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I would agree with fordem, good luck finding different ratio sets for a 3rd gen

How big are those tyres?
 

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245/75R16 tyres, thank you for the correction. 4x4Art used to make them but have stopped. I was informed some Italian companies still make it but unable to find any names at the moment.
I know they used to make them for the 2G models, but I haven't seen any diff ratio kits for the 3G models.
 

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Mine is 2.0L gasoline Manual transmission, 138HP. Aim was to create an adventure vehicle, bigger tires provides it will adequate flotation on loose ground. no complaints on that front. it would be interesting to see if someone come out with portal axle kind of arrangement for IFS. This would resolve camber adjustments, will offer lower gearing ratios and the lift restrictions on most of the IFS arrangements.
The 2.0 will certainly notice the bigger tyres, when compared to the 2.4 4 cylinder the 2.0 is definitely down on power.

Get adjustable camber bolts for the front.

I'm running 235/60/18 on mine and go all the places the others can go, its just the ground clearance that's the issue.
 

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I think i gained about 12 mm in base diameter with my tyre change, about 25 mm by the time you take tread into account.
 

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I'll be installing manual sway bar disconnect by HTM motoring in next few weeks or so and lets hope it does what HTM is portraying. Anyone tested this before? link below.

Wont do too much on an independent suspension setup, more designed for solid beam axles to increase articulated movement. Nissan fitted these on their big "safari" models, called stabi-lok and it works well.

It will help a bit, but worth it? Not sure in your case.
 

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Two things I have been noticing for a while now, one is the starting, during cranking, at times it starts with one crank and at times it starts but the rpm is so low it seems it will die again and with throttle input it comes to life, at times I have to crank 4-5 times before it starts. is it something to do with ignition coil?

The other issue is that throttle response, lets suppose car is on an uphill gradient, by applying brake and throttle combination allows for starting from stand still without rolling back, yes I'm aware handbrake can be utilized but I'm pointing out towards the delay in engine reviving to accommodate the slope. Any indication as to what would be the reason of a delayed throttle response.

appreciate your thoughts,
That throttle response is normal, my manual 2013 does it too,
Its called " brake pedal override" where the ecm detects the brake is applied and gives it priority
Its a safety feature designed so if you hit the brake and accelerator at the same time the engine cuts power and gives the brake priority
Try 2 foot driving, and while applying power in a straight line, press the brake pedal with your left foot firmly, then let foot off the brake, I bet the car keeps slowing down until you release the gas pedal then re apply it.

The automatic does it too, but since it holds on a slope at idle its not an issue.

Use the hand brake for hill starts

Fordems reset is correct for idle speed but the big step is DONT TOUCH ANY PEDALS
Feet flat on the floor, key on, wait 30 seconds, then start. Esp warning will also be on until you do a few tens of metres in a straight line to reset the steering angle sensor.
Might run rough for a few days until it sorts out fuel trims etc
 
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You won't reset the throttle body fully without resetting the ecm in the 3G versions, the ecm remembers the resistance settings on the tps as long as the key isn't cycled while its unplugged.
If you do cycle the key it will set position error, open circuit motor and a few others. Then you need to clear codes and run thru the idle relearn process.
I've experienced this cleaning throttle body's on a few of these now, its a pain. Clean them and they won't idle at correct point. Reset the ecm and they come right. Don't ask me why they do it that way, I would have thought they would sweep at key on but they only drive them open to the appropriate idle position based on the ecm memory
 
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If hill hold is fitted, rare option on the 3G models sold here as nz new ones, but I've seen imports with it fitted, switch for it is where the esp off button is, if its fitted theres a split switch. Neither of mine have it. You have to activate it every time you want to use it on the 3G models too, its not "on" by default

Its on the 4th gen ones for sure (which is the link you have provided) , but very rare on the 3G models, but as far as I know, brake pedal override was standard across the 3G range as a safety feature.
 
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