Maillet282's money pit build

maillet282 Sep 25, 2013

  1. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    since i have surfed on here for a few weeks before making my first post, I guess I should make up a quick build thread so all of you can see what i've done to my X so far
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    as it sits now:
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    Armor:
    -Ironbull bumper
    -Hefty sliders
    -Hefty skid plates
    -Shrock M226 Diff Cover
    -IF Rear Bumper

    Exterior:
    -custom home made drop in roof basket
    -locking roof basket handle
    -Zombie Outbreak response team badge for front
    -Plasti dipped all badges
    -Plasti dipped roof rack rails
    -Bedlined roof rack plastic parts
    -Bedlined rear platic quarter pannels
    -Extendable Big tow mirrors

    Engin and Performance:
    -K&N Drop in Air filter
    -XTP IMS
    -airbox mod
    -Bully Dog Tuner ( to monitor trans temp while towing)

    tire & suspension
    -Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs 285/75/16
    -Readylift leveling kit (Front spacers)
    -OME Dakar leaf pack
    -Bilstein 5100 ( for 2 to 4 of lift)
    -Adjustable shackles

    Interior:
    -weather tech digital fit floor liner
    -Surefire 6P attached to driver seat
    -175lb rear hatch lift struts
    -3 x Car Seat Mod Full size car seats added to back seat
    -Rangler Upper Barrier Divider between back seat and Cargo space

    elerctical:
    - Cobra 18 WX ST II with SoundTracker® and NOAA Weather
    -Piaa 510 Fog Lights
    -3' LED light pods on front bumper
    -Electric Break Controler
    -Amber warning Strobe Lights added to the side windows and rear lift gate ( pics to come when finished the install)
    -Optima Yellow Top Battery
    -OTRATTW Switches installed as overhead switch panel
    -swapped out stock switches with OTRATTW switches

    Recovery Gear:
    -2 snatch blocks
    -3 recovery straps of diffrent lenghts( tree straps)
    -Battery Booster Pack
    -receiver shackle tampon
    -Numerous shackles
    -hi lift extreme attached to rear bumper
    -20' Bubba Dynamic recovery rope
    -Runva 11000 lb winch with synthetic line

    Safety/Survival:
    -Fully stocked Trauma bag ( same one I used in Afghanistan)
    -High vis safety vests
    -work gloves

    Removed:
    -mud flaps
    -stock plastic front bumper
    -stock roof cross members
    -8500lb superwinch ( died after only 2 uses)
    -GoodYear silent armor 265-75-16
    -Underbody box bolted into rear tie down rails
    -Midland CB
    -ready lift shackles
    -Stock Leaf springs
    -Stock Rear Shocks
    -key lock box bolted in roof basket
    -Traction plates ( not tested will coment this winter)
    -Class 3 receiver hitch
    -Stock rear bumper
    -Superchip Cortex( Sold)
    -Magellan Road GPS (Updated to newer one since maps were no longer available for this model)
    -reverse light mounted to drop in basket
    -custom 2" receiver insert bolted to front bumper
    -Champion 8000lb Winch with receiver plate

    To Do list:

    [] Front diff fluid change
    [] T case fluid change
    [] Rear diff fluid change
    [] Radiator fluid change
    [] Spark Plugs
    [] fix broken weld nut holding rad skid plate
    [] clean up wiring from additional lights and stuff I've added over the years
    [] peel and re bed line front Ironbull bumper
     
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  2. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    reserved 1

    will add more pics when I get home from work
     
  3. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Looks like a great build man. We like pictures and you live where the pictures come out pretty sooooo you know the drill ;)
     
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    Pretty impressive build!
     
  5. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    added more pics to the OP. still need to add some of my last wheeling trip with SOVA
     
  6. Jack Stilts

    Jack Stilts Skid Plates

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    That bumper is so beefy. And I like those rear lights. Nice rig!
     
  7. Xterraforce

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    I foresee many good pictures from you. :smile:
     
  8. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    me going through a small rock garden during the weekend's wheeling trip
    [video=youtube;Z96hZ_R7tVY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z96hZ_R7tVY[/video]
     
  9. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    ordered some LED lights to replace the Canadian Tire specials on my Iron bull bumpers
    this is a pic from the venders web site:
    2x4" spot lights( bought off eBay)
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    and also changing up my strobe light set up as well(again eBay pic):
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    also ordered a couple OTRATTW switches for the strobe lights will take better pics when everything is installed
     
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  10. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Led is the way to go
     
  11. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    ok took a couple minutes to do a quick mod on the truck today. I ended installing the 175 lbs lift struts for the rear hatch,

    and I also started looking at the strobe lights that I bought recently to see if they were any bit water proof/ resistant. well from what I found is that there is no way that these are water tight from the factory. I am going to need a bit of RTV at all of the assembly joints and where the wires go into the light pods to make them any sort of water tight. Good thing I will be able to work on them cause I haven't received my switches for them yet
     
  12. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    did a rough install of the strobe lights, just to get them in before winter really hits since I have no garage to work on my rig during the winter time. that being said, I am still waiting on some switches, and a few other items ( starting a temporary winter mod pile) Video coming soon, just waiting for it to get a bit darker
     
  13. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    [video=youtube;q_Aj1uJ3jBc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_Aj1uJ3jBc[/video]
     
  14. mudchet

    mudchet Got Mud?<br><img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/ Founding Member

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    Cool. Does each light get controlled separately or are they together?
     
  15. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    they are daisy chained together, the strobe controllers are built into the lights themselves, so there are 2 switches, a SPST on/off and then a momentary on/on . the momentary switch is the one that changes through the different strobe patterns
     
  16. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    ended up buying a few skids today from a local guy that sold his X yesterday. was able to procure hefty fabworks engine, trans, t-case and gas tank skid for $575 Canadian. ( keeping in mind that shipped directly from hefty to my house the cost to me would be $719 USD plus added customs fees and brokerage fees) these skids have never even seen the underside of an Xterra. the PO was still in the process of priming them.
     
  17. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    That is a great deal. Congrats. Hopefully you can put them to use. I'm guessing you got the hardware and instructions with them.
     
  18. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    At this point I don't have the skids in my possession yet. I am only available to go pick them up next Saturday. I will most likely end up getting new hardware anyways to ensure that they are grade 8 and as for the install instructions if I don't get them I can always rely on my Xterra online family for help lol
     
  19. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Heck of a deal for you man.
     
  20. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    I think I still have all the instructions for my shrocks which can't be to different. Let me know if you want them then I can dig for them.
     
  21. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    I was actually looking through the hefty website, and they have the install instructions listed there. same with what size bolts and all I need to properly complete the install ( other then figuring out how to remove one of the bolts on the gas tank skid that I snapped last summer ) going to be able to better figure it out come spring time when this cold is finally gone
     
  22. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    Topless X

    Some people have read the thread that I posted regarding a broken roof rack mound. today I had a few hours to and descided to remove my stock roof rack and start getting things ready for a bit of paint and gently used/new to me piece from a drbandkgb

    so had to deal with 2 spinning nutcerts. one that I was able to grab with a set of needle nose vice grips, and one that just poped out of the roof ( bolt and all)

    here are a couple pics
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    now driving around with a topless
     
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  23. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    You dirty, dirty boy. Driving around with a topless X. Shameful.
     
  24. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    But oddly enough, my wife is ok with me driving around with my topless X :bmmd:
     
  25. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    sexy, (if I could write a whistle tone right now I would)
     
  26. GhostX

    GhostX Allergic to Pavement<br><img src="http://i164.phot

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    Oh man...those rev nuts are b**ches for sure! The Nissan thread lock is like glue...we used a 250 watt soldering iron to heat the rev nuts and help get them loose. I still had a spinner that I ripped out of the rear section of the rack. Nice switch mods too.

    How does you trailer pull behind the X? Do you use any sway bars to help even the tow? My fiancée and I have been looking at/ogling used tent/pop up trailers for a bit now.
     
  27. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    The Trailer is pushing the limits of the Xterra. but by no means do I feel unsafe with it. I use an Equalizer hitch and am running the OME leaf springs. I was using the stock leaf springs for the first summer and had to add helper springs because even with the equaliser hitch I was hitting the bump stops over every little bump. no now problem at all.

    a good rule of thumb when buying a camper is to not excede 75% of the max towing capacity of the tow vehicle ( the dry weight of my camper is 3900 lbs)

    also I get about 7-9 MPG when towing and I need to keep my speed at around 90 Km/H ( around 55MPH) and the truck does not like going up hills pulling the trailer either lol
     
  28. GhostX

    GhostX Allergic to Pavement<br><img src="http://i164.phot

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    Good to know...so with my Titan Swap I should get about 3mpg towing. Lol!!
     
  29. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    depends on the weight and what gearing you have with your Tswap lol
     
  30. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    well finally finished bed lining and plasti dipping.
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  31. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Digging the accents. Very cool!
     
  32. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    been a busy modding weekend for me. as you see a couple posts above I was finally able to finish painting/ bed lining my roof rack and was able to install it on the rig again. today I added a couple stickers that I had building up ( still have a few to install )
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    and had Todd from graveyard graphics make me a custom sticker for a switch rocker that I got from OTRATTW. ( will comment on how it lasts with use)
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    and last one mocked up for today but unfortunately I need to wait a few more months before I can truly install and appreciate this sticker
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  33. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    finally got some time to finish off swapping all of the stock switches to OTRATTW swithes.
    here is the end product:
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    please excuse the labeling on the last rocker in that second pic. I left the one I am planning to use at work and will only be able to get it on tuesday. that last one is actually the hill descent control switch
     
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  34. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    so I figured out why my roof rack mounting piece broke this spring. I went out today wanting to re install my drop in roof basket. took out my tape measure and noticed that the roof rails are approx. 35" apart from center to center and that my roof rack was approx. 37" from mounting bracket to mounting bracket. I think I am going to tear this one apart change a few things in the design and start from scratch.
     
  35. maillet282

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    so ended up installing a set of extendable tow mirrors to the X today. while I was at it, I decided to add side marker lights since I had the doors torn apart
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    also ended up going on a recovery mission yesterday. A buddy drowned his F150 and abandoned it there overnight so me a the local off road club went to at least bring it to the city limits
    here is a video of the winching I did out of the water
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    ended up using a snatch block on his bumper and doubled up my winch line. also had another Xterra acting as an anchor, then used 2 jeeps ( both anchored by other vehicles) to winch the dead F150 up a 400 Foot hill. we ended up leap frogging the 2 winches to get it up the hil
     
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  36. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    That is a crazy but great job and doing that recovery.
     
  37. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    been having an issue with a dead right rear Wheel speed sensor on my 09 Off road model X. ordered the right wheel speed sensor for automatic transmission a couple weeks ago and to my surprise, the sensor that I got in the mail is bigger and shorter then the one I removed from my x

    figured out that I had received the wheel speed sensor for a C200. contacted Rock auto and they stated that they did not know there was a difference. so they are sending me a Fed Ex waybill and are letting me return the item for a full refund.
    great company to deal with. pleasant staff working in their call centers on a Saturday and are willing to help. I ended up ordering the proper M226 wheel speed sensor today now the waiting game begins all over again
     
  38. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    well today I started working on a gas can holder for my roof rack since I got a pretty long trip towing my camper coming up and wanted a way to secure my jerry cans for the trip.
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    now I know there is only 2 jerry cans in the pics need to go pick another one up soon. as well I still need to finish welding a couple pieces
     
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  39. maillet282

    maillet282 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    updated the first pic in the OP and also ordered a 27" traffic advisor that I am planning on installing in the rear cargo hooks. the original strobe lights that I had mounted to my roof basket are now dead. not sure what happened or what killed them but I had to seal everything with clear silicone to make them somewhat water tight when I first bought them. going to be ordering a couple other strobe light bars for the side windows and a couple LED lights for rear facing on my roof rack just need to find some cash first
     
  40. maillet282

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    P0448 Generic evap code

    as the title said threw a code driving in town today, Code P0448 - Evaporative Emission Control System Vent Control Circuit Close. anybody ever deal with this? I didn't find anything when I was sorting through the How to sections the other day
     

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