It took 26 episodes to get the first Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 on modified and this one is the Mitsubishi Pajero NJ.
Not only is it the first Pajero 4x4 it’s also the first ever ‘Budget build’ featured on modified.
The owners Bennet and Felix are backpackers from Germany and live on a shoestring budget as all the hard earnt cash goes to traveling Australia in the Mitsubishi Pajero NJ which has taken them to every state and some very remote places.
There are so many cleaver ideas put into this build and plenty of bush mechanics along their travels.
Make model: Mitsubishi Pajero NJ
Engine: Petrol 3.0 Litre V6 6G72 12V SOHC
Drive train: 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, Super Select 4WD with Centre diff lock
Suspension: Independent Front and Solid Axle Rear
· Completely waterproofed engine including all connectors
· Distributor breather.
· Raised and waterproofed air intake.
· Auxiliary thermos fan and bigger oil cooler.
· Dual battery system.
· Interior led light upgrade.
· Inbuilt international 230V outlets and inverter.
· Fully custom fuse/relay box in the engine bay.
· Tons of switches in the cockpit + aux battery voltage display.
· 8 27w led work/camp lights all round
· 22" 144W light bar
· 2×9" 185W led spotties
· LED indicator and driving lights built in the bull bar and xenon style h4 driving lights
· Everything in the front wired up to the high beam
Comms & GPS:
· Pretty stock, but we've got velco on the dash for the phones on which we run Hema Maps/ google satellite works very well too if there's reception.
Suspension and tyres:
· 3-4" lift, thought dog aftermarket torsion bars wound up almost to max.
· Cut bump stops and flipped upper ball joints for more down travel.
· Aftermarket Monroe shocks.
· Manual locking hubs to save CVs.
· 2" EFS GQ patrol lift springs giving us 4" or more lift combined with longer Lovell’s Aftermarket shocks and now extended brake line because ours ripped on the track.
Bar work and exterior mods on the Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4.
· ARB winch bar including a 12.000 pound remote controlled winch
· Radio antenna
· Uhf antenna and sand flag
· Aluminium Roof rack.
Back of the wagon:
· Normal spare wheel holder
· Lots of stickers
· Air compressor
· Foldout bed
· Interior trim pulled out which added heaps more storage space
· Home for the second battery
· 12.000 pound winch plus all the stuff you need to winch.
· Iron man snatch strap.
· Aftermarket rear recovery point.
· eBay Maxtracks.
· High lift jack.
1. McDonnell Ranges
2. Mount Kosciuszko National Park.
3. pretty much the whole West coast/ the Kimberly
Lost all brakes on the Track because the rear brake line ripped, so we had to block it off, bleed the front brakes and only had the front brakes sort of working for 400ks...
A dune broke away whilst our car was still pretty top heavy and we had to dig it out for roughly 2 hours whilst people were standing on the side in order for it not to tip over...
As with every 4wd I definitely recommend to upgrade the suspension first where you don't have to be shy to use second hand parts like GQ springs or 4runner shocks, or winding up the torsion bars.
Of course it’s better to buy new shocks, but if your shy on money that's definitely a mod which totally changes the feel of your Mitsubishi Pajero NJ.
Maybe chuck some additional driving and camp lights on including a second battery. And definitely bigger tyres on steel rims.
Bennet & Felix’s Top 3 tips with Mitsubishi Pajero NJ:
1. Buy liquid electrical tape which is a rubber like compound and put it around every single connector you can find
2. Install a snorkel and waterproof the air intake
3. Buy a 3l engine instead of the 3.5 if you have to do some work on it because they're easy as
Things to look out for if buying one:
Look out for the engine noise (clicking, rattling etc.) check the compression on cylinder 3
Check for oil leaks around the sump back of gearboxrocker covers
Check all the bushings around the front suspension and steering
Check the caves and uni joints
Best mod/s you have done and why:
Definitely suspension + tyres
All the additional lights
What made you decide to choose this vehicle:
It was comparably cheap, the interior is super comfortable and the community support is fantastic (Pajero 4x4 owners club Australia)
What type of Overlanding is it setup for?
All types of overlanding, no matter if it’s only for a weekend or for several weeks like our last two trips (7weeks 12000ks and 5 weeks 9000ks)
Best thing about the Pajero NJ:
Spacious design, good working 4wd system and fantastic climbing abilities
Worst thing about the Mitsubishi NJ:
Only the independent front suspension and the lack of cheap aftermarket accessories like long range tanks, bush sliders, rear bars.