The Grackle

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
Have you modded the lighting on your controller yet, or extended battery mod? Anyway, those are FUN little toys!!! Enjoy

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.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
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.

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General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
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.
 

General_Tarfun

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Location
Atlanta, GA
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.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
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.

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General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
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!
 

Prime

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Denver-ish
Curious what you pay for them. NissanPartsDeal has them for $600ish each. And thanks to state law, I HAVE to go OE when the time comes.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
I think I might have blown out my passenger side cat. I need to look more into it but a couple days ago I started the truck up and heard a rattle that sounded exactly like a loose heat-shield but when I looked at those they were all still tight, the truck itself ran fine/smooth and the sound went away completely on it's own after the next drive which is pretty odd.

The secondaries have been gutted so any chunks likely went into the muffler but now the exhaust stinks like there's no cat and the code for that side comes on right after the code is cleared. Weird thing is the exhaust noise sounds the same as before but I definitely need to pull that secondary cat off and get a look at the primary.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
Curious what you pay for them. NissanPartsDeal has them for $600ish each. And thanks to state law, I HAVE to go OE when the time comes.


So I was looking at Courtesy Parts again yesterday and they're running a 'secret' discount code (NISMOGODZILLA) at the moment that they claim equates to employee pricing of 6% off. It only adds up to 35 bucks off but anything helps with how pricey the cats are.
 

SledheadX

Bought an X
Location
Rochester, NY
Not sure if this is even legit but I found this on FB. Probably too good to be true.
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XterraRising

First Fill-Up (of many)
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Utah
They are ALO. Aftermarket. Can’t find a legit website, so they are some Chinesium overseas parts. Might be worth it for the price. Might be a scam, considering the person’s profile is only from 2019, and has relatively low activity. That and I can’t find an ALO website.

Caveat emptor.

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General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
Yeah the more I look at the pics those worse those welds look to me haha. I'm probably going to end up putting an OE cat in just to make the install easier, so far I've been leaving it in my cart on the CP website to get more comfortable paying that much for something I'll never see again.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
Well I still haven't ordered a replacement cat yet but I did order some LED headlight bulbs from theretrofitsource here in Atlanta. I went with the 9007/9004: GTR Ultra Series 2.0 (Hi/Lo) series and they weren't cheap coming in at $280 shipped but if they suck there's a 30 day return period. I'll post a review once I get them installed.

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Prime

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Denver-ish
Well I still haven't ordered a replacement cat yet but I did order some LED headlight bulbs from theretrofitsource here in Atlanta. I went with the 9007/9004: GTR Ultra Series 2.0 (Hi/Lo) series and they weren't cheap coming in at $280 shipped but if they suck there's a 30 day return period. I'll post a review once I get them installed.

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I'm very curious about this.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
did they ever get you in for whatever headlight measurements/testing they wanted to do before everything shut down?

I never heard from them again after that. I suspect they just ended up not adding more products for the X since they were talking about fogs at the time but all I see on their site is a single product. Everything else is just different bulbs.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
Well the lights arrived yesterday and I installed them without much of an issue. The bulb retaining collars don't fit as-is but are really easy to mod. The flat section on the inner collar needs to be removed so I just used a pocket knife to trim those off and then they were good to go.

I'll post some pics tonight but on my first drive last night with them I was surprisingly impressed. The light is clean, not blotchy at all, and the cutoff is somehow right where it's supposed to be and I didn't even need to adjust the headlights. Looking at it from the front there isn't excessive glare and the high beams function as normal. Overall I'm happy with them and the 6k color matches my front lightbar so with the HB on the lighting is one consistent color which really fills the road up evenly.

I've been really skeptical of LED bulbs in the headlights for a long time but I think these might have finally changed my mind. Only downside was the look on my girlfriends face when I accidentally mentioned how much they ended up costing me haha.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
I still haven't had time to get a pic yet but so far the new headlight bulbs have been awesome, the cutoff is so clean that I'm starting to think I might need to actually raise the aim on the headlights a little. I still have a hard time believing that LED headlights can actually function this well but I guess technology finally caught up which is great because the next step was going to be projector headlights which are crazy expensive and I don't really like the look of on the X.
 

SledheadX

Bought an X
Location
Rochester, NY
For the beam cutoff, you didn’t modify the housing for reflectivity at all did you? Blackout not included. Sounds like you got what you paid for. I was also impressed with my Nineo bulbs beam pattern and position, but I do see reflectivity on signs above the cutoff line. No oncoming traffic flashers beaming me so I left mine unadjusted. But it is a wonderful “sight to see”.
 

General_Tarfun

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Atlanta, GA
For the beam cutoff, you didn’t modify the housing for reflectivity at all did you? Blackout not included. Sounds like you got what you paid for. I was also impressed with my Nineo bulbs beam pattern and position, but I do see reflectivity on signs above the cutoff line. No oncoming traffic flashers beaming me so I left mine unadjusted. But it is a wonderful “sight to see”.


No mods, the housings themselves are completely stock minus the blackout paint. Assuming they hold up for a few years I feel happy with the purchase.
 
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