2010 Super Black Xterra Off Road 4x4 6MT
Join Date: Dec 2010
I got the trans and engine installed in the X. I installed everything as one assembly with headers attached. In my opinion the Doug Thorley headers with 02s preinstalled clear better than the JBAs but I'm sure someone will argue that. Before I dropped it in I wrapped the headers to prevent damage during the install. I had a couple of surface scratches after installed.
This is one akward engine to install. The engine has a large top end so that limits the places to mount a crane. This doesn't have a place install a lift plate like on a Chevy V8. I believe the best tools to use are a 1.5 ton leveler with long chains and hooks along with 6' straps along the bottom. Using anything longer will risk damage to top end parts. I had to remove coil packs and move any wiring on the rocker covers to prevent damage when lifting. I also recommend removing the power stearing line with the sensor on top or removing the pump all together. You want as much side-to-side movement as you can get. Use a cheap oil filter like FRAM because it can contact the crane when moving. Install the fan clutch and serpentine after the engine is installed. The fins are brittle on the fan clutch and can break off if it hits the engine crane. Keep a prybar or crowbar handy.
The install of the engine and trans took 2.5hrs with a spotter. You want to go in with the crane at the highest it will go and with trans at the lowest point. The transfer does not leak out of the output shaft so no need to plug it with a rag or anything to catch fluid. I took the front wheels off and placed it on jack stands to get the vehicle even lower. The higher you can get the engine the more angle you can get. Then slowly inch it in and tilt the whole assembly as it goes in monitoring the header to engine mount contact and oil pan to front dif contact. I ended up removing all the bolts in the front dif so it would drop and allow clearance for the oil pan. It's easier removing the bolts for the dif than removing the oil pan and oil pick up. Once the trans is in the trans tunnel you want to support the transfer case with a trans jack. You will have to use the jack in conjunction with the engine crane to guide the whole assembly together to its finally resting place. And before you plant the engine mounts on to the frame install the bolts half way and drop it in, then torque them down. This prevents you from having to adjust the mounts with the weight of the engine to find the threads later.
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Last edited by kebler2005; 04-03-2019 at 10:40 AM.