How to: Reduce rear track on a Nissan Stagea

Have you ever looked at your Automatic Stagea and wondered why the rear wheels sit closer to the guard than the fronts? Well on the automatic versions the rear subframe is wider than the manual model Stagea.

This can complicate things when trying to fit aftermarket wheels, and will force you to run spacers up front if you want to have similar fitment all round.

There is a lot of information floating around on how wide the automatic subframe is compared to a manual version. So I was curious to know what it actually is.

Above is the length of the Stagea rear subframe, and below is the new subframe length.

The new subframe is 40mm shorter in total, which means it’s 20mm shorter each side. This evens out the track perfectly.

Another thing that got me thinking was, what happens to the shock clearance when the shorter subframe has been installed?

As you can see in the first image, shock clearance from the back of  a OEM S14/R33 wheel (16×6.5 +40) is roughly 50mm.

It’s safe to say that the shorter subframe has effected inner clearance in the same way, roughly 20mm has been lost from shock to rear wheel clearance. Although this was measured straight after the subframe swap, so I am unsure if there has been a change in camber.

For those wondering what the limit on inner clearance is before your wheels make love to the shocks, I’d say 25-30mm is the lowest you could have.

My old setup (18×10 +21) used to touch the shock on things like driveways. I then added a 5mm spacer and all was well.

The subframe I used was out of an S14 Silvia, which is identical to the subframe found in a factory manual Stagea. If your Stagea has HICAS you could use an R33 Skyline rear subframe (or if you wanted to be clever, you could eliminate HICAS by using an S14 subframe, instead of running a lock bar).

While I was at it, I made my subframe completely solid and installed some diff mounts I’ve had for a while (I did subframe risers while this subframe was in the Skyline).

It would be a good idea to swap out the OEM bushes for something new if you do plan to do such a swap, how often do you pull apart a rear end of the car?

Oh and if you’re worried about the half shafts or sway bar being too long to fit the shorter subframe, don’t be. All my OEM items fitted up fine.

If the track difference on your Auto Stagea annoys you as much as it did me, this is the perfect way to rectify it.

5 Responses to “How to: Reduce rear track on a Nissan Stagea”

  1. Ethan Holland August 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Sorry man just to get this right you used an s14 subframe did u need all the arms and half shafts or do you just need that subframe and put the ex stagea arms etc on it?
    Thanks for your help

    • Adam August 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      Hey Ethan,

      I currently have all the factory arms and shafts from my Stagea installed.

      The half shafts are a perfect fit, the rear arms are very similar across the Nissan range from mid 90’s. I will be adding adjustable arms shortly but it isn’t a neccessity.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Ryan cooper November 20, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Hi mate top work here!!! Do you still have the ok subframe? Please could you email me at ryan_cooper_86@hotmail.co.uk
    Thanks I am on the hunt for an auto rear subframe

    • Adam November 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      Unfortunately its long gone mate. I don’t think shipping to the UK would be cost effective though. I’m sure theres got to be someone wrecking a Stagea there?

  3. Mitchell O'Loughlin August 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    I have an RS4s and i need a new subframe. so s14 will be a direct bolt in? no need for changing arms or anything?

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