Mitsubishi Budget Overland Build
November 2020 saw our Mitsubishi budget overland build spring into life, the Shogun perched on the top level of a car transporter outside our warehouse was the very beginning of a reality we’d been planning for months – finally the 4×4 had arrived.
This vehicle was going to get us out, to places we’d never see otherwise, to enable us as a family to stay out longer and spend more time outdoors and exploring. It was however all on a strict budget hence the older vehicle we’d chosen as a base model and the plan was to keep it pretty much stock.
Alongside all the usual belt changes to avoid any catastrophic events the Shogun was to be fitted with a kitchen storage system, a full set of new all terrain tyres, an awning and other bits and pieces which would be added over time, there was no rush and adding these things bit by bit made it all the more worth while building out the rig.
Completed so far…
- Kitchen drawers/table/storage system
- USB charging points
- Molle panels
- Chassis resto
- Reinforced rear springs
- Anti roll bar bushes
- Belts & fluids
- Alloy wheels resto
- Sunroof rescue
- All terrain tyres x 4
- Gear stick fulcrum
- LED bar fitment
- Addition: Thule roof bars
- Addition: Rhino-Rack Sunseeker III
- Import & matriculation [UK to Spain]
Then you have the stuff that you don’t know about yet, the things that come with a 20 year old vehicle, wear and tear, knocks and rust… Cleaning off the chassis was a tedious and dirty job, it has been undersealed for the UK roads and had clearly been on for a good few years to the point where it actually does more harm than good.
Then there were the knocks from the added weight we where throwing in the back and on the roof, springs and bushes needed replacing as well as the unforeseen things that you don’t find until you are in there – all fun and games, a challenge, learning curve and a positive point of a budget overland build.
The video below is a walkaround of the Shogun six months after it’s arrival from the UK. If you like cinematic footage and slow motion coffee shots then you’re out of luck.
Our Mitsubishi overland build is an ongoing project, adding equipment as and when we can to improve performance and practicality, the Shogun has also become our daily driver. Stay in touch with the blog for weekly posts on overlanding Spain and details on the build, you can also check us out on
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