Category Archives: Nissan Frontier D22

All about my Nissan Frontier D22 pickup.. built not bought

Parts sourcing for 4×4 conversion

List of parts procured:

  1. Front Differential and tube
  2. Front differential carrier/2nd cross member (gadri)
  3. Front drive shaft
  4. Front CV Axles x 2
  5. 1st cross member (engine gadri)
  6. 2x Front hubs complete with Calipers and brake lines
  7. 2 x Lower control arms with rear stay bushing and ball joint
  8. 2 x upper control arms with ball joints
  9. Automatic Free wheel hubs x 2
  10. Sway bar
  11. Steering Rod and Tie rod ends
  12. Steering box
  13. Torsion bars x 2
  14. Rear drive shaft flange
  15. FS5W71C gearbox with Transfer case
  16. 2 x front shocks
  17. Torsion bar cross member.. missing!!





The missing bit.. Torsion bar cross member


D22 vs D21 4wd Suspensions




D22 2wd front suspension

D22-97-02 Front Suspension-2WD-2

D22-97-02 Front Suspension-2WD


D22 4wd front suspension

The front Diff and its carrier is eaxctly the same as a D21

D22-97-02 Diff Mount-4WD D22-97-02 Front Suspension-4WD-2 D22-97-02 Front Suspension-4WD

D22-97-02 Front Axles-4WD-2

D21 vs D22 4WD Front suspension

Strong similarities as Frame, wheelbase, Differential, its carrier, cross members are all same

Diff Carrier D21 vs D22

D21 DiffD21-85-09 Diff Mount-4WD D22-97-02 Diff Mount-4WDD22 Diff



Front suspension

D21 4wdD21-85-09 Front Suspension-4WD D22-97-02 Front Suspension-4WD D22 4wd

LCA are different in D22 along with a shorter torsion bar


Front Axles D21 vs D22



D21-85-09 Front Axles-4WD-1  D21 4wdD22-97-02 Front Axles-4WD-2 D22 4wd

Axles CVs are different.. lengths are same.

Chasing the tick tack noise.. Nissan TD27

Ever since we rebuilt the TD27.. Within 2 hours of static running.. This annoying tick tick tack noise was bothering me and Yousaf..  taanay from Paa jee 😉

The noise is from tappet cover.. Bansri was changed, fuel lines were changed.. But no relief

Oil pressure was something always under discussion.. The stock oil light used to take 3-4 seconds to go out at cold start.. Adding to the suspicion

It was only when a oil pressure gauge was installed that I was able to relate the noise.. At idle the pressure will drastically drop lower than 11psi and the gauge would beep beep beep!


Pressure above 1000rpm was okay.. But as soon as u go off idle there is a dip before the needle climbs up


First thing to check was the oil pressure relief piston and spring.. Might be stuck or worn.. So out goes the spring and piston


The spring tension was not up to mark.. How we got to know that.. Well Yousaf experience that preload is not correct.. To correct the preload some 4 washers were placed in it.

I am still driving and observing the change.. Yes the noise is gone most of the time.. But still the pressure goes down sometimes when hot with slight noise.. Its better but still not perfect.

And I am still chasing this noise 🙂

Update 9th Oct 2014:

The engine was out of the vehicle for 4×4 conversion.. perfect time to find the tick tack noise..  timing cover was taken off.. the oil pump was taken out.. not really worn out but not in the best of its shape.. however, this alone could not be the reason.

found excessive play in the idler gear shaft.. with a groove too.. this could be the reason for pressure loss and late buildup as its taking oil directly from main gallery

TD27 oil highway

TD27 Oil Highway



Will update soon…


Rebuilding Nissan Frontier D22

On 28th Feb 2014, an unplanned purchase from an auction yard.. an unknown breed.. the Nissan Frontier D22

The trusted Toyota Landcruiser BJ44 towed it to Yousaf’s workshop in Chah Sultan area.. started up on the first crank.. only to tell the tales of overheating and blown head gaskit 🙂

and so it begins and still goes on.. here are some picture of the “before” restoration

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