Xterraminator's Build (SAS)

xterraminator Jan 6, 2014

  1. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    Own a 2000 silver xterra, modified it alot over the years to a point where the IFS and its capabilities flat lined my ability drive in this neck of the woods. Over the years it has had th typical mods, torsion bar cranked up, longer rear shackles, full skid plates underneath, OBA, inside jack mount, painted bars on top, CB radio, removed all crappy parts such as rear sway bars, plastic fenders, running boards, replaced stock wheels with cragar rims etc.. you know the usual stuff.

    Right now its parked for the winter as it goes through a radical transformation. This will be:
    - 35" tires
    - 6.5" BDS springs
    - 12" lift from stock
    - radius arm set-up with high angle long control arms.
    - mechanical lockers front and back, most likely a Spartan.
    - rebuilt dana axles front(D30) and back(D35). Some of you may say what Dana 30 your wasting your time. Well actually a lot of jeep guys are running D30's and35's with no issue, even with monster lifts . Bye the time I am done I will be making the truck lighter. A Dana 30 is good axle for now, even with chrom axles.
    - gas tank to be behind rear passenger seat. One less ting to hit with rocks.
    - back half of truck cut away down to the frame so that a new tube style frame box can go in. spare tire in the back.
    - relocated OBA
    - hot water tank storage system for cleaning, tool kit etc..

    It will be alot of work, should be done by last spring. All long lower control arms, drag link, tie rods etc.. will be custom made. Not doing the calmini thing.

    In the end you should see a rock crawler/truggy look.

    More pictures to come.:kewl:
     
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  2. Xado89

    Xado89 Skid Plates

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    o_O sub'd. Can't wait to see this build start. Big plans! Everything sounds awesome!

    Sent using highly technical equipment involving satelites and space and nerds.....lots of nerds...
     
  3. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Dang.. Can't wait to see what happens here..

    You are going to have one insane following from this crew here.
     
  4. yellowx16

    yellowx16 Need Bigger Tires Founding Member

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    sub'd anxious to see how this goes! sounds like a good plan you got there.
     
  5. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Sounds epic! Can't wait to see how this turns out.
     
  6. Xterrafauss

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    Subbbbbeedddddddddd. sounds like a plan man!
     
  7. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Sounds killer
     
  8. bigjim247365

    bigjim247365 Tentacle Monsters 'ᴙ Me Supporting Member

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    oh you tease, this just the prelude... cant wait to see how this goes!
     
  9. CaptainMorgan_SOS

    CaptainMorgan_SOS Need Bigger Tires

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    Sub'd! This might just be the Spring of SAS builds! A lot are popping up lately.
     
  10. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    OK. I Guess I won't wait any longer but here goes. Go the truck about 4 years ago, drove stock for one year then decided to mod it.

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    Added onboard air.
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    Full skid plates underneath.
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    This is when the bodywork looked its best about 1 year ago. Today it looks like it got hit by a train.
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    Donor Axles.
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    BDS 6.5" lift springs. They are about 20" long uncompressed.
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    Front axle 90% rebuilt
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    Lifted and ready from IFS trimming
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    No turning back now.
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    All the scrap!
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    Set axle underneath and 35" tires to see the height. LOVE it. Right now the side mirrors come up to my neck. By the time its done it will be about 12" higher than stock.

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    starting to cutout the rear down to the frame, removed all lights and side panels.
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    More To Come!!!
     
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  11. CaptainMorgan_SOS

    CaptainMorgan_SOS Need Bigger Tires

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    Awesome! So are you going to cut off the rear and then weld the hatch onto the cab area to seal it up and then create a tube bed or are you going to leave it open and have a truck bed kinda thing going on?
     
  12. Jackel

    Jackel Bought an X

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    Subbing. Can't wait to see this thing finished. What are you gonna do with all the ifs parts?
     
  13. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    Most likely throw them away. I used a cutting torch to remove them. quick and easy.
     
  14. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    I thought of that but I think once it is cut off I want the back wall to be flat with a window similar to a pu truck. More thought will be put into it when I get to that stage. Definitely will not be open due the rainy weather we get here.
     
  15. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    I do have for sale some rear tail lights if anyone needs them.

    When I removed the fuel tank I was overwhelmed at how much tubing and electrical wiring with sensors is under the truck just for the fuel system. That all has to be removed and re-used somehow.

    I also noticed under the truck some items that not sure what purpose they serve. For example near the mufflers you will see a metal plate with a round rubber disk attached to it?? Purpose??? There are a few of them. I want to get rid of them. If it is not used it gets removed.
     
  16. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I cannot wait to see where you take this thing after you get it done. I am also interested in the chop you are going to do to the rear.
     
  17. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Looking awesome!
     
  18. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Probably a vibration dampener

    Sent via wild ferrets on crack
     
  19. Jackel

    Jackel Bought an X

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    I think when he said open, he meant an open tube style pickup bed vs a solid box style pickup bed. Not an open cab.
     
  20. Xado89

    Xado89 Skid Plates

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    The Birth of a monster....
    This is gonna be a sweet build. I liked your OBA setup by the way. Simple, yet efficient. Is that front bumper you had on normally for an Xterra? looked a little larger and had a much larger stinger hoop than most of the usuals I see.
     
  21. yellowx16

    yellowx16 Need Bigger Tires Founding Member

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    PM'ed about the taillights
     
  22. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    It was actually build for a jeep. I had to get the mounting adjusted, its served its purpose and then sold it back to another jeep guy last week. The new bumper that will go on will be a tube style.
     
  23. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    my bad. reading too fast. The back end will be replaced with a tube/sheet metal style frame. the spare tire will go in the back sitting in at an angle. Google truggy vehicle looks, this is where i will be starting but at the same time the framing will go over the rear tires to make it street legal. Most truggy's out here due to laws have to taken out by flatbed. I want to avoid this.
     
  24. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    I guess if you want an idea as t what the back will be kind of like google "iguanna xterra" see how the back is cut out?
     
  25. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Alpine Spirit style?

    Or Steeze style?
     
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  26. Jackel

    Jackel Bought an X

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    Looks amazing. Can't wait to see it done
     
  27. xterror04

    xterror04 Site sponsor Founding Member

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    What's your reasoning for swapping out the rear axle with a dana 35?
     
  28. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    This...looks a little small for what you have planned, maybe?
     
  29. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    Two reasons:

    1. the rear axle gear ratio must match the front Dana axle. Nissan uses weird gear ratios. I could have kept it but would had to spend alot of money swapping out the gears.
    2. There is no rear dif cover on my stock axle. With the dana35 I have more options to add in lockers etc..

    Also met alot of guys running the D30 and 35 set-up with big trucks and their fine. If you treat your truck hard you will expect to break things. I got both axles for $100 so could no pass this up. Years from now will swap to a bigger axle when i have the money. The xterra is a light vehicle so D35 is more than sufficient.
     
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  30. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    Worked late last night and 5 hours later back is off. As I look at it now I have alot of work ahead of me.

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  31. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    pic no worky for me...
     
  32. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Works for me, now that's a chop. Taking it to the doors.

    Sent from space and stuff
     
  33. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Picture an X. Now take everything off from behind the rear doors.
     
  34. Jackel

    Jackel Bought an X

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    And he means everything.
     
  35. Xterrafauss

    Xterrafauss Suspension Lift

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    Bro you uhhhhhh......dropped something haha

    Looks good :bmmd:
     
  36. greengoon

    greengoon Test Drive

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    Looks really good. I know you already have the D35, but have of thought of using a D44 out of an Isuzu Rodeo or Honda Passport? They use a tall gear but you still have great options for gears and lockers.
     
  37. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    As I was pulling out the trim inside and was looking at the half moon shaped plastic tool cover you find under the carpet there is the words "XTERRA". I was going to cut this out and place it on the new rear body somewhere. Little thing like this will be added to the truck. Now that it is cut back can I still call it an Xterra? Might have to think of another name.
     
  38. xterraminator

    xterraminator Wheeling

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    Does anyone need any rear side and top roof panels? There for sale! LOL.
     
  39. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    I see it now! it's the second coming of Steeze!
     
  40. xterror04

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    What gears do you plan on running?
     

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