Hey again Club Xterra, Revū here! I've got my hands on a nice little 05 Xterra 4x4 Off Road that I've gotta start modding out.
Here are the pictures of it pretty much the day after I got it:
I've wanted to D40 Frontier for a long time so I already had a list of Frontier parts to incorporate into a little Xterra wish list. Since the Xterra has to remain an easy driver with decent gas mileage I can't do anything too crazy to her. I thought I’d post the links here to help out others who are interested in decking their X out in a similar fashion. I looked around and the sites I found seemed to be the best price outside of junk yards and ebay.
 Volant CAI (Link
From what I can tell this is the best CAI for the Xterra.
 DT Shorty Headers (Link
I was watching some youtube videos on Xterra exhaust notes and came across the Doug Thorley products. The sound they make is pretty much exactly the kind of noise I'm looking for. Something strong and aggressive, but still subdued, not completely in your face to everyone you drive by. The headers are almost too pretty for metal that's never going to be seen (I've never seen that "ball" shape where the pipes meet the collector) but these seem to have gotten the stamp of approval from other Xterra owners as a high quality item at least when compared to JBA and OBX.
 DT Catback Exhaust (Link
Again the sound is what originally pulled me in to look at these. Though I like the notion of having a smaller muffler that has less hanging out from the bottom of the truck. Strangely my gripe about this system is that it doesn't look to come with a tip like the Frontier one does. Not to mention I prefer the swept side rather than the straight out the back look, but those are minor things that an exhaust shop could fix pretty easily. I still might just have a system built rather than buying a catback... but this one is cool.
 Magnaflow High Flow Cats (Link
If people have been following the posts I make on exhausts at all they’re probably aware that I’m big on matching up the diameter of the entire system, and that means new cats.
 XTP Intake Manifold Spacer (Link
My understanding behind the theory of how these things work is it basically acts as a gasket between the hot engine block and the intake manifold. The plenum stays cooler and allows for air to pass through at higher density which in turn raises horsepower. Seems like a cool concept, I'd like to try it out.
 Stillin Grounding Kit (Link
I’ve seen good things from electrical tests done after a grounding kit, especially when running HID lights and high end audio equipment.
[✔] Optima Deep Cycle Battery (Red Top) (Link
Another upgrade I’ve heard good things about when dealing with a lot of electrical drain.
 Ballistic Fabrication Battery Box (Link
I found Ballistic Fabrication recently and am really excited that they're based here in Tucson. If you’re going to be doing a lot of bounding about then securing the battery better can’t be a bad investment right? I'll start here and probably have a lot more stuff I'll want from them soon.
 Griffin Aluminum Radiator (Link
I've been looking for an aluminum radiator made to fit the Xterra for a while, and I finally found a thread from an old group buy from about a year ago on TheNewX. This puppy is pretty pricey, but everyone seems to say it's great quality, and Griffin may even be able to throw in the stuff necessary for an electric fan system to go along with it!
[Removed] Bilstein 5100 Off Road Leveling Shocks (Link
I bought the PRG 2” Spacer but since the previous owner had replaced the OR suspension with cheap Monroe shocks it became an overall terrible ride. In looking at available options I decided to skip the spacer and go with these shocks since I put Bilstein 5125s from PRG in the back with the AALs.
-Removed- After everything settled the ride just got incredibly bouncy and didn’t feel stable going over anything besides smooth surfaces. Decided it was best to cut my losses and just replace these things.
[Removed] PRG AAL Spring (Link
Without going too wild, these seem like a pretty solid choice to get a little extra height and to firm up the rear a bit. Heh, sounds like I'm making the X do squats or something, I'm leaving it!
-Removed- The AAL worked great, it added a bit of height and firmed up the ride… for a while. The leaf springs on my truck had over 150k miles on them, and they were flattening out pretty bad, even the AAL wasn’t able to support them for long. So I decided to throw the whole thing out and get a completely new spring pack.
[Removed] Bilstein Rear 5125 Shocks (Link
The Radflo Emulsion shocks on PRGProducts site sound awesome, but here I think I’m going to settle for price point.
-Removed- The only reason I got rid of these was because the OME kit I bought had their Nitrocharger rear shocks included. I wasn’t about to turn down new shocks so these went away. No complaints about them though, I thought they worked great.
[✔] American Outlaw Shotgun 17x9 -10 (Link
I had wanted a set of Ultra Wheel Rogues for the longest time, but Discount had too good a sale on these to pass up.
[✔] Nitto Terra Grappler 285/70-R17 (Link
Went ahead and got the Nitto Terra Grapplers and combined with the -10 offset on the wheels they rubbed real bad. I loved the way they looked though refused to give up on them and used the Melt Mod
, got rid of the front splash guards, and had just a little bit of trimming done to get them to fit beautifully!
The whole suspension system is coming out. I got tired of the X bouncing all over the place. I'm not sure if it's because of old springs or maybe something inherent in the Bilstein 5100 Shocks, but I'm throwing everything out.
[✔] Old Man Emu Xterra Suspension (Link
Full set of 4 Nitrocharger shocks, medium duty front coil springs, leaf spring packs, Xtra leaves, and greasable shackles.
[O] PRG 1.5 inch front spacers (Link
I lost about half an inch of height switching to the OME suspension package. I'm hoping to get it back plus a little extra.
 PRG Adjustable Shackles (Link
The extended contral arm length in the front will increase the amount of leverage spacer pucks add to the front lift. Being able to adjust the lift in the rear to compensate would be nice.
 AC Rear Sway Bar Quick Disconnects (Link
Alright, I'll admit on the road I can make some slightly aggressive maneuvers. No where near as aggressive I used to make while driving my 240SX, but enough that I don't think I'd feel comfortable permanently removing the sway bars. Some disconnects seem like a cool idea to have the best of both worlds when need be.
 PRG U-Bolt Flip Kit (Link
Rather than doing a spring over axle conversion, a flip kit would leave the ride advantages of springs under axles in tact while removing the weakness of having the hardware scrape against rocks and having less clearance and such.
After not being able to add in my spacers and shackles that I listed above I started thinking about the PRG UCA. After spending time thinking about the UCA I started thinking about the Titan Swap... Basically it seems that the off roading weak spots in the 2nd gen Xterra are the half shafts on the front diff. So to kill two birds with one stone it seems to be a logical choice to do the Titan Swap... but that changes a lot of things...
Complete Titan Swap
 Titan M205 Front Diff (Carrier) (Link
The heart of the 4x4 Titan Swap. This front diff should line up fine with the rear diff 3.36 gears for the auto tranny in the X. The 07 carriers with 3 ribs rather than two are said to be even tougher than the 04-06 carriers.
 Titan CV Half shafts (Link
These are definitely a less expensive alternative than getting the PRG longer axles that would work with the Xterra front diff. These shouldn't break under torque application the same way the Xterra ones can.
 PRG Titan Upper Control Arm (Link
These guys would definitely allow plenty of adjustment to fit spacers or coilovers or whatever else might have you to keep the X's body high and its feet planted.
 Titan Lower Control Arm (Link
What makes the Titan swap a little complicated is that these stick out about 2.5 inches further than the Xterra LCAs do. So this is what causes the axles to have to match and everything else to compensate for that extra width and leverage. Gives a nice stance though.
 Moog Tie Rod Ends (Link
With the steering knuckle pushed out an extra 2.5" by the control arms, all of the steering linkages have to be extended to reach.
 PRG Heim Outer Steering (Link
This just looks beefy for connecting the steering.
 PRG Extended Brake Lines (Link
And once again... 2.5 inches... brake lines need to reach out too.
 Titan D44 Rear Axle (Axle Assy Rear w. Housing) (Link
The rear axle will do a couple of things including line up the rear width to match the front, change out the torque member, and alter the wheel lug pattern from 6x4.5 to 6x5.5. This will give the Xterra access to the superior brake components on the Titan.
 Titan Spindle (Steering Knuckle) (Link
The first part of converting the front of the X for the Titan braking system.
 Titan Hub (Link
This will convert the front wheel bolt pattern from 6x4.5 to 6x5.5.
 EBC Dimpled Brake Rotors (Link
I'm not particularly leaning towards any brand, but I really wanted larger and dimpled rotors for the X to have more stopping and holding power. The Titan Swap seems like a great opportunity to get those features without spending upwards of 4k just in a brake system.
 Titan Brake Calipers and Pads (Link
The right calipers to attach to the spindle and torque member of the Titan Swap.
 Gear Alloy 727MB Wheels - 7908418 17x9 6x5.50 +18 (Link
This is the worst part of upgrading to the 6x5.5 bolt pattern is needing new wheels again. I figure though it's a good time to look for wheels that are light weight, and I'd like something entirely black this time. I think the X would look alright with these. My concern is that even though they have more backspacing than the wheels I currently run... It still might not be enough for the TS... I probably should be looking at wheels with about a +40 offset...
 Fender Trimming
I'm still not on board with doing a BL, so I've got some interesting ideas for how exactly I want to trim the fenders and then mold some flares on to both look cool and stay road legal no matter where I go. I know I'm going to have some weird issues to deal with in how I want to do it, but it should be fun figuring it out. Lots of cutting and fiberglass awaits.
 Pro Comp Xtreme A/T 35x12.5 Tires (Link
At this point the rig should be set up for monstrous off road ability and should be able to run over anything!
 Alcan Custom Xterra Leaf Springs (Link
I was worried if I ever wanted a Deaver Spring pack that I'd have to spend loads of money to get it custom made, but Nisstec has Alcans already custom setup for the Xterra! I'll probably go that way when/if I ever get that far with this truck.
 Radflo Rear Emulsion Shocks (Link
The combination of the Alcan Springs, Adjustable Shackles, and these shocks should keep the rear of the X stable over just about any surface. That could be fun!
 Radflo Extended Travel Coilover (Link
These with the Titan Swap in the front of the X should make this machine capable of crawling over almost as much stuff as a SAS'd X can. Wow... This stuff is immense...
 HID Headlight Projector Retrofit Kit 5000K (Link
I love the way HIDs just light up EVERYTHING. I added HID projectors on my 240SX and now I think I need them on everything.
 New Fog Light Housings (Link
My current fog light housings are cracked pretty badly.
 HID Fog Light Projector Kit 3000k (Link
These just seem to me that they’d make an awesome contrast with 5000k headlights. HID brightness, but in a more yellow light coming out of the bumper.
 KC HiLites Fog Lights x2 (Link
If I don’t run the bumper fog lights to an independent switch it will be because the fog lights on the safari bar make that unnecessary. Not that we get a lot of fog in Arizona, but most of the places I like to go camping in are in rather mountainous areas with lakes and such. And believe me, fog lights come in real handy during a mountain storm where headlights make it almost impossible to figure out the texture of the road/trail.
 Xoskel Lo Pro Lightbar (Link
After looking at light bar options for the Xterra, this one appeared to be the most legitimate. Most Google searches return a very generic light bar.
 Alien LED Light Bar 20” x2 (Link
Sleeper00 has been pushing a GB for these puppies and they look awesome. (Link
) They’re expensive, but if I had the money I’d definitely grab a pair. After overestimating the amount of daylight I had left once while roaming the paths around Reddington Pass I wouldn’t want to be caught at night again without long distance beams.
 LED Tail Lights (Link
Purely aesthetic. I love how these are very similar to stock but have that LED flare to them. I’m techie so little things like LEDs make a big impact on me for some reason.
A lot of this stuff I want just because I think it looks cool more than because they provide any kind of real function.
[✔] Bug Deflector (Link
 Wade in-channel Vent Visors (Link
[O] Rear Window Deflector
I'm fairly positive that this is going to look awesome as soon as it's installed. Just needs a little adjusting to make it work for the X. I'll post pics as soon as it's on.
[✔] Shorty Antenna (Link
 Rhino-Rack (Link
The base system needed to get other components to mount stuff to the roof of the X
 Rhino-Rack Hi-Lift Mount Bracket (Link
Probably the biggest reason the Rhino-Rack is on my list instead of the Yakima is because this mount for the Hi-Lift Jack has the capability of padlocking the jack in place for security. I haven’t found many other bracket mounts that offer that feature.
 Rhino-Rack Bike Carrier (Link
I think I actually need about three of these! (That’s in addition to the two bike carrier I already have on my spare tire…) I end up carrying a lot of bikes whenever my friends and I head out for a ride.
 Rocky Road Rock Sliders (Link
I saw these when I was looking at suspension parts. They seem awesome for the price and even have angled edges to keep from getting hung up on rocks.
 Flexi Fender Flares (Link
My tires stick out a fair bit from the body with the low offset and wide tire track. These fender flare roles are universal and should be able to mold to the Xterra’s wheel well shape and help keep debris from getting flung at the body.
 CB Antenna (Link
There's a thread on Dual CB Antennas
that Maillet282 posted an awesome article from CB Radio Magazine. After reading it I decided I wanted to go with an 8' Whisker that I'd like to have mounted to my swing out arm on my bumper. The 8' antenna sounds like it will especially outperform the smaller antenna, but if I'm getting the gist of the information right then, while stationary, you could open the swing out arm to hold the antenna away from body which would improve the reception and transmission clarity.
 Black out chrome emblems
[✔] Bedline all the plastics and bumpers and roof rack and rock sliders (Link
Have most of this done now! The bumpers and roof rack and moldings are all done. Took the side steps off while I was at it. Definitely makes the X look meaner now, and you gotta love the texture.
 Headlight Assembly - Black Bezel (Passenger Side Link
) (Driver Side Link
So Part of the whole blackout process which I think will make the X look awesome is changing out the headlight assemblies with the black rimmed ones from the 08+ models. In comparing them with 05-07 chrome assemblies all the mounting points look exactly the same, so I'm hoping it will bolt up without any fitment problems.
I finally figured out which bumper is on my X!
[✔] Calmini Swing Away Bumper (Link
It came with it when I bought it. There are a couple of things I don't quite like about it which I’m hoping to take over to a fab shop and see if they’ll help me modify it. (My welding skill is just suck still.)
Bumper changes I want to make:
[✔] Lights for the license plate before I get in trouble for not having any (Checked now but I kind of got in trouble first lol)
[✔] Add tow chain locations and trailer light sockets
 Heavy duty latch for keeping the swing out arm in place
 Get a better hinge that won’t droop under load
 Reposition the tire carrier so it’s more flush against the hatch and angle the spare tire plate to follow the curves of the hatch better
 Add a mounting point for a CB antenna
 Add heavy duty recovery shackle mounts
I got a lot of the ideas for how I want my rear bumper to be from Steeze’s custom bumper thread - (Link
) - He’s gotta be one of the most creative guys around here! I got a lot of inspiration from his projects.
 Rear Cup Holder - at a good price (Link
Key words here being - good price. I bought the Xterra with broken cup holders, and while it’s not really a big deal, it would be nice to have everything on the X as it should be. Anyone seen these cheaper somewhere?
 Cup Holder Inserts (Link
Missing just like the rear cup holders, but in the front.
 Xterra First Aid Kit (Link
Because there’s a strap and empty space where one should be in my X… And I get hurt a lot by doing stuff like rolling my quad off a mountain… I could probably use having plenty of these around.
[✔] Emergency Jump-Starter (Link
This seems like a really good idea to me. One unit that in a pinch can jump start your vehicle, inflate your tires, tune in to radio stations, and power other peripherals. I intend to start keeping one of these in the back real soon.
 Xterra Floor Hooks (Link
My X was just missing everything inside that wasn’t bolted down. These seem really handy to use the tracks in the back to keep stuff tied down and not sliding around.
 WeatherTech FloorLiners (Link
The ads on the forums helped out with this one! I was excited to find a site that sold some good looking black floor liners. They're a bit pricey, but if they're durable enough to last the life of the truck then I think they'd be worth it.
 LED Conversion (Link
Yeah, I’m big on LEDs… so what I mean by Conversion is basically everything. Replace every bulb with an LED equivalent inside and out. But also what I’d really love to do is change the color of the interior lighting from orange to red. That’s no easy task from the gauge cluster to the center console controls and the shifter indicators. But I think it would look awesome.
 GPS Stereo (Link
I wasn’t able to get an Xterra with a 6 disk changer or Rockford Subwoofer. Upgrading the stereo should be on the list of things to do, but why GPS? Well there are times my mother drives the X… and well… that should be ‘nuff said…
 New Speakers / Subwoofer (Link
I don’t normally replace regular car speakers, but the first time I turned on the stereo in the X I was annoyed by this static sound coming from the rear door speaker on the driver’s side. The speaker seems to be shorting out, so thought I might as well replace them with nicer ones. Also I’m looking for a good mounting spot for a subwoofer. Has anyone had any luck mounting a sub and amp under the passenger seat? Perhaps after removing the stock jack? I don’t want a huge sub, I’m sure an 8” shallow mount would make enough noise to keep me happy.
 CB Radio (Link
I saw that this radio housing is black and the screen lights up red with LED backlighting. That will go awesome if I can get the red LED interior panel lighting done like I want. I'd like to mount this on the ceiling though above the mirror. That's going to be a little tricky, but it would be awesome and out of the way. I normally leave the mic unplugged and in the glove box when I'm not using it. I used to have a CB in my Frontier before someone stole it (probably thought it was the amp for the sub-woofer… or something stupid…) and besides keeping contact open with buddies when out on the trail, I was raised around truckers and think they’re a hoot.
 Auxiliary Light Switches (Link
I heard somewhere that these rockers are supposed to fit the auxiliary cut outs in the Xterra as if standard. I’m not positive on that one, but I’m hoping to give it a try.
[✔] Heavy Duty Hatch Struts (Link
A pair of 175# of force rated gas springs for lifting the rear hatch. (It’s so nice to not have the hatch resting on my head to keep it open anymore!)
 Seat Upholstery (Link
My driver's seat is starting to get a little worn down, especially at the edge by the door where my butt slides over it to get in and out all the time. And besides just stuffing the seats back up, I think it'd be a good time to update the materials. Something closer to the new Pro-4x style, sturdy black cloth with red stitching, I think would be an awesome update to the interior look and feel. Maybe not entirely black though... this is AZ...
Here are a few pictures of Xterras that greatly inspired me with what I want to do to mine.
Don't know how long it will take to get this list done but the PRG spacers and springs are already ordered and should be here late next week or the week after. Once I have the tires I'll get the lift and everything put on and leave some pics of how it looks with that. It should be a blast, we'll see how it goes!