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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters to the Editor - February 2012

Dezert People
Posted February 1, 2012

Letters of the Month

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Letters of the Month
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Titan Rear Axles and Front Gears
First, let me start off by saying how refreshing it is to have a mag that seems to have a “tell it like it is” mentality. Don’t get me wrong, I do read some others, but OFF-ROAD is the one I really look forward to getting every month. So a huge thanks to all who help put this thing together!

Now on to my main reason for writing in: Being the Nissan guy I am, I (like many other “burger” enthusiasts) have fairly limited resources for aftermarket support to help build our rigs. With that in mind, it was absolutely awesome to see your write-up on the new bolt-in rear axle from Currie. I have an ’06 Titan that I have run pretty hard and somehow have only gone through one rear end so far, but you can bet that when (not if) my current linebacker breaks another heel (love the reference!), I’ll be calling on Currie.

I also wanted to add that Titan owners do finally have some aftermarket front gearing available from The new front gearsets are available in a few different ratios, up to 4.56:1 ratios. Now if we could only get someone to market an affordable solid-axle swap kit for the Titan! Then I’d really be able to get myself in trouble (with the wife, that is). Thanks again for putting together such a great read and for keeping fans of all brands “in the loop.”

Dan F.
E. Yaphank, NY

Thanks for the head’s up on the front gears, Dan. We’ve also been told that Superior Axle ( and Nitro Gear ( now carry front gears for Nissan Titans.

Ford 6.0L Alternator Problems
In Long-Term Updates in the October 2011 issue, you mention a problem with Ford Alternators. Most people don’t know that at the three-wire connector there is a green-orange wire. If you follow it through the harness it leads back into the main black-orange wire to the alternator. It is usually connected with a solder/hot glue gun installation that the elements sometimes break down in, and usually close to the starter solenoid. Everyone says that you need voltage at the green-orange wire, even the repair manuals. But the green-orange wire turns on the regulator. The voltage at said wire needs to be within 0.04 volts of the battery voltage. That is the one thing nobody tells you. If you have only between 8 and 10 volts at this wire, the alternator will still put out enough juice to run, but it will eventually burn up the regulator in the alternator and you’ll need to replace it. Good Luck.

Rick Walker, Service Manager City Tire
Waterford, CT

Banged Up, but Still Going
I was out at the Hammers earlier this year when my 4Runner suffered a nose-dive rollover. I still need to get the cage fixed, but I do have a new hood on already.

For now I’ll be rolling with no windshield, so it is pretty much just a buggy currently! Check out where it hit near my head—thank God for the good ’cage I put in more than 10 years ago just before the second Ultimate Adventure, or I would have been screwed, or worse…. It came down and bowed the cab about two inches!

Brian Cox

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