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#391499 - 09/10/07 03:40 PM Xterra steering systems $225
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Greetings XOC members. I am now a proud supporter of this site and resource.

I am offering modified centerlinks for all Nissan trucks. Kits include a centerlink which has been modified with new machined sleeves and press fit teflon lined spherical bearings designed to operate under tens of thousands of pounds of force. Kits also include all necessary hardware. You will need to drill out your pitman arm and idler arm holes to 5/8".

Ordering instructions:

I charge $225 with a $100 core fee. You can send in your stock CL and not have to deal with the core fee. If you pay the core fee you have 45 days to return the core to receive a refund.

Shipping to the lower 48 is free.

I accept paypal to the following address: rbcscapegoat@yahoo.com Please include an extra 3% if you use paypal to cover their seller fees.

I also accept check or MO. I will wait for the check to clear before sending the link.

I don't offer multiple "stages" of kits. I have never seen evidence that this is necessary. In fact, everything I have seen and experiences points to the TREs being the weak point. The TREs will act as a fuse and will break/bend WAY before you run into the kind of forces that require double sheer pitmans and idlers. I DO, however, recommend a simple idler arm brace if you plan to wheel or otherwise abuse your truck. I don't make idler arm braces.

I offer Hardbody, Pathfinder, Xterra and Frontier CLs. Give me a hollar at rbcscapegoat@yahoo.com if you are interested.

My centerlinks come shipped with all necessary hardware, including two grade 8 bolts drilled for cotter pins, two snazzy castle nuts, four washers, and two cotter pins. All hardware is heavy duty nickel or zinc plated stuff.

Installation instructions:
Remove your old centerlink
Step 1: Remove the four cotter pins securing the four 19mm castle nuts.
Step 2: Using a 19mm socket remove the four castle nuts.
Step 3: Use either a BFH or a tie rod end puller to pop loose the four ball joint studs. At this point the centerlink should be loose from both the idler arm and the pitman arm, and both tie rod ends should be out of the centerlink.
Step 4: Once the centerlink is removed please toss it back in the box, tape it up, and ship it back to me so I can make one for the next guy!
Drill the Idler and Pitman
Step 1: Decide how you want to proceed. You have a few options. You can either do it yourself or have it drilled at a machine shop for a case of beer or send it to me and I'll drill it out and ship it back to you for free.
Step 2: If you decide to do it yourself you can drill the idler and pitman arm holes using a hand drill with the arms still on the vehicle (not recommended), or you can pull them off and do it in a drill press or a vise (I recommend doing this). 5/8" drill bits are available from hardware stores and big box retailers like Northern Tool or Tractor Supply. You are enlarging the stock tapered hole to 5/8" to receive the new grade 8 bolts. This is a much more difficult task than drilling thinner steel with a smaller bit. With bits larger than 1/2" you really have to turn the bit slowly or you will overheat it and ruin it in no time. It's really best to pull off the arms and drill them out using a drill press at low RPM. If you just run the 5/8" bit through using a standard single speed 1/2" hand drill at full speed you WILL burn up your bit before you can drill both holes. If you aren't comfortable doing this then plan on pulling the arms and taking them to the local machine shop or mechanic.
Install the new centerlink
Step 1: If you removed the pitman and idler arms, replace them now.
Step 2: Place the new centerlink ends above the idler and pitman arms and drop both bolts down through one washer each and through the centerlink end and the idler and pitman holes.
Step 3: Slide the remaining two washers over the bolts and tighten the castle nuts. You will need to torque these castle nuts down to 100 ft. lbs.
Step 4: IMPORTANT insert the cotter pins through the castle nut slots and through the 1/8" hole which is predrilled through the bolt, and then bend the long part of the cotter pin back over the end of the bolt, to ensure that the centerlink bolts cannot loosen.
Step 5: Insert the tie rod ends into the centerlink through the bottom, torque them down, and replace their cotter pins. If the taper is reversed and they will not insert from the bottom, flip the centerlink over.
Congratulations, you are finished. Take the vehicle in for an alignment and enjoy!

Please email me with any questions!

Here's a couple pics of the hardware that comes with my kits and a couple weld shots:












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#391500 - 09/10/07 07:38 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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#391501 - 10/10/07 01:23 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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So, when are you going to crank out a few Idler Arm Braces, and maybe get some cores for pitman arms and so forth to address the drilling thing?

laugh

Your stuff looks awsome btw.

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#391502 - 10/10/07 02:59 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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drilling is a cinch. I have had mine on for a while now no trouble.

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#391503 - 10/10/07 09:33 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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The after market Idler Arm Braces out there only work o the stock set up according to their claims...this is obviously not stock...so, there may be no readily available Idler Arm Brace to add to the system.

Hence my question.

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2001 Xterra '03 VG33, SE 5 spd, 305/70/16's, Revolvers, UBSkidderz, Doubled AAL's, 3"SL/2"BL, winch/bumpers, skids, sliders, OBA, Snorkel, pine stripes....

Friends don't let friends drive stock.

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#391504 - 11/10/07 08:54 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Quote:
Originally posted by TJ:
The after market Idler Arm Braces out there only work o the stock set up according to their claims...this is obviously not stock...so, there may be no readily available Idler Arm Brace to add to the system.

Hence my question.

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That's not true, though. Calmini and AC's will work with an aftermarket steering such as this. I can't confirm/deny SLR's, though, as I haven't seen one of those in person.

But there's no difference at the connection of the idler arm to the frame with this setup, so there's no good reason it wouldn't.

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#391505 - 11/10/07 10:30 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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That's good, one more thing for AC to edit on their site to correct their claims/advertisements/product descriptions.

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Idler Arm Brace

This helps to decrease problems with steering alignment by reinforcing the idler arm which is a common weak point on all Nissan Trucks and SUVs. Although common to all stock vehicles, this is a more common problem on lifted vehicles with larger tires. This brace is used to reinforce the stock idler arm and will not work with after-markeet idler arm . Bolt-on design. No drilling or welding required. Original design, proven on thousands of Nissans worldwide!
Price - $29.95
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2001 Xterra '03 VG33, SE 5 spd, 305/70/16's, Revolvers, UBSkidderz, Doubled AAL's, 3"SL/2"BL, winch/bumpers, skids, sliders, OBA, Snorkel, pine stripes....

Friends don't let friends drive stock.

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#391506 - 11/10/07 11:39 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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No, they're right. The idler arm braces WON'T work with aftermarket idler arms.

But what hoohaa is selling is an aftermarket centerlink, not an aftermarket idler arm...

Guess you missed that part. That's your 1 mistake for the month allowance. [Finger]

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#391507 - 11/10/07 01:16 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Quote:
Originally posted by TJ:
So, when are you going to crank out a few Idler Arm Braces, and maybe get some cores for pitman arms and so forth to address the drilling thing?

laugh

Your stuff looks awsome btw.

laugh
Thanks. And about the pitman and idler cores... That's been my plan for a while, I just need to find enough cores to get started. Anyone have some they're not using? I'll buy 'em.

You are right, this would make it much easier to install for the average guy without a decently equipped shop. Sorry for slacking on that! :p

I could do idler arm braces too, but I need enough idler arms to figure out the differences and facilitate building the proper jigs.

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#391508 - 11/10/07 02:06 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Quote:
Originally posted by hoohaa:
Quote:
Originally posted by TJ:
[b]So, when are you going to crank out a few Idler Arm Braces, and maybe get some cores for pitman arms and so forth to address the drilling thing?

laugh

Your stuff looks awsome btw.

laugh
Thanks. And about the pitman and idler cores... That's been my plan for a while, I just need to find enough cores to get started. Anyone have some they're not using? I'll buy 'em.

You are right, this would make it much easier to install for the average guy without a decently equipped shop. Sorry for slacking on that! :p

I could do idler arm braces too, but I need enough idler arms to figure out the differences and facilitate building the proper jigs.[/b]
I know some people who might be able to help you out on that...let me check and get back to you.

Pitman arms and Idler Arm Cores....on the to do list.

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2001 Xterra '03 VG33, SE 5 spd, 305/70/16's, Revolvers, UBSkidderz, Doubled AAL's, 3"SL/2"BL, winch/bumpers, skids, sliders, OBA, Snorkel, pine stripes....

Friends don't let friends drive stock.

http://www.gifsoup.com/view/501230/tj-tackling-crawlers-ridge-o.gif

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#391509 - 11/10/07 02:49 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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I have one of HooHaas center links I am running a calmini bracce with no problems at all this center link is bullet proof great product is all I can say.

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#391510 - 26/10/07 07:29 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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I just got my HooHaa steering delivered yesterday... VERY nice! I will be installing tomorrow (pending weather). And I'll take pictures of the install if anyone wants them. We'll be installing on a Frontier and my Xterra.

Packaging was great, by the way. I imagine it's pretty tough to ship these without them breaking through standard packaging. They were shipped in a very sturdy cardboard tube, which arrived 100% intact.

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#391511 - 27/10/07 09:20 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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any word on the idler and pitman cores? laugh

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#391512 - 31/10/07 06:46 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Got the centerlink installed today. Very easy, and it looks and feels great. We did my X, and my friend's Frontier...

My truck took about an hour to do.

Here's the pics: http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc123/Anthony-n-Kim/Steering%20Install/

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#391513 - 02/11/07 11:10 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Quote:
Originally posted by Black X:
any word on the idler and pitman cores? laugh
I am closer to offering this service. Pretty much as soon as I find D22 and D21 pitman arms I can begin. This will make it a nice totally bolt on mod.

If anyone has extra idler arms or pitman arms please contact me!

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#391514 - 03/11/07 08:46 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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how much more will it cost with the arms. that'll be sweet to bolt on an be done

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#391515 - 04/11/07 06:48 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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I will have to think about that. I feel that the problem will definitely be that I just won't have enough pitmans and idlers to keep up with the demand for a while.

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#391516 - 06/11/07 09:39 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Quote:
Originally posted by porsche996:
No, they're right. The idler arm braces WON'T work with aftermarket idler arms.

But what hoohaa is selling is an aftermarket centerlink, not an aftermarket idler arm...

Guess you missed that part. That's your 1 mistake for the month allowance. [Finger]
The AC idler arm brace workes with the SLR steering - FYI. I would assume the Calmini one does too.

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#391517 - 06/11/07 01:51 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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The Calmimi Idler arm brace will work with this set up no problem I am using one

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#391518 - 06/11/07 07:36 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Quote:
Originally posted by lmhin2004:
The Calmimi Idler arm brace will work with this set up no problem I am using one
yup, same here.

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#391519 - 15/11/07 08:55 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Originally posted by lmhin2004:
The Calmimi Idler arm brace will work with this set up no problem I am using one
Yup, me Too....So Far, So Good Bryan....
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#391520 - 15/11/07 09:12 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Quote:
Originally posted by Desert_Rat:
Quote:
Originally posted by porsche996:
[b]No, they're right. The idler arm braces WON'T work with aftermarket idler arms.

But what hoohaa is selling is an aftermarket centerlink, not an aftermarket idler arm...

Guess you missed that part. That's your 1 mistake for the month allowance. [Finger]
The AC idler arm brace workes with the SLR steering - FYI. I would assume the Calmini one does too.[/b]
It doesn't work with the SLR replacement idler arm shaft. I used to have both on my rig before cutting all that shiite off. That was what I was referring to when I mentioned "aftermarket idler arm". I guess I should have been more specific. My bad.

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#391521 - 18/11/07 11:08 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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So what else would be reccomended when upgrading with this centerlink. I will be using the Calmini brace. anything else to upgrade while im at it, steering wise?

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#391522 - 18/11/07 10:32 PM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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Perhaps go to Napa and get some Tie rod adjusters. Theirs are thicker then the OEM ones.

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#391523 - 19/11/07 06:34 AM Re: Xterra steering systems $225
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When I installed mine, I also installed a set of the SLR 4130 tie rod adjustters and a brand new set of inner and outer tie rod ends. I also have the Cal. idler arm brace.

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