When any of us start to build our off road vehicles, it doesn’t take long before we start adding demanding electronics like winches, lights, communications equipment, freezer fridges and much more.
Because of all of these electronics, I started working with DC Power engineering in 2015 to offer a 180 Amp high output alternators. This alternator offers 130 Amp output at idle and 180 Amp max output at around 3,000 RPMs. The voltage output is also perfect for quickly charging AGM batteries such as the ones by Odyssey
For some people 180 Amps, just isn’t enough. The bigger and more powerful version of these alternators is now available from Rugged Rocks which puts out 270 Amps Max within the normal RPM driving range, and 200 Amps at idle!
I personally run a 180 Amp alternator in the Rugged Rocks Pathfinder and couldn’t be happier. It quickly charges my Odyssey battery after my running large ham radio equipment and an ARB freezer fridge at camp.
If you use a winch often and have lots of high power lights, then you may want to consider the 270 Amp version.
All of the High output alternators that are currently available are listed on the Rugged Rocks Website, Here:
The Thailand-built Nissans have a different version of the M226 rear axle than here in the U.S. The Thailand models have 12-ring gear bolts rather than 10. This makes things a little tricky when upgrading to a locker and re-gearing, but it’s not impossible. Rugged Rocks has the 12-bolt version of the locker available.
However, if you plan on re-gearing your axles to a deeper ratio, you will need to use a 10-ring gear bolt locker with the 10-ring gear bolt gears from Rugged Rocks. The 12-ring gear bolt gears in aftermarket ratios are not available. Visit https://ruggedrocksoffroad.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1665 for more details
For an ARB Locker for your Nissan Truck or SUV, visit: https://ruggedrocksoffroad.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=ARB-RD
Understanding how a differential works can be a bit confusing. Check out this video for a simple, yet complete, explanation of how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYAw79386WI