BCXterra, the “Jackal” build. ‘03, SE, SC, 5spd.

BCXterra Oct 20, 2019

  1. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Atomic Orange,
    SE,
    Supercharged,
    5speed.

    Picked this Xterra up at the start of Oct ‘19, it had been babied and well taken care of by the previous 2 owners.
    Included in my purchase was a stack of receipts and work orders for all maintenance since new.
    There was zero indication that it has been off of pavement in its life, the undercarriage is as unblemished as freshly fallen snow.

    This is about to change.

    My family and I live in a small town nestled in the mountains of south west British Columbia. Logging roads and mountains all around us. We tend to get off into the bush 2-3 times a week for skiing/hiking/biking adventures, or just for an evenings exploring.

    Our last adventure rig was a ‘99 LR Discovery, which was brilliant and still is a fun truck to drive. But the auto transmission is getting a bit temperamental, so after some research I decided on trying my luck with an Xterra (have always wanted one, so here we go!).

    Only a few creature comfort additions so far (Thule ski box, neoprene seat covers, blind spot mirrors).

    My plan for this build is to keep it mostly mild, with an emphasis on durability, capability, protection, & affordable.

    With that in mind here is a list of intended mods:
    • 1” BL (2” ordered-Oct’19)
    • 1.5” PML (shackles, HD torsion bars)
    • Air box mods & snorkel (ordered Navara model from eBay Oct’19)
    • Steering upgrades (HD Tie rod adjusters, grassroots centre link, idler arm brace)
    • Drive line mods (diff drop bushings, warn hubs, front limited slip)
    • Home made rock sliders
    • Front bumper upgrade (possible repurposing of disco winch bumper)
    • Home made rear bumper/tire carrier
    • Quest alternator upgrade
    • Skid plates.
    • 32” mud terrain tires (already purchased and sitting in garage!)

    A note about the name “Jackal”.
    We pretty much always name our vehicles (the disco was Andy Landy), so with this new purchase we had to come up with a new name. Being Orange and bought in October, obvious parallels were made with pumpkins and Halloween. Jack (short for Jack-O-Lantern) was suggested.

    However I dislike pumpkins.

    Jackal popped into my head instead, and kind of stuck. A quick wiki search of Jackal left me with these quotes and cemented the name for me:

    “give them a physique well-suited for long-distance running, capable of maintaining speeds of 16 km/h (9.9 mph) for extended periods of time.“
    -which is about the speed I drive on trails.

    “proficient scavengers
    -love finding used parts/deals/cheap mods.

    “chasing intruding rivals and marking landmarks around the territory with their urine and feces
    - Uh-oh.....
     
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  2. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    BCXterra Bought an X

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  4. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I'm curious what the build date is on your truck. The only year for SE/SC 5-speed was 02 per Nissan. So if your is an 03 I wonder if the build date is late 02 and was sold as an 03 model.

    Very clean truck and rare color! Looking forward to the build.
     
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  5. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    I will have a look at the tags tomorrow and figure it out. Was listed as an ‘03 on the CL posting, but that would explain the mechanic not finding an ‘03 manual listed in his book.
     
  6. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    A quick look at Wikipedia shows
    “For 2003, options included side-curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. The 6-disc, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system was replaced by a 6-speaker 300W Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/CD audio system with an 8-inch subwoofer that took up a small portion of the rear storage area.”

    Which I have the side curtain airbags and Rockford Fosgate sound system. But not the tpms.
     
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    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Plot thickens. I'm genuinely curious now.
     
  8. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Just looked at the tag.
    Mfd’ 09/02
     
  9. kirk

    kirk Will get you lost in S. Dallas Moderator Supporting Member

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    Same. Because I LOVE THIS THING.


    Holy shiat im jealous.
     
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  10. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Hercules Avalanche studded tires installed this weekend
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  11. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    9B05C140-25CA-4FD1-8912-EB8767960631.jpeg Down to the river for a fire and a test run for the new tires.
     
  12. BEEFY

    BEEFY Lockers Installed

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    Looks ready for trips to the mountain.
     
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  13. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    The parts pile is growing...lift pucks arrived, new trailer wire, ordered a new set of procomp shocks, snorkel arrives next week, picked up the parts for raising the breather, have my steel for home made skid plates & bumper (we got a new plasma cutter at work...)
    I have made arrangements for the family to go to grandmas in a couple of weeks, so will have plenty of uninterrupted wrenching time. Looking forwards to it!
     
  14. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Beautiful X! Thrle first time I saw that color was at a gas station coming back from Oregon. I thought it was a custom paint job. I've seen a ton of yellow ones, but yours is only the second orange one I've seen. Love the color!

    Your build plans sound pretty similar to mine. Definitely going to be following this build.
     
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  15. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Removed rear sway bar today, extended rear diff breather, replaced trailer wire.
     
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