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We need a larger SUV than our Xterra. Looking at the Armada versions there's even an "Off Road" version. We take the X off road and expect to do the same with the Armada.
From the 2006 brochure the only obvious items that make the off road version better for the dirt is shocks and tires/wheels. Either item is easy to change on any Armada model. Is there anything I've missed as far as off road use that's worth considering in the OR model? Things like locker diffs, manual hubs, skid plates, lower crawl gears or...

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DaveDatsun said:
We need a larger SUV than our Xterra. Looking at the Armada versions there's even an "Off Road" version. We take the X off road and expect to do the same with the Armada.
From the 2006 brochure the only obvious items that make the off road version better for the dirt is shocks and tires/wheels. Either item is easy to change on any Armada model. Is there anything I've missed as far as off road use that's worth considering in the OR model? Things like locker diffs, manual hubs, skid plates, lower crawl gears or...

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More aggressive tires with higher sidewalls and skid plates.
 

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Warning: If you order the tow package with the Off Road version, they will give you the "on road" shocks as the Ranchos (or Bilsteins?) don't work with the auto-leveling system. The Off Road package has 17" rims which allow you to buy BFG All Terrain tires. I could not find a supplier of BFG A/Ts for the 18" rims on the deluxe Armada.
 

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You get skid plates for fuel tank and transfer case, 17" x 7.5" rims instead of 18" x 8", BFG 285 tires instead of Conti 265 tires. Off Road and LE have the following things in common. These come on SE if you get big tow: Heavy duty battery, Reciever hitch, 7 pin trailer harness, trailer brake prewire, low final gear, autoleveling suspension, transmission temp gauge.

It also has power passenger seat, leather, side impact airbags, and bose standard (optional for SE, std on LE).

As for different shocks, maybe they dropped them for 2006 but they aren't shown on the spreadsheet and leveling suspension is standard.

So you get a lot over SE and two skid plates and rim/tire combo not on LE. LE has everything else standard. I got LE, changed my tires to be better than the 17" stuff, and will add the skid plates when I put on the lift. The 17" rims were too narrow for my taste as I wanted wider tires than 7.5 would accomodate. ;)
 
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