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#1 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 06:48 PM
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I own a 2008 Frontier 4x4 with a six inch lift kit. I was driving last night from Ga to Fl and my drive shaft snapped. What could have cause this?
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im guessing you busted a u-joint because of your lift , you need to correct the driveline angle so you dont keep blowing out u-joints

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The lift kit was installed by the local Nissan dealer before I bought it. The truck is still under factory warranty. What should I tell Nissan to avoid this in the future.
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im guessing you busted a u-joint because of your lift , you need to correct the driveline angle so you dont keep blowing out u-joints
How do you do that?

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you can either buy wedge shims to put in between the leaf springs and spring perch to rotate the front of the axle up , or cut all the brackets off the axle rotate the axle so the pinion is in line with the output on either the t-case or transmission then weld new brackets back on

shims obviously will be the easiest way

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does changing the angle have any affect on the oil level and lubrication?

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its only a minimum angle change , maybe 3-4* so it really wont have an affect on the lubrication

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Thanks for the advise. I wonder what Nissan will do to it.
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I imagine moving the brackets would be the better of the two methods.

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Thanks for the advise. I wonder what Nissan will do to it.
What 6" lift kit did they use? I am not sure they are going to warranty the work at all. They may play the "warranty void" card and play dumb.

If they do anything, I would imagine they are going to just replace the Dshaft and call it a day. They will hope that you are out of warranty the next time it happens and then want to charge you.

Thinking about it, I am going to laugh a bit if they used a simple block lift. This will cause extreme axle wrap on our Frontier's.

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I imagine moving the brackets would be the better of the two methods.

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Moving the brackets will work but if you change out the lift in the future or do anything, it will have to be changed again. I would stick with the shim or tappered lift blocks if you have to use blocks and leave it like that for a bit.

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