The Conquest tranny is a differant unit than the Raider Montero one. I found that running tall tires on a 4 cyl Montero added a lot of heat to the transmission especially when coupled with 2x the availible torque from a turbo motor.
It may have been something with my converter, it was a rebuilt. I was running 31's BFG that dont roll very well.
I always had issues with the Raider running warm on the highway and getting poor fuel economy. Once I swapped in the V6 transmission with a lockup converter ( 1990 or so) the fuel economy jumped up a couple of MPG and the whole setup ran a lot cooler. The 4 cylinder converter was slipping quite badly, this was on a fresh tranny.
Interesting... So, you're saying hotter om the engine temp?
Mine runs a steady needle or so past half on the gauge when in the summer on highways. That is turning the 33s.
I have been considering going AT so the wife can drive it too. (Yeah, yeah, I posted on another thread I'd never do that!) I'm also considering it being more of a DD, and the commute to work with an MT is getting to be annoying.
Did some parts lookup recently and the bellhousings for the earlier Gen IIs show interchangeable with the Gen Is. Simnilarly, the Gen I and Gen II (early) ATs show interchangeable. That then suggests a Gen II Active-Trac into the SWB should be viable and not hard. No shift on the fly without the CAD, but AWD for winter would be great.
Big Truck: 00, 3.5, Endeavor, MT in the works
Old Truck: 95, MT, >Gone<
Little Truck: 87, 2.6T I/C, MT, LSDs, Tonneau Top
Her Truck: 03, 3.8, 20th Anniv, 34k miles
Son's: 03 Lancer O-Z, MT, That's my boy!