I've just acquired a '01 Xterra last month and, after the initial period of checkouts and minor repairs, started driving her. Now, overall the X behaves very well and I have no issues with it but I am running into a single bit of trouble. My other car, the everyday driver is a Honda CR-Z - and most of my previous cars were similar in nature, small, nimble, fast and low. I'm used to good maneuverability and cornering ability, and Xterra feels more than a bit frightening in that regard. Now, having checked the suspension myself, as well having my conclusions confirmed by a mechanic, I know there are no problems with shocks, struts, balance etc at all - she sits on the road as she should. But between being bigger and heavier, taller and top-heavier and my sitting far higher, every time I turn a corner at a speed I feel a bit like my wheels are about to lift off the ground.
The X is, as far as I know, pretty much stock - I haven't checked the tire sizes but I don't think it's lifted or modded.
Question is, is there a remedy for this sort of behavior/feel? I'm guessing spacing the wheels a bit wider (1-1.5" spacers?) may reduce the feeling of instability due to a wider wheelbase? Would mucking with sway bars do anything? Bolting some railroad tracks to the underside to drop the center of gravity?
As you may be able to tell by my questions, I'm not much of a wrench-monkey yet so I appreciate any wisdom, advice and comradely condescending snark you may wanna toss my way