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  1. Hmm, that does make sense. But again, doesn’t that make the manual hubs almost pointless? If they don’t remove the CVs from the equation, then how do they offer improved mileage and all the other benefits? And really, if that’s true about the clutches then the vibration makes even less sense because it shouldn’t disappear after a few minutes at 80mph and remain gone AT ALL SPEEDS until the truck is restarted. If the clutches are dragging on the front then there shouldn’t be a way for them to disengage completely, regardless of the conditions. Like you said, it was made for the factory hubs not manual ones. Either I’m breaking the Tcase in some small way every time it happens, or something else is involved. Anyway, I’ll still try the mile markers just to rule out the hubs and then move on to mounting the underbody camera to see what’s happening at 80mph with the CVs.
  2. You got a source for that? I can’t imagine why the front would still be spinning with the truck in 2wd and the hubs unlocked? I’ve always been under the impression that the front shaft was spinning passively just as a result of the factory hubs being locked at all times, but only powered by the Tcase in either auto mode or 4wd. I’d love to be wrong about this though
  3. Minor update On my last visit to Vegas the brake booster failed randomly so we had to put in a new one. Luckily the master cylinder is still in good shape and now it works perfectly again. Well “perfectly” is not a great word to describe a loaded down truck with front brakes that are too small to begin with and rear drums that do almost nothing, but hey, at least the booster assist is back now. I’d love to do a rear disk conversion but it’s just way too involved for me at the moment, and I’m not ready to pay a shop hundreds on top of parts. Maybe someday The other big news is that I think I finally cracked the code on that weird vibration I was having up front. It turns out that the CVs are still turning when the hubs are unlocked, which explains a lot. That opens up other possibilities rather than only being the transfer case. I’ve narrowed it down to two options: either it’s one of the new CVs I put in that’s bad from the factory, because the vibration started after they went on (I originally ruled it out because I thought the hubs were completely bypassing them), or it’s the front shaft u-joints, which again I originally ruled out. The last thing I’m going to try is switching to mile marker hubs instead of the warns, because it’s possible that the warns are not properly disconnecting the CVs from the wheels somehow. No reason not to give the MMs a shot, I can always return them if they don’t change anything for the better. Like I mentioned in a previous post, the vibration disappears when you’ve been driving around 80mph for a few minutes, and stays nonexistent until you turn off and restart the truck, and it coincides with a 4wd light on the dash that comes on shortly after the vibration disappears. This tells me that what might be happening is the CVs finally disconnect once you’re going fast, and the transfer case starts to freak out about the lack of front shaft rotation, throwing the light. That’s my theory anyway, so changing the hubs might help clear things up. Not sure if it makes any sense, but that’s what I feel might be happening. Either that or its coming from the transfer case side, and the CVs are turning because of some movement in the case which shouldn’t be possible in 2wd mode. That’s the only other way the CVs could be moving while the hubs are unlocked. Either the hubs aren’t working properly or the Tcase isn’t. And the vibration itself must be the result of the messed up front shaft or bad CV that’s forced to rotate when it’s not supposed to be. The truth is, if I fixed the vibrating part itself, I could probably ignore the CV engagement altogether, but I feel like that defeats the point of the manual hubs if they don’t disconnect the CVs, so I really want to figure out why they're still turning. I’d rather stop the rotation than fix the vibration, because in 4wd (when I need the CVs and front shaft turning) the speed is low enough to not feel the vibration anyway, so it’s a non issue. One less thing to fix
  4. White is such a fantastic color on R50s. Great pic!
  5. Super inspirational thread. I’m hoping that soon I can find the time to take a week and knock out a bunch of maintenance stuff. I want to do the rear diff fluid, transmission fluid, front o2 sensors, fuel filter, oil change, clean the MAF and the IAC, reroute the air intake/add K&N cold air intake, replace VC gaskets, replace the radiator, go through all vacuum lines and hoses, and ideally also replace other sensors that might be due for failure, as well as the injectors (but not super high on the list).
  6. I’d like to know as well! I’ve been looking for something to fit the window perfectly like that but they seem to only sell those types for xterras and R52 pathfinders
  7. Absolute monster with that lokka, love the video!
  8. Cascade Creek road today. Pretty rocky in some spots but not bad at all
  9. My dad was in town so the two pathy generations visited Estes Park today. We tried to go up Pole Hill Road, but bailed when it started raining hard. The first stretch was much rockier than it seemed in videos and it was pushing his stock height to the limit. Mine probably could have made it all the way with some decent line selection, but we decided a drier day would be better. We ended up just taking some dirt roads up to a random trailhead and doing a bit of hiking
  10. “Something I've noticed is that at highway speeds, I can hear a noise from what I think is the transfer case when the hubs are unlocked. The noise is similar to a worn out bearing or something. It's very faint and can't be heard unless passengers are quiet and the music is low/off. I can't hear it below 55 mph though. No 4x4 warning lights yet.” You've just described the exact issue I’ve been having since I did my own lift last year. What struck me most is that your build is almost identical in terms of relevant variables. The lift is the same, the warn hubs are the same, and your truck is an LE with the same AUTO transfer case as mine. I wrote about it in my thread and explained how I’ve tried to solve it so far. I’ve since given up because it doesn’t seem to be doing any damage or getting worse. Maybe this is a good opportunity to reopen the investigation if you are going to try looking into it?
  11. Hell yeah dude, looks great! Also I kind of agree with R50JR, even without 4WD a rear locker can get you pretty damn far so it’s worth considering.
  12. I’d love to help but I don’t think I could recommend this roof basket for standing on your roof. It’s not very strong. Your best bet will be making your own out of steel or aluminum tubing Maybe ask this guy for a guide? He custom built one and it looks super strong
  13. Yeah your only option to lift over 2 inches is by going with a subframe drop. Otherwise you’ll destroy your CVs You’d be surprised where a 2” lift, low profile bumpers, and large tires can get you. From what I’ve heard around here, most people do not need anything more than that for 99% of trails other than hardcore rock crawling stuff. Even at bone stock height the R50 was getting me out of places I should never have been. You’d be better served by adding lockers than by adding an extra few inches of height With all of that said, your best lift option is going to be longer coil springs rather than spacers, so I would recommend switching to AC coils up front and LR 9449 springs in the rear if you want maximum height. OME HD coils in the front are also great but they won’t lift quite as high

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