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Greetings. I’m new to the site and new to Xterras in general. I am about to pull the trigger on a ’05 X and have questions regarding towing/ tow package. What does the factory tow package consist of? Ie trans cooler, different gear ratio, steering etc. The car I am currently looking at does not come with a hitch nor do most of them I have looked at. Is the tow package nothing more than a dealer installed option? Would I have the same 5000lb towing capacity installing a hitch/ harness? Thanks, Jim
 

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As far as I know, the tow package is the hitch and wiring.

The factory hitch is typically a dealer installed option. The dealer installed Nissan hitches in 2005 were actually manufactured by either Curt, Reese or Valley Industries (can't remember which). One of the production runs had defective welds which resulted in a recall. Many dealers replaced the Nissan hitches with U-Haul hitches, which were manufactured by Valley Industries at the time.

My '05 had a Nissan hitch when it left the dealership. It was replaced with a U-Haul hitch in the recall, which is functionally identical. Aftermarket hitches are available on Amazon, etrailer.com, U-Haul stores, and many other places. They also appear in the "for sale" forum here when people replace their factory rear bumper with aftermarket units.

The 7-pin wiring harness is plug and play, and includes the relays you need for it to work properly. However, it does not come with the mounting bracket which was welded onto the Nissan hitch. You can either fabricate your own bracket or use a hole saw to flush mount the socket into the bumper (which I think is better than having it hang below the bumper).

The wiring harness is available from Cherry Hill Nissan in NJ (Brian, aka "JerseyParts" is a member here) http://www.enissanparts.com/; also Courtesy Nissan in Texas http://www.courtesyparts.com/; Part No. 999T8-N5005

Here is a "how to" thread for installing the wiring harness and mounting the socket: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=4849

Here are the instructions that come with the wiring harness: http://www.courtesyparts.com/images/n50/inst/html/999T8-N5005_pg01.html

The factory rear springs are notoriously soft and tend to sag with age and hard use. I don't know how much weight you intend to tow, but if the tongue weight is going to exceed 300# you should seriously consider replacing the rear leaves, installing add-a-leaf or helper springs, or airbags. Timbren "active" bump stops are another alternative. All of these options (with the exception of all new spring packs), are relatively inexpensive.

Also, you should either replace the factory radiator with an aftermarket unit (I am partial to Koyo), or immediately bypass the ATF cooling tube in the factory radiator. [Search SMOD by googling "the newx smod" to find out how and why.] Should you retain the bypassed factory radiator, you should give serious consideration to adding a fan to the factory auxiliary transmission cooler. I used a Derale 450 cfm pusher fan controlled by a thermostatic switch that turns on at 185 degrees and off at 165.
 

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Thanks for the responses. As far as tranny coolers, are they standard on all Xterras or just aftermarket?
 
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