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Intro Comments: Hi Everyone, I got my Xterra in 2010. It's been our family vehicle since then and is what I use to get me to my hunting and fishing spots.
It's now retired as the family vehicle and I decided I wanted to mod it a bit and keep it around for my needs as long as I can. Just want it to look nice and make it offroad capable.

I'm handy with a wrench but time was always a factor. Since it's not my daily driver anymore I gave myself a rule that I would not have the X worked on by anyone else than myself.

There are a lot a really nice X builds on this site. This is not one of them LOL. Its 13 years old and been driven on salted winter road, but I'm doing what I can to make it mine.

UserName: IntellectualRedneck

Xterra's Nickname: Midlife Crisis

Make: Nissan
Year: 2006
Model: Xterra
Trim: 4x4 SE
Color: Night Armor

Mods:

Wheels/Tiires: 285/70/17 Falken Wildpeak AT3W on Stock SE 17" wheels

Suspension:
  • Front: 2" Spacer lift - Supreme Suspensions
  • Rear: 3" 3 Leaf Progressive Add a Leaf - AC
Exterior:
  • Dep Hep Roof Rack
  • Stubby Antennae
  • Mudflaps - Removed
  • Running boards - Removed
  • Nerf Bars - Removed
Interior:
  • WeatherTech Mats Front & Rear
Major Maintenance:
  • Koyorad Radiator - 120k km
  • Timing Chains - 190k km
  • Water Pump - 190k km
  • Eastern Catalytic Converters - 190k km
  • Every single freakin' ABS sensor
Pics:

Not new but stock

https://flic.kr/p/2h7aGLr https://flic.kr/p/2h7d9zR

Current:
https://flic.kr/p/2hC2ELp
 

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So this is where it started.
That supercharger whine was feeling like a ticking timebomb. I changed the timing chains myself over a few weeks in the winter. I can honestly say I would never have tried this without the help of this forum. A lot of reading how-tos and videos, and going through the FSM to be really sure of what I was doing.
This job sucked for a few reasons. A LOT of stuff had to be removed to get to the chains, and because of 13 years of salt, some stuff, mainly the crank pulley was darn near impossible to get off. I really struggled with that one for a while. Did all of the chains, tensioner shoes, water pump and sparks plugs all at the same time.

If you've done it before... you know this view:

https://flic.kr/p/2h658qj
Gory tensioner pics to remind what could have been.... ya she was getting pretty close to a disaster....

https://flic.kr/p/2h67GY1 https://flic.kr/p/2h66WVA https://flic.kr/p/2h67Hmk
This bolt..... This freakin' bolt......
1000 ft-lbs impact and a torch wouldn't budge it. Got desperate and decided to try and cut the flange... but it's recessed in the pulley so I used a dremel... it took hours and hours but I finally ground enough material away that the torch was effective and it finally came out... was very happy when that impact started to turn....

https://flic.kr/p/2hedQ7a
 

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Redneck Tip:

I refused to pay the $$$ for the "tool" to hold the flywheel. It was going to cost more than the parts going in. I just needed to fab something up, when I saw something staring me in the face.. (or foot) Every X owner has 6 of these free flywheel tools!

https://flic.kr/p/2hcaJYG
Perfect fit. (I cleaned up the one I used but couldn't find it for the pic so I just grabbed another one to show the fit)

https://flic.kr/p/2hegA5f
Just needed to be held in place with a strap and wedge something behind so it didn't move.
warning - at your own risk
https://flic.kr/p/2h68goB https://flic.kr/p/2h67v7p
 

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Embarassing to say but the OEM BFG Long Trails lasted 13 years! OK, so almost 5 months of the year I have another set of winter tires... but still. They all had plugs in the them, and it was waaaaaay overdue.
Got a set of 285/70/17 Falken Wildpeak AT3W's.
It actually drives better on 33s that on the old worn OEMs, but you definitely feel the sprung weight difference. Hopefully the AAL I'm waiting to put on will dampen that.

https://flic.kr/p/2h66AH1 https://flic.kr/p/2h64MNo https://flic.kr/p/2h64L41
 

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My A/C / Blower has been flaky for a while now. At first, it was just speed #3 that was gone. After a while, it would blink for a bit and come on sometimes. Then I lost A/C at all speeds except #1 but the fan wouldn't work. Was more that time to change the Blower motor resistor.
Ya think?
https://flic.kr/p/2h66Cof
Ordered a replacement on Amazon, and works like a charm. Also got some retainer clips for the bumper/fender liners that ended up being too big (10mm). The listing said they would fit.. but they did not. Will have to order some new ones (that are apparently 8mm)
https://flic.kr/p/2h64PGt
 

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Embarassing to say but the OEM BFG Long Trails lasted 13 years! OK, so almost 5 months of the year I have another set of winter tires... but still. They all had plugs in the them, and it was waaaaaay overdue.
Got a set of 285/70/17 Falken Wildpeak AT3W's.
It actually drives better on 33s that on the old worn OEMs, but you definitely feel the sprung weight difference. Hopefully the AAL I'm waiting to put on will dampen that.

https://flic.kr/p/2h66AH1 https://flic.kr/p/2h64MNo https://flic.kr/p/2h64L41
No rubbing?
 

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I picked up a Dep Hep roof rack from another member this past winter. I had to wait 4 months to get it back from Florida when the snowbirds finally migrate back. By that time I was deep into other jobs and it sat in the back of the garage until I was finally ready for it. It was in decent shape, just a little bit of rust and a few spots where the powder coat had chipped off.
I prepped it, then gave it a coat of primer.

https://flic.kr/p/2hxtQrV
Then went over that with about four or five coats of bedliner.

https://flic.kr/p/2hxq8uX
Installed:

https://flic.kr/p/2hxqeKc
I really like it. In the near future, I would like to get a cargo net to haul my hunting/fishing stuff on the roof, mostly stuff that I would prefer not to keep inside like gas can, outboard motor tanks, etc.. Also, I'd like to wire up some lights to the rear.
 

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Installed a lift kit. Nothing too wild, just 2" lift spacers and 3" 3 leaf progressive AAL.

https://flic.kr/p/2hC1VDB
I have some upgrading to do, I kept the coilovers I have because I wasn't sure if I would get too much CBC and have to upgrade the UCA, which would allow me to get lift coilovers and gain a bit more. In the end I discovered very little CBC and my camber stayed in spec, although close to the limit, so will probably upgrade to an assembled kyb or maybe make my own bilstein coilovers.

https://flic.kr/p/2hBY3uJ
Really liking how the progressive AAL feels. The rear slides a bit more on washboard, but not too bad. Takes a load well too. My rear shocks were only a few years old so I left them, they dont top out, so I'll stick with that, although I do have to adjust the abs line brackets.
Oh, and painted the calipers because its +5 HP.

https://flic.kr/p/2hC1RvB https://flic.kr/p/2hC2JN2 https://flic.kr/p/2hC2ELp
 

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Nice!!! I would call it more like "add a few leafs" You could remove your rear sway bar without noticing to much
 
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