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#1 OFFLINE   mjotrainbrain

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 01:03 PM

Hi all!

I have had my 2002 Infiniti QX4 for about 8 months now, have been reading forums on NPORA very often since I discovered it, and just today finally decided to make an account.

 

My R50 has the 3.5L engine, an automatic transmission, about 125,000 miles, a locking front differential, and a limited slip rear differential.  Also, I am fortune in that it has very little rust, especially for a Michigan vehicle.

 

Here is a picture of it on my very first wheeling trip from fall of 2015.  At this point zero mods had been made, bone stock.  This was the day that I realized what a capable machine it was.  And yes, that is a Hyundai Santa Fe behind it.  So no, I wasn't pushing it very hard that day.

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Since then I have done a couple of upgrades:

-Westin step rails (stock parts rusted away so I needed something, rock sliders were too expensive)

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-Resonator delete

 

This is a picture of it a few weeks ago on my second wheeling trip.

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Now that the school year is almost over (only 4 more weeks!) and summer is upon us, I hope to get a lot more opportunities to go offroading and enjoy what the R50 is best at.  I don't know when it will arrive, but I ordered Fleury's spacer lift a couple of days ago - 2 inches rear, 2.5 inches front, so I'm looking forward to that.



#2 OFFLINE   mjotrainbrain

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 01:13 PM

I will be adding stuff to this thread as I do things with the truck.  It won't be a terribly fast build, but stuff will definitely happen.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 03:32 AM

Nice looking QX4!  I am about where you are at on my own R50, so I am looking forward to following your build.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:38 AM

Thanks!  I am looking forward to the build too.    :D



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 04:40 PM

Nice looking Q! Fair warning when you wheel it a bit if those fogs are anything like the ones on the pathfinder they will end up very cracked. If you care about the way it looks I'd recommend you remove them before doing any mudding or serious wheeling.

Also, I didn't realize that there was ever an option for a factory from locker, can you elaborate?

Good luck with the build :)

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 05:22 PM

Thank you very much for the compliments and the warning, I'll have to be careful with those fog lights.  Under what conditions do they crack?  Is it when the bumper is bumped?

 

In response to your question about the front locker, I actually haven't looked into it very much beyond knowing that my truck has one.  It very well could be an Infiniti exclusive feature.  All I know is it is there and it works, as I quickly found out the first time I drove on dry pavement with 4wd engaged!   :lol:



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:49 PM

I was going through my phone and found this picture from a couple of months ago.  It's a neat little spot on the shore of the Grand River.  Looks like it might be a pretty good fishing spot, so I'll have to try it out some time.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 06:36 AM

Awesome! looking forward to keeping up with your build.



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:44 AM

Thanks!  Lift kit should be here in about a week, so that's exciting.



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 03:33 PM

Decided to stop by a fun little place called Bass Creek to celebrate it finally being the weekend.  It's not a place that you could spend more than 30 minutes at, but it's closer than any trail that I know of and is a great way to get in my off-road fix.   :lol:

 

I didn't have anyone else with me, so I couldn't get any pictures or videos going through the mud.  Sorry guys, I'll try to get some next time!  Anyways, I did manage to get some flex shots on a convenient pile of dirt.

 

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:32 PM

Looks like a solid, clean Q. I like that color blue but I've never been a fan of the gold lettering Infiniti uses.

I was running Fleurys spacers until just recently and while they do as advertised, which is add extra height, the springs in the QX are so soft that you can't have anything much heavier than a few fluffy pillows before you start sagging in the rear. When I went wheeling with the stock springs, they were so mushy that I'm surprised I didn't damage the undercarriage of the truck because I bounced off of every rock on the trail.



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Posted 21 May 2016 - 04:39 AM

Yeah, I'm going to have to do something about the spring eventually, especially considering a tow a trailer fairly frequently.  I just went this route because it was a cheap way to get the job done, and I can't afford a full set of coils at the moment.  It's funny how it looks kind of blue in the pictures, but it's actually black!



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Posted 21 May 2016 - 08:59 AM

There's no factory front locking diff or LSD for the QX4 or R50.  Perhaps you're talking about locking hubs?



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Posted 22 May 2016 - 05:23 AM

I know it has locking hubs, and I am referring to the differential.  I can't find anything anywhere that would suggest that it has them either, but from experience using it (both in the dirt and on dry pavement) I feel quite certain that the front differential locks when I engage 4HI or 4LO.  Perhaps the PO modified it?  I can't imagine that they did though, as it seems as if they had never taken it offroading, let alone hard enough to justify a upgrading to a locker.



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Posted 22 May 2016 - 08:39 AM

When in 4wd it will not turn as sharp, and if on pavement it will seem like it is binding and the front is skipping during turns. This doesn't indicate a locking front diff, it just indicates that it is in 4wd.

It is a very rare modification on these, and only done by those who *really* wheel them. I'd put $$ on it yours doesn't have one.

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 09:48 AM

So is the difficulty when turning on pavement due to the center diff being locked?  My parents never owned 4x4s and this is my first one, so I'm still inexperienced with what they're like in the real world.



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Posted 22 May 2016 - 11:47 AM

These two videos can help you to understand 4wd 👍




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Posted 22 May 2016 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for helping to clear this up guys!  I had the knowledge about 4 wheel drive and Ackerman steering and whatnot, but for some reason my mind got a little too excited and convinced myself that I had a front locker.   :fail:  Would have been cool if I did, but anyways, thank you to all of you for helping me to clear up this issue.  :aok: I guess that's one more thing to add to the ever-growing list of future upgrades!



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 12:43 PM

Kudos to fleurys for the fast shipping! :aok:  My lift spacers and stickers have arrived and look great, can't wait to install them this weekend!   :lmao:

 

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 03:14 PM

A lift for Memorial Day weekend, sweet!  Take lots of pics of the change over...before/after etc.






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