BlackbirdSR71 build thread

Blackbird SR 71 Nov 17, 2019

  1. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    Feeling like I'm starting over here - I'll see if I can copy/paste some details over.

    Intro Comments: Bought my Xterra about June 2017, within a year I started this build/mod thread.

    Adding items as time/money allows.

    This whole thing is a learning curve for me, so I'm building a knowledge database.

    Username: BlackbirdSR71

    Make: Nissan
    Year: 2012
    Model: Xterra
    Trim: S
    Color: Night Armor

    MODS

    Completed:
    OME leaf springs
    5100 Bilstein rear shocks
    Mud flaps (removed)
    Step rails (removed)
    Differential Breather Mod; Offroad Gorilla
    Durago rotors and Cenric brake pads (front)
    Wagner rotors and Raybestos brake pads (rear)
    Timbren bumpstops, (rear) - Timbren JRC01
    1" Nisstec Spacer w/ extended studs
    Nisstec 2.0 Radflo extended travel coilovers @ 650# ordered 8/10/18 delivered 10/30/18 - Installed 12/2/2018.
    Greaseable SPC Upper Control Arms - ordered 8/10/18 delivered 10/30/18 - Installed 12/2/2018.
    Sway bar removal 12/2/2018.
    Coil bucket trim 12/2/2018 then more 2/18/19.
    Melt modification 2/7/19.
    Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 285/75/R16 ( x5) ordered 1/30/19 , installed 2/8/19.
    Lower control arms w/ adjustable cam bolts 2/18/19.
    New CV axle - passenger side 2/18/19.
    Replaced leaking UCA boot 2/18/19.

    Recovery / Armor:
    ARB 30' snatch strap
    2 Shackles - Rhino - front
    Dezert Runner Offroad front recovery points - ordered 2/9/19, installed 3/8/19
    Hitch w/ recovery shackle- delivered 3/15/19, installed 3/25/19
    Shrockworks fuel tank plate - ordered 3/16/19 delivered 3/27/19 installed 3/30/19
    Installed Shrockworks sliders - ordered 3/8 delivered 5/15 - installed 5/18/19

    Current: Ordered/ not yet installed :

    PRG U-Bolt Flip kit w/ bash plate - ordered 2/2/19 - delivered 2/09/19
    PRG Rear shackles -red - ordered 2/2/19 - delivered 2/22/19
    R180 front assembly- geared to 3.69 - courtesy of Eric - 2/24/19

    Fluids/ typical service

    Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w-30 and filter : 1/26/19, 10/5/19
    Rear differential C200 drain and fill - Valvoline synthetic blend 80W-90: 1/28/19
    Iridium Spark plugs x 6 : 1/27/19
    Alignment 2/20/19, 9/21/19

    Future:

    Differential cover
    Bumper w/Tire Carrier - Dave @maXTERRA
    Gas Strut Hood Mod
    M226 w/ air locker - geared at 3.69
    Onboard air compressor
    Radiator armor
    SS Extended brake lines
    Radflo 2.0 Remote res rear shock - rebuild-able.
     
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  2. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    Location:
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  3. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    Location:
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  4. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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  5. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    breaher.JPG One of the first mods I did was replacing the OEM axle breather valve w/ an extended line w/ filter - all the wat up to the rear brake light level. This thing was stuck open or closed (cant remember ) but it was crusty ! A very simple modification.
     
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  6. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    This was the 7 y/o bumpstop that I replaced w/ Timbren Active bumpstops. Check out how crusty those threads were !
    The bumpstop itself was hard as a hockey puck.
     
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  7. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    Timbrens are fantastic.
     
  8. Smileyshaun

    Smileyshaun Bought an X

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    How do you like those atz’s?
     
  9. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    Love these Mickey Thompson ATZP3's so far. These are 33" tires with only a bit of melt mod to keep them from rubbing.

    Also had installed Radflo 2.0 coilovers set @ 2" about a month before they got installed.
     
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  10. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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  11. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    This is the OEM bumpstop being removed. These along with the sagging tired leaf springs were letting me bottom out on even speed bumps in parking lots. Especially noticeable w/ scuba gear in the back.

    Id say installing Timbrens was about 15 minutes each side...very straightforward.
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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  13. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    I installed these Shrocworks sliders in about an hour. You need to drill one hole on each side. Theres a little bit of lining them up before you tighten them down.

    Dont be daunted by this install. If you can pick up something 50 lbs ( jack stands help !) then you can do this.
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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  15. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    I have them as well. HUGE improvement in the rear. Plus the Timbrens are technically "rubber springs" so they act more like oil filled bumps rather than solid limits.

    I never can tell when I touch them but I know I do because the contact patch on the u-bolt plate stays clean.
     
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  16. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    This hitch gave me a recovery point that I knew Iwould need...just a question of when. IMG_4408.JPG
     
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  17. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    SPC upper control arms. IMG_3945.JPG
     
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  18. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    I have been riding on these Old Man Emu leaf springs for over a year. While it's wayyy better than the flattened POS original leafs I had on there, TBH I'm still not that thrilled with these. I work in the packaging + shipping department of a major electronics manufacturer in Everett - so I wasnt impressed with the sloppiness of the packaging airwaybill just slapped on these springs either. Also- they got surface rust within a few months. IMG_3173 (1).JPG
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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  20. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Wheeling

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    I have a question about these. Last time I got stuck we just wrapped the tow strap around the main arm on the factory tow hitch, wouldn't that be a much stronger connection than placing all of of the force on the hitch pin? I've never heard of them breaking so maybe they're just extremely strong?
     
  21. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    @General_Tarfun good question - I remember my S trim Xterra had zero recovery points on the back, and just an anemic tow hook in the front. I really would say now the rear has this hitch w/ tow ring at least it's something. Its attached w/ four bolts the the frame.

    In the front I have two recovery points - from Dezertrunneroffroad - which are pretty beefy.

    I didnt want to start making trail runs w/o something and these have been a blessing. Knock on wood !

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  22. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Wheeling

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    Those front points are awesome, adding those to my list now lol. The factory hook is terrible if you're getting pulled out by a lifted truck or at an angle, it's like it's designed for the strap to pry the bumper off.
     
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  23. Blackbird SR 71

    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    Time for new ujoints...this was extremely difficult for me to remove the old and install new ones.
    Wow. Glad it's done !
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    I had a leaky transfer case seal. Heres what the old one looks like - trying to get this bugger out took about 30 minutes by itself.
    I tell ya...this truck puts up a fight for every damned thing I try to replace on it.
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    The front drive shaft had to come out. Heres a pic. After 8 years and 119K miles...it looks a bit crusty.
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    An obligatory "post mud run" shot.
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    My kid looking very bored. Last week I just gave him the first three Led Zeppelin albums. These are his first CD's in his 'collection' so Im hoping theres a memory made right there. Everything is all digital downloads now, so I get it that CD's are a dinosaur technology. I'm old school. I know.
     
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    Blackbird SR 71 Test Drive

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    Old OEM tranfer case seal assembly ( top) and the newer design case seal asembly ( bottom).
    Notice the difference in how they would seat up against the transfer case itself.


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