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Krisnherx Jan 19, 2012

  1. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Hey everyone. Welcome to my build thread. My name is Kristen. I drive a 2000 Nissan Xterra SE in Aztec Red. I bought the truck back in 2009 with 68k miles and one previous owner. She had been babied and only driven as a carpooling vehicle. Since buying her that day, and finding all sorts of forums and clubs across the interwebs I've found a new love in my life; I call her my girlfriend [it's a lesbian love of sorts], my Xterra. We've been through a lot so far - and here's her story.

    In the beginning:
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    I don't remember exactly what my first mod was to the X, but I think it was getting the AUX lights working on the brush guard.

    Next came the removal of the step rails & a lovely detail bath.
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    Before I knew it Jenny [the name I've given her] and I were off on your first offroading adventure in Troy, NC at Uwharrie National Park. Everything was still stock at the time - so we took it easy, but again she surprised me. I had taken my sway bar off just before we left town, and obviously aired down a bit.
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    Her first time really flexing everything out. =]
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    Took a couple more wheeling trips, but don't have many pictures due to the fact we spent most of the time fixing my ex-'s Toyota that had broken a couple of joints in the rear axle. [Hince the random tire leaned up against the back of the X.]
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    The real bites from the mod bug:
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    I repainted the faded plastics using Flynn's Blacktastic. It's a fairly inexpensive wipe on paint. A sponge, gloves, and a couple of layers later everything looked like new. Its lasted really long too, so I suggest it to anyone who has the time and doesn't want to spray paint.
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    Next mod was a set of Calmini HD shackles.
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    Her very sexy rear end has had some work done as well [aka stickers]


    More upgrades​

    New tires - Cooper Discoverer ATP 265/75/16s on a
    set of 1.5 gen wheels a fellow Xterra club member gave to me and I painted black with Rustoleum Bed Liner. She's got 152k on the odometer and she runs great.


    MARCH 2015

    - New Alternator
    - New starter
    - New Fuel filter
    - Replaced distributor cap and rotor
    - R44K fuel system cleaner ran through
    - New brakes, rotors, drums and hub seals.
    - New lower ball joints
    - Fixed wheel bearings
    - 20% tint on front two windows

    2017
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  2. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Update: JANUARY 2017

    IN THE WORKS
    Finshing the PML
    New exhaust system
    265/75/16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs
    Wire up the Hellas on the brush guard
    Various performance tunes
    Transmission flush and refill

    FINISHED
    Sanded and clear coated the headlights
    New Sylvania ZXE Halogen bulbs (thumbs up!!)
    Drain and refilled both differentials
     
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  3. Davcos

    Davcos Wheeling Founding Member

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    The truck looks good! Red is a nice colour too
     
  4. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Nice build Kristen! I'm jealous of your snow. The only snow we've had since I got my X has been blowing snow that might as well have been sand. Did you bend your brush guard back into place after the wreck or get a new one?
     
  5. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    Great write up, that color does look good with everything blacked out on it. Can't wait to see more.
     
  6. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Thank you! I'm pretty upset that we haven't had ANY snow at all this year yet. I'm hoping to at least see some before February. Dad and I tugged on the brush gaurd, but it's still pretty outta place. We just put the rubber piece over the most obvious places of damage and left it. Here's what it looks like now [minus the burnt out headlight]
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    Thank you. I was originally in love with the Short Bus Yellow Xs, but my parents found this one and we couldn't pass it up.
     
  7. Timrich

    Timrich Super Duper Moderator Founding Member

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    Lookin good Kris! Still waiting to see the "secret mod"... lol
     
  8. AaronsX

    AaronsX Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    Sweet, Im liking the build + the new shoes!
     
  9. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    X is looking good, Kris! Thanks for the tip on the Flynn's Blacktastic. I just ordered a bottle.
     
  10. xterror

    xterror Bought an X Founding Member

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    I wanna know the secret mod!!!

    Your X is a beast K. Swifty
    When are we having little pink X babies?
     
  11. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    Oh snaps, I forgot about the secret mod. So what gives Kris, I don't really visit the "other" place anymore but I remember a little something about that.
     
  12. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    It's been in the works. The person I was working on it with has since walked out of my life - so I've got someone else helping with ideas. But he too, has been super busy with his own truck.


    And thank you everyone.
    Xterror - Pink babies are on the way! We've just got to get Brutus and Jenny together. SOON.
    J Everett - You're certainly welcome. I think i still have a good half a bottle or more left. LOL You could always bribe people to let you do their cars and trucks for $30 with what you have left over.... it'll pay for itself.
     
  13. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    Cool, I wondering last night if I was going to need more than one bottle. How's it holding up?
     
  14. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Pretty well with the exception of some chips & flakes here and there as you can see in the close up picture of my brush guard. Try not to use a pressure washer on the plastics afterwards.... like ever. Don't be worried about the swirly appearance at first... it goes away after a week or so, once everything fully soaks in. And if it ever starts to flake like mine has you can just go back and do the section over with one coat. Don't dab.... just touch it up as if you were painting it for the first time. Also make sure the truck is clean and everything before you start painting. Tape off any body that might come in contact with the stuff, and wear gloves. =] If you need any more info, feel free to PM me.
     
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  15. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    Thanks!
     
  16. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Oh and if you get any on somewhere that you didn't mean for it to go - it comes off with rubbing alcohol.
     
  17. OKXterra

    OKXterra First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Nice build thread and great looking X!
     
  18. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I've heard mixed reviews on blacktastic, most have said just what you did though, it'll chip and flake off....did you scuff the plastic a bit first or no? Also, if you have too much chipping/flaking, are you considering peeling/sanding it all off and redoing it with black bedliner?
     
  19. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Thank you =]


    No, I didn't scuff the plastic. It's not a very thick paint so I didn't want the scuffing or anything to show through. You don't have to peel or sand it off at all if it's flaked. Honestly I just went back over the section with another coat and you couldn't tell that it'd flaked at all. Compared to the Back to Black that only lasts a few weeks - this stuff is amazing. It may not be as great as spray paint, but if you don't want to remove all of your bumpers/plastics or tape EVERYTHING off, then this is your best bet.
     
  20. dhyde79

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    gotcha, I was under the impression that it was a thicker deal that was really obvious when it started chipping/flaking/etc
     
  21. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Poor Jenny was involved in another wreck a couple of weeks ago, but thankfully the damage was minor and it was the other person's fault - so I won't be paying a dime. Funniest thing was - she was driving an Xterra too. My insurance company just said she was jealous -- yeah, probably =)

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    Most of the damage is in the body under the bumper and across the wheel. But I just got an estimate from the insurance company the other day to fix the damages. Looks like anywhere from $1200 to $1600 worth in parts, paint, and all that jazz. Thankfully it won't take long. But I did have to set both companies straight on the fact that my wheels are in fact stock Xterra wheels, they're just from a newer X. *rolls eyes* Guess they didn't think a chick would set them straight about that.
     
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  22. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    You can see where the chipping is in this pic [around the driver's side fog light] [​IMG]
     
  23. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    Hey Kris, if they need a VIN to an X that had that style wheel from factory just let me know cause that is what mine had.
     
  24. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Thankfully Allstate found it somewhere in their system. I think that it's an error with whatever program they're using because the guy said it sent him to Pathfinder instead of Xterra. Thank you though!
     
  25. GlamisDunesStar

    GlamisDunesStar Bought an X Founding Member

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    Sad about your X getting hurt again... but its going to get fixed :) Everything is looking great!!!
     
  26. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Thanks Amber. One of these days I'll make it out ya'lls way. IDK, maybe this summer.
     
  27. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Update:
    The X is going into the shop on the 5th to get everything repaired. I'm going to be so bummed while she's gone, and I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get a good rental car.

    I got a few things fixed on her yesterday. First job was to get the aux. lights angled back down on the brush guard. Three washers just below the lights and we were back in session. But then I ran into the next problem. The lights weren't working. Checked the wires under the hood, everything was good. Crawled into the floor board on the drivers side and noticed that one of the wires had snapped in half. Quick fix.
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    Then came another clamp for my rattling exhaust just underneath the driver's side. Cheep fixes altogether though.


    Now I've just got to figure out where the slow leak is on my driver's side front tire. I stopped to check it the other day and that one was down to 20 PSI. All the others are sitting at 45. Well, as far as I could check. The wreck messed up the stem on the right rear tire/wheel so I couldn't really get a reading off of it, but it doesn't look low or anything at all.

    Added some more HP along the way as well.
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    Looking for another warm day to come my way so I can give her a good bath, wax, and touch up that Blacktastic.

    Stay tuned for the mods coming soon!!
     
  28. NismoFire

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    Feel free to wax mine, too. Just sayin.



    So homegirl messed up the valve stem on the RR? Make sure the shop replaces that stem while they're at it.
     
  29. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Oh they've gotta do the whole wheel, and I'm going to get a kick out of how they plan on painting the wheel to match and to get the bumper corner to match the other pieces as well. lol The wheel has Rustoleum Bed Liner and the other bumpers have Flynn's Blacktastic [not spray paint].




    Karla - thanks for the offer to do something with all the time on my hands, but no thanks. My elbow can't handle two cars, much less the one.
     
  30. SMH

    SMH Bought an X

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    CO? reppin a little early aren't we?
     
  31. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Just put the third one on the same day I put the Woman/Truck one on :D. It isn't too early for anything.
     
  32. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    X is back out of the shop and looking great. Got word that a rat had been calling the vent in the bumper "home" but hopefully that's fixed now.

    Now it's onto saving up more money so I can get this mod bug to stop biting.





    Any suggestions for my next (cheap) mod?
     
  33. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    A rat trap :fufu:lols:
     
  34. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Oh boy you cracked me up!!!!!!!!!


    Tape has been used to cover the hole. No more Ratatollie-whatever.
     
  35. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    In all reality though, you could go nuts with some bedliner on the cheap.
     
  36. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    agreed, the Duplicolor "Bed Armor" is a nice non-tacky, pretty fine textured bedliner that went on very easily and dried up well....it's what's on my sliders right now.
     
  37. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    In the works. I'm going to stick with the Rustoleum for now since I've already used it once. Thanks for the ideas.
     
  38. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Paint your interior, cheap, but very noticeable mod. This summer I'm painting everything. But check my build thread for a picture of what I did

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  39. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Bumpers Installed Founding Member

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    Heck no. No way I'm painting the interior. My girlfriend painted her seats blue and I've seen other's paint the dash, but that's not my style. The inside of the X is staying clean. Heck I'm still paying for the truck.
     
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  40. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I think I'm going to dye my seats this summer like your girl dyed hers. Well I know she painted them, but I might dye mine

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