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RainGoat

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  1. Have you fixed the power valves? If not, that’s a must. http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/topic/17104-threadlocker-on-power-valve-screws-pics/page-1 Key & fob are easy - it’s the chip that’s the problem. Watch the pressure on the AirLifts. I’ve used them & they’re great but it’s imperative for their longevity that you keep a minimum pressure in them. BTW, I found a quick & easy way to pop them up was with a bicycle CO2 inflator - works pretty well since they are low volume. It’s instantly ready & fits in the glovebox or the palm of your hand.
  2. No opinion, honestly, I’m not really qualified to have one. I’m definitely a novice painter at best.
  3. Thanks, that’s close enough I’ll probably consider using them. If you have comprehensive on your insurance, damaged windshields are generally considered a safety item & replaced for free with no deductible (State Farm at least).
  4. Well, that’s definitely one way to address a tan paint job! It turned out quite nice. I’m impressed with your paint skills - I tried to do some accessories with the spray cans & that was a total failure. Since your truck lives outside, it will be interesting to see what the winter does to it. I find stuff growing everywhere on mine by spring - I’m thinking the surface will be rough enough to give good purchase for our greenery to take root - the roads grow after all. That 2K is hard enough though that a good power wash ought to clean it.
  5. I tried using the cans on the T4R’s rock sliders & abandoned it, ultimately covering it with Rustoleum Textured. The spray can spit out gloppy, inconsistent blobs with little to literally no coverage in between. It has a vertical fan spray which would be good for broad surfaces but was terrible for tubes. I still have 3 cans of it that I’ll need to figure out where to use. Definitely go with a gun & I’d say you probably need to be a pretty experienced painter.
  6. One of the best things about the R50 is its trimmer profile. I’ve been up there behind a 5th Gen 4Runner & there was no comparison between our clearance. I was constantly driving through stuff that dragged along both sides of his truck - especially on Bethel Ridge & above Nile. BTW, Liberty to Ellensburg makes a nice day trip.
  7. Yep, 4Runner guys are hot to buy the Pro wheels & the market gets flooded with the TRD Off-Road wheels for cheap since there’s little to no demand. Toyota’s too cheap to provide a matching spare so I bought a set & broke it up amongst 4 TRD Off-Roads that were keeping their OEM wheels & wanted to replace the spare steelie. My FJ 8Holes came off an FJ that put TRD Off-Road take offs on (he also took one of the spares).
  8. Those Toyota 4Runner TRD take offs look great on the R50. I trialed them on mine & was surprised how sharp they looked.
  9. We remounted it after I finally installed my winch & cube lights. I genuinely can’t thank@TowndawgR50 enough. While it may look the same at first glance, it’s incredibly more solid. Additionally, all the edges are rounded & smooth. It actually feels beautiful to the hand. A little behind the scenes of what goes on at @spinestopinesoffroad Tiger Mountain Test Lab. It’s worth noting that this is the kind of care, skill & perfectionism that makes up their DNA. It’s just one of the many reasons I rely on the two of them for their sage advice regarding modifications of any substance.
  10. Transformation - thanks to@TowndawgR50
  11. How my truck spent it’s winter vacation. Also - a warning regarding second hand bumpers.[mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] has been looking at my bumper for over a year & the perfectionist in him just couldn’t stand it. After Christmas this year we took it off & he had at it - uncovering problem after problem.
  12. Some trucks are just bigger than others Garage day with [mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention]
  13. Excellent work. Great to be sure the power valves are okay. Less of a problem in ‘03 & ‘04 than ‘01 & ‘02 but a disaster if it happens. While I’m putting a @PinestoSpines 3” SFD in, I drove mine largely stock for >100K mi & 16 years. I covered all the Western U.S. & BC & Alberta. A 2” lift is pretty robust & all you really need. I’d definitely just start there. I’m considering a 2nd R50 for a DD at a remote job site & I won’t lift her more than 2” (& that simply because I expect the suspension will need a refresh).
  14. Arizona’s volcanic rocks are sharp & extremely tough on tires. Even the AZ dust is sharp & will score your glass & plastic - my truck still has scars from its time there. I’ve done trails in every Western State & AZ is uniquely hazardous.
  15. Colorado has so many nice places to visit. Given your altitude, what’s the effective season there? Ours is June - mid October though some trails will take until July to be clear of snow.
  16. I’ve been looking at 2001-4 & the majority seem to have excellent quality rear seats - though I’ve been surprised at how many are non-black. If all else fails, you could probably buy a parts truck with one in it & then strip it for spares.
  17. I’ve been looking at 2001-4 & the majority seem to have excellent quality rear seats - though I’ve been surprised at how many are non-black. If all else fails, you could probably buy a parts truck with one in it & then strip it for spares.
  18. Hand winching out with a HiLift & a buried spare is definitely an educational experience (& I’ll bet an exhausting one). Kudos to you for the self recovery.
  19. Hand winching out with a HiLift & a buried spare is definitely an educational experience (& I’ll bet an exhausting one). Kudos to you for the self recovery.
  20. Interesting, I didn’t know that Australia never saw the VQ
  21. So true, definitely different ends of the spectrum. Also significant differences in how owners treat their trucks as well as approach to safety for themselves & those around them.
  22. Well, the AWD will serve your daughters well. Honestly, here in the PNW, I run it AWD about 80% of the time - much more sure footed with our wet & mossy roads. The AWD is also excellent for the kind of on-road snow we get - like going up to Timberline in the winter. As you know, nothing really helps with PDX ice storms. Just make sure you get the power valves done - cost me an otherwise pristine engine at about 102K & we lose several a year. As a Nissan man from ‘84 & all of the cars that have just been mine, I would agree with your folks. I can’t speak to the Frontier, which I under is an exception, but I don’t recommend & wouldn’t buy Nissan anymore myself. My last was a 2013 Infiniti G as it was still old school Nissan but their emphasis on power, handling & reliability has simply gone away. I’m largely a Japanese only guy (though I’m hopeful Kia/Hyundai is going the old school Japanese route), but it’s probably Toyota, Honda, maybe Mazda/Subaru from here on out.
  23. I was thinking of how to improve the aesthetic. Tint the windows & black the chrome - add hood & rear hatch wind deflectors. Maybe the wheels too. All that should give it a khaki & black look & it won’t be quite so beige. That said, that color is probably the best at hiding pin striping. It’s a metallic paint too, right?
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