Gigi's build thread

footsteps71 Feb 13, 2015

  1. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    FB_IMG_1415410971396.jpg FB_IMG_1417103683293.jpg FB_IMG_1419955624425.jpg FB_IMG_1419955733052.jpg IMG_20150102_075236765.jpg Howdy guys... It's been a little while since the time I registered and the date I came up with this thread. I have a little but to uncover with you.

    I have a 2002 xterra xe 2wd that I purchased a little hastily in summer of 13. This silver beauty spent it's life in Charlotte NC for the first 11 years of its life, only accruing 82,000 miles with the middle aged lady who got rid of it only because the headliner was coming down.

    So I bought her, took her home. Washed and waxed her, shined the tires and spent the next few months as a typical Greenville NC xterra driver, fully stock and pavement only. (picture A)

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    Then I came across Xterra Off-Road on Facebook and was pointed to club xterra where I fell in love with the beastie build threads and the mod bug hit.

    Did the usual; steps, mudflaps, reso delete. Then I ripped out the headliner and painted it gray. Added Calmini shackles and finished out the pml. Picture B

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    Then the college kid blues hit and realized I couldn't mod any further. A year later after going to Uwharrie with some buddies, and sucking it up really bad, I decided to go get more money.

    In between then and now, I've added Kenda Klever MT's (picture c and d) and flexed 2wd muscle at Uwharrie with NOAS and scrambled up the backside of Daniel Trail. I've purchased various upgrades, like 4wd conversion parts, a lokka, 3" suspension lift with AC UCA'S, a snorkel, and sliders! So the next month and a half is going to be super exciting!

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    List of mods past, current, future

    LIFT, SUSPENSION and STEERING
    Bilstiens, front [x], rear [x]
    PML [x]
    3" suspension lift [ ]
    2" BL [ ]
    Grassroots Centerlink [ ]
    Upgraded Tie Rods [ ]
    SAS [x]

    DRIVETRAIN:

    4WD [x]
    Lokka [x]
    ARB rear locker [ ]

    ENGINE:

    Doug Thorley headers [ ]
    Flowmaster Super 44 [x] still sitting in the garage

    EXTERNAL AND ARMOR
    RLC Bumper [x]
    P&P Rear Tire Carrier Bumper [ ]
    P&P Sliders [x] ordered through group buy
    P&P Skids [ ] waiting on Mac to plan and fab
    P&P Recovery Points through bumper [x]
    Snorkel [x]
    Bedline rest of plastics and roof rack [ ]

    Internal
    CB system [x]
    Kicker speakers [ ]
    Flashlight mounts in front and back [x]
    Paint headliner [x]


    How she sits now. <3

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  2. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    I think I saw this truck once
     
  3. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    I've seen it a couple times myself.
     
  4. ericcris10sen

    ericcris10sen First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Looks sweet dude!
     
  5. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    Thanks man! It's a work in progress.
     
  6. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    So

    Just a small list of everything done to Gigi in 2015.

    4wd conversion
    Lokka
    Hardbody hubs
    3 " suspension lift
    Sliders
    Crawler wheels
    New installed cobra cb
    Interior molle panels (in the house)

    Will be done by WENT and AT WENT

    2" body lift
    33" Km2's
    Rear leaf lift pack
    King Kong steering
    Snorkel

    Will be done at some point in the near future

    Packed LSD in the rear
    Timing belt and other things
    Spark plug #6 (oops)

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  7. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    So this first one was me headed back down the rock garden at daniel trail at uwharrie. uploadfromtaptalk1439476564734.jpg Gigi has 4wd! And a nicely placed CB. uploadfromtaptalk1439476653918.jpg Flexy flexy at Poser Rock uploadfromtaptalk1439476726509.jpg President Cory Akin and I uploadfromtaptalk1439476808581.jpg

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  8. akinc

    akinc Skid Plates

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    That's a good looking Xterra!!


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  9. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Impressive on the 4wd conversion. Not too many people want to tackle such a daunting job.
     
  10. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    Thanks Prime. Without Brian and Stephen, it wouldn't have been possible. They've done so mich for gigi and i!

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  11. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    So major setback all by one ****ing bolt. Gigi stripped her passenger side torsion bar adjuster bolt and now she's leaning to one side, and 6 degrees of positive camber..... No WENT for Zach and Gigi this year...

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  12. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    uploadfromtaptalk1442418151099.jpg yeah, camber sucked.

    uploadfromtaptalk1442418198190.jpg How she sits on brand new rubber!

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  13. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    Just an update

    Not that anyone looks at my build because I did not keep up with anything, Gigi is Solid axle swapped, just doesn't have a driveshaft fully finished (ujoint and CV joint clearance issues) RLC front bumper added from Gareth before Gruene disappeared. One day I will get around to putting up everything that has happened between now and the last update.
     
  14. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Duuuude. Where's dem pichas!?
     
  15. harryron

    harryron The Grumpiest of Mid-Westerners Supporting Member

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    It's about time you do a update. When you getting the drive shaft finished?

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  16. bigjim247365

    bigjim247365 Anime boobs & male genitals? Sign me up! Supporting Member

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    ooo dis gon' look good.
     
  17. Xaggerated

    Xaggerated Tricycle

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    Bout time the 2wd sas got updated on here


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  18. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    I hate forums. The pressure to update everything. I'll work on an update. You may not get it for a couple of years.
     
  19. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    Sexy Flexy!

    currently running a modified XJ front driveshaft, recently I added a 2" lift in the back with an AAL, in the front I am running Ruffstuff 1 ton Chevy steering kit with a flat top passenger side knuckle moving the drag link up and off the tie rod. This took care of a mild case of death wobble.

    Now I am running 35" Milestar Patagonia's and recently went on a NOAS trip to Georgia's River Rock OHV. Gigi ran amazing all the way down there, and wheeled with no issues. On the way back my radiator cap failed and I got close to overheating. New cap and a burp and we were good to go.

    The next and possibly last modification is just working hard to clear these 35"s and Gigi is pretty much done. Time to wheel.

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  20. xEndlessfight503x

    xEndlessfight503x Bought an X

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    What spring and hanger setup are you running on the front, Zach?

    It's good to see some updates in here.
     
  21. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    I'm running the generic Rancho 44044 leaf packs with the Bonney Motorsports hanger and shackles
     
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  22. xEndlessfight503x

    xEndlessfight503x Bought an X

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    Perfect. I love the way yours sits, and I have the same setup to be installed
     
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  23. footsteps71

    footsteps71 Bought an X

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    Excellent! I'll be on the lookout for your progress!
     
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