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Well, after numerous hours, my Calmini lift is installed and the truck is aligned. I figure it took me about 20 or so hours, not including trips to the store for tools I didn't have. Oh, and I won't count the trip to the ER :) More on that later.

The alignment went great and ths shop was very complimentary of the lift. I have some things to work out. I have a dreaded rear drive shaft vibration. I installed shims, but still have the vibration from 20-40 mph, so of course right where I drive most. I will get that worked out.

I have to say, it is a bolt in, with some fights on rusty stuff. The take apart was the worst. The actual installation of the parts went smooth, but took some time. Had I not had fights on the stock part tear down, I could have done this in the allotted 6-10 hours Calmini suggests.

I did almost the entire lift myself. My neighbor helped with some heavy lifting on the front and my 15 year old son helped with torquing and heavy lifting when he wasn't doing basketball stuff.

All in all I am pleased. The truck looks great. I have a slight rake with the front lower than the rear, due to my stock front springs and the Shrocks bumper and the Warn winch. Hopefully the rear will settle a bit

I installed the sway bar using the drop mounts, knowing I need to do something else in order to have my Schrocks bumper skid install back on. I was torquing the mounts to the frame and one of the bolts started to spin. It was in most of the way finger tight, so I know it isn't cross threaded. The Nissan sevice manual says 100 ft lbs...I am sure I streatched the threads and whacked it. I need to investigate what to do now. The others I just tightened solid, but not near that torque level.

The ride is a bit stiffer, as to be expected. The handling is solid. The vibration is really the only problem and hopefully I can get that taken care of with a bit more work.

I think I am the third X to do this install. Fastdrmr, Trifler, and now me :cheers:

Here is a link to the photo album. Enjoy!

(I am not sure how to set the order of the pics...pics of the truck are at the bottom in photobucket site...sorry)

http://s148.photobucket.com/albums/s2/jtaoj/2005 X Lift/?start=all

The ER visit. I had a stubborn front diff to drive shaft bolt. It is a tight area and you cannot bet a good breaker bar in there. I ended up double wrenching, meaning using another box end for leverage. It slipped under full tugging force and I beaned myself in the head. I thought...hmmm...that wasn't smart, then hmmm...wonder if I am bleeding, and as I tipped my head down...lots-o-blood. Heads tend to bleed alot. That happened at 7 AM two Saturdays ago. Got stitched, and went right back to work. My wife thinks I am nutso.
 

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WOW, looks great . The grey powdercoat looks tight on the red too, very nice rig. As someone who had a Calmini equipped ( and hard driven :headbang: ) Gen1, I would bet your truck's better off now. Nice write up and pics too, congrats again.

ps- cranial scarification while building up your truck/great bonding experience
 

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Wow that looks hot!

Any unexpected extra $$ spent(besides the hospital co-pay)?

This is the lift I'm thinking about doing.
 

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Very nice. What tires do you plan to run?
 

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wow, that looks nice. i too am thinking about doing this lift. where in utah are you? im in the ogden area and there is only one other Xterra lifted up here. same color as mine (granite) but with shrockworks parts and decals everywhere. it too looks nice.
 

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That looks real good. :cheers:
After seeing everyones lifted Xterras, I'got a feeling when the cash becomes available I'm gonna be going the same route.
Though that may be a while. :sad3:
 

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kokopop said:
Very nice. What tires do you plan to run?
I haven't decided yet on tires. I need to save my pennies. Doing the lift myself gets me a long way towards that though (not paying the labor costs). Originally, I was thinking of BFG ATs as I have had great luck with them in the past. Seeing some of the tires others are running right now on this site keeps me waffling though:)

TeamMezmerize said:
wow, that looks nice. i too am thinking about doing this lift. where in utah are you? im in the ogden area and there is only one other Xterra lifted up here. same color as mine (granite) but with shrockworks parts and decals everywhere. it too looks nice.
I live in Layton, so pretty close to your location. I haven't seen the X you are describing. I will have to keep my eyes open. You will have to join the UXOC for a trail run sometime.
 

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I live in Layton, so pretty close to your location. I haven't seen the X you are describing. I will have to keep my eyes open. You will have to join the UXOC for a trail run sometime.
Layton huh? well maybe i will see you around the area! when is the next UXOC trail run? and how do i go about joining the club??
 

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Ah, Utah. The greatest snow on earth!
 

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TeamMezmerize said:
JTaoJ said:
I live in Layton, so pretty close to your location. I haven't seen the X you are describing. I will have to keep my eyes open. You will have to join the UXOC for a trail run sometime.
Layton huh? well maybe i will see you around the area! when is the next UXOC trail run? and how do i go about joining the club??
You can check out UXOC.com. Kind of slow right now as the site crashed right after the first of the year and as of two days ago, finally came back up. We will probably hold a March meeting, which we don't do too often and then it is Spring wheeling :bounce:
 

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Ah, Utah. The greatest snow on earth!

only if you ski or snowboard... which i cant due to a past knee injury (both knees actually). so it sucks sometimes. but i get to enjoy it in the X!
 

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kokopop said:
Ah, Utah. The greatest snow on earth!

only if you ski or snowboard... which i cant due to a past knee injury (both knees actually). so it sucks sometimes. but i get to enjoy it in the X!
I do and I have contributed greatly to the SLC economy. I have not been in 2 years since my son was born, but it is very convenient from NYC and cheap to stay in the city (by the E-center).
 

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looks great broo
 

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Thanks all, I think it looks good, but nice to hear what you all think.

Kokopop, the snow was great at the first of the season, melted down pretty good, but we just had a great storm today. I am not a avid skier, but my son has been snow boarding for a couple of seasons now and I hear a ton :)
 

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Schlitz said:
Which lift is this exactly? Calmini 5 inch suspension?

Thanks
yes this is the 5" lift
 
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