Project: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder

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  1. Joshlisthaus

    Joshlisthaus Member

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    Project Pathy:

    Phase 1: Pre build appearance (November 2013)
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    Roof rack for the spare
    Bull bar
    KC hilights (130W)


    Rode: Uwaharrie trail system ($1,100 frame damage from dutch john)

    Phase 2: Post first run imrovements (January 2014 - May 2014 CURRENT

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    Custom built 4 inch front body lift
    2 inch automotive custom front coil lift
    6 inch rear suspension lift (4" jeep WJ coils) (2002 ford f250 superduty shocks)
    36" Irok super swampers
    A lot of fender trimming


    Rode: Big bear creek trail system (some bumper scratches)
    Current picture:
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    Coming soon:
    Fender flares
    Hood vents
    35" BFG Krawlers
    Get a winch on there somehow
     

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  2. Dynamite Design

    Dynamite Design Dynamite Fabricator

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    Sounds good buddy :smokin: Word of the wise - If your going to show up a bunch of jeeps? Try not to put jeep parts on your Pathfinder. You will never hear the end of it.
     
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  3. NickMaul

    NickMaul Well-Known Member

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    The pathfinder is a capable trail rig but I have never witnessed IFS and Rock Crawling mixing together too well but, with a locker and some skids it wold perform great at URE. Trade it in for a jeep and drive a proper money pit :flipoff2:
     
  4. Dynamite Design

    Dynamite Design Dynamite Fabricator

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    Well either way, it won't be long before he realizes what a real rig is.... Reckon he should get a Toyota and then he won't just be talking about a dream of showing up some Jeeps.... He'll just be doing it. Hell, might just show em up on accident, haha :flipoff2: :flipoff2:
     
  5. Joshlisthaus

    Joshlisthaus Member

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    I can't get a jeep or get a toyota, what i've got is what i'll keep.
     
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  6. ORV design and fab

    ORV design and fab Well-Known Member

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    If you want to show up jeeps, leave the roof rack and accessories at the mall and send your money on offroad performance...lockers, tires, armor( sliders, slick bumpers that help you have a better approach angle and departure angle), winch and so forth.
     
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  7. jimbo92

    jimbo92 Well-Known Member

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    Basically what this guy said. Bullbars are garbage, kc lights are garbage, and what the heck is a subframe drop??
     
  8. Kamel

    Kamel Well-Known Member

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    I don't really know, but it sounds dangerous.
     
  9. 6x6jack

    6x6jack New Member

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    Hey man I'm a Nissan Tech here in Raleigh if you have any questions about your truck I'll do my best to answer them.
     
  10. OnlyOneDR

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    It is not really any different than the modern lifts for the newer 1/2 ton trucks. All that happens is that specially made spacers for the frame drop the entire front suspension, steering rack, and drivetrain straight down off the uni-body. On the tops of the struts more spacers are installed and for very little money and comparably little effort you can raise the nose of the truck 4". The rear is 4-link and coil, so a spacer or coil lift in the rear gets that end up. It works pretty well, I know of a few people that have run them for years on R50s Pathfinders.

    To the original poster: Is that one a manual transmission? '01 & '02 had the 3.5 VQ available with a 5-speed, it is supposed to be a pretty quick truck. I think the official HP number was around 250, up a tad from 240 with the Auto.

    Make sure you check out NOAS (Nissan Offroad Association of the Southeast) at http://www.noas4x4club.com/forum/
     
  11. ORV design and fab

    ORV design and fab Well-Known Member

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    Yep
     
  12. R Q

    R Q Well-Known Member

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    He almost removed the front suspension at URE last weekend anyways! Me: "Josh put your front tire on that rock", Josh "ok", wham! :eek::D
     
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  13. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Let the Jeep arse whoopin commence! :popcorn:
     
  14. RobMcBee

    RobMcBee Slow n easy when you're not gettin greasy....

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    lol..... so many jeep haterz....
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  15. Joshlisthaus

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    Update: Subframe drop on the way soon, gonna move up to 35" All terrains (total 7" taller than stock). After my first trip to URE, My first priority is ground clearance. Bottomed out on almost every single mound. Other than a small dent in the subframe from dutch john, No damage. Second priority is traction. My highway tires stopped me from getting traction on dutch john twice and I had to be towed up both times. The lift will consist of a 6" suspension lift on the back axle and a 4" subframe drop in the front with another 2" suspension lift in the front. Halfway there!

    To OnlyOneDR: It is a Automatic transmission 3.5L V6. Ordering a Jim Wolf Pop Charger to replace my intake and give me a few more horses.

    To The Anyone who says jumping up from 28" tires to 35" tires will destroy my fuel economy and kill my power: The 2001 Pathfinder R50 LE 4x4 comes standard with 4.34 gear ratio. With 35" tires, Ill have around 2700 rpm on the highway as opposed to about 2500 rpm now.
     
  16. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    If you think anyone on here takes fuel economy into consideration when talking about making a rig better off-road, you are on the wrong forum. ;)
     
  17. NickMaul

    NickMaul Well-Known Member

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    when I went from 30s to 33s I lost power and my rpms lowered at highway speeds. highway economy was unchanged on flat ground but that tire jump is going to murder your city mileage
     
  18. pcole0920

    pcole0920 Well-Known Member

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    glad u had fun on your first trip to ure, it gets in your blood stream and never will come out. But as far as ur Nissan goes (and I'm sure 90% will agree) don't waste money on IFS. It will never do what a sfa will unless you drop tons of coin at it. Swap over to a sfa if it be leafs or coils maybe even coilovers and never look back. It will cost you less in long run
     
  19. Joshlisthaus

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    Its been hard finding parts for the pathy since its is not a popular rig. I've decided I will try and make my own bumper. The only winch bumper on the market is a $1,375 ARB. I will try and find a company to order steel from and I can find someone to weld it together. I am trying to save money by using less steel and getting a better approach angle. It'll be hard fitting a winch inside but it I bet I can save money somewhere. I will be using the bull bar I have now to try and make a grill guard on top and a small skid plate on bottom. I'll cut it in half and put some heavy plastic over the bottom. Its better than nothing for the time being.
     
  20. OnlyOneDR

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    It will kill your power. Just give in to reality. The reason why it has 4.363 gears is because the low end torque is just not there. I have a Nissan, trust me, it had 4.636s stock. It was not because it was set up to tow, it was because that was the axle ratio that works with the power curve on the engine. That VQ35 is a nice engine with decent power, but once you jump way up in tire size it will soften the punch out a bit. Everyone that gets up to 35s needs at least 5.13s to make it tolerable, and anyone that does a SAS usually goes to 5.38s to make it work well.

    Yours has a high-pinion R200A front diff which no one makes aftermarket gear sets for, but you can switch to the 4.636 gear sets from another R50 for a small change. Lokka (maker of Aussie Lockers) sells a front diff lunchbox locker direct from Austrailia, and with the proper 31-spline axle shafts you can put a Detroit in the rear H233B axle (or cough up the change for an ARB air locker). Slap some sliders, bumpers, and skids on it and it will go places.

    Looking forward to see what you do with it.
     
  21. Joshlisthaus

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    Thanks!
    I always love getting feedback from people who can answer the questions I didnt even know existed.
    I wont let you down.
     
  22. OnlyOneDR

    OnlyOneDR Well-Known Member

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    You are very welcome. There are a few of us Nissan guys around. I have a set of 16" flat 4-spoke charcoal wheels 6 on 5.5" that are scratched up from wheeling on mine if you are looking for a set of "beater" wheels for it let me know.
     
  23. Lurch830

    Lurch830 messin' with sasquatch

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    I wished I would've listened when more experienced people gave me this advice...hindsight's always 20/20!
    I know in my little 4-banger, 4.88 & 36s don't let me get to 3rd gear very often.
     
  24. Joshlisthaus

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    Should I go for the bigger tires and throw in the pop charger or wait and get bigger gears?
     
  25. OnlyOneDR

    OnlyOneDR Well-Known Member

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    The automatic's torque converter will help out a lot, I would find the 4.636 gears and swap out promptly. For the front you just swap the entire centersection, for the rear you can just pull and replace the 3rd member. Both can be found on www.car-part.com, search for 1999 Pathfinder parts, you can get both for less than $200 before shipping.
     

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