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  1. 12 points
    I guess we're due for an update, right @TowndawgR50? Things are moving along! Albeit, a little slower than we anticipated perhaps, but we're still at it. SFD designs and costs have been our primary focus, but we've not limited ourselves to discussions about other great ideas. We're making some initial hardware and material purchases over the next few days, as we're both anxious to get some prototypes made now that designs and numbers on paper (er, digital paper). We've given a significant amount of thought to the strut spacers in particular; I was tweaking the CADs for them tonight, actually. They're definitely a departure from what many are expecting. Behind the scenes, we've been in contact with several members who've expressed interest in kits already, and we're stoked about that and absolutely appreciate the support! We've also added a new tool to our arsenal (it arrived today actually!): a finger brake press. This will allow us to put some structural bends into plate, which opens the doors to a few additional design and product options. Lastly, we've been mulling over a company name since the end of December, but one particular name has grown on us and we've been informally using it. Can't share it yet, but I can tell you it's not HawDawgs.
  2. 10 points
    First clean-up in probably 6 months from my last trail ride Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. 9 points
    For the PNW Pathfinders, yesterday started as the Silver Pathfinder Emporium & developed into a full on SwinGateFest 2019. Thanks to @02_Pathy &[mention=39745]stpickens[/mention] and his Dad for coming up from Portland. Also, thanks to[mention=32880]ferrariowner123[/mention] for just stopping by to hang out. Most of all, thanks to[mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] for providing the venue, expertise, product development, hard work and good cheer! It really couldn’t have happened without him.
  4. 9 points
    We’ve gotten just a tad bit of snow over the last couple days. This was before I left for Washington on Thursday Anddddd this is what I came back to Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 9 points
  6. 9 points
    Been a while since I updated this. I had a fun snow day today. I hadn’t seen this much snow in local mountains since 2009. The pathfinder is a beast in 4Lo. The skids help a bunch also. I also have the new-style carrier waiting to be installed. I can’t wait! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 9 points
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  8. 9 points
    Here's some photos of the rig's transformation from when I got her to the police cruiser stage, then to a good trail rig to the present day Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  9. 8 points
    Now with 2” lift, 16x8 ProComps and Falken Wild Peak 255/70/r16s. Skid plates and bumpers next. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 8 points
    Went joy riding to find a few waterfalls with the kids on this gloomy North GA day! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  11. 8 points
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  12. 8 points
    New wheels and tires. Really happy with how it turned out. 32x11.5r15 Falken Wildpeaks on DX4 Gear wheels (15x8 -19mm)
  13. 8 points
  14. 7 points
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  15. 7 points
    Got my full size spare tire mounted Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  16. 7 points
  17. 7 points
  18. 7 points
    Dreaming of warm road trips!!
  19. 7 points
    At any given time there’s a different Nissan parked in my driveway Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 7 points
    I'd be interested to see how much those LCA mounts actually shift around without a missing link. Make a collapsible missing link (one piece of conduit sleeved over another smaller one or something like that), rigid enough that it doesn't flop up and down but free to slide so it's not providing any actual bracing. Rig a Sharpie to one piece, with the tip resting against the other piece, and then take the truck out for a rip. If the mounts move relative to each other (movement the missing link would prevent), the Sharpie will draw a line the length of the total deflection. Then crawl back under and measure the length of the line. (Or mount a GoPro if you have one of those laying around for a better look at what's going on under varying circumstances, not just the max deflection.) That could make a compelling case for/against this mod.
  21. 6 points
    My 2002 SE Buttercup. She’s a real work in progress, I’ve had her since summer of ‘18 and have had multiple misfires and other unfortunate events. She had been moved from lot to lot before I picked her up, so prior maintenance wasn’t too shabby (she just didn’t get many miles for awhile). Only minor problems, so it’s been mostly enjoyable for us. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. 6 points
    Quick update on the rig, got a swing gate installed with the help of the PNW crew. I'll do a formal write up about this later this week with pics of the install. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  23. 6 points
    For the PNW Pathfinders, yesterday started as the Silver Pathfinder Emporium & developed into a full on SwinGateFest 2019. Thanks to @02_Pathy &[mention=39745]stpickens[/mention] and his Dad for coming up from Portland. Also, thanks to[mention=32880]ferrariowner123[/mention] for just stopping by to hang out. Most of all, thanks to[mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] for providing the venue, expertise, product development, hard work and good cheer! It really couldn’t have happened without him.
  24. 6 points
    Went running around some trails in the south half of the Valley. My cousin got his dad’s jeep stuck until we had the bright idea to use its front and rear differential locks. Good time, lots of mud. My new tires handled really well except they got clogged with mud here and there.
  25. 6 points
    Well folks, to those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the new Pathfinder! Ended up getting it for $600, and I’ll be driving it back to Bozeman tomorrow and starting my new job at Go Fast Campers on Monday. It’s got a 5 speed manual which it’ll be donating to the red Pathfinder once the weather improves. Also, huge thanks to Alex for the old lift springs! Might as well roll around with a little extra style before the trans comes out! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. 6 points
    Had a fun quick snow trip up in the mountains with my buddies. Aired down to 15psi and finally was able to test the new coils by flexing on a mound. They worked great, with the additional lift in the rear I dont hit my rear fender flares anymore so that's a plus. Downside is that I'll need longer shocks as I did pick up the wheel off the ground but was expected. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  27. 6 points
    Finally got the lift installed. I will be making a thread soon but I need to get it cleaned up for some proper pictures.
  28. 6 points
    Congrats @02_Pathy! *Send any member of the Mod team two additional pictures and they will be added here. *Pending official border.
  29. 6 points
  30. 6 points
    Before and after from OME MD to LR NRC 9449's with "32" inch tires and no spare tire in the rear so a little lighter in the rear. Also my driveway is not level Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  31. 6 points
    Alright, this is crazy, but my dad just showed me a picture of the pathfinder that we owned when I was in elementary school. I kid you not, this is the pathfinder in the junkyard with the new style carrier that I just shipped to @Astrorami. The badging, trim, everything matches, including the fact that it had a tire carrier (looking for more pictures of it), but as of now, I have every reason to believe that my family has twice owned that rear tire carrier assembly. Pretty crazy, lots of history behind this
  32. 6 points
    More mock up. I’m thinking 1” or 1.5” steel bar for a mini fairing up front. I have a coworker who can weld this all together for me. Dimensions are 60x45.
  33. 6 points
  34. 6 points
    Hey everyone I haven't made a post in like 7 years, the ex crashed my pathfinder on an icy morning and slid into a trailer. So it sat in a field for a good long while until I decided it was time to bring it back to life. Someone had come along and cut out my amps and stole my sub. So my first order was to rebuild the stereo. I swapped out the speakers, deck, replaced sub and amp. Deck: Kenwood Double Din DPX503BT Amp: Kenwood 5 Channel amp XR901-5 Speakers: C2- 570x JL Audio Now onto the Dynomatting after upgrading the stereo it was quite evident that there was a lot of resonance between the body panels and the interior pieces especially when the base drops hit. This in turn took away from the music clarity with all the rattling, vibrations. It was the worst inside the front doors and the roof. Dynomat is a sound deadening material that keeps the road noise out, keeps the stereo sound inside. It makes a stock stereo sound great and an upgraded system sound phenomenal. I removed all interior panels, roof pieces (steam cleaned them once they were out) and went to town. I finished the cargo area, roof, pillars. Also to note I rolled up chunks of Dynomat and squeezed them inside the doors to eliminate the annoying buzzing sound in there. Its not a complete project there's a product they make called Dynopad and its thicker and specially designed to be placed on your floors under your carpet/vinyl. It was out of my budget at the time and eventually I will get around to it. This project cost me about $580 Canadian for just the dynomat. Its not cheap but if your serious about music its worth every penny. Also music aside it makes driving much more pleasurable when you take it on the highway the road noise is almost completely cancelled out, let me put it this way its the difference between driving a tin can and driving a Vault. There are other products similar to it but this was what was available to me in the area Hauling it home after it sitting in an impound for over a year. Before that It sat in a field for nearly 5 years The start of my quest to clean the underbody and frame began with dropping the fuel tank After several hours removing all the grit I had discovered some nasty little pinholes I sealed them up with JB steel stick that plugged the holes hopefully forever. 3 coats of Por-15 later and it was looking a hell of a lot better. Later on the Cap for the fuel pump was cleaned up and painted and wires all saudered wrapped The old calipers were looking rough so I replaced them and painted the new ones with some blue caliper paint ( little did I know I would start to paint everything in sight this electric blue scheme) Old springs vs. New comparison Since I had upgraded my shifter to a leather wrap and put a leather knob on my transfer case shifter. I cut this wrap off a BMW in the pick n pull yard. I had to drill out some of the internals to make it fit then I just slapped some contact cement on there and there you have it Been storing some spray cans of tint around for awhiles so decided to black out the tail lights and 3rd brake like, with the leds in there it looks very sharp Every single bolt, nut washers, locknut I removed was caked in rust, I methodically used my wire wheel cleaned everything up and painted with primer and 3 coats of a gloss black rust paint. After I reassembled the front end I realized that my knuckle, lower and upper control arms looked awful bolted to those freshly painted pieces so I continued on dismantling the rest of it. This is a comparison shot of lower control arms before and after primer I figured why not carry on with the blue so I used this raptor box liner paint to coat my upper and lower control arms, transmission support brackets, torsion bars, panhard bar, the torsion bar bracket, I tinted it "Electric Blue" Rear stabalizer bar, that dog bone piece off the front end. this pic I believe is of the first coat, I ended up applying 2 Im still putting it together here is some of the driver side assembled Since the front corner was crumpled I had to order a new radiator support, still in the process of removing the old one I cut out the heating pads and wiring out of some luxury suv at the pick n pull yard and installed them in my seats. Always wanted heated seats Since I was painting the entire frame and underbody with the por-15 black gloss (afterwards I painted over top of that with ashphalt undercoating)there were areas I could not reach, so I dropped the transmission out and ensure nothing was left uncoated from the rear all the way up the firewall Ordered some pacesetters, cleaned all the shipping paint (a real pain in the ass) and gave them 3 coats of por-20 high temp paint. I intend to wrap them with header wrap afterwards. will upload pics once I get around to it There are a few other things I am bouncing around on ( bodywork mostly) but this old girl has come a long way, and I dont intend of stopping here! Hope you guys enjoy this update! It certainly has been awhile!
  35. 6 points
    Little snow exploring and not being able to go over an obstacle kind of day Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  36. 6 points
    If you've ever wondered what the largest spare tire is that will fit in the underbody spare tire carrier, I just found out. I run 265/70 R16 and it barely fit. I had to jam the rear of it up against the back of the factory trailer hitch mount ( getting the wire loom that runs across the mount out of the way) and the tire is within 1/2 inch of the panhard rod on the front side.
  37. 6 points
    Maybe I’m just not seeing your vision, but I don’t see how you can get the rear ride height even remotely close to the front without biting the bullet and doing the necessary fabrication to drop everything down. Just by eyeballing it, it looks like you’ve got in the neighborhood of 20 inches or so of lift in the front compared to stock? Trying to get the rear down to that level without fabrication just doesn’t seem feasible to me. And If you want it to ride and track safely I really think you’re going to need to move the mounting points for all the rear links down to keep them reasonably in line with the rear axle. If you drop the axle that far and keep the existing mounting points for the rear trailing arms, you’re going to have them at some very extreme angles that could compromise performance and safety. Same thing for the rear driveshaft. I don’t know if will even extend that far stock, but if it does it will be at an extreme angle. I’m not trying to discourage you in any way. I think this project is awesome and really want to see a well put together SAS R50 hit the trails! I just think it is worth taking the extra time and really thinking this out and doing it right now that you’ve gotten this far.
  38. 6 points
    Somewhere out near Enderby, BC
  39. 6 points
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  40. 5 points
    I don’t know that I would go so far as to call this a build thread, but I figured it might be good to organize some things into one place! My R50 is a black 2003 SE, that I’ve had for a little over 4 years now. At the time, I was trying to get away from car payments, so I made the decision to sell my one year old car that I was making payments on and then look for something I could afford to pay cash for. I had always liked the R50 platform, and I’d had good experiences with other Nissans in the past so I set out to find a good late model R50 with the VQ35. Most of the low mileage trucks I was finding at dealerships were still asking between $10k and $11k and craigslist private listings just had a bunch of junk. Then I found a recently traded in truck sitting at the back of the Nissan dealer just down the road from me. I stopped to ask about it, and it only had 70k miles and overall looked pretty decent but a bit neglected. They had literally just taken it on trade the day before, and said that since it was older than what they liked to stock on their used lot they were planning to just send it to auction as is. I asked if I could look at it and they handed me the keys and said “have at it”. I spent a good 2-3 hours looking it all over and crawling underneath it. It was the epitome of a soccer mom suv, all the way down to the “proud parent of...” stickers still on the back. It was full of Cheerios (literally), and didn’t appear to have been washed or vacuumed in years. But under the dirt it looked solid. The only mechanical issues I could find were a small oil leak from the oil cooler fitting (very common on the VQ), and the front tires were chewed up from being out of alignment for a long time. I took it for a good test drive and the engine and transmission were both nice and smooth, 4wd shifted in and out smoothly, and every button and switch worked and did what it should. No lights on the dash, and I also scanned it for codes and everything checked out. Long story short, I ended up writing them a check for $7k and taking it home as is. I felt like that was a fair price based on the low miles (keep in mind this was back in 2014). I don’t have much for pictures from back then, but this is what it looked like when I brought it home. I picked up the O ring I needed for the oil cooler for like 6 dollars while I was still at the dealer, and the next day I took it in for a set of front tires and an alignment. Then after taking a full day to pull out the seats, scrub the carpet, clean everything up, change the oil and fluids, etc...it was looking pretty good! I then just drove it like that for about the first year. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. 5 points
    Nissan Skyline Station Wagon
  42. 5 points
    Also had to search for a new gas door a few weeks ago, the old one was jammed and very beat up. Ordered a junkyard piece and had our local body shop color match it with my truck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. 5 points
    They’re taking over the neighborhood! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  44. 5 points
    Here's a before and after, it's a little raked but it'll help with my load capacity for my road trip coming up. Also my driveway is not level Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  45. 5 points
    At the request of @Hawairish here are some preliminary photos of the newer style carrier. A big shout out to @PathyDude17 for the photos and also for braving the cold weather in Idaho. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. 5 points
    No Pathfinder work this weekend, just a snowmageddon report. It's been coming down heavily all weekend, but that's made for some great explorin'! My Alaskan instincts kicked in and I spent the weekend driving around the Kitsap and eastern Olympic Peninsulas, just lookin' to get lost Put down about 300 miles in two days o_O Snow-driving video. More than a couple of these sightings... Silly dog tax-
  47. 5 points
    To expand on what @XPLORx4 is saying here for clarity, longer struts for R50's do not exist. As such, no matter what lift kit you go with, your front suspension will have exactly the same range of motion. Whether you lift 2" with coils or spacers, when you're rolling down the road the road your CV's are at exactly the same angle. However, when you're offroad and unload the front suspension on one side (flexing), the CV's will have a different experience with a spacer vs coil lift. With a coil lift the suspension can still only droop as much as it could when it was factory-stock, so your CV's will be A-OK guaranteed. However, if you have a spacer lift you run the risk of having full suspension droop be outside the range of motion of the CV's (since a spacer lift moves the entire strut assembly downward), something you may not notice until you've driven your R50 someplace where it would be especially unpleasant to deal with a CV breakage. Spacer lifts can work, and work well, just keep in mind if you go too high you're pushing your CV's beyond their limits in some situations.
  48. 5 points
    tymbits: the catch can helps to remove oil vapor from the pcv blow-by gasses before they get sucked back into the intake and burned. I am not sure how much oil I am burning, I don't think much at all. If you have excessive blow by this will help to keep the intake clean and help with burning that oil. This will not help with oil consumption caused by bad rings. Just to make sure there is no confusion about what I did, my front diff drop is only 3/4" . I just needed a little bit to ease the CV angles but not so much as to reduce ground clearance. Finally I finished my sliders. I purchased a new welder over the weekend and a tubing bender and decided to give tube bending a try. I thought about purchasing the sliders made for our vehicles, but I didn't want to attach to the pinch seam...yes I know it works, it is how my friends WJ sliders attach, but my experience with sliders has proven that weld-on is very skookum. The sliders are welded to the "frame" section of the unibody with 3/16" 3" by 4" angle iron. And now the big WIN. I had driveline vibration from the rear driveshaft that was driving me mad. Above 67 mph (indicated) the vibration was annoying, and driveshaft u-joint angles are less than 5 degrees so there is no need for a high angle driveshaft. I suspected the rear driveshaft was the problem even though i had it balanced and rebuilt. The other day I decided to remove the rear driveshaft from the equation so I picked up an Xterra rear shaft. Before installing the Xterra shaft I cleaned the rear diff pinion flange thoroughly , there may have been some binding here. All of my driveline vibrations are now gone, problem solved. Before I take the rear driveshaft back to the shop that balanced it I am going to reinstall it just to be sure there wasn't a problem with the pinion flange.
  49. 5 points
    The perspective from the angled parking spaces adds to the effect, but I saw this silver R50 at Wal Mart, then had to snap a quick pic of the height difference. It’s amazing how much bigger lift/wheels/tires can make the whole truck appear. It was a pretty clean looking R50 btw. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  50. 5 points
    I got my first welding machine today!! Super excited. And yes, I know how to weld, just never had my own machine before. Going to school for it in a few months as well so thats a big plus

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