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4 Inch 96-04 Pathfinder / QX4 Lift Kit
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What lift springs do I use in the rear?
2. Can this lift be combined with a 2" spring lift?
3. What is the panhard drop bracket used for?
4. What is included with the Base Kit?
5. What do I need to lift the rear?
6. How can I achieve 6" of lift
7. What do I use for rear shocks?
8. What are the WJ adapter (and spacers) used for?


Q: What lift springs do I use in the rear?

A: There are two popular options for lifting the rear of your pathfinder. The first (and cheapest) is using rear lift springs from a Jeep WJ. These springs are to be used in combination with our WJ spring adapters. 3" WJ lift springs will give about 4" of lift on a Pathfinder. 4" WJ lift springs will give you closer to 5.5" of lift.

One source for these springs is Iron Rocks Offroad. Another is your local 4x4 store.

The second and most expensive option is getting custom coils made for the rear. We do not offer this service but a local spring shop should be able to accomidate this.




Q: Can this lift be combined with a 2" spring lift?

A: Yes. This lift will "stack" onto your existing 2" spring lift in the front for a total of 6" of lift. You will have to completely replace the lift springs in the rear with either WJ lift springs or custom springs to match the lift in the front.



Q: What is the panhard drop bracket used for?

A: The panhard bar is the transverse link located behind your axle. It attaches to the frame on the driver's side and to the axle on the passenger side. It's function is to locate the axle so it remains centered under the vehicle. When you lift the rear of your Pathfinder, the geometry of this bar is changed and the axle will shift towards the driver side. One issue that may arise is the passenger rear tire rubbing due to it being closer to the body. The other consequence is decreased handling performance. The panhard bracket will drop the mounting point down on the frame to near stock geometry, bringing back stock performance.



Q: What is included with the Base Kit?

A: The base kit includes 4 subframe spacers, 2 engine spacers, 2 strut spacers, extended steering linkage and all required hardware to install these pieces. This is the bare minimum to lift the front end of your Pathfinder / QX4.



Q: What do I need to lift the rear?

A: You'll need the following as a bare minimum to lift the rear:

- Lift Springs (WJ or Custom, see FAQ)
- Extended brake line (if lifting 2" over stock height)
- Rear Shocks (see FAQ)




Q: How can I achieve 6" of lift

A: For the front of your Pathfinder, you can combine this kit with 2" lift coils for a total of 6" of lift.

For the rear there are two options:

1) Use 5.5" Jeep WJ rear lift coils (which will most likely give you more then 6" of lift) or..

2) Use our 1" spacer / WJ coil adapter with a 4" WJ rear lift spring

The difference between the two is that the 5.5" lift spring will allow slightly more travel, but will be stiffer then the 4" spring.




Q: What do I use for rear shocks?

A: Rear shocks from a 2002 2WD F350 will fit the Pathfinder and provide the extra length required for the 4" lift in the back. They are direct fit, although we recommend going with a monotube shock design if you have a newer face-lift Pathfinder (1999+) since the shocks must be mounted upside-down compared to the F350



Q: What are the WJ adapter (and spacers) used for?

A: Our WJ adapters bolt to your existing axle where the bump stop would hit under full compression. They come in a set of two.

The WJ adapter / spacer combo includes the adapter portion with a 1" spacer for that extra boost out back.





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