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Old 07-01-2020, 03:40 AM   #21841
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Received the Terrano today. Initial examination shows excellent accuracy in the interior, including both left and right hand drive dashes. Proportions appear correct, but in order to build as a US-spec Terrano/Pathfinder, I'll have to shave the fender mounted turn signals.
If anyone is interested, I'll post pictures of the kit as well as the build-up.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:52 AM   #21842
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I decided on THIS SHIFTER from Amazon. Sort of matches the color of the truck. No worries. Will keep the stock shifter in the parts box.
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Old 07-02-2020, 03:15 PM   #21843
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I got a 4x4 shifter knob from the boneyard and use it for the transmission. The dimensions are the same for both knobs and the 4x4 knob had zero wear. The lady gave it to me for free.

I'm hoping that if someone ever tries to steal my truck, it'll confuse them and they'll just give up. LOL

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Old 07-02-2020, 08:57 PM   #21844
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I've been working on my '97 HB over the past few months and have replaced the worn out stock anti-sway bar bushings with Energy Suspension's red polyurethane kit(4 pieces), removed the leaky power steering gear unit and sent it to Rock Auto, whom sent it to LARES in MN for a full rebuild(came back in very nice condition and reinstalled it). I suspected an intake or exhaust leak or maybe both since failing the STAR smog test in CA. So I found and removed the 2 broken exhaust gaskets from the mid pipe to the bottom of the exhaust manifold and installed 2 new Fel Pro units and torqued the 14mm nuts to spec, torqued the exhaust manifold to specs, replaced the upstream exhaust manifold Bosch 02 sensor. Since it was showing a steady 3.5V at any rpm. Instead of the 0.45V output with another Bosch unit, removed all the engine management components on the right side of the engine(a royal pain with all that stuff in there!) to get to the intake manifold gasket to check for any leaks(all was good), put it all back together and under inspection. I have now discovered the lower steering joint(rag joint/steering coupler) has a tear from the outside diameter of the coupler to one of the bolt holes. So this now needs to be replaced. But I cannot seem to find them anywhere. The Nissan P/N is 48080-07G0A. Does anyone know where to find this part? If in stock, the dealer wants $245.00. But I'm not paying that price. Shouldn't there be a aftermarket company that makes these? I sent Energy Suspension an e-mail asking them if they make them. But their response was "We'll send it to the factory for consideration. But it's helpful if more people need/want this part too". Dorman shows nothing as well.

So can anyone point me in the right direction? It's literally the only part that's keeping me from driving my truck. The steering column doesn't look so attractive detached from the steering gear unit and sitting on top of the wheel well...

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Old 07-02-2020, 09:15 PM   #21845
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So can anyone point me in the right direction? It's literally the only part that's keeping me from driving my truck. The steering column doesn't look so attractive detached from the steering gear unit and sitting on top of the wheel well...

Thanks for any help!
My google search says that part is NLA. Id head to the junkyard, EBay, Craigslist for someone parting one out.

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Old 07-02-2020, 10:04 PM   #21846
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Much obliged, Good Sir!
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Old 07-03-2020, 06:47 PM   #21847
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Changed my transmission oil today. Both fill & drain plugs came out easily. Old fluid was far from clean but I've seen worse. A fair bit of metal on the magnet, all of it very fine. Filled with Royal Purple 75w140 GL-5 that explicitly claims compatibility with soft/yellow metals. I jacked up the front of the rig to maximize the drain and still couldn't quite get two full quarts in there. The factory spec of 4-1/8 pint (2 liter) capacity is for a new dry transmission. You don't need to buy a third quart for this job.

Changed the rear differential oil too. Both plugs came out easy. Again not the filthiest oil I've ever seen and what metal was on the magnet was all very fine. Filled with Mobil1 75w90 GL-5.

Changed the manual steering gearbox oil. Used a pump to drain it as best I could and filled with more Mobil1 75w90 GL-5. This oil was pretty clean and I can't feel any difference in the steering. Probably a waste of time but whatever - now I know it's good.

Found a wiring harness mounting bracket that was loose. Should have been attached to the exhaust manifold but was just hanging. The manifold cover bolts were rusted badly and twisted off. Yay. I made a guess with a self-tapping sheet metal screw and was fortunate enough to hit an empty space. The bracket is now attached to the manifold cover with that screw.

And last but not least I hit the bases of my wiper arms with some flat black spray paint. The old paint had worn away and the polished metal underneath would sometimes reflect the sun right into your face if the angle was right. Annoying. No longer. Couple of quick squirts of flat black and done.

Still loving my coil-over rear shocks and overkill tires.
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:54 PM   #21848
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I wouldn't trust anything GL5 no matter what it says on the box.
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Old 07-03-2020, 08:02 PM   #21849
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I wouldn't trust anything GL5 no matter what it says on the box.
I get what you're saying. I went with this stuff:
https://royalpurpledirect.com/max-ge...etic-gear-oil/

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Old 07-03-2020, 09:20 PM   #21850
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went on a wild goose chase today lol. went to see if i could get a front end alignment and everywhere was super busy, not too surprised, and went to a local shop who finished up my wagon about 9 years ago and got a quote on re doing my exhaust. exactly what i expected, said it would be about a grand, but his work is top notch so i’m probably going to do it. in fact i’m probably gonna buy a header and do a whole setup, but super tucked.
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