Nice writeup and I'm glad that you're getting more into the forum!!
unfortunately I wasnt thinking about a step-by-step when we did it, so not much in the way of pics. Started on the passenger's side with an angle grinder and cutoff wheel. We weren't sure how much we needed to cut, so it was a little bit at a time process. Eventually we determined that to fit these particular wheels and tires, (backset 4.5") we would need to move the edge of the fender closest to the tire back 2". But, again, that happened a little bit at a time, putting the wheel on, checking it, taking it off again, repeat, etc. But...Awesome X... and a great story to go with it!
Any chance you could add some more pics of your trimming job up front. Sounds like you put a lot more thought into it that the standard 'BFH to wheel well' approach.
So far, great. They're pretty quiet for how aggressive they are. Can't comment on durability yet. They were champs in the mud, too.I LOVE Nitto Trail Grapplers but don't see many people running them so I never get to ask, how do you like them?
Yup. those are browns!Nice write up! I love fishing too. Are those brown trouts? I took these year off from trout fishing and been concentrating more on the steelheads and salmons. I thought about doing the same as you and building a rod holder inside my X but I decided it was easier to just use my snowboard rack carrier on my roof. Your X looks good. Did you re-gear to run those 295's?
I can't remember the brand right now, I can find out I've got the receipt somewhere. What I can tell you is it is substantially thicker than the original, 2" as opposed to the puny original which I think was less than an inch. I'll post a pic and find out in the near future. Right now it's too damn cold!Nice build man... which radiator did you go with? I have my radiator pulled right now while I'm having the motor heads rebuilt at a shop in Burque. I figured I would do an almost complete restoration under the hood while I have the engine torn apart and that radiator does look pretty scrawny.
Also, as soon as I get the weight of the heads, battery, radiator, cats and intake/exhaust manifolds back in the X, I will put on a set of 33" x 12.5's (no body lift for now) and trim as much as I can from the front fenders. I'm planning on removing at least a couple of inches near the front doors, then weld patches and fabricate sheet metal "caps" to cover the irregular fender surfaces exposed by removing the fender plastic. I'll probably cover everything with bed liner as you did. Something tells me that I will still have to install BL pucks but I also suspect that a perfect balance between wheel backspacing, tire size/profile, and trimming may get us to where we want to be without a BL. I have a set of 1" BL pucks on hand just in case.
I admire your persistence when it comes to avoiding a BL; I too am determined to find a better way if it exists. Maybe our X's will cross paths out on the Chama next spring...
Thanks Man!I have never looked at your build but I found it by googling muddy xterra pictures, I really like the X!!