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super select II all wheel drive system(Edit)

Mitsubishi's Super Select II all wheel drive system featuring:

  • 2H mode - Rear wheel drive. Vacuum-disconnected front axle (the front driveshaft is disconnected from the transfer case; a free wheel mechanism disconnects the right wheel, left left and right front driveshafts are freewheeling).
  • 4H mode - Permanent all wheel drive, 33%/67% torque distribution front/rear in normal conditions, up to 100% to either axle if slippage occurs (via center differential with viscous coupling). Switching from 2H to 4H is allowed at speeds up to 100 kph (65 mph). From 4H to 2H at any speed.
  • 4HLc mode - Permanent all wheel drive, fixed 50/50 torque distribution (via locked center differential) in normal conditions. Shifting from 4H to 4HLc is allowed at speeds up to 100 kph (65 mph). From 4HLc to 4H at any speed.
  • 4LLc mode - Permanent all wheel drive, fixed 50/50 torque distribution (via locked center differential) with 1.9:1 low gear (Pinin - 1,548:1). Full stop required to switch to 4LLc and back.

Figure: Mitsubishi Pajero II (1991-1999) all wheel drive mode indication

Figure: Mitsubishi Pajero II (1991-1999) Super Select transfer case

Figure: Mitsubishi Super Select modes and transfer case operation

Figure: Mitsubishi Super Select all wheel drive system scheme

Figure: Mitsubishi Super Select transfer case modes

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There are 15 comments
August 22, 2017 - 13:10


I would use my L200 which have superselect in 4L without LC do you think it's possible ? It dosent do it normally but i want ti know if i can make some change on the superselect to do it.

Thank's (sry for my english i'm franch...)

February 28, 2017 - 06:50

Super select on Pajero 3.2 DiD. I have no indication on instr panel. Cannot select 4x4, stays in 2H. Fuses, connectors and vacuum lines OK. On my scanner I can see when 2H and 4H is selected but nothing for 4HLc and 4LLc. 2x Faults on my scanner: 33 T/F posision sw 2 and 31 Selection sw (eraseable).
Any help will be highly appreciated!

February 27, 2017 - 14:55

Pajero super select.4x4. I have no lights on instr panel and cannot select 4x4. All fuses and vacuum lines and connector are intact. Any help will be appreciated.

February 13, 2015 - 15:46

The Pinin system have 50/50 toque split in 4H mode. It have the Super Select SS4i. I have one.

By the way, great site!

January 27, 2013 - 13:27

I have a 2001 shogun 3.2 DiD with the auto box. yesturday in the snow i tried to put it in to 4h by puting the auto box in to n and pushing down the lever on the selector lever and moving to the 4h position but only the rear wheels were turning I tried 4hlc and 4 llc also still the same result just the rear wheels spinning. Am I selecting it wrong ? or is there a fault with the car ?

Reply to Chris
February 13, 2015 - 14:31

Yes, to engage 4H, or 4HLc, you need to be in Drive and moving forward. It doesn't have to be much speed (less than 10mph/16kph is fine but can be at speeds up to 65mph/100kph). It needs the tires to rotate to engage the system. You only need to stop to enter 4LLc, as well as be in Neutral. I used to have a '95 Montero SR (USA name for the Pajero/Shogun) with the same system.

Julius David
October 13, 2012 - 17:12

For normal city driving which mode do I select?

June 29, 2012 - 20:49

when i select 4h only the dash lights up 2h on my Mitsubishi shogun gls Super Select 4x4.can anyone tell me me why? please.

February 03, 2012 - 21:36

Mitsubishi have developed several different versions of "Super Select" over the years. Some versions used a bevel gear center diff, some versions used a planetary gear center diff, some had a viscous coupling unit, others had a hydraulic coupling unit. This article has mixed several different "Super Select" versions together. The reference to a 33/67% torque split is from the planetary center diff version of "Super Select" which was termed SS4-i.

Super Select 4WD, Super Select - II and Super Select SS4-i are 3 different versions which all have different mechanical characteristics.

Reply to Art
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April 20, 2012 - 04:56

How do I turn off diff lock & 2H and use normal auto?

June 20, 2011 - 13:37

I don't see the central diff in the lower set of drawings.Do all Pajero have central diff or some have just visco coupling? If they all have then it looks like they covered all driving
conditions brilliantly.

Reply to Dorin
March 25, 2012 - 13:55

As Art says, there are differents Super Select systems.
Pinin/TR2 Super Select SS4 i has not real center differential. Only a visco-coupling is 4H mode. It's not a real full-time 4wd... An On demand 4wd with the rear wheels high priority. And the visco-coupling is locked in 4HLc

December 08, 2009 - 08:23
Nissan (Pathfinder) All-mode 4WD

Is this system similar to Nissan's all-mode 4WD? As in, can you leave it on say 4WD and drive on dry pavements without the car breaking?

Reply to Jack
December 08, 2009 - 16:21
Re: Nissan (Pathfinder) All-mode 4WD

It is not exactly the same mechanically (Mitsubishi has full-time 4wd, Nissan has automatic 4wd), but the usage of the 4wd modes is similar.

You can use the Auto mode to drive on dry pavement. Nissan's 4H and 4LO modes lock the driveshafts together and thus cannot be used on dry pavement.

Reply to Jack
January 13, 2010 - 21:12
Re: Nissan (Pathfinder) All-mode 4WD

2H and 4H can be used on tarmac.
4H is good in rain, ice or snow conditions.

4HLc and 4LLc lock the centre transfer box differential and should not be used on tarmac. If you did use this on tarmac then when you turn, you may get transmission wind-up. This is due to the front and back wheels each cornering at a different radius, without tyre slip this puts mechanical pressure on the differentials, gears and bearings.

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