I have a 2011 X model with 94,000 miles. Since owning the Xterra (90,000) I have replaced the lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rod as well PRG UCA’s, adjustable cam bolts, Monroe quick struts and 265/70/16 cooper AT3’s, 1.5” wheel spacers and recently added my 2” strut spacer to give me some lift in the front.
In the back I originally replaced the worn out shocks with Bilstein 4600, 2” add a leaf (which gave me no lift) then added a 1.5” Rough Country shackle.
I love the look but the ride is terrible. My tire pressure is around 31lbs and helped a little but still very stiff and the rear is banging when I fly over a rise in an intersection.
I’ve been considering pulling the spacer up front and going with a different setup. Not sure if I want to go 5100’s due to the negative comments. I did see the Old Man Emu has good reviews but not sure what to get or if it will truly soften the ride. I do like the height tho.
For the rear I needed some lift because I trailer a small boat and it sits way to low on my old worn out springs. But am now wondering it the 4600’s are compressed too much due to the shackle lift.
Now the questions.
1: Up front, with what I have done already can I get recommendations on what to buy to replace the 2” lift spacer and Monroe quick strut combo I currently run.
2: Is there a rear shock option to give me a better ride quality or do I need to go with a different set up completely in the back. I don’t mind a slight rake if needed. I just want as smooth of ride as possible with a slight lift.
Sounds like your leaf pack is completely shot and you are smashing the factory bumpstops in the rear.
For the front, you might be hitting the coil buckets or bottoming out the shocks. I am also going to assume you are using a 2" lift spacer and that your spacer is not 2" thick cause that would mean greater than 2" of lift and would make things worse than what I am about to describe to you. From factory there is 5.4" of travel. Half of this is up-travel and the other is down travel or droop. If you lift the front with a spacer, you are subtracting from the droop, so that leaves you with 5.4/2 -2= 0.9" of droop.
That means if your suspension droops anything more than 0.9" the shocks bottom out and you are getting a bang. Additionally the Monroes might have less travel that factory.
All that being said, if you have the money replace the leaf pack and get 5100's in the back for the lift you adjust for in the rear. For the front get coil-overs for the best ride. If money is an issue, 5100's set at 1" of lift and a 1" lift spacer up front works well, still have to replace the leaf pack unfortunately.
As another option to OME or Alcans, 4wheelparts has a replacement pack that is heavier duty than the stock leaf and gives a bit of lift.