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post #1 of 300 (permalink) Old 05-28-2016, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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AlbatrossCafe's FleXterra - Titan-swapped FINALLY!

Intro Comments: Hello everyone. This is the build thread for my Xterra. I'm a guy with too many hobbies... my motorcycle, a school bus I'm converting into an RV, weightlifting, and now this truck. This is my first foray into a 4-wheeled off-roading vehicle. Gas sucks on this so I'll primarily be using it for weekend trips & off-road expeditions and do pretty much all other driving/commuting on my bike.

I want to build my X to be a capable off-roader and vacation rig minus the 2000lbs of extra weight I see on some trucks here that has the potential to bog me down on trails, break the drivetrain, and reduce my MPG to even worse than it already is. I do not want a titan swap because I want the ability to do tighter trails. This should make the FleXterra very functional without being too much to handle.

EDIT: LOL LOOKS LIKE I'M TITAN SWAPPING - THAT WAS SHORT LIVED. But seriously. Maybe I'll keep 33" tires. No need for 35s... right?

Username: AlbatrossCafe
Xterra Name: Yoshi

Make: Nissan
Year: 2011
Model: Xterra
Trim: Pro-4X Titan-swapped
Color: Metallic Green (or 'Diarrhea Green' depending on the dirt level)

Transmission: 5 Speed AT
Mileage: May 2016 (My purchase date) - 54,382 miles
Location: Western Washington

Packages: Rockford Fosgate Audio, Leather PRO-4X Seats, PRO-4X Carpet Mats

Legend:
[+] = Done
[-] = In progress
[ ] = Want
[x] = Removed/destroyed


------ MODS ------


Titan Swap List:
[+] 2012 M205 Nissan Armada Front Differential with 3.36 gears (bought with 57k miles)
[+] Titan-length Radflo 2.5 coilovers powdercoated ORANGE
[+] SPC Titan Forged Upper Control Arms
[+] Moog Titan Lower Control Arms
[+] Moog Titan Inner/Outer Tie Rod Ends
[+] Cardone Titan Half-shaft CV assemblies with Heavy Duty boots
[+] Stainless steel titan-length front brake lines


Suspension:
Basically I HAD this kit but with an Alcan Custom Leaf Pack.
[x] Front Coilovers/Shocks: PRG Radflo 2.0 Coilovers with 650# Spring Rate (3" lift)
[x] Front Coilovers/Shocks: 14mm NON-STEPPED bolt for lower shock mount so that it doesn't clunk all day
[x] Front UCAs: SPC Upper Control Arms
[x] Front: 1" Nisstec Spacers with extended studs
[x] Rear Shocks: PRG Radflo 2.0 rear shocks 0-3" lift (21.5" eyelet to eyelet)
[x] Rear: Stock Shackles (cut because they fit like garbage with Alcans)

[+] Rear Leaves: Alcan 3" full-leaf pack replacement with 250-350lb extra weight
[+] Rear Shocks: Radflo 2.0 rear shocks 3-4" lift
[+] Rear: Longer U-bolts & U-bolt flip kit
[+] Rear: 3-degree PRG billet aluminum shims
[+] Rear: PRG Adjustable Shackles set at first hole (1" of lift)
[+] Front: PRG Cam bolts

Wheels/Tires:
[+] 285/75/R16 MasterCraft Courser MXT
[x] BORA 1.5" Wheel Spacers
[+] BORA 2" Wheel Spacers in the rear
[ ] Maybe black wheels with some offset or something, idk

Engine/Exhaust/Drivetrain:
[+] Intake Manifold Spacer
[+] Airflow Snorkel
[+] Rear differential breather valve relocate
[ ] MAYBE exhaust headers & catback upgrade (dual exhaust pls)
[ ] An adjustable tuner or a dyno tune once all mods are done

Armor:
[+] Hardcore Offroad Front Bumper with full guard
[+] Shrockworks tire-carrier rear bumper
[+] BTF Differential Cover
[+] Stock PRO-4x skids
[+] White Knuckle Rock sliders with rear diamond top plate
[+] Rear Shock Skids

Exterior:
[+] DepHep Roof Rack with rear storage extension & expanded metal floor (10% of sale <3)
[x] Remove OEM "mudflaps"
[x] Remove OEM sidestep rails
[+] OEM Bug Deflector
[+] "Nissan" badge off a 1986 truck

Interior:
[+] Weathertech rubber mat on front driver area only (lol)
[ ] Inclinometer

Recovery/Comms:
[+] VIAIR 300p Portable Compressor (this thing is GREAT)
[+] 48" Hi-lift jack (dad bought Circa 2001) & Roof Mount
[+] 20' Generic ~15,000lb Tow Strap
[+] ARB 30' 24,000lb Snatch Strap
[+] ARB 20,000lb Snatch Block
[+] Smittybilt 40,000lb 8' tree saver
[+] Smittybilt X20 10k Winch with Synthetic Line
[+] 350A continues, 600A intermittent battery cutoff switch with 12" 2 AWG cable to cutoff winch power (to prevent phantom spooling)
[+] QUAD ORANGE SHACKLES
[-] Midland 1001LWX 40 Channel Mobile CB
[-] Firestik II with HD Spring and universal mount with stainless-steel U-clamp


Other:
[+] 4-pin trailer wire harness welded to the inside of rear bumper
[+] Trasharoo (Tan)


------ PHOTOS ------


Most Recent:




Before Titan Swap:






Before Front Bumper:



Before Lift & Tires:





With Trailer:


Sticker Added:


100% stock the day after purchase... (after obligatory off-road trial):


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post #2 of 300 (permalink) Old 05-28-2016, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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MOD #1: Removed OEM Mudflaps



MOD #2: Removed OEM Nerf Boards




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Love that color, may I ask what bike that is in your Pic?
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That's the color I wanted. I'm color blind so I always ask my wife about colors before buying stuff. She said it's a horrible color.

Later on I showed her Kuma's X and she a admitted she was wrong. That green is awesome!
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Mod #3: Intake Manifold Spacer


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[QUOTE=AlbatrossCafe;3272129]Mod #3: Intake Manifold Spacer

Have you driven it yet with the spacer installed? Any gains noticed?
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Have you driven it yet with the spacer installed? Any gains noticed?
Only about 6 miles. I don't daily drive it so it could be a while before I get some real time under the wheel. But initially it felt a lot more responsive off the line. Just a small amount of gas pedal gave good acceleration. So an increase in "responsiveness" is a plus for me. Though this is purely going by "butt dyno" which is rarely accurate lol. But it seems good so far!

Edit: Now have about 250 miles with the new Intake Manifold Spacer. I'd like to say it made a difference! Like I said originally, it feels more responsive which is always a plus. Dunno about MPG yet. It was cheap enough and an interesting install that I'd say it was worth it.
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