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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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NASARNO Build Thread

Intro Comments: I bought my X on Oct 2015 with 115K miles on it, but it was very well maintained. Just highway ride (which I was able to confirm by the condition of the car), no towing, all service record available on CarFax and done in the best local Nissan service center.

I use it as my daily driver and weekend off-road wheeling rig. The 2nd week after I bought it, I took it to Anza Borrego with a group of off-roaders; all in stock condition; with mud flaps and running boards. Then I added the ReadyLift kit (2.5" spacer front/1.5" longer shackles rear) and drove it to many places still with street tires; just removed the mud flaps and running boards. after almost a year, I started modifying it in a more serious (and consequently more expensive) way.
I'll post some photos of my car in action before recent upgrade following this thread.

Xterra's Nickname: Nasarno

Make: Nissan
Year: 2008
Model: Xterra
Trim: SE 4x4
Color: Desert Stone

MODS

Drivetrain:
- Front diff: m205 3-rib, ARB air locker
- Rear diff: m226, ARB air locker
- Gear ratio: 4.56
- ARB diff cover for rear
- V8 Pathfinder CV axles
- Breather air filter for both differentials
Front Suspension:
- SPC UCA
- Radflo 2.0 Coilover with 700lb spring
- Nisstec 1" Lift Top Plate Spacer
- Sway bar removed
Rear Suspension:
- PRG 2.5" Dual AAL
- Bilstein 5100 Frontier version
- ReadyLift 1.5" longer shackles
- Sway bar removed
Wheels/Tires:
- BFG Mud-Terrain KM2 285/70R17 tires
- 17"x7.5" 4-spoke Factory Alloy Rims (matching spare)
- 1.5" Hub-centric Wheel Spacers
Armor:
- Shrockworks rock sliders
- Shrockworks rear bumper with tire carrier
- Shrockworks front bumper
- Shrockworks full-set skid plates
Recovery:
- Harbor Freight 12'000lb winch with wire rope
- Hi-Lift 48" Jack Red (all cast) with Off-Road Base
- Hi-Lift Off-Road Kit
- TireChains V-Bar tire chain with Spring Adjusters
- Recovery Strap
- Tree Saver Strap
- Towing Strap
- Snatch Block
Lighting:
- 55W LED Head lights
- 55W HID Fog lights
- Nilight 126W 20" LED bar
- Nilight 18W LEDs reverse light
- Pro-4X Roof light boobies
Camping/Convenience:
- 10 Gallons Onboard Water Tank with pump and quick connect output port
- Cargo Drawer System (Storage Drawer and Kitchen Drawer with built-in sink, faucet and stove)
- ARB 2000 Awning
- ARB Simpson III Roof-Top Tent
Misc:
- Onboard Air system using Viair 400P Compressor
- 300W Inverter with AC outlets in center console and cargo
- eTrailer 7-pin Tow Harness mounted on Rear Bumper

Next to do and wish-list:
- Rear Suspension Upgrade to Alcans
- CB radio install
- Extra gas tank (under development)
- Hot Shower System
- Apple CarPlay Head Unit
- Dual battery

PHOTOS
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 04:57 AM
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Nice looking rig!
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Nice work!
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Nasarno in action before upgrade

The first off-road trip 2 weeks after I bought the car all in stock condition. (October 2015)

Location: Anza Borrego National Park
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Nasarno got the lift!

Nov. 2015, 4 weeks after bought the car. This time with 2.5" spacer up front and 1.5" longer shackles in the rear (ReadyLift Kit) and mud flaps removed.

Location: Elliot Mine trail
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I scratched the gas tank!

This is where I scratched my unprotected gas tank.
Anza Borrego, Diablo Drop-Off, Jan 2016
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Now I realize why they call it desert stone. With the dirt on the bumper I'd probably mistake this truck for a rock from far away:

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Very well said!
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Rear Articulation

Yesterday I got a chance to test Nasarno's rear articulation. Here is some photos:
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Seek for advice on front articulation

While I'm almost satisfied with rear flex, I'm really disappointed with the front. It looks like I have almost no articulation up front. My front setup is SPC UCA, Radflo 2.0 extended coilover @ 700lb and 1" top plate spacer. I have full shrock skid + front bumper + 12'000lb cable winch. So, I suppose 700lb coils are proper setup. Problem is I don't get much of articulation. In this photo, I drove right-side up to the hill. But it looks like front suspension stayed parallel to ground, all the flex is pushed to rear axle.
How much of travel I can expect up front with this setup?
How can I improve it?
Any advise is highly appreciated.
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