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Old 08-22-2015, 07:00 AM   #1
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Default Wanting a Nissan hardbody budget offroad rig

So I went wheeling with my buddy in his jeep last weekend and it was a blast. I've never been and always stuck to the lowered side of the world. But I decided I want to build a hard body trail toy. I don't know where too begin though. Some questions I have I hope y'all can answer.

I want to do a straight axle. My buddy says coils and 3 link. What would be better and cheaper and easier? 3 link, 4 link, or leaf springs?

Would I be okay buying a 2wd to do this build? I want it budget and I can get a decent running 2wd std cab for under $1500.

Scratch the engine question. Just remembered I have a ford 302 with an auto trans laying around that will be perfect for this. ��

My ideas and plans would be an exo cage, bucket seats, racing harness, custom front and rear bumpers, rock sliders, winch. I want to be street legal. Run 37's or 38's. Something I won't be afraid to go out and abuse and keep up with the keep boys.

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Old 08-22-2015, 04:34 PM   #2
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converting a 2wd hb to an offroad rig would be obnoxiously expensive, even on top of what you want to do, the frames just aren't made for it.
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leaf spring is the cheapest to do. you need to decide if you want full width axles or axles to match the truck. you then need to decide how hardcore of a wheeler you want to build. this hobby is not cheap by any means. you will break stuff. there are some kits out there but most of it is fab work. if you want cheap go with a Toyota because the aftermarket support and parts are far more extensive than Nissan is.
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I got a quote from a shop on doing a SAS for my truck. They said it would be between 5 and 10k depending on the options I wanted. It was just way out of reach for me. If you've got the skills to fabricate suspension stuff yourself I'm sure you can do it cheaper (it's still going to cost a lot) but it's still going to be expensive. I decided to go with the Calmini built IFS setup due to cost and the fact that I don't plan to be rock crawling or anything like that that really requires a SAS.
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Speaking of IFS lifts, what did you pay for your lift kit, OldGrey? Also, how much weight do you have in wheels and tires? Ive been thinking about a small lift and 32s or 33s and my current BFG AT KOs on steelies is really heavy. Like 3/4 ton truck heavy, pretty sure the alloys with BFG Commercials on a super duty is no heavier per wheel.
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My buddy with the jeep is going too school for weldin . He's going to throw some big axles under his jeep and exo it so he would be doing all of the work for me. The engine is something I'd do myself. None of this build would be paid for at a shop.
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Painting the frame/axles/etc., installing the Calmini + custom 2" body lift, new wheels and tires all together was $3200 I believe. I haven't even taken one of the wheels off to know how much it weighs. I'm sure it's considerably more than the 31.5s on the old aluminum sawblades.

Going to school for welding doesn't necessarily make one capable of custom suspension fabrication. No insult intended, but just remember that offroading puts a whole lot more stress on a vehicle than normal driving about. Jeeps are infinitely easier to work on and have infinitely more parts available as well. For the most part you can buy kits for Jeeps that minimize the amount of fabrication/welding to levels that just about anybody can handle.

Check out this page - http://nissannut.com/projects/sas/ - This is what made me decide I'd just go with a built IFS.
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