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Ok so first things, sorry if this is a repost. I'm just not even sure what to search to hopefully answer my question. I'm currently doing, well pretty much every maintenance check off as I have no clue when anything was even done and I've already put 30k miles on my frontier. Alright so to the point, I have a 01 XE 3.3L 4x4 Manual trans king cab. I'm under it checking my brake lines as it would seem one or two of mine are in not great shape. Well while underneath I discovered what I first thought was a bump stop of sorts, only I don't know if it is. I have one of both sides and it's on the frame right where the cab and bed meet. I'll try and post a picture, but does anyone know what this is or does? It's encased on all sides, minus top and bottom, in metal with a tab that sticks out away from the frame. I've looked all around it and it just looks like some sort of rubber block that is just dead weight. Any help is greatly appreciated!
 

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It's definately not stock, the only thing I can think of is they had some type of long leaf spring helper or something and that's the pad for it

I'm having a hard time looking at your body and frame lines

Do you have a super high body lift with that much frame below the body? Why is your bed and cab at different heights?

Do you have some type of riveted aluminum or stainless panels running across the sides in between the fender flares??

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it looks like a whatch-a-ma-call-it
other wise known as a
thing-a-ma-jig

I have even hear it called a
thing-a-ma-bob
and a
whosy-whatsit (in some circles)

lol, you got me man, sorry I don't know either
 

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I've never had, or even looked at, how step rails are hung. Could it be a "bumper" for a set of rock rails / step rails?
 

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It's definately not stock, the only thing I can think of is they had some type of long leaf spring helper or something and that's the pad for it

I'm having a hard time looking at your body and frame lines

Do you have a super high body lift with that much frame below the body? Why is your bed and cab at different heights?

Do you have some type of riveted aluminum or stainless panels running across the sides in between the fender flares??

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So I've actually not measured the height and compared to stock. Yea there is some sort of flashy bling of some sort the runs along both sides from the rear of the front wheel flares to the end of the bed. As to the cab and bed bring different, I think that's my angle. They look to be the same to me. However I did put a helper spring on last night as it appears my leafs are not very well off right now. I have an add a leaf I bought but have not gotten around to putting it on, as I'm learning about all this extra maintenance outside of just an oil change (diff fluid, trans, power steering, etc.) and currently have been trying to get this thing ready to drive me 1000 miles or more likely 4000, so this truck is currently half taken apart right now. That may have an impact. I'll try to get a few better pics, just limited on space ATM.


Also I am nub at knowing mechanics, however I'm self taught, quick in learning, and have never had my repairs fail on me. Also I own every tool I would need shy of the heavy duty stuff. So any advise you see in pics or not would be taken with much appreciation
 

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First pic shows me that you're missing the lower droop stop. Looks like it was either taken off or broke off. In stock form thats what your suspension should be either resting on or very close to. Without that you'll have a rough ride

Your sway bar bushing(not end link) is worn, I can see space between the bushing and the bracket. That will cause noise going over bumps while turning

Second to the last pic has some kind of second shackle looking thing. In between the u bolts and the shackle. That's not stock. Is it tight? Looks like a spring helper for extreme bottom outs because of the rubber roller up top, which would hit the frame before over extending the springs

Your springs are flat on the front side but that's pretty normal, as long as you have an arch on the rear side you should be okay


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Mystery part

I was under my truck today and I have the same thing. My truck is a stock 01 XE 2wd 4cyl. Let us know if you ever figure out what is.
 

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First pic shows me that you're missing the lower droop stop. Looks like it was either taken off or broke off. In stock form thats what your suspension should be either resting on or very close to. Without that you'll have a rough ride

Your sway bar bushing(not end link) is worn, I can see space between the bushing and the bracket. That will cause noise going over bumps while turning

Second to the last pic has some kind of second shackle looking thing. In between the u bolts and the shackle. That's not stock. Is it tight? Looks like a spring helper for extreme bottom outs because of the rubber roller up top, which would hit the frame before over extending the springs

Your springs are flat on the front side but that's pretty normal, as long as you have an arch on the rear side you should be okay


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The droop I think has just worn off. The plate is there still. And the bar bushings I have on my to-do list and may solve (hoping) this awful noise I have whenever my wheels are cranked all the way to either side. And I just put those helper springs on before I took the pics, as to the shackle like object, I am unsure. I assumed it was stock, I'll have to double check. And without the helpers my back half of the springs was actually starting to go reverse arch (gas tank side) so I need to get that all done, just gotta tackle timing belt first also in the front suspension there is like a plastic bolt cap thing. What is that and where do I get them? Just from dealer? I'll post pic. But thank you for telling me that stuff also. I'll see if maybe there were (nerf?)step bars at some point.

If you look also at the castle nut on my LCA it looks like my cotter pin is gone. Nope, the "mechanic" at a certain BIG company-O decided to replace some castles, cotter pins, among leaving me without an oil pan plug. But some of the cotters he put in are way to small, so the nut has started to eat it and make it part of the threading.
 

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Plastic bolt cap thing, is your adjustable steering stop and is often the cause behind the horrible clunking noise at full turn.
 

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Is there any way to get rid of it?
 

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Is there any way to get rid of it?
The clunk or the bolt ::smile::

Assuming the clunk, some put grease on the contact points and that helps. In fact, I did that the last time I was under there and haven't heard it for a while, but then, it's kind of intermittent on my truck.
 

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The clunk or the bolt ::smile::



Assuming the clunk, some put grease on the contact points and that helps. In fact, I did that the last time I was under there and haven't heard it for a while, but then, it's kind of intermittent on my truck.


Never thought to grease it, I just put new ones on that my brother gave me. Hmm I think I may be able to Jerry rig something on there to hold grease without interfering with anything. Thanks for the info
 

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My '00 made that clunk. As a Nissan faithful buddy of mine stated re: Gen 1s..."all Nissan trucks make that godawful noise" when turning hard. Apparently it doesn't hurt anything, but it is surely annoying.
 

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My '00 made that clunk. As a Nissan faithful buddy of mine stated re: Gen 1s..."all Nissan trucks make that godawful noise" when turning hard. Apparently it doesn't hurt anything, but it is surely annoying.


First time I heard it, was convinced I just snapped my front end. Seems Nissan likes jokes
 

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There's a nylon cap over the steering stop. The nylon eventually wears off and you get metal on metal contact which is where the noise comes from. The caps are replaceable or you can just put grease on it.
 

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I'll try the grease method, I'll be traveling the country here soon so idk where I'll be if I need one or where to find them lol
 

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As I was writing my last response, my fuel pump just decided to blow. No power or anything to it. Just hisssssss. Whoo! Or maybe it's not the pump. Need to lift the bed off now
 

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As I was writing my last response, my fuel pump just decided to blow. No power or anything to it. Just hisssssss. Whoo! Or maybe it's not the pump. Need to lift the bed off now
That's gonna be my method, setting up a chain hoist on a steel beam in my garage, just in case the fuel pump goes out. Just kidding, I'm actually taking the bed of to do some surface rust clean up, on the frame, but it sure seems the easiest way to the gas tank, and other components.
 

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the mystery parts look to be vibration dampeners and may be to stop the bed from torquing down and hitting the cab.
 

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So from getting closer and putting my eye ball up close, the tab appears to be cut, possibly a plasma cut? I'm sort of leaning towards the nerf bar or something similar. I'll post a pic, maybe I'm just goin crazy?


As for the removal of the bed, that's gunna suck, as I have a "ghetto white trashy" tool box I got for pretty much nothing at harbor freight. Guy hit it with a forklift, no one wanted it after xyz days so I snatched it and a 670cc engine for $250


And yes that is the box thingy hide-in-fender box. 100% got it out without breaking anything
 
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