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M205 Sourcing

obi_krash Jun 10, 2016

  1. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    This started as a source thread, and now we are showing information.

    Below is what we have gathered so far as to where we can find m205s and which vehicles they come out of.

    I know we can use the one out of the Titan and the Armadas - better if they are 2007 and newer.

    But there is an infinity with an m205 and some pathfinders have them as well.

    If you have any more information to add, post it to the thread and we will keep updating the below list.

    Thanks!

    So far we have:
    2004 - present Armada:
    - 2004-2008 had 2 ribbed
    - 2008-present have 3 ribbed and stronger

    2004 - present Titan:
    - 2004-2008 had 2 ribbed
    - 2008-present have 3 ribbed and stronger
    2008 - 2012 Pathfinders:
    -205 with 2.97 gears
    - v8 was available on SE and LE trim levels in 08 and 09
    - v8 was available on LE trim level only 10-12
    - Since all v8 Pathys are 08+ they should all be the upgraded 3-rib design
    2004 - 2010 Infinity QX56: - unsure of gearing
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2016
  2. thecoalition

    thecoalition Titan Swapped / SAS'd Super Moderator

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    Titan, Armada, and V8 pathy are all definites

    If the infiniti uses it, it would most likely only be the QX80, but I think they use an R180 on most models.
     
  3. Golf286

    Golf286 Wheeling

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    ^^^ Agreed!!!!!
     
  4. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    I only know about the infinity because AT told me that is where he got his, but I can't remember the model number he found it in. The thing had never even been engaged before.
     
  5. Golf286

    Golf286 Wheeling

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    I don't know what prices are like in your part of the country but M205's are bringing stupid $$$ out west right now.
     
  6. obi_krash

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    If it is coming out of a titan or armada - usually they run from $600 to up to $900.

    But some of the pathy diffs are going for like $250 - I just need to figure out which model we can pull from.
     
  7. obi_krash

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    updated post.

    Only the V8 pathys came with m205s. They all seem to be geared at 2.97
     
  8. SteeevO

    SteeevO First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Getting an M205 at a reasonable price is almost impossible now. it's to the point where it's almost worth just buying a new one and saving yourself the headache.

    a few years ago I was getting them for around $500, now I'm lucky if I can even find one, and when I do it's $900+

    It's nuts,
     
  9. obi_krash

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    That much?? Holy crap - man there are a bunch over here in the mid-atlantic area. Using car-part I can find 8 of them where the price ranges from $600 to $750. These are Titan and Armada ones.
    Just cause I was on the site, I checked the South East area - there are over 30 of them in the same price range.

    Anyone interested in starting an m205 finding/shipping app? Lol
     
  10. Golf286

    Golf286 Wheeling

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    ^^^Agreed
     
  11. Golf286

    Golf286 Wheeling

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    My guess is most of those are 2.94 gears, also remember you'll want 08 or newer
     
  12. obi_krash

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    I have the search on just for the 3.36 ones.
    The lowest price I have seen on a 2008 and higher is $650 so far. Most of the 2007 and olders run around $600
     
  13. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    I think this link should work - Car Part Search, M205
     
  14. thecoalition

    thecoalition Titan Swapped / SAS'd Super Moderator

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    Unless you're me and get a 400$ hook up :)
     
  15. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    If you're looking for one that has the wrong gearing, I have 3.36 gears for a M205 just sitting in a box.
     
  16. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    Oh? You have my curiosity
     
  17. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    And here we see yet another example of a "rob-brag".
    Lol
    Yes, you got a hook up and yes I'm jealous
     
  18. thecoalition

    thecoalition Titan Swapped / SAS'd Super Moderator

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    Wrong gears don't really matter unless people are really trying to match the rear to slam it in and drive right away.
    To me it's worth it to just get w/e gearing bc most people are going to regear anyway.
     
  19. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Agreed. Gearing should be the absolute last concern. Everybody should be regearing to run 35s anyway. Or you bought the right truck and you've got 3.69s like I do and have to regear no matter what.

    Important thing should be 08+.
     
  20. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Also, here's the deal. And I'll throw this out there for people who don't know.

    Get to know your local dealership. If they ever replace a 205 (or any axle for that matter) on anything under warranty, the old unit gets scrapped after 30 days. Corporate never asks for axles back.

    So it's not going to happen on the regular, but, it is possible to get a used 205 from a dealership cheap. Because if you know the parts guys, they just recycle them. And if you're doing gears and a locker, all you really need is the housing and axle shafts.
     
  21. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Also, can confirm for your little chart in the OP.

    08-12 v8 Pathfinder
    - 205 with 2.97 gears
    - v8 was available on SE and LE trim levels in 08 and 09
    - v8 was available on LE trim level only 10-12
    - Since all v8 Pathys are 08+ they should all be the upgraded 3-rib design

    04-10 Infiniti QX56
    - 205 unsure of gear ratio

    The 11+ QX56 is Patrol based so I don't know if that has the same axle or not.
     
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  22. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Not even close man... They ship the old off and rebuild..

    They don't scrap
     
  23. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Mine does. Maybe when they're that close to the factory it's different. But the shop foreman at my dealership said in the 15 years he's been there they've never asked for a diff back.
     
  24. TheFauxFox

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    My local dealer rebuilds, too.
     

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