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Old 04-15-2018, 01:03 AM   #631
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:09 PM   #632
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Xterra shaft diasassembled and measured, I'll need some 3" driveshaft material. Based on what research I did the driveshaft tube is gonna need to be about 47"-48", but I'll have to climb up under the truck and measure all that up to be 100% sure.
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:15 PM   #633
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Jeez. That's a LOT of rust, here in Texas.

Is that normal where you live?
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:23 PM   #634
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They do get crusty up here if you drive them in the Winter road salt.
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:13 PM   #635
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That's very common here, this is the rust belt.
Just yesterday I did a rocker panel job where I could put my fist up through the bottom of the car.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:32 AM   #636
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So much to tell, how exciting.
I've gotten my new driveshaft material cut. I'm not sure yet how long the shaft needs to be, so I had a 50" piece cut. The factory 01-04 frontier 1 piece shaft measures 45.5 or 46.5" (weld to weld) depending on whether or not the vehicle had the rear ABS sensor.

Given I don't have the rear ABS on my Xterra 3rd member, and my rear axle is pushed between 2-3" backward, I figure 50" is a good starting point. It's easier to shorten than to lengthen. My actual guess is the shaft will need to be 49", pure guess, let's see how close I am.


Spicer part number on the original (xterra) driveshaft flange, c2-3-2079. Fits into any TX-10, with about a 6" slip yoke. I feel like the D21 driveshaft has a slightly longer slip yoke, i'll check when I get both shafts out.


Test fitting pinion end into the new tube, slip yoke end needs some trimming and cleaning yet.

Oh and did I mention a special package showed up today?

Thats right, new chromolly axleshafts, 10yr warranty, with alloy U-joints.


Just look at those beautiful puppies, I sure hope they are strong, I know i'll find out.


Yukon chromolly (rusty broken one) Vs the new Alloy Chromolly, The alloy axles have a step down about halfway through, but have a MUCH nicer finished look than the yukon ever did. And did I mention a much better warranty?

Well that's all for tonight, large update, I also have a new exhaust to weld in on top of everything else, but that's not priority right now.
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Finally back on track here, who wants to see chromolly steel broken like a broomstick?



New axleshafts are installed, all new timken seals, timken wheel bearings, filled the front diff with fresh fluid, and went for a little test flex. Soon need to finish building the one-piece shaft, install it, and then take it back out and have it balanced.

But for this weekend I'm gonna just go out and do some trail riding in the woods.

Tight clearance out back
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Dang Syn, I need to teach you how to steer, and your parts will last a lot longer.

If you'd turn just a tad, you wouldn't even hit that boulder in your last pic.
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I got it figured out now.

Some of you guys are officially Nissan Madmen. If I were a little younger (uh, okay...a LOT younger LOL) I might try some of that crazy stuff.

Sounds like it's going okay for you, though.
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Yeah, Syn don’t give a damn. He’ll run right over anything in his way.
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