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by Kent Sundling
Denver, Colo.

When Nissan Titan was born in the 2004 model year, it was only available in the most popular configurations such as King and Crew Cab, shortbed, V-8 auto. Waking up the 1/2-ton truck class, Titan offered more power, better fuel economy winning many of the truck awards in 2004. Now they want penetration in the work truck sector, beefing up the truck capacity and longer bed options. Originally, the Titan King cab had a 6 foot, 6 inch standard bed, and the Crew cab had a 5 foot, 6 inch standard bed. Now for 2008, the crew cab long wheel base is 7 foot, 3 inches, and the King Cab LWB is 8 foot, 2 inches. Four years later after disappointing sales, we now have more options for this great truck. The LWB fuel tank holds up to 37 gallons. The 2008 still has the same 5.6L V-8 and 5-speed automatic transmission.

With the new full-sized Toyota Tundra introduced last year, Titan went on the offense with higher payload, larger axles, brakes and beds for 2008. The payload increased 500 lbs. to 2,063. The gas engine is 317 horsepower, 385 torque, with 9,500 pound towing.

With the longer bed and longer wheelbases, you guessed it ” you get a much smoother ride. It is easier for gooseneck and 5th wheel trailers to fit the long bed. There is a whole category of 5th wheel trailers designed for 1/2-ton trucks. Titan still has great towing mirrors from Schefenacker (Visiocorp), the same supplier that provides mirrors for the Ford Super Duty.

Upgrades were made to the rear axle and suspension to accommodate one ton of cargo. The rear axle now has a larger diameter shaft and upgraded leaf spring brackets. Rear leaf spring rates have also been changed to provide better damping. The rear suspension also receives stronger upper and lower shock brackets. To stop the larger payload, the 2008 Titan has larger brake rotors and calipers.

When Nissan Titan was born in the 2004 model year, it was only available in the most popular configurations such as King and Crew Cab, shortbed, V-8 auto. Waking up the 1/2-ton truck class, Titan offered more power, better fuel economy winning many of the truck awards in 2004. Now they want penetration in the work truck sector, beefing up the truck capacity and longer bed options. Originally, the Titan King cab had a 6 foot, 6 inch standard bed, and the Crew cab had a 5 foot, 6 inch standard bed. Now for 2008, the crew cab long wheel base is 7 foot, 3 inches, and the King Cab LWB is 8 foot, 2 inches. Four years later after disappointing sales, we now have more options for this great truck. The LWB fuel tank holds up to 37 gallons. The 2008 still has the same 5.6L V-8 and 5-speed automatic transmission.

With the new full-sized Toyota Tundra introduced last year, Titan went on the offense with higher payload, larger axles, brakes and beds for 2008. The payload increased 500 lbs. to 2,063. The gas engine is 317 horsepower, 385 torque, with 9,500 pound towing.

With the longer bed and longer wheelbases, you guessed it ” you get a much smoother ride. It is easier for gooseneck and 5th wheel trailers to fit the long bed. There is a whole category of 5th wheel trailers designed for 1/2-ton trucks. Titan still has great towing mirrors from Schefenacker (Visiocorp), the same supplier that provides mirrors for the Ford Super Duty.

Upgrades were made to the rear axle and suspension to accommodate one ton of cargo. The rear axle now has a larger diameter shaft and upgraded leaf spring brackets. Rear leaf spring rates have also been changed to provide better damping. The rear suspension also receives stronger upper and lower shock brackets. To stop the larger payload, the 2008 Titan has larger brake rotors and calipers.


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