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So, took my Nismo to the dealer today and they say i need a whole new rear end. They say that they have to buy a whole kit that includes axles and all. They quoted me $3,865 dollars to replace.

What alternatives do I have, and is it true what he said that I can't buy parts for the rear end, I just have to replace the whole thing?
 

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Maybe you can elaborate a bit as to what led you to take your truck to the dealer?
Sure thing. When shifting from park to drive there was a load clunk and the truck would lunge forward like there was some slack in the U-Joints. Same thing happened when I go from drive to reverse or vice versa. Other than that I haven't noticed anything. By the way the tech talks all the spider gears and R/P are also trashed.

As far as the cost quoted:

3000 - Rear end assembly
865 - Labor to install

Also, what can I go with that is aftermarket? I don't want to replace mine with the same part that could break again.
 

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you can save yourself 865 dollars easy, but tighening down a few u bolts, hooking a driveshaft, and putting the brake line on yourself...

Youre out of luck for any aftermarket replacement as far as i know without heavy modifications, and you wont have the factory locker if you went the route.
 

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. By the way the tech talks all the spider gears and R/P are also trashed.
Dose not sound like a spider gear or ring gear problem. If one of those were bad you would have more problems then just shifting in and out of park.

Any noise?
 

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No noise at all. Had a small ( something I noticed, but no one else could feel ) amount of vibration when the cruise was set around 40 mph.

The truck had 100809 when I got it to Nissan this morning. It has had the diff fluid changed at 30, 60, and 90,000 miles.
 

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Take it somewhere else.
Sounds like you have slack in the drivertrain. If it just the pinion bearing that can be replace. Most dealer wont rebuild diffs.
 

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Take it somewhere else.
Sounds like you have slack in the drivertrain. If it just the pinion bearing that can be replace. Most dealer wont rebuild diffs.
That's what I was thinking it was. The way he explained it was that he couldn't purchase just the parts he needed. He said he had to purchase the whole rearend, axles and all as a unit. So, I can get just the parts I need?
 

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You need a second opinion. IIWY, I would crawl under the running truck while a trusted driver holding brake/parking brake shifts it back and forth from drive to reverse. I know it's against all wisdom to be under a stopped vehicle that is running but that may be the only way you can exactly see where the driveline play is. Block the tires too just to be extra safe. Keep your finders and hands away from moving parts. Could be u-joints, could be rear axle.
If you need repairs go to an independent shop not a dealer.
 

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You can find Nismo (M226) rear axles, they aren't widely available but you can find them probably for less than what the dealership would charge. And if you are good with tools and have some jacks to put under the truck the axle swap is fairly easy.
 

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So, took my Nismo to the dealer today and they say i need a whole new rear end. They say that they have to buy a whole kit that includes axles and all. They quoted me $3,865 dollars to replace.

What alternatives do I have, and is it true what he said that I can't buy parts for the rear end, I just have to replace the whole thing?
Not to jack your thread, but I was at the local stealer today for a free oil change and noticed the parts guys loading a Titan frame onto a trailer to deliver. WT Heck? Found out after talking to them someone is replacing the frame. According to them the factory allows about 60 hours to replace everything onto the new frame. :crikey: Any volunteers :smileyshell:

And they can't get you parts for a rear end?
 

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Well the $3000 for a new rear end is horsesh!t. some online dealers have the whole axle assembly from $2200 to $2500 for the locking rear, brand new. I found a blown titan m226 for free and then found the carrier with 4 spider gears, for a hundred. Throw in some seals and I have a great axle for under $500. Install is extremely easy... need basic tool like penski said.
 

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Well the $3000 for a new rear end is horsesh!t. some online dealers have the whole axle assembly from $2200 to $2500 for the locking rear, brand new. I found a blown titan m226 for free and then found the carrier with 4 spider gears, for a hundred. Throw in some seals and I have a great axle for under $500. Install is extremely easy... need basic tool like penski said.
heck, my local dealer quoted me $2300 for a NISMO rear end when I was thinking about swapping.
 

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Well, I went ahead and contacted corporate to see if they would help me out. I bought the 100,000 mile warranty which covers drivetrain. I am less than 800 miles over. We will see if they will help me out being that close to 100,000. Otherwise, I talked them down to $2,500 for the axle. So, at least they came off their price $500 bucks. He is also going to throw in Trans service, brake fluid flush, and power steering fluid service. ( About 350 worth of stuff )

We own 3 Nissan's. I explained to corporate that I want to buy another Nissan, but can't justify doing so if the truck starts falling apart 800 miles after warranty expires.
 

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new master install kit is
$155.95
labor to install $200-400
so around $600

so $600 to rebuild or $2500- 350 = $2150 for new axle

i would go with the $600
 
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