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Nissan Pathfinder



  • nne3jxcnne3jxc Posts: 134
    After looking at the wheel wells again, I said "the heck with it" and glued the Legos in place. Yes, it is kind of a goofy mod, but both the fender and wheel tub are plastic, so I have no fear of body rot starting from trapped salt.
    For each side, I took 2 "8-bump" Legos (Black, so they wouldn't show), stacked them and epoxyed them together. Then I placed the glued Lego blocks horizontally into the gap between the fender lip and the tub about 8 inches from the bottom of the fender, pushing the tub forward about 1 inch. I then used a couple of dabs of epoxy to glue the blocks in place in the fender. I figure the Legos should be more than strong enough to resist any damage from road debris, but easy enough to cut out if necessary.
    I put up some pictures here if you want to see.

    BTW: re-reading my post from yesterday -- the change in diameter should be 1.5" not 1/5"
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Tires look great!! Did you purchase a new spare tire also? I heard that size will not fit in the spare tire space. Anyways, good job and great pictures. I liked how you outlined the locations in the pictures.
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    they lok great!
    We went to the 265/70-16's on our '01 5-spd SE two years ago, and just put another set on last month. I will never go smaller. The added width has not been a detriment in CO's snow. In fact, they absolutly STOMPED in last years 48" blizzard. mp;.src=ph&.order=&.view=t&.done=http%3a//

    In your last pic caption you stated "May not be enough for true off-roading" will be fine.
    We've had both the front and rear sets of tires fully "stuffed" into the wells and there is still clearance (1/2" to 3/4" - - dles+Oct.+2001&.dnm=110+Pathy+in+Devil%27s+Lane.jpg&.view- - - =t

    all pics can be seen here:

    Enjoy them!
  • nne3jxcnne3jxc Posts: 134
    Wow -- Great pics! I love the one in Devil's Lane.
    Mine will never see that much off-roading -- mud-filled dirt roads from the New Hampshire spring rains and thaw are about as "xtreme" as this truck gets. And I agree, I'll never go back to the OEM tires, the Yoko's handle so much better -- even with the slight rise in the center of gravity.

    lbinh: No, I didn't bother with the spare. If I have to I could limp it home with OEM spare. (Be an interesting ride, though...)
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    If you do use your (smaller) spare tire, be sure to place the spare on a front position, and use 2WD mode (not AWD or 4WD) until you can get a like-sized replacement tire. This kind of sucks if you get a flat in the rear, because you'll have to swap THREE tires instead of just two, but it's better than compromising your drivetrain. Using tires of different diameters can potentially damage the 4WD system if used over long distances.

    edit: Just saw your photos. Your truck looks great! Now all you need is a 1-2" lift to complete the look!
  • Hello All,

    I am new at this website. I think it's great that everyone sharing their ideas regarding vehical.

    I just got a new 2003 LE. It's much nicer than my old 95 PF. For Nissan Pathfinder, it has come a longways.

    One Problem I am experiencing is a noise coming from engine JUST AROUND 2,900 RMP to 3,100. Have not had a chance to bring it to the service department yet. It sounds like crakling noice as you are in too high of a gear in stickshif. Has Anyone experienced this problem? If you did what was the problem and the solution?


  • eagle63eagle63 Posts: 599
    Hey all, just got a 2003 PF SE and I'm loving it! (my first Nissan vehicle) 2 questions, however: Do all PF's have a LSD differential, or is this an option that I missed getting?
    Second, my owner's manual lists 2 different engines, but I thought all PF's came with the same 3.5 DOHC V6. Do you know what the differences are?
    Thanks in advance!!

  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    I just installed a 4'x 4' piece of Dynomat Xtreme under the rear seat. I am suprised Nissan did not insulate that area properly as well as it should. A lot of body metal under just 1 layer of carpet. There is that loose piece of rubber mat with foam but I doubt that actually makes a difference since it floats on the body panel loosely.

    I removed the jack, brackets and rear seats to get to the bare floor board. I sized and installed Dynomat Xtreme to all the areas I could. Skipping the Fuel pump area, wires, and bolts (4' x 4' piece covers 60-70%). The body panel that supports the rear seat bolts did not have any insulation at all. I covered that panel almost completely. Re-installed everything (less than hour to do). Test drove it and did notice a small drop in interior noise. I am sure a complete cargo area and wheel well (maybe even passenger floor boards) floor board coverage with Dynomat would make a big difference. That stuff is expensive though. Thought I would test under rear seat first and maybe move to other areas.

    Next thing for me is to replace the noisy OEM Duellers.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I installed 4 square inch of dynamat Xtreme in the trunk area. I didn't cover the wheel well but most of its surrounding area. No noticeable noise reduction was found. If I have n easy way to remove side plastic panel in the trunk I will probably install more dynamat.

    Hi ibinh, did you really notice a small noise drop, or could it be a psychological affect because you know there is something in there to supposedly reduce noise? The reason why I'm asking is since the material is expensive, I want to install it in the most efficient way and area.
  • I just bought a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder and need tires-255/65-16 and an alignment. I know the Bridgestones are original equipment-any recommendations for all season tires and alignment? thanks
  • nne3jxcnne3jxc Posts: 134
    If you go back a couple of pages you'll find several messages regarding replacement tires.
    I put Yokohama Geolandar AT Plus IIs on my 2003 and really like them. Others have mentioned a different model of the Geolandar as well as the Michelin LTX.
    The problem with replacing the Duelers is that there isn't a big selection of tires in the OEM size -- you have to move to a more standard size in order to have a better selection of tires.

  • I replaced the two belts a couple of days ago on my 2001 PF SE and now when I start the engine it makes a loud squealing sound when it first starts up. I am guessing that one or both of the belts needs to be tightened but have also heard somewhere you can cause damage if they are too tight. Any suggestions?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Hey all, just got a 2003 PF SE and I'm loving it! (my first Nissan vehicle) 2 questions, however: Do all PF's have a LSD differential, or is this an option that I missed getting?
    Second, my owner's manual lists 2 different engines, but I thought all PF's came with the same 3.5 DOHC V6. Do you know what the differences are?
    Thanks in advance!!

    Congrats on your purchase! I'm not sure if all '03 PF's came with the LSD, but it's easy to tell if you've got it: the rear differential shoul have an orange "Use LSD oil only" sticker on it.

    Also, not all PF's come with the VQ35 engine. The 3.5L engine was added only in North American Pathfinders. The rest of the world still gets the VG33E.
  • woodyr1woodyr1 Posts: 142
    Here in Canada, if you order the 03 Pathfinder with the automatic transmission package, it comes with traction control and other traction enchancements (VDC). Not sure how it is in the USA.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190

    without a sound meter it is very arbitrary. I used my conversation voice during highway speeds as a rough gauge. I know, it is not very accurate but the conversation was easier (very slight, it may be psychological as you stated) to listen to after the install. It is relatively small/incomplete test install.

    I would hesistate to tell you that it would make a further difference if what you already installed did not make a difference. Wind noise is still bad on windy days. Can't do anything more to help that. I am going to install new Dueler A/T Revos tires tomorrow. I think that would make the single largest impact in noise reduction.

    We will see. I will post my review after some holiday travel this week.

    I was thinking about the Yoko Geolander H/T-S GO51, Goodyear Forteras HL, Michelin Cross Terrain, and the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos. For the price, treadwear, wet traction, looks, and most improtant to me, road noise/comfort, the Revos can't be beat according to the numerous tirerack reviews. I have used their reviews on another passenger tire purchase and wasn't dissappointed at all.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Thanks Ibinh for the reply. Yes other than replacing with a low noise tire, I think it needs a fundermental re-design if Lexus-quiet is the goal.

    BTW I couldn't fine Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos at I put in 02 QX4 and it poped up with the same OEM tire I think. When it comes to a new tire, low noise/comfort is also my first consideration.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    is not available with 17" from Wish my wheels are 16" so the size of itself will let tire have more rubber and less noise.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Sorry to hear that Jiamin.

    I am assuming your '02 QX4 has more sound insulation because it is a luxury brand. If you do mostly on road driving then that might not be the tire for you. I read they make a whirling wind noise from 5-50 MPH. Silent >50MPH. It is because of the aggressive tread design (All Terrain tires). Looks great though even though no 17" size for yours.

    Alternative for you could be the Goodyear Fortera HL or the Yoko Geolander H/T-s GO51. Both are rated as low noise highway SUV tires.

    Since it is my fiance's car I have racked my brains over this decision and think I will go with the Luxury Highway Goodyears. Poor treadwear ratings (compared to others in category) from tirerack though. Might be taking advantage of 60K treadwear warranty. Will sacrifice treadlife for less noise. Will install today.

    Dueler A/T Revos are a better tire in the wet/dry but too many reviews about noisy tread(humming wind noise) at low speed. Best all terrain tire out there. Not for our highway traveling though.

    Hope Nissan addresses wind noise problem in current Pathies for the next generation model.
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    My 2001 QX4 came with Michelin LTX M/S tires...245/65-17's...Gone 35,000 and they still are good...Seem to ride well with not to much road noise...
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    After painstaking review of consumer comments on tirerack, I concluded that the Revos would produce more noise than I want in a all highway setup. I gave the Goodyear Forteras HL a try today and they are much quieter than OEM Dueler HT's. Holiday roadtrip will produce more comments later.

    Got the 255/70/16, $587.60 Discount Tire with $50 mail in rebate. Raised the car up noticebly, ~1 inch at least. Fills the wheel wells out nicely. Aggressive sidewalls are nice. The Yoko Geolanders H/T-s were my close second choice.

    Sorry to hear that QX4 and Pathy 17"s wheels are limited in tire selection.

    I heard Brown Bread deadener was the best value insulation out there. Heard it can reduce interior noise by 7-8 Decibels with full install. It is also cheaper.

    I hope they fundamentally incorporate more insulation on their $30K vehicles next time. Wind tunnel testing wouldn't hurt either. : P
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Try this. I know I am experiencing what he/she has solutions for. It definitely answers some of my lingering Pathy questions...Great DIY instructions and ideas.
  • I just put a set of Bridgestone Revo's 255/70/16 on an 03 SE, they fit great without any rubbing and look great on. The ride quality and handling is good once the tire breaks in (about 300 miles the tread squirm goes away and side walls become a little more forgiving), the road noise is slightly louder than the stock Toyo's but pretty damn good for an A/T tire.

    Watch out for decreased breaking ability with a larger diameter tire (1 inch change in dia between 65's and 70's makes a big difference). Also gas mileage has dropped by close to 2 mpg and acceleration and throttle response has been compromised a bit.

    Overall a great tire for anyone who will be driving in all weather and terrain conditions.
    Best tire I've ever put in the mud, I had the rear tires buried just below the hubs and pulled out without using 4wd.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would probably go with the Yokohama Geo's (appropriately sized of course). I hope this helps.
  • drbigzdrbigz Posts: 21
    Cold air intake and a regular intake? I want to get an intake kit for my 2001 LE but I don't know which one is right and how much it'll cost. I am looking to add more power to the truck. Is it an easy install? Which one would you recommend? I want it to be as quiet as possible.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The most basic aftermarket intake upgrade is to simply replace the paper filter with a high-flow filter such as a K&N. For more performance gains, you can install any of the systems below, both of which replace a portion of the stock intake system.

    1) Open-air cone intake, mounted inside the engine compartment. Click here for an example pic. This type of intake allows a higher volume of air to flow, but because it's mounted in the engine compartment, it draws warm air instead of cool air.

    2) Cold air intakes (CAI) are usually a type of cone filter with a modified intake tube. The filter is typically mounted outside the engine compartment in a protected area, such as behind the bumper or inside the fender. The advantage of a CAI is that it draws cooler air into the engine. Cool air is more dense (i.e. more oxygen molecules per volume) than warm air, so you get more power. The disadvantage of a CAI is that it is often more vulnerable to water ingestion (a very bad thing for an engine!), especially during off-road use.

    K&N makes a variation of this type of intake (I'm not sure if they have a 3.5L V6 Pathfinder application), but they call it a FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit). It's basically a cone filter mounted inside the engine compartment, but it is mounted in a protective box that insulates it from engine heat.
  • I am in the market for new tires on my 2001 Pathfinder LE. My originals are Dunlop Grandtrek with 40000. I'm not satisfied with the ride and wear. I am looking to get either the Toyo Open Country AT @120.00 a tire or the Goodyear Fortera HL edition @ 135.00. These prices include all except tax. I live in the New York area so will need a tire with good traction. Can anyone comment on either tire? Greatly appreciated.
  • I've got 85K on my P'finder and just put on my third set of tires...Michelin LTX's. Prior to these, I had the Toyo Open Country A/T (got 50K miles from them) They were definitely a decent tire i.e wear/mileage/traction. OEM tires were the Dunlop Grandtrek (terrible!)and were replaced at 33K. Summary....Toyo's much better than Dunlops, Michelins better yet!!! Michelin's are noticably quieter and better riding. I paid about $100/ for the Toyo's and about $110/ for the Michelins from TireRack. A $50 rebate brought the final w/shipping to around $400.

    Key point...rotate often!! I do every oil change (5K) Good Luck!
  • drbigzdrbigz Posts: 21
    Thanks for that explanation. I would have made another mistake had I not posted a question and got your answer. I'm not much of a handy man especially when it comes to cars. On the nissanx forum, someone mentioned a franken intake and I wanted to get your opinion on it. It's here
    Here's some pictures that someone has of it installed:

    Tell me what you think. Thanks in advance.
  • Has anyone had to use the hooks, with a tow strap ? The owners manual says only the front right is a tow hook, the other three are "tie down only", for vehicle transport.

    Also, I don't have the factory fog lights installed, with all the Pathys out there, has any manufacturer caught on to this, if you take out the fog light and the piece of plastic next to it, you can fit in one heck of light, multi-function that would be a cool look !!!
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    I finally had time to replace the Mobil 1 gear oil in my rear differential with the Red Line product that already has the friction modifier mixed in (see my post #7101), and my LSD is working correctly again! So it appears what Mobil told me is correct. Even though their product is labeled as being LSD compatable (I had the Mobil 1 product installed in my truck for several thousand miles, and it appears not to have damaged the LSD unit), if you want your LSD unit to continue to work, a friction modifier additive is required.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The intake looks pretty good, and I'm sure it will increase your engine's performance, but if you're not comfortable working on cars, I'd advise against adding this mod.

    Here's the reason: a performance tuning shop will probably need to install it for you. Most standard auto repair shops and the dealer won't even touch aftermarket mods. Expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for labor. If you have any engine problems later, you'll need to understand whether the addition of the intake is the cause or not. A dealer or other shop could potentially point the finger at the intake mod, and because you don't know what was involved with its installation, you wouldn't know any better. (You may even have to go back to the performance tuning shop for any future repairs.)

    Also, the K&N filter requires periodic maintenance (cleaning and re-oiling). This means you have to remove the filter from the vehicle and reinstall it after washing it. If you don't wash it and re-oil it properly, you risk ingesting higher levels of dirt into the engine.

    Basically, if you want to add this mod, you'll either have to become more of a "handy man" when it comes to your truck or have a deep pocketbook to pay a specialist to work on your truck.
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