Suspension upgrade

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 18:25
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Can anyone advise on an upgrade for a 2008 X Trail to tackle Cape York.

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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 18:41

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 18:41
Its big brother...............................Patrol
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen B (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:36

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:36
Thanks John. I take it that I should upgrade to a Patrol. I mean upgrading my suspension, not my vehicle. wish I could afford a Patrol. Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 12:17

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 12:17
John ... Hahah thats funny...considering a car magazine took two stock standard Mazda 626s up to the Cape (when the cape was a challenging trip) about 10 years ago to prove a point.... the only mod was rally tyres.

Our 4WDs are an overkill for about 99% of their driving life.

Stephen I would look at a suspension upgrade for quality shocks (corrugation) and springs that can take the load you will require unless you have a support vehicle etc (tag along?)

All the best and good luck with it.
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Reply By: Madfisher - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:29

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:29
Check with some of the after market 4wd specialist to see if a 40mm lift kit is available. Make sure you have a snatch strap and some shackes with you so in case you need a tug.
Others on this site have far more knowledge then me, but I believe that the cape is no big deal anymore apart from corrugations.
Check availabity of at tyres preferably in LT if available. The newer models are nice to drive but have more overhang and less clearance arround the tyres then the older model.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: shaneo86 - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:47

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:47
stephen,

Im doing the same trip in my colorado this year and im upgrading mine to tjm gold suspension new one out its on their site
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:10

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:10
The factory suspension will be reliable.
But I expect your problem will be the rear end sitting low when fully loaded. Might be that stronger springs all round will be what you need to maintain clearance.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:12

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:12
And you might find some more info about the T31 suspension on
http://www.australianxtrail.com.au/
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Follow Up By: Member - esarby (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 14:36

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 14:36
Hi Phil. Thanks for the advice. Went to ARB and they checked with Nissan and as it turned out, I did not have to upgrade the Shocks, just the coils (all-round) this has given me a lift of twenty five cms. I have re shod her with a set of Continental ATs.
Took it for a run on the free way empty, then returned with 80 kgs load. Ride was very good both ways. Now to get an off road course before I set off.

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Reply By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:20

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:20
Gday Stephen

I seem to remember ARB doing an Old Man Emu 2" lift kit for them when they first come out, remember reading good reports on the suspension mods and how they handeled but the X trails don't like water crossings... something to do with the position of the air intake.

Cheers
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Reply By: R&D17 - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:40

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:40
I have the kings springs in my 2004 (T30) X-trail and find it makes a great difference for off road work. For a T31 there is someone who has fitted the springs and you can read about it here...http://www.runboard.com/baustralianxtrail.f18.t124355
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Reply By: normglenda - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:59

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:59
Hi Stephen

I have just put a new set of EFS Elite shoks. on about $450 for four and a set of AT tyres.

I was going to put a set of Bilsteins shoks on, the company who sells both brands said look at the value in EFS you can afford to throw them away every so often at that price. We are going to cape in June /July.

I tow a heavy van and was due for new tyres and shocks , I have poly air bags and all other suspension is standard on my 100 series Landcruiser. I do have a winch and steel ARB bar.
Norm
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Reply By: Member - Stephen B (NSW) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:22

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:22
Hi People. All I can say is a Big thank you for the responses. I called into ARB and met Graham. What a salesman. His advice was professional and he was honest about some of the things I can not put on the X trail. Honest advice is what I like to hear from a salesman. I left happier than a lot of other places I have visited. He took the trouble to contact Nissan, with the answers I was after.

Should have the suspension and tyres next week, next the driving course.

Question:- I do not have room to fit an Aux Battery. Any suggestions on an alternative to power the fridge
Steve.

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