First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

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First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 3rd, 2014, 11:32 am

Hi guys,
after looking for a new 4by for a while (mostly dreaming) I stumbled across a 2001 MK Triton 3.0 V6 that has been well decked out for touring. I have a young family and big mortgage so spending a lot of money wasn't an option, so when I found this ute I got very excited and probably rushed in quicker than I should have. My mechanical knowledge up to a year ago was completely zero- but with the help of this site I'm slowly getting there.

The Ute: as stated, the Triton is set up ready to go with almost all the accessories I wanted to add. Bullbar(alloy but with winch plate), ARB rear bar, long range fuel tank, snorkel, ARB rear locker (without compressor- need to add that back on), clean interior and mostly clean exterior. I have since added some 32 muddies onto the rims and have started to service and get ready for roadworthy. After taking the car to get a roadworthy, the mechanic came back with a long list of things to finish off. Thankfully he was a good guy and explained most of it to me - haha.

Here is the list:
Steering wheel grip repair
brakes (he said failed miserably - guessing a new booster possibly???)
tail shaft centre bearing
rear spring front bushes
rear mudflaps not low enough
mod plate for the long range tank (is this hard to get? Who would I see?)
Wiper blades
wipers don't self park (if I switch them off they stop where they are which could be right in front of your eyes)

Most of these I seem pretty confident to tackle - the main concern being the brakes and wipers for the unknown.

Also, when testing the car, there was no sign of this however when I got the car home the oil light seems to be coming on a lot from start up. Any ideas as to why this could be? The oil level is good and clean. I'm hoping it isn't low pressure or something bad.

Anyway, I'm excited to see this car get up and going and am already dreaming of the trip we can go on as a family and with mates. So, if you have any tips or advice on any of the above issues, please let me know. Obviously the mud flaps and wiper blades etc are pretty self explanatory. I'll get some pics and add them up soon :)
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Re: First Ute - '01 MK Triton - need tips/advice for Roadwor

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Re: First Ute - '01 MK Triton - need tips/advice for Roadwor

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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 4th, 2014, 6:04 pm

Quick update, I have run through an engine flush and drained the oil. I have now replaced it with fresh oil and a new filter but still no luck with the engine oil light. Quite worried now. Next step is to drop the sump and see if there is a build up of gunk over the little mesh section. Im hoping that there is a build up that can be cleaned off that is not allowing the oil to get through, hence the low pressure.

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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by Peter Aawen » July 4th, 2014, 6:33 pm

Before you drop the sump, it might pay to pull the sender & fit a mechanic's oil pressure gauge to check to see if the oil pressure really is low - it could just be that your light is coming on due to a dodgy connection, or maybe a worn pressure/relief valve or drain down valve under the filter. Another thing that might be worthwhile trying before dropping the sump is adding some Morey's Oil conditioner or something similar, the Morey's & Nulon gear seems to work better than most tho - add that according to the directions, & if the light stops glowing when you don't want it to, you've got a pretty good idea of where you are going to hafta look! :(

Buut, if the engine's running OK & it starts well, doesn't use a lot of oil between changes, and doesn't start clattering once it gets warm, chances are the oil pressure is OK & it's the sender or something relatively benign. Dropping the sump should always be a last resort after you've checked/tried everything else without being able to sort it! ;)

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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by Boof mk triton » July 4th, 2014, 11:06 pm

Hey there chief you got the makings of a good truck there. Mate as Pete said check the sender unit. They are reknown for playing up and really arent to expensive to replace so the budget shouldnt be blown! Realistically its very easy to hear if you have the dreaded death rattle but if looked after correctly the 6g72 is as reliable as it is thirsty! But thirst is really the only pressing issue with them. Generally well looked after examples will get im excess of 350k. Personally as i write this mine is sitting on 290k and while i am up for a set of valve stem seals (at least i know i got oil up there!!) its not a problem thats terminal, more annoying, but other than that its in perfect nick.

While it looks great, whats next for your triton? Theyre never finished are they lol
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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 6th, 2014, 10:44 pm

Hey Boof, nice to hear from you, i have been reading a lot about your triton - its been quite the inspiration for me in purchasing a triton. I have been working on a few different ideas trying to work out the oil pressure - there is a thread going in petrol tech with some interesting discussion - feel free to contribute your thoughts.

I honestly cant believe how much i love the car even though it isnt running properly just yet. The car has so many additions that i wanted to put on, but there is still a list of things to go:

- I am lucky to be married into the family that own King Springs so some suspension is probably going to be on the cards soon :)
- I also have some spot lights off an older 4x4 to add and I'd like to get an led bar on there also.
- I am thinking of painting the bullbar and sports bar black
-Change the side steps for sliders
- a new hard tonneau cover
- winch
- uhf
and I'm sure a lot more will come up in the next few months/years.

Any suggestions of what im missing?

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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by Boof mk triton » July 8th, 2014, 6:51 pm

i really appreciate the sentiment on my tub - albeit its a helluva long way from being finished mate :) why couldnt i be married to the daughter of kings springs ? Some of us get it so easy...... :D

Mate with those mods your going o be ahead of mine in no time flat. All those things combined and thought out correctly and it will go nearly anywhere you point it. On the money imo.

I reckon polish not paint the bar though, once again personal thought only as with the hard lid - i prefer soft tonneaus for tubs but hey i prefer trays so really who gives a rats what i reckon :lol:

Everything in due time - use the old adage "think twice, do once" and you will spend half the money i have and have twice the truck :thumb:

Edit: just read some more of your first post robbo, do you have some pics of the bar and how the winch plate it fitted? Been trying to work out how to go about that for ages would be good to see someone elses effort and have a crack at mine...... Also with the centre bearing its best if you get the shaft balanced after you do it because if manage to not put it back after tou press it back together it will shudder it arse off. Better still buy the bearing and take the thing to a truckline or someone like that that specialises in drivelines and get em to check the unis while your there.
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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 8th, 2014, 8:02 pm

yea mate, I'm excited about this 4by. Most of tha hard yards are done for me which is exciting - just need to get the engine right :rolleyes: I am torn between polishing and black - since the car has black i like the idea and think it looks better - but it will be hard to go back to polished if i want to. Ill try to get some pics tomorrow of the winch plate. It wasn't put in by me so i can tell you how it was done or if it even works, but it seems quite solid.

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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 13th, 2014, 2:46 pm

Im back - Its a girl! Very excited and healthy - ready to head out in the bush i think!

Onto the car, here are some pics of the winch plate Boof - hard to get good pics but hope this helps.
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Also, I was looking around online for what this is. From what i can see it is a carbon filter? Is that right? Is it a standard thing on this model and is the purpose?
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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by Boof mk triton » July 14th, 2014, 9:51 pm

Congrats on the new addition man - many happy returns :D

Thanks for those photos of the winch plate - they are perfect. Exactly what i wanted in regards to how i want to manufacture mine. No arb bar for me!

In regards to the carbon filter - i will get back to you on that when i know more - never really done anything with it apart from try and work out where i am going to shift it to make room for battery no 2. Yours look as if has already been done. Theres a thread around in the triton forum in regards to the second battery under the hood. Will seeif i can find that link and post it up too if you want.

Looks good bud, get out and use it now!

Edit: found that thread - viewtopic.php?f=99&t=143531
Hope that helps :)
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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 14th, 2014, 10:23 pm

Thanks boof - yea the alloy suits me too. I was looking at a steel bar but as this is set up for touring and mostly beach driving/camping, i think the lighter option works well. Still have to get the oil light off before i get too far...dropping ti to a mechanic tomorrow morning to have a look around. I ran out of time to get the sump off myself. While its there im going to get him to do a few other jobs such as the center bearing and some bushes so i can get it roadworthied. I am so excited to get this car going, but there is still a part of me worried about this oil light and any possible damage that has occurred already. I will know more by tomorrow.

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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 14th, 2014, 10:26 pm

Also, is anyone using the k&n air filter? Saw one in supercheap yesterday and wondered if it makes much difference?

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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by Boof mk triton » July 15th, 2014, 8:43 pm

Waiting with baited breath to hear of the results with the sump off - hopefully nothing terminal mate...

As for the k&n - unless your staying o the blacktop i wouldnt. Took many peoples advice and bought a unifilter. Unfortunately i dont have a partnumber - i bought mine as kit last time the fuel pump shat itself in the ute. I think it was around the 150ish mark. Finer filtration than a paper filter with all upshot in breathability and performance of a kn filter. Worth the coin. Look after exactly as the directions tell u and bar drowning it you will never buy another filter again. Cant rate em high enough.
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Re: First 4x4 Ute - '01 MK Triton

Unread post by jsroberts8 » July 15th, 2014, 9:27 pm

ahh interesting - just had a little look and they look good. I like the idea of reusable - well worth the $150. Unfortunately they didn't get to the sump today - although its first in line tomorrow. Seem like good guys - its 4WD performance on the Gold Coast. I have never used them but have heard good things. Also boof - how do you like your tough dog foam cells? Worth the investment? I am getting a fair bit of tyre rubbing when i turn so im looking at adding a little height. Thinking some HD torsion bars and some extendable shackles on the leafs.

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