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About Steve_F

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    2001 SE Totally stock
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    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
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    I Go When I Can
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  1. I own a 2001 SE with about 175,000 miles. 5 speed manual transmission, very nice Bose sound system. 100% stock. The only mod I've made is to remove the running boards, one of which had been smashed by previous owner. This is my daily driver. I occasionally work it hard as a tow vehicle for my toys or dirt, trash, yard waste, furniture, etc. The main reason I purchased this vehicle is for utility, not sport. Haven't done much serious off road driving in my Pathfinder but have had some fun in others. I've owned a 1972 Chevy Blazer that I high centered on the crest of a hill. My next 4x4 was a gorgeous red 1997 Toyota 4Runner I bought used that was in mint condition. It was awesome! I took it on a few ATV trails and scratched up the sides a bit. My 4Runner got totaled in a head on collision. I walked away with enough insurance money to buy my Pathfinder, which had about 110,000 miles.


    My Pathfinder is actually quite sporty. It handles more like a car than a truck with the unibody construction. It accelerates quite well and has plenty of torque to tow anything I want to tow. I live in ski country so I've had many opportunities to test its 4 wheel drive capabilities on snow packed roads. With the right tires, that thing is unstoppable. I am very impressed.


    The reason I joined this group is to learn what I can do to install maximum diameter tires without lifting anything. I am open to cutting up the sheet metal and modifying the fender wells as necessary. I want a dual purpose machine capable of moderate off road driving in the summer and commuting  in the winter snow. I am planning on two sets of tires and wheels to accomplish this. Stock with all season tires for winter. Oversized off road tires for summer. I have already secured an extra set of wheels for summertime use. Have not purchased tires yet.



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    1. zakzackzachary


      One thing to think about if you're trying to go with larger tires, is your OEM suspension sag. You may actually be lower than normal due to normal wear and suspension age. If you revamp your springs/dampers, even with OEM, you might have a bit more room for tires.

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