Got to admit, this has me worried as we are taking mine out to Colorado this summer for a week and plan on doing Imogene Pass at the end of the trip.
I bought the truck with 112k on it, it now has 171ish. Out of those 59,000 miles, I've probably been in 4x4 30% of the time. I think the more important numbers here would be how long I've spent on bigger tires. I've been on 285/75s since July 2015. Since then I've probably done close to 28,000 miles. So maybe that gives you an idea, but remember, every situation is a little different. There's no expiration date. Some people might never break them, some might within the first 10k.How many years/miles of 4hi did you put on it before it finally gave out? I only spend about 20% of my time in snow country & about half of that in 4hi. Never 4lo. Just curious how long I should keep that stock front diff before worrying about it
The thing to remember is don't spin the wheels. Mine lasted right up until I forgot about that and got overzealous. Once you get the wheels spinning and there's a sudden stop, that's when they tend to snap. I wouldn't worry about it too much, just be careful with the wheel spin and remember to take it slow. I've seen some videos of Imogene, and I really doubt that trail would kill it.
We took our Xterra on a 6000km trip from BC to Colorado this past summer, did the Mineral creek trail up to and over Engineer Pass along with some offloading near Colorado Springs and never had an issue. Our X currently has 250000km on it, and I always try to keep things going nice and slow (no front tire spinning ) if I can help it. My rear e-locker does now have some issues so it will have to be replaced, and I want to re-gear to be able to pull my trailer and offload with less stress on the motor. I haven't had any front diff issues as of yet, but as I will have to replace it in order to re-gear anyways, I'm thinking that upgrading to the M205 may be the way to go. My issue here is that we don't have any local gear shops to install a new gear set. Something I need to figure out if I'm going to get an M205 and have it (and the rear ) both re-geared.
Haha yeah for what I do, I've got enough. I can see the appeal, but for me the added cost and having my tires stick out like that isn't worth it. Haha yeah when we finally get back out together and do a rig swap, I might be screaming for a full Titan swap. Can't wait to drive Frank, and I'd be interested what you think of Lola, other than being a lowrider
Jesus man. When stuff fails on you, it fails CATASTROPHICALLY! You never "kinda" break something, do ya?
Sounds like all kinds of fun.
Imogene pass is super easy. The only trail near there remotely difficult is Poughkeepsie Glutch. Everything else is simple roads you'll be fine.
:bigok:Go big or go home right? Haha
Yea I seem to always find a way to blow up something massively every other trip practically. Haha
Will have to get together again for sure soon!
Glad the diff swap went well.
Indeed!Very smart solution, that seems like it'll be a great upgrade. I appreciate attempting to stay closer to stock width. I'm sure this information will be helpful for a few sad frontier owners with busted diffs. :sombrero:
Cool. Thanks. That was the same part number I had seen. They are out of stock now, but I'll receive an alert when they are back in stock.Yessir, the Pathy CVs I bought are part number NI-8354 at $64.79 USD per side. The quality is great, the price is right, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
Wow, that was really fast! I know of one other guy that bought a set of four over on ClubFrontier. Hopefully they come back in stock soon. It would be really cool to see them carried regularly.Cool. Thanks. That was the same part number I had seen. They are out of stock now, but I'll receive an alert when they are back in stock.
Thanks! Yeah I'm pretty impressed with them. I'll be watching to pick up a spare later, seeing as how they're nearly impossible to find.That's a great write up. Just having those bolt on axles instead of the splined ones is such a bonus. It would make a trailside broken axle removal pretty easy. Now I just have to keep an eye out for the axles.
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