Mitsubish Triton

Submitted: Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 11:04
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Good day guys
I would like to make another trip around this land With a light van [ 1500 to 1600 full ]
I was thinking may be a new or 2 to3 yrs old Triton ute
How would it ride with a light van on and around 50 to 10 0 KG in the tub
Do you think the ride would be to hard and to uncomfortable ,
thank you chris
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Reply By: RMD - Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 13:09

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 13:09
G'day Chris.
Because Triton utes have a long distance from rear axle to towball they break or bend the chassis with heavier loads. The Tritons have poor shock absorbers when new, they bounce the rear up and down far more than other makes because the shocks do not control the OE mass let alone adding a load and van. With the long rear end the tail will wag the dog more than others too. With some sort of sway control AND replacement good quality shocks all round it will ride ok and possibly fill your requirements.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 15:10

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 15:10
Chris .
If your suspension is well maintained you will have no troubles.
As you won’t be overloaded so enjoy the trip .
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Follow Up By: chris a - Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 15:46

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 15:46
Thanks boys . What kind of ride will my wife and I get I was also conceding a ford Falcon ute What do you think
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Follow Up By: RMD - Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 20:49

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 20:49
Mark D18
What does " well maintained" really mean? If the original shocks don't control very well at all with normal operation, having brand new, is well maintained. Same ability shocks means under some circumstances the ABS will not work well at all. Any directional stability, especially with a van behind, will be severely compromised, so ESC also affected. Only a realistic upgrade will create an enhanced control and handling ability.
With the energy of the van applying sudden downforce in an expected dip, the forces are multiplied many times. Chassis bends, especially prone is a Triton, and unless the suspension has sufficient upward travel and shocks to absorb it all, then the Fun begins.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 16:23

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 16:23
Depends on where you want to go .
Plenty of places to see with a decent 4x4 .
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 17:03

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 17:03
Hi chris a,

As others have advised, the Triton has a bad reputation for bending chassis once they are loaded in the rear end. The Ball Weight/Mass of your van should be around the 150/160 kgs range, you need add this weight to the load you intend on putting in the tub.

Not sure what your budget is for the replacement vehicle, but you might be better with a second hand Prado. It will give you a better ride than a ute.


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Reply By: Member - rocco2010 - Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 17:09

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 at 17:09
I would reckon any leaf sprung ute, whether two or four- wheel drive, would ride better with a bit of a load in the back.

My Ford Ranger always felt better connected to the road with a couple of hundred kilos of camping gear in the tray.

My main issue with it was the seat. It didn't take long to numb the behind.

Worth bearing in mind when you are shopping around.

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