Pathfinder Query - would love your thoughts

Submitted: Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:22
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Have just purchased my first 4WD, '05 Pathfinder - am looking at doing mainly beach drives, and some 'basic' 4WD'ing to begin with.
A few people have told me I should look at lifting it a couple of inches and fit scrub plates - would love to know what you think, will it make a lot of difference.
Also has anyone had much experience with ERPS, have heard I should be fitting this before beach driving,

Appreciate all your feedback

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Reply By: dereki - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:15

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:15
My opinion only.

Get scrub plates (assuming they are underbody protection). I believe the pathy has plastic stone guards. Many sand tracks have these plastic guards sitting on them, ripped off from under cars.

Lift? No idea, If the pathy is low compared with others then it might help, the ruts are as deep as the clearence of usual traffic.

ERPS is supposed to work well. But it only slows things down. You still need to give the car a really good wash after. Modern cars are well treated at manufacture for rust. Remember that in many places in the world they salt the roads when there is ice and snow.

IMHO, order of priority.
1. Scrub plates.
2. Lift
3. ERPS optional but not a bad idea.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:26

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:26
ERPS - like most of these things can work under right conditions - but by and large I wouldn't do it , presuming you wash car regularly.
Damage overwhelmingly occurs from salty mud and sand on for days or more.

One of those came into our family recently - a petrol ti these have stabilty/traction control etc.

As a test we took this car up a well known moderate difficulty track in Vic called collingwood spur , we took a brand new petrol prado as well.

The pathfinder clearly lacked suspension movement and ground clearance and had more trouble but it did make it.

A trade off had to be made - and we choose to keep tyres hard to max clearance and let traction control work overtime instead.

Its hard to get much lift in these cars due to 4 wheel independant suspension etc but I bit could be had along with the taller size up tyres.

It would be well worth it as this is the cars weakness.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 13:27

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 13:27
Actually noting a couple of other replies below there is no 2inch lift kit , only a 30mm ARB kit.

But could be that others are reffering to different model , the new shape R51 198kw came out then I this is what I reffered to.

Is yours the R51 ?

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Follow Up By: Dringy - Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 08:31

Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 08:31
Thanks Robin, in answer to your Q, it is the R51
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Reply By: Vernp - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:32

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:32

I to have a "05" Pathfinder and the best thing I did to it was give it a 2" lift (ARB) and if you are towing I would put poly airs in the rear coils at the same time, and for a small fee get them to extend your diff breathers up under the bonnet at the same time. Get a scrub plate fitted, I have seen one on Ebay for around 4-5 hundred. Enjoy your Pathy.
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Reply By: Ruffy-Dan - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:13

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:13
A quality brand suspension lift will change the dynamics of the vehicle favourably. I'd personally recommend RidePro suspension. We have fitted a few with fantastic results in ride quality.
The underprotection is also a really good idea. The question is 'chicken or egg'
With the extra clearance of a lift the underbody protection isn't required as often or as much.....
Either way.. Establishing a relationship with your reputable local 4wd specialist is probably just as important to get the right advice
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 17:35

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 17:35
Underbody guards are a must for the Pathy as they are for my D40 Navara (essentially the same front end). The set are around $400-$500 and available from TJM or Brown and Davis. I also believe that Tosca Industries in Brisbane make them.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 17:37

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 17:37
Meant to say that these are a "Must" because the radiator, intercooler and transmission oil cooler are all up front and hang a bit low. The OEM protection is wafer thin and all of the underbody guards (aka bash plates) are 3mm quality steel.
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Reply By: Member - Steve & Cecily W (QLD - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 10:43

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 10:43
You might want to join in the Pathfinder Club of Aust. forum. There's lots of advice and feedback from the Pathy owners - warts and all knowledge.

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