Hawk136439's "Build" Thread

Hawk136439 Aug 16, 2019

  1. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Make:
    Nissan (DUH)
    Year: 2012
    Model: Xterra (Also DUH)
    Trim: PRO-4X
    Color: Metallic Blue
    Code Name: Cookie Monster AKA Wild Blue Yonder

    Transmission: 5 Speed AT
    Mileage: March 2017 (My purchase date) - 52,XXX miles
    Location: East Moline, Illinois

    Well, Looks like it's time to move this... because.... reasons...

    Mods:

    Suspension:
    Rough Country 2.5" Lift Kit


    Rims/Tires:
    285/75R16 Cooper Discoverer STT PROs

    Engine/Exhaust/Drivetrain:

    Armor:

    Stock PRO-4X skids

    Exterior:
    Curt Class III hitch (Post #4)
    Window vent visors in channel (Post #4)
    Custom drop in basket (Post #6)
    29erClan Hatch ladder (removed for now)
    Factory Mudflaps (Removed)
    Rally Armor Mudflaps

    Interior:

    WeatherTech Front floor liners
    Upgraded rear first aid pouch
    LED dome and map lights
    LED Hatch Area Lights

    Recovery/Comms:
    HAM Radio
    Tool kit under rear seat

    Miscellaneous:
    Trasharoo (Black)
    Lots of roof patches
    McMaster Hatch struts 175#
    Rear hatch screen mod

    Edit to add some glamour shots because what good is a build thread without pictures?!

    Stock taken March 2017:
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  2. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Pictures to come later not looking forward to breaking all my photo links that are in other places...
     
  3. bigjim247365

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

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    it'll be worth it.
     
  4. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    March 2017 the night I brought her home.
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    Hitch Install shortly after:
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    Window Vent Install:
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    More Updating to come, just checking to see if I can still post pictures like I normally do.
     
  5. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Next up on the list of "Mods" was to fill the empty FAK nook since the factory one was missing when I bought the truck.
    Voodoo Tactical Red Molle pouch fits just right:
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    Also updated all the interior lighting to LED complete with the "stealth bomber map light":
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  6. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    The next mod/project on the chopping block was a drop in style basket:

    The design:
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    In process:
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    Test Fitting:
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    Added Unistrut:
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    Finally painting:
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    And Mounted:
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    The reason for the unistrut:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    First time putting the roof basket to use (btw my wife drives the black 2011 PRO-4X):
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    Then we figured out that both kayaks could fit on my truck:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    July 4th weekend 2017 some buddies came down and we all bought hammocks at Menards. A little creative parking later and we were in business!

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    Some rain drops started disturbing our naps so the tarps came out:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Later that month was the first real road trip for my Xterra. the west side of Iliinois to Syracuse NY, then to Saranac Lake NY then home to Iliinois. this trip was the main reason built the basket in the first place, the majority of the trip was to be spent at a family camp and we needed to bring a generator with us. Normally it could go in the truck but we also have 4 dogs so the majority of the truck was reserved for them. Therefore the generator ended up on the roof:

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    Saranac Lake NY has been a staple trip for my family all my life and it was awesome getting to share it with my wife. The truck did great and even got a little something to show for itself:

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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    I'm a fan of mountain biking and decided to set up the truck so I could hit some trails after work in the summer:

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    Took it up to visit my parents and had to snap a shot with my Dads 350Z:
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    In October of 2017 a local shop hosted a cruise and I decided to show up and represent the Nissan community:
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    Suckers must of been scared:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    The next mod to come was the 29erClan hatch ladder (November 2017):

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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    In January of 2018 I found a fun snow bank and took some poser shots:
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    I also installed some of my Christmas gifts including Weather Tech floor liners up front and a Molle seat organizer:

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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    In February 2018 we got some more snow and I decided to play in the yard and take some more pictures:

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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    In April 2018 we still had some snow and I decided to take yet again more poser pictures:
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    May 2018 I decided to check out a random gravel road and take some more pictures:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Next up for "Mods" in June of 2018 was screens to cover the rear hatch opening. At this point in time my wife was quite pregnant with our son and our go to date night activity was going to the drive in movie theater. The midwest is a pretty bug infested place and this mod allowed much better airflow while keeping the littl blood suckers out:

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    This screen material came with stick on Hook and Loop that I applied to the outside of the hatch weatherstripping and then the hooks grab the screen. Pretty simple and the hook stuff is still on there today over a year later.

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    While I was at it I decided to re-stock the first aid kit:
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    Throw a memory foam mattress topper in the back, grab some dinner to go, fill a cooler with drinks and your set! Visibility through the screen is pretty good too.

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  16. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I bought a Taco Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Nice build. I like the roof rack.
     
  17. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Thanks! It's served me well the last couple of years.
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Alright time for an actual mod!

    In October of 2018 I cashed in on a tire deal and bought some 285/75R16 Cooper Discover STT PROs and a Rough Country 2.5 inch lift:

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    Lifted vs stock:
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    Final product:
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    Still had to do the melt mod:
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    and decided to plaon a snow pile:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    At the end of March 2019 my wife and I decided to pick up something a little more reliable than our pop up and so this followed us home on my birthday:

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    This also meant that I now needed a trailer brake controller so that was installed before taking the trailer home.
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    About a week or 2 after the trailer purchase I decided to capitolize on some nice weather and took a half day at work for some xterra mods! My eventual goal for this truck is to have a reliable camping "overland" vehicle so I decided to add some area lighting to the rear hatch:

    First you start with proper supervision:
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    The finished project in the day time:
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    At night these little LEDs make a huge difference!:
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  21. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Duuuude. Load lights! I was trying to think of a clean way to that. That's sexy! What lights did you use?
     
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  22. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Thanks man! I originally wanted to put them on a switch for more control but got lazy and just tied them to the OEM dome light in the back.

    I used these ones right here and they are great for hooking up to a trailer in the dark too! Thinking about adding some of the leftovers to the fender liners as rock lights just to see how they hold up.
     
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  23. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista Skid Plates Supporting Member

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    These are in my shopping cart on Amazon, that's a lot of light they put out.. Nice

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  24. Hawk136439

    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    I only put 3 in the hatch so now to figure out what to do with the other 3!
     
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    Xterrorista Skid Plates Supporting Member

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    I wondered about getting white ones to shine outward for things like camp chores and setup and then maybe a cpl/few ambers pointing down into cab so it would be nice and lit but not so intense on the eyes... I think I'm just making excuses to add more switches n crap~

    I went lookin for a Voodoo bag like yours but couldn't find it in red so I got a competitor so we'll see when it gets here.

    You've intrigued me on the ole "stealth bomber map light"...? I need one just from the sounds of it but..wth you talkin'bout?
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Just a fancy name for one of the map lights being red LED instead of white lol
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Alright back to updating this thing...

    After the Load Lights<--- totally stealing that description thanks @Prime , Not a lot of changes were made. I did have an idea for a new drop in rack to utilize more of the space available up there but never committed to buying the resources for it.

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    We took the camper out for a shake down run and it did fine:

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    Backing it into the driveway was a little more involved...
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    A few weeks later we went back to the drive in movie theater:

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    Little man had to properly inspect the 33s while we were there:

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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Then came July of 2019 (actually June but whatever). The family and I had plans to take a 2 week trip out to Idaho for my wife's family reunion. After getting back I had plans to run the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail. So the decision was made that we needed better storage for the trip and I needed a sleeping platform for the trail.

    Commence the drawer build!!!!!!

    The primary objective was to utilize the wasted space leftover when a crate is in the back as well as create a surface to set up and use a stove while camping.

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    The longest drawer slides I could get at menards were just too short so I decided to get creative with the drawer face.
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    A few hours later and this is what we had:
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    The next day I went to work on an extension so I could sleep in the truck when running the Trans Wisconsin Trail:
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    At this point I was out of time and had to start packing so this is how the drawers stayed for our trip out west and while in Wisconsin.

    The trip out west was absolutely amazing and the Nissan did alright pulling the trailer fuel mileage on the way was laughable and speed could only get up to about 65mph but it got the job done. All in all we drove 3900 miles, hit 8 different states, 5 national parks and 4 national forests.

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    We took a scenic drive around mount rushmore without the trailer:
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    On said scenic drive we hit about 15 miles of road with fresh oiled rock all over the road so I decided to clean the truck up a bit and check the damage...
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    yup rock chipped ...
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    truck looked good though:
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    loaded up to leave SD, the trailer was a little front loaded so I have now adjusted the weight distribution hitch to hopefully fix the rear end sag in the truck:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    We did pull the trailer through Badlands national forest on the way home:
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    This is the rocks that were all over the road...
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    After the trip out west and some time using the drawers I had one day to get everything ready for my camping trip and knew I needed to make some adjustments to the drawers. I decided to change the hinge on the stove drawer and added a couple of hook latches to keep the face upright. Also the drawers got bolt action locks to keep them closed and I found the other handle for the stove drawer.
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    With that sorted it was time for trip prep, spare fuel, Highlift for self recovery, and shovel for self recovery and latrine duty all got mounted to the roof basket. In the wetbox were the jerry can spout and a super siphon. And are you even an "Overlander" if you don't have a trasharoo?

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    13ADVX Bought an X

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    i like the rack idea! nice build. out of curiosity what was your average mpg pulling the camper?
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    On the way out we were fighting a headwind the whole way so some tanks got as low as 6mpg and others were more like 9-11. We did swap wheels and tires from my wife's Xterra before the trip but it didnt seam to help much. Coming home with a tail wind we hit closer to 15mgp and could even maintain 70mph!
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Okay I'm getting lazy so I'm copying my trip report from OB of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail here.

    I tried to run this July 12, 2019 and the lower 3rd or so that I hit seemed pretty dry.

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    This was the entrance to Potosi Point Rec Area and I had to check it out.


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    The first of a few water crossings.

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    Every report I've seen of this trip has noted these rock formations and at this point I really felt like I was on the right path!

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    The dog quickly found a spot with access to A/C and enough around him to keep from sliding all over on the twisty gravel roads.

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    Another water crossing we found was dry but had some heavy duty water bars built into it.

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    A little farther on we found a parking area for some hiking trails that was nicely mowed and completely empty so I got out and played with the dog for a bit.

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    This was a fire watch tower that was along the route so I stopped and grabbed a picture.


    We drove for quite a few hours after this but didnt pass a whole lot more photo opportunity points. Towards the end of the day I decided that I had spent enough time driving and wanted to spend the last of my time off work with my family (just got back from a 3900 mile family vacation on the 10th). I have marked my stopping location and plan to return later this year to continue the trip and someday complete the trail.
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Alright caught back up now time to pass the other build thread in the place that may not be named!

    When I added the lift and did the melt mod I decided to remove the factory mudflaps. Something that as we can see from above probably should have been better thought out... Oh well time to replace them with something that wont be as likely to cause body damage.

    I decided to order some Rally Armor Universal Fit Mudflaps and some plastic rivets to attach them. My hope is that the rivets or the flaps will fail before doing any significant body damage offroad.

    Mounting them was pretty straight forward after I got a little creative (mostly because I was lazy and my garage was a disaster). With the truck flat on the ground I positioned the flap where I wanted and pressed it against the screws holding on the fender liner. then drilled a hole in the indent from the screw heads and used those same screws to mount the flap.

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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    The next thing on the list I did last weekend. I have been using the drawers in the back of the Xterra for a while now and decided it was time to finish them. I needed to make the driver side wing and didnt want to leave the unfinished wood any longer.

    Step 1 Driverside wing:
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    next was disassemble, paint and reassemble:
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    Finally, reinstall and await quality approval from the supervisors:
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    after finishing the drawers I decided to organize the truck tool kit. All sockets are bagged based on drive size and SAE/Metric.

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    Then the family and I went fishing and brought one of the dogs with us:
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    And that's it! everything in this thread is up to date!
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    You Sir were right
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Used my Xterra to tow the camper last weekend and as I pulled into the campground I heard the last of my brake pads disappear. Well at least I know I got ALL the life they had to give and she still stopped alright (thank goodness for trailer brakes). New pads and rotors are on the way and I'll be replacing the fronts on my wife's Xterra as well.

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    Little man was helping me with pre-flight inspections before hooking up and heading home at the end of the weekend.
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    I'll update when parts get here next week, until then the xterra is on jackstands in the garage.
     
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    Hawk136439 Bought an X

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    Rear brakes have plenty of life left in em, Fronts didn't owe me much...
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    Pads got here yesterday, slotted and drilled rotors are on the delivery truck right now. hopefully if everything goes well she can be back on the road tonight.
     

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