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post #1 of 145 (permalink) Old 10-06-2017, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Intro Comments: I'm the original owner of this 2006 Super Black Nissan Xterra S.


Username: General Tarfun
Year: 2006
Model: Xterra
Trim: S
Color: Super Black

Factory Options:
• Auto-dim/compass mirror
• Tow Package
• Rear cargo privacy cover
• Side Molding
• Mud Flaps (removed)
• Step Rails (removed)
• Hood Wind Deflector (removed)
• Wheel Locks (removed)

Suspension/Steering Mods

Front:
Lift: 4"
• Bilstein 5100's set at 1" lift + 2" Lift Spacer
• SPC Upper Control Arms
• Moog Coil Springs
• KYB Top Plate/Coil Bushing
• Febest Rack and Pinion Bushings
• Extended Poly Bump Stops
• OEM Nissan Camber Bolts
• Sway bar delete

Rear:
Lift: 4"
• Bilstein 5125's, +3" extended version
• 4x4parts 3-Leaf Add-A-Leaf
• 4x4parts.com 1.5" Lift Shackles
• Timbren SES Bump Stop

Wheels
• 265/75R-16 Toyo Open Country AT II’s
• Spidertrax 1.5" Wheel Spacers Front + Rear

Electrical
• Philips Ultinon LED Foglight Bulbs
• Hella 80/100 watt 9007 Halogen Headlight Bulbs
• Sylvania LED rear brake lights

Interior:
• Pioneer AVH8500BHS + back up camera
• UV film applied to windshield @20k
• All other windows tinted 30% over the stock tint

Fluids
• Only Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w-30/5w-40(summer) from the first oil change onward + Nissan Oil Filters
• Matic S until 150k and Castrol Transmax Import Multi-Vehicle ATF onward
• Mobil 1 Synthetic Gear Oil for Rear Diff
• Nissan 'Green' Radiator fluid

Major Repairs
• Timing Chains/Guides Replacement + thermostat + waterpump @147,000 miles, $1700.

Mods

Interior Mods
• Floor/Underdash/Console led lighting
• Center Console Compartment Light mod
• Dash/Interior LED Mod
• Rex Rug cargo area
• Noico Sound-proofing applied to the interior of all doors
• Fabricated 4 additional tie downs to cargo floor panel
• Memory foam seat mod

Exterior Mods
• Rear diff breather mod
• Painted front bumper, side molding, rear bumper corners, and roof rack with Mar-Hyde Black Satin bumper paint
• Painted rear bumper metal with Automotive Touchup KH3 Super Black matching paint
• Bedlined Rear bumper plastic top
• Painted grille with Krylon Fusion Textured Shimmer Dark Grey
• Blacked out all the badges with Black Satin paint + Automotive Touchup clear coat
• Airbox Mod

Electrical Mods
• Off-Road Mode Switch (ABS/EBD/VDC/TCS Disable)
• Fogs + High Beam mod
• Rack mounted LED Light Bar-REAR
• Front side marker conversion to turn signal mod
• Stealth headlight housing mod, painted trim with matching KH3 Super Black matching paint + clearcoat, deleted the orange sidemarker
• Custom 12-gauge wire relay harness for front headlamps + 80 watt low/100 watt high Halogens
• Front LED Light Bar + two square led fog lights
• Westin License Plate Bulb Housing Replacement Kit (for 05-07 Xterra bumpers)

My Write Ups/Projects

How-to: Change Gauge Cluster LED Color
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...led-color.html

How-to: Change Passenger Airbag LED Color


How-to: Cheap OEM-Style Camber Bolts
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...ml#post4283688

How to replace the license plate light housings on a 2005 or 2006 Xterra:
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...ssemblies.html

How to build an upgraded headlight wiring harness:
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...gen-bulbs.html

How to repair your master power window switch:
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...ow-switch.html

How to re-use the factory tweeter to make a wiring harness for your new one:
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...t-install.html

How to fabricate the correct bushings for the Bilstein 5125 on the Nissan Xterra.
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...-bushings.html

How to change the oil cooler hose that returns coolant to the engine.
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...rn-engine.html

How to make an Off-Road Mode switch:
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how...ml#post4254250

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Here's a pic from about a year after I bought it. The Yakima roof rack got crushed by a parking garage ceiling and the brush guard sheered off by an out of control taxi driver.



My history with brushguards.
BG #1: 60mph + Large Deer


BG#2: 5mph + taxi van driver blasting through an intersection.
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I assembled new front coilovers and bought the Bilstein 5125's for a 3" lift to put on the rear. Set the fronts to 1" lift but somehow ended up with a 2", combined with the 2" lift spacer on top the front was at 37" fender height. I put in polyurethane low profile bump stops on the UCA's and another regular bump stop on the LCA. The ride is great now, I removed the rear sway bar too and the ride is much more planted without it.

It's settled some in the last week down to 36.5" and I'd be happy if it dropped another 1/2."





I had to build the lower mount bushings myself and it's pretty easy to do. The old ones press out really easily, I pressed in the new polyurethane ones that have a .75" eye. I ended up with red bushings since that's all that was available on Prime. Would have preferred black but you can't really see them anyway so I'll live.

I ordered a 12 inch section of tube from onlinemetals which has a location here in Ga just outside Atlanta. I signed up for an account and didn't do the order for a few days and I got an email from them for free shipping so I ordered in the afternoon and it was delivered by UPS the next day. After that I measured the pipe to a 1.65" length and wrapped a tie wrap around it to mark the cut point and sawed two of those off. I cleaned up the edges and applied some silicon based grease and pressed them into the bushings and they fit the stockc bolts/mounts perfectly.

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Installed a double layer of 50 Mil Noico sound deadening mat on the inner side of all the doors. I cleaned the surface up with acetone and the mat stuck to it like glue.

The doors feel slightly heavier now (not a bad thing) and they close with a nice thud instead of the hollow ringing I was getting before. Road noise is definitely reduced although I don't have a decibel measurement or anything. It's funny now because I notice sounds coming from other areas that I didn't notice before so I'll tackle those next.

Nissan actually installed very tiny amounts of a similar sound deadening mat inside our doors but its not nearly enough, I covered the entire door and checked it for clearance with no issues. I also spray some white lithium grease on the power window track while I was in there and now my windows power up/down nicely again.
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So the front suspension hasn't sagged. It will drop 1/4" depending on the slope of where it's parked. After talking with Greg at PRG about everything he steered me towards the SPC UCA's since I don't want to lower the front or rear any. The coil bucket contact has been ridiculous and makes driving a pretty rough experience since the front wheels can't drop more than an inch.

Just got the SPC's in the mail today so they are going in tonight! I picked up a 32mm socket at Lowe's this morning and some Valvoline Moly-Fortified Multi-Purpose Grease. Part# VV633 from Napa along with grease gun.

My final front suspension setup will be this:

Bilstein 5100 set to 1" lift
Moog coil springs
KYB top plate and coil bushing
2" lift spacer
SPC Upper Control Arms

Final ride height is 37"

Tomorrow I'm putting in a Hellwig LP-15 (I think, I'm not sure if it will fit but I'm going to try so we'll have another option besides the 550's) which I think will lift the rear maybe a 3/4" so I'll get a little bit of rake back. Next job won't be as much fun! Valve Cover Gaskets...
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Got the Hellwig LP-15's installed last night! Ride height on rear is 37.75.


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hopefully soon haha, I've spent too much time recently on mods and haven't been able to hit the mountains once to enjoy them and get some pics!
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I finally cleaned up my light bar wiring last night, I removed all of the old wires that were unprotected and installed new lines through a mesh sleeve. It looks so much better than before with red wires running all over the place. I pulled the firewall wiring plug and made a small incision for the wire to pass through to my switch panel and ran the wires through that. Before I just had the wires pushed through the side of it which left the plug unseated and was supposed to be temporary but it took me like a year to get back in there and do it right.



While I was there with the hood open I decided to finally do the VIAS TSB too. I bought the epoxy over a year ago and just never got around to doing it but it's super easy. All you need to get the 4 torx head bolts out is a medium bit flat head long handled screwdriver. Huge difference in noise while driving now, I must have been used to that rattling all the time. You're supposed to clean the valve with carb cleaner beforehand but since I was doing the job on a whim of course I didn't have any so I just went without. If it doesn't hold it's easy enough to take off again anyway.
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Here's where I'm at now with the suspension lift complete, sitting at 37" up front and 37 3/4" at the rear.


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