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Overview & Purpose from Vision1Racing

Brand new to the market is our HD Detent Kit for the Nissan RS6F51 transmission! Add confidence and enjoyment to your driving experience with these affordable and easy to install springs. Over 70% stiffer than OEM, the V1R HD Detent Kit provides the driver with the positive feedback desired with every gear change.

We have custom tailored each spring to not only increase the performance of your transmission, but also to combat the sloppy reverse feel that is far too common. This kit is suitable for any vehicle – from the daily driver to weekend warrior. Be sure to couple these with Vision One Racing Shift Selector Springs for the ultimate transmission experience!

Price: $39.99 (Shipped)

Order Link: https://www.visiononeracing.com/product-page/hd-detent-kit

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/Vision1Racing-109956330825963

HD Detent Kit

Thanks to Kirill, we just ordered a set of “Street” Selector Springs for our 2002 6-Speed Supercharged 5thgen Maxima. Will post a review afterward. The owner Peter will get back to you quickly. This is only for the manual FWD RS6 6-Speed  and RS5 5-Speed Transmissions. Also, if you are having issues with reverse just make sure the spring cup on the larger spring is not upside down.

Overview & Purpose from Vision1Racing

From the factory, Nissan utilizes two springs within the transmission to “center” the shifter in the 3/4 gate. These OEM springs are very weak and often cause 3rd gear lockout issues when attempting to quickly shift. This is simply due to the driver overpowering the spring’s ability to line up the shift mechanism in the 3rd gear fork. VisionOneRacing offers two kits to fit the driver’s needs.

Our Street Kit is 200% stiffer than the factory and provides a nice, crisp feel. This is truly how it should have come from the factory. Our Race Kit utilizes a higher grade spring steel and is over 300% stiffer than the factory. This will provide the necessary “kick” to the shifter when slamming them gears down the track.

Both kits have received excellent feedback and have propelled the V1R Sentra into the 9’s, being the first QR to do so. They have also helped send the all-motor Maxima into the 10’s with many other success stories along the way!

It’s also worth noting that I highly recommend aftermarket shifter bushings when using our Race Kit. These can be had from 2J Racing among others.

Price Options: Street Kit $45.00 Shipped / Race Kit $60.00 Shipped

Order Link: https://www.visiononeracing.com/product-page/shift-selector-springs-race

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/Vision1Racing-109956330825963

Installation Video:

Scanned Installation Instructions:

Community Member Credit: Eddy

OEM Driver Side Part Number: 38342-81X00
Alternate Non-OEM Part Numbers: Timken / O’Reilly – 710118
Part Description: SEAL-OIL, Nissan Driver Side Output Shaft Seal / Differential Transmission Case
Price: $8.00-$9.00

OEM Passenger Side: 38342-81X01
Alternate Non-OEM Part Numbers: Timken / O’Reilly – 710124
Part Description: SEAL-OIL, Nissan Driver Side Output Shaft Seal / Differential Clutch Housing
Price: $8.00-$9.00

How-to Video

Community Member Credit: Darby Bryan Mccullers

This fixed the infamous gear slamming issue after upgrading to the upgrade Level 10 valve body.

Reference Info:

The Nissan Maxima-Quest has become well known as a fine automobile. Unfortunately, the transmission continues to be a problem.

Even when overhauled, the same factory parts are installed resulting in the same problems. LEVEL 10 has developed a series of valve body components and modifications that will correct the hard shifts, gear slams, erratic shift points, and transmission failures. The best part of our modifications is there is no need for a complete transmission overhaul saving thousands of dollars.

Community Member Credit: Kickinwing / Eddy

The 2016+ 8thgen Nissan Maxima does not come with a dipstick to fluid levels, unlike other generations. All new CVT transmissions from 2013-up are equipped with locking dipstick caps but no dipstick, with some Sentras and Versas being the exception to the rule. This was done to prevent the layman from screwing with fluid, etc.

Nissan service manual recommends changing CVT fluid when CVTF deterioration date is 210,000. The only way to check CVTF deterioration is through Consult-III+ scan tool. You can also do this with a CVT app on Android phones. The app is called CVTz50 and costs $5 bucks. You can read more about it here.

However, there is a way to check the fluid level. The service manual directs you to pump 2-3 quarts of NS3 into the overfill plug on the underside of the transmission. Not everyone has this fluid pump (ie. anyone that doesn’t work in a Nissan dealership.) The way around this is just to dump the fluid in through the dipstick tube with a funnel. It’s the quickest and easiest way around not having the fluid pump. The goal is to overfill the transmission by a quart or two. Next, you’ll have to hook up some kind of scan tool that can read transmission fluid temperature. The only way to monitor proper fluid level is by reading transmission fluid temp.

Hook up your scan tool, get the data monitor ready to view transmission fluid temp, and start the vehicle. Allow it to idle for ~10 seconds. While holding your foot on the brake, shift to reverse and hold it for ~5 seconds. Shift through all of the gears in this manner with your foot still on the brake to allow the fluid to work its way through the control valve assembly and all oil passages. This will ensure that the fluid in the pan is at the correct level. Shift back into park.

After you’ve done this, wait for the transmission to warm up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. At this point, remove the 14mm overflow bolt on the bottom of the transmission. Fluid will begin to pour out, so be prepared. Monitor fluid temp while watching the CVT fluid flow from the overflow tube. Verify that the fluid slows to a fast “drip” before transmission temp reaches 113 degrees Fahrenheit. 95-113F is your temperature adjustment window. Once the fluid has slowed to a fast drip, install the overflow plug and you’re on your way!

In the event that the transmission was “too” overfilled and CVT fluid flow from overflow tube doesn’t slow before 113F, reinsert the overflow plug and allow the transmission to cool down. Lather, rinse, and repeat the above procedure.

Community Member Credit: Ezekiel-Adrenaline Persad

Just installed my diff seals for the axles. I don’t have a puller/installer kit so I’ve used a few ways to get these in there. Just sharing this if you don’t have the kit either. You can just use your old seal. Cut off the lip and you can hammer on it. Just place it over the new seal and send it no damage, easy, and free.

If you are looking to replace the Axles on your 2009-2015 7thgen Maxima, the A1 Cardone brand is a very good option and alternative to OEM. All owners that have installed A1 Cardone axles confirmed they DO NOT have any vibrations when driving at highway speeds. In fact, many couldn’t tell the difference between OEM.

Order Link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/303897376210 (A fellow member confirmed these are Cardone)
Additional Note: If you are in Canada, you can order Cardone Axles from partsavatar.ca
Price: $319.41 Shipped (Includes both Driver and Passenger Side Axles)

This is a complete kit from the slave cylinder to the master cylinder. This line will replace your factory metal & rubber lines with a stainless braided line. All clutch lines are single lines made of stainless steel braided hose with a protective PVC covering.

These parts work for the following manual transmission vehicles:

  • 1995-1999 4thgen Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2003 5thgen Nissan Maxima
  • 2004-2006 6thgen Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Altima
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra

Bolts, washers & fittings are included if required (Shown in picture). All you do is remove the factory OEM line and replace it with our clutch line kit.

You will get rid of all the below once you install this new line.

Community Member Credit: luke95gxe

Tools Needed:

The first thing u wanna do is remove your intake to get some room

Then u need to hook a rubber hose to the bleeder valve on the slave and put the other end in a bottle to catch brake fluid.

Go ahead and open that bleeder 10mm take the cap of the master cylinder reservoir and let it drain out crack the upper bleeder open 12mm to speed up the process.

Then you wanna remove the slave cylinder (2 14mm bolts). You could probably leave it on to remove the old hose from it but it seems easier to remove the whole slave if you have a strut bar remove the driver side (3 14mm nuts) for room.

Once you get that out of the way go ahead and remove the 12mm bolt on the slave to remove the old hose then move up to the master cylinder.

Remove the old hard-line from the master cylinder 10mm. It’s tight right there but I managed it then you can hook the new ss line to the master cylinder mine was an 11mm nut yours may differ.

Then route the line where u want it and install the other end to the slave cylinder.

Once u do that you can do one of two things leave the old clutch lines on the car or remove them. I took mine out looks cleaner. I took some pics but remove them from the car is pretty easy here are the pics disconnect this

Remove the 2 10mm bolts here

There is a junction box right under the brake master cylinder where all this junk meets just unbolt and remove.

Now you need to bleed the line once that’s done enjoy a clutch line u shouldn’t need to replace.

Now let me say this I can deff feel a difference. wife drove it and says that the clutch pedal feels a lot tighter and more responsive best 25 bucks I spent. I recommend this mod to anyone with a 5 speed.

Nabco is a Nissan OEM part manufacturer. Most dealers have this rebranded as Nissan but it’s the same original part number. We purchased these for our 6-Speed Maxima and match exactly the OEM part within the car. The website links noted below are legit as we’ve ordered from them. We also recommended getting the 1-piece stainless clutch line. This will save you a bunch of $$$$$$$$$$$. For all clutch master, clutch slave, and 1-piece SS line, it comes out to less than $130 shipped. 

If you replaced your clutch fluid and it still looks like the photo below then you most likely need to get a new Master Cylinder. Might as well replace both while you are it.

These parts work for the following manual transmission vehicles:

  • 2002-2003 5thgen Nissan Maxima
  • 2004-2006  6thgen Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Altima
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra

Master Clutch Cylinder

Slave Clutch Cylinder

1-Piece Stainless Steel Clutch Line (Highly Recommended)

This is a complete kit from the slave cylinder to the master cylinder. This line will replace your factory metal & rubber lines with a stainless braided line. All clutch lines are single lines made of stainless steel braided hose with a protective PVC covering.

Bolts, washers & fittings are included if required (Shown in picture). All you do is remove the factory OEM line and replace it with our clutch line kit.

Price Comparison – Nabco ($87.07 Shipped)

Price Comparison – Nissan Rebranded ($219.77 Shipped)