New To Me Gen 1 Xterra

603Knight Feb 22, 2020

  1. 603Knight

    603Knight Test Drive

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    Hey I'm new, just got a Gen 1 . Is a really rough ride normal ? Prior owner said it needed an alignment, I suspect more. Look forward to hearing from you all.

    M.
     
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  2. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I bought a Taco Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Welcome. Please elaborate on "rough ride". Could be a number of things. Alignment, balance, bent rim, etc etc
     
  3. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Welcome to XN.

    As previously mentioned, give us some more details. We have a wealth of knowledge here.
     
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  4. maillet282

    maillet282 If you bleeding, Imma fix you Moderator Supporting Member

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    Welcome from Ontario Canada
     
  5. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Welcome!
     
  6. 603Knight

    603Knight Test Drive

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    Rough ride, , let's start with its an SE 2wd . the steering on corners responds poorly but is working. I'm having to hold onto the wheel firmly with some returning input shimmies. Bump responds shakes the whole front end where talking the road grind from removing line markings. That seems overly sensitive but this is a new to me truck. Today I will Jack it up and check the ball joints but they "look" ok.. I'm looking forward to owning this little Gen 1.. thanks for the welcome.

    M.
     
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  7. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Ok. Sounds like you need to pay particular attention to the pitman and idler arms when you look at the steering. Seems like your idler is probably loose.

    If you pull forward in a straight line, stop and then back straight up, do you have to use a lot of steering input to stay straight as you begin to back up?
     
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  8. 603Knight

    603Knight Test Drive

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    Good news kinda.. she kept a straight line in both forward and reverse, however I noticed what felt like a flat spot. On closer examination I have a different size tire on one of my trims. This might explain the unsteady feel while at speed.

    M.
     
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  9. 603Knight

    603Knight Test Drive

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    I lifted both front tires and gave them a shake, nothing seems in your face bad. Power steering pump looked wet so I gave the engine bay a cleaning. I'll take it for a run later and see if anything looks wet again.

    M.
     
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  10. harryron

    harryron The Grumpiest of Mid-Westerners Supporting Member

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    Welcome
     
  11. TheCrabby1

    TheCrabby1 Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Welcome in , there's plenty of good stuff here for both generation's !!
     
  12. kirk

    kirk I'm Shady AF. Ask Anyone. Moderator Supporting Member

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    Welcome! Following along to see if I can help.

    how are your shocks?
     
  13. 603Knight

    603Knight Test Drive

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    I'll be replacing all four shocks w/ Gabrial ultras. Already arrived.. 4 new sneakers due in this week as well as exhaust pipe and muffler. ( one piece ).
     
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  14. 603Knight

    603Knight Test Drive

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    Stage One ( Road ready ) done.

    Replace right valve cover gasket ( and screws ).
    Replace cracked right valve cover vent tube.
    Replace left vent tube and PCV valve, ( nolonger smokes ).
    Oil change w/ synthetic and stop leak 5w / 30. Oil filter

    New exhaust from union pipe back and gasket as well as hanger rubbers.
    New and replacement studs on both rear drums ( 3 broken on each drum ).
    4 new tires, brakes inspected and adjusted.

    Dropped step rails ( bent ) not to be replaced.
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  15. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Cool! How much longer till it's on the road?
     
  16. 603Knight

    603Knight Test Drive

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    It's done!

    Finished with..

    4 Gabriel ultra shocks
    Blower motor regulator
    Bluetooth radio.

    I'll probably get an alignment but that's about it.
     
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  17. TheCrabby1

    TheCrabby1 Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Looking good , from the pic's it looks like a Headlight Restoration kit should be in order. I try to make sure there's NO reason for"""them""" to pull me over -dull headlight's and non functioning bulb's are a no go !! ;)
     
  18. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Good looking X! Welcome to the forums!
     

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