going gang busters at the time. Having since helped Godzilla to fit his it was the best $180 ive ever spent ... :lol:


Come on mate, it wasnt that bad was it? I was taking my time a little bit so I didnt stuff anything up! But now that I know what I am doing, the next time for anyone will be easier! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby motoz on Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:51 pm

godzilla_rising wrote:
motoz wrote:I got the shop to fit it as work was going gang busters at the time. Having since helped Godzilla to fit his it was the best $180 ive ever spent ... :lol:


Come on mate, it wasnt that bad was it? I was taking my time a little bit so I didnt stuff anything up! But now that I know what I am doing, the next time for anyone will be easier! :lol: :lol: :lol:


Hehehehe... No mate it wasn't bad. You spin the spanners for a living though I'm just a hack and would have botched it for sure.

I think Big Bob's truck is next in line. Have tools will cut... lol
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby Custom Offroad on Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:48 pm

Very well set up mate! Good job!
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Re: Motoz MN GLX R: Evolution of a Warrior

Postby Homer on Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:09 pm

Looks like you were giving the pig a bit of a sunburn :lol:

Nice build thread mate it's looking sweeeet 8-)
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