Haha so the answer sadly is yes. I went nuts with the leds of course. The original car got destroyed on my last trip so I ended up just buying a kit car and had to assemble it this week. It’s a pretty badass crawler, I’ll have some pics soon haha.
Here's the rebuilt version! Way better than before, I went with the Axial SCX10 II kit so it has front/rear locked diffs, all metal gearing and frame, and the best part was I got to keep my old body from my childhood RC car. The thing comes in like 300 pieces so I had to put everything together by hand including building the entire transmission, these are great for better understanding how actual trucks work.
It's a badass crawler, I've been shoving chairs and furniture around the house with it haha. My only complaint is it's really slow otherwise so I'm going to pull it back apart and install a two speed transmission gear set so I can upshift when needed. I really wish I could find an Xterra body for it but everywhere I've looked nobody has any, tons of jeeps but I'd rather have nothing than that haha.
Not too much going on with the X lately but almost on schedule my belt tensioner has started squealing again so I have on of those on order. My bottle jack ended up being ruined from the water last time I got stuck so I ordered a new one, this time I got a 10-ton "Amazon Basics" brand with slightly over a 17" reach for around 30 bucks. It seems to be well made so hopefully it's a semi-decent jack for emergencies.
I decided to go through some spring maintenance and replace a few random things. I ended up replacing the oil fill cap, the gas cap, belt tensioner, the plastic heater core inlet, and switch the coolant to the newer long life blue stuff.
I finally ordered a front/rear set of the Weathertech floor mats, $300 later and my puppy still managed to get car sick in the 1" between the door and the floormat haha. Also replaced the power steering reservoir cap, power mirror switch, pcv valve, and built some custom led panels to replace the rear overhead lighting in the rear set and cargo area.
Well it's starting to look like I'll be replacing one of the primary cats soon, even with the O2 spacer the code is coming back on nearly every long trip now. Not too surprising given I'm at 195k now on the originals. I'm probably going to go with Nissan cats just so I don't have to fight with the fitment issues the aftermarket cats all seem to have, time to start looking for a courtesy parts promo!