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by kevinthefro
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: R51 Suspension and Steering
Topic: Stumped: Front suspension new but still have bump steer
Replies: 6
Views: 4281

Re: Stumped: Front suspension new but still have bump steer

Regarding "oscillation" noted by the OP - I too have been fighting this for a couple of years and finally got results I can post. In the end it was about finding a good alignment shop. My original alignment shop was great - actually Eric was great. He worked on my old QX4 after I ran it onto a bould...
by kevinthefro
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: R51 Suspension and Steering
Topic: Coil spring dimensions
Replies: 1
Views: 2177

Front ID 81mm
Rear ID 121mm

Height I cannot measure now.
by kevinthefro
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: R51 Suspension and Steering
Topic: Radflo vs OME: Price justified?
Replies: 2
Views: 2310

Re: Radflo vs OME: Price justified?

OK I'll bite. I bought the Radflos right after I got the Pathy. Quality is good. Ride was very firm (600 lb springs)- I took out my front sway bar and could barely tell the difference! Anyway, what does "rebuildable" really do for us? Unless you have a spare car you need to keep a 2nd set to drive o...
by kevinthefro
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: R51 Brakes, Tires, and Wheels
Topic: V8 Brake Upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 15156

Very nice! In theory, proportioning should not be an issue because increasing the front braking power decreases even further the likelihood of the rear tires locking up before the front. For anyone who doesn't know, all cars are designed from the factory to lock the front wheels first - if the rear ...
by kevinthefro
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: R51 Brakes, Tires, and Wheels
Topic: V8 Brake Upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 15156

Only for half a day. The majority of the difference is from the bigger rotors.
by kevinthefro
Tue May 28, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: R51 Body Interior and Exterior
Topic: Custom DIY Roof Rack
Replies: 11
Views: 8378

Thanks for the kind words. Awesome. Thank you for all details. Are you interested in producing them for sale? That is a great question. Somebody would have to talk me into it. It was a hugely labor-intensive project. The high-end Gobi and Baja racks are in the $1,500 range, and even charging that mu...
by kevinthefro
Wed May 22, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: R51 Suspension and Steering
Topic: Do Armada Rear Springs Provide Lift?
Replies: 13
Views: 10323

Last week I put in the Moog 81085 Armada SE rear springs and got 3.3" of lift over stock. Chopping off a little more than a full coil brought it down to my target of 2", plus stiffened it up a bit more which I also wanted. Previously I was using the PRG spacer and Airlift bags. I think this is a muc...
by kevinthefro
Mon May 20, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: R51 Body Interior and Exterior
Topic: Custom DIY Roof Rack
Replies: 11
Views: 8378

Custom DIY Roof Rack

As we know, nobody in the States makes a direct-fit roof rack for the Pathy - the 4Runner racks are a little too wide and a little too short for the roof - so I decided to make my own. That required me to come up with a design, and learn how to weld. Then, just to make it extra hard, I decided to us...
by kevinthefro
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: R51 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain
Topic: $500 3.69 Gear Upgrade
Replies: 28
Views: 16296

Hi Mark, Regarding the carrier split, I'm not sure I'm following your 5.6% difference logic. It's my understanding of ring and pinion sets in general that they match each other using the same carrier. So a 4:10 ring gear is thicker to compensate for the smaller pinion, compared to a 3.45 set, such t...
by kevinthefro
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: R51 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain
Topic: Clutch-based LSD for R180 from Russia.
Replies: 10
Views: 3935

Clutch-based LSD will transfer 100% of the torque to whatever wheel has traction. Absolutely true, if, as you said, you are under POWER. If you are trying to crawl over rocks slowly, the lifted wheel will spin. Amigo, I'm trying to save you money and aggravation, not trying to prove a point. If you...
by kevinthefro
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: R51 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain
Topic: Clutch-based LSD for R180 from Russia.
Replies: 10
Views: 3935

My understanding is that number .8 (80%) is not a gear ratio but the torque split ratio, meaning the maximum torque split is 80/20. A regular differential has a torque split of 50/50, so if one wheel is on a slippery surface and can only muster 100 ft/lbs of torque pushing against the ground, then t...
by kevinthefro
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: R51 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain
Topic: Clutch-based LSD for R180 from Russia.
Replies: 10
Views: 3935

My thought is: the Pathy comes with an electronic Limited Slip function and a mechanical LSD will offer little or no improvement over that so no, I would not want a mechanical LSD, regardless of price. I've watched the Nissan electronic LS engage numerous times when offroading, both on my car and my...
by kevinthefro
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: R51 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain
Topic: $500 3.69 Gear Upgrade
Replies: 28
Views: 16296

I've got a great deal on RD196, so I would like to use it. Not sure how to go about getting a spacer of the correct dimensions. I'm DIYing everything so far. That "some machining" part is not a possibility for me (with RD201). But I can sandwich a spacer between ring and carrier. I'm hoping it's an...
by kevinthefro
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: R51 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain
Topic: $500 3.69 Gear Upgrade
Replies: 28
Views: 16296

Sorry for the resurrection. With regards to the 3.69 gears and G35 carrier: is that carrier supposed to work with ARB RD196 without having to use a spacer? I'm working with a c200k diff. The ARB RD196 is a carrier. The stock carrier is discarded when you put in a locking carrier. The RD196 carrier ...
by kevinthefro
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: R51 Electrical
Topic: 4-pin to 7-pin Electrical Problem - Please help!
Replies: 1
Views: 2137

I got the same Amazon relay and it works fine. I bought a used trailer and the brake lights didn't work - the trailer plug had not been used in a long time and was fairly corroded. Lots of plugging and removing to scrape the corrosion off the pins and then the lights worked. Did you use the Nissan 7...

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