OK guys, I'm now officially in stage 2 of my pathfinder project! It got plates Wednesday. That means I'm going to bash it around for a month or so and see if anything comes up. Then its back off the road for the next bit. As a sidenote, I'm glad I picked this sucker up when I did. I've continued to poke around craigslist/facebook marketplace/kijiji out of curiosity (one of the funny things about living in interior BC is that the lower mainland almost exclusively uses craigslist while the interior, a mere 3 hours away, doesn't use it at all) and all the pathfinders on there are similar or worse condition for substantially more money! One in roughly this condition is now seeking like 7-8K CAD, and there isn't a single one below 220K kms in western Canada now! Sheesh. What a difference two months makes.
Edit: Aaaay got pictures working!
The old rig with the pathy creepin'
On the way back from the mountain
So now I'm going to compile a list of to-do's for stage 3. Any recommendations or "actually you're wasting your time there" for long term reliability or "boy I wish I changed that before I was 4 hours up a fire road north of Pemberton" for the following would be most appreciated.
"The Good" Mods:
For the lift I'm planning on using is a wide combination of parts:
KYB Struts + bellows
OME HD front springs
OEM/Moog strut mounts and bearings (the Nissan dealer's service desk in my town won't give me the time of day so actual OEM is kind of sticky)
LR 9447 Springs
I already have one of those air bag kits in the back - I think I'll keep it there after the swap which will let me add some pressure if I want to emulate 9449's for the occasional trip or two. We get loaded down but I don't tow.
I'll probably post the lift-related stuff in the LR spring thread, as that appears to have become the de-facto suspension lift questions thread provided LR springs are involved in some way.
Fleury's missing link and front skid plate - maybe I'll add the rest later? For what the current goals of the vehicle are I think that's fine for now.
For tires I'll have to see. I'd like to keep the stock wheels as I think they are really cool (they're kinda rough, I'd restore them over winter - I have a pretty good paint setup for small objects) and I understand the stock wheels get complicated with bigger tires. As this is an adventure and cruiser build more than a rock crawler, i don't need to go crazy here.
Replace Thermostat and maybe water pump - from what I've been reading a lot of you guys are very much a "if it aint broke don't fix it" water pump attitude. Let me know!
Replace bushings and/or ball joints or whole pieces for all of the control arms and similar in the vehicle.
Replace wheel bearings while wheels are off for the lift
RR drum shoes
One of the sensors on the TPMS is shot. I'd like to get the light off ideally.
Spare Key (from somewhere...?)
touchscreen head unit
backup camera - when we do trips in the Blazer, because half the cargo area is puppy area, the back is piled to the sky and there's no rear visibility at all. I'm imagining the same problem here.
Clean and de-surface-rustify anything that I take off before it goes back on.
The original back end of the exhaust is pretty done. I'll have to stick another on.
LED map lights
Swap the stock towers for Yakima ones so my tent can come over!
When I get here I'll have to evaluate. I have dreams of a rear bumper, sliders, a locker, maybe even manual hubs, extensive electrical stuff, what have you, but we'll worry about this stuff once stage 3 is done and I'm cruising in it.
Please note, I'm not looking to do everything on the cheap! I respect a ton of other forum users who are getting amazing results while spending very little money, and the Pathy is an amazing vehicle to allow you to do that. However, I'm OK to spend where it counts to get the vehicle I really want. I didn't buy a Pathfinder to save money specifically, I purchased one because I've always wanted one!