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Offline JFanaselle

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JFanaselle's Xterra
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:43:36 PM »
Username: JFanaselle
Location: Southern California

Vehicle info: 2010 Nissan Xterra S 4X4
Color: Avalanche White
Transmission: 5AutoTrans

Mods: (Updated 1/29/17)
Drive Train/Performance:
1. Rear final drive assembly swapped out from a 3.13-geared C200 axle to a 3.36-geared M226 axle with e-locker
2. Front R180 diff swapped out to match 3.36 gearing after rear axle swap
3. K&N drop-in air filter

1. Radflo 2.5 extended travel front coilovers
2. PRG Rev 2 upper control arms, coil bucket ground down to avoid contact
3. Camber bolts
4. Front sway bar removed
5. Calmini 2 leaf "inside the pack" type AAL for rear springs
6. PRG rear adjustible shackles
7. Bilstein 5125 rear shocks
8. Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 285 75 16 Load Range E tires
9. OEM early-edition "Off Road" 6-spoke wheels
10. 2 degree axle shims
11. Rear diff breather mod (relocated behind passenger side tail light)
12: BORA 1.5" wheel spacers front and rear (front fenders slightly trimmed)

1. Calmini winching/plate front bumper with "safari" brush guard and radiator skid
2. Smittybilt X20 10K waterproof winch with Masterpull 3/8" synthetic line and "G110" hook
3. Bucksnort non-tire carrier rear bumper
4. Hefty Fabworks engine, transmission, transfer case and fuel tank skids
5. Shrockworks rock sliders
6. Shrockworks C200 rear diff protector BTF M226 rear diff cover was added during the rear axle swap
7. Insain Fab aluminum full replacement roof rack w/ Gobi tool box and Baja Racks hi-lift mount
8. 60" Hi-lift extreme jack
9. ARB 2000 shade awning mountd to driver's side
10. (X2) Two gallon Rotopax fuel cans mounted to IF roof rack
11. OBA setup consisting of ARB twin compressor and quick disconnect fittings plumbed into the front and rear bumpers
12. Vigg Designs vinyl hood blackout
13. Airflow snorkel

1. 40" Totron dual-row LED light bar (combo beam)
2. 7" side-facing "alley" lights (combo beam) mounted above driver and passenger side front doors
3. Pair of 7" rear-facing LED lights (spot beam) mounted to rear roof on custom made lightbar mount
4. Pair of flush mount cube-style LED lights (flood beam) mounted in rear corner plastics, hooked up to 3-way switch that allows operation with or without reverse lights
5. Full array of amber strobe/LED warning lights, including:
   a. Pair of rear-facing Whelen LINZ6 strobes mounted to rear roof on custom made lightbar mount
   b. Pair of Whelen Vertex hideaway strobe lights mounted inside rear reverse lights, synced up to rear-facing LINZ6 lights
   c. Total of 4 SVP Signal "Mini Phantom Max" LED lights mounted inside rear hatch window and rear side windows
   d. Pair of front-facing Whelen LINZ6 strobe lights hidden behind the grill
   e. Forward-facing SVP Signal "Mini Phanton Starburst" alternating LED light in windshield (mounted to rear view mirror)
6. Whelen TIR3 red LED light mounted to rear roof on custom made lightbar mount - operates as external 3rd (4th?) brake light
7. All interior lighting converted to LED bulbs
8. HID headlight retrofit with Mini H1 projectors

1. Isolated dual battery setup with Odyssey Extreme deep cycle primary battery (under the hood) and Optima Yellow Top aux battery (under the driver's seat)
2. Fully isolated auxillary distribution circuit with Bussman 10 circuit fuse/relay box installed behind glove compartment
3. Waterproof 6-circuit terminal box mounted to bottom of roof rack behind front air dam (to simplify addition/removal/replacement of roof-mounted lighting)
4. 1000W inverter hard wired under front passenger seat
5. In-dash dual port USB charger mounted in dash below factory 12V plug
6. Sony 6" in-dash radio w/ integrated TomTom navigation
7. XM Onyx2 satellite radio
8. Google Nexus 7 7" tablet mounted to custom bracket on lower right dash (for trail maps, weather info, etc.)
9. Yaesu FT7800 dual band mobile ham radio
   a. Radio body mounted under passenger seat with control/face mounted to upper center console just below dash
   b. External speaker mounted inside void space under center console, just left of the shifter
   c. Dual Band Diamond antenna mounted to passenger side of rear hatch
10. Uniden Pro520XL CB
   a. Radio body mounted inside center console
   b. 48" Firestik fiberglass antenna mounted to vehicle body near driver side tail light
11. Carling Contura V illuminated rocker switches from OTRATTW

1. ARB 50 quart fridge with mounting kit. Fridge attaches to folded-down 40" rear seat and is hard-wired to aux battery
2. Gentex rear-view mirror with compass and outside temperature read-out
3. Dual USB charging terminal installed in the empty 12V outlet slot in the dash
4. 5 switch dash panel from leather/heated seat Frontier PRO4X model
5. Pathfinder overhead sunglasses holder
6. Front and rear seats swapped out for older "S" model seats with mesh sides/backs and side map pocket
7: Offroad Gorilla "hood rod mod" with gas struts
8: Weather Tech front floor mats
9: Fully tinted windows (20% rear, 35% front)
10: Stealthed factory badges
11: Rear corner plastics coated with "Forever Black" plastic dye
12: 150# hatch strut mod (McMaster Carr version)

In progress or soon to begin:
1. Rear axle being swapped from 3.13 C200 to 3.36 M226 w/ e-locker
   a. E-locker to be wired to an independent switch and tied into factory indicator light in instrument panel
2. Rear factory/AAL leafs being replaced with Old Man EMU Dakar Medium Duty leaf packs and new bushings
4. PRG U-bolt flip kit being installed
5. Front R180 being replaced with 3.36 geared R180
6. Hefty Fabworks aluminum front bumper currently being manufactured to replace the Calmini front bumper
How she sits today:

Some fairly recent photos:

Some older wheeling photos:

Death Valley, November 2015 (back when I was still on 32s):




Rattlesnake Canyon, CANVAZ 5, October of 2015:



Mojave Preserve, May of 2015:



Bradshaw Trail, February of 2015:

Mojave Road, April of 2015:




In fully stock form, right after I got her:
« Last Edit: January 29, 2017, 11:09:51 PM by JFanaselle »

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Re: JFanaselle's Xterra
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2017, 10:46:28 PM »
Well, I've spent about 6 months acquiring everything necessary to swap my rear end out from a C200 in 3.13 gearing to an M226 in 3.36 gearing with an e-locker. I contemplated a Titan swap at the same time with an M205 in 3.36 to match the rear end, but I acquired a 3.36-geared R180 locally for a great deal and decided I'd save the T-swap for another day.

Anyway, this weekend was the big project, and it went very smoothly. I spent all day Friday removing the rear C200 axle and old leaf springs, plus installing the new leaf springs and M226 rear axle. I went with OME Med. Duty leafs and a u-bolt flip kit from PRG, and I already regret not getting the Heavy Duty AAL. I roll with a little bit of extra weight in my rig, and even though it sits and rides nicely now, I can tell it's going to sag pretty badly when I load it up for a camping trip. So, I'll be ordering the HD AAL and installing it at some point.

I took it easy on Saturday because I was pretty sore and tired from swapping the whole axle by myself the day before. I spent a few hours filling the M226 with fluid, connecting/installing the ABS sensors, running a new hose for my diff breather mod (the old one was too big for the new nipple, plus it was a bit worn out), bleeding the brakes, and wiring up the e-locker. I tapped into the factory "Diff Lock" light in the instrument cluster and ran it to the negative signal from the e-locker, and I'm glad I did. I like the dash light as a positive notification of mechanical engagement of the locker.

Sunday, I spent the afternoon swapping out the R180 with the help of Knightrider, another local Xterra owner. It went very smoothly, and the project is complete. I'm already loving the slightly lower gear ratio. I know it's only like a 7% change, but it made a very pleasant difference. I guess I'm supposed to notice it more on the low end, but it's VERY NICE to be able to drive at highway speeds again and not be constantly hunting between 4th and 5th gear.

Here are some photos from the project:

M226 axle prepped for install. I gave it a good bath in foaming degreaser, removed the outer abs sensor wire tabs (for the u-bolt flip kit), hit a few spots with some black spray paint to prevent rust, removed the diff cover and inspected the gears, painted and re-installed the diff cover, installed the new breather tube nipple, and swapped most of the brake parts over from the C200 that was on the rig (i just kept one side of the e-brake intact, everything else moved over from my C200):

Old axle and leafs removed. New axle sitting on it's perch, ready to be installed:

New OME leaf springs in place, ready for new axle to slide in:

New axle in place, mounted up with PRG u-bolt flip kit:

Finished product:
« Last Edit: January 29, 2017, 11:04:39 PM by JFanaselle »

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Re: JFanaselle's Xterra
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2017, 02:20:49 AM »
Awesome work! You make it sound easy.
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Re: JFanaselle's Xterra
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017, 06:30:59 AM »
Awesome work! You make it sound easy.

Sounded too easy lol but good job

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Re: JFanaselle's Xterra
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2017, 07:46:58 AM »
Haha thanks guys, and if it makes you feel better, it WAS NOT easy. I still feel like I got ran over by a dump truck or something. Climbing under and back out from under the rig like 100 times three days in a row is BRUTAL. I tried to muster up some help but there just wasn't a date that worked for anyone locally here, and my wife was getting tired of tripping over the rear axle, front diff, leaf springs and big tub o' parts in the garage. All in all, I'd say it took me about 50 hours to get this project done, mostly by myself. That includes some time spent before this weekend, too (doing things like picking up fluids and some tools locally, picking up the rear axle, etc). This weekend specifically, I probably spent about 30 hours on it.

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Re: JFanaselle's Xterra
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2017, 09:42:08 AM »
well, kudos either way. Enjoy the fruits of your labor now.
I got your "Jeep thing", now it burns when I pee..

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Re: JFanaselle's Xterra
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 01:16:24 AM »
That's a lot of mods! From street machine to an off-road capable rig. Well done.


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