SnickerDoodle's Build Thread

SnickerDoodle Dec 12, 2011

  1. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Year: 2002
    Make: Nissan (duh)
    Model: Xterra (double duh)
    Trim: title states XE/SE so who knows!
    Color: Super Black (with a splash of hot pink)
    Codename: Chance
    Pilot: Dani
    Co-pilot: Norman/Walter and Keith

    Tires/Wheels:
    33" Nitto Mud Grapplers 305/70r16
    33'' TreadWright Guard Dog M/T’s (since removed)
    16” Pro Comp Rock Crawlers

    Suspension:

    PML
    2” BL
    Bilstein 5100 Series
    3 pack AAL
    Calmini UCA's
    Low Pro bump stops

    Armor:

    InSain Fabrication one off custom tube bumper. (winch to follow)
    Fully armored- SkidRow Skids
    EOE Sliders (cut to fit 35's)

    Electronics:

    Midland 75
    4' Firestik coated Hot Pink

    Lighting:

    B&M Lo Pro Light bar
    20' Alien LED Light Bar

    Other:

    Bedlined & Trimmed Plastics
    WeatherTech Floor Mats
    FlipHitch Mod Doodle Style
    Yakima Load Warrior roof rack
    Gobi Ladder
    Stock radiator replaced with 02' Super Charged.
    Safari Snorkel
    Custom camo head liner
    JVC navi with dvd and back up cam

    Steering:

    Calimini Steering

    Removed:
    Mud flaps
    Stock step rails
    Majority of lower front bumper
    Plastic door trim
    Stock headliner


    Many more mods to come.. stay tuned!

    Bought stock March 2nd 2011.
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    March 2015
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    Merica!
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  2. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Tested out the new tires in a old quarry we have near me.
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  3. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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  4. Lucky_lefty

    Lucky_lefty Bought an X Founding Member

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    Very nice!
     
  5. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Thanks Lucky!
     
  6. AbuseTheElderly

    AbuseTheElderly <img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u7/ra Founding Member

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    I see you beat me Doodle! Nice build!:p
     
  7. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Haha I did... but so far my build is nothing compared to everyone elses. With the new job will come new mods! Driving to work today with the new tires... wow. I def know where some of the new raise is going towards... GAS!

    Thanks!
     
  8. Hugetanker

    Hugetanker <img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u7/ra Founding Member

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    Lookin good! Bout time you get a build thread up. :p
     
  9. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    HAHA I know I know! I was totally slacking. But I have finally come to the dark side.. Now where are my cookies?! :RAWRx2:
     
  10. TJTJ

    TJTJ Skid Plates Founding Member

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    LOL

    Yeah, for every extra pound of rim/tire, its the same as adding ~ 3 lb of cargo as far as the power required to move it....and, that's times four, for each of the tires.

    So, if the rim/tire combo is only 1 lb more than before, that's like adding 12 lb to the rig weight.

    If the tire has a higher rolling resistance, that adds a lot of power needed to move too.

    My 33 x 13.5/16 Interco LTBs' were 59 lb each, my 305/70/16 BFG AT ko's were 61 lb each, pretty close....and bothere were 33" diameter....and they were both mounted on stock rims...but I got ~ 20 mpg on the AT ko's, and ~ 16 mpg on the LTB's....JUST because of the higher rolling resistance of the LTB's.

    My 305/70/16 BFG KM2's are also 59 lb....also 33", and on stock rims....and the mpg is closer to 18 mpg with them.

    So, as the TW's have a lot of weight, and, a high rolling resistance, plus, you might have heavier rims too...you will be best friends with the local petroleum purveyors.

    :D
     
  11. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Ugh tell me about it! LOL
     
  12. xearth

    xearth Wheeling Founding Member

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    Nice Build! Love the rim/tire combo you've got goin
     
  13. TomsRedX

    TomsRedX Bought an X Founding Member

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    Beastly! Tires and rims are saweeeeeeet!
     
  14. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Well, a little bit of cutting was done over the weekend. This will allow me to cut the wheel and turn and not worry about rubbing. I still have to flex her out to see what rubs when the tire is tucked into the wheel well. But for now, with it being freezing out, this will do.

    The line of cutting.
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    The first cut.
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    The final product.
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    I thought enough was cut, however a few months later and a day in the Pine Barrens the wheels have been tucked so much that I realize that more has to be cut.
     
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  15. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    What did you cut it with, a reciprocating saw (Sawzall)? It's a really clean cut. Looks good!
     
  16. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Used a angle grinder because I assumed a sawzall would be too choppy of a cut. Then took a little sander air tool (not sure what it's called and sanded down the rough edges and used a body hammer to roll the edge in. Finished it off with bedliner to the bare edge to prevent from rusting.
     
  17. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    Very nice work. You're right though, the Sawzall would have made a mess of things.
     
  18. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Thanks. It's crazy how while working on something makes you think of so many other mods you want to do. I'm thinking that after I do more cutting to fit the stuffing of the tire when its tucked up in there that i may take some C channel molding and wrap the edges from what i cut. Just to give it a clean look. It's the same molding that Ricel used to finish off his fliphitch and what i will also be using to finish my fliphitch.
     
  19. sleeper00

    sleeper00 Bought an X Founding Member

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    I sweare that those tires transformed that thing into the root of all Bad A**! Coming along nicely Trout!
     
  20. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    That will be a nice way to finish it off. Man, that hitch flip mod was truly inspired.
     
  21. Timrich

    Timrich Super Duper Moderator Founding Member

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    Lookin good Doodle! The tires made a huge diffrence in the X!
     
  22. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Thanks Guys! :-D

    Once i find the perfect black and pink checkered pattern the headliner will be getting a make over. I have the total sag going and i found someone to do it for $40 and if i want the doors done i can add another $75.
     
  23. Xterra Mike

    Xterra Mike Test Drive Founding Member

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    Lookin good. Keep an eye out for steering stuff. That should be next on your list. Those 33's will kill stock steering.
     
  24. farley27

    farley27 Test Drive Founding Member

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    Tires are bada$$!!!!
     
  25. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    Very nice snickers, Have you got a BL on there yet?
     
  26. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    thanks and yes 2in. I pieced it together myself and with the help of Hoagie and CrashDan installed it.
     
  27. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    Sorry for the stupid question, I went back and reread your list of mods, I guess that tire and wheel combo seems very tall for some reason in your pictures.

    Off topic: I have to laugh at your stick people everytime I see it, it reminds me of my wife and I.
     
  28. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Haha. yea the tires made a huge difference.

    I love the stick figures. It makes me laugh every time.
     
  29. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Well this weekend I FINALLY replaced my heater core. And to be quite honest... it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. My core was still good, but seeing as though NO ONE sells the hard plastic tubes that connect from the core and run thru the firewall I had no choice but to buy a whole new core. I did keep my old core and the lower of the two hard plastics tubes, incase anyone is to need these later on down the line.

    I wasn't sure why there was cause to take out the entire dash, but I then realized while doing the break down... there are two bolts that are NOT accessable without taking the entire dash out.

    I'll try to break down the pics for ya, sorry I didnt take one with each step but.. hey it's taking apart the dash.. it's TONS of screws. LoL

    Mind you I already had my core bypassed before starting this.

    Remove glove box
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    Remove center colsole, steering column plastic, trim for radio, heater controls, the radio, etc. I removed two metal brackets that are behind the plastic trim as well.
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    Unattach the A/C hoses from the engine side of the fire wall. Be mindful to loosen the cap for the antifreeze on the rad before loosening the connectors. If you don't do this you will have a lovey mist of antifreeze spew all over your engine.
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    I can see the witch of a heater core! ::Insert many curse words sworn at the core:: I have already removed the black box that contains the AC unit.
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    *sorry for the blurry shot* The center black unit is what you will be removing.
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    Driver side shot... you can thank the boyfriend for it being a crappy picture.
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    After I went Office Space on the old core are retreived it back from the other side of the front yard. The old core gets the finger. The whole core had to be replaced because of this little break in the heater core tube that was not even an inch of tubing.
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    You can't see it but I can feel it! She's blowing hot!!! However, the blower only works on 3 and 4. I have to play around with the blower cable to get it to go back to the original setting.
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  30. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Wow. That's a lot of work!
     
  31. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    about 7 hours. including a lunch break.
     
  32. Jmac289gt

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    WOW, thats a lot of work.
     
  33. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Haha Pete and repeat ;)
     
  34. RacerXXL

    RacerXXL First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Outstanding Doodle. :D My heater core starts to leak I'm gonna chuck in 5 gallons of gasoline and a road flare. :happy:
     
  35. I agree. Now I will pray every night that mine doesn't go out lol
     
  36. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Lmao.. Its odd I didn't see it as being a hassle at all. It was a nice day and it was nice spending time with the bf doing something we both enjoy. oddly enough I didn't get frustrated once the whole day. Good thing is, now if someone else.locally goes I can help lol
     
  37. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    You going to write up an independent how to on this doodle?


    Sent from the Nighthog mobile command unit.
     
  38. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    I will later today :)
     
  39. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Welp.. Xterra Mike was correct... Seems as though just the rear is shot but why do only one right?! RIGHT! That's what I thought, so i'll replace both this weekend. While i'm at it i think i may pick up some wheel bearings to have on hand as well. Sounds like the front passenger may be going. But instead of tearing it all apart i'm going to do the u-joints first and then see if the noise goes away when i turn left. lol

    God I need a garage with heat!
     
  40. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Finally had a nice enough weekend to change out my u-joints.

    First off I couldn't get the drive shaft out after finally getting it out I had to take all the darn tootin clips out of the u-joints. The biotch to follow that was actually getting the joints out. Rented a press... which didnt do jack! I ended up driving my BFs lexis over to my friends shop and taking a torch to to the u-joints. The easiest thing was to just melt them away. 5 mins of a nice hot flame and Bam! old joints are now a pile of melted metal. *Warning- the grease in them will pop and can land on skin- Thankfully I was wearing gloves* The new u-joints are now in and running smooth as butter! And a extra bonus, realizing that i bought grease-able u-joints!
     

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