NMTerra's build thread - Terra

NMTerras Apr 11, 2012

  1. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    PIC HEAVY!!!!
    My build isn't done (are they ever?) but I sure love the journey...100% BNB! (built, not bought)
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    Moab action prior to blacking out front and adding TC steering:

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    Terra
    2000 XE 3.3L 4x4; sport and utility packages
    Purchased: September 1999
    171k miles and going strong


    Modifications

    Performance:
    K&N Apollo enclosed CAI plumbed to safari snorkel
    Gibson Catback exhaust (with Moab-bent tip) REPLACED 10/12
    Doug Thorley longtube headers w/ CELs
    Flowmaster Super 44 muffler con custom y-pipe and cat delete
    Resonator delete
    SC Radiator swap
    NGK iridium plugs / wires
    Seafoam
    Royal Purple 5-30w
    Amsoil Severe Gear front and rear diff
    Amsoil manual gear oil
    Amsoil ATF transfer case

    Interior:
    Cobra 75 WXST CB
    Clarion double DIN head unit w/bluetooth and USB iPod interface
    Corbeau baja xrs front seats
    OEM neoprene rear seat covers
    Tools - impact wrench, air ratchet, grinder, propane torch, the usual sockets, wrenches, duct tape, paracord, BFH, etc.
    recovery gear - bubba rope, shackles, smittybuilt strap, hilift tire lift, hatchet, machete, shovel
    RAM-mount ipad w/BadElf GPS nav
    Powertank
    Hockey stick/duct tape fly rod rack

    Suspension/Steering:
    AC 3" SL
    - UCAs, Sway-away torsion bars, 3-pack AAL, Bilsteins
    1" BL
    IAB and TRAS replaced 6/12/12 with total chaos king kong system
    Rear sway bar delete
    Rugged Rocks HD motor mount

    Exterior:
    295-70-17 Nitto trail grapplers
    Eagle Alloy series 063 wheels (4.47" backset)
    warn manual locking hubs
    sliders by KUMA
    fender cutting/trimming
    imagineered tube pre-runner bumper and aluminum front skid - B17 Fab
    light truss-clamp roof-rail hilift jack mount (Drake mount)
    quickfist shovel mount
    fold-down CB antenna
    PIAA plasma ion fogs
    Skid row skids - rad, engine, tranny and gas tank
    imagineered tube rear bumper - custom/B17 Fab
    Swing-away spare tire mount - custom/B17 Fab
    B&M Lightbars light basket
    4" PIAA superwhites for light basket

    Electrical:
    Blue Sea fuse block

    Drivetrain
    Rear ARB locker actuated by Powertank

    On Deck:
    Front locker
    Cargo tool box
    custom safari rack and ladder - B17 fab
    SAS!


    Eventually:
    flux capacitor

    The Narrative:

    Terra replaced my modded 87 4runner, totalled by a drunk driver. Currently, she is over 170k miles, and over the course of her life has been daily driven by first me, then my daughter, then my son, and then back to me a couple of years ago. That's when the mod bug bit. I don't have any old stock pics handy, but here's what she looked like when the only things I had done were bedliner on the wheels, step rails and roof rack, and a K&N cold air intake (before I knew better, I have since added a drycharger pre-filter to prevent dust, mud and water incursion, which might very well reduce the benefits of clean air intake, I'm not sure):

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    I also put on a safari bar, which I thought was cool at the time but was all but useless in terms of mods. Mounted Hellas on the safari bar. Out of necessity, around this time I also swapped out the stock radiator for the SC version, which I suggest to all 2000 or 2001 owners is the single most important mod you can do to your X. Over the years Terra had been super reliable except for one glaring exception: She overheated on me three times, including twice on the way to court, which is something you NEVER want to be late for. The first two times I replaced blown out hoses, the third time the plastic inlet blew off. Anyway...with the SC radiator, all problems solved, she runs at a constant temperature regardless of condition.

    Then, I went on a fishing trip which included an unexpected mud adventure, during which I learned my automatic hubs were fried. Four hours and much stress later:

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    I replaced the fried autos with warn manual hubs. In the process, I started poking around another X site I had joined some time earlier to have a question answered about a check engine light code. Started reading threads. Thought to myself, if I'm going to put money into this thing, and since I have a need for a vehicle which is reliable and capable in remote areas, might as well go all out. First round of mods included a 3" SL (from AC, with UCAs, IAB, 3-pack AAL, bilsteins and beefier torsion bars)

    After the SL: (Awww look at her cute widdle wheels!)
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    Replaced stock wheels and tires with 17" rims and 295s:

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    ...and did a crapload of trimming/metal cutting/welding in the front to make the wheels clear...

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    Also rolled the rear fenders (after searching for, and failing to find, a viable way to make more space without massive surgery so rubbing wouldn't be a tire killer)

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    Painted the plastics and bumper black, removed stupid safari bar:

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    ...remounted the hellas on the front bumper and went wheeling:

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    gratuitous mud pic/glamour shot:

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    Next round of mods: hilift jack mounted to the side rail of the stock roof rack with light truss clamps (aka the Drake mount), quick fist shovel mount, Cobra 75WXT CB with remote unit behind center console, ran the antenna coax through center console, under driver's seat, inside driver's side body molding, out rear hatch

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    Also bought custom sliders from KUMA, which are awesome. See current pics.

    B17 Fab time! (My Buddy Steve and I, in his shop, with beer, imagineering) Job: Design and build tube bumpers front and rear.

    Front under construction, pre-runner style:

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    Started this by cutting back the frame rails and welding on 2x2" 1/4" thick stock to create the approach angle, then drilled and tapped the stock and bolted on the tube bumper (tubing bent with a POS handjack tube bender..not ideal, but it worked!

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    Rear tube bumper, with departure angle designed to protect the spare tire; and swing away spare tire carrier. Originally was going to try and adapt a hardbody spare mount, but went full custom instead of adapting the pathy carrier:

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    Hinge is a 7" 3/4" diameter barrel hinge, the kind generally used for big gates or safes. Latch is custom latch, hinge and hasp with a padlock. white plastic to the right of the padlock is the saddle for the lateral bar holding the tire mount. top of the saddle is notched and dished to discourage movement of the bar front/rear. Added a polyurethane bushing to protect the hatch:

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    Oh, and did I mention I made an interior fly rod rack out of duct tape and a hockey stick?

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    Finally, just in time for MOAB, I installed the light basket and four PIAA super whites:

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    All finished...

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    Since Moab, I replaced the stock steering and tie rods with total chaos system and heims, put in corbeau seats, installed the PowerTank and did some trim painting up front.
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    Stormtroopah!
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    Last edited: Apr 16, 2013
  2. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    ...And then tested at goneMOAB!

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    Steep approach angle on front bumper came in handy here:
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    And no issues with spare thanks to departure angle with tube bumper (this is where my exhaust tip got crunched, but who cares?
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    Last edited: Aug 7, 2012
  3. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Looks great man. And a good chunk of progress here recently.
     
  4. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Thanks Mac! I've been putting the mods on fast forward trying to get ready for goneMOAB...full on Mod fever!
     
  5. AZhiAZiAM

    AZhiAZiAM Suspension Lift

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    i dig it. love the white ones. Ours rides look pretty similar
     
  6. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Thanks az, yeah I like the look of yours too. Drs look fantastic!


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  7. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    Very good transformation build man, Love that bumper you got going too, can't wait to see what else you do to it as it looks good enough to me as it is.
     
  8. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Here's a pic of Terra's baby brother:
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    He's not old enough for his very own build thread...
     
  9. luv2mud

    luv2mud Need Bigger Tires

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    Looks Amazing!! I love the tire and rim combo! Im getting ready to go about 2 1/2 more inches and want larger tires. Im just not sure what size will look best.
     
  10. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Thanks missy! Like your ill storm trooper too! Keep it up
     
  11. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Light cage eh? :)
     
  12. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Hopefully!


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  13. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    You will have one sir... I cleaned up my shop today so I could get started on it...
    Been a mess of late... Picking up some steel tomorrow :)
     
  14. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    You are the man sir! :w00t:
     
  15. xterra_mayo

    xterra_mayo Test Drive

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    That front bumper looks killer man! Keep up the good work.
     
  16. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    From the SNAFU department:

    Realized yesterday when I was getting ready to install my transfer case skid that, when doing the 1"BL - I had completely spaced the drive-shaft safety loop. Thank god I only did a 1" lift. The strap was tight against the frame bracket, and god knows how much pressure was on the bolts into the body. When I wrenched out the bolts, there was a light "thunk" and I could feel the pressure release. Now I'm going to go back over all the body bolts and re-torque, and hope to heaven I didn't do any real damage...I think I'm OK, but wow....that was stupid!
     
  17. rokdaddy

    rokdaddy Wheeling Founding Member

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    Nice NM... So what's the verdict? Did the 1" BL give you that last bit of clearance you needed?. Nice job on the bumper as well.

    Rok
     
  18. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    1" made the difference, and I like the look, too. tires in proportion with the gap. And I can still get in the garage (although I have to give the door a little nudge up that last inch or so...)
    Thanks on the bumper, too...wait til you see it finished!
     
  19. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Made it a little stronger ... [​IMG]


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  20. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    How's your project coming, Rok?
     
  21. rokdaddy

    rokdaddy Wheeling Founding Member

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    Slowly... but that's just how I roll I guess. I busted off two studs in my passenger side catalytic converter and have wasted the better part of two weekends trying to repair them by re-drilling and restoring the threaded holes. long story short, I gave up on the surgical approach and just drilled the holes out and bought long exhaust studs with nuts on both ends. Hopefully I now have everything I need to get the engine back together.

    I like the look of this forum (just found it today) I think I am finally feeling that it's time for me to start a build thread of my own...
     
  22. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Crap, i thought you knew about this one...I would have thrown a heads up a long time ago. I like it a lot better. And yes...build thread time!
     
  23. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Bumper looks good man its coming along, see you in like 5 weeks! ;)
     
  24. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Picked up my sheet of 3/16 aluminum for the bumper center/skid today. Bend tomorrow. Install this weekend!


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  26. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    And the front bumper is done...
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  27. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    That looks really mean from the front, Gots that Baja look.
     
  28. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Thanks! Actually still need to cut air holes in the top part of the skid and replace the bolts with buttonheads, but otherwise thats it...
    Now to the back....


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  29. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Nice! I think that with the holes it'll pull it all together.
     
  30. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Have you tested out the PIAAs yet?
     
  31. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Not yet...mounted those fogs at the end of the day. Going to connect them tomorrow. Need to order two more super whites for the top now! :)


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  32. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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  33. rokdaddy

    rokdaddy Wheeling Founding Member

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    Very nice. Did you do the bending/notching yourself?
     
  34. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    We bent it with this contraption:
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    No notching. Clamped everything together and used the vertical bars for leverage. Homemade press bar!



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    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
  35. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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  36. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Crappy small pics, sorry


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  37. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Thanks mac! Yeah it still needs a little som'n som'n...we'll see!


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  38. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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  39. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    Piaas connected and functioning. Pics later when its dark. Drilled the holes today also. Couldnt find shackles on a sunday so one more day before its finally finished...[​IMG]
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  40. BlOwNXT

    BlOwNXT Need Bigger Tires

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    Good work. Looks good!


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