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Club Garage => Xterra Garage => Topic started by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 12, 2017, 03:16:41 PM

Title: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 12, 2017, 03:16:41 PM
I have not had the pleasure to meet a lot of you, with the exception of Pinchel. His daughter sold me some Girl Scout cookies, yes I am still carrying the weight from those damn cookies...

Well I just recently (10/11/2017) bought a newer to me Xterra, 2006 Xterra S 4wd in grey.  The Xterra was throwing a P0345 code when I picked it up. But this morning I swapped out both the cam sensors and via an OBD2 reader and app I was able to remove the code from the ECU.

Mechanically I need to get in and change out the timing chain tension parts as it sounds like a diesel till it warms up and the sound goes away. My buddy in Gilbert has power tools so I am going to order the parts and enlist his help, sorry Robert.

The stereo needs some attention too, the left side speakers do not work. I tried moving the fader around and no luck. But I am going to pull it out and take a look at it.

The brush guard is going soon too, I can't stand the damn thing but I will loose the driving/spot lights when I do. They will eventually get replaced with LED light bars either in the bumper or the roof.

As far as the suspension it is stock and feels so weird not being higher like I am in the 02 Xterra which is for sale $2500.

Now for your viewing pleasure...

Title: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thatsgr8 (Scott) on October 14, 2017, 04:20:57 AM
I have an 06 as well. Mine has 219,300 miles on it. It also needs the whining cam tensioners replaced. I ordered my parts kit from Amazon for about $95 shipped. It shipped from the Surprise Nissan dealer. I still need to get the flywheel locking tool. If you figure out how to lock the motor without the special $125 tool please let me know. As far as the stereo, search clubxterra.com website. Nissan has some funky ohm requirements if you have and are keeping the factory sub and amps. The sound from the factory radio (Rockford Fosgate) setup in my eyes is terrible.  Good luck

Be sure to let me know how you lock the motor. Thanks.


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Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 15, 2017, 09:00:00 PM
So after getting the DTC codes fixed. Driving to work, home and around town I have noticed a vibration in the steering wheel and the body. I am hoping that the vibration is from the front wheel bearings. They have never been replaced even by the OG owner.

Scott
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on October 16, 2017, 08:45:49 AM
If it responds to throttle might be u joints.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 16, 2017, 09:18:53 PM
According to the OG owner the U-joints have been replaced. It is a constant whir whir and felt through the steering wheel.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 21, 2017, 09:00:20 PM
Hey I was wonder what everyone thinks of the different companies that are out there when it comes to lifts.

There are a few I am looking at:

First is the 4x4parts kit, http://www.4x4parts.com/i-18915791-deluxe-suspension-package.html

Second the PRG SAAL Delux Mini Kit, http://www.prgproducts.com/shop/product/x-saal-delux-mini-kit/

I kind of like the 4x4parts kit because it comes with shocks, but the price reflects that.

If there is something that I am missing feel free add your input.

Scott
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: XterrasNameIsMolly (Justin) on October 21, 2017, 11:08:38 PM
http://www.nissteclifts.com/
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 22, 2017, 06:58:29 AM
I was looking at the lifts from Nisstec, I didn't see anything that compared to 4x4parts and PRG. If there is please steer me in the right direction.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on October 22, 2017, 05:46:28 PM
I have heard there are SPC uca on rockauto selling under a different name maybe "mevotech" something like that for alot cheaper then SPC.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 22, 2017, 08:03:06 PM
I have heard there are SPC uca on rockauto selling under a different name maybe "mevotech" something like that for alot cheaper then SPC.

I looked around on RockAuto but didn't see anything. The ones I saw looked like factory ones to me. Also I have a lead on some PRO 4x suspension with shackles/spacers w/ 46K miles on them.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on October 22, 2017, 08:20:46 PM
I seen that for sale on Facebook. Good deal.
I would still try and track down those UCAs best bang for your buck. Coil bucket contact can be annoying.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 22, 2017, 08:45:08 PM
I seen that for sale on Facebook. Good deal.
I would still try and track down those UCAs best bang for your buck. Coil bucket contact can be annoying.

With what you saw in the FB post will I have any issues, mainly the coil bucket contact?
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on October 23, 2017, 11:37:38 AM
I dont think it will as bad. Just a good mod to gain a couple extra inches of down travel. I would start with the lift then move on to the uca
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 23, 2017, 09:11:59 PM
I dont think it will as bad. Just a good mod to gain a couple extra inches of down travel. I would start with the lift then move on to the uca

Copy that. I will look again for those UCA that you were talking about.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 23, 2017, 09:21:38 PM
I have heard there are SPC uca on rockauto selling under a different name maybe "mevotech" something like that for alot cheaper then SPC.

So this is the what I found on Rockauto:

http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=6556084&cc=1433009&jsn=410

After discount and shipping to where I work I would be looking at 206$
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on October 24, 2017, 07:15:19 AM
Yep those are it.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 24, 2017, 09:43:06 AM
Do you guys/gals think it would be possible for these lights to fit the front bumper location in any capacity? They are probably bigger then the factory ones but I was thinking I might be able to make brackets or mounts for them.


Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thatsgr8 (Scott) on October 24, 2017, 08:19:50 PM
I have heard there are SPC uca on rockauto selling under a different name maybe "mevotech" something like that for alot cheaper then SPC.

So this is the what I found on Rockauto:

http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=6556084&cc=1433009&jsn=410

After discount and shipping to where I work I would be looking at 206$

Ok dumb question, are these UCA or LCA?


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Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on October 24, 2017, 09:18:25 PM
I have heard there are SPC uca on rockauto selling under a different name maybe "mevotech" something like that for alot cheaper then SPC.

So this is the what I found on Rockauto:

http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=6556084&cc=1433009&jsn=410

After discount and shipping to where I work I would be looking at 206$

Ok dumb question, are these UCA or LCA?


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They are actually upper
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on November 01, 2017, 08:44:26 PM
Well I just picked up some OEM Pro 4X shocks (front/rear) with the Rough Country 2.5" spacers and some shackles for the rear. The OG owner took off the stock/OEM suspension at 42K miles and has been sitting ever since. Once I get a house and have a good place to work I will do a better lift...

The plan is to knock this out on Saturday morning before the wife wakes up. As she wants to go do something... Wish I put 2 and 2 together and seen the Clean Up for Saturday...

A big thank you goes out to Matthew of Gilbert for hooking me up and Stoic if you see this I still plan on buying your wheels.



Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on December 14, 2017, 04:53:07 PM
So a little update. I have not installed the Pro 4X suspension yet. Looking for either someone with a compressor or an cordless impact gun.

Does anyone on here run any form of aftermarket headers?

I am looking at the following...

Doug Thorley long tube

A "No Name" long tube on 4x4parts.com

and the Twisted Steel tube headers on 4x4parts.com

For those that are running headers what are the pros/cons?
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: AZGeorge on December 14, 2017, 07:06:36 PM
Replacing the front coilovers is a 3 hour job - 1 hour if you've done it before.  3 nuts up top, 1 on bottom, and the sway bar (times 2).  Torque spec on lug nuts is 98 ft-lbs - a 150 ft-lb torque wrench will handle that.  No need for impact wrench or compressor.  Dunno about the back - I've only replaced my shackles - not the shocks (yet).

This should be an easy mod-day event.  I would volunteer to help, but you live an hour away :(

Also, I'd be careful about 2.5" spacers unless you have weak springs.  I put in 700# springs (to support my 400# max carnage bumper) and had 1.5" spacer.  My UCA was hard up against the coil bucket and never moved - had to take out the spacer (H/T Eron).  So I've had some practice in front end disassembly/reassembly :) 
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on December 14, 2017, 08:21:24 PM
Replacing the front coilovers is a 3 hour job - 1 hour if you've done it before.  3 nuts up top, 1 on bottom, and the sway bar (times 2).  Torque spec on lug nuts is 98 ft-lbs - a 150 ft-lb torque wrench will handle that.  No need for impact wrench or compressor.  Dunno about the back - I've only replaced my shackles - not the shocks (yet).

This should be an easy mod-day event.  I would volunteer to help, but you live an hour away :(

Also, I'd be careful about 2.5" spacers unless you have weak springs.  I put in 700# springs (to support my 400# max carnage bumper) and had 1.5" spacer.  My UCA was hard up against the coil bucket and never moved - had to take out the spacer (H/T Eron).  So I've had some practice in front end disassembly/reassembly :)

I tried breaking the bottom shock bolts loose using hand tools with no luck. I did not spray the bolts that could be the issue. The shackles are not the real issue it is more the shock mount bolts and the rear sway bar. Does anyone know if the stud that is part of the endlink and goes through the sway bar if that is keyed for an allen  wrench?

As far as the spacers and springs. The setup I have now is stock Pro 4x Bilstein yellows.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on February 13, 2018, 07:25:01 PM
Good evening. On my way home today I noticed that the temp gauge was creeping up. The water level was low and it has been sometime since I have checked it. Just a few minutes ago I checked the water level and it was low so I added some coolant/water. To allow for more water/coolant I turned on the heater to allow that to fill, but the heater was blowing cold air.

I was wondering if this could be the issue...

It leads into the firewall and looks like it feed the heater core. There is no water under the Xterra or in the cabin. This is the only place that I can see any water/coolant loss.

Any other ideas?

Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on February 14, 2018, 10:09:36 AM
Common fitting to break I would order it asap before it breaks completely and you get stranded. Frontiers and Xterras dont have rear A/C so it should be a cheaper easier fix then mine. If you have no heat it might have an air bubble and low coolant from the leak
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on February 14, 2018, 09:05:55 PM
Common fitting to break I would order it asap before it breaks completely and you get stranded. Frontiers and Xterras dont have rear A/C so it should be a cheaper easier fix then mine. If you have no heat it might have an air bubble and low coolant from the leak

I do have hot air now. I was driving to work this morning and tried the heater and it was blowing hot.

Do you know what part that is called?
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: Thupertrooper (Victor) on February 15, 2018, 11:35:20 AM
Not sure what its called. Dealer should have it. Ebay is cheaper depending on reproductions.
Just a heater core connection/splitter
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on March 17, 2018, 08:46:13 AM
Well I was finally able to get the stocks/spacer and shocks/shackles installed. I broke down and bought a 25" breaker bar from Harbor Freight. It broke all the bolt loose with ease. The UCA smacks the coil bucket but I am planning on replacing the UCA with these UCA from Rock Auto. I just need to find out if it is a single UCA for that price or just one.

Also after completing the work here is the end result too.

Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: PitSnipe (Kyle) on March 17, 2018, 12:42:05 PM
The price you see is for one UCA and RockAuto is about the cheapest place to get those.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on March 17, 2018, 04:58:45 PM
The price you see is for one UCA and RockAuto is about the cheapest place to get those.

Kyle,

Thank you very much. I was looking around on a few Xterra sites and it appears that buying from them is not much more then Rock Auto.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on April 15, 2018, 08:14:12 PM
I just finished installing the breather mod from PRG. That honestly was the easiest thing I have ever done on a car, 2nd to wiper replacement.

To start the install I removed the right rear taillight and fed the hose down through the opening between the bumper, body of the X. Fed the hose down till I could put the KN filter in a recess in the taillight and then reinstalled the taillight.

As far at the placement of the hose I ran it along the the top of the frame and zip tied it off using the supplied zip ties. As I got closer to the axle I zip tied the hose out of the way but did not cinch it down to allow for travel while the rear axle flexes.

The fitting in the axle was a breeze to remove. I was able to get one of my ratchet combo wrenches on it and it came out easily. The installation of the new fitting was a breeze, again I used my ratchet combo wrench.

After removing the stock fitting I am sure my breather was plugged, because after removing it all I could smell was that all too familiar smell of gear oil.

In the next few months I have some money/guns coming in and I plan on liquidating the guns (hint, hint). That money is going right back into the X. Looking at replacing the tires with the KO2s in 285/75-16, front wheel bearings, the rear wheel bearings as well. Then doing a service on the transmission, rear/front diff and anything else that could use fresh oil. And swapping out the UCA for the ones adjustable ones from Rock Auto.
Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: m.sainz12 on April 16, 2018, 09:59:05 AM
If youíre still in need of UCAs Iíll be selling my SPC arms here in the next month once I Titan swap


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Title: Re: A new build and it will be a slow build
Post by: ShockBlue_Scott on April 16, 2018, 10:06:34 AM
If youíre still in need of UCAs Iíll be selling my SPC arms here in the next month once I Titan swap


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