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Old 03-02-2016, 06:27 AM   #41
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Dumb question, but say a 96/97 D21 V6 - is that a VG30? If so good to hear...

I've thought about doing this conversion, want to eventually go to 31" x 10" tires for offroad use...
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Dumb question, but say a 96/97 D21 V6 - is that a VG30? If so good to hear...

I've thought about doing this conversion, want to eventually go to 31" x 10" tires for offroad use...
The 1996 and 1997 did not have the V6 option. All they had was the KA24 available those years.
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Canada had the vg30 in 96 in the D21. Not sure about other areas, but obdII killed the vg30 in the US in the truck and pathy. Nissan could only afford to make the Quest obdII compliant. The first Gen Quest used the vg30e until 98.
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Ok, so these are Stock photo's so these are not of my project, and this is my solution to the oil Pickup tube issue.


This is the VG30 D21 Pickup tube.


Here it is with the Pan.


Here is the VG33 Pathy pickup.

What I am doing is taking the Pathy Tube and cutting on the screen of the middle mount. Then I am cutting the D21 tube Just before and just after the smaller bend and flipping it 180* to make the tube (when viewed from above as if from the front of the motor) curve down and to the right(pass side) as opposed to down and to the left(DR. Side).

Make sense? I'll hopefully have pics soon. My Camera is still MIA
Can you put the pics back up, please? This post makes no sense without the pictures.

If you upload the pictures as attachments, they should not vanish over time.
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I have a 92 d21 4x4. It now has a vg30 now. My plan is to use a jdm replacement vg33. Most of the posts here seem to be geared to d21 2wd. My question is, if I get an Xterra 33 motor is the oil pan most likely hit the front differential? If I use the pan & pu tube from the vg30, can you explain what the modification would be for the oil pan? From your experience with this swap, is there an oil pan that would clear the differential. I have the ability to fabricate a new pu tube. I'd rather do that than modify an oil pan. Thanks for any help. Appreciate it very much
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Deerhurst has done the swap on a 4x4, he should be able to answer your question
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The VG30 oil pan will not fit on the VG33. The crank diameter is different, and the oil pan needs to seal against the crank parts.

Also, the oil pickup tube on the VG30 goes into one side of the engine to the oil pump. On the VG33, they moved the oil pump to the other side of the engine, so the oil pickup tube needs to be fabricated to go up the other side.

My guess is that a VG33 from a 4x4 would clear your 4x4 axle, but that is just a guess. And most JDM engine sellers list the engines as blocks only because they don't know what their engines have come out of. They can't tell you if it's a 4x4 engine or a 2x4 engine.

You could look for a domestic 4x4 Xterra, but it's probably going to have a lot more than 60k miles on it and it will have the low powered cams that were built for the USA.
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The VG30 oil pan will not fit on the VG33. The crank diameter is different, and the oil pan needs to seal against the crank parts.

Also, the oil pickup tube on the VG30 goes into one side of the engine to the oil pump. On the VG33, they moved the oil pump to the other side of the engine, so the oil pickup tube needs to be fabricated to go up the other side.

My guess is that a VG33 from a 4x4 would clear your 4x4 axle, but that is just a guess. And most JDM engine sellers list the engines as blocks only because they don't know what their engines have come out of. They can't tell you if it's a 4x4 engine or a 2x4 engine.

You could look for a domestic 4x4 Xterra, but it's probably going to have a lot more than 60k miles on it and it will have the low powered cams that were built for the USA.
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Thanks for the reply & your info for this. I had a 93 d21 4x4 with the 2.4 motor before I got this d21. In order to get the motor in or out the front differential has to be dropped. That's a bunch of work to find out the oil pan on the motor that you just put in won't let you put differential back in because it hits the oil pan. That's why it's a learning experience I guess. Thanks again for the info
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The VG30 oil pan will not fit on the VG33. The crank diameter is different, and the oil pan needs to seal against the crank parts.

Also, the oil pickup tube on the VG30 goes into one side of the engine to the oil pump. On the VG33, they moved the oil pump to the other side of the engine, so the oil pickup tube needs to be fabricated to go up the other side.

My guess is that a VG33 from a 4x4 would clear your 4x4 axle, but that is just a guess. And most JDM engine sellers list the engines as blocks only because they don't know what their engines have come out of. They can't tell you if it's a 4x4 engine or a 2x4 engine.

You could look for a domestic 4x4 Xterra, but it's probably going to have a lot more than 60k miles on it and it will have the low powered cams that were built for the USA.

My oil pan off my VG30 fits just fine around the block and crank.


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Thanks for the reply & your info for this. I had a 93 d21 4x4 with the 2.4 motor before I got this d21. In order to get the motor in or out the front differential has to be dropped. That's a bunch of work to find out the oil pan on the motor that you just put in won't let you put differential back in because it hits the oil pan. That's why it's a learning experience I guess. Thanks again for the info

The VG33 pan doesn't clear. Especially on the V6 truck with bigger diffs. I used my original VG30 oil pan and beat it to clear the pickup tube. Works just fine. Just don't smear the RTV on your face like I did and create a leak.



Look in my thread on my swap for more 4x4 specific info if needed.
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