Solid-Axle Xterra Questions
I was wondering about the gear ratio you put into your Nissan Xterra ("Xterra Solid Axle Swap," Oct. '09). Also, about the shocks-what truck or vehicle are they from, and how much travel do they give you?
Contributor Jay Kopycinski replies: The 2002-'04 Xterras came factory with 4.90:1 rear gears, so 4.88:1s were used to match in front. Earlier 2000-'01 models have 4.636:1 gears and can be roughly matched with 4.56:1 gears in the D44, upgraded to a 2002-and-later third member for a 4.90:1/4.8:18 combo, or go with 5.14:1/5.13:1 Nismo aftermarket gears (like my pickup has).
The front shocks I'm running now are Rancho 5116s, but if I were to do it again, I'd have made the shock towers a little taller and used 5112s. The 5116s have about 10 inches of travel. The rear shocks are Rancho 5112s. On another note, I have a set of Rancho 2.5-inch lift springs for a '73-87 Chevy application in front now with the fourth leaf removed. I think I finally have the ride tuned to where I like it.
More Ways To Light Up Afghanistan
In regards to SPC Powell's letter regarding the 24-volt lights for MRAPs ("Letters," Nov. '09), Ibistek (www.ibistek.com) already makes and sells an HID/IR lighting system for the MRAPs that the Marine Corps is using. Another source possibly is Magnalight (www.magnalight.com). Having just returned from Iraq, where I was driving MRAPs, I am empathetic to SPC Powell's situation. Hopefully, this helps him and all my fellow service members in Afghanistan.
Sgt Ryan Mallon USMC
And On A Related Note . . .
In your November '09 issue, SPC Powell wrote in, asking for help with lighting for their vehicles while stationed in Afghanistan. You may wish to direct them to 4 Wheel Parts (www.4wheelparts.com), which has a program called "Operation Light Saber," where you and I can contribute any amount toward providing high-quality off-road lights to military personnel. This was started to provide lights in Iraq but has now been extended to cover our troops in Afghanistan as well. I don't know about the 24-volt DC issue, but I'm sure the motor pool can hook up 12-volt DC quite easily. This program has been well received, and has provided numerous sets of lights to our military personnel, and it has made their jobs safer, too.
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