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post #1 of 92 (permalink) Old 05-20-2018, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Intro Comments: Bought my Xterra about June 2017, within a year I started this build/mod thread.

Adding items as time/money allows.

This whole thing is a learning curve for me, so I'm building a knowledge database.

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Make: Nissan
Year: 2012
Model: Xterra
Trim: S
Color: Night Armor

MODS

Completed:
OME leaf springs
5100 Bilstein rear shocks
Mud flaps (removed)
Step rails (removed)
Differential Breather Mod; Offroad Gorilla
Durago rotors and Cenric brake pads (front)
Wagner rotors and Raybestos brake pads (rear)
Timbren bumpstops, (rear) - Timbren JRC01
1" Nisstec Spacer w/ extended studs
Nisstec 2.0 Radflo extended travel coilovers @ 650# ordered 8/10/18 delivered 10/30/18 - Installed 12/2/2018.
Greaseable SPC Upper Control Arms - ordered 8/10/18 delivered 10/30/18 - Installed 12/2/2018.
Sway bar removal 12/2/2018.
Coil bucket trim 12/2/2018 then more 2/18/19.
Melt modification 2/7/19.
Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 285/75/R16 ( x5) ordered 1/30/19 , installed 2/8/19.
Lower control arms w/ adjustable cam bolts 2/18/19.
New CV axle - passenger side 2/18/19.
Replaced leaking UCA boot 2/18/19.


Recovery / Armor:
ARB 30' snatch strap
2 Shackles - Rhino - front
Dezert Runner Offroad front recovery points - ordered 2/9/19, installed 3/8/19
Hitch w/ recovery shackle- delivered 3/15/19
Shrockworks fuel tank plate - ordered 3/16/19 delivered 3/27/19 installed 3/30/19

Current: Ordered/ not yet installed :

PRG U-Bolt Flip kit w/ bash plate - ordered 2/2/19 - delivered 2/09/19
PRG Rear shackles -red - ordered 2/2/19 - delivered 2/22/19
R180 front assembly- geared to 3.69 - courtesy of Eric - 2/24/19
Shrockworks sliders, ordered 3/8/19

Fluids/ typical service

Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w-30 and filter : 1/26/19
Rear differential C200 drain and fill - Valvoline synthetic blend 80W-90: 1/28/19
Iridium Spark plugs x 6 : 1/27/19
Alignment 2/20/19

Future:

Differential cover
Bumper w/Tire Carrier - Dave @maXTERRA
Gas Strut Hood Mod
M226 w/ air locker - geared at 3.69
Onboard air compressor
Radiator armor
SS Extended brake lines
Radflo 2.0 Remote res rear shock - rebuild-able.

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Here we have my bone stock Xterra...before the insanity sets in.
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The OEM axle breather valve was stuck open ( yikes!) and was pretty filthy - see photos- but came off without too much wrenching.

The replacement breather kit from Offroad Gorilla was flawless.
Borrowing direct from other members mods - I routed the end of the 7' hose up into the passenger
side brake light, curved it upside down- and capped with the supplied fuel filter.
I didn't know how much room was behind that brake light, but it's cavernous in there.
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New brake pads and rotors 9/1/18
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Old rotors were toast.
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Say good night, OEM bumps.
New Timbrens arrived today.
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you don't need to put all of the pieces on your rig.
this was albatrosscafe's install, with to much spacer and not enough articulation.

your pieces look a little different.

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Take the spacer plate(s) out in the rear .
it just kills articulation up and serves no purpose since the Timbrens are there.

Like this


NOT like this



Between those 2 spacer plates you are probably losing at least an inch.
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Hey Chris - ok, yes I see the additional spacer in those photos. My kit does't have that. You're saying I wouldn't need it, yeah ?Here's a pic as they lie on my kitchen table. Albatross mentioned the additional washer deep down inside the bumpstop itself - should help it become snug.
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What axle do you have? There are a few used m226 differ covers local

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