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About micahfelker

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  • Birthday March 27

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    1996 R50~3-4" liftKYB GR-2 strutsOME HD springsLand Rover rear springsOME rear shocksMissing LinkUniden CB radio Custom CB antenna mountPA speakerCustom junkyard exhaust16x8 American Racing wheels265/75r16 Goodyear Duratracs (~32x10.5)Stock LSDSway bar deleteWalmart roof basketRust (free weight reduction)Instagram: @micahfelker
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    Bozeman, Montana
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    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
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    Serious Off Road Enthusiast
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    Cars & trucks, photography, hiking, biking, and serving our Lord and Savior.

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  1. micahfelker

    My build/adventure thread

    And now here's the latest upgrade! I'm painting them this weekend so I'll hopefully have better pictures soon, but for now here they are! I'm super stoked how they turned out. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk
  2. micahfelker

    My build/adventure thread

    Definitely have been slacking on posting updates, but certainly haven't been slacking on the build. I moved to bozeman not too long ago and have been working full time 50+ hours a week as a truck driver, so I've finally been getting money and pretty much spending it all. I've done a bunch of little things that aren't worth mentioning, but you're gonna want to see the last few pictures for the ones that definitely are worth mentioning. Before that, enjoy some random pics taken between today and when I last posted. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk
  3. micahfelker

    Random picture of your R50

    Dang those components looks soooo clean... I'm jealous
  4. micahfelker


    Awesome man! Throw up some pics with how they look!
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    They should fit fine with no issues. They're slightly larger in diameter (still less than an inch) but a little bit narrower than the stock tires, so there is no chance of rubbing on the strut. When I first got my wheels they came with that size tire on 2 of them and they didn't rub anywhere. They're pretty small
  6. micahfelker


    Welcome man! Those should fit fine with no issues, since they're stock dimensions pretty much
  7. micahfelker

    Random picture of your R50

    Heck yeah man! It was the best day I've had in awhile. Great wheeling and great hanging out with all you guys (:
  8. micahfelker

    Random picture of your R50

    Thank you man! I try haha
  9. To be blunt, that is absolutely false. Keep in mind I have absolutely no extra weight in the front at all. It's noticeably firmer than stock, and it's almost a perfect match with my LR springs (175 sr) in the rear. The best I can do to explain it is that it feels way more solid, but is not harsh (like leaf springs) in any way. I would say that even the HD OME springs are less stiff than the AC coils. I can not express enough how good the ride is with the OME springs up front and the LR springs in the back. People who know nothing about cars who've ridden with me have even commented on how sturdy and well the car rides and feels. Don't let their comment on that scare you away at all! I would 100% recommend them.
  10. https://www.amazon.com/KYB-335016-Excel-G-Gas-Strut/dp/B000CODES4/ref=sr_1_7?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1522431739&vehicle=1996-67-893------------1-0&sr=1-7&ymm=1996%3Anissan%3Apathfinder&keywords=kyb+strut https://www.amazon.com/KYB-335015-Excel-G-Gas-Strut/dp/B000C44C44/ref=sr_1_10?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1522431739&vehicle=1996-67-893------------1-0&sr=1-10&ymm=1996%3Anissan%3Apathfinder&keywords=kyb+strut These are the struts that I run in the front paired with OME HD coils, and they have held up great. They're way less sloppy than oem, despite the fact that I do a ton of wheeling. They have a good ride and a good price, and they hold up. I can't speak for Rancho as I haven't ever run their products, but I have OME shocks in the rear and they are fantastic. Either one will serve you well, but I would go with KYB just because they're way cheaper. If you get the KYB's, you will also want to make sure you get these, but you will have to drill out the center of the bump stop a little bit to get them to slide over the strut. https://www.amazon.com/KYB-SB129-Strut-Boot/dp/B001FY578K/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1522432068&vehicle=1996-67-893------------1-0&sr=1-1&ymm=1996%3Anissan%3Apathfinder&keywords=kyb+strut+boot&dpID=31KV9psGJdL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch You'll also want to replace your strut bearings and top hats at the same time. I would recommend either reusing your original ones or getting an oem part (or something else that you trust to be solid). If you get either KYB or Gabriel ones they WILL fall apart and you WILL have to pull your strut apart again to replace them with something better. I say this from personal experience and from the experience of many others, just so you don't have to go thorough the same thing. You don't have to, but if you also get a new plate with the studs on it then you'll have all new parts and won't have to disassemble your old struts to reuse and parts. This will save you a lot of time and frustration, as taking struts apart and dealing with spring compressors is a royal pain in the butt lol
  11. micahfelker

    R50 engine replacement possibilities? diesel or v8

    If you're going for a v8, I would urge you to go for a VH45DE rather than an LS. The vh45de is a Nissan made motor that was used in the 90-96 Infiniti Q45. From the factory the motor puts out 310hp and 330ft/lb of torque. It's stronger than pretty much any other option out there, and is notorious for being able to push close to 1000hp on stock internals. Another benefit is it's a Nissan motor for a Nissan rig, putting a GM motor in would be a sin! Lol Here's a thread on a guy who did this swap: http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/topic/18663-vh45-swap-sas-update-merged-threads/
  12. micahfelker

    4wd and Lift question

    Heck yeah man my pleasure! Again, keep us updated with pictures when you get everything together!
  13. micahfelker

    Door drops 1/4 inch when opening

    Unfortunately, I pretty much guarantee it's the sheetmetal that the hinges attach to that's bent. It's incredibly weak, while the hinges themselves are pretty solid. My back right door hinge thing ripped the sheet metal it was attached to clean off just on the part that keeps the door held open, so it still opens and closes perfectly but just falls shut if there's wind or if it's parked on a hill or whatever. Anyway, all that to say that the metal it ripped out was super duper thin, so you may have to experiment with trying to leverage the door upwards to pull the metal back into place. Can you see (pictures maybe?) if it looks like the metal itself is bent or if it actually is just the hinge?
  14. micahfelker

    4wd and Lift question

    You can fit 31's with no lift, but 33's will need more than 2" of lift to fit without a ton of rubbing/trimming. Both 31's and 32's are a good size for about 2" of lift, but you pretty much need 16" wheels to fit more than 31's. With 15's the options in the range you listed are 31x10.5, 32x11.5, and 33x12.5. With only 2 inches anything over 10.5 wide is gonna rub like crazy on your fenders when you turn and require some major trimming. With 16's, however, you have 265/70/16 (31x10.5), 265/75/16 (32x10.5), and 285/75/16 (33x11.5) available. To make it easy I'll try to list some easily achievable heights and what size tires you can safely run with minimal trimming. I'll keep it to full inch diameters to make it simple. sp=spacer LR=Land Rover springs Lift amount (in)..........Max tire size with 15's........... Max tire size with 16's none..........................31x10.5r15.............................265/70r16 (31x10.5) 1.75-2 (OME).............31x10.5r15.............................265/75r16 (32x10.5) 2-2.5 (AC)..................32x11.5r15.............................285/75r16 (33x11.5) 3 (AC+sp/LR).............33x12.5r15.............................285/75r16 (33x11.5) OME: http://www.rocky-road.com/nissan-pathfinder-lift-kit.html AC: https://www.4x4parts.com/c-1057013-suspension-suspension-lifts-lift-packages-pathfinder-1996-2004-pathfinder.html Spacers: https://sfcreation.com/t/pathfinder-1996-2004-r50-platform I'm not linking any Land Rover springs just because there's so many different ones that would take way too long. Also here's a link for those poly bushings while I'm thinking of it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rear-Upper-and-Lower-Arm-Bushing-Kit-Fits-96-04-QX4-Pathfinder-PSB-594-/221822048153?fits=Model%3APathfinder Just let me know if you need anything else!
  15. micahfelker

    4wd and Lift question

    Depends on what you want man! ... briefly If you scroll through the topics for a bit you can also check out the thread on fitting Land Rover springs in the rear. http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/topic/43810-land-rover-rear-lift-spring-install/ There's a link to a site in there with a list of part numbers for all the different spring rates and lengths and stuff, and there's a ton of useful information and pictures in the thread that multiple people have contributed regarding which springs give how much lift and how they ride and whatnot. If you don't find what you're looking for there, just post up with what height you want and whatever and I'll try to find either links or part numbers for you!

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