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    2003 LE 4x4
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    Los Angeles
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    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
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    Rarely Go Off-Road
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  1. how far along are you with the build?

  2. Ill check on that tomorrow. Thanks for the advice.
  3. Hey guys so I picked up another R50 the other day. Only reason I bought it was because it was a manual and figured they were hard to find. It was also cheap imo and got it below $1000. The truck doesnt go into 4LO, any ideas? Maybe someone here even knows this vehicle. I have another build tread that Ive linked below and now I have to decide which one to actually use as my base. So far i have been just reconditioning the LE and have time to decide before the major mods. Anyone have experience they can share about off-roading both a manual and an auto? Which do you prefer? Here are some pictures.
  4. Ok, so I started to clean up the engine bay because it had a bunch of oil leak residue on the lower parts especially all over the rack and pinion. Not sure where the leaks are coming from yet but its super clean now and I will be able to see shortly. I did however notice that the vehicle is blowing smoke from the exhaust. Its weird because it doesnt do it on start up and doesnt do it until the engine is at operating temperature. It also doesnt blow smoke unless you give it some throttle and after a short trip it stops completely even under load. I was suspecting that it might be valve seals but since its not smoking right on start up I'm thinking that's not it. Im going to change the PCV valve today because I'm sure it has not been done yet. Optimistically hoping its not the rings but either way not worried because these engines, even thought I don't plan to replace it, are not that expensive($700). Here is a video. https://i.imgur.com/P6VzJjb.mp4
  5. I understand now thanks for the clarification.
  6. Solid advice and Im pretty much going to do what your saying.
  7. Wait didnt your pathfinder already come with 4.6 gear ratio since its an SE? Why exactly did you replace both front and rear diffs? Was the rear not lsd before?
  8. Does any have pictures of this exact same setup and tire size?
  9. So after putting more thought into this build I am now interested in doing a SFD either early on or in the future. If I decide to do the sfd is that typically done before the 2" coil lift or can it be done after the 2" coil lift? Also I read here that I will need different rear springs if a sfd is involved(WJ). So if thats the case will the LR 9447 not be needed anymore or will they still work fine? Would it make sense to start with a 2" lift and see how that works for me and then potentially do a sfd if I feel that its lacking? Will any of the recommend components go to waste with this route? Will I have to redo a lot of work to install a sfd if I already have a 2" inch lift? Also read a few threads where no sfd kit is currently available for the R50 and that you have to source the components individually. I checked out Hawairish's thread about their sfd kits but not sure if any are available for sale. How much are they anyway?
  10. I just put rear upper and lower trailing arms yesterday since they were both toast. The rear would jerk when moving from Park to drive or reverse. I also looked into the Procomp rear shocks you mentioned but didnt see that model number on eBay. Also what type of shocks would I need in the front for the setup you recommended? Also any reason for the 9447 springs over the 9448? I tried to skim the whole 13 page thread about it but still not sure.
  11. Thanks for the info about the 4" lift and everything else, didnt realize it was that high. Thats definitely out of the question then because thats not what I need and will cost too much.
  12. I got this pathfinder for $500 at the auction since I've been wanting to build a mild off-road vehicle for some time now. After doing some research I just want to check with you guys if its worth putting money into the LE version or should I just sell it and get a different platform/version. After reading a bunch of forums I still dont have a clear answer. I now know that this R50 doesnt have the rear LSD and it only has the 4.3 gears. It also has the auto switch 4x4 on the dash instead of the floor switch which appears to be the less desirable option although im not entirely sure if thats correct. My goal is to take be able to take to Mammoth Mountain(snow), some offroad trails with water crossings, and still be able to drive it around town if needed. I have a few other cars so the last part is not essential. Ive included some picture of what my end goal is but I dont want to go spending money if in the end I have the wrong configuration and the off-road capability is subpar. I know this model is not able to rock climb since it has no solid front axle so I dont have unrealistic expectations. Just want to be able to keep up with more expensive off-road vehicles. Also what mods would I need to make to increase the off-road capability in the drivetrain? I should also add that I dont want to throw crazy money into this project but rather have a budget build with off-road results to show for it. I have access to cheap mechanics so swapping diffs or suspension parts from the junk yard is not a big deal.

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