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Nissan Pathfinder Owners: Accessories & Modifications

johnskevjohnskev Posts: 98
edited September 17 in Nissan
i'm looking for a place to get a cool hitch receiver plug/cover. it would be really cool if i could find a nissan/infiniti one like all the chevy/ford/dodge ones i see in people hitches, but i can't find one. does anyone know a good place to get cool ones? maybe with a batsignal?
(i've checked carparts and jcwhitney, but they either have plain ones, or the chevy/ford/dodge ones, nothing cool)

-johnskev
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  • Has anyone used a non-Nissan hitch and harness on the '01 Pathy? How was the fit and finish? Is it more "universal" than the factory hitch? Also, is there any benefit to go factory or aftermarket? I am looking to tow my racecar (real soon!)

    thanks,
    nismofreak
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    For those interested, the Husky Liners for the PF are a marvelous fit. With my Beige Leather Interior, the beige color of the liner blends in very well. I got the whole set (Front, Rear and Cargo) for about $130.00 at carparts.com. Delivery takes a while, like most things at carparts.com but it was worth it. The liners have saved me more than once in clean up. Just hose it down and dry it, you're ready to go again.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Based on your recommendation, crikey, I also got the Husky liners and I'm really happy with them. I've noticed 2 flaws with them (minor). The rear seat liners block the heat vents under the seats so it takes longer to heat the rear passenger compartment. Also, the driver's side liner doesn't have a foot pad and it's starting to get scratched up pretty good.

    About carparts.com....I'll never order with them again. It took over 2 months for delivery, the front and back sets came 3 weeks apart, and I got a message every week that delivery would be delayed just one more week (7 "one-week" delays in total). Those folks have got to get their act together.
  • brian60brian60 Posts: 76
    have any of you ever dealt with with nissanaccessories.com? I need to get some side moldings, but so far you guys have only brought back horror stories about dealing with these parts sites. BTW, they only want ~$32 for the side moldings - does this sound too low to anyone else (says that's for two side moldings - hopefully left and right side, but it's not clear in the description).
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    I don't know if the sites are related.

    They sell the side moldings for $32 also. I have ordered side molding from them twice, for both my 99.5 LE and my 2001 LE. Delivery was fast (around 2 weeks) with no hidden costs or delays. This was especially impressive as I live in Canada (Calgary). Unless their service has changed in the last 3 or 4 months, I would highly recommend them. Hope this helps.

    BTW, I'll try and post some pics of the side moldings on my trucks on this site (if I can figure out the NASA coding system...).
  • loboyloboy Posts: 75
    Like Phil47, I also ordered some accessories from nissanpartsusa.com, including the side mouldings. However, I can't speak too highly of them since it took them 2 months and 3 shipments to get the order right with one cancelled order. The side mouldings did come in on the 1st shipment (about 3 weeks) but the left mouldings was out of its wrapping and it looked pretty scratched up. There are 2 mouldings per side, so you'll need to order both sides. I haven't order from othe sites so I'm not sure how nissanpartsusa compares. But from reading previous posts, it may the lesser of all the "evils". :-)
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    Yeah, you're right about the rear seat liners blocking the heat vents under the seats. I never really noticed that because no one rides in my back seat right now. Thus, no one complains about it. And yeah, the driver's liner doesn't have a 'dead-pedal' on it. But I agree, there are minor flaws of an otherwise good product.

    I didn't wait as long as you did. Mine was about 2 weeks and they all came at once.

    Did you modify the cargo liner for the floor hooks, etc.? If so, how did you do it? Did you cut around it?
  • i purchased the factory all weather floormats. great mats: thick solid rubber, 'dead-pedal', deep grooves for snow. the main drawback would be that they are only available in black, though i have a beige interior and i don't think it hurts it that much, the functionality won me. they're about $50 for 4 mats, and they fits perfect.

    -johnskev
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Actually, I have the Nissan cargo liner (very similar to Husky). Same problem though. I ended up cutting flaps in the marked positions (cut out 3 of 4 sides) on the "inside" of the ridge so the ridge still stops some spills. I wanted to be able to fold them back down when not in use. It won't stop the leaks, just slow them down.
  • johnskev
    I paid $44 for my set but I didn't get a "dead pedal" with mine. It does piss me off because there is all this mud and crud on the exposed dead pedal (which we all know is not a real dead pedal).

    It is a pain to get the mud out of the carpet even though it is only around that area.

    '01 SE 4wd Auto.

    7500 smiles! :-)
  • brian60brian60 Posts: 76
    well, after reading through some of the earlier posts, i decided to give irontoad a call. they were very pleasant to deal with and said that they should ship out on thursday. i also like the fact that they list the price of the moldings at $64/pair instead of the single price shown on other sites. so far, thumbs up from me.
  • brian60brian60 Posts: 76
    i'm not usually one for mucho accoutrements on my vehicles, but i was thinkin of a hot setup the other day: (pick color) LE PF, black grill/brush guard, black aftermarket SE-style running boards, and black Yakima roofrack with two bike holders and a snowboard or surf rack in the middle. haven't decided if i like the taillight guards yet. anyone see a setup like this in person? anyone want to setup their PF like this, so i can see what it looks like before i buy everything? :)

    99.5 Silver LE 4WD (basically an '01 with asthma)
    24.3k miles
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    ...I like that one. Almost as much as I like saying the word "accoutrements" (did you use the spellcheck on that!!)
  • I got the nissan winter mats, not too excited about the black that was sort of discolored in some spots. But other than that, they seem to fit Ok. Hard to put in mats that smell bad of rubber in your "new car smell" pathfinder. Anyway, what's a 'dead pedal'?

    Any reviews on the nissan hitch-mount bike rack?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Hi all, I have a 97 LE, and I was wondering if anyone has comments or experience installing an aftermarket rear wind deflector? I would like to try installing a QX4 deflector on my LE, because it attaches to the window hinges (no drilling into sheelmetal), but I'd like to know if anyone else has better ideas...

    Thanks.
  • xplorx4;
    Funny you should mention it, I just got my rear wind deflector on my 01 LE last weekend. I bought the psuedo OEM nissan rear wind deflector . I mean it comes in a nissan box from nissan (http://www.irontoad.com/home.htm) but it isn't quite the same as what you get on an 01 SE from the factory. There has been a little discussion about it being not as nice as the original but I don't think I agree. The way this one works is you replace the hinges (supplied with the deflector) with a hinge that has "stantions" on them and the wind deflector attaches to the "stanchions". The main complaint with this rear wind deflector is that it is made of what appears to be the same acrylic material the sunroof wind deflector is made of and some people think that looks rather cheap. To get around that problem I took mine in to the same place that put the pinstripes on for me and had them paint it sahara beige to match my LE. I think it looks great. The paint job cost about $100. Outrageous, I know, but I'm not that good of a painter and I wanted to get it done. I have complained about the amount of road crud that was collecting on the backside of my SUV when I went up to the sloppy mountain passes and I was hopping that the rear wind deflector would eliminate that problem. The jury is still out on that one. So far it seems like it may help but I think the back side is still going to get dirty.
  • loboyloboy Posts: 75
    Xplorx4,
    I also installed the same deflector as post #17 a couple of weeks ago and thought it looked pretty good on my white LE. I don't think I'm going to paint it though since it matches the sunroof deflector and the future hood deflector. As for effectiveness, as Stevinwshingtn puts it, jury is still out.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    loboy/steve- how much did the deflector cost? I might just get one.


    Thanks for your comments.


    http://dean.thayer.net/off-road/

  • I got mine from Irontoad. I think they are in Pennsylvania. With shipping to the west coast it was right around $70.
  • duperduper Posts: 127
    Checked out your site, very cool and nice. Love to see you taking your LE out with those X for the Jackson Excursion. I'd like to do that some day.

    What do you think of the Jimwolf charger? will the engine be much louder?

    Thanks, take care
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    If there's some off-road event taking place in Jackson, when is it, and where do I get info on it? I'd love to go, if I have the time!
  • duperduper Posts: 127
    Were you there on Oct 11 for the Pardoes Trail ride in Jackson with those in NCCX? I saw it on you site. Looked like lotsa fun.
  • loboyloboy Posts: 75
    Sorry for the late reply but I was in Vegas the last week. I got mine at nissanpartsusa.com. Paid $62.40+ship. I had a larger order so shipping was all bundled together. For my $275+ order, total shipping came to about $13-14. The only problem I had with nissanpartsusa was that the deflector, instructions and mounting kits all came separatetly and it took about 10 weeks. If you are ordering from them, I would call them first to verify all the items are in stock (which I didn't do). Hope this helps. Good luck
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    I've been doing some research on the web to find a bike rack, cargo liner and rear window reflector for my 2001 LE. I thought I'd post some of the results, starting with the list of car accessory sites I've found. A few of them have been posted here, but I thought some might find it helpful (have to string them out separated by a space to fit):

    atthemart.com irontoad.com autoaccessory.com autostockinc.com autosupermart.com carparts.com
    central4wd.com store.yahoo.com/future-nissan
    sportsrack.com nissan-accessories.com autobarn.net irontoad.com jcwhitney.com
    anybulb.com nissanpartsusa.com
    nissan-techinfo.com performanceproducts.com
    rackzone.com bicycleracks.com swagman.net
    rackwarehouse.com

    btw, the PF shop manual can be obtained from nissan-techinfo.com
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    I've narrowed it down to 2...the BVG revolution (with add'l 2 bike adapter + anti-wobble totals $250 at atthemart.com) and the SportWorks Mod (2 bike for about $215 or 3 bike for about $300 from a local dealer). The BVG swings out to allow access to the hatch without removing the bikes and it's very solid and holds 4 bikes for $250. The Sportworks is also solid, holds the bikes by the wheels only (no scratching!) but you have to remove the bikes to access the hatch (even then the racks are in the way) and they're more expensive. Any opinions? Probably going to go with the BVG, but looking for advice.

    I have a url list of 18 hitch racks that I found...if there's interest, I'll post those here, too.

    Tom
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    I'm interested in a hard-shell rooftop container for my 2001 Pathfinder LE. Anyone have any recommendations/leads? Thanks.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    I know this isn't necessarily Pathfinder-related, but I have owned several hitch-mounted bike racks that suspend the bikes from the top tube on the bike frame. Only the swing out carriers have the advantage of allowing access to the rear hatch.
    However, any rack that supports the bike from the frame will
    a) cause the bikes to swing back and forth during braking and acceleration, causing scratches or damage to the bikes or the vehicle bumper and
    b) not accomodate bikes with small, "women's style," or other unique frame shapes.

    I've also had racks that require removal of the front bike tire(s), and then you have to not only put a dirty bike tire in your truck, you have to hassle with removing and replacing the tire (which is also a dirty process).

    I'm rambling, but I've found that the inconvenience of not being able to open the rear hatch is outweighed by the convenience of having a rack that is incredibly quick and easy to use. Besides, the rear glass is still openable on the Pathfinder, so you can still reach in and get to stuff.

    Just my $0.02, er $2.00
  • Crikey,
    Let us know what you decide on a top carrier. I've had one of those cheap Sears boxes for a few years and really prefer the hard box to the soft. But, the el cheapo Sears box let water in on my last trip and I'm ready to upgrade. I've looked at the Yakima and Thule and they both look good. I'm leaning toward the Yakima Rocketbox primarily because of price and capacity. I also think I'll change to the appropriate rack system as well.
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    So it seems you recommend the SportWorks Mod over the BVG...ok. Couple of notes...I agree about the problem of swinging bikes - but the BVG has this bar (anti-wobble) that attaches to the wheels of each bike and is supposed to prevent that. And I'm imagining that it's not as easy to get to stuff thru the glass and I would think that the rack (even without the bikes) would be in the way of your feet...do you find this isn't a problem? (I believe you have the SportWorks, right?).

    In any case, thanks for the info.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Li sailor, yes, I have the Sportworks rack. The rack keeps the bikes just far enough away to allow access to the rear glass. Sure, it's a little more inconvenient to get between the bikes and the hatch, but it's still possible.

    I guess it comes down to this: If you run errands that require access to the rear, while you're carrying bikes frequently, then the extra hassle of hanging the bikes, strapping or clamping them on, and securing them to the lower bracket that prevents swinging is outweighed by the convenience of swinging out the rack.

    However, if the stuff you need to get to in the cargo area is just helmets, gloves, water bottles and packs (i.e. stuff for bike-riding) then just unload the bikes first. When you're done, put the gear in the truck first, then load the bikes.

    This has worked great for me.

    But, keep doing some more research. There may be a number of other types of bike racks on the market that work for your application better. Sportworks and BVG are only two manufacturers. There are a lot of other styles of racks out there now. My Sportworks rack is over 2 years old already, so there weren't as many alternatives available at that time.
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