Welcome Lok47 to the Forum and congrats on your forthcoming graduation from ASU.
We're north of you up here in P'cott and we purchased an Xterra '01 a little over a year ago. I haven't begun to make any changes yet. It's a one-owner and it seems to be okay. I had it gone over by the local dealer as well as a mechanic (former enduro champion of years gone by) I respect and nothing is out of whack.
I am glad to read the comments above and will pay attention to them myself.
What kind of racing do you do? Our son-in-law is involved with KTM (SCORE, BITD, Dakar, etc.) and we just returned from the BITD TT250. Were you in Pahrump?
"I'm ahead of the game and can afford to take chances." --Theodore Roosevelt
'11 Mini Cooper Clubman, '04 Dodge Dakota 4X4