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Old 09-13-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
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Thought i'd update you guys on what i've been working on for the past few months...

Been driving the crap out of the truck at some of the local drift events- just hammering the thing





...and sure enough... after a while, the pathfinder LSD rear end i've been running, got tired... started to slip like a viscous diff. time to rebuild.



So while rebuilding the rear, i decided to tackle the two pages of 'to-do' items that I've been meaning to take care of, or had done in a half-assed way in the past. (some are still going to be half assed, but now with the other cheek if you know what i mean )


~~~~~ Keep in mind- this is all done on an extremely limited budget; craigslist, barter, junkyard, beg, coinstar.... ~~~~~




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The LSD pathy diff came with 4:6 gears, which might be good for four-wheeling, but is pretty wound up for a lowered street truck.

I'd been searching for better gears for a long time, and finally came across a 4x4 hardbody kingcab with a VG30 and 5speed trans... WITH an axle code of - HG37 !!!



It was an open diff, but the carrier has the same bolt pattern as the LSD carrier, so the ring gear would fit.
I pulled it (half off day at PYP by the way!!) and took it with the LSD, 4:6 rear to J&S Gears in Huntington Beach. all they do is rear ends, and a lot of them are for race applications.







The guy who runs the shop, John, swapped the lsd carrier into the carrier with the 3:7 gears. He said he would have rather used the 4:6 carrier (the silver painted one), because it was made of stronger metal, but he said he couldnt easily make it work, so we stayed with the 3:7 housing.

He also rebuilt the 4:6 gears with the open housing so i can change them out quickly if i ever want to run taller tires.

If anyone here needs these gears for an H233b rear end, hit me up





on the 3:7 carrier, two of the bolt holes didn't line up with the holes in the housing, so i drilled out two more in the pumpkin flange.



I replaced the bolts with hardened automotive studs, to make it easier to line up and install. plunked it in and slid the axles back in.

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DRIVESHAFT:

I had been running the stock frontier driveshaft with the rear pathfinder flange, which worked fine, but was about 1/2" too short. it put some strain on the carrier bearing, as it pulled it rearward.



so, while i had things apart, I took it to Drivelines Inc. in Mission Viejo. Wade, the owner, had a stub/slip assembly installed and balanced OVER NIGHT !! fastest working automotive shop i've ever seen! highly recommend.




Now the driveshaft has about 3" of extension/contraction with no strain on the carrier.
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so it was open def the whole time?? i thought you had weld def but what you did worked out better nice
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SEATS:


I picked up some Corbeau GT seats from a fox-body mustang for $100 !
faded, couple of holes, but in decent shape.



used some cloth-spraypaint to make em look a little better. came out ok...



had brackets made at Wedge Engineering in Long Beach. They sit a little tall- i may go back and see if they can cut them down a bit... but i'm happy with them overall.




this pic is before i painted the seats

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so it was open def the whole time?? i thought you had weld def but what you did worked out better nice
Nope, i've been running an LSD, but with super short gearing- the diff i picked up had the gears i wanted, so i harvested those, and put em on the LSD carrier.
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dang! your going all out ben. those seats are nice im jealous
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:33 AM   #7
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Very nice work.

Im wanting to weld the diff in the spare 95' hardbody rearend I have.
What do you recommend? I have a drift event next week..

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I can't really advise on welding rear ends. All I recommend is that you find someone very experienced to do it. Could be major trouble if it locks on the freeway :/
Let me know how it goes.
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Well, I guess ill keep it stock for now. My welding skills aren't top notch yet, its my first event so im not trying to do anything crazy.

Im jealous of that handbrake, I need to learn how to do the plumbing on a hydro brake.
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