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About RainGoat

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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. Sounds like a great answer. Even new they’d probably be reasonable. Really wish we had the Patrols here. The current Pathfinder Armada is supposed to be close to the same but it’s just not like those older Patrols.
  2. Always fun to have some Aussies on here. You’ll find you have much better aftermarket support domestically than we do in the States. We also only have the petrol engines 3.3VG & 3.5VQ. There are a few other Australians & some Kiwis on here but you should also look at the PCoA forum which is Australian. I find it interesting & you’ll probably find some of your more regional questions answered there. Welcome!
  3. Generally speaking, 6 years is “old” & when manufacturers recommend replacement. Everybody agrees at 10 years. Many national chains won’t work on tires that are over 5 years old. I’m surprised those “new tires” are that old & I’d be disappointed. If they were free or I already had them, no biggie. Personally, since I keep tires a long time, I would consider complaining & asking for something newer or a substantial discount. I’d use the point that you drive your vehicle low miles but won’t be able to get those tires serviced in about 3 years. That said, I’m still rolling on Toyo ATII from the 41st week of 2013. Admittedly,[mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] was noting the other day that my rubber has some visual signs of age.
  4. Interestingly, those additional bags don’t really seem like a great idea to me. They will make install significantly worse, will undoubtedly degrade in a relatively short time (compared to 10+ years with the bags alone), and it seems to me they may effect performance negatively. That said, I suppose none of those are certain or terrible detractors- I just wouldn’t pay more for them. BTW, I threaded the fill Schrader valve through the lower inside lip of my rear bumper where it was easy to access & out of sight. Also, since it’s a low volume system, I kept a palm sized bicycle CO2 inflator in my glove box for rapid fills. After having them for years, I could eyeball it. Also, I found that I would use them to pop my tail up when offroad for a better departure angle.
  5. I ran AirLift 1000s for over 15yrs (plus another decade + on my Mom’s 2006 JGC). My experience was that they do everything they say & the ~$100 USD are their selling point. (I would also note that while both vehicles suffered a couple failures over those years, it only took a call or an email & the company sent a full replacement free of charge). That said, they require vigilance. You need to make sure you keep their minimal inflation up or they can get pinched or slightly out of place & damage the neck. Also, be careful while inflating them as they are a low volume system. One short distraction & you blow & have to diagnose the system. As an FYI, you’ll need to drill the hole in the spring perch a bit bigger to accommodate the fill neck. For safety’s sake, I would also do a single fill line so that you don’t end up with an unbalanced suspension due to an occult failure on one side. Personally, I left my bump stops in place in case of failure on the trail as well - this had no apparent detrimental effect. We can get the Britpart LR springs delivered from England to the USvWest Coast for $85 USD so, personally, having had both, and being a long term owner, I’d go with the advice of [mention=41155]R50JR[/mention]
  6. Yeah, now is a good time to start harvesting spares. Most of this stuff isn’t made anymore & R50s are probably at or past their JY apex.
  7. Just grab a roof console from the JY
  8. If you have rubbing, instead of cutting the fender liner out (which will fill with mud & debris), consider deforming the plastic with a heat gun. Another alternative is to make 2 little holes & use a zip tie behind the fender to pull the liner farther away. Also, see if you can adjust where the liner connects below, again pulling the liner away. These are all common fixes used in T4Rs & should work here as well.
  9. If you have rubbing, instead of cutting the fender liner out (which will fill with mud & debris) consider deforming the plastic with a heat gun. Another alternative is to make 2 little holes & use a zip tie behind the fender to pull the liner farther away or adjust where the liner connects below, again pulling the liner away. These are all common fixes used in T4Rs & should work here as well.
  10. It’s worth noting that those of us with ATX14A transmissions are in the minority. The system is also not just a straightforward center lock. It’s a good practice with anything driveline related on this forum to assume that it might not apply to an ATX14A. That admittedly takes a while on the forum to realize. I think you’ll find the majority would like a manual part-time R50. I bought my truck new & specifically picked the ATX14A. The majority of offroad exploration doesn’t require a locked center & AWD avoids the understeer that induces. It is particularly helpful on loose surfaces where control is your primary concern and your risk of actually being bogged is low. It’s particularly useful if you encounter inclement on-road weather - which is nearly all the time here in the PNW & probably true in winter in snowy regions. I have part-time 4WD in my 5th Gen 4Runner & if I’m honest, I’ll nearly never use its rear locker (especially with ATRAC) but I would use the AWD on the Limited nearly daily. I expect it’s true ours isn’t as hardy but since I’m not a crawler that doesn’t really bother me.
  11. Oh boy! Talk about misinformation.... even after reading your posts for years, I sometimes find it hard to distinguish the genuine from the ironic or whatever this is......we might need to have a warning label for you [emoji3544] (all meant in good fun of course)
  12. The Rockfords are the only notable variant I’ve heard of. Undoubtedly more hardy but I don’t know if they’re sized differently. There’s a thread somewhere I read years ago, I’d search that up.

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