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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rragpaoa wrote:

Hey NVSteve! Yeah, I'm very interested in DV this spring. May do some hiking near Bishop after as well.


Sweet! As of right now, I will for sure (99%, unless something happens) be there April 12, 13 & 14th, not including 2 days driving time. I'm trying to throw another day in there as well, but it requires really having a handle on my trips this year, which I don't yet have. Any of those dates a possibility for you? You can PM me so we don't walk all over Carl's thread.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, get your own thread punks Wink

I scored some lift time today and the 4x4parts.com rear springs are awesome! Unloaded they jacked up my rear wheel arch gaps by just .5 inches, but loaded with 300lbs of people in the back seat and another 200lbs in the trunk (yes we measured it, 500.2lbs total to be exact Laughing ) the rear wheel arches were a full inch higher than stock.

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Before installing the springs I had 4" of gap up front, 4.5" at the rear. Loaded the rear sank to just a 3" gap, obviously sagging badly. With the new springs unloaded now it's 4" front and 5" rear, and then loaded with 500lbs the rear is still at 4". Perfecto! And that's without any silly spring cutting like I had been planning, just the 4x4parts.com rear heavy duty springs out of the box (and I might add while they are stiffer, their free length is also about an inch shorter than stock, so they did exactly what I was talking about already for me Razz )

Their description is CRAP, but the springs are awesome, two thumbs up, can't wait to get some driving time in to feel how the rear end sways and tracks with the front now:
https://www.4x4parts.com/nissan/pathfinder-rear-lift-coils-p-5637.html

And it fits in the garage! Wohoo! Well, actually, it juuuust touches, but I'm sure it'll settle over the next month or two:


Lastly, do NOT expect to do this job with a spring compressor, the lower spring perch totally inhibits that option. You'll need to support the spring perch with a tranny jack and take off the outboard bolt and lower it down. Assembly is the reverse, though getting the bolt hole to line up just right is a bit of a PITA...

Now I have a spare Air 1000 spring kit since I have no plans to do any real towing. Anybody want it for free? It's not worth trying to return at this point, but you pay for shipping from my closest UPS Store...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:26 pm    Post subject: Tranny fluid at 60k miles Reply with quote

Just to give you an idea what tranny fluid looks like after 60,000 miles. I just bought a 2006 LE and did the radiator by-pass. Not sure if at 30k they serviced it, but I pumped out 1 gallon, and drained from the pan another gallon. Middle cup is half new fluid sample and the right cup is what new fluid color looks like. Will do 1 gallon service at 30k.

My 1997 LE just hit 180k and still running like a champ, I only did every 60k servicing on the tranny. 12 years I owned it, I spent less than 600 in repairs. My 2002 has 125k and I've spent zero in repair. Just fluids, and filters.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yummy...I'll be doing my coolant and tranny fluid at 60K, 10K to go (I already put 2K miles on in like a month! Razz )
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed a shiny new Optima Yellow Top D35 a couple days ago, and also just today during lunch replaced all 4 rear hatch struts using the directions from here: http://www.thenissanpath.com/viewtopic.php?t=2551

Simply fantastic! The hatch opens further and actually clears my 6'2" head and now opens with AUTHORITY. Only down side is you better have both hands free to close it, no more one handed fling and done. Laughing

Off to Death Valley this weekend for her first shake-down cruise. Saturday we'll start at Ridgecrest, hit the Charcoal Kilns, then up to the Saline Valley Hot Springs for lunch, through Steel Pass (I hope!) to the Eureka Dunes for sunset photography and over night, and Sunday a very quick spin through Rhyolite and Titus Canyon before driving home. Lots'o pics to come...

And yes RRagpaoa, I'll get a front wheel in the air and test our little "Auto" vs. 4-hi theory Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Carl, and have a great trip to DV and tell us about it when you get back, with pics of course.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MORE pics!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice!

have you considered removing the bottom liner of the bumper? when that touches anything, the bumper rips open from the sides where it connects to the body.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, but planning to do a whole winch-bumper replacement later this year.

More pics are coming, later today I hope...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okie dokie folks, here's the write up from her first off-road trip!
http://www.thenissanpath.com/viewtopic.php?t=6855

Let's wrap this thread up with a summary of all the stuff I did to the truck for Step One of it's offroadification:
Tires: 33" BFG AT/KOs
Suspension: Bilstein HD all around, 4x4parts.com's stiffer rear springs.
Brakes: Stillen (Goodridge) stainless steel brake lines and Metal Matrix pads, tirerack's G2 caliper paint to make it pretty.
Armor: Side steps and mud flaps removed, Rocky-Road's super-sliders, and OEM skid plates added.
And lots of preventitive maintenance, Optima Battery, etc, to make sure she's in top shape to bring us home from the middle of nowhere...

Step Two, hopefully later this year, winch bumper, real skid plates, stiffer front springs to handle the weight, off-road driving lights, etc... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ RacerZX,

I didn't even know you got the new Path V8?
Just reading this post I realized it was different.
what do you think of the new Path?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carl, how is the rubbing from the tires? Any updates. I'm still looking into a set of 285's (BFG A/T or Good Year Duratrac) and was wondering is a 1/8" wheel spacer would alleviate the frame contact.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no frame contact from the 285s to speak of. A tiny bit of contact on the fender liners, and a bit more on the mud flaps. Remove or trim the latter, and take a heat gun to the former to bend out of the way.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats good to know, thanks. I noticed your red Pathy rubbed with 285's but that was on a 7" wheel not 7-1/2" correct?
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