My ongoing Xterra build thread

#46
where did you get your springs? great job btw. you've been very inspirational with fixing and keeping your truck working. I've got a dead R50 pathfinder (to rusty to fix) that I'm considering rebuilding the engine and swapping it into the X. It's a job I've never done but I'm game to try. My X is a 02 and rust free so I want to keep it as long as possible. they just don't make trucks like this anymore:(
 

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#47
I phoned these guys on Monday, they showed up Friday morning The first impressions on a longer drive that I used to bottom out all over the place on is that these are what the they should have come with from the factory. Nice smooth ride, no more bottoming out and it sits at a good height now. Really happy with these springs. Can't wait to do the front now.
 

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#48
where did you get your springs? great job btw. you've been very inspirational with fixing and keeping your truck working. I've got a dead R50 pathfinder (to rusty to fix) that I'm considering rebuilding the engine and swapping it into the X. It's a job I've never done but I'm game to try. My X is a 02 and rust free so I want to keep it as long as possible. they just don't make trucks like this anymore:(
Do the r50's have a 3.3? It's not a bad engine to rebuild, if the x is clean it's definitley a great platform IMO. The tight turning circle is where it shines, there's often times it's reminded me of my old Samurai.
I've often thought about getting something newer or whatever.. but then I do the math and like, whats the point. Its got a new engine and clutch, and I basically know this thing inside and out now so I'll just keep plugging away at it.
I wanna paint it too.. just rattle can olive drab something like that, never been a fan of silver
 
#49
ya 1st gen X and R50 share lots of stuff. vg33, auto trans, an or manual trans, front diff, t-case, and rear 3rd member (though on the X it is narrower then the R50) same final gear range and LSD. I had lots of adventures with the Pathy and now I'm getting to know the X. Something that is being lost in our world is taking care of something you have and making it last. most newer automobiles are not designed to become classics. they are only designed to last a certain amount of miles (kms) and then be recycled which is all well and good but not if new stuff doesn't meet your usage needs. since rust is not something I'm fighting yet, I plan on keeping the X as long as possible. At the moment I've done a PML but the rear bottoms harshly even though I've put in some AC adjustable lift shackles (sitting at 1.75in of lift) and some Timbren SES. when loaded the Timbren helps keep the springs from flexing into the negative arc range but even empty the springs sit almost flat. As for the paint, I'd use some plasti dip, if you don't like how it looks it will pull off (not as easy as claimed) but you can rip it off and start again.
I've looked at the guys you got your springs from. they seem legit. I'll be contacting them in the spring I think. As I have to work outside on the street. Shipping to Manitoba might be high but not much more than anywhere else and it is good to support Canadian business. I haven't found anything local.
 
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Rest assured they are awesome off road as well, you'll be very happy when you get em! They settled down an inch now and I expect them to stay there. Total lift is the 2" they said it would be.

There's been many a time that I've thought about turffing the X, and getting something new.. but then I look at how much payments would be and I quickly put my beige pants on and say nuh uh not doing it.
I like running older stuff anyways, it has character and you don't gotta worry about it so much, and the're a lot easier to work on. Every time I open the hood on my F550 service truck I cry a little on the inside, poor bastard that has to work on that stuff.

I actually went and vacuumed and wiped down my interior today haha. That's the most love it's gotten in a long time.
 
#51
That's some great pictures! I was out on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island this summer as part of a larger trip (San Josef Bay - Cape Scott). There is so much potential there on the island.

This looks like a great spot!



Congrats on the new suspension!
 
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#52
#makemyxterragreatagain is coming along nicely!

Re-indexed the torsion bars and installed new UCAs
You definitely need to be prepared to cut the old ones out of their home, they are quite happy to stay where they are.
I marked the old cam bolts and installed the new one to the same degree.. it got me close enough to be able to let the wife drive it to the store if need be, definitely going to get a alignment done this week.

I have all new lowers to go in as well. but I think I'll hold off on them untill I get new torisons and all new hardware for that..









 

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#54
Zip wheel, it was kind of a bastard at times, probably took about 5 or 6 zip wheels cause they would wear down and then id be unable to reach the end.