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Club Garage => Xterra Garage => Topic started by: Ghostrider on May 11, 2014, 06:07:47 AM

Title: Rebuild or buy new?
Post by: Ghostrider on May 11, 2014, 06:07:47 AM
I am currently looking to either a new uses 4Xpro (Off road )versed rebuilding my X.
My challenged as I see it.

Total Transmission and axle service $400.00
New paint and seal in my roof lights.
Lighter  front bumper and rear tire mount
Interior front seat done
Radio

 I have already replaces Shocks and Springs.
11400Miles
Verses

New Used. Plus  in a small way buy  An 2012 or 2013 to keeping interest going as a whole? Or go Frontier?


Opinion is welcome positive or neg.
Title: Re: Rebuild or buy new?
Post by: Ghostrider on May 31, 2014, 06:10:16 PM
Looks like the verdict we be new. I have decided to go with a 4Xpro or Off Road.  With the learning experience I got from current rig, I like the feature of the 4XPro.   The most important point is Mrs. . Ghostrider approves.
 will   go with a Lift 3 inches of course and go to 285 tires just to start.

I am excited! A little more savvy this time and I can wait to return Home to Arizona.
Title: Re: Rebuild or buy new?
Post by: Ghostrider on June 14, 2014, 05:18:45 PM


first steps this Saturday.  Replaced Tranie, Transfer and engine oil. I note an improvement of gas mileage thus far. Oil was bad looking in the Trans and the Transfer.

Next Radiator and pumpkins.
Title: Head Light Adjusrment.
Post by: Ghostrider on June 15, 2014, 07:25:19 AM
I noticed after all these years adjustment screw behind the Head lamp assembly. Now if I tweak right or left can I expect to have a up or down beam affect??? 

I have always been disappointed with the poor factory lights that come with the X?
Title: Question on 285
Post by: Ghostrider on July 06, 2014, 02:44:14 PM
I have looked and looked again on the subject of up to 285.   Like all sizes there is various configuration, I know I want the switch, and I was thinking to go back to old faithful 285 BFG KO and this time go with a D rating. I  the lift so that is nota issue.

May be more of a better cross of AT and Street?
Gear options to adjust for the bigger tires.

Need some honest input. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: AZ-Ted on July 06, 2014, 09:40:54 PM
I ran those exact tires for several years (before going to 315 KM2s).  With the 285s, I didn't feel that I needed to change gearing (I have the OR model with the 3.36 gears).

That being said, I do eventually want to go to 4.56s now that I have the 315s.
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Ghostrider on July 07, 2014, 02:34:21 AM
How is the tire life of the km2?
Title: Re:
Post by: Toro on July 07, 2014, 02:48:15 PM
Pushing 50k on mine...but they will need to be replaced soon
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on July 07, 2014, 09:52:09 PM
Asking about tire life on an off-roading tire is like asking about mpgs on a race car :p
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Ghostrider on July 08, 2014, 03:33:06 AM
Yea you are correct. I am also looking at Copper generals  AT. I looked at their mudders  last time as well. So all of that being said. 285 R70-16 Erange. I would be interested in c or D range if they are out there.
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Ghostrider on July 10, 2014, 04:08:17 PM
I think the trick is to go with a less aggressive tread patter  like mudders. I saw a FJ today with 285 and looked very good with out being over bearing.
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on July 11, 2014, 04:19:23 PM
I went with a more aggressive AT tire rather than an MT, I have the Nito Terra Grapplers, and I am very happy with them. 
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Ghostrider on July 11, 2014, 04:37:26 PM
Good point and a little lighter.
Title: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 13, 2014, 04:17:47 PM
I am thinking about replacing my front sprints and Nissan. My local Nissan Dealer in Coral Springs looked at me like a stun deer. I am looking for a little  more stiffer with my front bumper, Iron Bull.   I do have Bil's all the way around so the shock and strut issue is done.

May be PRG?

Thanks for the help!
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on July 13, 2014, 09:19:00 PM
With the desert terrain we run, good ATs will do better then some MTs.  We have no mud, and rocks in Sedona give good traction.  It's the loose sand and loose dirt/gravel that can be an issue, not sure how MTs perform in that situation vs ATs. 
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on July 13, 2014, 09:20:15 PM
Nisstec and PRG both offer good products for what you need. 
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 14, 2014, 03:18:02 AM
I do like mail order, but it is becoming a necessary evil,  Nestec has them for about 99,oo and PRG run 160.00not bad, but its somethingIhave to get comfortable with going forward.
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 14, 2014, 03:57:34 AM
Ok the stock springs I can get from Boulder Nissan for a good price. But if I can go with the PRG it states its up to 5" inches of travel. I think with my 3 inch lift I can eliminate my spacer and the spring will compress down to a 3 in configuration.

Am I tracking?
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Ghostrider on July 14, 2014, 04:00:47 AM
There is a Thread on Fierce AT and they seem to have good reviews and a good point of price. Plus I can purchase them at Sears, maybe a better price. I think this was on the new Xterra web site. 8)
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on July 14, 2014, 04:44:12 AM
If you get longer springs you will need longer shocks to match, or else they will max out your shocks and your ride will suck.  Yes you will replace the spacer, are you already lifted in the rear?
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 14, 2014, 01:34:52 PM
From our supporting Sponsors  Niss Tec has  TDG Springs that will go directly on my Adjustable Bil's   for about 200 with freight. These  are the HD with the coil rate of 610 lbs. which is 180 over the stock configuration. Coil rates has always confused the H--- out me. I spoke to Tim, sounded like a Kid but he was able to help me. Been trying to get a hold of these guys today to place a order These are go up to 5 " of lift.

Plus I can lose my spacer that is currently on the truck. My ride will improve because, guess what I have more spring now!

They are pretty Yellow!

Tim says they should compress nicely.
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 14, 2014, 06:39:52 PM
If you get longer springs you will need longer shocks to match, or else they will max out your shocks and your ride will suck.  Yes you will replace the spacer, are you already lifted in the rear?

I got adjustable bills up to 3".
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: Ghostrider on July 14, 2014, 06:43:22 PM
There is a Thread on Fierce AT and they seem to have good reviews and a good point of price. Plus I can purchase them at Sears, maybe a better price. I think this was on the new Xterra web site. 8)

To day, making relations,  my local contract has some 285 AT Coppersfor about 200,00 per and just under 900 when I am done. Getting things lined up
Title: Re: Question on 285
Post by: AZ-Ted on July 14, 2014, 08:07:03 PM
How is the tire life of the km2?

IDK, I bought mine used with unknown mileage on them.  They seem to wear OK, but the X is no longer my DD, so I haven't put too many miles on them.

They perform awesome offroad!
Title: Re: Head Light Adjusrment.
Post by: AZ-Ted on July 14, 2014, 08:11:04 PM
Yep, the adjustment screws will help with the aiming (mine were too high from the factory, and got worse when I leveled the truck out).  The adjustment screw on the passenger side can be difficult to get to.  I had to remove the battery to get my hand in there.  It made the adjusting difficult, because I had to adjust, reconnect the battery to check, then adjust again, etc.
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: AZ-Ted on July 14, 2014, 08:16:37 PM
The extra travel of the extended length coilovers will be limited by the stock Upper Control Arms (UCAs).  There will be significant coil bucket contact (stock UCA hitting the coil bucket).  Aftermarket UCAs will help with that, and allow you to use more of the length of the longer coilovers.
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 15, 2014, 03:28:09 AM
If you get longer springs you will need longer shocks to match, or else they will max out your shocks and your ride will suck.  Yes you will replace the spacer, are you already lifted in the rear?

Yes. I have 3 drop downs and Rancho add a leaf.
Title: Re: Head Light Adjusrment.
Post by: Ghostrider on July 15, 2014, 03:31:48 AM
Yep, the adjustment screws will help with the aiming (mine were too high from the factory, and got worse when I leveled the truck out).  The adjustment screw on the passenger side can be difficult to get to.  I had to remove the battery to get my hand in there.  It made the adjusting difficult, because I had to adjust, reconnect the battery to check, then adjust again, etc.

Do you remember which way is which. Common sense tells me if I clock wise will go up and counter I will aim down? Plus if you start on the breather box side that would give you a good gauge right off?
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 15, 2014, 03:55:29 AM
The extra travel of the extended length coilovers will be limited by the stock Upper Control Arms (UCAs).  There will be significant coil bucket contact (stock UCA hitting the coil bucket).  Aftermarket UCAs will help with that, and allow you to use more of the length of the longer coilovers.

Of course longer brake lines?
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on July 15, 2014, 06:53:00 AM
You wont need longer break lines for up to about 3, after that you will.  You may have contact without after market UCAs, but those are a fairly expensive upgrade.  I did and love um, but everyone has different goals. 
Title: Re: Front Springs!
Post by: Ghostrider on July 15, 2014, 09:26:32 AM
You wont need longer break lines for up to about 3, after that you will.  You may have contact without after market UCAs, but those are a fairly expensive upgrade.  I did and love um, but everyone has different goals. 

Niss tec has some very affordable UCA for about 450.00
Title: Re: Question on 285 Is Solved.
Post by: Ghostrider on August 10, 2014, 09:45:30 AM
Well seeing there is not that many Mountains in Florida and I got to have a tire that makes sense on the return trip to Arizona. I actually went with 265R70x16 D in. The difference between my E is more width. The tires look good and fit well in the wheel well. Judge for yourself!

I got wheel balance and alignment and I was really off.


Title: Re: BFG KOFirst Week
Post by: Ghostrider on August 16, 2014, 05:48:59 AM
There is a reason why I return to my BFG.  (265  d) We been getting a lot of heavy rain here in South Florida and I am to today in Bowling Green /Bartow Fl. Near Tampa.

Tire performed wonderful in rain and traction was perfect.  You do not realize how warn your tires really are until you do  replacement As pain full as that may be. After many hours of thought  I am glad I did not venture into 285. I spend too much time on the street and I usual do not have a problem off road.

Since I got away from my 265 E my ride and handling has improved.   Running E range was not a good choice.
Title: Lighting!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 07, 2014, 07:19:16 AM
I was running the back roads of nowhere last night and one of my main aux.  lights went out. This was the KX130 wattone. Do aux lighting like KC burn out more quickly with constant use?

I having my electric guy look at it on Monday.  While I at it my PIIAs are gone too.  I suspect a fuse problem?
I'll keep you in the loop! ??? ???
Title: Re: Lighting!
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on September 07, 2014, 10:10:40 AM
Usually the bulbs go out, when they are on and hot and you hit a bump sometimes that's all it takes to blow the bulb.
Title: Re: Lighting!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 08, 2014, 01:31:54 PM
Replaced both Narrow 130 beams. It would be my luck the other would go out next trip our! :o
Title: Re: Lighting!
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on September 08, 2014, 10:08:01 PM
I usually keep spare bulbs in my tool box.
Title: New Struts for the hatch.
Post by: Ghostrider on October 11, 2014, 06:42:26 PM
I stopped by Nissan today in Coral Springs Florida. Pickup new struts so I will bump my head.   Any Pointers?


Side point I was the only 4WD drive on the lot.   Got  a lot looks from the staff.  Its was actually funny! 8)
Title: Re: New Struts for the hatch.
Post by: Jo-BOB on October 11, 2014, 11:28:21 PM
if you have any plans on getting a gobi ladder get the 175 lbs from mcaster carr. there is a thread for what part numbers to get on thenewx.org.
Title: Re: New Struts for the hatch.
Post by: Ghostrider on October 12, 2014, 05:36:41 AM
Not just yet. I am working with Pinnacle Nissan for a , maybe and new PRO 4XP.  The other consideration is I really want to return to the Phoenix area and so does my wife. That being said we are saving our money for the return.
Title: Re: New Struts for the hatch.
Post by: Ghostrider on October 12, 2014, 09:18:08 AM
According  to other threads it a matter of a flat screw driver and popping a clip. We will have to see!
Title: Hood securing
Post by: Ghostrider on October 12, 2014, 09:19:39 AM
I notice my hood flops in head on winds . My rubber mounts are still in place any suggestion?
Title: Re: New Struts for the hatch.
Post by: Jo-BOB on October 12, 2014, 09:44:10 AM
it takes a couple minutes to replace them. I had a free set cuz I upgraded to the mcaster carr ones. is your hatch sagging now or just want to replace?
Title: Re: Hood securing
Post by: PitSnipe (Kyle) on October 12, 2014, 10:23:07 AM
Loosen the hood latch a little and slide It down.
Title: Re:
Post by: TeguTerra on October 12, 2014, 10:42:04 AM
You got it ghost.   Super easy and switched mine in a couple minutes by myself.
Title: Re: New Struts for the hatch.
Post by: Ghostrider on October 12, 2014, 11:37:38 AM
Nissan OEM Replacement.  About 51 dollars.  Plus a got a replacement bumper to the hatch does not rattle.
Title: Re: New Struts for the hatch.
Post by: Ghostrider on October 12, 2014, 07:01:13 PM
10 minutes flat. Its amazing what new struts do! 8)
Title: Re: Hood securing
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on November 04, 2014, 06:46:05 AM
Also, i think the rubber bushings adjust. 
Title: New Stuff!
Post by: Ghostrider on February 28, 2015, 03:51:37 PM
Just got my Gobi Ladder today from Sierra X in Mesa. Sad I could not find effective help for stuff  in the East coast. Looking to bu replacement switches for the KC , Rocker Switches,.

My 7 year radio took a dump and got a up graded  Pioneer unit for 160.00 bucks. My factory is was huge. One would never realize until you yank out the old one.

Pictures will come!
Title: Re: New Stuff!
Post by: Ghostrider on February 28, 2015, 03:54:20 PM
PS; 8) Aggressively dropping  Apps in the Valley for Operation Positions / Store Industrial sales.    One application at a time!
Title: Re:
Post by: TeguTerra on February 28, 2015, 04:10:17 PM
Nice,  a gobi ladder will be on my to get very soon list.  And good luck with the AZ job search hope you find something quick.
Title: Re: New Stuff!
Post by: Ghostrider on February 28, 2015, 04:36:55 PM
The Radio is a 1 Din Configuration. Plenty of room for a hard mount CB Radio. I purchase a handheld with a external antenna. Not the same as a Regular CB with a Fire stick Antenna!

Looking to replace my back bumper as well, unless I go with a fresh X.   

from a cost perspective. would a Iron Bull or a Insane System be about the same in cost. I know a steel rear Bumper would be nice for durability.
Title: Re: New Stuff!
Post by: Ghostrider on March 05, 2015, 05:58:43 PM
Gobi  Ladder looks really good.   Actually I can figure out way this did not turn into a NISMO option for the truck. Gobi Ladders on the Xterra from the show room.
The Gobi Ladder from Sierra X was easy to install, however an extra set of hands is always good.   

Had the truck really cleaned today and defunkifly  the interior.

Title: Re: The Progres continues.
Post by: Ghostrider on March 15, 2015, 07:21:17 AM
Well the progress continues. I got my PIIA Lights operational, bad bulbs  and bad wiring due to the wetness of Florida.   I had to order new relays and re-routed the wiring.

I replaced the Nissan y radio with a Pioneer  . Now I up graded the speakers   and they match the power source.    Good sound and the speakers are tucked where the Nissan FI unites were.

The sound is perfect and was a good overall low cost mod. I even got the Cuban Installer discovered the Eagles, (Hell   Freezes Over)  .     I almost feel out or I an showing my age, which I count about 10 years ago.!!????? ??? ??? ???

Good example of Music  Appreciation  101.   
Title: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 05, 2015, 10:13:26 AM
Yes I am starting over with a 2014 Black X S Model Stock as a Rock! ;D I have purchased the  Sid plates for the oil pan and transmission today.   I have officially put on my Gobi  Ladder (Purchased at  Sierra Expeditions') in which I had on my 07.
Matter of fact it fits better on the 2014 than the 2007. Almost had a set of Bils lined up but it was sold already.

I am taking  a little creative  Justice (since Nissan has chosen to not proceed with the  breed). Order and picked up the "Off Road  and the  emblems that is offered in Nissan Parts! 8) 8)

As mention just a few low cost changes makes the X look a peeling  like even a new version, but not!

Pictures to follow. Too much like a street queen right now (Shamed) :-[

I do have to say 300 lbs.  less armor makes the X almost like a sports car! 8)

Here we Go!
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Jo-BOB on September 05, 2015, 11:21:25 AM
thats awesome. Haha i've always had a thought in my mind what it i'd do to another x if I had the chance to get another one.
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 10, 2015, 04:38:05 PM
Today I ordered my 2.5 lift kit by Rough country. A Weston Black Bull bar with KC Slim Lines. (with up graded rocker switch).

Since I plenty of standard  lighting I went with Narrow beam 130. Besides KS look awesome!
My guy is looking into my Bil's for a fair price. (5100)

The Scope ofthis build will be lightness in mind, until I return to  Arizona!   

I am very excited!
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: TeguTerra on September 10, 2015, 04:47:10 PM
Did you get the full 2.5" lift or the leveling kit? 
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 11, 2015, 03:43:32 AM
A Leveling  Kit with Spacers and Drops. 

Question: :-\
On the 2014 I still have to get new Cam  Bolts?

I will have to call to day to make sure.
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 11, 2015, 03:48:08 AM
Instead of going with the usual AKA 285on my 16" wheels I was considering  stepping up to 17 in and run 265 E. I am not a big fan of overly big tires.   My Mech says the truck will adjust fine and accomplish the goals of :
Bigger tire
Most effect for Off Roading.
Thoughts?
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Jo-BOB on September 11, 2015, 06:59:55 AM
You may get within spec right now without cam bolts but I'd get them and have them installed.

It's more than likely they will seize sometime down the road and you'll end up having to cut them and your lower control arms. Your rig is essentially brand new so I'd do it now before it costs more Mekensy and time down the road.
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 11, 2015, 04:05:49 PM
Good point, I ordered them today.     Install begins next week once all of the goodies come in!

Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: TeguTerra on September 11, 2015, 04:42:09 PM
Sweet,  if you don't mind when the lift comes in could you post a pic of the components?   When I bought mine the pic and description showed one thing but when it came I was pleasantly surprised the spacers for up front were different. 
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 12, 2015, 02:35:36 PM
Here is tock as a rock pictures. 
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 12, 2015, 02:37:21 PM
The Lot Picture from the dealer.
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Jo-BOB on September 12, 2015, 02:45:11 PM
2014 for 12k? sounds like a good deal to me. Good find.
Title: Re: Black X was a good fine!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 12, 2015, 02:52:43 PM
Mods do pay off and may be a good talking point to our other  halves. . I was offered 7K for my White  07 in all her Glory.   I was sad to see White X being driven to the back lot.

But Out with the Old and in with the new! 8)
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Jo-BOB on September 12, 2015, 03:02:59 PM
Oh i didnt realize you traded in the white x. Did you strip all the mods before trading it in?
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 12, 2015, 04:11:26 PM
I am truly starting over and this time I will go lighter and even consider a Hunter tube bumper. rock siders will be later.

Besides the only items that were actually were the light bar and the sliders. But thus was the reason for the high trade in offer.
Title: Bils on the way!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 15, 2015, 05:09:32 PM
I ordered up a set of 4700 Yellow Bils today.  As usual they are not in stock and the lead time is 2 weeks. My 5100 Adjustable took 6 weeks .

I choose this path in the hopes this was more common, but  they work for me and they are better than stock!
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Jo-BOB on September 16, 2015, 06:41:47 AM
I'd give nisstec a call they normally have stuff in stock and ship the next business day of not the same day if you order early enough in the day.
Title: Re: Splash Guards?
Post by: Ghostrider on September 19, 2015, 03:32:12 PM
Today I did a minor Mod and added the Nissan oil pan and transmission cover today. Hover I noticed a huge (Grand Canyon size) gap between the Oil pan and the transmission cover. Is there a cover out their to bridge that gap? :-\

Its starting to feel like white X! 8)
Title: Cooper 285 AT3
Post by: Ghostrider on September 24, 2015, 04:27:24 PM
I think I found the tire! Cooper AT3  285.  How they fit and weight is making me look twice. Still working on getting may parts now. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Cooper 285 AT3
Post by: Jo-BOB on September 25, 2015, 06:25:49 PM
285's is the best size IMO.
Title: Re: Cooper 285 AT3
Post by: Chuy on September 26, 2015, 11:14:11 AM
I want to try 255/85/16 on my next set. I had these before on a larger vehicle and they were awesome off road, but a little squrrliley when driving at 75mpg. I think 285/75  is a great oversized tire here in AZ for these smaller trucks. They just always seem to work well.
Title: Re: Its coming!
Post by: Ghostrider on September 28, 2015, 06:31:59 PM
My Parts will arrive Wednesday this week and the install is scheduled for Friday. Ended up with the 5100 adjustable struts and rear shocks. My guy had a source.

The advantage is when the  front bumper and sliders are eventually installed I can adjust my suspension . I am building with the mind of improvements as we go.

White X had a problem of bottom out. I have compensated this with bump stops and now my suspension is not at maximum  extension.

Not to worry before and after pictures to follow. 8)
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on October 10, 2015, 06:57:35 AM
It has been busy but here is the results of my Black X less Tires and wheels to mention. Her is the Rough country Kit and Adjustable cam bolts. The RC Cam Bolts are to the Factory Nissan  must more solid. This Installation was behind schedule, but it enable me to snap some in progress shots.   
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: Ghostrider on October 10, 2015, 07:12:13 AM
Champion, my only resource here in south Florida Nightmare Land, got me the5100 and I do have to say Bil's  5100 are the best. My handling is even better than stock configuration.  When they were installing the stocks they used their own spring compressor tool and were very thoughtful on the installation. They used lock tight every it was needed. Nick my senior mechanic actually stopped and mentally accounted for every cotter pin.
Title: RC Rear Drop downs Installation.
Post by: Ghostrider on October 10, 2015, 07:22:51 AM
Rear drop downs installed quickly with the rear backs shocks. The other Mechanic which wanted to be nameless, installed. A point which I did not know was the final torqueing of suspension was done with the vehicle resting on the round.   Again great care was taken in adjusting sway bars and other factory adjustments connect to the rear axle.

Again there was no comparison between OEM  Nissan Drop down to the RC.  I actually like them better than the Daystars which I had on White X.  However,  lub grease fitting on the Daystar set up. 
Title: Alignment and Quality Control
Post by: Ghostrider on October 10, 2015, 07:35:20 AM
Adrian the One of the owners is the final word. He road testes every install and my case  Black X returned to the Hunter  alignment equipment to work out the bugs.  Adrian,  detected a rubbing sound and Nick was able to isolate the area and adjusts the settings.  Champion kept me in budget and the truck handles better than stock configuration.

Champion  installed Weston Black bull Bar and 2ea.  6" Slim Line lights with a rocker  switch installed on the light side of the steering column. The Relay and fuse was put next oi the battery for east of maintains. the wire blended in as factory, which it should be.
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: xZilla on October 10, 2015, 09:21:04 AM
Very nice!
Title: Re: Transmission cover Skid Plate
Post by: Ghostrider on October 14, 2015, 03:38:37 PM
I was looking at the various  Skid Plates and they weigh on average 42 lbs. So I am taking a different path and I have order 2 Oil Pan  Skid plates and combine them and bolting then up in the center for strength. I cam bolt them from the rear oil pan and the front of the transfers case skid plate. 

The Space under the Transmission is not big, but there is a plastic oil pan as that takes up that space. Thank God the transmission sits up into the lower frame.

Parts should be in Friday. 8)
Title: Re: So It Begins!
Post by: xZilla on October 14, 2015, 03:53:55 PM
Doubling the stock skids?
Title: Re: Tranny Skids!
Post by: Ghostrider on October 14, 2015, 06:03:17 PM
They will overlap in the center and bolt in existing holes. I have never bottomed out or hit anything hard, but one look with plastic pans makes me shake. It will serve he purpose of weight and protection.

Yes there is much heavier skids I can pick, but one has choose where and when to add protection for our soft underbelly. 8)
Title: Transmission Svc.
Post by: Ghostrider on December 31, 2015, 06:06:58 PM
Nissan today the new service schedule is 30K to change out the transmission fluid. On my O7  X it 60K

Are they just trying to make more money or is this Legit? ???

Title: Re: Transmission Svc.
Post by: FirstXRS (Zac) on January 01, 2016, 10:40:59 AM
Maybe both? Probably a preemptive measure to deny powertrain warranty claims.

Return of the SMOD?

Or, Nissan realized how well-used their trucks are by the enthusiast community, and now suggest more prompt maintenance to maintain healthy drivetrains.
Title: Re: Transmission Svc.
Post by: Chuy on January 01, 2016, 11:18:26 AM
Nissan today the new service schedule is 30K to change out the transmission fluid. On my O7  X it 60K

Are they just trying to make more money or is this Legit? ???

30K seems excessive unless its eating fluid or leaking it out like a Land Rover.
Title: Re: Transmission Svc.
Post by: Ghostrider on January 05, 2016, 04:41:17 PM
I spoke to a objective certified advisor and he said unless there is something wrong the gyis trying to make money. But the other reason for 60 K is the viscosity of the oil that is need to protect Tranie parts.

I do not leak and the oil seems to be not contaminated at all.

Dealer  scam tactic! :(
Title: Re: Transmission Svc.
Post by: Hammer (Avi) on January 10, 2016, 02:31:18 AM
Ghost, I don't know why you need to specify that you do not leak. 

To the question, if it is an 05-06 make sure to change the radiator early.  If not I'd do a tranny fluid drain and fill on your own at 60k, and then again at 100.  No need for a full flush, it'll take you 20 min in a driveway. 
Title: Re: Transmission Svc.
Post by: Ghostrider on January 10, 2016, 09:37:21 AM
Yea, it is my goal to do better on the services.  No Leaks so far on the trans. ;D
 My fuel tank cover comes in this week

Tires are on the back burner, OFF Road,  because Mrs. Ghost needed  street Tires on the CTS Cadi. >:( Sears came thru with a sale and BFG Avengers. 8)

Funny  I always go back to BFG no matter Street or Rock! 8)
Title: Re: Transmission Svc.
Post by: Chuy on January 10, 2016, 12:23:10 PM
Yea, it is my goal to do better on the services.  No Leaks so far on the trans. ;D

When I had my trans fluid replaced I think the dealership quoted me $180, but then the guy said the 4WD full service was $290 and that included the transfercase, transmission, and both diffs. I decided to do the package to baseline everything since I knew my rear diff was probably low and my X was already in the shop for an extended stay.

Im guessing I lost about a quart of transmission fluid when I did my radiator swap, and my rear axle seal had been leaking.
Title: Re: Transmission Svc.
Post by: Ghostrider on January 10, 2016, 04:56:59 PM
Nissan offer a $180.00ta.Your deal sounds it is a complete package and it is not that much higher to get every thing done.
Title: Fuel Tank Cover
Post by: Ghostrider on January 18, 2016, 02:08:04 PM
The Fuel tank cover came today from Nissan.    Its actually heavier than  I thought with the opinions I have received.

Considering I ran OEM while in Arizona this should be fine for now.   Tires are next!
Title: Re: Fuel Tank Cover
Post by: xZilla on January 18, 2016, 04:01:47 PM
Skid?
Title: Re: Fuel Tank Cover
Post by: Ghostrider on January 18, 2016, 07:31:30 PM
Yep! Skid, Cover Bash what ever the term is.   Bolts to the frame  and has a band that attaches to the top bracket of the fuel cell.

The Skid  Plate  is actually pretty ridged and did not warp when I was inspecting the Part.  :)

The way I see it I only bottom out once actually and the truth of the matter is I was going  a little too fast for the obstacle.

A very wise man told me a long time ago let the 4wd work. Speed is not everything.
Title: Re: Fuel Tank Cover
Post by: Chuy on January 18, 2016, 09:05:54 PM
Yep! Skid, Cover Bash what ever the term is.   Bolts to the frame  and has a band that attaches to the top bracket of the fuel cell.

The Skid  Plate  is actually pretty ridged and did not warp when I was inspecting the Part.  :)

The way I see it I only bottom out once actually and the truth of the matter is I was going  a little too fast for the obstacle.

A very wise man told me a long time ago let the 4wd work. Speed is not everything.

Go as slow as possible and as fast as necessary.
Title: Re: Fuel Tank Cover
Post by: Ghostrider on January 19, 2016, 05:24:48 AM
These guys in Florida think they are running dune buggies and they are have problems from getting stuck to snapping engine mounts.

But its depends on the cult of wheeling where one is at.

Title: Re: New Tires and Stuff
Post by: Ghostrider on August 26, 2016, 04:49:56 PM
Finally  Got rid of the BFG Long Trail Tires and got hooked up with my old Favorite BFG KO  265-75-16 tires from sears for 199.00 ea. The Trucks drives and rides better and theyare actually pretty quite for off road tires.

Well when it rains it pours found a projectile  rock on the I10 and ended up with a 10 in crack. Insurance took care of it!
Finally Arizona claimed anther battery.  Thankfully had enough juice to make it to O"Realies Auto!

The end result I am final ready to go after more aggressive treks now! 8)