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Glad to find a community to help me get to know my xterra better. Recently purchased a 2003 SE S/C and I couldn't be happier. It has 139,000 and runs like a champ. Any recommendations or tips would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Hi and welcome,

I have a 2001 Gen1 and what I found helpful was to look at other guys’ rigs that I thought I might want mine to be like. Take your time though. Get out there are drive some trails. If it turns out the kind of trails you like don't require an off-road bumper and a winch - don't do it, no matter how cool they look. I waited until I had beaten the hell out of my stock bumper, then I was sure it was time for the mod. You guys may want to find someone with a super charged X and look at their build tread. The three guys I found most helpful as example (and they were willing to tolerate ignorant questions) were

TJ's Build Thread http://www.clubxterra.org/forums/showthread.php?t=11532;

Brklyn.X http://www.clubxterra.org/forums/garage.php?do=viewvehicle&vehicle_id=1170; and

robcarync http://www.clubxterra.org/forums/showthread.php?p=490668#post490668.

The only thing that didn’t go as planned was the advice about body lifts. The conventional wisdom is that to go to 33” tires you have to do a 2” body lift in addition to whatever suspension lift you do. That may be the case if you’re going to 12.5” tires. In my case, I wanted to move to 33” tires, but use my 15” rims (avoid the cost of new rims ~$1,000). The stock rims couldn’t handle anything wider than 10.5”. With a 3” suspension lift and removing the mud flaps and trimming the plastic the mud flaps are attached to, I’m not hitting the bump stops or seeing any other indication that I need to also do a 2” body lift. The only downside is that I bought rock sliders assuming a body lift was in my future and now I have funny looking rock sliders.
 

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i would start looking into changing things out. Timing belt, water pump all in one shot. Spark plugs wires distributor cap rotor in one shot. Suspension including joints and control arms. Just preventive maintenance will keep it up and running. If you dont know what the previous owners have done better to just change things out so you know.
 
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