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Username: SoCalxTerry
Real Name: Terry Lindgren
Year: 2007
Make: Nissan
Model: Xterra
Trim: Offroad
Color: Avalanche

Mods:
Shrock:
Sliders
Full set of Skids
Rear Bumper
Front Bumper
Rear Diff. Skid

ARB front R180 Air locker

285/75x16 tires
Pro-Comp 7089 Wheels

K&N Performance Intake Kit
MagnaFlow Cat-back Exhaust System
AirRaid throttle Body Spacer

FABTECH 6" SUSPENSION LIFT including:
PRG Upper Control Arms
RADFLO 2.0 6" extended coilovers
Spring over axle conversion in rear
Deaver Custom 10 leaf spring pack
JE Reel Double Cardon driveshaft

DepHep Rack w/Hi-lift mount

Engo 10k Winch

Projection HID Headlights and foglights
LED Offroad lights
LED Brake/turn and back-up lights

10# CO2 Tank

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Maybe I should 'slpain the happenings of last Saturday.
Well Danny, his son Matt and I ran up to San Gabriel OHV Area just to "mildly" exercise my X in anticipation of other things to come.
Things went great on the way up there. Tried out my new Ham radio ;D
Got there, paid our fee, aired down, and headed out. Well first obstacle, Danny made it with some effort, so of course I had to try it too. I started up this maybe 20' dirt/rock hill. Almost to the top I got hung up between two rocks and tried to apply a little power to get over. When all of sudden, the instantaneously recognizable horrifying PING from the Drivers front side. Yes I had just broken the half shaft on the drivers side (Passenger side was taken care of by Superstition mountain). Well that ended my day immediately.

So OFCOURSE Danny says I got a spare half shaft lets run over to my place and replace it. Well I limped over to Danny's house hearing all kinds of strange sounds coming from my front end. And in 15 minutes the left front was off the ground and what was left of the half shaft out. At least we were equipped this time(Unlike the first time) I had packed a drill bit, the right sized die and a grade 8 bolt for extraction. And thanks to Danny and his Slide Hammer we got the broken piece out of the diff (See photograph above).

After getting the thing out, if you looked closely at the stub you can see two major cracks in the axle and I think that I actually broke both half shafts at Superstion Mountain. The drivers side just didn't break completely. That answers both the questions of two cracks and why did it break so easily today.

Well now the learning point. If you break the halfshaft like this and drive the rig someplace, plan on destroying the axle seal in the diff. Now the punchline, Nissan and Ebay are the only source of these seals (Left pn: 38342-EA000 and Right pn: 40227-EA00).

So our options where:
1. Try to find the parts locally. No way..
2: When I had broken the Passenger side axle, I had ordered both seals just for insurance (Why? don't know) but it was at my house 40 miles away.
3: Stick a rag in the diff hole, put the thing back together sans axle limp it home and repair it there.
Well again, thanks to Danny, he offered up his DD (I wouldn't let me drive his X either :p) and I drove home picked up my extra seal and extra Half shaft. And 20 minutes after I returned we had this thing back together good as new.

Moral of this story:
If you are going to do anything like this carry tools and spare parts or be with a buddy that does ;) Marcin Where are you!!!!
Anybody know where I can pick up some used OEM R180 half shafts? Of all the people I appear to be the person most in need spares
Bottom line: I would like to thank Toro/Danny for everything he did for me.
 

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Wow!! Great to see the ARB being installed changes the weak link to be the half-shafts like they should be, and keeps the diff from splitting. This is awesome news! Just curious, was the front locker engaged at either time a shaft broke?
Actually the front was locked both times. What this experience has done though is make me wonder if I can find stronger half-shafts than OEM.
 

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be careful as others have pointed out of moving the weak link to an expensive component rather than a cheaper , more easily removed component.
Yup..x2..The next weak link would be the diff(Ring/Pinion gears) itself. It's a lot easier to swap a cv than to buy a new diff/re gear/locker an the event of a diff failure.
 

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Yup..x2..The next weak link would be the diff(Ring/Pinion gears) itself. It's a lot easier to swap a cv than to buy a new diff/re gear/locker an the event of a diff failure.
I know but I seem to be doing this at an alarming frequency and I ain't a pedal to the metal kind of driver either.
 

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I know but I seem to be doing this at an alarming frequency and I ain't a pedal to the metal kind of driver either.
It is kinda weird that you've been breaking them with a light pedal and front and rear locked. :confused: M205 is another option. It's easier swap cv's(Bolt on flanges) but that requires that you run pathy cv's unless you completely TS. The V8 pathy cv's aren't cheap either.
 
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