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DesertKyle

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  1. Check the inside for debris before installing it, my Amazon one was full of tiny chunks of rubber and I had to scrub it out. Seems like good quality otherwise though.
  2. Got some new wheels and tires, only had to cut a little metal
  3. Finally got around to doing this mod last month. Used a third member from an 01 r50 and pulled the clutch pack out of a 95 pathfinder. Didn't score any 1.6's so used all the best 1.5's and did the triple spring with an sp and sd. Couldn't turn one wheel by hand so its fairly tight but still behaves fine on the road. Doesn't seem to help much when I lift a wheel, but that's to be expected I guess. Not bad at all though for under $100! Thanks again for the awesome write up!!
  4. I had a vibration above 45 (in the front/steering wheel) that turned out to be bad/loose wheel bearings, sounds like this could be your problem too.
  5. Ah my bad. My memory isn't great (one too many head injuries) musta got something confused.
  6. 265/75/16's which measure ~31" OD on the vehicle.
  7. Yes It was my understanding the AC springs were just rebadged OME HD springs, although I can't remember where I read that now. I got my OME's on eBay for $180 shipped, 4x4parts.com is a ripoff!
  8. Yep no bind! They may wear out faster being a little beyond their intended range but this is a price I am willing to pay. I posted a pic of how my truck sits now I'm the LR spring install thread. I had no problems running the the 1.5" spacers/stock springs even though they bound terribly at full droop, but then again I don't drive like an idiot (more detailed account also in LR spring thread). Although apparently I don't actually wheel and am not experienced enough...
  9. Lots of horror stories and warning's about spacers but this is my experience. I ran 1.5" spacers for a year and wheeled pretty hard with them. The cv's would bind badily at full droop but this was never a problem practically as the only time this would occur was with the suspension fully unloaded, like going over whoops or hitting a steep incline at speed. Both situations easily avoided with mindful driving. Flex or wheel lift is not an issue as the sway bar limits movement to prevent full droop as long as one wheel is loaded. I also carry a spare axle on difficult or remote trails but would do this regardless of what lift I have. None of this appears to be a problem running a small spacer (as there's no bind). The cv's may wear faster but this is true with any lift that causes them to sit at more angle than they normally would (Another good reason for manual hubs). Just my 2 cents, do whatever makes you happy!
  10. I feel ya, I had way too much rake previously with the 9447's and a 1.5" spacer and stock springs in front. Here's my truck now with the 9447's and ome hd's with a 1/2" spacer. The springs settled quite a bit over the first few days and I have a little rake again but it looks so much better than before. Without the spacer I think it would be too raked out for me. Ymmv
  11. My 9447's barely sag when fully loaded for a week of camping, I think they'd be fine for you. You will probably still have some rake with them vs the ome's but a small strut spacer takes care of that.
  12. 1/2" spacers should give ~0.7" of lift due to the suspension geometry. I was running saggy stock springs with 1.5" spacers previously and had bad cv bind at full droop and significant rake with the lr9447's in back. I'll try and post some pictures later today.
  13. Posted this on FB but keep forgetting to post it here. Got good and stuck a few weeks ago. Ending up calling my buddy with a winch after several failed attempts from passerby's. Had 8" of water in the cab at one point but managed to drive home 11 hours later, after getting the 5+ gallons of water out of the fuel . Hardly any body damage, just a tiny dent and scratch!
  14. Thought I'd share this idea in case it helps anyone else. I recently installed OME HD springs in front and added a 1/2" homemade HDPE spacer. I forgot to take pics but the process was pretty simple. -get a 12"x12" sheet of hdpe in your desired thickness off Amazon (1/2" was ~$12) -clamp backing plates, with bolts/studs removed, to the hdpe (I used my old spacers as a template but the backing plate should work fine too) -mark the outer edge and drill the holes -flip the backing plate over, clamp in the same spot and trace the bulge where the center hole will be -starting cutting with a jig saw, keep enlarging the center hole until it fits flush to the strut mount. A sanding wheel on a dremel works well for this -test fit and install with longer bolts Easy and cheap to do and now I have more lift in the front and no cv bind! I can scan my old spacers to use a template if anyone wants to try this, but using just the backing plate should work fine.
  15. If you have lift springs in back you really want longer shocks to match or you'll have no articulation and lift a wheel very easily. I ran gas-a-just's with 2" lift spacers in back for like a week and swapped them for bilsteins the first time I off-roaded due to the lack of articulation and rough ride. The Bilsteins are well worth it imo and were ~$75 each on Amazon.
  16. They were there when I got it, maybe a bull bar from the previous owner? Not sure. Going to put modified a jeep bumper on there eventually though. Here's a pic from some dune action last week, I think she's almost ready for a bath .
  17. I'm really impressed with my new cheap all terrains ($100 each!) and how well they do in mud!
  18. Good to know, haven't heard of that one. I started having some hard shifts and flaring after a fluid exchange and Lucas transmission fix helped a lot. I still need a rebuild eventually though.
  19. Nice, I grew up on the east side so I spent a lot of time up Reddington and Mount Lemmon, haven't been to the gap in a while though. My truck is doing good lately but still has open diffs and a transmission in need of a rebuild soon. I recently discovered my front diff bushings are shot but that's just a good excuse for a lokka I'll pm you my number, I'm bad about checking on here. Just let me know if you're coming down and want some company! I still wanna tighten up a factory lsd too just haven't found one yet, if that offers still stands
  20. Got to try out my new tires in some mud this weekend! Very impressed for $100 on Amazon.
  21. Hawarish, if you guys are coming to Tucson I'd love to go wheeling with some other pathfinders. I know the Reddington area well and have an open schedule these days.
  22. IIRC later r50's with the 3.5 have a 110 amp alternator. Think I've read about swapping these into 3.3's can't remember if it's direct swap tho.
  23. I had some of the ricochet bushings off eBay for ~6 months and just had to replace them with the dormans. My rack was wiggling and squeaking quite a bit even with the bolts torqued down. Compared to the doorman's the material is a lot thinner, too thin to hold the rack securely in my case. Would not recommend.
  24. According to the fsm there shouldn't be any end play. Quite possible they just loosened up a little, I'd just snug them down.
  25. That would be awesome! I'm in Tucson but my lady's family is in Phoenix so we're up there pretty regularly. I'll keep an eye out for a 33 spline lsd and be in touch!

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