1. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Truck & Username: Bklyn.X
    Year: 2001
    Make: Nissan
    Model: Xterra
    Color: Silver Ice

    History:
    Original owner, purchased new in 2001.
    *Championship "Team NEXterra" member (participating truck & driver)
    *"ECXC Challenge" 2007, 2008, 2009 Winner
    *March 2009 Truck Of The Month on ClubXterra.org
    *Readers Rides, Petersen's 4WHEEL &OFF-ROAD June 2009 (12th truck down HERE)
    *September 2010 Xterra of the Month on ClubXterra.org
    *October 2011 Xterra of the Month on ClubXterra.org
    *September 2012 Xterra of the Month on ClubXterra.org


    Mods:

    Exterior
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    Shrockworks front bumper
    Hella Rallye 4000 - HL74805K Fog lights
    Warn XD9000i winch
    Masterpull synthetic winch line
    Shockworks rear bumper
    w/tire & HiLift carrier
    and Quick-Release Pin lock
    Shockworks rock sliders
    SkidRow Gas Tank Skid Plate
    Modified Darlington Skidderz
    60" All Cast HiLift Jack
    Interior
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    SmittyBilt G.E.A.R. Seat Covers
    10 lb CO2 system plus extra tank
    Mounted Maglite
    Mounted Fire Extinguisher

    In-Car Entertainment
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    Kenwood DDX371 Head Unit with back up camera
    Infinity Reference 652i speakers
    Infinity Reference 653i speakers
    Infinity Reference Tweeters
    Infinity BassLink
    Cobra 148GTL CB Radio
    4' Firestick Antenna
    Optima Red Top.
    ARB CKSA12 Compressor
    NOCO IGD140HP Battery Isolator

    Under the Hood / Powertrain
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    VG33E 3.3 litre V6
    Snorkel (the old PITA to install one...)
    Volant cool air intake
    Automatic transmission
    Nissan TX-10 transfer case with Low range 3.7 to 1 reduction gears installed by Bandit4x4
    D44; Yukon 5.13, ARB RD116, Ruff Stuff 3/8” Diff Cover, RVC Chromoly Axles, WARN 20990 Hubs with RVC 30 spline 300m upgrade
    Mr. Driveshaft custom double cardan 1330 at flange, 1310 at yoke front driveshaft
    H233B; Yukon 5.13, ARB RD24
    ARB Heavy Duty Air Line Kit (front & rear)
    Wuilwood Aluminum Tandem Chamber Master Cylinder with the Combination Proportioning Valve and Wilwood ten pound residual pressure valve
    Perma-Cool 10677 Deluxe Automatic Transmission Filter Kit
    B&M #70268, 11”x7 ½”x3/4” 13000BTU Automatic Transmission Super Cooler

    Suspension
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    Bandit4x4, Ruff Stuff, Ballistic Fab, Modified Calmini Radius Arm SAS
    Fox 2.0" diameter 10" travel 50/70 valving Coil-over Remote Reservoir
    Eibach 8" 300 lbs./in Top Spring, Eibach 12" 300 lbs./in Bottom Spring
    Deaver BAJA Bushings
    Bilstein 5100 Rear Shocks
    AC shackles

    Steering
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    Ruff Stuff 7/8 Heim

    Wheel and Tire
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    33X12.5R15LT Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
    Daytona, Steel, Black, 15 in. x 8 in., 6 x 5.5 in. Bolt Circle, 4.75 in. Backspace

    Photos:
    Posing on the beach in Long Island NY on April 5th, 2008.
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    Petersen's 4WHEEL &OFF-ROAD June 2009;
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    Rausch, ECXC17;
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    Some video;

    ECXC '07 Competition, 1,

    ECXC '07 Competition, 2,

    ECXC '07 Competition, 3,
    XterraMike's video from the ECXC '09 Competition, Thanks XterraMike,

    OFR 2013.

    Nexterra 2014 April Fools Run @ Rausch

     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017 at 3:37 PM
  2. RATTFINK

    RATTFINK XN OG Admin. Founding Member

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    Always loved your X man!! An inspiration in some of the mods I've done.
     
  3. RacerXXL

    RacerXXL First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    My favorite Gen 1 Xterra. :cool:
     
  4. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Thank you guys.
     
  5. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    No Tom.... Thank you ;)
     
  6. RATTFINK

    RATTFINK XN OG Admin. Founding Member

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  7. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Thanks Ratt, you da best bro!
     
  8. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Yeah man, great X!
     
  9. KChurch86

    KChurch86 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    That's a great rig, Tom. Your silver '01 is playing a song of inspiration to my silver '04.
     
  10. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Sorry, been slackin on my build thread for a bit. I updated the OP. Since last I did that here I’ve put my manual hubs and Deaver Spring Baja Bushings back in the truck.
    I’ve also finally upgraded my OEM head unit to a Kenwood DDX371 Head Unit and wired a back up camera to it.

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    I added an auxiliary battery and inverter

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    I switched running my Front & Rear ARB Air Lockers from being actuated by a co2 set up to an ARB CKSA12 Compact Onboard Compressor. I decided to it on the co2 bracket in place of the co2 manifold. This way I wouldn’t have to lose my co2 and don’t have to re-plumb the lines.

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    Thanks for looking, hope to see ya on the trail sometime soon!

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    Last edited: Jul 29, 2017
  11. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb The Godfather Founding Member

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    Looking great man
     
  12. Cruecible

    Cruecible Titan Swapped / SAS'd

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    Such a sexy truck that I always love to look at
     
  13. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Thank you my brothers...
     
  14. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    As some of you might already know I’ve SAS’ed my Xterra.

    Before I get in to the details of how let me try to explain why.

    The last two times I’ve taken the truck out to wheel she has failed. On the way to a run at Rausch the passenger side LCA failed…on the way. I spent the next day replacing it and never got out on the trail.

    At The NER17 my front dif shiat the bed…wheeled one trail.

    I’ve rebuilt my front end; CV’s, steering, ball joints, diff drops, cross member, etc. so many times I’ve spent thousands…plus I’m a ufcking expert.

    When my dif went Justin lent me one of his spares (thanks Justin) and I took mine down to Bandit4x4 so that Dave, Andy and I could crack it open and assess the damage then plan the fix.

    When it was discovered it would all need to be replaced (including the ARB) I spent some time figuring out what to do.

    I’ve always been hesitant to sas my truck. Everyone I know who has done it so far is now out of the game. I don’t drive my truck a lot on the street but I do drive it to work and back when the weather is bad or it is below freezing and I do drive it to the trail.

    After consulting a few guys I know, doing some online research and getting Dave’s assurance of holding my hand through the process I decided to SAS rather than fix my IFS...again.

    What I didn’t want was a truck I could not drive to and from the trail but one that was not as fragile as what I had with IFS.

    I’ve ordered the kit from Calmini as it has been the tried kit and any faults have been well documented and addressed. I know that the Radius Arm isn’t as good for the trail as a 3 or 4 link but for what I do I’m hopeful it will do. Plus I do not have the knowledge to put together, tune or maintain a linked truck. I can’t have Dave holding my hand throughout the life of this thing.
    I have spared very little expense re-building an old 1989 Wagoner d44 Andy found for me cheap. It should be very robust.
    With Dave and Andy holding my hand the d44 was broken down and had a media blast. I’ve re-geared (Yukon 5.13 R&P) and installed ARB lockers in my h233b and the d44. RVC axles ($$$ :shock: yikes), Fox coil-overs with Eibach springs (yikes :shock: again), WARN hubs with RVC 30 spline upgrade, new calipers, seals, ball joints, bah, bah…
    Calmini sucks and only sent part of the kit. I still do not have; Track Bar, Track Bar Hardware, the lower arm Heims, the Drag Link extension or hardware and the Sway Bar System.
    Dave made me a Track Bar and 7/8 Heim Steering from kits I got from Ruff Stuff. He also got me lower arm joints from Ballistic Fab.
    These are way beefy and are an improvement over the crap Calmini is withholding.
    Dave told me what to buy, did all the welding and really put the whole thing in for me. I just handed him parts and tools and stood around looking bewildered…
    Thanks Dave!
    I got a SYE ordered for the rear and will most likely go spring over but that can wait. I’ll probably run my 33’s for a bit to shake out the system but will be able to run 35’s with those axles in the future.

    I am not rich but I had a rough time trying to convince myself into re-building the truck with the IFS.

    The choices came down to selling the truck and doing something else or this.

    I’m hoping to get a few bucks back on some of my IFS aftermarket and OEM parts; UCA’s, SLR steering, HB Hubs, etc. but we’ll see.

    I ran it at ECXC17 and am pleased so far. It’s a bit washy on the road but I’m thinking the anti-sway bar will clam it down when it shows up and is installed.

    …that’s my story. Pretty exciting…OP has been updated.

    Thanks for looking.
     
  15. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    Glad you decided to stay in the game, Tom. Hopefully, the sway bar makes it more manageable on the road.
     
  16. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra Titan Swapped / SAS'd Super Moderator

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    Very glad you stayed with it Tom And glad to hear and see Dave was able to help with the shiatty calmini situation. Truck looks great and will be watching for your assessment when the sway bar gets put on.
     
  17. Gen X

    Gen X Test Drive

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    I want mine to look like yours. I need some IFS upgrades, watchya gonna part with from going SAS?
     
  18. Riz98

    Riz98 Test Drive

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    Speaking from experience with the Calmini SAS kit, I just removed the sway bar so the front suspension isn't limited. Driving with the sway bar off the truck is not much of a difference. Yes there is more body roll going around corners but nothing crazy. Going down the highway feels the same. Also I am on 250/250 lb springs so if anything your springs should help with the body roll a little better due to being a little stiffer. After your SYE we will almost have identical rigs besides the gearing. Nice Xterra though!!!
     
  19. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    I got a bunch of stuff I need to take apart, clean, rebuild and catalog. It might be a while before I’ve got it together and put it up. Most of it has a line of folks waiting for it already.


    Hm, I was hoping the sway bar would make more of a difference. I probably need to adjust the springs.

    You got a build thread for your truck somewhere I can look at?
     
  20. Riz98

    Riz98 Test Drive

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    No I don't. I need to make one. By all the means the sway bar does help but without it is still capable of being a daily driver. Here is a good guide to follow to make sure your preload is set correctly and once it is you can fine tune from this initial setup.
    http://www.crawlpedia.com/coilover_setup.htm
     
  21. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Thanks bro.

    For your viewing pleasure;

    1989 Wagoner D44;
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    Breakdown;
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    Media Blasted!;
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    5.13;
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    Master Instal Kit;
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    5.13, ARB;
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    ARB Test;
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    RCV;
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    Ruff Stuff D44 Cover;
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    Built;
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    Last edited: Oct 16, 2017
  22. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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  23. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    This is a Wilwood Aluminum Tandem Chamber Master Cylinder with the Combination Proportioning Valve and Wilwood ten pound residual pressure valve. You can access the specs by clicking the links.


    I went with this MC on Dave’s (http://bandit4x4.com/) recommendation. He has one in his truck and said he’d help install it (basically install it while I handed him tools).


    It is a direct swap; take out the OEM MC, the pin part of the output rod length adjuster and ABS module. Bench bleed the Wilwood MC, bolt it to the brake booster with the OEM hardware, connect the fluid lines, connect the pressure valve, bleed the system.


    This MC kit ain’t cheap but you get what you pay for, again, check the specs HERE. Considering that lack of specific info on others SAS brake setups on 1st Gen SAS’d trucks I could find, that I knew it would fit, that Dave was going to install it and that I would learn how to do something it was kinda a no brainer.


    OEM out, residual pressure valve installed.

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    MC installed;


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    Bleeding a brake system is always a PITA even with speed bleeders but after a few times around we got it done.


    The brakes felt spongy with the OEM MC even after the ABS delete but would stop the truck. I took it to the NEXTerra B2SR17 and they held fine on the trail. The system just didn’t instill any kind of confidence.

    With the Wilwood installed I was able to stop the truck in about 30 feet from 30mph leaving a skid mark. On the drive back to Brooklyn the brakes felt stronger than the OEM system pre SAS. I’m happy, money and time well spent.


    Thanks Dave!
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2017
  24. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    Looks good Tom!
     
  25. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    you sir have given me another thing I need to purchase... I will get back to you once that day comes
     
  26. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Wooooowwww that looks good. And Wilwood makes good shiat. I commend you on 1st gen brake upgrades. There's opportunities out there but it takes some leg work.
     
  27. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Thanks guys.

    One of the cool things I did not mention with this new MC is that it is a “Tandem Chamber Master Cylinder”. This means if I rip a rear brake line (happened to me once at Rausch, wasn't in any danger, just scary) I’ll still have the front brakes to stop the truck…get a leak in a front line, I’ll still have the rear. It wouldn’t be good for driving home but at least I won’t be rolling off some cliff or anything.

    Kinda cool.
     
  28. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra Titan Swapped / SAS'd Super Moderator

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    That's awesome.
     
  29. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Leo helped me (did all the work while handed him tools and ate the freshly baked Empanadas his Grandmother made us) install my NOCO IGD140HP Battery Isolator yesterday!

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    It fit nicely in the spot previously occupied by my ABS unit.

    Leo is an artist with electronics. Thank you my brother!
     
  30. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Damn! Thats good looking wiring, send him my way, I have a few birds nests for him
     
  31. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I love Leo's work.
     
  32. BEEFY

    BEEFY First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Clean job on the wiring.

    Did you do anything to remove the old wiring from the abs unit?
     
  33. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Not really. Unplugged it, filled the plug with dielectric grease, wrapped it with tape and zip-tied it to the closest bracket out of the way. ABS light is lit but it does not brother me.
     
  34. BEEFY

    BEEFY First Fill-Up (of many)

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    ok, Thats all I did on mine.
     
  35. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Have you thought about just removing the bulb?
     
  36. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Wheeling Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Seems like a lot of work for a light that doesn't brother me much. If I ever need to get into the dash for something more important I'll get it.
     

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