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GrandpaX

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  • Your Pathfinder Info
    1987 Pathfinder
  • Place of Residence
    Colorado
  • Mechanical Skill Level
    Screwdriver Mechanic
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  • What do you consider yourself?
    Serious Off Road Enthusiast
  • Model
    XE
  • Year
    1987

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  • Location
    SW Minnesota
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    United States

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  1. This rig is going to get pounded out this summer.. There are many ideas for it! However may be somewhat simplified in order to get it back on the road.
  2. This is the unit that ended up on top of our Xterra. Looking back I am glad we made the cross bars 1 1/8. It is the size Yakima uses, thus all their attachments will work... The middle cross bars fit in the dimple died holes along the side and can be moved back and forth as needed (The very top of the Xterra type slots are also dimple died for the tubes). Trying to be as low profile as possible, the holes are the correct height that the cross members (with an attachment clamped on) just miss the arch of the roof as they go across. My 87 will have something similar.. the bottom profile will be made more for our Pathy roof lines.. The hooks on a normal ratchet strap are kinda small and have problems fitting around a tube. The more anchor points made to work with these type straps the better. Maybe it will give you a few more ideas... I like the unit you have thought up! Works well with the light bar. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the original "Calmini" rack that was on top. The lights and rack sucked 2-3 MPG out of the rig. The Rack was from Alpine Spirit's rig.. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The new rack on the rig... Back to 17-18 mpg... that is change from $215 to $170 per thousand miles at 3 bucks a gallon. I liked the lights.. but not that much.
  3. I just droped 5600 into my tow rig... it may be a bit before I get back to the Pathy now.
  4. 33x10.50's Got them on Ebay... hard to beat the free shipping price. http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-NEW-LT33X10-50-15-BF-GOODRICH-BFG-MUD-TERRAIN-T-A-KM2-1050R-R15-TIRES-LR-C-/310820392341?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Tires&hash=item485e56cd95&vxp=mtr
  5. Nope... the only thing left after a solid axle conversion is the steering box, and many folks use something different there too..
  6. I think this is what Trent is getting at... Sure the axle you are talking about is more workable.. however the cast units are cheaper and all over the place. The WAH also lets the Ford arms move freely.. thus making it flex well with the shorter OEM arms. The WAH can not be used on the pre-78 HP units. The WAH costs a little extra cash.. but so does a wristed radius arm or even extending the Ford arms. The wristed setup also puts all the axle rotating stress on one arm.. where the WAH cuts that stress in half by distributing it to both..
  7. You could use that axle Trent.. the only problem being it needs to be narrowed down. The only easy way to do this is a WAH... http://www.bcbroncos.com/frontsusp1.html
  8. Rodeo Dana 44 Rear end.. not all had a 44 and must be from 90-97. I cut 233's out as fast as I buy them.. I think they are a good axle.. The 44 just has more support and the parts are everywhere. If I bust a ring and pinion in Moab.. a new one is in town. A disk brake axle with the correct bolt pattern and can be built a 100 different ways.. Heck Nissan even runs Dana axles now in the newer stuff. The H233B is a Hitachi. It is just the brand of axle Nissan chose to use at the time. So for the faithful "Nissan" folks.. it is about as Nissan as a Toyota axle. Lockers are not cheap... and one would like to maybe sell them when done with a rig. A Dana 44 locker sells one heck of a lot faster than an axle Nissan quit using 8 years ago.
  9. Harder than one would think. It is always easier making something that fits rather than forcing something to fit...

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