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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hello all,
New owner here of a black 2006 4x4 SE with now around 85k miles.
I’m coming from a car background, but wanted for a long time an off-roader and trip rig.
I love modifying vehicles to make them uniquely mine, and hopefully improving their performance.

So far, I’ve made the following purchases to fix what I didn’t like about my X.

Rear hatch shocks from McMaster (175lb)
Bumper Paint – Used on front and rear plastic bumpers, side moldings, and door handles
Bed Liner – Used on rear bumper and bumper cap
Plasti-dip – Used on the front grill
Radflo coilovers with 550 springs up front (not yet installed)

The paint transformed the look of the X, and I’m glad that I did it as early as I did. Prep was time consuming, but the pay-off is well worth it.
Ugly stock:

Newly Painted:

I'll add a painted rear shot soon (surprisingly don't have any other than a close up)

I went off roading at Hollister Hills the weekend that I bought my truck because I wanted to see what the limitations where, and what to expect. The X did very well and I followed my buddy in a 2013 Tacoma 4x4 Off-Road everywhere he went.
I did get a bit ambitious though, and high centered on a ridiculous hill I tried to climb. We had to use my recovery straps…

I’ve since gone several times there and other locations and found the things that are most annoying to me are:
A: the bottoming rear suspension (hence the coilover purchase and active search for better rear shocks to go with AAL’s)
B: my craptastic highway tires

I’m thinking of 33’s in an A/T in the near future, and as soon as I can decide between TJM or Bilstein rear shocks, I’ll be good to go.

I’m currently getting 19.2mpg which is shockingly good, so I’ll have to accept that mileage will drop a little with mods. My mileage increased by 1mpg after switching to synthetic oil.

I’ve done enough searching online to get notice on the watchful radar of my fiancé, and it seems like the X community is a good one.

Pics to follow…


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Welcome from Rohnert Park/San Francisco. Congrats on the X. Look at getting a rear AAL and then PRG products has bilstein 5125 rear shocks in stock. Since your doing front radflos then look into some UCA's and cam bolts for the front. It will be a night and day difference with that set up!

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Thanks everyone.

The Costal pic was taken just south of Pigeon Point near Pescadero beach off of Highway 1. There's a short little off road trail that I saw, and decided to test out. It's pretty cool to break up a boring highway drive, but nothing to go out of the way to visit.

I'll definitely look out for a meet-and-greet. I live in Hayward, and I'd like to find some new trails to drive on and head out to some good trails with a Nissan group if possible.

I'm thinking of adding the AC 3-leaf 3" lift AAL and TJM shocks, or just getting the PRG X deluxe rear kit. I would love the UCA's too, but I'm going to wait until I buy the tires and a bit of armor.

If new cam bolts are recommended for a good alignment, I'll probably throw those on when I install my suspension goodies.

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Welcome from Washington!


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