RikRong's 2015 BluX Build...

RikRong Feb 7, 2016

  1. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Make: Nissan
    Year: 2015
    Model: Xterra
    Trim: Pro-4X
    Color: Metallic Blue

    MODS

    Suspension:
    - Titan Swap
    - M205 front diff/OEM Titan half-shafts
    - SPC Titan UCAs
    - OEM Titan LCAs
    - Radflo 2.5 coilovers
    - Titan tie rods
    - Deaver leaves
    - PRG/Nisstec/Nissan hybrid u-bolt flip
    - Radflo 2.0 in rear
    - Nisstec rear bump stop extensions
    - PRG adjustable shackles
    - Nisstec extended rear brake lines
    - PRG extended front brake lines
    - SPC camber bolts

    Power:
    - Bully Dog tune
    - XTP IMS
    - AFE Hi-tuck exhaust
    - 350Z thermostat

    Footwork:
    - 285/75-16 BFG T/A KO2's

    Exterior:
    - LED reverse bulbs
    - Bucksnort rear bumper
    - White Knuckle sliders
    - Hefty complete skid set/aluminum fuel tank skid
    - Hep's Designs roof basket
    - LEDs in roof lights
    - Rear dustlights and work lights
    - MaxGear Armor ditch lights
    - Nissan window visors

    Drivetrain:
    - PRG diff cover
    - diff breather extension
    - PRG aluminum front diff bushing inserts
    - PRG delrin steering rack bushings

    Interior:
    - CoverKing Tactical seat covers
    - ScanGauge
    - LED dome lights
    - Hep's Designs MOLLE panels
    - Raingler interior roof net
    - Paracord headrest handles
    - McMaster-Carr 175# hatch struts
    - 5% tint back windows/15% tint front windows
    - Yaesu FT-7900R dual band radio w/Tram NMO antenna
    - Uniden 520XL CB, with RoadPro RP-550 antenna

    PHOTOS
    As she sits now
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    When she was brand new and just after installing the mild lift from the Frontier I traded in
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    Titan Swap (after initial swap)

    Yes, I was caught by SpeedHunters at Nissfest

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    Now, for the random pics...

    In the El Paso Mountain range and Last Chance Canyon.
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    Getting muddy in Hollister with [MENTION=14093]BCBrian[/MENTION], [MENTION=6398]JeniorNV[/MENTION], and the rest of the NorCal/NV crew
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    Flexy in Big Bear
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    Holcomb Creek in Big Bear
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  2. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Very clean build, always loved that blue color :kewl:

    Any plans for future mods?
     
  3. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Thanks, no real big plans, just little things here and there. I'm prepping for a Mojave Road trip in April, so I'll be doing some things to get the truck ready, dust lights, camping stuff, etc. I'm potentially looking at adding just a little more lift in the near future and, of course, going to 285s when these tires wear out.

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  4. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    So it has been a while since I've posted in here, but it's time for an update...
    Full Titan swap finished in just over 4 hours, thanks to the help of a few guys from SCCX. This included a M205 diff swap too. SPC UCAs, OEM LCAs, Tundra 5100 Bilsteins, and Toyota 4Runner springs.

    Squatting just a little after the install, but it settled nicely.
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    Full droop.
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    So empty.
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  5. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Well, here's the good stuff...

    New height is 38.25" from fender to ground, front and rear. 23.5" from fender to hub, front and rear.




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  6. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Duuuude. That is badass. Very nice job.
     
  7. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Thank you, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

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  8. emtmark

    emtmark Wheeling

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    How does that bumper feel? Can you lift the corner up with a high lift or would you have to be in he middle?


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  9. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    It's pretty solid, but I haven't lifted it from there yet. I think it would hold it, though.

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  10. LBX

    LBX Bought an X

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    One of the best builds around!
     
  11. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Installed the CoverKing seat covers from the GB on TNX. They're not super tight but it would be hard make them tight like neoprene because the fabric is so stiff.
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  12. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    So, I guess I need to fix the photos in this thread too. Anyway, no huge updates since the Titan swap. I changed up to steelies and installed some console molle panels.
     
  13. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    It's been a long time since visiting here and I figured I would make an update...

    Titan swap is still going strong. I have since switched out the Tundra Bilsteins for 2.5 Radflos from Nisstec. I also got rid of the steelies and put some KO2s on my OE Pro4X wheels. The most recent change was swapping out the the OME leaf springs for some used Deavers sourced here locally and adding Radflos in the back. Here are some updated pics.

    Radflos versus Bilsteins
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    Deavers and Radflos
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  14. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Damn that's a beautiful truck.
     
  15. maillet282

    maillet282 If you bleeding, Imma fix you Moderator Supporting Member

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    Can you post up a couple pictures of the console molle panels? Kind of curious to see what you got going for those
     
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    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Thanks! It's come a long way, through some blood and a lot of sweat.
    I don't have personal pictures, but this is one from the fabricator. My driver side panel has two pouches and a knife on it. One pouch is a double magazine holder and the other holds my flashlight. The panel on the passenger side only holds a knife, but sometimes my wife will put her phone in there.
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    On a different note, I got a little muddy in Big Bear two weekends ago. Not normally my thing, but it was fun.
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  17. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    That molle thing is hot. Where can get?
     
  18. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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  19. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Yeeeeeeeee!
     
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  20. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Nothing much has happened on X in a while,though I do have parts on order to install the Audi R8 coil packs. However, I did head back north in July.
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  21. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    After a little black ice incident last week, where I ended up with a smashed driver side headlight, I thought it would be time to install black bezel headlights. They look much better, in my opinion. 79342203_10215079625855759_8864265088182255616_n.jpg 79890535_10215079690897385_8653473857140686848_o.jpg 80390941_10215079626095765_8193057765350965248_n.jpg
     
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  22. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    What brand did you go with? I got some from fleBay and the pattern on them is crap.
     
  23. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Here's the link for them. The brand says "AM Autoparts" but I think it was Eagle Eyes or something like that on the box. The pattern isn't horrible, but definitely not as good as OEM. I also need to aim them up a little. I aligned them to where I had the originals (marked with tape on the garage door) and the cutoff is now a little low. I think this has a little to do with the black bezel not reflecting quite as much as the chrome.

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  24. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Well, I decided to try out a mod that's fairly new to the X and Frontier, but has been around for several years in the Z, Skyline, and S-chassis scene; Audi R8 coils. I had to spend some $$$ for the adapters but the coils were $21 each from Rock Auto. This mod has supposedly dyno'd with a 9HP improvement. People also report slightly improved MPG. We'll see how it goes, though.
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  25. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Those are really cool looking. I noticed they don't utilize the coilpack bolts like the factory packs, do you think that matters at all? I kind think it doesn't, even with the factory pack the fit is pretty tight.
     
  26. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    They actually fit in significantly tighter that the OE coils (that's what she said, ha). On the initial push, you can feel the seal grabbing pretty well, then you have to give them a final push and you can physically feel them pop into place. This is both the seal moving into place and the final seat on the plug.
     
  27. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin Super Moderator

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    Lemme know what's up. Have the adapters sitting in the garage. Will probably buy coils in the next few weeks.
     
  28. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Will do. I'll have a better idea of how they are after driving for about a week.
     
  29. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Installed the locker bypass harness yesterday, it was quick and easy and it works perfectly.
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  30. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I bought a Taco Super Moderator

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    Awesome.
     
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  31. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    So, I won a giveaway for Veteran's Day, it included a paint correction and interior/exterior detail. Thanks to Frontline Detail LLC and Auto Massage LLC for the stellar work.
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  32. AlbatrossCafe

    AlbatrossCafe Bought an X

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    What exactly is a "paint correction"? Looks amazing. I don't think I have a clean part in my clear coat anymore with all the pinstripes. Maybe the back hatch behind the spare...
     
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  33. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    I think it's just basically an aggressive buffing out, to try to get out the pinstripes and contamination.
     

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