Finally Building It

HolyGhost Nov 5, 2018

  1. HolyGhost

    HolyGhost Test Drive

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    This build has been a long time coming I originally bought the Xterra when I was 19 it was my first real car. The Xterra had 130,000 miles on it and I drove it back and forth from the western side of Colorado to Denver almost every week to visit my old girlfriend. I eventually went to a 31x10.50 Duratrac tire my first mod. When I was 20 I moved to Anchorage and drove the Xterra 3500 miles from Colorado to Alaska loaded up with everything that I owned.

    I drove the Xterra all over Alaska hiking and rock climbing. The Xterra came with a block heater when I bought it so it made a perfect Alaska car with 4 wheel drive and plenty of room inside. I eventually moved back to Colorado and drove the Xterra all the way back again with everything I owned loaded on it.

    When I got back to Colorado I decided I wanted a new car and bought a Focus ST and sold the Xterra. I have bought and sold a lot of cars but the Xterra was the only one I ever regretted selling. I got the Xterra bug again and traded the Focus ST in for a 2007 Xterra off-road. I never really cared for the 2nd gen Xterra’s and sold that car and bought a 1976 Dodge Aspen station wagon and drove that daily for 6 months till I got tired of it and bought a 98 Nissan Maxima.

    After years of buying and selling cars I missed my old Xterra and said if I ever found it I would by it back. I got lucky and found it for sale on Craigslist not to far away from me in Colorado and went and bought it back.

    So after 7 years of wanting to build the Xterra I finally have a chance to do so. It currently has 205K miles on it but still runs great. It has the PML lift and sliders I had on it before I sold it.

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    Picture from the ad when I sold it.
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    Day I bought it back
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  2. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    That's quite an adventure!

    Welcome to XN.

    Still in Colorado? Denver here.
     
  3. Bushnut

    Bushnut Bought an X

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    You never forget your first.
    Welcome back.
     
  4. HolyGhost

    HolyGhost Test Drive

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    On the Western side of Colorado over by Grand Junction.

    I forgot to list that I have been using a 96 Montero as my current adventure rig. I moved the cheap roof basket and the tuff stuff awning over from the Montero to the X.
    As you can see the PO put some small all seasons tires on the X so I decided it needed some new tires first thing and found some 255-75/17's off a Rubicon. Picking up some 17's off a supercharged Frontier this week.

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  5. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Greetings from Dallas. Square lights are the best lights.
     
  6. BEEFY

    BEEFY Skid Plates

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    Yellow is best
     
  7. harryron

    harryron Titan Swapped / SAS'd Supporting Member

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    A new build thread! I have always liked the yellow Xterra.
     
  8. HolyGhost

    HolyGhost Test Drive

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    I have a bike rack and a Trasharoo that mounts the rear tire of the Montero that I would like to use on the X so it's time for a rear tire carrier. After looking at a few options I decided I couldn't justify spending a 1000$ on a rear bumper and decided to build my own. I am not a fabricator so this is a daunting task for me.

    Had some 3/16 diamond plate laying in the scrap pile and cut a section out and had a local machine shop bend it to fit with the diamond plate on the inside since I do not like the look of diamond plate.
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    Made a few templates for mounting brackets and used a death wheel to cut them out.
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    Bracket tacked into place.
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  9. Bushnut

    Bushnut Bought an X

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    Looking good so far.
    The best way to learn is by doing.
     
  10. BEEFY

    BEEFY Skid Plates

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    Good Start
     
  11. HolyGhost

    HolyGhost Test Drive

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    Picked up some parts over the past two days from Denver. A set of 4 17 inch supercharged wheels for 200$, a set of skids engine/tans, transfer and gas tank for 240$ and finally a Calmini HD torsion bars and HD steering minus pitman arm for 100$.

    Super excited to get these parts on pics to come soon.
     
  12. HolyGhost

    HolyGhost Test Drive

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    Wheels and tires are on. Had to do some trimming of the plastic mud flap mount but they fit fine without a body lift.
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  13. HolyGhost

    HolyGhost Test Drive

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    Made some more progress on the bumper got the receiver welded in. Having some issues with how to make a pivot for the swing arm but working through it.

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