Not so long ago, we got together with New Zealand 4×4 legend, Pete Ritchie, and took a number of customers and two brand new Nissan Navaras for an off-road adventure. For those that missed it, you can view the video below.
Yesterday, a fellow Nissan owner, posted a question on the video through YouTube. To help answer the question, we gave Pete Ritchie a shout.
Awesome video presentation, I have a Nissan Navara D40 LE 4X4 6Speed manual model, tried taking it offroad, but easily got stuck, due to the fact that it had an open differential at the rear not an LSD. Can you explain why Nissan wouldn’t install LSD or even a diff lock in the 4×4?
Pete Ritchie responds:
Hi Leon, thanks for the great question! My first response would be to say it sounds like an import!
Each country has its own spec levels and this is beyond any influence of Nissan NZ. And we know all NZ-new Navara’s come fitted with either a manual LSD or an electronic LSD package as part of their stability program that works on both front and rear axles (Nissan New Zealand knows the importance of these features to New Zealanders!).
The best way forward for you would be to choose from the following options should off road ability be an important issue.
- Ensure suitable tires with enough tread depth, run at the right pressure to optimise traction and self tread clearing
- Upgrade to a New Zealand new Navara, preferably with the full traction control features (through Cockram Nissan, of course!)
- Have an ARB manual rear diff lock fitted to your existing Navara (is not a total fix)
- Attend a Cockram Nissan Drive Day to learn how to maximise traction without any mechanical changes to the vehicle (no disrespect intended here – you may already be an excellent off-road driver … but you’ll still have some fun at the Drive Day!)
We hope this is of some assistance to you, Leon. And thanks to Pete Ritchie of Natural Instincts for taking the time to respond.