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Everything posted by MTGunner

  1. Seems like a simple 2" lift to install. Have to give it some thought. Thanks. MTG I looked at the website and the reviews. Do not have a spring compressor. Can this be done without spring compressor? MTG
  2. No real reason. Just think it unnecessary with good tires and judicious off road activity. Here in the SW desert there is lots of trails, but no real rock climbing that I am in to. Yes, I do want to avoid cactus, mesquite thorns, some rocky terrain and etc. But, I do this as need be when I am out offroading. Just want best suitable safe options for my off road needs. Do not need to build a romping stomping off road machine. That I have in my Xterra at home in Montana. If, in fact, I do decide to do a 2" suspension lift, which kit would I best choose? MTG
  3. Thanks mojo, the heavier load range and thicker sidewall would be better here for my off roading. Our home is in NW Montana although we spend our winters in SW New New Mexico. Our 2000 Pathfinder stays down here at our lease lot and no snow to speak of. But, lots of off roading in the desert and mountains. I would like to avoid a 2” lift but would do so if need be. Fuel mileage is not a issue as we put about 5000-6000 miles on each winter here near Deming, NM. I like the idea of the LT tire for better rock resistance. I know that no tire is indestructible regarding rocks and rough roads. But will continue to listen to what all have information to offer before I make a decision. MTG
  4. Pathydude17, Walmart lists two Falken AT3W tires on the same page. One listed at $98 and the other at $120.....? Both look identical but different order numbers. Micah, who makes the duratracs that you speak of? MTG
  5. I will consider the Falken as they are listed as a LT, light truck, tire. I have an older set of Nexen RA8’s on my 2000 Xterra that still service well. I have been considering a 265/70R16 for my 2000 Pathfinder with a 2” lift. There are currently 255/65R16 General tires on it now, but looking for better tread, better sidewall and overall better off road performance. I looked at the Falken Wildpeak AT3W’s on Walmart in the 255/70R16XL. Seem to be a good match. Actually want to look at the sidewall construction as do some off roading in rocky terrain and with this model may not have to do a 2” lift. Thanks for the heads up. MTG
  6. OK, have been searching tires for my 2000 SE. I have decided upon 265/70R16 with a 2” lift. Now, I have looked at many tires online and in Walmart. Has anyone experience with Nexen Roadian Pro RA8 tires? This will be for moderate off roading and daily driving. The RA8 has a 5 star rating with multiple tire online sellers. Just looking for someone with practicle experience. MTG
  7. Have been following your thread. What is the make and model of the roof rack? I like the idea of the traction board and mount. I would manufacture the mount for the shovel, traction board and spare fuel can. BTW, my spare fuel can for my 2000 Xterra is a 6 gallon marine fuel can that fits great. I will mod up same for my 2000 SE. This Pathfinder spends its’ time in SW New Mexico where we have a place. Will not go to Montana. Lots of off reading here in NM. MTG
  8. We spend our winters in SW New Mexico to hunt the quail, enjoy not having to shovel snow and there is a tremendous amount of off roading opportunities here. I have done extensive winter off reading in many northern states. Cannot say that I miss the cold and snow. We will be home to NW Montana mid April to prepare for bear and turkey season. Have lots of work, chores, maintainence to do on our toyhauler, my Xterra, home projects and more. Guess you might say we will be returning to mud season. Good ‘nuff! Always enjoy getting home. Keep up the good posts. MTG
  9. Has anyone taken the adjustment assembly apart to reengineer/replace the plastic adjusting screw with metal parts? Both sides of mine are stripped as the low beams are truly LOW beam lights. May have to mount 4” LED cubes for better lighting. MTG
  10. Micah, have been following this thread and missing a Montana right up until you posted the pics of your Pathfinder in the snow. Yes, I miss home and will be back in NW MT mid April. I found a very nice 2000 Path SE here in SW NM that I have been upgrading. Albeit, it will not be coming back to MT this spring. I have a 2000 Xterra at home NE of Ronan that I wheel all over Montana. Another great Nissan that I have done extensive upgrades to and will continue. My hunting rig. We spend our winters in SW NM and I do lots of off-roading in the desert with my Pathfinder and ATV. Warmer here and no snow to deal with. Quail season runs through mid Feb. and lots of desert to roam. Keep up the thread and lots of pictures. MTG
  11. My owners manual suggests changing engine oil around 3750 miles under normal conditions. I am running 5w/30w high mileage synthetic. What is everyone changing their oil and filter at? MTG
  12. Been on this forum for sometime since buying my 2000 R50 4x4. Have been working to upgrade and fix issues, nothing serious, to get my rig up to standards. Now, I will begin to setup for cross country/off-road reliability and adventure. Have been seeing pics and see the NPORA decals. Need two. Where can I obtain two for my R50? MTG
  13. Dumped the diff fluid yesterday and drained for an hour. The drain plug magnet had but a small amount of black debris, looked like black mud, no metal chunks. Refilled with Lucas 75-90 synthetic diff lubricant. The droning noise has dimished to a point of nonexistence at this point. At this point I will monitor for other noises. Tough being a person that hates noises, rattles, squeaks and the plethora of annoying little things that come with a used car. Sure do like my R50! MTG
  14. OK all, this far I have replacedfront wheel bearings. Cleaned up a bad brake job as the pads were no being allowed to float on the right front wheel, very tight and not installed correctly. Checked the universal joints to find no fault. I had a good friend ride in the back seat while I was driving on a fairly smooth road an$his opinion is that the rear diff gears are a small bit loose. He said, and I quote, “it will probably only last another 100,000 miles in this condition. Well, I will drain the rear pumpkin and look for debris. If nothing significant I will refill with synthetic diff lubricant and move on. Front end steers great, brakes work great, rear end noise is minimal. NEXT!
  15. There is a droning/whining noise somewhere in the drivetrain of my 2000 R50 4x4. I checked the rear diff for fluid and all is well. The rear tires show no different wear from other tires. I will check “U” joints tomorrow. Will also check rear axle bearings by jacking rear end and placing on jack stands. Droning/whining noise diminishes with higher speed. But, am concerned. What think you all? Thanks for the input. MTG
  16. These will be approx. 31” in diameter. Will there be rubbing issues without a lift in your opinions? There are 255/65R16 on that are 29” that do not rub. MTG
  17. OK, following this thread and can someone clarify the advantage in this modification. Has been said that it improves handling and makes suspension stiffer. This would be a easily fabricated link if the advantages are truly significant. Please elaborate more. Thanks. MTG
  18. Checked the strut nut for movement to find none. Will have to wait for warmer weather to jack up, put on jack stands and inspect link ends and sway arm bushings. Those I changed on my 2000 Xterra front and rear. Guessing that this may be the culprit. Will keep this forum informed. MTG
  19. Has anyone experienced a front end suspension clunk associated with the sway bar bushings and sway bar link ends? Was replacement of bushings and link ends the solution? MTG
  20. Just had the struts and half shaftsreplaced within 200 miles by a reputable shop. The front end was aligned and I believe they would have found a bad LBJ, thanks for clarifying the acronym, or perhaps damaging the strut during installation. But, will go back to shop to discuss noise. MTG
  21. OK, looked at the sway bar links that look to be properly seated and good. I will remove the front plastic pan to check the sway bar bushings. MTG
  22. Please excuse my misinterpretation of LBJ. Must be an acronym that I not not of. MTG
  23. Replaced the front struts and half shafts on my 2000 SE. But, still have a front end noise when going over bumps. Any ideas? Thanks and merry Christmas. MTG
  24. Solved my paint problem. The spot that required a small touch up was on the roof under the roof rack cross bars difficult for most, particularly my small stature wife, to view. Heck .5 onces exorbitant prices is BS. Therefore, carefully sanded, wiped well with alcohol and painted with Rustoleum blue right out of the can. Ninety five percent of people will never see this. My wife definitely will not unless she climbs 6’ ladder. Problem solved! I am not a genius, merely handy with paint and small brush. Good ‘nuff! MTG

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