I'll post some pictures later today or sometime tomorrow...
I've had my '04 since my dad and I traded in the '89 blazer I bought from my brother and he paid for the rest of it when I was a junior in high school. I had a job detailing cars the summer before and was really good at it, so needless to say it was still a great stock ride (other than stereo, learned to upgrade that on the blazer and did so on the x as soon as I could afford to) while I had my parents money to pay for supplies to detail it. Lol, then I moved out in a fuss and basically quit caring due to lack of funds. I drive a rollback for my dad now, and I make enough that it's high time I get to work getting everything I can out of this thing. Well, I have started actually, but I just kind of try to figure things out as they happen, which I have already figured out can be very dangerous/expensive. Whatever... the only 4x4 shop here is a bunch of douches, so I'm not going to work there. I have plans to have my own shop, but I can't wait until then to start working on the x. I got my grandmother's '88 camry that had been sitting in her yard for over a year and used the wheel lift on my rollback to put it on blocks and do my first ever real maintenance on a car (by myself.) Got the battery charged and all of the fluids handled and she's still kicking so I've got something to drive while the x sits on blocks for a while.
I put the xterra up on some concrete blocks with a wood block on top and started trying to get the exhaust manifold off on Friday... so I'm sure you know I'm dirty, frustrated, tired, sick of going to buy tools, and I have bumps/cuts all over me. I plan to get that finished today and then start working on getting my Doug Thorley long tubes on there. Questions so far: a lot. I'll look around and see if I can't get things figured out when the time comes to buy more parts and get everything down there put back together.
Stage 1: (Working on it. I'll be done in a few weeks-months.)
Washer Fluid Tank
Many future mods to come. This may take years.
Parts yet to order: (most I have yet to consider-ADVICE AND EXPERIENCE PLEASE)
02 sensors if needed
Suspension lift kit $1029.95 Part # NP12500 purenissan.com
Body lift kit?
Calmini steering system- $599.99 part # NP12450
Calmini sway bar disconnects $89.95 part # NP12520
Two catalytic converters
'01 xterra style blinker
Sick lights everywhere else
Rear Passenger Trim Piece (Current is damaged.)
Rear tire hang bumper
Some sort of toolbox somewhere probably.
Raw Materials/non automotive store parts:
2-1/4" Exhaust Pipe
?" tubing and/or plate steel for bumper
honeycomb grille mesh
(found a place to get a sheet for $90 or so, but I really don't want a whole sheet.)
Washer Fluid Container
(just going to use any old thing to save $. the rear window pump is already not working... will fix or replace.)
Possibly cut, definetly shape fenders
Replace driver door panel
TLDR: I finally decided to stop paying for school myself and get some loans, and I'm about to pay and work my way to a pretty sick xterra.
Someone hmu if you have done a header install yourself, I've got a few things I'd rather ask someone with experience than learn the hard way.