Reaver's 03 XE Build thread!

reaver Oct 24, 2019

  1. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    I will be taking delivery of my 2003 Xterra XE later today. Picked it up with 135k on the clock, with a clean bill of mechanical health (had it thoroughly inspected by my mechanic before buying it) for 5800 out the door, including tax and dealer doc fees.

    The purpose of this vehicle is building a dedicated overland/camping/trail rig. I'll have to build it as I get the money to do so, so it will be a fairly slow process. In the meantime, I plan on using it in stock form, and just getting out there. I also plan on dailying it for about a month or so, with the intent of getting a solid feel for how it drives on the road.

    My plan over the winter is getting a storage/organization system built up, so that I can keep the vast majority of my camping gear in the truck.

    Pics will be inbound shortly after I take delivery later this afternoon or tomorrow!
     
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  2. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce....

    Gamora!

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  3. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
     
  4. Airmapper

    Airmapper First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Congratulations man, you put a lot of effort into the search and I'm sure it will pay off.

    If you ever wander as far as Kentucky for an adventure let me know.
     
  5. RxnNic66

    RxnNic66 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    You got the green one? (Yay!)
     
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  6. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    One of these days, I wanna come out there and wheel with both you and Ken. You guys have been incredibly helpful with both the colorado and this xterra! If you guys ever come up to the Idaho area, I know several places we could go.

    I did! It's more than I was planning on spending initially, so I don't have a budget for mods yet, but that's ok.
     
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  7. RxnNic66

    RxnNic66 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I spent more on Roxanne than I intended to as well. Overall I would say it was worth it
     
  8. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Posted a couple of pictures above!
     
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  9. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Congratulations! Looks like a nice rig.
     
  10. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Looks nice!
     
  11. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Thanks! I think so. I'm gonna need to redo the headliner, as I noticed it's starting to sag a bit, but it's not bad yet.

    I need to decide if I'm going too move my comms gear over from the colorado (wires are run under the carpet), or just buy new antennas.

    It also still has the factory first aid kit. I know that's small, but it's there.
     
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  12. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    OK, it's gonna be a while before I really start building this thing, but in the meantime, I have a couple of questions.

    I've read that steering is generally considered a weak point of the first gens. Other than the idler Arm brace from AC, what else should be beefed up?
     
  13. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Brace and heavy duty tie rod adjusters. If you can get your hands on a Grassroots center link or an old Total Chaos system to replace the entire thing, that's be best.
     
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  14. RxnNic66

    RxnNic66 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    She's beeeautiful! And I love the name
     
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  15. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    So grab these then?

    https://www.4x4parts.com/i-18916815-heavy-duty-tie-rod-adjustors.html

    Thanks! It's super clean, but that won't last long.
     
  16. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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  17. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Will do! Also, my buddy looked at it this morning, and we're planning a rear swing out and sliders. I've already priced steel. Should be able to build both for about 400 or so.
     
  18. kirk

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

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    Awesome man! Welcome to the madness. Im a huge fan of that color.
     
  19. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Haha! Nice! Yeah, I Really dig it. I think the color is something different, and I like that.
     
  20. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    OK, driving it around today, I made a sharp right turn out of a parking space, and got some clunking in the steering. I thinking I was at full lock, so I'm wondering what that might be. I couldn't tell if it was coming from the driver or passenger side.

    Any ideas where I could start looking?
     
  21. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Cv shaft
     
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  22. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    OK. Since you can't get oe nissan cv's anymore, what do you recommend for aftermarket?
     
  23. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    So, I should elaborate a bit.

    The truck has free running hubs. So if everything is working correctly, the cv shafts should not be spinning while driving in 2wd. If it is, then you have a problem with the hub also. The only other thing that would make noise in the front is the wheel bearing.
     
  24. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Would it do that if for some reason my hubs were engaged when they shouldn't be?
     
  25. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    You have auto hubs or manual hubs?
    If auto, have you disengaged them as per the instructions (rather than just shifting back into 2wd from 4wd)?
     
  26. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    I have the oe auto hubs.

    I back into my driveway. Wouldn't that disengage them? I need to read the manual, which is in the glove box.
     
  27. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    I roll backwards in N and it gives me a positive disengagement.
     
  28. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    I'll try that tomorrow, and see if it helps.
     
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  29. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    If there's something locked up in the hub it could be not unlocking. Just something to check.
     
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  30. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    My thoughts exactly. I'm gonna check that in the morning
     
  31. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Do they make drive flanges to do away with the locking hubs completely?
     
  32. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    I have NO idea. Lol. I'm gonna try backing up a bit in neutral and seeing if they unlock. Hopefully that's all it is.
     
  33. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Yes. You can get drive slugs out of an 02-04 pathfinder.
     
  34. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Any luck?
     
  35. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Drove it to the store today, and everything seemed fine. So maybe it was just the hub didn't unlock like it was supposed to. We'll see I guess. I doubt it's the cv itself, since it doesn't make any other noises.
     
  36. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Good to hear
     
  37. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    If I hear it again, and I've not engaged 4wd,ill assume it's something else. In the meantime, I'm proceeding as though it's resolved itself for now.
     
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  38. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    Ok, update time. I heard it again, but remembered when I did the pre-purchase inspection, the shop mentioned it needed new tie rods. Could that be the source of the clunk? If so, I already planned on the upgraded tie rod parts, so that would be a good reason to upgrade. :D
     
  39. Airmapper

    Airmapper First Fill-Up (of many)

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    It's possible if they are very worn or have no grease they could make noises.

    I don't know 1st gens, but if it has inners and outers, make sure you check or replace both sets. Lot of times people forget inners if a vehicle has them. Badly worn outer rods will usually trash the inners if let go too long.
     
  40. reaver

    reaver Bought an X

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    It has inners. I don't want to throw money at parts, so I need to check it first, but the alignment is also off, so I'm suspecting that's the issue.
     

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