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Frontier/Xterra 2005 and up torque specs

 Front Suspension:
Swaybar Mounting Brackets: 96 ft-lbs [FSU-5] 19mm
Swaybar Connecting Rod (Both Ends): 62 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [FSU-5] 17mm
LCA Bump Stop: 14 ft-lbs [FSU-5]
LCA Cam Bolt: 100 ft-lbs [FSU-5] 19mm
LCA Ball Joint Nut: 70 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [FSU-5] 19mm
UCA Mount Bolt: 94 ft-lbs [FSU-5] 19mm
UCA Ball Joint Nut: 58 ft-lbs (Replace Cotter Pin After Removal) [FSU-5] 22mm
Lower Shock Mount: 155 ft-lbs [FSU-5] 19mm
Upper Shock Mount Nuts: 22 ft-lbs (there are 3 nuts) [FSU-5] 14mm
Shock Upper Spring Seat Nut: 30 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [FSU-5] 19mm
Wheel Hub Mounting Bolts: 44 ft-lbs (there are 4 bolts) (Replace After Removal) [FAX-5] 17mm
Center Hub Nut: 101 ft-lbs (Replace Cotter Pin After Removal) [FSU-5] 32mm or 1 1/4"
 

Rear Suspension:
Bump Stop: 14 ft-lbs [RSU-5]
Upper Shock Mount Nut: 33 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RSU-5] 17mm
Lower Shock Mount: 148 ft-lbs [RSU-5] 19mm
Spring Shackle: 77 ft-lbs (Both upper and lower) [RSU-5] 19mm
Front Leaf Spring Mount Bolt: 84 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RSU-5]
Axle U-Bolt Nuts: 53 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RSU-5]
Dynamic Dampener (weight): 14 ft-lbs
 

Steering:
Outer Tie Rod End Nut: 63 ft-lbs 22mm replace cotter pin
 

Front Diff (R180):
Diff Mounting Bolts: 135 ft-lbs [FFD-14]
Crossmember Bolts: 96 ft-lbs [FFD-14]
Pinion Nut: 138-216 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [FFD-16]
Ring Gear Bolts: 43 ft-lbs [FFD-16]
Carrier Bearing Journal: 69 ft-lbs [FFD-16]
Diff Cover Bolts: 30 ft-lbs [FFD-16]
 

Rear Diff (C200):
Pinion Nut: 107-238 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RFD-15]
Ring Gear Bolts: 58 ft-lbs [RFD-15]
Carrier Bearing Journal: 69 ft-lbs [RFD-15]
Axle Bearing/Hub Nuts: 49 ft-lbs (there are 4 nuts) [RAX-7]
Diff Cover Bolts: 36 ft-lbs [RFD-15]
 

Rear Diff (M226 w/o Locker):
Pinion Nut: 220-500 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RFD-50]
Ring Gear Bolts: 133 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RFD-50]
Carrier Bearing Journal: 80 ft-lbs [RFD-50]
Axle Bearing/Hub Nuts: 89 ft-lbs (there are 4 nuts) [RFD-50]
Diff Breather: 31 in-lbs [RFD-50]
Diff Cover Bolts: 31 ft-lbs
 

Rear Diff (M226 w/ Locker):
Pinion Nut: 220-500 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RFD-123]
Ring Gear Bolts: 135 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [RFD-123]
Carrier Bearing Journal: 80 ft-lbs [RFD-123]
Axle Bearing/Hub Nuts: 87 ft-lbs (there are 4 nuts) [RFD-123]
Diff Breather: 31 in-lbs [RFD-123]
Locker Wire Harness: 89 in-lbs [RFD-123]
Diff Cover Bolts: 31 ft-lbs [RFD-123] 14mm
 

Front Driveshaft:
Flange Nut: 44 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [PR-5]
 

Rear Driveshaft (Model 2S1330):
Flange Nut: 71 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [PR-10]
 

Rear Driveshaft (Model 2S1330-BJ100):
Flange Nut: 41 ft-lbs (Replace After Removal) [PR-11]
 

Front Brakes:
Slide Pin Bolt: 32 ft-lbs [BR-22]
Torque Member Bolt: 136 ft-lbs [BR-22] 21mm
Union Bolt: 24 ft-lbs [BR-22]
Bleed Valve: 69 in-lbs [BR-22]
 

Rear Brakes:
Slide Pin Bolt: 19 ft-lbs [BR-28]
Torque Member Bolt: 76 ft-lbs [BR-28]
Brake Line: 19 ft-lbs [BR-28]
Bleed Valve: 69 in-lbs [BR-22]
 

Maintenance:
Engine Oil Drain Plug: 25 ft-lbs (Replace Crush Washer)
 

Transfer Case Fill Plug: 26 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket)
Transfer Case Drain Plug: 26 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket)
 

Front Differential Fill Plug: 25 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket)
Front Differential Drain Plug: 25 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket)
 

Rear Differential Fill Plug (C200): 36 ft-lbs (Apply Silicon RTV or Equal)
Rear Differential Drain Plug (C200): 36 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket)
 

Rear Differential Fill Plug (M226) (with or without Locker): 25 ft-lbs (Apply Silicon RTV or Equal)
Rear Differential Drain Plug (M226) (with or without Locker): 20 ft-lbs (Apply Silicon RTV or Equal)
 

Manual Transmission Fill Plug: 25 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket)
Manual Transmission Drain Plug: 25 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket)
 

Automatic Transmission Drain Plug: 25 ft-lbs (Replace Gasket) (both 2wd and 4wd models)
Automatic Transmission Pan Bolts: 70 in-lb (Replace after removal)
 

Engine:
Spark Plugs: 168 in-lbs
Intake Manifold: Bolts: First Pass: 5 ft-lb Second Pass: 21 ft-lb
Intake Manifold: Studs: 8 ft-lb (If removed from Engine Block)
Intake Manifold: Bolt Pattern: Engine Front: 5, 3, 2, 7
Intake Manifold: Bolt Pattern: Engine Front: 8, 1, 4, 6
 

Misc:
Wheel Lug Nuts: 98 ft-lbs 21mm 

Tech data

All information was pulled from the factory service manual for a 2005 frontier and beyond. Xterra and pathfinder will share a large majority of the same specs and parts.

Maintaining the Rig

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Overview

The goal is to get involved at actively looking for issues or potential issues. the last thing you want is something to break on the trail that could have been prevented. 

At oil change

I'm going out on a limb and thinking you are well past the break in period. these are some things to check when doing an oil change, but not limited to. 

Drive Belts- check for cracks or balding or burnt spots. (keep a used spare for emergencies.)

Hoses- check for cracks, leaks of the air kind and liquid kind. replace as needed and use a quality auto clamp

Fluids- check level and quality of fluids. visual is fine, testing is better

Grease all serviceable joints

Air Filter

Torque bolts- like engine mounts if you have aftermarket mounts. wheels, check brake calipers, things that you dont want flying off while you are driving. 

Tires- rotate, and check for chunks holes or other issues.

Brakes-check caliper motion as well as thickness and stopping power of pads and rotors.make sure your parking brake holds you in place.

check your wheel bearings with a good ole wheel jiggle.

Charging and starting systems- these Nissans love to eat alternators when they get near water.

Pre offroad trip

Offroading puts a huge stress on components your vehicle would otherwise never see. for that reason, its important to be proactive in fixing problems as they arise. 

-body mounts-

-frame for bends or cracks-

-wiring harness for exposures, cracks, or low hanging issues, even potential heat issues-

-breathers, in case water crossing-

-rubber seals throughout-

-fix check engine lights-

-inspect drivetrain-

-wheels and hub and brake assembly-

-suspension-

Post trip bliss

congrats you made it home. now get ready to do it again. a lot of things you need to do here involve cleaning and visually inspecting for things that dont look or feel right. 

beyond that you want to replace all fluids that have been contaminated or at the very least remove the contamination. 

or maybe you beat on your vehicle extra hard and you think you should change your oil as well. 

no wrong answers here, the more the better but dont spend money wildly. make it make sense.


Yearly?

with a pretty intense maintenance list already its hard to believe you can do more right? 

Rubber seals, i cant harp on this enough. a dry or cracked seal on a door or a plug of some kind can cause all kinds of issues. 

-Grounds- clean, scuff up mounting surface and torque down properly to ensure a proper ground to never leave you stranded.

Yearly checkups are perfect for those build up of parts you have sitting with the intention of installing. doing you no good sitting in the garage.


Beyond that there are only about another 1.6 million things you need to be aware of, but at least we can say we tried! 

erry 2 years

Service manual recommends changing this stuff, you will have likely already gotten to most of it.


Lube locks hinges and boots

R Cabin filter

R Wipers

R Air Filter

R transmission and transfercase fluid

R differential oils

R coolant

R Drive belt

R radiator cap


D40 FSM

I tried to just load the whole thing but it didn't like that. if you need the whole FSM just shoot me an email and I can send you a link to it.