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caain's 2012 Xterra, Brynhildr

Intro Comments: I wasn't sure I'd do a build page for this since my plans had been to stick with few mods. Spending any amount of time on this website makes that pretty much impossible, so here we are. This will still be a 'crowd goes mild' type build as the X is now my only DD option.

I'm a born and bred flatlander now living in the western Colorado desert. I've been into Mustangs and Harleys for years and sold my SRT-4 since it wasn't getting much love after buying the X. I got into a CJ/YJ build when I first moved to CO, but sold it to help finance the X as I wanted something a bit more stable (and to have a new DD). After a two wheel spill in June 2016, I'm off bikes, motorcycles, and stick shifts for the foreseeable future (but now I light up airport metal detectors like a Christmas tree, so I guess that's cool).

Username: caain
Xterra's Nickname: Brynhildr

Make: Nissan
Year: 2012
Model: Xterra
Trim: PRO-4X
Color: Super Black
Transmission: AT
Packages: Rockford Fosgate audio, PRO-4X leather seats, PRO-4X carpet mats
Mileage: 35,305 at time of purchase (September 2016)
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado

Legend:
[+] = done
[+] = in progress

MODS

Suspension:
[+] Front: Bilstein 6112s
[+] Front: Nisstec 1" top mount spacers
[+] Front: Mevotech/SPC UCAs
[+] Front: Wheeler's SuperBumps
[+] Front: SPC cam bolts
[+] Front: Moog inner tie rods
[+] Front: Moog outer tie rods
[+] Rear: Nisstec Deaver 2" SAAL
[+] Rear: PRG 3 degree billet aluminum shims
[+] Rear: Nisstec u-bolt flip kit
[+] Rear: PRG adjustable shackles
[+] Rear: Bilstein 5100s
[+] Rear: DIY aluminum brake line bracket
[+] Rear: Wheeler's SuperBumps
[+] Rear: 3D printed bumpstop extensions/adapters

Wheels/Tires:
[+] 285/75/R16 BF Goodrich T/A KO2
[+] Spidertrax 1.5" wheel spacers (with the fender mod by @AlbatrossCafe)
[+] extra PRO-4X wheel (spare on TC)
[+] McGard 24554 lug lock set

Engine/Drivetrain:
[+] rear differential breather relocate
[+] Gold Plugs in drains
[+] K&N air filter
[+] air box tube delete

Armor:
[+] P&P Engineering rock sliders
[+] OEM PRO-4X skids
[+] Ballistic Fab M226 cover
[+] Nisstec rear shock skids
[+] Maxterra rear bumper/tire carrier

Exterior:
[+] Southco locking wet box handle
[+] AVS rain guards
[+] Gobi passenger side ladder
[+] painted front grills
[+] Garvin roof rack

Lighting:
[+] Morimoto H1 4500k HID retrofit in stock housings (painted black)
[+] Nokya 2500k fog lights
[+] Nokya 2500k off-road lights
[+] Lamin-X over fog lights
[+] Lamin-X over off-road lights
[+] Profile Peak switchback turn signals
[+] Cree interior LEDs (5W red in map lights, 6W white in cargo lights)
[+] 21" Auxbeam Aux-Trend LED bar, orange/white (front bumper)
[+] 16.5" Auxbeam Aux-Trend LED bar, orange/white (rear roof rack w/ custom 3D printed mounts)
[+] 4" Auxbeam flush mount pods (rear bumper)
[+] Custom fuse/relay box (DIY)

Interior:
[+] Crimestopper heated seats (front seats only)
[+] cargo area rugs (DIY)
[+] pet divider net behind front seats (DIY)
[+] Soundbot bluetooth music adapter
[+] Digital ambient temperature gauge (DS18B20 probe)
[+] Reflectix window shades (DIY)
[+] Coolaroo window vents (DIY)
[+] 7 rocker switch console panel (custom 3D printed)

Recovery:
[+] 20' tow strap
[+] 20' recovery strap
[+] Smittybilt receiver hitch shackle (tampon), bumper shackles
[+] Master Lock-Out kit
[+] Viair 88P portable compressor
[+] 750W power inverter
[+] Hi Lift TM-750 tube mounts
[+] 48" Hi Lift jack (on roof)
[+] Hi Lift off-road base (in rear storage compartment)
[+] Rotopax 4 gallon gasoline container w/ DLX mounts (on Garvin rack)
[+] Cen-Tech portable power pack w/ jump starter
[+] tree saw
[+] random assortment of ratchet straps

Comms:
[+] Stubby FM radio antenna
[+] Baofeng UV5R5 dual band HT ham radio
[+] Nagoya 771R HT antenna
[+] TYT TH-9800 quad band mobile ham radio
[+] TRAM 1181 dual band mobile antenna (2M/70cm) (primary)
[+] Diamond K400 lip mount w/ Opek NMO 207-C
[+] Diamond CR8900 quad band mobile antenna (10M/6M/2M/70cm) (while traveling)
[+] Uniden PRO505XL CB radio
[+] FireStik II FS-2BK (primary)
[+] FireStik FL3-B (too tall for garage, will use someday)
[+] FireStik FL4-B (while traveling)
[+] FireStik K-4A
[+] FireStik SS-3H

Removed/Destroyed:
[X] OEM mud flaps
[X] world's most crooked pinstripes
[X] OEM cross bars (sold)
[X] Rola roof basket (sold)
[X] ECCPP 32" curved light bar (total garbage)
[X] OEM RF door speakers and tweeters
[X] Rear: Nisstec 2 degree aluminum shims (replaced with PRG 3 degree shims)
[X] OEM rear bumper
[X] Reese receiver hitch
[X] Wade window channel deflectors (replaced with AVS, windows stuck too often)
[X] OEM front and rear Bilstein 4600s
[X] Nisstec rear sway bar relocate
[X] OEM rear sway bar
[X] Energy Suspension UCA bumpstops
[X] Energy Suspension LCA bumpstops
[X] Nisstec 2" top mount spacers
[X] OEM UCAs

PHOTOS

The day I brought her home:


More recent photo:

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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 07-05-2017, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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After removing the horrid pinstripes and giving her a bath


Heated seats install, Crimestopper HSK150 kits in front seats. Test fitted a temperature display bezel but haven't done anything with it yet.



Installed my Gobi ladder, parking next to a fellow X at work
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Bought a Rola basket since I wanted more storage and couldn't afford a Dephep or Garvin yet


Nisstec 2" lift, Spidertrax spacers, and Rola rack installed


32" curved LED light bar installed and wired, Wade in-channel deflectors installed


Lamin-X on fogs and off-road lights, Nokya 2500k bulbs installed

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Smittybilt receiver shackle (tampon) installed


Painting front and rear bumpers



Morimoto HID retrofit

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Cut a rug for the rear, full size and half size for different seat positions


Baofeng (Bo-Dung?) UV5R5 dual band ham radio, mounted via @29erClan's piece of 3D printing mastery. Has since been updated with a Nagoya 771R antenna.

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Sewing my pet divider net


Sewing/assembling mounting pieces for the net



Net installed (not exactly pretty, but it works). I've been referring to it as the 'kindergarten class project'.
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Awesome rig man!
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Awesome job on the headlight retrofit. They really compliment the front end of your rig!!
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Installed my TYT TH-9800 quad band ham radio. I am not thrilled with how it mounted, so I plan on moving it a little forward and angling it up a bit down the line. Tearing out the dash is a bit of a chore though, so it's staying put for now. Antenna coax is an Opek 207C NMO, ran to a Diamond K400 mounted off the hood. I plan on mostly running a small Tram 2M/70cm antenna, but I also purchased a Diamond CR900 10M/6M/2M/70cm antenna to play with. It is a fold-over design, but I need to work on a way to secure it when folded over. I think I'm going to fold it back towards the windshield and secure it with some kind of clip off the roof rack. For now it's just easier to unscrew it.








I installed a cheap Uniden CB radio in the center console and ran power, but left the coax coiled under the console. When I get my Maxterra bumper in the fall or winter I'll mount the Firestik and run the line.

I got a small Blue Sea battery fuse block to clean up the wiring a bit (ham, HIDs, roof lights [currently unused]). Outside temperature monitor went in next to my heated seat buttons, but IMO looks goofy now with the ham installed. It's a pretty bright display though, so I wanted it down low so it wouldn't be blinding me at night. Temp sensor is mounted near the OEM location for Gentex-equipped units.

Still have a BF M226 cover, PRG shackles, billet shims, rear shock mount guards, and a u-bolt flip kit to install. Kind of in the dog house for spending so much time in the garage at the moment so those will be a while yet.
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Worked on a few little things before going up to Wyoming to see the eclipse. It was our first time sleeping in the X so I made some shades out of Reflectix for the windows. It's pretty easy to work with and they fit in all the windows great. I didn't do one for the windshield since I already have a shade for that.





I picked up a 4 gallon Rotopax and got that mounted on my Garvin rack too. Didn't need it in the traffic heading down from the eclipse, but it was good peace of mind.



I also made some window screens with magnets, but didn't have the time to sew in neodymium magnets like I wanted to. I'll finish those later. I used some Coolaroo fabric I had left over from a Jeep top I made a few years ago. It's usually used for outdoor shades or dog runs. Blocks 70% of UV and lets air through. Not bad. No pictures until I sew in the decent magnets and try to make it look pretty. My sewing skills are horrifying so don't expect much.

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