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#798589 Putting these new tires to work

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 16 May 2018 - 05:53 PM

CB install is very clean, I like it!

#798436 What did you do to your Pathfinder today?

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 09 May 2018 - 09:07 AM

Please elaborate. Thank you and also pictures.

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Didn't even mean to end up in the hole, I was pulled over to be out of the way while I figured out where to go next and wasn't terribly successful with getting back to the road before it was too late.  Luckily I was only on the edge, a couple of feet over and I would have been in deep enough to flood the interior!


It wasn't a crazy suck, but I've only been stuck twice before, both at an offroad park where I knew I was in way over my head.  I usually try to take it pretty easy due to having no armor and mostly wheeling on public land.








#798411 SF Creation World 2" lift kit

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 08 May 2018 - 06:40 AM

I did the 2.5"/2" kit when I first did mine (my current setup is different), and I was happy with it.  It seemed maybe a little much for the front end, as I had CV boots slip off on more than one occasion.  Was probably because my old CV's had dry rubber that didn't want to bend, now that I have new CV's I have had zero issues.  As far as shocks and struts, I've been running stock rear shocks for a long time.  Don't get awesome flex, but it works.  You can run it with just spacers for now, then add shocks later when you can afford it.  Only replace your struts if you need to, none of the aftermarket options have any more travel than stock, they're just designed essentially to be a stock replacement, some better than others.

#798367 What did you do to your Pathfinder today?

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 04 May 2018 - 01:18 PM

Got it stuck.

#798301 '02 & Warn hubs...

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 30 April 2018 - 04:16 PM

I do not have any issues with my manual T-Case going from 2H to 4H or 4L with my hubs unlocked. Do it regularly on the trails and always use 4L unlocked to move my trailer.


Why would you use 4H with the hubs unlocked?  And I assume the 4L is for extra torque to maneuver?  I believe he was talking about shifting while driving, but that is a good thing to point out, it's fine to use at low speeds if you shift while relatively stationary.  Just probably not a good idea while going 40mph or something.

#798299 '02 & Warn hubs...

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 30 April 2018 - 03:55 PM

Yeah, it’s not me so much as someone else. The Auto control isn’t intimidating the way the shifter is - neither my wife nor anyone borrowing it would touch a 4WD shifter but I’m not so sure about the auto button. I’ll just need to remember to lock the hubs if anyone else uses it

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I used to have a binder clip which I labeled "HUBS" that I clipped to the 4wd switch when the hubs weren't locked, it would keep people from turning it without at least wondering what that meant.  It was a little difficult to get it to stay on due to the shape of the switch so I don't use it anymore, but it's an idea.

#798296 '02 & Warn hubs...

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 30 April 2018 - 03:43 PM

Got it! BAD! Back to original worries...


Yep, as Slartibartfast said, no more worries than a regular t-case truck.  Simply don't use anything other than 2wd with hubs unlocked, and do as you please when the hubs are locked.

#798273 Random picture of your R50

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 27 April 2018 - 09:57 PM

Looks good, the switches match well!

#798265 '02 & Warn hubs...

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 27 April 2018 - 01:03 PM

To add to my comment, the stock hubs can be thought of as manual hubs that are always locked.  If you have manual hubs and leave them locked all the time, your vehicle will operate exactly like stock.


The issue with R50's with AUTO-mode t-cases is that sometimes, when the hubs are unlocked and you're in 2wd, the 4wd warning light will come on.  I don't think anybody has figured out what it means, but it's nothing bad.  I figure it's just some sensor for the auto system getting a little freaked out that the front drivetrain parts aren't turning.  It's not damaging to the vehicle at all.

#798264 '02 & Warn hubs...

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 27 April 2018 - 01:00 PM

I think there's a pretty huge overcomplication of manual hubs in the Pathfinder community for some reason.  Hawairish and RainGoat's explanations totally hit the nail on the head, but to make it extremely simple:


Exactly the same as stock.  You can do everything you normally would - 2H, AUTO, 4H, and 4L.



ONLY use 2wd.


Pros of manual hubs:

-reduced wear and tear on front drivetrain components (particularly CV's)

-ability to unlock hubs and ignore damaged CV's until it is convenient for you to fix them

-marginal fuel economy gains

-lighter steering feel


Cons of manual hubs:

-slight inconvenience in having to lock hubs before using any mode other than 2wd

-potential for somebody else who's using your vehicle to use a mode other than 2wd while hubs are unlocked

-they don't quite fit with some wheels without modification

-technically weaker than stock (although the only ones I've heard of breaking are David Donnely's, and he hit his against a rock)


Hope that makes it simple.

#798185 time for a new FORUM GAME

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 24 April 2018 - 02:26 PM


#798173 April 2018 TotM Winner

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 24 April 2018 - 04:26 AM

Hell yeah brother, tough competition! Lol

Well, it counts! Your participation is highly appreciated!

#798160 Random picture of your R50

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 23 April 2018 - 02:22 PM

Junkyard dogs




From left to right:





This pic doesn't seem to show up on my phone.  Can anybody else not see it?  Really sick of trying to find a way to get pics on the forum.  Imgur seemed like such a good option.  Could have just been the Wendy's wifi I was using though, no idea.

#798148 Land Rover rear lift spring install

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 23 April 2018 - 08:29 AM

You guys need to stop talking about how great these springs are, I don't need to redo my rear suspension again!


Glad they're working out for y'all, when I need a little more rear height to compensate for a bumper this is the route I'll be going.

#798146 What did you do to your Pathfinder today?

Posted by mjotrainbrain on 23 April 2018 - 07:35 AM

My Zone Offroad 2"x3" body lift spacers that I ordered Friday already arrived.  That was quick!  As soon as my last exam (calc-based physics, oh so fun) is done tomorrow, I'll be installing them to extend my rear bumpstops.  Hopefully that combined with trimmed flares (so 3" more clearance) will keep the tire out of the body.

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