Building my Nisota

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » September 25th, 2015, 9:55 pm

I had to change my plans a little today, I brought new u bolts with the new springs, yesterday I find the left side u bolts will not fit. They had the wrong radius and after a bit of effort bending them to fit only find they are also 25mm to short.
So today I went looking for u bolts from the collection we have at hand, and I was able to make up a set.

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I have fitted a set of castor wedges in as well, 1deg, I figure they should correct the new shackle height.
I have used Toyota shackles with a shim either side on the spring end. The hanger is 70mm the same as Toyota, and the Nissan springs are 60 mm

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Once I fit the bull bar and winch back on the shackles should pass centre, well I hope so anyhow.
I have also fitted new sock absorbers, steering damper and sway bar bushed.

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » October 27th, 2015, 9:26 pm

I have now finished the spring and shackle changes, they I think they look pretty good fitted.

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To me it now rides better when four wheel driving for sure, smoother, softer, and nice to drive.
On the road when towing my camper I feel there is push on the corners, I will get it in for a wheel alignment I think, maybe could do with a little more castor. I do have a two deg wedge set if this is what a wheel alignment finds.

I have a problem with the front tyre scrubbing at full lock, it is more to do with the new offset I am running, but this is not a big problem.

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As I have been working on the old girl I thought I might bling her up a bit as well.

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by Presto77 » November 11th, 2015, 8:53 pm

Epic build thread! ...I enjoyed every second! :)

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » December 26th, 2015, 10:42 pm

You are welcome Presto77, I probably should stop adding but I guess I have nothing better to do anyhow.
As for the Nisota, I have removed the front castor wedges, I found I was getting to much push into corners, especially with the camper behind me, also I am a little disappointed in the rear spring set, they seam to have sagged already, it could be because of the weight of my Nissan. I have now added some air to the airbags again and this has fixed it for now.
I must say it now rides well though, even on the rough roads.

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » March 31st, 2016, 9:40 pm

I have started my new camper the link to it is here.

http://www.4wdaction.com.au/forum/viewt ... 2#p1827862

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » December 20th, 2018, 9:31 pm

I have been working on the Nisota for the last few days. Nothing major but I need to do a bit on the old girl.
First off I had to fit a new fan belt on her, this then had me thinking what to do, as the belt drives the supercharger as well. With the price difference of 95 to 93 fuel being just under 20c per litre, and already having a map to run STD unleaded fuel I thought I might reduce the boost a little and run this fuel for a bit and see how she preforms.
I changed the supercharger pulley from a 3.1” to a 3.25”, this has reduced the boost but towing the camper on the weekend I found no difference on the road, even going up Windy hill it pulled the camper no trouble.

The other bit I have done is fit a new reversing camera. I have brought a wireless digital receiver, this can run up to four cameras. For now I have one on the nisota and one on the rear of the camper.
I now need to change the back bar arrangement, as I will like to have the camera showing the towbar so it is easy to back up to the camper.
I am also going to a smaller mapping display on the dash, this has igo maps as well as OziExplorer.
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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » April 4th, 2019, 10:04 pm

We went out camping for the weekend, Nisota and Robustus together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYwKLdfUU3o

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by Peter Aawen » April 4th, 2019, 10:27 pm

Well that's really showing them off in the right sorta terrain, isn't it?! Lookin' GOOD! :thumb:
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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » April 5th, 2019, 9:15 pm

That is why I put it up on both threads, goes to show, I brought my Nissan in 1996 and it is still doing what I brought it for, getting us out in the bush off the beaten track. :)

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by Indy Hepburn » May 16th, 2019, 10:45 pm

Wow mate what a journey you’ve been on with your MQ! And you’ve kept it all these years wow!
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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » May 18th, 2019, 4:33 pm

Yes it is still doing want I want, although I had a fuel problem on this trip, fuel line developed a leak, I had ti fix it before returning home.

We went out to Pinnarendi Station Stay last weekend to catch up with some friends from Cairns, that were going out as well.

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Re: Building my Nisota

Unread post by jclures » June 9th, 2019, 11:33 am

Time to fit a new winch.

I have always had a Thomas electric winch fitted to my Nissan, it has always worked well enough, but it is a very heavy piece of equipment to be carrying in the front of the Nissan.
I recently brought a 1300lbs winch for what I would call a better than good price. It was new in the box and never opened.
To fit the new winch I brought a X-Bull Universal Winch Mounting Plate, which I still needed to slightly modify to fit the winch to my Nissan front chassis rails.
The winch came with wire rope which I discarded for some 1/2” Dyneema rope, with a Aluminium fairlead as well.
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While I had the bull bar of I took this opportunity to fit a pair of day light running lights, I have had these to fit for some time but I knew it was going to take a bit of work to fit them how I wanted them.
I cut and welded a counter sunk section into the bull bay storage areas to fit the lights on either side. The light are wired so when the head lights come on they turn off.
I also gave the bull bar all a new coat of paint and rust proofed the storage boxes as well.
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With it all back together the front of the Nissan came up around 10mm due to the reduction in weight.
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