Front Suspension Issue

eBirn

Test Drive
Location
Long Beach, CA
Hello Xterranation,
I’ve owned my 2004 Nissan Xterra XE for a while now and I love the damn car, I’ve taken care of it like a baby and it’s never had any major issues until now.

Due to a purchase a year ago on bigger tires I’m running into an issue of my front tires rubbing on the back of the wheel well when I turn completely. It’s also painful to hear my tires bottoming out on large dips. My guess would be that it’s because the truck has a rake currently, either due to my stock shocks that might have to be replaced, or my torsion bar which I don’t know if I should tighten to supplement a bad shock if that’s the case.

My question is whether you guys recommend that I just tighten my torsion bar or upgrade my stocks in the front. I’m looking for the most reliable way of going about it without just dropping a grand or two buying a full lift kit.

Im a bit new to this community and I’m open to any tips or ideas that you guys might have, and feel free to correct me if I use any terms wrong. I’m just here to learn, explore, and share the passion for Xterras.
 

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kirk

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Allen, Texas
Welcome aboard! We are glad to have you. Definitely don't drop a grand just yet. For a lift, just to run larger tires (what size tires do you have?) research the PML or Poor Mans Lift. That might get you where you need to be.

Also, any idea on the backspacing for those wheels? That also could affect your ability to turn. Good looking rig!
 

eBirn

Test Drive
Location
Long Beach, CA
Welcome aboard! We are glad to have you. Definitely don't drop a grand just yet. For a lift, just to run larger tires (what size tires do you have?) research the PML or Poor Mans Lift. That might get you where you need to be.

Also, any idea on the backspacing for those wheels? That also could affect your ability to turn. Good looking rig!
Hey Kirk!
Thanks for the warm welcome,
I’ve been considering the PML lift for a while now but I’m not sure if it’s the most reliable way of going about it. My buddies think it’d be transferring weight that the shock should be handling and making it much stiffer. But then again we're not very experienced, so we're trying to learn.

As for the wheels and tires, they were a gift around a year ago from my father who had gone down to 4wheel parts, and asked the guy working there what the biggest tire you could fit on a first gen xterra was. Not knowing that to fit them on you'd have to use a sawzaw and do a mudflap delete, he bought them with cash, and took no receipt.

It's been a while now and I haven't had to drive a ton since so I pushed it off for later, but now that I am, I have the current problems of rubbing and bottoming out on dips in the road and it's getting unbearable for something that should be able to handle bumps easily at that height.

The wheels don't have any offset as of back spacing, but the tires are bigger(30s) than original stock, i’d assume that's the main issue when turning because it rubs on the back of the wheel well even though the mudflap was taken off.

I just need to clear the rear part of the fender but I don't know if you can tighten the torsion bars enough to do that without putting stress on any other parts or giving the wheel too much camber.

I'd also have to reIndex the torsion bar so that's why I wanted to know what you guys think before we go under and do the work.

You can see my situation in this photo below:
 

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