Shane's 2004 Build Thread

Shizane2002 Mar 26, 2015

  1. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Hello gents. Ever since 1999 I have liked the Nissan XTerra and I've always wanted one since its release. I finally picked one up on 28 December 2014. I'm gearing the truck towards an overland build.

    The majority of my project details has been simply about cleaning the truck up. I've also replaced some OE items with better/lighter/smaller aftermarket products. The previous one-time owner took good care of it mechanically.

    Name: Safia
    Mileage: 184k
    Year/Model: 2004 XE 4WD


    Short term goals include:

    - Rear tire swivel mount
    - RLC front bumper
    - Kayak attachable/detachable mounts on roof rack
    - Skid plates
    - Badlands 9000lbs winch
    - Fog lights (Rigid Dually D2)
    - 2" suspension lift
    - 33s

    Long term goals include:



    Things I've done so far:

    Replaced:
    - OE radio antenna with 5" metal antenna
    - OE headunit with doubled din Pioneer headunit
    - OE light bulbs all around with new/higher quality bulbs/LEDs
    - OE headliner (which was irreparable) with regular automotive carpet


    Exterior:
    - Black Rock 942 16x8 cast steel rims
    - P&P Engineering Level II rock sliders
    - Nissan Navara Snorkel
    - 265/70/16 Primewell Valera AT (and spare)
    - Rugged Rocks 2" aluminum spacers
    - Surco roof rack
    - P&P Engineering aft anchor points
    - Multiple d-rings, hooks, and snap-buckles/straps to secure various cargo and gear.
    - Bed-lined the hood to reduce sun glare
    - Bed-lined front bumper, side plastic trim, rear bumper.
    - U-Line anti-slip tape on hood, rear door wells, rear bumper, roof rack
    - MILSPEC backpack used as a Trasharoo, mounted to drivers side roof rack
    - Debadged except for Nissan emblems
    - Subdued Nissan emblems
    - Wire brushed bad rust spots and rust proofed the entire underbody
    - An absurd amount of stickers (each adds 5whp)
    - HQRP 32" caution strobe/traffice advisory light bar (mounted on rear)
    - Apollo 32" LED Light Bar (front 180* light coverage like a damn neutron star, toggle option)
    - Rigid Dually D2 3x3 LED spot-flood lights mounted to factory roof rack, centered above front doors (both sides 180* light coverage, toggle option)

    Interior:
    - Mounted straps and hook points for multiple utility/options to secure cargo
    - Hep's MOLLE window panels
    - Midland CB and 3ft firestick antenna
    - Replenished and enhanced OE first aid kit
    - Rotopax First Aid Kit (mountable on hood during off-roading and mountable on interior C-pillar for daily driving).
    - Mounted first aid kit for dogs
    - Mounted safety items (fire extinguisher, emergency/signal flares, VS-17 panel (insanely bright nylon sheet for signalling aircraft/vehicles)
    - MOLLE Smittybuilt seat covers
    - MOLLE pouches stocked with a variety of cargo straps, tow hooks and straps, 550 cord, chem lights, and various other vehicle recover and camping items
    - MOLLE panels mounted on liftgate and D-Pillars
    - GoPro dashboard mount
    - Garmin Foretrex for MGRS land navigation
    - Raingler Mini interior roof-liner cargo net
    - Raingler A-pillar oh-snap grab handles


    Engine:
    - K&N air filter

    Suspension:
    - 4WheelParts lift shackles (PML)

    Drivetrain:
    - OE
    Current Picture (as of 30 January 2016):

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  2. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Here is how she sits as of 26 March 2015.

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  3. Thanks48

    Thanks48 Bought an X

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    Looks good keep up the good work. Can't wait to see more when you become a X addict. What part of Tennessee?


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  4. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I'm very interested in ensuring I am prepared for whatever might happen. So here are some pictures of some of the equipment I've established mounting brackets/points for on/inside the truck:


    Hopefully I never use this lol

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    MOLLE seat covers are great because they allow you to use whatever configuration of your own MOLLE pouches you'd prefer. I keep mine full of vehicle recovery and camping equipment.

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    Best mod of all, my 20 month old rescued German Shepherd. He goes by the name Jawid and is too smart for his own good somtimes.

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  5. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Thank ya. This addiction is already sunken in and my list keeps getting bigger. I'm in the Clarksville area. Might be heading your way next month!
     
  6. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Shenanigans.

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    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Nice build! It must be nice to not have to transport anything but gear. Heh. Keep up the good work!
     
  9. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Thanks again everyone. You all keep me motivated lol.

    Just got these in the mail.....they are simply new housings for the OE fog lights...but with amber lens for cosmetic appeal. Ordering some KC's for off-roading and will mount somewhere cool.

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  10. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Like I said, these merely replace the OE fog light housing. Amber adds some color to an otherwise dark vehicle lol

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  11. Jack Stilts

    Jack Stilts Skid Plates

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    Excellent work on this truck! Looks great. Cool pup, too. I've got a shepherd mix who likes to hang out in my X even more than I do, haha.
     
  12. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    LOL thats awesome.....my boy is a great ride partner. Thanks for the props man!
     
  13. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Your engine bay is so clean.. Wow..
     
  14. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    For now. Here's why:

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    Thats my former 1998 Avenger. I cant shake my detailing habit with the XTerra lol. Besides, a cleaner vehicle is in an overall better state.
     
  15. Malin_Rebate

    Malin_Rebate Skid Plates

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    What is a "clean" engine bay? [​IMG]

    This is my definition


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  16. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    My engine bay is too far gone to be clean.
     
  17. Malin_Rebate

    Malin_Rebate Skid Plates

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    Haha


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  18. havoc1969

    havoc1969 Test Drive

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    That engine bay is cleaner then alot of peoples dinner tables, bravo man bravo!!!
     
  19. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    ... Can you come clean mine for me?

    Hows the room in the back seat? I want a set, but I occasionally have passengers
     
  20. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I used to charge $50 but I'm getting old so my prices have gone up lol

    I keep my rear seats folded down because my dog rides more than other people. But when the seats are up, there is still enough room to sit comfortably, even when all the pouches are fully loaded.
     
  21. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Thanks man....detailing is one of my therapies lol
     
  22. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Courtesy of Raingler, got the ceiling cargo net set up today. I'm waiting on the cargo shelf net to get here before the real fun begins bwuhahahaha.


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    And I went on ahead and threw my straps up there to free up space in the factory cargo cubbie holes. Might as well use the ceiling for storage!

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    Got this cool battery bracket courtesy of Off-road Gorilla. (Its actually orange, my camera phone sucks)

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    I made mounting points with D-rings for the smaller cooler which sits perfectly in the factory basket even with the Hi-Lift mounted. And also mounted the water cans. I dont drive around with all this **** attached unless I'm doing a test run to see how well the mounts hold up (which was especially nerve wracking when I mounted the Hi-Lift lol)

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    XTerraNation decal finally.


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    One on the rear as well.

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    Courtesy of Graveyard Graphics (decal on the underhood)

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  23. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Cool magnet bar from Harbor Freight (just $5!!). Mounted it to the rear ceiling and tested it with a shackle. Pretty handy.

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    Also picked up a "come-along" (poor man's winch) and tested it out.

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    Worked pretty damn well (under ideal conditions though). And also picked up better shackles.

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  24. jorge.alves.5015

    jorge.alves.5015 Test Drive

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    The shackles on your bumper, we're they just drilled through or is that an after market bumper? I was thinking about doing the same to mine but wouldn't even know where to start.
     
  25. XTP_Dyer

    XTP_Dyer First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Noticed you upgraded to new shackles for the rear. What's the plans for the old ones?
     
  26. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I picked up the anchor points from here:

    http://p-p-engineering.myshopify.co...n-1-2000-2004/products/xterra-recovery-points

    I had to drill two 3/4 inch wide slots in my factory bumper. The anchor points mount right up to your frame in the same bolt location as your factory bumper. The shackles were purchased separately at a hardware store.
     
  27. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Yeah the new shackles are 15,000 each instead of the 10k old ones. I'll keep the old ones handy just in case....you never know lol.
     
  28. XTP_Dyer

    XTP_Dyer First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Just in case....You ever upgrade that front bumper. I bet you could put them to use then :kewl:
     
  29. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    This is the front I'd like to get eventually. Shackles will be used for sure.

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  30. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Man this is a very well built first gen for the amount of time you've had it. Very nice restoration.
     
  31. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Thanks Macland, playin around with her is one of my best therapies lol. I just cant wait to link up with some of you and see other rides, learn everyones techniques, and do some fun stuff outdoors.
     
  32. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    That thing is legit. That's a good goal to shoot for.
     
  33. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Yeah I'm stoked about getting that put on my truck. And this rear bumper too......that spare tire swivel gets my jollies off.

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  34. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I have a Shrock rear. And it's just okay. Honestly I don't think it's worth the money.

    What front bumper is on that other truck? I don't recognize it.
     
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  35. lbishop

    lbishop Need Bigger Tires

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    That front bumper is a Tacoma bumper that he modified to fit his truck... He's got a build thread on clubx
     
  36. jorge.alves.5015

    jorge.alves.5015 Test Drive

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    Is this specific to the first generation or would it also work on the 2nd Gen? I'm interested in this lol.
     
  37. Muadeeb

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    Pretty sure they have a 2nd Gen option too
     
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  39. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Thanks to Malin_Rebate, the CB has been installed (firestick barely visible on driverside rear corner of roof rack). Radio is mounted where my sun visor used to be.

    Also picked up some smittybilt mud tracks.

    Annnnnd installed a snorkel with Malin_Rebates help.

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  40. Jack Stilts

    Jack Stilts Skid Plates

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    Man, this is a sweet truck. Well done!
     

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