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the X hasnt been too bad on the wallet lately, moreso on the back!

last night i did the front pads and exchnaged as much of the old brake fluid as i could without bleeding them.

today i replced the bank 1(pass side) o2 sensor, i had purchased the sensor a while ago along with the cat, but turns out it was the cat that was bad and resolved the code until yesterday the p0420 came on so i went ahead and swapped out the old 02 sensor, pretty easy job, all i did was remove the tire. the clip/ harness plug was a pita to reach but not the worst ever. I should have jsut done it when i did the cat as it would have been much easier.

just got back from the parts store to get oil for our tacoma, it doesnt get driven as much as its been like 9 months since i changed the oil, its only got about 2500 miles on it, i was trying to wait until 3500 but its just taking too long!

I think i hear my rear brakes squeaking so i think some rear pads are the next thing on the list. and idk how long pads take to bed in but the brakes feel little soft after the change, which is the opposite of what i expected with the new pads and new fluids. the rotors are pretty shiny, like mirror shiny, so maybe they need to be replaced or resurfaced?

lots of little things lately. which is ok with me.
 

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Dropped $410 for a set of rims and tires. Bought a set of 2019 Frontier wheels with a brand new set of Primewell H/T tires.for my 2008 Off Road.
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They were take offs as the owner upgraded wheels and tires. I wanted a set of newer styled wheels and plan to use them for every day driving for better mileage and will swap out the Michelin M/S tires and buy a set of M/Ts or A/Ts to use when off roading.
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Ordered the tried and true Cobra 75 CB from Right Channel Radios. I have a Rugged Radio but CB’s are still useful out on the trails around here.
 

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FWIW, a buddy and drove into the headwaters of a Skeena River tributary about a week ago. Buddy worked treeplanting and timber cruising for decades in the BC bush.

To get to a certain spot, I put the X into 4-low to go down this dirt path that in the beginning looks like an almost vertical descent from the logging road. I rarely use 4-low. Buddy expressed fears going down and coming back up. The Xterra came through in flying colours with zero difficulty. There might have been a little bit of slippage as the X got back onto the logging road.

The tires were Michelin LTX M&S. These tires also work like a hot damn on steep loose-rock surfaces. Add the water siping capabilities, low rolling resistance and the quietness and all I can say is that I have been most pleased.

I go lots of places in the British Columbia semi-wilderness that many with 4X4 trucks equipped with AT tires are afraid to undertake. Equipment does not replace experience and know how.
 

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UGH!!!.... The direction I'm taking with Tonka is leading me down a path of minor expenses. I'm looking for an iPad Mini 4 for GAIA... and I bought GAIA GPS for iPads.... and then YOU guys have shown me that I really could use a scan gauge to monitor Temps in the tranny and coolant (as well as other things). To top it all off, I bought 2 DragonTouch Vista 5 action cameras, GoPro knock offs, to capture some of the trips and things we've been doing.
 

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UGH!!!.... The direction I'm taking with Tonka is leading me down a path of minor expenses. I'm looking for an iPad Mini 4 for GAIA... and I bought GAIA GPS for iPads.... and then YOU guys have shown me that I really could use a scan gauge to monitor Temps in the tranny and coolant (as well as other things). To top it all off, I bought 2 DragonTouch Vista 5 action cameras, GoPro knock offs, to capture some of the trips and things we've been doing.
What’s a couple diverted paychecks???. At least you’re not getting a second X for just a DD


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FWIW, a buddy and drove into the headwaters of a Skeena River tributary about a week ago. Buddy worked treeplanting and timber cruising for decades in the BC bush.

To get to a certain spot, I put the X into 4-low to go down this dirt path that in the beginning looks like an almost vertical descent from the logging road. I rarely use 4-low. Buddy expressed fears going down and coming back up. The Xterra came through in flying colours with zero difficulty. There might have been a little bit of slippage as the X got back onto the logging road.

The tires were Michelin LTX M&S. These tires also work like a hot damn on steep loose-rock surfaces. Add the water siping capabilities, low rolling resistance and the quietness and all I can say is that I have been most pleased.

I go lots of places in the British Columbia semi-wilderness that many with 4X4 trucks equipped with AT tires are afraid to undertake. Equipment does not replace experience and know how.
Good to know about the Michelins as I have a set of those on my X. I just bought a Set of wheels and they came with a new set of H/T tires to use for everyday and swap to the M&S to go off roading.
 

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$14.50 for a Washer reservoir and a Cargo Net from LKQ U-Pull it Swapped tout the leaking reservoir after dinner. The cargo net is nice. Came out of a Murano
 

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UGH!!!.... The direction I'm taking with Tonka is leading me down a path of minor expenses. I'm looking for an iPad Mini 4 for GAIA... and I bought GAIA GPS for iPads.... and then YOU guys have shown me that I really could use a scan gauge to monitor Temps in the tranny and coolant (as well as other things). To top it all off, I bought 2 DragonTouch Vista 5 action cameras, GoPro knock offs, to capture some of the trips and things we've been doing.
Hey I'd be interested to know how you like those Dragon Touch cameras. I've been thinking about getting a decent/cheaper camera for recording some camping/offroading stuff. Thanks!
 

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Hey I'd be interested to know how you like those Dragon Touch cameras. I've been thinking about getting a decent/cheaper camera for recording some camping/offroading stuff. Thanks!
We took this offline, so as to not clutter up the thread. If anyone wants the info just ask and I'll fill you in.
 

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Would love to hear more. I don’t think it’s off topic.


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OK..... LOL

Question: Tell me about the camera

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Dragon Touch Camera

I looked at a bunch of action cameras, did a lot of research (fell down a rabbit hole there) and actually bought an Akaso camera first. When I got it, it worked great for a day then froze. In the meantime my roommate had bought a Dragon Touch and was amazed at how easy to use the camera was and the quality of video and pictures. Even though the box you get will say 12 Mega Pixel, the camera is really 20 MP. It has less features than a GoPro but that is also an advantage as there is less to think about and setup.

One of my videos shot in 1080p 60fps. The camera is mounted inside on a suction cup windshield mount. Windshield Mount
I recently bought another camera and mounted that on the air-dam above the windshield. I use 128 gig scandisk memory cards which gives me about 8 hours of video. The batteries seem to last about 90 minutes so I also bought this:
Extra Batteries and Charger
They seem to recharge rather quickly if you have a usb adapter in the car capable of 4 amps. I have an inverter and it has a 4 amp usb output port.

For an inexpensive camera, it is great. You can power it via the USB port on the side, I do that with the inside camera. I think my initial investment was about $150 total, camera, memory card, extra batteries and extra charger, and windshield mount. I figure that even if the camera gets damaged somehow, $70 is way less than a GoPro.

Question: Any downsides to this cam? Have you tried it in low light settings? That’s an easy area to fall short on.

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Low light isn't the best, but then again even the GoPro isn't all that great in low light. Since I do almost all of my videoing during daylight I haven't found the low light to be all that bad. Even in the rainstorm ontop of Slumgullion Pass, where you have rain, dark clouds, and almost anything else you can think of, the video was still decent and usable. In the house with the lights off and evening time.... well..... lol not so good.

The user manual that comes with the camera is lacking, but Googling "DragonTouch Vista 5 User Manual" you can find a more in-depth manual in pdf format. Well worth downloading.

Downside...... audio from the built in mic is terrible... IMHO... totally unusable. If you want decent audio I suggest getting the external mic, which brings up a possible "downside". When you plug the mic in, you can't use external power to power the camera. That may not bother you, but for me on trails or road trips I don't want to have to remember to swapout batteries every hour.
Also I've found that like many of the small action cams they tend to become very warm during use. I figure that since they are really small computers the CPU is working as hard as it can and as fast as it can to write to memory, so naturally it is going to run warm even without the water resistant housing. The camera I mounted inside the car has run for 4 hours nonstop and not shut down due to over heating. And that is the only downside I can think of.

It seems that depending on resolution, that every 15 minutes it is writing a file to the SD card, so you get a bunch of files to work with in editing.

For me, I have the 2 cameras, 3 memory cards (128g) and 7 batteries (a bit overkill but I didn't plan on using external power until I found out I could). The remote works great, so once you get the camera aimed where you want it, you can start and stop the recording with it. That's really handy when you're driving. Using external power and a switched power source, the camera will turn on when you start the car and off when you shut the car off. That's really nice because you aren't reaching around the front to turn it on/off. Then using the remote to start/stop recording you aren't fiddling with where you have the camera aimed.

Finally, see my build for photos of how I mounted the outside camera. The camera inside is on a windshield suction cup mount so I can aim it just about anywhere now.
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We had the notorious shifter bushing break recently but thankfully we were close to home and after watching a video I was able to take apart the center console and get the shifter engaged into DRIVE, so that saved us a tow truck. I’d recommend to any of you having this part in your glove box because it can leave you stranded, and it’s only 30 bucks.
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While I was in the center console I noticed the cables going to my charge port in the center console cubby, so I went ahead and tapped into those and installed an LED light inside where we are always losing things and needing to see better.
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I have a magnetic switch hanging around so I’ll probably go back and use that, though I don’t even notice the light while driving.
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We had the notorious shifter bushing break recently but thankfully we were close to home and after watching a video I was able to take apart the center console and get the shifter engaged into DRIVE
Can you share the video you watched? I've been thinking about this after reading I believe it was @mtnbound's experience.
 

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No mods for fun....but the good ol wallet hits that are routine/necessary jobs....all since March, so it became my covid project.....

XTERRA MAINTENANCE AND MILEAGE:

251,000:
*Front brake pads and rotors all Bosch Quietcast
*Proper lube on all brake parts
*Cabin air filter
*Intake air filter

258,840:
*Full synthetic 5w-30 oil change with Fram extra tough filter
*Transmission drain and fill - approx 3.5-4 quarts Valvoline max life full synthetic atf
*Spark plug replacement NGK laser iridium
*New valve covers and valve cover gaskets factory Nissan replacements
*New factory Nissan replacement pcv hose and blow by hose
*New vacuum hoses (cut by the foot at AZ)
*New plenum gaskets from Nissan
*Cleaned throttle body and plenum with wd40 specialist carb cleaner
*Brand new radiator - Denso - and upper/lower hoses and clamps
*New factory Nissan thermostat and gasket
*Coolant fill - Peak Asian Vehicle Green - 2 gallons (may need a little more)

All thanks to this forum, YouTube, and the fsm which was found on this site!

I still need to find a reliable replacement clock spring/spiral cable, as my horn/cruise/steering wheel controls are all shot and this is the month for my inspection. Any help would be awesome, older links I've found up here seem to no longer be up/active/valid. This piece has been quite a beeyotch to secure.
 
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