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Well I finally broke something! I have 50K on the truck now with a huge chunk of that on the dirt. Driving it the other day on the street and POW big time clunking from the rear axle. Well a trip to the dealer and a gear in the rear diff was found to be broken in half. The dealer is changing it out the rear diff with no problem under warranty. So I’ll have it back in time for my Death Valley trip in a couple of weeks. My long term fix is to re-gear with 4.10s or 4.56s when available and swapping out the front diff with a M205. Also replace the electric locker with an ABR set-up. Hopefully ABR will have a locker for the M205 diff when I do this.


Alls good

Cheers
 

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from the avy doesnt look like to much. esp if the dealer touched it.
dealers laughed at me when i went in for warranty.
 

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^^^
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Your truck is barely a Frontier anymore. Of course you got shot down.
 

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Well I finally broke something! I have 50K on the truck now with a huge chunk of that on the dirt. Driving it the other day on the street and POW big time clunking from the rear axle. Well a trip to the dealer and a gear in the rear diff was found to be broken in half. The dealer is changing it out the rear diff with no problem under warranty. So I’ll have it back in time for my Death Valley trip in a couple of weeks. My long term fix is to re-gear with 4.10s or 4.56s when available and swapping out the front diff with a M205. Also replace the electric locker with an ABR set-up. Hopefully ABR will have a locker for the M205 diff when I do this.


Alls good

Cheers
any info on your death valley trip? if its a private event, thats cool. but i would like to tag along if you don't mind. i always enjoy the pics you post up and would like to roll around out there.
 

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Glad to hear the dealer is givin' ya new rear assy.

..Driving it the other day on the street and POW big time clunking from the rear axle. Well a trip to the dealer and a gear in the rear diff was found to be broken in half...
^I've heard of M226s going kaboom just puttin' around town.. esp. if it's been whooped on; even if it's been 100s of miles since.
Sorta like driving around with a time bomb back there.

+1 on the ARB, I'll get one when the dealer won't gimme diffs. anymore. lol
 

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He got shot down with it still had the c200k open diff under the truck.
yeah all i had at the time was calmini and the front bumper.
no mud tires yet either. but they ended up covering the difference for me getting the e locker axle. i had to go to three dealers before i found one that would cover it............
 

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Blew the rear? You guys are to hard on your trucks:laugh:

We are not doing The DV Trip this year, But we may be down there. Probably KOH and then a little tour.
If we feel like it we may swing by Gold point one day.
 

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Tires spinning free and then suddenly catching traction... could also be gears contracting and expanding between harsh situations and easy situations, sometimes I read stories of the diff failing miles AFTER hardcore action.


it's a shame the diffs are so shi* in the nismo, front diffs are so shi* in all the 2nd gens, from what I read, gotta treat em' like china glass.

But, some people dont ever have problems, so far I've got no issues with mine, i've been a little rough with it because i've been driving two isuzu's for my last two vehicles and i was hard as hell on them everywhere no matter what i was doing and nothing was ever an issue with those hella sweet zuzu's, hopin' for the some from my frontier, got the fingers crossed.
 

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it's a shame the diffs are so shi* in the nismo, front diffs are so shi* in all the 2nd gens, from what I read, gotta treat em' like china glass.
Personally I think that's a lie. The diff's design could be improved but not everyone out there is experiencing broken diffs, whether it be front or rear. Some people just don't know how to wheel. They think if they keep their foot on the gas all the time it will eventually make it up. Any vehicles diff would break under those conditions. It's a matter of being light on the gas and knowing how to wheel. The diff's will also be weakened if people wear them out by not changing the fluid regularly or run them on low fluid. Lots of factors contribute. I'm not saying it's always the driver, but sometimes I really do think it is. It is a shame that Nissan hasn't really done much to change the design of the diffs over the year.

I mean look at Aaron, he has taken the 2nd gen on some hardcore trails and we have never even come close to breaking either diff.

Typically it is either that scenario where they are on the gas way too hard, or where the tire suddenly catches traction as you stated.
 

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I agree with Nat.

I know Chuck and he Wheels alot, he is pretty good to not have broken anything yet.

Other guys that wheel go threw axles and don't wine about they put in stronger axles.
 

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I think mashing the pedal and jumping the truck is fun!!
 

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mashing and jumping is fun..... though the crawling is fun too.... but i like fast LOL
 

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Thats a bummer, but at least it was under warranty.

But dang we do have a lot of trucks on here that nissan would just laugh at if you brought up the word warranty. Man I love it though.
 
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