2nd Gen - Roadmaster Active Suspension (RAS)
First time caller Ė long time reader here.
Anyway I figured Iíd post up some specific information on the RoadMaster Active Suspension kit as it relates to the Nissan Xterra.
This is on a 2010 Nissan Xterra X.
I wanted something to improve the handling of my Xterra. The Xterra is pretty quick Ė but take that speed into a turn and itís a whole different story. I realize itís a true body on frame SUV and a tall one at that. Itís not meant, nor will it ever handle like a sports car. However, the amount that I needed to slow the vehicle in order to properly navigate turns without body roll was down right annoying / unsafe at times. Especially on my hectic at times commute.
I started looking for something to improve the handling. I looked at beefier shocks, adding a leaf, sway bars, air bags, etc. I then came across the RoadMaster Active Suspension Ė which appeared to be one part (reasonably priced about $300) that did the job of many more components.
Mostly truck guys run these. I was able to find a lot of reviews on the product over at the Titan forums and the Ford / Chevy truck forums.
The main site: Roadmaster Active Suspension Kits | Helper Springs | Overload Springs
Stutmasters also has a good video about it: http://www.strutmasters.com/roadmast...el=%22nofollow
I bought from JC Whitney using one of their Summer PROMOs. (If youíre on their email distribution list they have tons of promotions / sales.) Manufacturer model: 1350
JC Whitney didnít have the 2010 Xterra listed Ė I selected a 2009 Xterra.
I wonít go into huge detail since instructions are online and itís covered by other forums. It took me and my father a little over 3 hours, but we are pretty meticulous with these types of things. Someone whoís handy could do it in less. The first one took us 2 hours and the second 45 min, so you get the idea. If anyone has any questions Iíd be happy to answer then.
Itís not as easy as, say changing oil or your air filter, but its not as hard as doing a transmission or something drastic. If you can do shocks you can do this.
Itís seriously a whole new Xterra!
PROS: MUCH MUCH better handling capabilities. It handles more like a normal car. Thereís more confidence in the chassis and greatly reduced body roll. Nose dive in heavy braking is also reduced.
This product will also improve towing capabilities and handling with a load. I have yet to tow anything with it yet.
It raises the rear a little over an inch. Not something I was looking for. With my roof rack on parking garage clearances are kinda iffy in certain places.
This product is not for the serious off roader. It will reduce articulation and flex. I use my X for light trail usage, hauling, and as a daily drive so I was fine with this.
Hope this helps anyone interested in the product. This and the superschip has gotten my X exactly where I want it in terms of driving dynamics.
Next up is the friggin stereoÖ