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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-12-2018, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Leaf Spring Life

(Whats is the life expectancy of the leaf springs on the Xterra?

In reading past posts, there are individuals which have needed to replace their leaf springs in less than 30,000 miles where as others still have their OEM springs after 130,000 miles.

Have you experienced any problems with your factory leaf springs or are you still doing fine?

Please share the current mileage of your Xterra if you have not replaced your factory leaf spring.
If you have replaced your leaf springs , what was the mileage at the time of your leaf spring swap.
How many times a year do you tow with your Xterra.
How often do you off road

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2014 Xterra 4x4
Apx 50,500 miles
Factory leaf springs with no apparent sag.
My towing is limited to a 5x8 utility trailer and an atv during the weekends of our three month long deer season
Light Off Roading on cut roads through deer woods.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-12-2018, 01:20 AM
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I replaced my leafs around 25k-30k mi. Partly because they were sagging, partly because I was doing a lift. I tow occasionally, but it tends to be a decent amount of weight with a 6x10 utility trailer. FWIW, I'm on my 4th revision of leaf springs (counting stock), and looking to go to my 5th:
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30k when replaced
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occasional off road w/ good workout
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My X had 80,000 "unknown" miles on it when I bought it, and it was only 3 years old. 2 years ago I had the springs re-arched and another leaf added. This year I replaced the "stock" shocks with a set of Pro4 shocks.
Boy does it really ride better now.

PS.... I'm at 130,000 miles now.
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08 S, 70K miles, factory springs, no sag
Tow 2-3 times a year, 425 lb tongue weight, plus numerous use of a light utility trailer, added air springs in 2017
Light off roading
Shocks are still good but will replace soon since they are severely rusted
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'13 S trim. 51k miles.

I've got the stock packs with AALs and Nisstec Shackles. The leaf packs are sagging pretty badly. I do a fair bit of mild to medium off-roading.

Alcans are on the list for later this year or next spring.
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103,000 with no sag but I don’t tow and rarely off-road
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I measured my ground to wheel well distance on my Xterra this afternoon.

With my X being a 4x4 and having a 265 75 r16 tire , my measured distance was nearly perfect at apx 35.75 inches.

I may look into installing a set of Timbren bump stops to assist in those times which I'm towing.
At the moment, my springs seem ok.

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What do you mean by "sag"?

I have 65k miles and small bumps bottom the rear out.
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Copied from Hollywood Auto Body, Auto Repair Shop

All springs sag with age. The constant load they bear leads to creep within the molecular structure of the metal. Over time, the spring weakens and begins to lose height (coil spring) or arch (leaf spring).

As the spring settles, ride height decreases and causes undesirable changes in wheel alignment. That is why alignment technicians are always supposed to measure ride height before they realign the wheels. More than an inch of sag usually means time for new springs.

Spring sag also reduces suspension ability to support its normal load. This, combined with decreased ride height, means less clearance between suspension stops and chassis.
The result can be bottoming on rough roads or when carrying extra weight.
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I got my 2011 with ~87k in 2016. It would hit the bump stops on not too hard of a bump with no load. I tow a 6x12 enclosed trailer a lot. At first I added air bags, which worked well until it was loaded too heavy, then the ride got harsh when I put in enough air to level it out. I then added helper leafs, and I couldn't be happier with the setup. It's adjustable and now comfortable with any reasonable load. The X sees field duty and snow. What other people would want to wheel their X through I get the dirt bike out for

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