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Old March 25th, 2009, 08:41 AM   #1
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After selling my '72 Bronco, I was going thru trail rig withdrawls. I wanted something cheap, and unique. Found it.


1989 Dodge Raider (built by Mitsubishi). 3.0 V6 (same engine as the 3000GT), 5 speed, 94" wheel base, 2" lift. Rusty, dented but runs really good. Came with bald 33" BFG's, picked up a set of 5 used Micky's with rims for $400.

I figured I'd trim the rear wheel opening to give a couple more inches of clearance.


Needs a set of valve cover gaskets, Serpentine belt & a couple rust hole repair on the frame.

But, I think it'll do. Right now with the rig, the tires, misc. parts and the new CB radio, I have less than $1500 into it. Small enough for the trails, and a unique low budget wheeler!
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Old March 25th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #2
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nice looking rig. i have wanted one of these for years but cant seem to find one that is even in good running condition. keep us posted on this thing.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 10:37 AM   #3
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Same engine as the 3000GT SL
Same engine as in the caravan, spirit and so on...

Good find - good little trucks
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Nice rig! Got mine for $200 and SAS'ed it right away. Dodge Raiders are awesome little trucks. I'm sure you'll love it.

Keep us posted. Love to see other people with these trucks, they are kinda rare.



Also, 4x4wire has a good Mitsubishi section with some helpful guys on there. Check them out for help
http://www.4x4wire.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?Cat=&C=20

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Old March 25th, 2009, 05:04 PM   #5
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I've been on 4x4wire already. What did you do to your door hinges to make them come off easy? I've been thinking about that as well. And the Safari roof rack like you have, just to throw the spare tire & hi-lift jack on it.

I removed the spare tire carrier today and fab'd up a dual jerry can holder for the longer trail rides.




What axles are you running?
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Old March 25th, 2009, 07:15 PM   #6
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I made the rack out of 3/4" EMT conduit, its actually really strong and only weighs ~30 lbs. My hi lift is up there on the other side. I'll try to get a picture of my door hinges tomorrow. I cut them so they are like a jeep door hinge except the "pin" is on the truck, and the hole is on the door. I'll get you a pic.

Nice work on the jerry can holder. I've been thinking about doing that, I might steal your idea.


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Old March 26th, 2009, 08:40 AM   #7
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I used 1 1/4 angle iron to build the Jerry can holder. From start to finish it took me about an hour. I took the measurements and then sketched out the design. For the time being I will use ratchet straps to hold them, but I am going to put a lock bar so no one will "walk away" with the cans.

I thought about building my own rood rack as well. I have a customer that I can get 1" 16 gauge tubing from. So I might go that route. Beats spending $200 ++ for one already built.
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Sweet Mini-SUV man! Welcome to the club.

What do those have for axles and gearing?
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The rear axle is a JAP 9", I believe it's open and the front ... Hmm, well ... to be honest, not sure. Gear ratio is 4.625:1 according to the ID tag.

I just wanted something to get me through a year or two until I can buy and build another EB.
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The rear axle is a JAP 9", I believe it's open and the front ... Hmm, well ... to be honest, not sure. Gear ratio is 4.625:1 according to the ID tag.

I just wanted something to get me through a year or two until I can buy and build another EB.
The front is a Mitsu 8" and both front and rear are most likely open. If you check your rear axle tag, some V6 models came with an LSD. The gears are 4.625, and the transfer case has a low range of 1.944 : 1 with front auto hubs. Asin makes manual locking hubs, so does superwinch.

I'll get those pics of the door hing up in a bit.

manual trans (KM145)
1st = 3.967
2nd = 2.136
3rd = 1.360
4th = 1.000
5th = 0.856
Rev = 3.578

Transfer case LOW range = 1.944 : 1

Differential = 4.625

So crawl = 3.967 x 1.944 x 4.625 = 35.67:1


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Old March 27th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #11
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1989 Dodge Raider (built by Mitsubishi). 3.0 V6 (same engine as the 3000GT), 5 speed, 94" wheel base, 2" lift. Rusty, dented but runs really good. Came with bald 33" BFG's, picked up a set of 5 used Micky's with rims for $400.

You have a 2" body lift i take it?

You can crank the torsion bars and do a spring over or longer shackles in the rear to get another 2" "suspension" lift. Also, cutting out that front anti-sway bar helped me a lot when mine was stock.
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Thanks for all the info. Right now there is no body lift, just the cranked T-bars and spring lift in the rear. No leaf springs, it has the coils with the raduis arms & track bar.

Can you shoot me a picture of the front anti-sway cyt-away job so I can see what you did?

Thanks!

edit: Sorry, I forgot you did the SAS already!
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Junk yard find. I was driving by the local salvage yard today when I spotted a safari style roof rack on a trashed trail blazer. Stopped in, asked how much ... few clams later I have it sitting on the rig measured, marked and ready to install tomorrow. Decided to mount it directly to the roof, not the gutter rail. Silicone around the bolts will be my friend!

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Nice find on the rack!

I just cut the sway bar endlinks and then cut the sway bar and ripped it out, because mine didn't get street driven then. I imagine that you could make some disconnects if you wanted. I completely forgot about the coils in the rear, had a dumb moment.
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UPDATE: Roof rack is mounted, Hi-Lift jack is mounted and I threw on 3 Dick Cepek Offroad lights that I had laying around. I have one more that I will put on the back of the rack for some good rear lighting.


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Old March 28th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #16
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Looks good. I think I saw another one of those lifted in silver on my way home today between Hudsonville/Zeeland. It had some sort of snorkle set up the center of the wind sheild.
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hope i get to see this thing in action some day soon!!
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Here are the hinges. Pics are kinda crappy, but should do the trick.

She's looking better every day
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i got an 89 raider with mickey baja belted 32 1250 but mine is black and ive cut the backend of the cab off ill send pics when i get the chance by the way sweet ride ive had mine for 6 years and ive redone the engine 4 times
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