Many of us enjoy the conveniences of popular platforms. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have taken up modifying the same vehicle we chose, and we don’t have to look far to find answers to most of our questions. Not everyone is so lucky, however. What if you wanted to rebuild the transmission on a Jeep?
Wait. Maybe I should have been more clear. What if you wanted to rebuild the transmission on a Mitsubishi Jeep? That’s what Bernard’s looking to do. He’s had his Mitsubishi J26 for six years and really enjoys it, but he’s started finding his 4-speed, column-shifted 4-speed doesn’t like second gear as much as it used to.
The J26 runs an Astron 4G53 (2.4L) and a KM141 trans. Parts for this gearbox are pretty much an overnight-parts-from-Japan affair, but maybe there’s a chance of another transmission option which Bernard might have more luck sourcing in the UK?
We’ve already suggested Bernard do some reading/posting over at Project Zero G, but if you Google “Mitsubishi J26,” you’ll probably find Bernard has already been doing his homework on this platform. Any of the StarQuest or Delica or 4x4wire folks out there have any leads or ideas? Are there any other Mitsubishi gearboxes he might be able swap bits with? How would you inexpensively solve this problem if it were your Jeep?