2002 Xterra solid axle swap. Portland, Oregon 12.5k


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2002 Nissan Xterra Solid axle conversion
187k miles
Dana 44 front axle from a Ford F250 ( ½” thick tubes, high pinion)
10” fox coilovers
3 link front suspension
Rebuilt heads
37” Patagonia MTs
Proper comp cut fenders and quarters, folded, welded and seam sealed.
4.9 gears
M8000 Warn winch, only used a handful of times.
Rock sliders
Custom front tube bumper
ARB on-board compressor
Fresh warn selectable hubs
1” spacers all around

185k- Rebuilt heads, all top end gaskets replaced, supercharger added, new radiator, headers, eliminated wonky coolant lines from the intake system.

182k- Solid axle swap. I started off with a bare high pinion Dana 44 housing from a 70s ford. I installed brand new Yukon chromoly axle shafts, inner and outer. New Yukon carrier with new Yukon 4.9 gears and a spartan locker. Flat top chevy knucks, new Yukon Stub shafts, Stage 8 wheel bearing locking hardware, Dana spicer ball joints, etc. I had the axle assembled by Darrel of KNA, one of the best axle guys around. We shortened the long side by 3” and had Dutchman cut and respline the axle shaft.

The engine is still a VG33E, but I added all the VG33ER parts needed to run the supercharger. This is a 70WHP improvement over the anemic stock VG and due to the higher displacement on the VG33E compared to the VG33ER, it has more power than a stock supercharged Xterra would have.

I have put a ton of travel miles on this truck, and it has been nothing but reliable. I have built a ton of Nissans over the years and knew all the VGs weak points to address preemptively. I would not hesitate to continue driving this for many years, but with a growing family I no longer am able to take this thing out for the stuff it was built for, sadly it does more grocery runs than wheeling trips these days.62829700-BD0D-498E-8485-7B1165EE61CB.jpeg