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I finally tracked down the replacement license plate light assembly for the 05-06 bumper design. Thanks Nissan, by the way, for just not offering a compatible replacement part for set of lights required by law to drive. Anyway the lights were made by a company called Westin and the part number is 00007153. The only difference is that the housings are chrome, at first I thought it was that crappy plastic chrome but it turns out they actually have a metal (I think aluminum) shell on them. I sanded them down, cleaned with denatured alcohol, and primed them this morning. Tonight I'll spray them with the base coat and then clear coat, after that they'll be ready to install.

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I need to do all of this new HID bulb install...this is a great write up/ build ...thank you!
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I located a small shop in Arizona that sells the 9007 sockets with 12 gauge pigtails already attached with a quality factory style terminal so I ordered 2.

My google-fu is failing me - would you be able to point us in the direction of this shop? Everything Iím finding is made in Asia with 16 gauge wiring.
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My google-fu is failing me - would you be able to point us in the direction of this shop? Everything Iím finding is made in Asia with 16 gauge wiring.
Thanks for reminding me, I just updated the post with the full parts list. Here's a link to that part on their page: https://ceautoelectricsupply.com/pro...ight-pigtails/
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Sanded and painted the replacement license plate light housings last night. I have the LEDs ready to go in too so I don't think these will disintegrate from the heat like the original set did.



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Finished with the license plate light stuff this morning. Good thing the Westin kit comes with a new wiring harness because when I pulled the bulbs out to put in the LEDs I took a look at the plugs and found them in the condition you'd expect from something off the Titanic. Rusted beyond belief. So I cut those plugs off and spliced in the new ones, heat shrinked and plastic wrapped the connection just to be safe.





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I spent Saturday replacing the steering rack bushingg...again. Two years ago I bought some Richochet brand polyurethane rack bushings on fleabay that turned out to be complete trash. One of the them shrunk and the other turned into a parmesan cheese block and disintegrated resulting in some weird steering lately. At least now I know why the alignment would be great one day and off the next and then back to great. Nissan sells a bushing for the passenger side of the rack but not the other so I used a replica from Febest, also an ebay part so we'll see how long that holds up.

While I had the skids off I noticed the radiator lower mount was a little loose so I created a zip-tie brace to hold tension on it. Other than that I found a few other things that were rattling and loose so I took care of those. Also I noticed a the output seal on the trans is leaking pretty good, I had to add 1/8 qt of Matic-S so I need to start planning that repair.



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Added an LED flush mounted light to the center console a few weeks ago but forgot to add any pics, super easy to install this. Just pop out the cup holders and there's a power cable to tap and plenty of room to use a drill.

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The Fedex guy just dropped off some goodies for me. I finally bought a small touchup paint and clearcoat for a really small spot on my door that's not big enough for the hassle of spraying it. At the same time I ordered the brand of bumper paint they sell, mar-hyde Black Satin to paint the rear bumper ends with along with a green scuff pad.

Given the wipe new treatment I did a year ago is completely gone now I'm going this route now, I'll take pics for a how-to while I'm working on them. I'm really hoping that this works out because it's annoying to have the rear bumper and the rest of the truck look good and then have nasty plastic bumper ends with that wavy pattern in them.

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