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T30 X-Trail Nudge Bar Fittment


Hi everyone,

Does anyone know how difficult the genuine series 1 nudge bar is to fit?

I am planning on buying a nudge bar off someone from this forum. I've called TJM and they said they would fit it for $90 depending on how difficult it is to fit, Nissan want $[sign in to see URL] because apparently its "tricky"... is it really tricky? I assume there are intstrcution too.

Regards,

Matt



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Hi Matt,

According to the pics posted by Noel in ]THIS thread, it doesn't sound tricky at all to deserve the 300 buck installation price tag!

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Hi Matt,

My suggestion is buy it and try to fit it yourself. If you can't do it, then get a pro to do it.

I've taken mine off and back on; it wasn't very tricky at all. If anything it was just awkward. The bolts are fiddly and getting a ratchet in behind there is a bit tight, but can be done, emoticon

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 Thought I would share my DIY installation of a Series I and II factory nudge bar:

 Total time: 2-3 hours.
 Difficulty level: easy.
 Tools required: Ratchet, 10mm-16mm sockets, extension piece, drill, 12mm drill piece, centre punch (or thin drill piece to use as a starter.)
  Can do by self, but need second person to assist with placement of nudge bar onto lower attachment brackets.

 HOW TO:
  *Disconnect both fog lights – depress small latch and then simply pull both connector clips apart.
  *Remove plastic chrome grill
 – to do this, remove 4x black secure clips on top of grill and then 3x clips below grill. Access to the 3x clips from underneath bumper. Press towards you to undo.
  *Remove entire plastic bumper
 – to do this, remove 3x black plastic clips in plastic chrome grill cavity, 3x black plastic clips in each tyre well and also 1x screw on each side, at join where bumper meets main body panel. The screw attaches via the yellow grommet.
 - gently fold back plastic inner guard to get to this screw. Be careful of small hinge clip that is about 10cm from this screw. Use screwdriver wrapped in tape so no damage to bumper and gently prise hinge closed. Also, 2x screws underneath, attaching bumper to lower radiator support. Gently pull each side outwards until they unclip, then pull bumper towards front of vehicle. Should come off with minimal of force.

  *Use supplied metal template to mark position for 2x top bracket mounting points on both sides of radiator support beams.
  *Install 2x small thin ‘L shaped’ brackets.
 – brackets sit on outside of support beam and the bend turns inwards.
  *Remove 2x bolts from each side of the radiator stay. Retain and later use.
  *Install 2x lower mounting brackets using original bolts.
  *These brackets should fit under the main horizontal protection bar.
 -it should look like this.
  *Pic of all brackets installed.
Two on top about 1/2 way down radiator and two at the very bottom of radiator.

  
  *Replace plastic bumper. Reattach both fog lights, black clips and the screws. The two bottom brackets should be slightly sticking out of the end two air ducts. Check that it is sitting straight.
  *Use supplied paper template to mark drill holes to attach top mount bracket to nudge bar with bolts supplied.
 -drill holes – use 12mm drill bit to allow for error. (10mm bolt used)
  *Attach lower mounting bracket attachment bolts x2 each side first.

  *Line up nudge bar to plastic bumper, check gaps are even each side.
  *Attach upper mounting bracket attachment bolts x2. Acesss via the inside of the bumper assembly through plastic chrome grill cavity.
  *Reattach plastic chrome grill.

 FINISHED PRODUCT.

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 TIPS:

 Bolt sizes are 10mm, use 12mm drill bit to allow for errors.
 Use larger washers as supplied washers are too small in diametre.
 Use ‘locktite’ on each bolt to secure in place.
 Stretch paper template as much as possible to get holes in correct position.
  I have kept both the paper and metal templates if you need them. I also have then factory fit instructions if required.

 FINAL WORD:

  It was relatively easy to install this nudge bar, with my only problem being that my upper holes that I drilled through the plastic bumper did not line up with the metal upper supports and the nudgebar assembly. I then redrilled using a 12mm drill bit and it slid in, perfect. I have kept the metal/paper templates and can supply them if needed.

 Feel free to pm me if you want any further details or wish to use either template.
ps: Don't hit thyself on head with spanner.


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Excellent DIY guide there Brett. Thanks a lot. I have now added it to the rest of DIY Guides and linked this post to the Quick reference guide as well.

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Brett, nice and well documented DIY post, I'm impressed.

Nice usage of the pic codes LOL, emoticon

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quote:

Nice usage of the pic codes


 I have learnt from the master.

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Great post brett, thanks.

I'll let you know how many stitches i get when i fit mine... emoticon

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Matt,
 Feel free to call me if you get stuck or need a hand with the install. It is relatively easy, just make sure you pull the paper bumper bar template really tight, otherwise the holes will not match up. Oh another thing, don't let go of the spanner for any reason. Good luck with the install.
 When you finish, sit back, crack a beer and pat yourself on the back. Next time you drive past a Nissan dealership, take pride in knowing that you just saved yourself $300. (Nissan standard install price)
 Good luck.

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Guys,

I have to remind everyone that the nudge bar is not only there for show, it is there to protect your exy and it also there to work WITH the airbag system we have on our xtrails.

Please do not forget this fact when doing the self install.

It is very important that the nudge bar is fitted as per the specifications or you could face a risk of the airbag not getting deployed if the un-thinkable happens.

There are certain mounting points where the nudge should be attached to and any slight deviation from those points could cause the air-bag sensors not to trigger correctly.

While saving money on the install is great, it is not something a novice should try, as it is exactly the same as fitting seat belts on your car which requires a professional install.

Think twice before you attempt this and if you're not 100% sure, have it professionally fitted, as it could save your life and the life of those travelling with you!


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