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The_Oregonian last won the day on February 12

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    2002 Pathfinder SE Dobinsons Front Lift Springs, LR 9447 Rear Springs, Bilstein 33-185552 rear shocks, Pro Comp 15” Steelies, General Grabber ATx in 31x10.5, Warn manual hubs, Wilco Hitchgate High Clearance Spare Tire Carrier
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    PDX Oregon
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    Wrench And Socket Set Mechanic
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  1. I'll preface this by saying that I have a VQ35 Pathfinder and don't have direct experience with a VG Pathy, however: 1. It's my understanding that the VG's are pretty under-powered. For example I was following a friend and former 3.3 Pathy owner who still frequents NPORA forums ( @zakzackzachary ) up a highway grade. He radioed me and asked how my 3.5 was doing out of curiosity - I never went beyond 1/4 throttle and stayed in 3rd gear the whole way up. He said that his 3.3 would have been screaming at full throttle by the top of that grade just to keep up with traffic (correct me if I'm wrong Zack). I would expect this to be even worse at Colorado elevations. 2. Your 3.3 is a stout engine - I wouldn't be super concerned about running at 3.5-4k RPM for a period - it can handle it. Because of this I'd be more concerned with the over heating. Consider checking the condition of the radiator, doing a coolant flush, check for coolant leaks, check condition of the radiator cap seal etc. I'm open to being corrected by others as well...
  2. I THINK you'll be okay with the SE roof rack. I've seen others run heavier traditional soft-shell RTT's which are probably 120-130lbs. I'm not aware of published load ratings for the rack but maybe someone else is...
  3. Looks great! I somehow get trail rub in the rear that caused me to break some of the fender flare clips with 31X10.5 tires, 3.75" backspacing, and 33-185552 Bilstien 2" extended shocks... I'll be interested in seeing what solution you come up with.
  4. I think it looks good. I think I've seen someone do similar with the NISSAN lettering on the grill but I can't find the image... I think it may have been a honeycomb style grill though. If you end up doing this please keep us posted! Also - I was looking into doing retrofit headlights as well, but on one of the Pathfinder Facebook groups a guy posted who is making these - https://www.etsy.com/listing/1166716931/darthfinder-5x7-headlight-enclosures and I ordered a set. It allows you to run 5x7 sealed beam style LED headlights. Was closer to a plug and play so I figured I'd give it a shot.. Not completely sold on the look, but I wasn't quite ready to tackle a DIY retrofit kit and like you I'm tired of the factory halogens...
  5. I'll preface my response by saying I am no means an expert on this - so take it for what it is.... I was going to suggest a road force balance so I would wait until that is complete without going much further. That said it's probably worth jacking your front end up and double checking your wheel bearings for extra play as well as making sure your ball joints, tie rods etc. don't have excessive play just to definitively rule that out. It may also be worth playing around with different tire pressures (plus or minus 5psi or so) to see if you can dial the wobble down a bit that way. Were your steelies brand new or did you pick them up used? Are you confident a wheel or 2 isn't bent/warped? How bad is the wobble? I also have steelies and 31's and I have a tiny bit of wobble at freeway speeds but it's so minor I have to be actively thinking about it to even notice. Steel wheels and oversized AT/MT tires are notoriously hard to balance so it may be the nature of the best... Hope that helps.
  6. Off topic for this thread but this seems to be what you are looking for - https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/arb-sahara-bar-black-3938040/_/R-BHWQ-3938040
  7. Coastal Offroad makes a weld it yourself kit that I believe is winch ready - https://www.coastaloffroad.com/product-category/1996-2004-pathfinder/ Other popular option would be ARB
  8. Finally have a couple of new updates. Installed front & mid skid plates as well as a missing link from SF Creation. I had the front plate, and missing link powder coated by Steve, but left the mid in raw aluminum. Also got a rear window molle panel that a guy who is local to me was fabricating and selling them in one of the Pathfinder Facebook groups. He sells them in raw aluminum, but I went ahead and painted them in rattle-can bed liner. Install was a bit of a pain, and made me wish I had an additional arm to hold the thing in place (he doesn't pre-drill the holes etc. so you have to mock it up etc.). Came out pretty good in the end though. I also got a gift certificate for Weather Tech for my birthday, and since I already have their mats and rear cargo liner I opted to try out their seat back protectors to gain some additional storage options. They are not cheap but as with all Weather Tech products they are made in the USA & are very high quality. They don't install the way that is intended on the seat bottom so I routed the straps underneath the brackets that bolt the seats to the floorboard, and it worked great.
  9. Got it. I'm surprised they settled like that so quickly. It may be worth letting us know what brand of spring you got so others can steer clear... My advice (as I detailed in my first response) would be go with a high quality OEM replacement springs. I don't think a lift will be worth it for your use-case.
  10. I suppose that's true - I took it as he replaced the rear with cheap replacement springs and they are already sagging/worn without a load. OP - Are you able to clarify if you are sagging without a load, or sagging when loaded with camping gear/trailer/etc.?
  11. If I were you I wouldn't do spacers - or even a lift. From what I've seen most people that go with spacers at first end up wanting to switch to springs soon after because the ride/handling is so compromised. On top of that with spacers you're changing the entire geometry of the front suspension and running the risk of wearing out your CV Axles. If this is your daily driver, and you only use it occasionally on light forest roads why lift at all? A lift in general will only make it worse to drive on the street (higher center of gravity resulting in worse cornering/handling & increased rollover risk, decreased gas mileage because of increased coefficient of drag etc.). Go with a good quality OEM replacement suspension and your Pathfinder will serve your needs extremely well and will be plenty capable tackling your camping trips. That's my opinion and welcome yours.
  12. I haven't - but I have heard good things about the Sumo Springs kit which seems to be a similar product - https://www.superspringsinternational.com/shop/ssr-625-40/ . Here is a video that was done with these on a Pathfinder for reference -
  13. Now that you mention it I do think they're aluminum.
  14. Thanks for taking the time to post this @hawairish. I may be hitting the pause button, and looking for a fabricator.. The mounts are a good idea - I have the factory side steps kicking around..
  15. Hmm - this is what I was concerned about. Thanks for the feedback.

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