|2001-2006||Montero||Gen3||3.5L V6, 3.8L V6|
Genuine Mitsubishi Parts
The Front Strut Bushing Kit comes with all 4 Genuine Mitsubishi Rubber Bushings/Pads needed to renew 1 front strut*. You will need to purchase 2 of this part number to rebuild both front struts.
This money-saving kit includes:
Regardless of what brand of shock/spring combo you choose for your Gen3, these 4 rubber pieces are still used in the assembly of your strut.
*NOTE - Depending on which front shock you are using, you may also need part MR448172 (shock damper).
These rubber components play a critical part in your front struts and suspension by absorbing impact, maintaining height, and dampening vibration and noise. When it comes to critical and high pressure/stress rubber compoents, Genuine Mitsubishi Parts, are the only brand of rubber parts we recommend. These pads and bushings take a lot of abuse, particularly offroad and on heavier HD coil equipped vehicles.
Do you need to replace all 4 components? Maybe, it depends on your climate, the age of your existing bushings, your coil types, the weight of the vehicle, and how it has been driven. If after you've inspected your existing bushings and find that you don't need to replace all of them, we also sell each one of these individually.
The components that wear out the fastest and take the most abuse go from bottom to top. The lower coil spring pad is by far the most important one to replace, there's a good chance yours is worn all the way through or missing altogether if it has never been replaced before. Next come the two strut bushings, they might be in okay shape in terms of not having any cracks or major flaws but we can almost guarantee they'll be much smaller and harder than new. Lastly are the the upper spring pads, these hold up the best and can often be reused if no major flaws or deformations are present. However, if switching to aftermarket coil springs with a flat top coil, like Lovells, then we recommend replacing the top coil pad to ensure proper seating because it will have been formed over time to seat the OE spring's rounded top coil.
Additionally, if you are wanting maximum lift from your front suspension, new bushings and pads play a large part in that and can affect the ride height by up to 1/2".