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It was middle of 07

X2 on both buying a used one and getting an 08+. The newer the better imo.
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Iíd definitely just go used diff now that I know the story and see the pics. I thing the bearings got spun in the case and wire the case and carrier bearing caps which are machined specifically to each individual housing. I think if you try to rebuild it youíre going to have problems afterwards continuously. I think whoever installed those those gears botched the job and that whole rear end is scrap metal now. Time to just buy a used rear end out of a MT Off Road or Pro-4x, bolt it in and be done. 05-15 will all work, but newer ones have the better/stronger/ more reliable 4 spider gear design. Not positive what year it got upgraded, but I think 08 or 09.


Yeah Those carrier bearing adjusters are a pain. They arenít sold by Nissan and no one makes those aftermarket, so Iím going to buy a used rear assembly off of Duncan Mills from Nissan Parts Puller. Iíve asked some detailed questions but he has an axle for $1350 shipped with 43k miles on it. Definitely the best deal Iíve seen so far. Automotix is much more expensive and Car-Part.com is much higher mileage.


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So the big question now is: do I have the auto shop install the new axle for me, or do I get it shipped to my house and have my truck towed to my house, and do it myself?


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So the big question now is: do I have the auto shop install the new axle for me, or do I get it shipped to my house and have my truck towed to my house, and do it myself?


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If it's the whole shee bang, just do it yourself. That's not that bad of a job if you've got the tools and buddy to give you a hand. Besides, you'll save a ton of $. Or spend the $$ and get it on the road faster with the shop, maybe.
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I'd personally swap the rears at the house if you have a free weekend. It is not complicated by any means. Besides, I truly only trust myself working on my rig. I know I'll take the extra time to go through things thoroughly. If you have the funds, trust others to be competent enough to fix your rig and don't have the time to do it yourself, have a shop do it for you.

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it looks like the diff is removed from the X. How much is the shop going to charge to just make it so you can roll it onto a flat bed? I doubt they will have taken it apart and will put it back together for free. See what that cost is compared to them keeping it while you get the new one shipped and them installing it. Price may not be that different.
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Buy new u-bolts. They shouldn’t be reused.
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Good Call @NYTKSHR I didn't even of think of that part.
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it looks like the diff is removed from the X. How much is the shop going to charge to just make it so you can roll it onto a flat bed? I doubt they will have taken it apart and will put it back together for free. See what that cost is compared to them keeping it while you get the new one shipped and them installing it. Price may not be that different.


Interesting question...tbh Iím thinking Iíll let the shop put the new axle on. Iíve never done any work on axles, and Iím very unfamiliar with this X (just purchased it).


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Buy new u-bolts. They shouldnít be reused.

Do these look like theyíd fit a stock 2011 rear axle? Iím not sure what to look for here...




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