So about a month or so ago I headed up to Landcruiser Mountain Park for the night with some other Pajero Sports. We set up camp and decided to hit the tracks. A short time later I could hear a rattle coming from under the vehicle and within seconds identified that I had broken a mount that the bash plates bolt into.
How’s that for bad timing? Never the less we continued on and had a ball. I highly recommend a visit to the park, there are a variety of tracks for everyone.
Once I got home I ordered some heavy duty mounts from Custom Off Road Accessories, the same place where the bash plates came from.
If you haven’t seen the blog about my bash plates, then click here!.
I unbolted the bash plates and ground the weld flat where the mount had broken. The standard mounts are about 1.5mm think whereas the heavy duty ones are approx 4mm.
I decided to do the other side while I was at it. I took to the factory mount with a hammer to see how strong it was and sure enough with a few hits it was already nearly off.
A quick clean up with the grinder and I was ready to weld on the new ones. Now I don’t claim to be the best welder in town but it was pretty easy to do. I clamped on the mount followed by a few tacks and they were ready to weld.
I welded both sides and a bit at the top. Not the easiest to weld above you, and if you do, make sure you are wearing your safety equipment.
About 10 minutes later, and fresh coat of paint and I was done. I bolted the bash plates back on and I was ready to hit the tracks again. Just looking at the mounts I can see they are at least 5 times stronger than the standard ones. I did not bother changing the rear ones at this stage, however I will when they decide to break.
Until the next adventure, mod or repair.. Happy 4wding.