Nissan pulling to left & rear tail light globes

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 15:02
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Hi All,

Just wondering what is the real cure for these Nissan's pulling to one side.

Our 2003 patrol has always pulled to the left, spoke to MR Nissan and was told " can't adjust as no adjustment on them, and they all come out like that because they are built for Japanese roads"

Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated as I am wearing outside of my tyres.

Regarding the addition of rear globes in the dummy lights what have you used when you done yours? I have posted this before and got nil positive replies.

Thanks & cheers P&J
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 15:11

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 15:11
You need a Snake Racing adjustable drag link.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 15:45

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 15:45

Have you popped over to the Patrol 4x4 website and posed the question there? Do a search first as you'll probably find plenty of resposes to your issues.


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Reply By: Doggy Tease - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 16:30

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 16:30
With regard the pulling to the left,,,,cant help you, try here.

With regard to using the dummy lights. Have a look on the forum as wel, there are a few threads on the subject. Just remember that the bumper taillights must remain operational as they are ADR approved and the dummy lights aren't.


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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 17:39

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 17:39
So did you ask him why Japanese roads are different to ours to make it pull left??
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 18:33

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 18:33
Have you tried rotating your tyres one side of the car to the other. I have seen this work to sort the problem out, try the front ones first and then see if the back ones need doing too.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 18:45

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 18:45
I concur that that simple suggestion by Bonz probably cures half of all of those issues.

It is partly road related and also partly related to live axles , either way it can ultimately be fixed, however for most of us its just a slight pull to the left and not a significant issue.
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Reply By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 19:16

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 19:16
Mine was pulling to the left severly when I got it and changed tyres, rotated them, took it to 3 wheel alignment specialists and it still pulled to the left. Then I took it to a truck alignment specialist and he nearly cured it! He reckoned that the length of the wheel base was different from the RHS to the LHS. He shimmed it and reckoned if he put a caster kit in it would then pull to the right. Anyway it was pretty good and after about 3 sets of tyres I changed to a different tread patten (same brand) and presto tracking dead straight! Surprised me and now I can even drive no hands.
Live axles have little adjustment, I think only toe in, unless you fit an aftermarket caster kit.
Didn't worry about the dummy lights. Have thought about it at times and I think once there were Arab Spec lights available which were wired and globed ready to go.
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Reply By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 20:27

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 20:27
Hi P & J ,

Had this problem a few years ago , went to a truck alignment place that advertises in the 4x4 mags .

The camber needed adjusting , it isnt normally adjustable , they had after market plates ( the small one with 4 bolts next to the swivel hub top and bottom ) with varying offsets for the amount of camber correction necessary .

Pretty simple and relatively cheap fix .


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Reply By: PandJ - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 13:31

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 13:31
Thanks all,
I will have a look at the Patrol 4x4 site to see their views.
Has been pulling to left since purchase with new, 1/2 worn and regularly rotated tyres so don't think its the tyres.
The left side is lower than right, me thinks it's that.
All Nissan's are not level on level concrete.

Re lights I will keep looking and add something.

Cheers P&J
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Follow Up By: Member - Bill S (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 11:35

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 11:35
I bit the bullet and brought new tailights complete with 3 bulbs in each and some harness. Connected them to the reverse light and the taillights in the bumper. All pretty easy. Brought the wires up thu the bottom of the rubber grommit on each side which provided a good seal.

I brought them off eBay from this site. Service was excellent and I am very happy with the product. I paid $199 for the pair!

In eBay type in 'Nissan GU Patrol Wagon New Tail Lights 3 Bulbs In Each' to get to the item.
Price $204 + postage.

Nissan GU Patrol Wagon New Tail Lights 3 Bulbs In Each

-New Pair Of Tail Lights To Suit 10/01 - 8/04 Nissan GU Patrol Wagons. The lights are supplied with 3 bulbs in each unit and wiring harnesses.

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Condition: New
Suitable For Use With: Nissan GU Patrol, 4 and 6 Cyl
Years: 2001 - 2004
Product Finish: Standard
Location On Vehicle: Rear
Product Manufacturer: Depo
Notes: Please be aware these may not be a direct plug in fitment to all model Patrols. Can also be fitted to earlier model GU Patrols.

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Follow Up By: PandJ - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:07

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:07
Hi Bill,

Thanks for the reply, I will check this out although I don't and don't want to use ebay.

Always a first time I suppose. Cheers P&J
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 18:28

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 18:28
For the after-market lights, have a look at


This is the same seller who sells on ebay, but you can also order direct by 'phone (or in person if you're in the area)...
As noted in their "parts" page, their online store is expected to be up & running shortly...

I have fitted the "Depo" brand tail-lights to 3 different Patrols, and I can tell you that they are a quality product:)
The LH side is plug'n'play (everything works!), and on the RH side, there is a plug there (in the vehicle), but it only carries power for the indicator & brake lights.. You need to bring power from the LH side for the reverse light (which you need to do no matter which way you go about it), so while you're at it, you may as well run a twin core conductor, and connect the tail-light in the same manner.. You'll probably also need to splice into the earth wire(s) on the RH light.. I simply earthed this one to the body mount, works fine..
The way I've done mine, there's no need to go anywhere near the bumper lights;-))

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