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Press Release (3/12/07):

Gear’d to Win

In Team Xterra Racing’s quest to bring the BITD Class 3100 (Stock Mini SUV) championship into Nissan’s hands, owner/driver Dave Blakely wanted to see if he could improve upon the “raceability� of the Xterra. One of the first calls he made was to Superior Axle & Gear.

While the stock 3.70 gear ratio and OEM construction may be fine for day to day driving and low impact offroad excursions, it is not the ideal setup for the brutal demands of desert racing. With 74 years of experience under their belts in designing and manufacturing custom gears and axles for nearly every application imaginable, Superior Axle & Gear was in the best possible position to assist Team Xterra Racing in developing a race appropriate set of gears that could also be marketed to other Xterra, Frontier and Titan owners.

In working with Dave, Superior Axle & Gear produced a set of 4.56 and 4.88 gears for the racing Xterra. Currently with a set of the 4.56 gears and a billet spool installed, Dave has put a few hundred miles of testing on them and is impressed to say the least. Testing under full “race conditions� will take place at the upcoming Terrible’s 250 in Primm, NV 4/17-19. Due to the generous support Team Xterra Racing has received from Superior Axle & Gear, Dave will take with him something he has never had before—an entire spare rear end, with racing gears installed and ready to go, in the unlikely event the current setup fails and needs to be replaced. Thanks HAVE to go out to Superior Axle & Gear for this. The team is lucky to have such great support and will do its best to put the product through its paces and make Superior proud!!

In talking to Jeff Phillips at Superior Axle & Gear it became clear why Team Xterra Racing in particular and the offroad aftermarket customer in general is in great hands when upgrading their drivetrain with “Superior� products.

Superior Axle & Gear prides itself on being the first to market with new gearsets for numerous applications including being the first company to offer aftermarket gears for the new Jeep JK. Superior Axle & Gear’s products are trusted so much in this area that Chrysler uses Superior made axles and gears for a number of its testing/prototype rigs!!

So why do so many people place so much trust in their products?? Well, their attention to detail comes to mind…From taking NASCAR axle balancing technology and applying it to their offroad products, to using rolled splines, to spending extra time making sure that the cut of their gears produces a minimum of heat and noise, Superior Axle & Gear takes the time to ensure their products can meet the expectations of a demanding consumer.

In partnering with Team Xterra Racing and Dave Blakely, Superior Axle & Gear feels it has partnered with a great competitor known for his competitive drive and ingenuity. Together they will push Superior’s new products to their limits ensuring that Nissan (and other import brand) enthusiasts have the same high quality aftermarket options that Jeep, Ford, etc. owners have had for so long.

Look for Nissan (Xterra, Titan and Frontier) specific gears to be available from Superior Axle & Gear, mid year ’08 and for upgraded axles for the same said applications to come on line about three months later…

Until then…Please drop Jeff Phillips at Superior Axle & Gear a line at: [email protected] and let him know how much you appreciate Superior’s support of Team Xterra Racing and how much you are looking forward to their Nissan line of products!

http://www.superioraxle.com/
 

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And like I said...even if you have no immediate plans to purchase these products, if you could PLEASE just drop Jeff an email simply thanking him for Superior's interest in making Nissan products it would be immensely appreciated...
 

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Bitchin'!

Thanks Jeff and Superior Axle and Gears for not leaving us hanging in the wind like Nissan did. lol

We wuv you!
 

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Oh...and PLEASE feel free to spread that press release around to any/all Nissan/Xterra/Titan/Frontier boards that you can...I have a bunch covered but certainly not all...The more response Jeff and Superior get out of this the better off the Nissan market will be! Thanks to EVERYONE out there!!
 

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"an entire spare third member with racing gears installed and ready to go"

Ummm....what axle are these gears for? The new X's (05+) do not have third members.
 

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Also, I wonder if we could talk them into a set of 4.10 gears. We can't run tires large enough to need 4.56 or 4.88's.
 

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Muzikman said:
Ummm....what axle are these gears for? The new X's (05+) do not have third members.
Jason, for those of us new to the technical details of axles and differentials, what is the exact definition of "third member." I just did some research and all I could find quickly was a differential "center section," hardly a thorough explanation.

Overall, this sounds like very good news.
 

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"an entire spare third member with racing gears installed and ready to go"

Ummm....what axle are these gears for? The new X's (05+) do not have third members.
I should have just said "rear end"...
 

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Also, I wonder if we could talk them into a set of 4.10 gears. We can't run tires large enough to need 4.56 or 4.88's.
You should drop Jeff an email asking just that...he is a great guy and will probly respond if you ask...
 

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"an entire spare third member with racing gears installed and ready to go"

Ummm....what axle are these gears for? The new X's (05+) do not have third members.
My thoughts exactly.

Credit where credit is due, Superior will likely be the first company to also produce a pinion shaft with the correct spline count for the Xterra/Frontiers (thanks due in large part to Xterra Racer). And I appreciate the fact that they're trying to help us out, don't get me wrong. But...

This article is a little vague for a reason. They're nowhere near having gears ready for the R180. I talked to Jeff about 3 weeks ago. If they were, he wouldn't need my front diff.

The only Xterras and Frontiers that they're going to be able to sell to are 2wd and Titand diff swapped 4wd rigs w/ an M226 in the back.

Although, this should make things a lot cheaper for SAS now, if you also have an M226.

Muzik, I'm with you on the gear ratios too. Where's the 4.10s?
 

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Some diff's have what is called a third members (Ford 9", some yota axles and the 1st gen X to name just a few).

If you look at a diff and there is no diff cover like you see on our axles, then it's probably a third member axle.

Basically instead of having a cover that you remove to get to the gears, the entire front portion of the diff is removable. Instead of just the ring gear and carrier coming out as an assembly and leaving the pinion gear in the housing. You can swap a third member in a matter of minutes which means if you trash a diff, you can yank the third, toss in a new third and away you go.

This is why the Ford 9" became so popular in the local race scene. You can change your rear gear ratio in a matter of minutes by just swapping the third.

I'll see if I can find a picture.
 

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spalind said:
Muzikman said:
"an entire spare third member with racing gears installed and ready to go"

Ummm....what axle are these gears for? The new X's (05+) do not have third members.
I should have just said "rear end"...
So he is going to carry an entire axle with him? I can see the ability to carry a new third member. Lots of folks do it, along with axle shafts. But with our diffs, even if you carried an identical carrier with ring gear, you would still have the pinion in the axle housing to worry about.
 

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Muzikman said:
Also, I wonder if we could talk them into a set of 4.10 gears. We can't run tires large enough to need 4.56 or 4.88's.
You should drop Jeff an email asking just that...he is a great guy and will probly respond if you ask...
I will do that.

This is great news and I have to thank Team Xterra Racing for not just worrying about the race truck, but also those of us who don't do 80MPH across the desert. :)

If I am coming off as sounding negative, I don't want to be, but I just want to clarify some stuff as it doesn't make much sense right now.
 

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OregonX said:
Muzikman said:
"an entire spare third member with racing gears installed and ready to go"

Ummm....what axle are these gears for? The new X's (05+) do not have third members.
My thoughts exactly.

Credit where credit is due, Superior will likely be the first company to also produce a pinion shaft with the correct spline count for the Xterra/Frontiers (thanks due in large part to Xterra Racer). And I appreciate the fact that they're trying to help us out, don't get me wrong. But...

This article is a little vague for a reason. They're nowhere near having gears ready for the R180. I talked to Jeff about 3 weeks ago. If they were, he wouldn't need my front diff.

The only Xterras and Frontiers that they're going to be able to sell to are 2wd and Titand diff swapped 4wd rigs w/ an M226 in the back.

Although, this should make things a lot cheaper for SAS now, if you also have an M226.

Muzik, I'm with you on the gear ratios too. Where's the 4.10s?
All legitimate points...the larger point being that this is a starting point...if Superior sees the interest they are FAR more likely to produce other products as well...
 
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