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I bought my new truck in January with dealer installed aftermarket 6” rough country lift, 20” wheels, custom leather, other nice additions. It’s been a total nightmare, since the first day I drove it it’s been one problem after the other. Day 1:brakes light on dash wouldn’t go out, was told my fluid was low, they should have checked all that when they installed the lift. I was told that everything was fine by the dealer even though I was having shifting problems, erratic shifting, sometimes it would never even shift to fifth gear and when it finally did around 65-70 at 4K-5K rpm it would shoot you down the highway like a bullet train. Super unsafe to drive. The dealer had assured me they had regeared the truck for the lift and bigger tires, which they didn’t do. I have an extreme rattling noise near the floorboard driver side at speeds of 60-65 when accelerating under load, this problem seems to be stumping the dealer. My noise is constantly there when my foot is on the gas after 60-65 when towing, if I go faster it never goes away, but as soon as I release the gas pedal it is quiet.
So after months and months of trying to get my truck fixed where I bought it I took it to a different dealership. They put it on the rack and deemed it unsafe to drive. My drive shaft was barely inserted into the truck, the lift was so poorly installed. So it was in the shop from August until Nov 22, I just got it back. They have changed the transfer case, the transmission, and rebuilt my lift and changed my tire size. It drives better, shifts better, but the noise that started this whole dealership involvement when I tow at around 60-65 is still there. I’ve seen it on other posts and I’m wondering if anyone can tell me where it originates and how to cure it? I can’t seem to really understand if there’s a known defect since the earliest I’ve seen it written on 2005 models, why the dealership and Nissan USA have no idea what it is? Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

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Holy crap! I bought my 2019 SV 4x4 in late July, also with the 6" RC lift installed by the dealership. Has 18's with 33" Nittos.

I have absolutely no problems with mine.

Sorry to hear about your troubles & hopefully you'll get everything sorted soon.
 

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I would have drove it straight back to the dealership as soon as I noticed the problems and left it till they got it right.

Hopefully you get it all figured out.. it looks nice from what I can see in the pic. I’m not sure about the noise you’re referring to unless it’s the exhaust heat shields.. they can be a pain when they start to rattle.
 

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Holy crap! I bought my 2019 SV 4x4 in late July, also with the 6" RC lift installed by the dealership. Has 18's with 33" Nittos.

I have absolutely no problems with mine.

Sorry to hear about your troubles & hopefully you'll get everything sorted soon.
‘Thanks for the support, glad to hear yours is good, I know most of mine was dealer error, they need to get a better mechanic.
Have you been towing with yours? My noise problem only exists when under load, I’ve pulled my 7x16 trailer empty and had problems and I’ve pulled a 6x12 U-Haul cargo and I have problems. It only makes noise when I hit 60-65 and when accelerating. The terrain makes no difference. It will continue to make noise in the higher speeds while accelerating but as soon as you remove your foot from the gas pedal it immediately stops.
When they finally changed the transmission, which I’ve been asking for since I got it, the shifting is much smoother, even under load, but the noise is still there.
 

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I would have drove it straight back to the dealership as soon as I noticed the problems and left it till they got it right.

Hopefully you get it all figured out.. it looks nice from what I can see in the pic. I’m not sure about the noise you’re referring to unless it’s the exhaust heat shields.. they can be a pain when they start to rattle.
It’s lived at the dealership, I just got it back Nov 22, but the noise is still there. I will be going back on Monday, I found a few older posts online where Nissan Frontier owners are having my problem when towing, I hope I can find someone who actually knows what my trouble is, it’s only when under load and only while accelerating. And speeds of 60+.
 

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Sounds like that stealership needs to leave the lifts to the professionals..
I have not towed anything yet and have not heard of this noise while towing but it may have just not come up lately.

So is there any change in feel, like any type of vibration when this acures? Usually a heat shield rattle will fade away as the truck reaches an rpm it likes to smooth out the strain on the motor.

I’ll keep up with this thread, keep us posted!
 

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I try to stick this general rule: when the dealer washes it and hands me the keys for the first time, is the last time they get to touch it. Most are OK until it comes to modifying vehicles. They are in the business of selling vehicles and maintenance work. I am stuck with them for recalls and major blow-outs on big items covered by warranty - othewise forget about it...
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I try to stick this general rule: when the dealer washes it and hands me the keys for the first time, is the last time they get to touch it. Most are OK until it comes to modifying vehicles. They are in the business of selling vehicles and maintenance work. I am stuck with them for recalls and major blow-outs on big items covered by warranty - othewise forget about it...
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The aftermarket lift and accessories had already been installed prior to my ever looking at the vehicle, it had 8 miles on it. They had a very poor ASE Master Mechanic install the lift, super problematic truck from day one. But yes, I agree, never again. The dealership who fixed the problems they induced had a 4x4 specialist who use to work in a prefabrication shop and who worked on lifts, so it got better attention, and at the expense of the dealership, Fuccillo Nissan, where I bought it from, they footed the entire bill Courtesy of Nissan sending out a specialist to inspect it. My warranty is still in play also, now if we can just figure out the noise while towing when accelerating over 60+ Miles per hour.
 

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Sounds like that stealership needs to leave the lifts to the professionals..
I have not towed anything yet and have not heard of this noise while towing but it may have just not come up lately.

So is there any change in feel, like any type of vibration when this acures? Usually a heat shield rattle will fade away as the truck reaches an rpm it likes to smooth out the strain on the motor.

I’ll keep up with this thread, keep us posted!
That dealership needs to leave any kind of work to the professionals, they dented, scratched, broke and over sprayed my truck trying to repair all the problems they induced and continued to induce every time I took it in for service. Here’s where I bite my tongue and just stay quiet. It has been a very long and unpleasant journey.
 

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I'd check heat shields, they can make a heck of a racket with the right conditions. Under load and the engine will be working harder and the vibrations can harmonize with the heat shield. Had a snowmobile that would make the crazy metallic vibrating noise when at a certain rpm and it was a loose heatshield. Next time you tow you could try downshifting and see if the change in engine rpm will stop the noise, but you're letting off the throttle and the noise stopping and it not being there when not towing kind of leads to the heatshield or something similar already.
 

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No. Haven't towed anything yet.
That dealership needs to leave any kind of work to the professionals, they dented, scratched, broke and over sprayed my truck trying to repair all the problems they induced and continued to induce every time I took it in for service. Here’s where I bite my tongue and just stay quiet. It has been a very long and unpleasant journey.
See, I'm just the opposite.

Here's where I would light 'em up with a fiery tongue and be as loud & boisterous and obnoxious as I could be. Right there in the middle of their dealership and I'd be badmouthing them on every social media platform that I could think of by simply relating the honest facts.

My sister in law was sold a POS 80-something Mustang years & years ago & refused to make right on a single issue. I took the day off work & hung out at the dealership loudly questioning, arguing with sales, telling potential customers what had happened, etc. etc.

They refunded her her entire purchase amount & took the car back.

Phuq those guys! Why shut your mouth when you've been ripped off? I don't understand that.
 

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Are you sure the vibrations aren't coming from the trailer? Do you have something else to tow, maybe approx the same weight?

Or, is the exhaust rubbing against anything? That needs to be checked with the vehicle weight on the tires, not suspended from a lift under the frame. Remember, the engine and tranny mounts have a little bit of flex to them under load, so a 1/3" clearance somewhere is obviously not enough.

There's really not much else it could be.

EDIT Looking at the pics of the driveshaft, that heat shield looks mighty close to the driver side floorboard... which is what Notabiker pointed out up above. Bend it down a bit.
 

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Typically the rear pinion angle would be engineered with the taper on the rear blocks. Hopefully those are in place correctly. Frontiers need a drive shaft spacer (PRG) with any rear lift over 3". This is a common ad on and I waited for mine to be produced, they were on back order. I'm in the process of installing the RC 6" and there are several areas where the holes needed to be realigned. Imho poorly engineered and or fabricated plates. I found hole patterns that were the opposite of what was needed as if they bent the plates 180 degrees out. Look at the front differential angle, to me it already seem a bit to much downward at the flange.

@Munga Brown , could you please provide a picture of the front diff angle side view where the front driveshaft bolts to the flange, and general position of the front diff. Thanks
 

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Gonna try this again... Stupid site seems to be acting wonky again. Hope this helps...

Nope. Image window comes up but only the "cancel" button is active. Wont let me attach images via the "attachment" button nor the "image" button. Stupid site.

Edit: sorry. For some reason, this site won't let me select the last few images I've taken. Stupid site... stupid Mac stuff....
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Gonna try this again... Stupid site seems to be acting wonky again. Hope this helps...

Nope. Image window comes up but only the "cancel" button is active. Wont let me attach images via the "attachment" button nor the "image" button. Stupid site.

Edit: sorry. For some reason, this site won't let me select the last few images I've taken. Stupid site... stupid Mac stuff.... View attachment 311298 View attachment 311299 View attachment 311300
Thank you, mine looks just like it... to me it seems the pinion angle is down to far... def going to wear out the u joints sooner than later... anyhoo just wanted to verify what I was seeing is supposed to be... Thanks again Munga!

man your truck is clean! :cool:
 

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Thank you, mine looks just like it... to me it seems the pinion angle is down to far... def going to wear out the u joints sooner than later... anyhoo just wanted to verify what I was seeing is supposed to be... Thanks again Munga!

man your truck is clean! :cool:
You’re welcome!
I wish I knew more about this sh!t, BnB. But yeah. I try to hose it down a lot, living on the coast & not hosing it down is why I lost my ‘08 so soon to rust. Thing only had about 46k miles. The body looked new but everything else was going or gone.
 

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Yea, u-joints are going to have crap life! Part of the reason I leave my stuff alone, that and a lift is going to make the mpg even worse than it already is! According to my chart you'll probably have 50% expected life. My oem ones were brinelling (needle bearings were indenting into the yoke) at about 70k or so, so I put in some greasable ujoints and they get greased every oil change or sooner. Just don't look under my truck because I usually grease until clean stuff comes out and I don't bother to clean the old stuff off so it flings on the underside of the body and bed. I don't care and I consider it extra rust prevention... :)
 

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I bought my new truck in January with dealer installed aftermarket 6” rough country lift, 20” wheels, custom leather, other nice additions. It’s been a total nightmare, since the first day I drove it it’s been one problem after the other. Day 1:brakes light on dash wouldn’t go out, was told my fluid was low, they should have checked all that when they installed the lift. I was told that everything was fine by the dealer even though I was having shifting problems, erratic shifting, sometimes it would never even shift to fifth gear and when it finally did around 65-70 at 4K-5K rpm it would shoot you down the highway like a bullet train. Super unsafe to drive. The dealer had assured me they had regeared the truck for the lift and bigger tires, which they didn’t do. I have an extreme rattling noise near the floorboard driver side at speeds of 60-65 when accelerating under load, this problem seems to be stumping the dealer. My noise is constantly there when my foot is on the gas after 60-65 when towing, if I go faster it never goes away, but as soon as I release the gas pedal it is quiet.
So after months and months of trying to get my truck fixed where I bought it I took it to a different dealership. They put it on the rack and deemed it unsafe to drive. My drive shaft was barely inserted into the truck, the lift was so poorly installed. So it was in the shop from August until Nov 22, I just got it back. They have changed the transfer case, the transmission, and rebuilt my lift and changed my tire size. It drives better, shifts better, but the noise that started this whole dealership involvement when I tow at around 60-65 is still there. I’ve seen it on other posts and I’m wondering if anyone can tell me where it originates and how to cure it? I can’t seem to really understand if there’s a known defect since the earliest I’ve seen it written on 2005 models, why the dealership and Nissan USA have no idea what it is? Any help is greatly appreciated.
did you follow recommended break-in? kinda sounds like you may not have....
 
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