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  1. Dang we boutta have a bunch more bumper options finally!
  2. https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/how-to-make-a-cheap-isolated-dual-battery-setup-for-50.77503/ give this a read for sure
  3. Thanks man that's what you get in FL, rust isn't really a concern at all. Still puzzling over this trans issue, Gonna have to sit down and break out the multimeter, i really do NOT want to crack the case on this thing on the truck.
  4. Finally got pics! I din't take many while I was working on the thing, It took me about two months of weekends and long nights after work and I had limited space. You can see I got the Tcase in with the factory exhaust New 4-bolt flange on the rear diff, probably gonna get swapped for an LSD at some point Shift linkage and cooler line, no issues there. New crossmember Soldered all of this wiring properly since somebody cut the harness on the truck I got my trans from.
  5. Well unfortunately the truck I got my trans from got squeezed so no hope of getting that control module. I'm considering taking the internal electronics, solenoids, and valve body from my old trans and stick them in the new trans, but I gotta take a look at the guts of the old one and make sure that's possible. Pics later tonight hopefully, the file size limit on direct posting is ridiculous and linking photos always seems more complicated than launching a Saturn V rocket to me.
  6. The input shaft of the t case seals the output of the trans. Quick update: It's driving pretty good now, but still seems to slip a bit or not transmit full power, and it shifts hard, and doesn't like to go into overdrive. It's throwing codes for shift solenoids A and B, as well as a clutch overrun solenoid code. I'm going to hopefully grab the transmission control module from the truck i got the trans from tomorrow. But I'm still optimistic overall, and no more P0420 cat code!!!
  7. Hear ye hear ye, I have returned from the mountaintop, and I have seen the light ye lowly peasants, for I am now become the master of the mechanical arts! Actually, this kinda sucked, so muhc time I'll never get back. But hey I did it, so here we go. Well some of you may know I've toyed around with the idea of converting my 2wd r50 "Jennifer" to 4wd. I had collected a few parts for a while but the project was put on severe hold when I bought my 90 4runner and subsequently blew up its engine and dropped in a new one. Now unlike SOME people on here I didn't get rid of my beloved R50 when buying a 4wd 4runner (Just kidding MJO, I know it hurts man), but I pondered the wisdom of converting my truck when i now had a perfectly good (clapped out) 4wd trail rig. Well ultimately it was a matter of convenience, My rear main seal had been puking for a while and a while back I had it replaced by some guys I worked with, well it kept leaking afterward, they said it was the pan, so i paid them to do that too, and then a week later it was leaking worse. I wasn't contacting them anymore so i just dealt with it for a while. Well once I got the yota running again the leak continued to worsen and having been screwed literally every time I took my car to someone (a supposedly reputable shop replaced my f*cking RESONATOR when I paid for a CAT replacement, and they welded it in so it's almost impossible to remove the exhaust), I decided to handle this myself. Now, parts. If you're looking into this swap there's some question about parts, I acquired mine over a long time, over a year. So there are two other major threads of people doing this: and the best one i've seen: So what parts work with what? Transfer cases are all the same, get a tx10 manual case and you're golden Front hubs/brakes are only different between the pre/post facelift r50s, more specifically by what engine they have. The front r200a differential and mounting brackets are all the same. my 2wd r50 even has bolts in the subframe to go through to bushings. Now the rear driveshaft/diff, there's some misinformation. All 2001 and prior r50s, including 2001s with VQs, have a 4 bolt drive flange on the differential that matches up with the 4wd driveshaft. In 2002 Nissan used a 4 bolt output from the trans that goes to a 6 bolt Cardan joint. You'll need a drive flange or hole 3rd member from a 4wd if you're 2002 or later. You might, like me, thing you can pull the flange off your 2wd trans because it has the same bolt pattern and spline count, but the splines themselves are different shapes, so you're gonna need a 4wd rear end or flange, good time to grab an LSD unit. Transmissions: This was the big point of contention, what year trans works with what. To be sure you'll want to go to nissan's OEM parts site and cross reference adjoining years to what you've got. My truck is a 11/01, and i know it's year range starts on 07/01, I used an 05/02. Call around, find out what you can, compare wiring connectors. I will say that while all my connectors were the same, I did have an extra orange wire on my 4wd trans, and I couldn't find a single wiring diagram in the FSM, on alldata, or identifix that showed what it was. I rolled the dice and slapped the thing in anyway. So back to my story. I frequent 2 local junkyards here in Jacksonville FL, and pulling heavy stuff in the heat is a pain, but on one trip around veterans day I think 2 years ago, I found an R50 missing it's transmission, but the tx10, driveshaft, and crossmember were laying loose under it. I pinched that stuff right quick, and it was a 50% off day! Paid elss than 75$ for the whole deal. Later on I swiped a set of hubs and front diff for around 125$, and then a few months back my big score: I was searching for toyota parts but i noticed a maroon R50 that had the same wheels and roof rack as mine, probably the same year. I looked inside, door date was 05/02, and I could see the interior panel where the tx10 shifter came through. I popped the hood and the engine was gone and the transmission was sitting vertically in the bay with the transfer case attached! I ran up front and grabbed an engine hoist and let me tell you, maneuvering that thing on my own on gravel is the of the hardest things I have ever done, but I managed to shove that thing into the back of the 4runner and haul back home, and it was another half off day! 75$ for a trans! I dragged it to the shop and took off the pan, super mint inside, so I resealed it and called it a day. And then I got down to it. Now, replacing a transmission, or even whole drivetrain, is something a competent mechanic can do, even in a garage. However, I DO NOT recommend you or ANYONE replace the oil pan gasket without a car lift. My shop couldn't spare a bay for several days so I was stuck in my uncles garage. To remove the oil pan on a VQ R50 the subframe MUST come down and the engine MUST lift up. This is NOT a fun thing to do. And it's even less fun lining it all back up, it took two other people and my hand got crunched by the passenger motor mount. Seriously, do not ever do this. Sometimes you've gotta bite the bullet and pay up. But to counter that, once i got the trans out I figured out why my leak had gotten worse: The dudes who put my rear main seal in botched it and the rubber tore, so the metal spring inside the seal had been rubbing my crankshaft for months. And the whole deal had about a half pound of RTV on it. That was from when they supposedly did the oil pan gasket, but looking at the pan and seals when it was all off, I seriously doubt they dropped that pan. I think they saw how messed up the seal was and dumped RTV on it and called it a day. I'm over it now, and I'm past holding grudges, but that just freaking bothers me. Luckily I had the forethought to order a repair sleeve before digging into this because that jacked up seal had worn a gnarly groove into the rear of my crankshaft. That went on no problem but it was too long, it stuck out past the end of the crank so the flexplate wouldn't bolt on, so I got to grind down the sleeve hunched over under a car on jackstands, and it was about that time I started regretting that part of this deal. But I got it all back together and also installed a catalytic converter to replace the one the first shop SAID they had. Next piece of advice: buy a good hydraulic trans jack. I cheaped out and bought a scissor type trans jack that was a massive pain. Also take a long, and I mean LONG look at your bell housing and rear engine bolt patterns. I spent, no lie, about 3 hours fighting with this damn trans trying to get it to line up before realizing my trans and engine had dowel pins in the exact same place, pointing at each other. Why? Hell if I know. I cut em both off and ground them flat, luckily I had another dowel on the trans that lined up perfect. After that I fit up the crossmember, which only took a little bit of cursing and shouting. Now, the factory 2wd exhaust can fit the transfer case, but my uncle and I had to lift leaned forward and hook the output housing over the exhaust pipes and then line it up. After that it's just Driveshaft stuff. Also, for the 4wd shifter, there's a black sheet metal plate under the trans shifter that unbolts, the 4wd one has a slot for the tx10 shifter, but you can just cut a hole in your existing one. So my current status. I Put fluid in the trans, but I did so with the transfer case out so a bunch of it leaked out the output housing, I just wanted to see the trans move before I finsihed the rest of the work. So the end result was that I finished the job not knowing how much trans fluid was in the thing. She started up fine and drove but it was slipping a lot, so i gradually added more. Eventually I felt comfortable enough to drive the thing up to the shop and It made it, but it still slipped some and it didn't seem to want to decide between 3rd and 4th at around 50 MPH, but i think I just gotta add some more fluid and tighten up the crankshaft position sensor wiring. So, that's all I've got for now, I still gotta make it reliable and put in the front end parts, but I drove a 4wd drivetrain converted pathfinder about 15 miles yesterday. I'll post more (and hopefully pics) sometime tomorrow.
  8. I had this exact issue when my MAF got wet, slapped a new one on and ran like new.
  9. Oh dude Yotatech is like THE quintessential toyota 4x4 forum, it's crazy how big and active it is.
  10. I'm Saturn over on Yotatech too. Great site, tons of technical info and less of the bro stuff, but they're a bit like Pirate4x4 with the whole "get on my level" "you don't have solid axles the side of telephone poles? What are you even doing here" type stuff. Still a great community.
  11. Asked a guy at work who used to be a Nissan tech, it's a plug for a cooling jacket.
  12. I yanked the trans due to what I thought was a rear main seal leak and it looks like it is indeed leaking but there's this off hex drive circular bolt thing above the output and there's oil pooled under it, anyone know what this is? Its possible the spinning crank slung the oil onto it but I'd like to know for sure before putting it all back together. Here's a link to the picture on imgur. Can't post via url in mobile for some reason. https://m.imgur.com/C6tlKjY
  13. True for sure. These folks are a good bit nicer than people on Yotatech and leagues ahead of the "get on my level" people common on pirate4x4.
  14. Hey man I wheel in Ocala National Forest all the time! Love those clay pits! I'm up in Jax, where are you at?
  15. Asking for a friend of mine with an 01 Pathfinder 3.5 manual, I had never even seen one before but aparently it exists. Any of y'all know a good non-dealer source for flywheels? His is shaking pretty and and he's gonna do a clutch job and just wants it replaced and over and done with.
  16. Also, I always planned on doing a manual case for simplicity. Unfortunately I stashed it and my driveshaft in an abandoned building which is no longer abandoned so hopefully I can talk to someone and get my gear back.
  17. Ain't done it yet, got a lot of the parts but most of time these days is spent on my project 4runner, I tell ya, that toyota gives me way more problems than my Pathfinder ever has. I also can't work on my stuff in the shop nearly as much now so everything has slowed down a lot project wise. Once the yota drives reliably I'll hopefully get back on the 4wd conversion here.
  18. No problem man, I got my junker yota running! First engine swap I've ever done! Still psyched for a winch bumper though, keep going dude!
  19. http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/topic/25150-my-new-selectable-air-intake-with-a-little-extra/?p=460747 Fleurys did a sort of hidden snorkel which I shamelessly copied, works good so for, and his thread is well documented.
  20. Northern Tool has a tool specifically for that https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200677477_200677477 Used it on my yota, totally worth it.
  21. I put some rubber sealant on the outside seals of my a-pillars, I have to re apply every couple months but it stays pretty dry
  22. Under 200$ shipped sounds amazing, hell I'd be willing to pay more. I have a trail run around March 11th and I'd love to have my winch mounted up before then, any chance I could get a set before then?
  23. Shut up and take my money!! Seriously as long as they aren't crazy expensive you have my tax returns!
  24. I already got the interior panel with the boot for the TCase. As far as the TCU, ECU, and wiring goes, I think it doesn't matter as long as you have the same production generation of trans, the guts and internals of the trans are same between 4WD/2WD, only difference is the output shaft and housing, my 2wd trans even says "4WD" it. I tracked down the best 4WD conversion thread I could, it's this: http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/topic/32299-along-came-pathy-4wd-conversion-done/page-2?hl=+4wd%20+conversion%20+done As far as I can tell from what he writes on page 2 the trans should hook right up, dude was a Nissan tech I think, but sadly he hasn't been online since 2014 or I'd just PM him. I also looked at the wiring diagrams in my haynes manual and didn't see anywhere it marked the trans connections as different between the two. My gauge cluster does have spots for the 4WD light but I'm not particularly worried about that, when I go wheeling I don't use 4wd (I have a 4wd POS 4runner) unless I think I'm gonna get stuck, and when I'm rolling again I always disengage it. Still would be fun to make it work though. I think I was able to answer my own question though, Nissan's website lists production year ranges for the trans as 8/2001 to 7/2002 and 7/2002 to 3/2004. So that answers that question. The 2004 I found won't work, I got a pretty limited window to pull from.
  25. In 19, got my truck for less than 2K, got a lot into the suspension, and I absolutely love that thing, it's been through a lot with me and I cannot imagine it going to someone else who ruins or scraps it. Everyone I know wishes they could get the car they had in high school back, never want to give this thing up. It needs some drive train work so why not put good stuff in it. I work at an auto shop and I figure if I wanna show em what I'm made of what better way to do it than this.

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