TerryD's 2007 Xterra S "Pepper"

TerryD Jul 31, 2019

  1. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Intro Comments: This is my build for a formidable camping and trip rig for family trips, camping, hunting and mild wheeling throughout the year. I wanted body-on-frame, solid rear axle, and IFS but didn't want to break the bank.


    Username: TerryD


    Make: Nissan
    Year: 2007
    Model: Xterra
    Trim: S
    Color: Midnight Blue Metallic
    Xterra's Codename: "Pepper"


    MODS

    Driveline:
    New Transmission and Radiator
    Differential Breather Extension
    Secondary Timing Set TSB (5/15/17)
    Magnaflow Primary Cats (6/19/18)
    Replaced Heater Tees (6/29/19)

    Suspension:
    Removed Rear Swaybar
    285/75/16 Cooper Discoverer AT3 (4/2/18)
    Melt Mod
    Rear Radflos (4/14/18)
    Timbren Rear Bumpstops (4/14/18)
    Alcans +2.5" +550lb (4/14/18)
    SPC UCA's (4/14/18)
    PRG U-Bolt Flip Kit (4/14/18)
    Front Extended Radflos with 650lb/in Springs (5/23/18)
    Removed Front Swaybar (9-20-18)
    1/2" Nisstec Coilover Spacers (9-20-18)
    XterraPerformance/Nisstec Extended Brake Hoses (pending)
    SuperPro Steering Rack Bushings (10-13-18)​

    Interior:
    Heavy Duty Rear Cargo Tiedowns
    Raingler Full Attic Net (6/16/17)
    Raingler Full Barrier Net (10/27/17)
    Blue Ridge Overland Gear Medium Med Pack (1-1-18)
    Weathertech Floor Mats F&R​

    Exterior:
    Kurt Class III Receiver Hitch
    Matching Spare Wheel
    Luyed LED Backup bulbs (6/26/17)
    Eagle Eye Black Bezel Headlights
    @KWSRStorm Cheap Roof Rack (2/16/18)
    XBULL Traction Board Brackets added to roof rack cross bars (6/8/18)
    Armor/Protection/Recovery
    Full set of Pro4X skids
    White Knuckle 10* Sliders (12-1-17)
    ARB CKMA12 Single Compressor *pending*
    Shrockworks front bumper (9-20-18)
    Warn Zeon 10S winch (9-20-18)
    Tuffy Flip Up License Plate Bracket (9-25-18)​

    Communication:
    Lip mount nmo with 2m/440 Tram antenna
    Kenwood TM-D710Ga 2m/440 Dual Band Radio with APRS (3-22-19)
    Pictures:

    China Wall near Tarryall, Co July 2019:
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    The Day I brought her home:
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    Trips:

    Colorado 2019
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
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  2. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    A quick history:

    I was in the market for a SUV after DD'ing a 2000 GMC CCSB K2500 for a few years. I wanted something nimble, that I could go exploring in and not have to worry about being able to turn around a 20' long pickup.

    We had test driven some 1st Gens when the wife was SUV hunting several years ago and liked them and I've had good luck with Nissans in the past so the Pathfinder and Xterra in all their flavors were on the menu. Toyota was out because I can't afford that stuff and no one else seemed to make anything that caught my eye.

    We were headed to the beach and stopped at a friend's house in Richmond as we always do and there sits an Xterra in their yard. I asked when they got it and I'm told that they were trying to sell it after putting a transmission in it (husband runs a shop there). I asked what they wanted and they priced it to me too reasonably. I wound up picking it up a few weeks later after I got the funds sorted.

    Fast forward, I saved and gathered parts for a year. @josx2 and several others helped me find what I was looking for and I finally lifted it and put on the 285s. I wound up swapping out the coilover-converted 5100s I originally had for some Rad 2.0's I found on Club Frontier NIB for an also too reasonable price.

    I've been very happy with it and look forward to many years of enjoyment.

    My original goal was to like the Xterra as much as I liked my 1998 XJ that I sold due to rust and having 3 kids (3 car seats don't fit an XJ). I'm happy to report that I'm as happy with the X as I ever was with the XJ!
     
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  3. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I'm so jealous of the color of your X. I was really trying to hold out when I bought my 2nd gen. But I ran out of time and got a gray one. Now every time I see that midnight blue I want to stab my truck in the face. Hahah
     
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  4. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    For the price, color was irrelevant. I actually prefer white vehicles but have recently taken a fancy to the bright red of the later 2nd gens. Can't remember the name of the color right now. There's a couple near me and I really would like to have a red one I think.
     
  5. IssacHunter

    IssacHunter Test Drive

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    Welcome to I guess our new home Terry lol. Can't say much though I've been a lurker on here for as long as I've been on TNX. Look at my avatar. Man that was a long time ago.
     
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  6. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Yeah, my avatar still showed my 265/70s and step tubes! Gotta get some time at my computer to add a bit to the thread.
     
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  7. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Here's a couple pictures from my recent Colorado trip with some buddies.

    Leaving the Cripple Creek KOA for day 1 of wheeling.
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    Shot from Gold Camp Rd between Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs.
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    Switchback turn on FR379 headed up to where it and Eagle Rock intersect.

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    Adam's Yota truggy on China Wall

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    Brett's JKU coming down FR204 off China Wall

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  8. Brunnie

    Brunnie Bought an X Supporting Member

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    MORE!! MORE!! ;)

    I wanna see where ya'll went whatcha all did.
     
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  9. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Added a link to a trip thread I'm working on in the first post!
     
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  10. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    This fall we've gotta get caught up on some projects around the house so Xterra money is tight. Something I'm thinking more and more about though is gearing. We're talking about getting a pop-up camper next year to supplement our travels. I'm going to HAVE to have lower gears to deal with that.

    There's a little, TINY part of me that wants to try to run 295's on the X. I know I can clear them in the rear and with some trimming in the front, they shouldn't be an issue. I'd like some aftermarket wheels as well to slightly widen the track width but I'm a steel wheel junkie and I can't find anything that fits the bill. I'm also considering swapping to 17" wheels if I can find something that suits me.[/sideline]

    I'm torn between dropping $1600 on a pair of 3.69 differentials with a locker and just calling it "good enough" or spending $700 on some 3.54 differentials and saying "good for now" till I can get a 4.10 M205 and regear the M226 to 4.10 and add a TrueTrac or ARB down the road. I'd really like the locker sooner rather than later but I have only NEEDED a locker once and was able to take a strap to get out. I could have used my winch if I was solo but the strap was already out and hooked to the truck in front of me.
     
  11. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Bought an X

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    That's a tough call to make, if you really don't need the locker that often I'd vote just do the 3.54 for now since your real goal sounds like the 4.10. And half of that is coming from the 'it's kind of a PIA to swap axles' angle haha.
     
  12. bigjim247365

    bigjim247365 Tentacle Monsters 'ᴙ Me Supporting Member

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    good build, i like how it was dented before you bought it. haha.
     
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  13. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Thanks! I bought it as a beater. I wanted something I could bash through the woods and not be upset about.

    Everyone asks when I'm going to fix it, and I tell them I'm not. We built a 1979 F150 into a mild truggy for a buddy of mine. He did all this work replacing cab corners and bondoing them in. First real trip out in it, he hooked a tree with the passenger side and wrecked the corner, even pushed the B pillar back where we had to use hydraulic jacks and chains to pull it forward so the door would latch. The next panel he just riveted over the hole and painted it like I originally suggested.

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    He's hard on stuff:

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  14. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Diffs aren't supposed to look like that. Just in case anyone was wondering.
     
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  15. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I spend more money on comic books than my X Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Was hoping that truck was yours. Wanted to see more.
     
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  16. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    I've got plenty of pictures of it on my computer. It's pretty bad ass. We built it from a $500 farm truck over about two years. He's hooked on a bone stock MB3 Jeep right now so I think the truck is still broken. I need to chew his ass about that...
     
  17. Fromfrontier2Xterra

    Fromfrontier2Xterra I spend more money on comic books than my X Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    I love builds like that.
     
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  18. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista Bought an X

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    Nice build, I'll be following suit on the locker soon, just gotta get some other must have's outta the way 1st.

    The f150 looks like it was fun...for awhile at least haha..
     
  19. TerryD

    TerryD Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Yeah, house projects are holding me up at the moment. Gotta get the back porch refloored and need a roof on the garage. Plus we owe a little money on Julie's school yet so we're going to get all that taken care of then I'll get serious about gears and a locker.
     
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