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ThompsonXterra Sep 24, 2015

  1. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    When I first got her with 75k miles

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    Mod bug hit hard...


    Tires & Wheels:
    32x11.5r15 BFG KO2s
    15" Cragar Soft 8s w/4.75 BS

    Suspension:
    3" front lift w/long UCAs
    1.5" rear lift w/AAL
    1.5" rear lift w/shackles
    Rear sway bar removed
    Low profile bump stops
    30% stiffer torsion bars
    Bilstein 5100 Shocks front & rear

    Armor:
    RCL Fab Custom front bumper
    Hitch w/2" receiver and clevis shackle insert

    Steering:
    Heavy duty TRAs, TRs, & balljoints
    Heavy duty center link

    Performance:
    K&N Filter
    Intake resonator delete
    Magnaflow muffler w/2.5" pipes
    NGK Premium spark plug wires

    Lighting:
    20" LED Light Bar
    2 LED Pod Lights
    2 Flush Mounted LED Reverse Lights

    "Tech":
    Alpine Stereo w/Bluetooth
    10" Kicker Sub
    CB Radio
    New RF speakers front & rear

    Miscellaneous:
    Side steps & mud-flaps removed
    Plastics bedlined & roof rack painted
    Headliner removed (kept falling down so I took it out)
    Coverking seat covers
    Weathertech cargo liner


    TO DO
    Rock Lights
    Winch
    IAB (Idler Arm Brace)
    DIY Snorkel
    Rock sliders
    Skid plates
    Rear tire carrier
    Rear air locker
    SAS?!

    To be continued...


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  2. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    How it all started

    Put on Cooper Discoverer AT3s and took the mud-flaps and side steps off
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    Plasti-dipped the rims

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  3. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Then came the 3" SL

    Got it from 4x4parts.com

    New upper controls arms and shocks for the front: 3 inches

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    New leaf spring in the rear: 1.5 inches

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    Sitting a little higher!

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  4. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    40" Light Bar

    No longer on the X. Currently for sale and still works like new. Message me if interested!
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  5. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Ditched the Sway Bar and Ungraded Sound

    *Upgraded lol
    I don't have a picture of the sway bar off, but I'm sure most of you have seen that anyways.

    Here's the Kicker sub. Kept falling over when going uphill so I ended up "securing" it with a bungee cord.

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    And a new Alpine radio to go along with the sub

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  6. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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  7. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    New 1.5" Rear Shackles

    From 4x4parts.com
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    Got them on along with the 5100 Series Bilsteins: Part #
    33-185552
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    Shot from the rear

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  8. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Magnaflow Muffler

    Small project! After the lift, the tip of exhaust was tapping on the upper bolt of the new shackle and was annoying while driving so I went to an exhaust shop.

    Left with a new muffler and 2.5" piping.. oops lol :meh:

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  9. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Low Profile Bump Stops

    Got a little more wheel travel up front with these bump stops from Energy Suspension.


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  10. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    The Start of Bedliner

    Decided to say goodbye to plasti dip and hello BEDLINER. Sprayed my rims and yes...there is definitely more to come.
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  11. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Paracord Handles

    Thought about buying some, but turns out they aren't that hard to make so I did it myself. I think they turned out pretty well!
    DIY:


    Above the doors

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    A-pillars

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    On the headrests (another handle to get into the back easier)

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    And all together!

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  12. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Blacking out the X

    Taking her apart

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    Grill, headlight housing, rear corners, and rear bumper ALL bedlined with Rustoleum Spray-on Bedliner

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    Also rattle canned the roof rack with a matte black Rustoleum, removed the plastic around the wheel, and removed what was left of the front mudflap. I like the look better.

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  13. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Custom RCL Fab Bumper

    Could not be happier with how this bumper turned out!!

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    Even got the OEM fog lights in and wired up!
    Sorry it came out blurry because its dark

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  14. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Just Some Cosmetic Stuff

    Red roof rack decals from Creepy
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    Painted my diff and added some flare with the help of Creepy's little x's

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    And my ever growing sticker collection

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  15. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Headliner Restoration

    FAILED ATTEMPT

    Headliner fell down again so I ripped everything out and it currently looks like this but with all the trim, lights, and everything reconnected. Don't really mind it...kind of has a "steampunk" sorta look to it.

    Note: do not use the 3M 70 adhesive spray, it does not work well at all. Try the 3M 90 maybe?

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  16. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Upgraded Torsion Bars & Steering

    Got 30% stiffer torsion bars from 4x4parts.com. Handles bumps much better now with that heavy bumper on the front.

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    Replaced the ball joints, tie rods, and tie rod adjusters. All heavy duty now.

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    New heavy duty center link.

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    Had some trouble with the IAB, but I replaced the idler arm bolts with grade 8 bolts. Combined with everything else it doesn't move at all. Still hoping to get the IAB on soon.

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  17. akuria

    akuria Wheeling

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    Yo. Glad to see you got a build thread going on this forum now.

    You still in the bay area or did you go south already?
     
  18. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Yah decided to venture to another forum lol
    I'm already down south, just messaged you on CX about missing our meet up that friday. Ran into some trouble with the X... :wut:
     
  19. Timrich

    Timrich Super Duper Moderator Founding Member

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    Very nice build sir!

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  20. akuria

    akuria Wheeling

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    Yeah. I've started hanging out at this forum lately. Less spam threads going on here.

    Hope you got all your troubles fixed. Next time you're up here let me know and let's go hit Hollister.


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  21. doo

    doo Test Drive Founding Member

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    Non DIY'ers really don't get how much work goes into these trucks... good stuff
     
  22. akuria

    akuria Wheeling

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    No they do not.


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  23. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Thanks!
     
  24. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Hey thats why I came here! Lol

    Thanks man and I'll definitely do so. Plan to get some 33s in December so maybe we can go then! That way my X can somewhat keep up with yours :p
     
  25. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Not at all.. I appreciate it man
     
  26. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Nice read man... Looking good
     
  27. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Nice build!

    Those led strips look similar to what I used for my under hood lights. I wouldn't rely on the 3M tape. Use some zip ties.
     
  28. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Thanks guys! Yah I was wondering how it would hold up after getting wet...might take your advice and use some zip ties as well
     
  29. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Coming soon...

    Just wanted to give a little update on my current plans for the X! Being a college student this build is slow, but I'm saving up money and learning a lot from DIYs so its been fun.

    Next on the list (December):

    33x12.5r15 BFG KO2s wrapped around some Cragar Soft 8s
    Going to see how much metal has to be trimmed. If it ends up being more than expected I'll go ahead with a 2" BL

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    Next! (around Spring)

    I'll be upgrading lighting. Either repositioning lower or selling the 40" light bar and replacing it with a 15" on the bumper, depends on several things. Getting LED pods to replace the OEM fog lights. Wiring the rock lights (shown in above post). Also, hoping to get reverse lights at some point.

    Depending on when all that happens, I hope to make a "switch box" of sorts to have all my switches in one location.

    Later... (Summer):

    DIY snorkel, either on the hood or classic style (still deciding).
    Rock sliders! Wherever has the best quality and best price, currently talking a local fab shop.
    CB radio
    Lastly, MAYBE a winch if my bank account is feeling generous

    Thanks to everyone for their support and advice! :kewl:
     
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  30. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Sliders Supporting Member

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    Just a heads up on metal trimming, not sure if this applies to all first gens or what, but I can stuff my little 32" tires in the rear and hit the cab inside the fender well.I have a 2" BL as well, I havent bent it or cut it yet, but since you are going to a different wheel and tire this might not apply to you
     
  31. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Strange.. from what I've heard if we have a SL we can run even bigger tires than 33s in the rear since its a solid axel. What's your BS and do you have a 3" SL? That could be the reason you're rubbing in the rear. I'll have 4.75" BS.
     
  32. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Sliders Supporting Member

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    Im on factory wheels, with calmini shackles in the rear. Shocks are 5165s. I sit about 2.5" higher than stock.
     
  33. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    That's weird.. I've never heard of anyone rubbing with 32s and stock BS in the rear...
     
  34. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    It happens. The 11.50's sit wide on the 7" rims and at full flex they rub the frame rails. The 33x12.50s are even worse. Wheel spacers are your friend.
     
  35. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I was hoping I wouldn't need spacers since the rims I'm getting have 4.75" BS but I guess I'll just have to test it out and see! There will be a lot of plug and play putting the 33s on
     
  36. SRStaff

    SRStaff Bought an X

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    I have the same frame rub marks when I had the OEM Xterra wheels with the 31's. Soon as you pitch the rear sway bar an put on the longer AC shackles; 31's rub pretty good in back. 33x10.50x15 should work with the 4.75" BS from what I have seen.
     
  37. akuria

    akuria Wheeling

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    hey. i noticed on your for sale thread that you'll be back in the bay this week. me and a couple other xterra guys are heading up to do the corral hollow trail the 18th and 19th. it'll be snowy and cold and lots of fun. you should come. dont let me be the only one in the group sport a gen 1. lol
     
  38. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Literally getting my 33s the 21st lol. But I might be able to make it! You guys camping on the trail or getting a hotel in Arnold or something?
     
  39. akuria

    akuria Wheeling

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    We are camping on the trail. It would be sweet if you came too. I still wanna see your bumper I. Person.


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  40. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Ooh that'll be a little chilly! Haha sadly I won't be able to make it this weekend, got some other stuff going on. I want to make it down to Hollister one day this month so let me know when you're free!
     

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