Don't know about C200 but M226 Axle shafts are 1.41" which is the same as Dana 60s. I can't find my calipers but the pinion looks to be about 1.25" at the splines
Thanks for all the info. I knew it was a D44 variant but was curious what the difference was and why they went with 2 different axles on the same vehicle.By my understanding, most of those M226 failures were on early 05 models and involved a flaw in the spider gear design that has been corrected. You might ultimately be right. Maybe the C200 is just as strong as the M226. But there's a reason Nissan uses the M226 on the OR X and there's a reason they use it on the Titan. There's also a reason D44s are prized among off-roaders for their durability. You might read the data differently than I do, but there's no reason to be an ass about it.
Mine is a M226 with out a locker, but I do have a sweet 6 speed manual.A quick bit of the google-fu shows that the M226 does have a higher spline count, but that the C200 may be Nissan's answer to the Dana 44. In the big picture, both appear to be strong enough. The early failures with the spider gear in the M226 have been addressed, etc.
The M226 does have 12 bolts on the rear cover (just went out and counted).
With the M226 you get the ability to re-gear, factory locker standard, and it makes you more attractive to the ladies. Since it's also a D44 variant, I believe there's better aftermarket support for it. If you had that and the 3 wolves tee, you'd have to put up electrified fence to keep the ladies away.