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  1. leeleatherwood

    Opinions Solicited......Another Head Scratching Mid Size Truck Choice Thread

    A little bit off topic... I may be atypical, but I personally do not factor safety at all when considering vehicles. I think in general, all (Modern) vehicles are "safe enough" with all these airbags, self adjusting/tightening seat belts, crumple zones, etc. I am more concerned of the vehicle...
  2. leeleatherwood

    Opinions Solicited......Another Head Scratching Mid Size Truck Choice Thread

    I like the Ranger, it would be my second choice behind the Frontier. I highly value reliability though so the Nissan wins out.
  3. leeleatherwood

    Opinions Solicited......Another Head Scratching Mid Size Truck Choice Thread

    5 speed tranny may be getting long in the tooth, but the gear ratios are pretty decent, especially 1st gear. It's a good tranny, shifts very strong and is very reliable. The VQ40 engine is amazing, it's not a Turd like Toyota engines.
  4. leeleatherwood

    Opinions Solicited......Another Head Scratching Mid Size Truck Choice Thread

    Meh, just put a bumper from Hefty Fab and some rocksliders with all that money you will save on the initial purchase price plus the amount you will save in repair costs because of the years of reliability it has over the competition. I feel much safer smashing into things all armored up... at...
  5. leeleatherwood

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    Stop bickering back and forth, it's very effete.
  6. leeleatherwood

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    My friends 2014 JKU has really bad death wobble and rear main seal leak among other things. So I already know I would never buy a Jeep but 12-14 times... Holy crap.
  7. leeleatherwood

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    12 to 14 times?!?!
  8. leeleatherwood

    What spare parts do you carry for your 2nd gen Isuzu Trooper

    Lol, yeah. I'm assuming you are talking about the Isuzu 3.2. Yeah they go through oil but at least they are stupid reliable. I just used conventional oil and changed the oil every few months. By the time it was a quart low it was time for an oil change anyways, and conventional is dirt cheap.
  9. leeleatherwood

    2011 xterra low lift w 35s build and adventures

    Are you sure about cutting the frame? I haven't seen a case of anyone ever needing to cut into the frame to fit 35s, or even 37s for that matter. I didn't have any frame clearance issues with 35s myself. The Xterra and Frontier community has a huge number of members running 35s.
  10. leeleatherwood

    Nissan Y62 frame and suspension compared to a Toyo L200?

    The Y62 frame is a true truck frame, it's nearly identical to the 1st Gen Armada which is again nearly identical to the Titan. The frame is 6 7/8" x 4" under the cab, it's fully boxed front to rear. I will try to measure the thickness when it's daylight outside.
  11. leeleatherwood

    2011 xterra low lift w 35s build and adventures

    The width is a non issue, you will never be in a situation where 3" wider per side (over stock width Xterra) is a detriment. On the other hand, by the nature of 3" longer control arms there are many benefits including increased suspension travel, decreased CV angles, decreased body roll, etc...
  12. leeleatherwood

    2011 xterra low lift w 35s build and adventures

    Caution, do not Google "Titan Swap".
  13. leeleatherwood

    Montero may be totaled. What now?

    I agree with you, fix it yourself for much cheaper. You can even take your time and wait for matching color body panels.
  14. leeleatherwood

    frontier diesel

    Yeah Turbos long ago used to have reliability issues. For what it's worth though all modern diesels are turbo too, can't get around it. Diesel performance without a turbo is abysmal. Today though technology and tolerances are much better. I too have heard of many problems with the...
  15. leeleatherwood

    frontier diesel

    I think turbocharged direct injection gasoline engines can beat diesel in every category, even durability. Normally diesel engines are super reliable because they are built super strong by design. Cast iron blocks, heads, forged pistons, etc. You can build a Gasoline engine the same way, the...
  16. leeleatherwood

    frontier diesel

    The availability of quality gasoline (at a reasonable price) has historicaly not been good in remote areas. It's better now which is why petrol trucks are becoming more common. They still have a stigma about it though so you will still see many people in Australia dismissing gasoline engines for...
  17. leeleatherwood

    frontier diesel

    Diesel Frontier will NEVER happen in America. The emissions requirements make them far too expensive and unreliable with nearly 0 customer base. Some people, especially in the U.S want things they can't have even though they are clearly inferior, they still want it because they can't have it...
  18. leeleatherwood

    2010 Infiniti QX56 Soft-roader & Daily Driver

    Thank you, this is good info.
  19. leeleatherwood

    2nd Gen INFINITI QX56/QX80 Build

    Yeah, the more I look at it and think about it, the rear subframe drop solves quite a few issues. I might order one from PRG or just just make my own. Rear diff I still want the R248. Same with the front, want the Patrol one. It's not that I don't think the factory rear diff or m205 would be...
  20. leeleatherwood

    2nd Gen INFINITI QX56/QX80 Build

    Dude, if you bought all the parts I would install everything for free, don't worry about that. I love doing this type of stuff and actually wish I could do it for a living, unfortunately I make more in my current occupation :( The Air bags can certainly do an inch or two of lift. They are...
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