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It seems to be the TRA that get damaged, but the TRE that wear out.

You can drive on a bad TRE if you have to if its in one piece, but a bent/broken TRA makes it so you can't steer.







Broken TRA, Pizza Rock Obstacle, Rausch Creek


Now, the buddy who suffered this had spares with him, and, had gotten upgraded Heavier Duty TRA, and was replacing the broken OEM ones with the upgraded ones, after getting fed up replacing broken OEM with OEM, etc...

He wheels hard, and has the tools and experience to fix what he breaks on the trail...often. :D

IIRC, the HD TRA have yet to break...and, as far as I know, have solved that problem for him.
 

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So apparently I'm going to have to wait over a month for the Calmini HD steering system ... at least that's what Pure Nissan and Nissan Race Shop tell me. Any suggestions for other places to find this? I would love to do an install this weekend :)
 

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Well, maybe I'm doing the wrong thing here ... so chime in if you think I am. But I honestly don't want to wait forever for the Calmini kit to come in. I have to have these things fixed NOW to feel safe driving the Xterra. So, I bought this:

https://www.4x4parts.com/nissan/steering-enhancement-package-p-2580.html

Can I use the bushings that come with the kit to fix my stock idler arm? And I'm a little confused on the center link. Basically, the piece that attaches to the pitman arm is the problem. The piece that looks like a ball joint or tie rod end is in shambles. So do I need to buy a new center link or can I replace just that part?

While I was ordering from 4x4parts.com, I also had them to send me a set of Bielstein 5100's ;)
 

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Too late now I guess but personally, I'm wary of steering stabilizers. I'd hate to have an issue with my steering linkage and for the problem to be masked by the stabilizer.
 

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Well, maybe I'm doing the wrong thing here ... so chime in if you think I am. But I honestly don't want to wait forever for the Calmini kit to come in. I have to have these things fixed NOW to feel safe driving the Xterra. So, I bought this:

https://www.4x4parts.com/nissan/steering-enhancement-package-p-2580.html

Can I use the bushings that come with the kit to fix my stock idler arm? And I'm a little confused on the center link. Basically, the piece that attaches to the pitman arm is the problem. The piece that looks like a ball joint or tie rod end is in shambles. So do I need to buy a new center link or can I replace just that part?

While I was ordering from 4x4parts.com, I also had them to send me a set of Bielstein 5100's ;)

The steering stabilizer (The shock and mounts) is a waste of money, as it doesn't actually protect you in anyway shape or form, it merely MASKS input to the steering wheel...so, no matter what's WRONG, you can't tell, because it "Feels Better".

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The brace part is fine.


The center link is the long rod running across the front....and, there are ball joints attached for the tie-rods. (Tie-rod ends at either side of a tie-rod adjuster, etc..)



 

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Thanks, guys.

Well, since I already have the stabilizer and what-not, I'm going to go ahead and install it ... along with a new center link, new tie rod ends, new lower ball joints and new bushings in the idler arm. So maybe I'll be good to go for a while. If not ... lesson learned and I'll wait around a month or two on better parts.

In the mean time, I'm drawing this thread to a close. Thanks for all of your suggestions, and some of them WILL eventually be implemented.

In the mean time, you can keep up with the build thread I started HERE
 

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If you get Revolver Shackles, and longer shocks, you get even more droop.

My limiting factor THEN became the cross member the rear drive shaft would hit during droop...

...I had to gulley out the cross member to make room for the shaft to travel down further, to take advantage of the full wheel travel.
 
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