Long term on 35's review, what do you think?

JeffNJM3 Sep 1, 2019

  1. JeffNJM3

    JeffNJM3 Test Drive

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    Just rolled 120k on my X, which means that's 20k miles on 35's over about 3 years. I was told it was going to be hard to handle, not be a good daily driver, be a chore to handle on the highway, etc. Nah, it's been pretty cool. I Still drive my kids to school in it, my wife still takes it to the store, we still pack it up and take it on family vacations, drives down the road nice and straight (well, maybe not on the way home from wheeling!) and rides pretty damn good! Problems? Issues? Sure, of course. Steering racks don't seem to like my X. I pre-emptively changed out the original rack at 100k when I t-swapped and went to 35's because it had a good amount of rotational play. That POS "rebuilt" Cardone rack started leaking after 2000 miles and finally blew out at about 7000 miles. Then i put in a nice used rack with 39k miles, that lasted about 8000 miles, until I split it in the middle, but it was after a really hard hit that spun my wheel right out of my hand, and now im on another nice used rack, which seems ok for now. Brakes. Yeah, they sucked more, but we're not that bad to be honest. Not sure I can blame the mushyness on the tires. I ended up with the fat Bob's kit with titan brakes in the front as well, but i think the way i bled them at the master lines and the abs lines made a lot of the improvement. I would say my biggest issue was tire balance and that was mainly me trying to get balance beads to work, and wanting them to work so bad (not bashing them, i know people who they work for, just not for me). Plus with the brakes, the 4.56's slow you down a bit too.

    So who else has been on 35s for a while? What's your experiences?
     
  2. jsexton

    jsexton First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    I’ve been on 35’s for about 2.5 years now. Love them. Only gripe is they are starting to look small to me :(

    37’s are in my future. It’s weird. It’s almost like the longer I do this stupid hobby, the dumber decisions I make.
     
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  3. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Yep. Agree. I've got one more set of 35s and then it's 37s.
     
  4. JeffNJM3

    JeffNJM3 Test Drive

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    Im not so sure 37s and nissan steering racks are going to be very good friends
     
  5. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Hot Pipe Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    I'm just going 35s. Give me a year or so of not playing catch up. Please?
     
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    jsexton First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    I think you are safe for at least a year or two. Not putting many miles on the old girl anymore.
     
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  7. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    I’m not convinced you can run 37’s on an X without massive problems.

    I think it gets too tall to be stable on steep inclines or off camber situations.

    But by all means, prove me wrong, because they look ufcking great!
     
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  8. xdblduty

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    So is the consensus for 35”s require a TS? I know gearing is a must, is 4:10 enough for most crawling or 4:56s? Contemplating....
     
  9. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    There are few ways you can get there, but If you really want to run 35's

    TS, 2" BL, and 4.56's..... and then trim some front fenders.
     
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  10. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I'm on 35s comfortably with 2" suspension and 2" body and trimming. I'm still running stock uppers and no swap.

    Rule is 4.10s for autos and 4.56s for manual.
     
  11. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    I am firmly of the opinion, that 4.10's are the best for auto with 33's, and 4.56's for 35's... Those set ups run nearly identical numbers on the tach...... especially if you plan on towing anything at all.
     
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  12. xdblduty

    xdblduty Test Drive

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    So, with 35"s is the steering rack the weakest link then? Any upgrade options?
     
  13. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    The thing that kills steering racks is the angle of the tie rods...... Maxterra has been running 35’s with the lift I described above for at least the last 5 years without issue.
     
  14. JeffNJM3

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    BL is not mandatory for 35's, i don't have one, just cut a lil more than most, and took my time to make it look good. Also, i have 4.56s with an auto and would do it again, 3000 rpm at 65-70 is fine with me

     
  15. JeffNJM3

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    I'm running titan spindles and I think the angle isn't as bad. Was thinking of trying to swap them to top mount..........
     
  16. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Agreed. Just seems a BL is the way most go. And 4.56 with 35's and auto is the only choice IMO.

    Just out of curiosity, are you running wheel well liners?
     
  17. JeffNJM3

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    I am, heavily "modified" ones lol, I actually want to get my hands on a pair of Frontier ones, I think they would fit really good in there
     
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  18. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Interesting.... I'b be curious to see how that works out.
     
  19. XterraPA

    XterraPA Bought an X

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    I have been running 35"s for over 9 years. Wow, it is crazy to realize that it has been this long. I Titan swapped my front suspension and went to 35"s in May of 2010.

    I have been through 2 sets of 315/75/16 BFG KM2s. I have had to replace my steering rack twice and the power steering pump once. The first rack I swapped in was used and I blame myself for installing incorrectly and causing it to prematurely fail. The 2nd steering rack was a new OEM steering rack from Nissan and that is still running great. The original pump failed, because I was not keeping up with my power steering flushes and the fluid was in bad shape. I replaced the pump with a new one from the internets and flushed the PS fluid about 20 times with the turkey baster method and I now have the best steering I have had in many years.

    For me, the hardest part of 35"s is keeping them balanced because they require a lot of wheel weights and when you rock crawl with them the weights tend to get thrown off at highway speeds or scraped off on the trails.
     
  20. 13ADVX

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    good to know! i wouldve thought i needed new uca's for that.
     
  21. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Hot Pipe Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Well, my 1st trip on 35s led to this
    IMG_20190914_135607_800.jpg IMG_20190914_135151.jpg

    I'm sure it had nothing to do with 35s and was just a coincidence.
     
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    XterraPA Bought an X

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