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@General_Tarfun. Yes...... you do a hell of a paint job. Also, how’s the lower bumper center repair coming? Can’t see it in the last pic. If yo haven’t done much yet, I had a similar repair from when I bought mine. Basically performed the melt mod on it and molded it back into shape.


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Thanks man! That piece I was able to get filled in pretty well but same as the grille repair I ran out of sandpaper way too early so I still need to go in and sand it smooth. I actually tried to melt that one back out and was able to get in a much better shape for the repair but it was an actual puncture in the plastic that went through that trim piece and into the one behind it. Both of those hits came from the same deer strike that destroyed the Nissan brush guard:

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Your patch is pretty good considering. Call yours a “buck bar” in front. If you still don’t like how smooth it is, try filling with..... liquid nail construction adhesive. Mine was a slice in the plastic next to the left fog light. It actually worked melting into the cut. After drying, I smoothed it out with sanding and lacquer thinner. Light rubs until I was happy and then painted. Next test will be NY winters. Or..... Hefty Fab and teach the deer a lesson. (And maybe some good eats?)


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Ha I bet liquid nails would work now that I think about it, that stuff sticks to everything. I was originally going to use bondo on it but the hardware store didn't have any so I went with the jb weld stuff. Just need to pick up some sandpaper sometime soon, after I re-read the packaging I noticed it said to use 'wet hands' when mixing the product to get a smoother finished surface haha. Thats the way it goes sometimes I guess, at least that part is really easy to pull off again when the time comes.


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I was feeling like it was time for a new alignment because I was tweaking it a little over the past couple months trying to figure out the bump steer problem so I woke up early again to head over to SCC Performance. I love that place, owner run with a focus on aftermarket truck mods and high end cars so they know what an adjustable UCA is haha. Anyway they did a great job on it, it took longer than normal but that's because on the test drive after aligning it they noticed the caster sensitivity I had forgotten to bring up and brought it back in to lower the caster settings some. Have to love a shop that puts in the extra time to get it right and not just close enough. Anyway here's where I'm at now:
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I finally did a headlight mod! It took me a day and a half because one of the lenses wouldn't come clear for me so I had to get a 3M Heavy Duty headlight kit to re-sand everything and it comes with clear coat wipe on packets which was nice. I removed the giant orange reflector painted the chrome trim with a body paint matching spray I had leftover from my bumper job, then sprayed it all down with clear coat. I've been wanting to do this one for a while now and I'm glad I did because I love how it turned out.

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Your X is lookin GOOD.
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New pics of the headlight mod, side by side old and new:



And a side shot, the lines are so much cleaner now with that giant reflector out of the housing:

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New pics of the headlight mod, side by side old and new:







And a side shot, the lines are so much cleaner now with that giant reflector out of the housing:





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Got started last night on converting the interior illumination from orange to white, it's much easier than I thought which feel great to say for once! I learned how to test the led polarity with my multimeter to figure out which end is positive and the electrical board has the positive side listed which helped a ton. I didn't realize that the switches are always illuminated because the orange is so dull, the white really stands out now.



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