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About RainGoat

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  • Birthday February 27

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  • Your Pathfinder Info
    2002 LE (R50) Original Owner [See About Me below]
  • Place of Residence
    Pacific NW
  • Mechanical Skill Level
    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
  • Your Age
    46+
  • What do you consider yourself?
    I Go When I Can
  • Model
    LE
  • Year
    2002

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    Male
  • Location
    Redmond/Seattle
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    Exploration & Overlanding.
    Escaping the city.
    Day trips to the mountains with my kids.

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  1. Yeah, some of them get fidgety at the lower settings. My original didn’t, my replacement does
  2. Those are both excellent recommendations. I’d forgotten about the dimmer. We accidentally fried one of mine back in ‘04 & my replacement is a little touchy. You can bypass it to see if that fixes the problem.
  3. Just pull them all & look. It should be inside. These are your fuse boxes: BTW, they make fuses that glow when blown. A little expensive but can be handy. I replaced all of them in my Mom’s truck with glow fuses after having to pull ALL of her fuses twice to find the blown fuse.
  4. I think his holes for those clips have either eroded or torn through - you have to magnify to see it
  5. Not my truck but an inquiry by a non-forum member (Edit - now new Forum member [mention=43340]SaveTheManuals[/mention] ) My advice: On the bottom is at least the best place for that. I’d first try making another hole a little inboard. Another option that would be easy is some 3M double sided tape. All of those approaches would be cheap & easy & you’re out nothing but a little tape cleanup if they fail. Considering 3M tape holds spoilers on cars, it should be able to do that - just be sure to clean the application surface with something like alcohol first.
  6. As above, you should address the springs & shocks. Bilstein 5100 shocks with LR NRC 9449 - that’s the same 225# spring rate as the NRC 9448 but with a lesser lift (typically ~2-2.5” as opposed to ~4”). There are the NRC 9446 or 9447 but they are 175# spring rate & it seems like you’d benefit from the 225#. You order from Britpart & they arrive in about 2-4 days for less than $100. There’s no reason to do AC springs at all - maybe a couple reasons not to & Rancho shocks aren’t much cheaper but are less smooth than Bilstein by most peoples account. Here’s a cut & paste from another response regarding AirLifts. Personally, I’d spend a little more on springs & shocks because it will perform better, be more reliable & will be safer. I’ve run AirLifts with the bump stops in place for about 12 years. (Same in my Mom’s JGC). While I like the airlifts (& they are cheap, about $100), they progressively deflate over time & twice I blew them out accidentally. Add to that the simple possibility of on trail failure & I wanted the reassurance that still having the bump stops in place gave me. The AirLifts are very hardy & can take it with no problem. I also ran the AirLifts through a single t’d line so I wouldn’t unknowingly have a single side failure. Make sure you check them at least monthly. They need to always have a little residual pressure in them. If you don’t, they will inevitably get pinched & fail. BTW, I had to drill out the hole in the spring mount just a bit to get them to fit properly. Also, I have taken them in & out numerous times without removing anything- just jack that side of the truck up & lubricate the air bag - soapy water even worked just fine. It’s a bit of a struggle but less work than dismantling everything.
  7. I ran my AirLifts with the bump stops in place for about 12 years. (Same in my Mom’s JGC). While I like the airlifts, they progressively deflate over time & twice I blew them out accidentally. Add to that the simple possibility of on trail failure & I wanted the reassurance that still having the bump stops in place gave me. The AirLifts are very hardy & can take it with no problem. I also ran the AirLifts through a single t’d line so I wouldn’t unknowingly have a single side failure. Make sure you check them at least monthly. They need to always have a little residual pressure in them. If you don’t, they will inevitably get pinched & fail. BTW, I had to drill out the hole in the spring mount just a bit to get them to fit properly. Also, I have taken them in & out numerous times without removing anything- just jack that side of the truck up & lubricate the air bag - soapy water even worked just fine. It’s a bit of a struggle but less work than dismantling everything.
  8. A 3.5 R50 will have no problem towing. With the 3.5 you don’t need the manual, though they can be fun. The VAST majority are auto though.
  9. Honestly, just use TapaTalk. I can post from my phone with super ease. I do think I may have paid an extra bit for that but completely worth it. I haven’t worried about photos on any of my TapaTalk forums for years. Also, I would second the above comments regarding the FaceBook NPORA group - it’s not only not associated, it’s likely an intellectual property rights infringement on Mr. Jim’s creation. It’s a Wild West of often crazy & unsafe ideas & practices. Not only do I not refer people there, but as a matter of conscience, I give them warning. While IG is also not technically associated, it is much more reasonable- perhaps secondary to its format.
  10. Wow, lots of work! Looks Great. Personally, I think a half inch of rake sounds perfect.
  11. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty nice - here were two of our stops before coming back to the lake up the street. And its a Douglas Fir - Redwoods are California, it’s pretty much all Doug fir here.
  12. My son’s first fishing attempt - it was what he asked for on his 9th Birthday
  13. Sadly, I’d say the problem is with Nissan not acknowledging problems & fixing them in an effort to take care of their customers (i.e., power valve screws). Toyota is much better at managing its customers & making sure they feel safe & well cared for. While I can’t speak to the pickup market, I’d never buy a Nissan these days & that’s all I’ve personally owned in 36 years (meaning not my wife’s or parent’s vehicles).

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