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  1. Dual swing out tire carrier is done. I thought about building a full bumper but wanted to keep the factory look of the vehicle as much as possible. I have to figure out what to do to pretty-up the hinge holes in the bumper plastic, but other than that it is done. The latch I had to order from Amazon, works perfectly. I used an axle shaft off my old Pathfinder as the wheel mount. I don't care for the look but I like the nostalgia and it is hidden when the tire is attached. These are the best hinges I have found. Double shear, nice bearings and have the nice lockout feature when open. I didn't get a rear facing shot, but I did get a side shot. I can still use the review mirror and see out of the back due to the tire being offset on the passenger side. The driver side swing-out is going to get some rotopax cans and other goodies when I can afford it. The next items on the to-do list are: -Pull transmission/tcase and drop subframe for oilpan gasket/rear seal/oil soaked clutch <- this is going to be the SUCK...maybe over xmas holidays. -Fix the rear passenger fender extender -Build slid out for fridge -Build sleeping area in the back and storage area -Lights Lights and more lights, need lights For the future: I want to go back to having an off-road trailer and I am going one of two ways: Go all out and build a sleep in (tear drop style) trailer that weighs less than 2500lbs or build a roof top tent trailer that weighs less than 1000lbs. I am leaning towards the tear-drop style sleep in with a spot for the roof top tent on top. This sounds like a good excuse to become proficient at aluminum welding. The rooftop tent weights 125, tires and wheels about 180, axle about 45 , and at least 15 gallons of water 120 so that is a start off weight of 485.
  2. Although the trails were VERY easy and overland-ish there were some interesting spots and a little bit of carnage. My rear passenger fender is going to require some re-working to get fitment without tire rubbing. I slid off a rock and the stock aluminum step on the driver's side is done...that was only a matter of time. The Colorado winters won, and my rear exhaust flange finally let go. New exhaust is waiting to be installed. Now let's talk about oil leaks. My rear seal (probably the housing and not the seal) is leaking so bad it caused the clutch to make some WONDERFUL noises. Unfortunately I will be dropping the subframe, oilpan, transmission and t-case to get this all fixed. You cannot replace the rear seal and housing without first removing the oilpan. Lesson learned, now it is time to pay my dues to the car-gawds.
  3. We had a fun trip over Thanksgiving weekend in West Texas. Here is the video (the song was an inside joke for the weekend):
  4. Make sure you do the oilpan gasket and rear seal while the engine is OUT or leave it completely alone. I am having to go back and and drop the subframe just to get the oil pan out. Not a huge deal, but a DOH! moment when you realize the engine was on a stand several months ago. USE THE FSM FOR THE OIL PAN GASKET!! FOLLOW IT TO THE LETTER!
  5. 4x4parts springs. Never should have sold that, hind sight is 20/20
  6. 95 % was the front CVS, manual hubs fixed it. I still have vibs above 70 that are minor. They feel like they are coming from the front end, but I am not sure. I just ordered front and rear arbs lockers with the bigger arb compressor as a backup air source for tires. When I do the front locker I will do CVS, if I don't find anything up front causing the vibs I will focus on the rear ( or mount some go pros and do some drive tests to see what I see). If it ends up being rear driveshaft I will order a Tom woods shaft with a double cardiam up front, have them build me a slip yoke eliminator and out adjustable upper links in to aim the pinion at the tcase. I did this on the caR50 and the rear end vibs completely disappeared.
  7. Should be same tranny if it is a vg33e engine and tx10 tcase, wouldn't do it though. Usually only the solenoids fail on these transmissions. Drop the pan and replace them..not too hard. It seems the xterras and frontiers had more solenoid problems than r50. Simple rule I go by with these trannies or most electronic shifted autos if it shifts but slips, internal spinny part issue, if it won't shift, look to electronics (or won't shift when cold/hot). We had a girl with an 03 X have her solenoids fail in the trail in 14,. Replace them and problem solved. Hers wouldn't shift into 2nd, sometimes third. YMMV
  8. system_f

    Will 33’s fit on a 2.5inch lifted r50?

    275 75 16s fit on stock wheels with high-quality hub centered 1" wheel spacers with little issue. These tires are a tad bigger than 32" tires and only required a small inside front bumper trim and removing front mudflaps
  9. Vibration problem fixed, Installed manual hubs and see that I have a CV that may be bad.
  10. system_f

    R50 A/C compressor bearing Question

    Time to add more useless information to cyber space. This is an interesting question and worth mentioning. Based on personal observation, which could be completely wrong, I think they did change the compressors for the later models. I know for a fact that the earlier models use a variable displacement compressor, which is cool as all get-out but very complicated. This compressor bases the displacement of the compressor on the heat load put on the system. Replacement rebuilt compressors could be had for about $180 at a local (to me) re-builder shop. The front seal on my 98 blew after 220k miles. My 2002 does not seem to have the variable displacement compressor. I have noticed the compressor cycles on and off like Xterras and Frontiers of the same vintage. More observation will be needed here.
  11. And...she passed inspection, all of I monitors checked. I only had to put in a bank 1 sensor 2 o2 sensor. The only other major bug to work out is rear driveshaft vibration above 50mph. Once I figure that out I am calling the recovery portion done and will move on to building it for overland.
  12. system_f

    2003 Nissan Pathfinder R50 Snorkel

    I was pleasantly surprised with the transmission, transfer case and front diff breathers. All three go to a metal hose assembly that is up behind the head, so not too low. The rear diff needs some help, though.
  13. Can someone with a VQ engine please take a picture of the vacuum routing from the swirl valve (green vacuum valve in the front of the engine) and the swirl vacuum cut valve (drivers strut tower)?

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