Nissan3161's 2000 xterra

Nissan3161 Nov 26, 2017

  1. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Purchased the x in 2012 to be used as a 4wd daily driver for me and the wife to use to get around in the Ohio winters. After purchasing a subaru for my wife the x became mine. I daily drove it for a while then got into wheeling it. I went through some of the same mods as the rest of you upgraded steering with grassroots center link, IAB, hd tra's, front lokka etc. after wheeling the x this way for a couple of years I decided I was comfortable enough with the truck to start tackling harder trails. I knew from what I have read on here and from my own experiences with the ifs it wasn't going to hold up to the trails I wanted to do or at least not without constantly repairing it. So I started the search for a 1980+ wagoneer front Dana 44 after searching for a while I finally found one local for a decent price so I snagged it up and went from there.

    Now for some pics... earliest pic I have of the x painted fuel door and 265/75r15 cooper discoverer at3s
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    Current pic as of 9/28/18 one of the few pics I got from WENT this year
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    I used the Bonney Motorsports leaf spring hanger kit with rancho rs44044 wagoneer lift springs, currently I'm running 315/75r16 mastercraft courser mxts. I have more pics of the sas process I may post up later along with a more detailed mod list and more pics. I have lots of future plans for the truck some big some small I'll try to post them up as they happen.
     
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  2. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I spend more money on comic books than my X Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Very nice. Now moar! Lol
     
  3. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    IMG_0319.JPG One more for now lol
     
  4. harryron

    harryron Titan Swapped / SAS'd Supporting Member

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    Definitely highlight of my day seeing your truck. It's awesome now to talk my wife into letting me do mine.
     
  5. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Thanks. If you end up sasing yours if you have any questions just ask I'll help out as best as I can
     
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  6. jg8992

    jg8992 Hi, my name is Brandon Supporting Member

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    Very nice sir.
     
  7. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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  8. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Nice another leaf sas! Love the build.
     
  9. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Sweet looking X
     
  10. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Thanks. I ordered some new wheels for it last week but they are on back ordered so they won't ship out till around the 6th of December. They are 16x8 d window steelies with 4.25in back spacing. I like the way the stock wheels look on it but unfortunately they don't have enough back spacing to keep the tires from rubbing the leaf springs when turning sharp and the shock hoops when stuffing a tire even with a 1.5in spacer on the front so new wheels it is. I have some other plans in store for it but I'll keep those a secret lol
     
  11. jg8992

    jg8992 Hi, my name is Brandon Supporting Member

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    Wife has those same wheels pro comp
     
  12. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Just a small update not much has happened but I have gotten some stuff done on the x the biggest thing was removing the 2 inch body lift which meant relocating my rear bumper that I made which took way more work than I wanted it to because when I built it I didn't think the body lift would ever come out but it's moved now and it should actually be stronger than it was before after I add some gussets/brackets to it.
    I left the front bumper at the two inch body lift height I already smash it into things enough as it is so I didn't want it hanging down two inches lower and catching even more stuff. So I cut the front fenders where they meet the bumper and made room for it to stay at the two inch bl height and with the frontier grill I'm using I already had a gap between the bumper and grill that happened to be exactly two inches So it lines up nicely with the bumper. I did loose the front mounts for the fenders and the bottom mount for the turn signal lights but the fenders don't really moved around a lot the marker lights do so I'm planning on taking the marker lights out and making some sort of bracket that mounts to the bumper or body that holds leds for turn signal and marker lights I'm going to also put at least one mount on the front fenders at that time also.
    I also took advantage of the front bumper at 2in bl height to use all 4 mounting holes on each side of the bumper (2 for non bl and two for bl) and drilled through the frame horns and mounted the front bumper with 8 grade 8 1/2 bolts 4 per side it isn't going anywhere now before I would have to loosen it up after each wheeling trip and realign it because it would move this should help with that I hope may end up reinforcing the frame horns also not sure yet.
    Other than that I had to bend/ remake one of my cross members that goes under the bellhousing because evertime I hit a small bump my diff would hit the mount something I should have done a while ago but at least it's done now I cut a section of the mount out and drilled a new hole for the crossmemebr bolt then bent the crossmember slightly and reinstalled it.
    I do have a question for those of you with a RLC front bumper when doing all this work I was looking at my bumper and noticed that the main section of the bumper/ winch plate is bent and it looks like it is from using the winch. It's hard to explain but the way it's bent isn't from me smacking into anything with it it looks like it is starting to pull up. I'll try to get a good pic tomorrow along with pics of the rest of the work I've done. Just wondering if anyone else has looked at theirs and noticed it's bent where the winch mounts
    Ok I think that's it lol I will leave you with this long winded post and tomorrow when I get better lighting I will post pictures
     
  13. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    IMG_0538.JPG IMG_0539.JPG IMG_0540.JPG Snapped a couple of pics today to show where the truck currently sits seconds pic gives you a idea of what I cut out of the fenders. Please ignore the bad paint on the fenders lol plan is to touch all of it up/ possibly paint the whole truck when it warms up this spring. Still lots of stuff to get done the list never ends but at least I'm making some progress. Tried to get a pic of the bent section of the bumper but today was a cloudy rainy day with bad lighting I couldn't get a good clear pic
     
  14. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Looking good man!
     
  15. kirk

    kirk I once rented two prostitutes at the same time Supporting Member

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    Heck yeah, that things killer!
     
  16. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Well I have decided to take the roof rack off of the x it was catching on branches (one part of the rack is actually broken from a low hanging branch) and it was catching and holding onto a lot of mud other off-road related debris under the supports that bolt to the roof which caused the roof to rust so I now have a hole in my roof I get to fix yay me lol plus it fits in the garage without the rack on it before I was swapping out to tiny 205/55r15s I got off a car at work and mounted on my old snowflake rims to make it fit in the garage and while swapping the small tires was no big deal taking the 35s on and off the truck was getting old quick they are heavy lol.
    here are the pics I'm going to eventually fill the holes in on the roof differently but the screws will work for now even though they stick up further than I thought they would
     
  17. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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  18. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    I also took a good pic of the dd/ tow rig last weekend I'm not very good a taking good pics so when I got this one I was pretty proud of it so I thought I would share it, I know it's not an x but it's close enough :)
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  19. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    We love all Nissans. And that's a good looking Fronty. Dark grill ftw.
     
  20. kirk

    kirk I once rented two prostitutes at the same time Supporting Member

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    Yup. Any nissan pic is a good nissan pic.
     
  21. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Well nothing has been done to the x at all and went is quickly approaching so it loooks like I'll be scrambling to get things done before then but the good new is that the wife and I went on a 6 week road trip around the US with my frontier. It was just shy of 10,000 miles and covered 20 states. I won't get into a lot of details but I'll list the states and what we did in each state for those who are interested. I have lots of pics I'll post up some of the ones I took of the frontier when we get them all sorted out and moved onto a real computer.

    List of states:
    Ohio start point
    Michigan: stopped at macinaw city, drove over mackinaw bridge and through the upper peninsula.
    Wisconsin: passed through
    Minnesota: visited Duluth
    South Dakota: badlands national park, Mount Rushmore, hiked Harney peak (7242elavation)
    Wyoming: yellow stone national park, grand titon national park
    Montanana: glacier national park, stopped at pole bridge a tiny town of like 20 year round residents about 20 miles from Canadian border
    Idaho: passed though
    Washington: drove through the north cascades, stopped at anocortess island and went on a whale watching boat and saw lots of killer whales and other wildlife, stopped at mt St. Helens.
    Oregon: Columbia river George, drove down state route 5 all the way down the pacific coast into
    California: redwoods (drove though two of them lol)
    Nevada: passed through
    Utah: Zion Canyon national park, Bryce Canyon national park, arches state park, vistited moab and wheeled frontier
    Colorado: Rocky Mountain national park, visited nisstec :) did not leave with any goodies though :( stopped at a hot spring resort
    Kansas: passed through
    Missouri: went up in the saint louis arch
    Illinois: passed through briefly
    Kentucky: passed through
    Tennessee: passed through
    Georgia: trip ended here visiting friends stayed for two weeks then came back to Ohio.
    Might of forgot a couple of stops but that's the trip in a nutshell
    Pic is a map of the route we traveled highlighted in blue it's mostly accurate except for a couple of times i highlighted the wrong section of road lol
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    I'll post a few more pics soon hopefully I don't wanna post a lot though I don't want to over load this build thread with them. Things should get back to normal in a couple of weeks then I can start work on the x and start posting pics of my progress on it :)
     
  22. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Nice! Feel free to start up a travel thread if you like
     
  23. harryron

    harryron Titan Swapped / SAS'd Supporting Member

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    Sounds like a fun trip, one of my goals is to run the trans American trail. hit me up if you need any help getting your x ready for went.
     
  24. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    So I did some things today I cut some more out of my front fenders the lip where the plastics used to bolt just collected stuff and was starting to rust and I didn't like how far the gap was between the bumper and the start of the wheel well. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out the passenger side one is kinda funny looking it's hard to get a straight line in it with the big dent in it. I'm going to mess with the shape of the cut a little bit more tomorrow.

    I also fixed my floppy side marker lights ever since I took the body lift out and whacked two inches out of the fenders my side marker lights have only had the screw at the top holding them in so they would stick out at the bottom. I was going to make some sort of bracket that went behind the fender on the body or attached to the back of the fender which may still happen but for now I solved my problem with some self tapping screws that I ran through a section of the lights into the lip in the fender so the lights bolt to the fender then I put the fender on the truck and put the screw in the top of the light. Idk how it will affect the water proffness? If that's a word but I have a spare set of lights if these get water in them. If the screws keep coming loose I'll find a different way to do it but for now it will work.
     
  25. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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  26. Bursje

    Bursje Test Drive

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    Was the sunroof under the roofrack the whole time?
     
  27. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Yes it's a factory sun roof that Nissan put on some of them I think it was the SE editions that got it.
     
  28. bottobro

    bottobro I'm a pretty girl! Supporting Member

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    Hey man feel free to post some photos of that sas build :) could use some of the information for mine!
     
  29. bigjim247365

    bigjim247365 Tentacle Monsters 'ᴙ Me Supporting Member

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    or dont, let Botto stew in ignorance. hehe~
     
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    bigjim247365 Tentacle Monsters 'ᴙ Me Supporting Member

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    also F me for never checking out this build. i remember seeing you at Went17. hi!
     
  31. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Bottobro what would you like to know? I can take pics of how everything is set up if you would like right now my tie rod, drag link, and steering stabilizer have seen better days I bent them in the rock challenge at WENT everything else survived though. It might be time for a high steer set up I'm going to have to look into it more. I haven't decided how I'm going to fix it yet.
     
  32. bottobro

    bottobro I'm a pretty girl! Supporting Member

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    Looking for front end set up. That and driveshaft setup. Just getting prepped as possible before I start diving in
     
  33. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Bottobro I have not forgotten you just been busy I took some pics today they aren't the best it's hard to get everything with the wheels still on the truck if you want to see some more or more detailed pics if something let me know. Front driveshaft is a 98 dodge 1500 front driveshaft that has about 4 inches removed from it with a 1330-1310 conversion joint at the diff side. Also used the rugged rocks transfer case flange so it bolts right up. IMG_0650.JPG IMG_0651.JPG IMG_0652.JPG IMG_0653.JPG IMG_0654.JPG IMG_0655.JPG
     
  34. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Edited op with current pic.
     
  35. mountainmedic

    mountainmedic Test Drive

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    I love this build! This is exactly what I'm trying to accomplish.
     
  36. ruination fan

    ruination fan Test Drive

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    What springs are you using in the rear? Are u still sua in the rear?
     
  37. Like2_4Wheel

    Like2_4Wheel Test Drive

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    Nice Xterra! could you post some pictures of the rear bumper? I'm looking for some inspiration for mine. Thanks.
     
  38. Nissan3161

    Nissan3161 Bought an X

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    Still spring under in the rear the are factory springs with a 3in/3 leaf add a leaf and 1.5in lift shackles.

    Rear bumper is just some pieces of 2X2 box tubing welded together with a 2in receiver I bought from tsc. The recovery points bolted to the frame are from p&p engineering. Mounts are made from 3/16 steel it's mounted using the 3 regular rear bumper bolts and it also wraps around the bottom of the frame and uses two of the factory tow hitch mounting holes to keep it from rotating up into the hatch whenever I use the receiver to pull on something.

    Rear corner plastics on
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    Plastics off
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    Pieces sticking out the end were ment to protect the tail light in case I slid backwards into anything haven't used them yet so I don't know how well they work yet if they work at all lol

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  39. Like2_4Wheel

    Like2_4Wheel Test Drive

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