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Old 12-10-2006, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My brothers looking at a Nissan?

My brother recently lost his car in a accident and he is looking at a 95-96 hardbody. I have an Isuzu with a SAS but I used to have one with IFS and a 3+3 lift. How are the Nissan's I hear the steering is weak can they be made into a pretty good off roader
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Old 12-10-2006, 08:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If he gets a '95 he can get a V6. '96-'97 were 4-bangers only.

Steering is the only big weak point, lots of people building fixes these days. L&P Performance does a nice centerlink upgrade that takes care of it for not much $$.

All the normal mods are available, if you are used to Isuzu's then you know all about "limited market" for finding parts. Nissans are getting better to find parts for nowadays.

I'd tell him to buy it, get an L&P centerlink, a locker for the rear and some real tires and go play. They can do a fair amount like that. If he wants to SAS it Calmini sells a front crossmember to do a lead spring SAS, if he wants to keep the IFS he can get a Trailmaster 4" lift and combo that with a UCA lift for ~ 6-7" of lift overall. Stuff like T-case gears, sliders, bumpers, etc are pretty easy to come buy (but not entirely cheap).

Once he buys it tell him to post up on here and on www.4x4parts.com for ideas.
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What is the horsepower difference? Are v6's 165 hp and 4cyl 155hp

What are the low range ratio?

Should he get a Auto or manual?
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not sure the hp rating for those years, t-case gearing is more or less 2:1. Automotive customizers sells a 3.7:1 kit, and calmini sells a 4:1 kit for them. My preference would be a manual. The auto coolers have a history of plugging, many people just run an aftermarket one, and bypass the stock one. The auto's have a history of being semi-weak.
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Look for a 90-95 V6. 89 and older are TBI. 90+ are MPI.
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If he wants a 4x4 to wheel and build I reccomend a yota. Hardly any aftermarket for nissan.
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If he wants a 4x4 to wheel and build I reccomend a yota. Hardly any aftermarket for nissan.
But whats the fun in that? Everybody and their brother has a yota, plus they're usually more expensive (until you start modifying it, that is). In all seriousness I have to agree with comeonstart, unless your brother wants a more unique vehicle.

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A '95 V6 is 154 hp, and the 4 banger is 134hp.
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I have had the 4 banger and the V6 and actually my 4 has more power it seems. I run 32s with no problem. Definitly get a manual tranny.
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My brother recently lost his car in a accident and he is looking at a 95-96 hardbody. I have an Isuzu with a SAS but I used to have one with IFS and a 3+3 lift. How are the Nissan's I hear the steering is weak can they be made into a pretty good off roader
If he wants that type of vehicle, tell him to buy a 4runner. It will hold up much better... and they are much cooler.
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