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Old 04-18-2021, 05:11 PM   #1
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Hello guys Iím new to the forum. I just recently bought a 1993 D21 base model with 2.4L and manual transmission. I have already found a lot of good info.

My question is whatís the best shop manual for my truck? I found a link on this site to some shop manuals but my choices are 1988 or 1994. Their isnít one listed for 1993. Which one is closest?

From looking through this forum I found info that says 1993 is an odd ball year (lucky me). Can anyone tell me why it is an odd ball? What makes it different from a 1992 or 1994?

Also the sticker on the truck says the manufacture date on the truck is 12/92. Does that make any difference? When I went to go buy a new alternator belt they had one for trucks built between Aug 1 1989 through June 30 1993. They had another belt that said 1993 or newer? Did Nissan make changes to the truck mid year? If so does anyone know what those changes are?

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Factory Service Manual followed by Chilton's. Haynes sucks for the D21. 94 will be closest 88 is very different



93 is a transitional year. Some stuff is 92. Some is 94. The cluster for square dash 93s is unique to 93.



86.5 and 93 are the transitional years for the D21. Major half year change in 86.5 with face lift stuff and small changes in 93.
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OEM, 93 service manual only available in paper copy, check E-bay, only one OEM manual on E-bay right now for a too high price of $187, You can use the 94 manual for most things, Like Deerhurst said the 93 was the bastard year with some new things introduced, but for the majority of mechanical items the 94 manual should be fine.


Free online manual here:


https://www.nicoclub.com/nissan-service-manuals


As to changes on the 93, some changes were the hood without the vents in the front and the gauge cluster being different than the 92 and the 94 ( I use to own a 93),



From Wikipedia: "In 1992, Nissan had a crossover year in which the 1993 model year (mid-1992 to mid-1993 calendar year) had the dashboard of the 1986Ĺ–1992 model years with a slightly refreshed body appearance as well as some small interior changes and a revised instrument panel. In a first for the auto industry,[citation needed] this model used the new R134A air conditioning refrigerant."
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Thanks for the info Deerhurst and ahardb0dy. It’s actually my sons truck but I’m super stoked to help him fix it up. I think he got a steal. He paid $4800 for the truck.

It has 86k miles. I’m in Texas and the truck has always been in Texas so there is zero rust. The guy we bought it from inherited it from his grandfather (original owner) who didn’t really drive it. It also hasn’t been registered since 2016 which made me a little nervous but it starts up and runs fine. The body is very straight only a few minor dings. The paint is original but it is toast I think that is to be expected.

It’s the base model and only has a picture where the tach should be. That blew me away. I think Nissan cheaped out a little too much there. At some point we are going to try and see about adding a tach.
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If you want to add a tach find another 93 dash with a tach that came from a truck with the same motor as yours. It'll drop right in.



The bare bones trucks have no tach. Toyota did this a lot too.
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If you want to add a tach find another 93 dash with a tach that came from a truck with the same motor as yours. It'll drop right in.



The bare bones trucks have no tach. Toyota did this a lot too.
Do you think it is possible for me take another tach from a 93 and put it in my cluster? The truck only has 86k on the odometer and I donít want to lose that.

Or is it possible for me to switch over my odometer into the cluster with the tach? The only clusters from 93 I have seen have 2 trip meters below the odometer.

Iím trying to teach my son to drive stick and an rpm gauge would be helpful.
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I have yet to take a cluster apart but I have heard they are pretty modular. The hardest part is not breaking the lens when disassembling the entire thing.



I like a tach anyways. Between that and a vacuum gauge you basically have everything you need to know exactly how your engine is running.
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I've taken gauge clusters apart in other Nissan's, it's not hard to do, adding the tach should be pretty easy.


My former 93 gauge cluster with tach:





Another difference the 93 had, first year of this with lights near rear view mirror:


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Just be gentle when taking the cluster apart. The needles like to come apart.
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I've taken gauge clusters apart in other Nissan's, it's not hard to do, adding the tach should be pretty easy.


My former 93 gauge cluster with tach:





Another difference the 93 had, first year of this with lights near rear view mirror:


Those lights by the rear view are nice. That must have been an upgrade because my 93 has it behind the drivers head.
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