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Hello, I'm a long time Xterra fan. I thought I missed my opportunity to own one with the prices of fuel going sky high. I didn't see my self getting in to an SUV as a daily driver. :(

But the off road gods have smiled in my direction and gave me the opportunity to get in to an X at no cost.
Of course there is a catch.. It needs a new a/c compressor, it smokes after it runs for a bit. I'm hoping that the compressor is where this smoke is coming from. 馃

I have not seen the X in a couple years (when it was our friend's DD) and I haven't asked what the trim is or even if it's a 4x4 or 2x4. I'm going to take it as it comes and go from there.
What I do know is that it's a 2005 and that it is bone stock.

I'm excited to start my build and will definitely post my progress.
Sunday is when I go pick it up!

See y'all around
-RiftCo
 

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Hey !! welcome to the club/family / crazies ) lol
good good !! any ideas on what you going to do first ?
perhaps bypass or straight to change to new rad ?

thats what I did got stock X and now I am little by little working on it.. fixing it.. upgrading it.. I know for me its going to take years before it gets where I want it to be.. lol
 

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Hey !! welcome to the club/family / crazies ) lol
good good !! any ideas on what you going to do first ?
perhaps bypass or straight to change to new rad ?

thats what I did got stock X and now I am little by little working on it.. fixing it.. upgrading it.. I know for me its going to take years before it gets where I want it to be.. lol
Radiator is definitely going to be done first. I鈥檒l inspect the current one and go from there whether to replace it or just bypass.
As far as my vision for it.. I鈥檇 like to use it as my daily driver/side job work rig that can do some light trekking.
I鈥檓 thinking leveling kit with maybe some 33鈥檚 and some armor.
I do some side work installing/servicing 12v accessories. So creating a usable storage system is in the plans as well.

Oh and I feel your pain when talking about working on upgrading.. it鈥檚 a never ending process! But I鈥檓 ready to start again.
 

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Radiator is definitely going to be done first. I鈥檒l inspect the current one and go from there whether to replace it or just bypass.
As far as my vision for it.. I鈥檇 like to use it as my daily driver/side job work rig that can do some light trekking.
I鈥檓 thinking leveling kit with maybe some 33鈥檚 and some armor.
I do some side work installing/servicing 12v accessories. So creating a usable storage system is in the plans as well.

Oh and I feel your pain when talking about working on upgrading.. it鈥檚 a never ending process! But I鈥檓 ready to start again.
nice ! its sounds like a good plan ! you do low voltage work ?
and yeah , I would bypass it or just change the rad..
I did the bypass once I got my X and about a months ago I finally changed the rad, and lots of other things there.. it was a good half of a day project .. lol
now.. Im saving up for suspension upgrade.. o_O
 

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Other than some basics to make sure it's good and reliable I would slowly modify/build it as you see need to. I bought my '05 in '14 and really have not done a lot to build it up and blow Jeep owners minds at what I can put it through. So far I have put 1.5" lift skid plates, rock sliders, and a rear diff guard these are all I have done for mods regarding increasing off road capability. I have also replaced the stereo, speakers added a sub in a custom box, installed a cb radio some lights and painted the hood flat black to reduce glare. I will be many more years building it up future mods are going to be a bigger lift likely 3", bigger tires, lower gearing and lockers.
 

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Of course there is a catch.. It needs a new a/c compressor, it smokes after it runs for a bit. I'm hoping that the compressor is where this smoke is coming from. 馃
Seriously, wtf, how has nobody mentioned the smoking issue. Where is the smoke coming from? If the compressor is locked up, the belt will be making a horrible screeching sound and your belt will snap within a minute or two.

If it smokes out the tail pipe at start up and then goes away, you have valve seal issues. If it smokes out the tail pipe after running for a bit, your rings are shot. Either way, this is a major issue that needs fixed and is likely the reason you're getting it for no cost. It could mean a new motor is in order. There's no way to fix failed rings, other than pulling the motor apart to replace them, unfortunately. Damn all the off road mods, you need to get to the bottom of the smoking issue.

Is it blueish smoke? If yes, it's burning oil - not good. Is it white? Still not good, that means a head gasket is failing. Check the oil - if it looks like chocolate milk, your head gasket is toast.

A failed AC compressor will not cause this, unless you're talking about smoking coming from the hood along with a terrible screetching sound of a belt slipping.

Describe the smoking...
 

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Yeah a free X is always( I think) a good thing! I would def solve the smoking issue before dumping any more $$ into it though. bypass the rad, and then see whats up with the smoking.

It almost sounds like from OP's post that the smoke is coming from the compressor itself?? like from the front of the engine as opposed to the exhuast?

we need some clarification on that part for sure!
 

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The fact that he said he hopes the compressor is where the smoke is coming from tells me it's not coming from under the hood. HOPEFULLY that's the case, that's the easiest fix. Swapping out a compressor is definitely better than a motor swap. Although - if it's a free Xterra, a motor swap isn't all that crazy - if you can afford it. I just want the guy to know what he's getting into.

If I came off harsh, it's on purpose, lol. I hate to see a guy invest money in lifts and tires and whatever else when the mechanicals are no good.
 

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The fact that he said he hopes the compressor is where the smoke is coming from tells me it's not coming from under the hood. HOPEFULLY that's the case, that's the easiest fix. Swapping out a compressor is definitely better than a motor swap. Although - if it's a free Xterra, a motor swap isn't all that crazy - if you can afford it. I just want the guy to know what he's getting into.

If I came off harsh, it's on purpose, lol. I hate to see a guy invest money in lifts and tires and whatever else when the mechanicals are no good.
You鈥檙e exactly right! First things first, when I finally get to tinker around on it I鈥檒l be able to come up with an action plan on getting it road ready.

I haven鈥檛 seen the X鈥檚 smoke first hand, Sunday I鈥檒l know and report back.
 

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You鈥檙e exactly right! First things first, when I finally get to tinker around on it I鈥檒l be able to come up with an action plan on getting it road ready.

I haven鈥檛 seen the X鈥檚 smoke first hand, Sunday I鈥檒l know and report back.
Sounds good. Sorry to come on strong, that's just my style I guess. I just didn't want you to think it's just a compressor. I hope that it is, but you should be prepared for a worse diagnosis.
 
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