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Before arriving at the forums, I made quite a few
First-K @ N FIPK- did this 2 days after I got the X. Why was it stupid, because I was just going off of the brand and not going with the concept. I just got a K @ N HAI(hot air intake)
Throttle body spacer-yeah.....I got one...(had one)
entire Gibson exhaust system. Basically I bought the entire system and all that I should have got was a muffler- then I spent $120 for them to weld it on. Now I have a chrome tip that needs some rock rash
AC Body lift-spent the $200 and used hardly any of it
Calmini SL- besides not buying their shocks. this was a stupid purchase. I bought the entire thing, not knowing that a 3" SL could just be accomplished with UCA's, shackles. and an AAL, and I would have done without the sway extensions and the bumpstop extensions
As far as repairs go-I had a shop fix a wheel bearing using 2 screwdrivers for $40.
It seems to me that most after market front and rear bumpers, tire racks, etc.. Probably aren't the best mods since the xterra isn't rated to hold much weight
And if you want to tow anything on top of that..
Anyway, i think its the main thing that wears down your drive train.. No faster way to reduce the life of your drive train than going over load capacity or tow rating..
Sure you can do it, but I really think its a risk, also puts a lot of extra stress on other systems, like your cooling system, you'll also run hotter, causing a lot more wear and stress damage to most joints, connectors, fittings etc as well.. Leading to the higher possibility of a crack or leak in something that can end up bending a valve and requiring a complete engine rebuild.. Not to mention the increased stress and wear on the transmission and its shifting.
And I'm pretty sure those ratings dont factor in off-roading up very long and steep inclines etc.
Anyway.. I personally don't think its worth the extra effort your vehicle needs to exert or the extra strain its under, since you won't be actually needing that but a small percentage of the time you're driving with it on.
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