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My Pathy project - Lifting


ramdala
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Dear All Nissan people :friday:

 

I’am introducing this project with my R50 Pathfinder 2002 3.5 MT. Everything started with the idea to have a family rig to go out, camping and have fun.

 

What has been done so far:

 


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  • Front : 4” Lift with Subframe drop and cardanic joint to replace steering extension.
  • Rear: 4” lift. I have used rear WJ coils with 4,5” lift, mounted with adaptors. This setup provide a little “rake” in the back (+- 1”), but I am waiting to the suspension to set down before to cut a little more of the coil to level the truck. Installed Procomp struts and a panhard drop.
  • Brake Lines: New brake lines are required for safety in the front (2) and necessarily in the back (1). Since I was changing lines, I changed brake and clutch fluid too.
  • Differentials Breathers: You need to change both breather hoses with larger ones. Diameter of front and rear are not the same… just if you want to be purist.
  • Tires: I’m running my old tires right now 255/70/R16 (30x10), and I’am debating If to put 285/75/R16 ( 33 x 11,5) or 265/75/R16(32x10.5)… last weekend I go wheeling and I think I made my mind to go with 32”.
  • Wheels: Original wheels mounted with 1,5” spacers

 

 

 

Front Lift

 

In first place you need 4 blocks to lift subframe, 2 blocks for the engine, and 2 mcpherson spacers.

 

Front subframe and motor

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Rear subframe blocks:

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And two spacers for the McPhersons

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All the credit for the drawings and the idea can be found in this thread:

http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=23821&st=0

 

 

I bought my setup from krfabs.com (blocks, brake lines,panhard drop, spring adapters)

 

 

Let’s begin with the installation (Everything was done at home with manual tools) and get to work:

 

First of all hand brake, raise the front, put some jacks stands in the support points and reassure that all is well secured. Remove wheels and front suspension.

Jack points for Pathfinder:

 

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With jacks..

 

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Removing fron struts, careful with brake lines and abs connector

 

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Well, with front suspension out I have changed some parts:

 

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Then you mount every mcpherson, put spacers blocks on and the two towers will wait to be installed at the end of the process.….just a pic to show how this will be at the end.

 

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Now, from my point of view, come the most complicated and more time consuming part of the job: to install the blocks on the subframe.

My 9 steps recipe is:

 

1.- Take the CV’s out. With the CV’s out I changed the 4 bellows (?) In Chile you can do that for about usd60. I think that you can work much better with them out.

 

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2.- Drop front differential. You can use some straps to hold it and not to put it on the floor…

 

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Well finally with that you can reach motor mounts.

 

3.- Loose motor mounts , just loose them.

 

Location and torque specs:

 

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4.- Lock the engine to keep it posicion relative to the unibody fixed. I have used a pair of hidraulic jacks.

 

5.- Unplug the steerig wheel conection to the rack and the pressure senso. This is the joint and the replacement part:

 

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Be careful and do not let the steering wheel move because you can loose the alignement ant maybe Airbag/abs “coordination”.

 

6.-You have to loose the steering hose in two places:

 

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That is the adaptor that I have made to keep the hose from moving around. That is the beta version, the final product is painted antirust black

 

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The other one I have no pics but is on the passenger side.

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7.- Loosen subframe bolts and move it down +- 5” just to put lifting blocks. First bot the upperside then the lower one to the subframe.

Some specs..

 

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Engine mount spacers blocks:

 

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Front subframe blocks:

 

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And rear subframe blocks

 

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8.- Finally you lift the subframe, tighten bolts, mount CV’s, struts and whells. Final torque with wheels on the ground.

 

9.- Have a beer and admire your front lifted!!!!

 

 

OK, now to the rear:

 

First of all, release the panhard support that is on the driver side and remove both shocks. Then lift the rear (blocking the front wheels) and remove original coils.

 

For replacement coils I have used WJ coil that as an internal diameter almost identical to the one that pathy uses. As you see in the pic, the Wj coil has two “pig tails” You shound cut ONE of them( the one that goes to the upper support) the other one will sit on the adaptor.

 

Coil comparisson:

 

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To munt the adaptor you have to drill and to enlarge the original hole on the lower support:

 

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This is the adaptor where the coil will be mounted:

 

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After you mount the coils, You can install a panhard drop. There is need to make a new hole.

I have a problem with the krfabs adaptor because the holes were not lined up and I ended cutting a piece of the panhard support of the truck.

 

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And finally the panhard drop installed.

 

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Brake lines install

 

Front Brake line detail

 

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And the new one on the rear:

 

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Whell that’s all for now…have a nice beer, relax and enjoy your new lifted pathy : - )

:beer::friday:

 

 

And a last pic from the weekend...testing the lift

 

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Man it looks sick. Love the suspense. I was scrolling down thinking "Where in the fsking world is a picture of the whole truck?" XD last pic has it.

 

Once again. nice rig.

 

:rofl:

 

Thanks for your comments! And for your patience ... other pics from the weekend :-)

 

 

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Hey sorry to be so blunt about it but. In that pic with all the trucks could you find out what rims that guy in the four door pick up in front of your rig has. They look SICK.

 

Hi, no problem with that but so far I could not know which brand/model is.

 

Dude, your install pic's gave me flashbacks!!!

 

Nice write-up, well done. It looks great.

 

Thanks!! now waiting for the new tires... im going on 32's

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Man, i just went through that install last week. Nice right up and pictures. I'm currently modifying the rear sway bar by cutting the shaft and welding on an extra 6" of steel rod to get it back to where it's supposed to be. I will be able to get more flex with this mod now. Will take pictures of it tomorrow.

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Man, i just went through that install last week. Nice right up and pictures. I'm currently modifying the rear sway bar by cutting the shaft and welding on an extra 6" of steel rod to get it back to where it's supposed to be. I will be able to get more flex with this mod now. Will take pictures of it tomorrow.

 

Hi, thanks for your comments. I have broke the rear sway bar a year ago and I have removed it. No noticeable effects with the bar out. Please upload your pics !!

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Hi, thanks for your commnets. I have broke the rear sway bar a year ago and I have removed it. No notiseable effects with the bar out. Please upload your pics !!

 

Maybe Timmons is refering to the Pan Hard Bar and not the sway bar. I took my sway bar off 2 years ago and haven't looked back.

 

Ramdala, where were you guys wheeling? I always like to look up where people wheel their rigs. Thanks!

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Maybe Timmons is refering to the Pan Hard Bar and not the sway bar. I took my sway bar off 2 years ago and haven't looked back.

 

Ramdala, where were you guys wheeling? I always like to look up where people wheel their rigs. Thanks!

 

 

 

Actually the rear sway bar. I'm a bit nervous hauling a large trailer without my rear sway bar attached. I'm going to mod it today.

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Actually the rear sway bar. I'm a bit nervous hauling a large trailer without my rear sway bar attached. I'm going to mod it today.

 

Wow, then yeah, please post that up. I've heard of folks extending the links to the sway bar, but haven't seen adding length to the bar itself. Can't wait to see it.

 

Sorry if I :jacked: a bit ramdala, but please let us know where you were out 4-wheeling.

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Wow, then yeah, please post that up. I've heard of folks extending the links to the sway bar, but haven't seen adding length to the bar itself. Can't wait to see it.

 

Sorry if I :jacked: a bit ramdala, but please let us know where you were out 4-wheeling.

 

Yeah that's exactly what I was thinking, I have never seen an extended bar, just extended links....pics pics pics please :-)

 

We have all kind of terrains relatively near. Mountains with ski centers at one hour travel and beaches with a sand dune camp at 2 hours to the oposite direcction...Rock crawling we can do relatively close to. Mud... winter and mainly the southern part of the country. For me 4x4 is to be with my family and friends, so i love to travel, go to dunes and explore....and bbq :-) I dont know if I have answered your question yet... :blah:

 

In a Lake on the south of the country

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Day trip to the mountain and to a natural hot spring

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Playing in a dune field

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Southern part of the country

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Hello All,

 

Just want to share that the kit has developed some whobble and some cracking noise...So my strong advice is to weld the blocks.

After Welding, no more strange noises and the felling of the truck is more "solid" :beer: .

 

 

 

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Just wanted to clarify, in order to run WJ coils in the back, did you have to get the adapter? They wont just fight right in on their own? Thanks!

 

Hi,

 

On the back you sit one tail pig down to an adapter because it will not fit the original location. Pig Tail diameter is smaller than the original location support.

 

Rgds

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