Building a 2014 Nissan Frontier Pro-4x in CA

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Vadim

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My off road needs have changed in the last few years and my 95 Isuzu Trooper, all though very off road capable, will not be able to tow the size of trailer that my family will be purchasing this year. So after much research I bought a 2014 Nissan Frontier Pro-4x, off of an auction about 2 months ago and have slowly been making progress on it. I purchased it with some front end damage from hitting either a pole or a tree. It took me about a week working in the evenings to get the front end mess disassembled and to get all the parts ordered. Then it was taken to a frame shop to ensure and adjust for any frame damage that may have happened.

After it got back from the frame shop, I was able to get the front end reassembled. In the mean time I had purchased a Coastal Off Road winch bumper and skid plate kit which I ended up welding together and painting myself.

After just 2 weeks of driving the truck, on my way to work I got a battery light and brake light turn on randomly. Car was still running and accelerated fine. As I got off the freeway to a lower speed, I noticed the steering is tight so I realize the belts gone. I just thought it had ripped because I re used the one from the accident. Turns out the new Gates brand fan pulley bracket disintegrated the bearing and the whole shaft came out. Time for all new parts.

As for the lift, I contacted Greg at PRG and turns out he was very local to me. We talked for a while and I decided to go with OME 2607 springs (and bilstein 5100 in the near future). For the time being the truck will get a 2" spacer for the front and 1.5" AAL for the rear. I also picked up some used SPC upper control arms a few weeks back from a clubfrontier forum member to prevent and future coil bucket contact.

I also installed 1" wheel spacers to get a more aggressive look. Definitely digging the look of the truck right now. Cant wait to get the new fan pulley bracket to see how it rides and how much the suspension settles

I decided to install my CB radio between the dash and center console. I wanted to be pretty discreet but look like a clean install. That didn’t leave much options other then the storage tray under the arm rest. What I ended up doing is hacking up the bottom side of the hvac panel and creating a slot for it. It turned out exactly the way I wanted. It was a lot of disassembly just to get the panel off. I also made my own antenna mount on the utilitrack rail.

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James Deaton

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Hey nice job! There is really no replacement for OEM parts. Your Gates bracket issue reminds me why I buy all OEM Mitsubishi parts for my vehicles. The lack of power steering could have turned out real bad...

Amazing how it could look so crumpled, then with a new hood and bumper it looks fine again LOL...

James
 

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Thanks for the support guys. James to say all it needed was a new hood and bumper is a SLIGHT understatement but I get where your coming from, lol. I actually dont mind aftermarket parts depending on the brand. I originally reused my oem fan blade which had slight damage to it so any off camber rotation could have caused the premature wear. Needless to say, I got the gates bracket again but this time I opted for a new fan blade and fan clutch. I think this time it should last but like the say, only time will tell.

Since the truck is still a budget build for me, I dont have the luxury of oem parts. From OEM, the fan blade, clutch and bracket was close to $600 but aftermarket it was $140.
 
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Vadim

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Man I didnt realize I was so far behind on updating this. Ive been doing alot of work on the truck in preparation for a trip next weekend. The simplest upgrades include relocating the trailer plug to the bumper and cutting off the stock bracket. Then I did the differential breather relocation to behind the tail light. I ended up using an inline filter and the toyota breather on the end. Installed my flashlight holder using a quick fist clamp, and then moved onto installing a light bar and wiring it up.

Now the time consuming upgrade was the my lift. Originally I did a 2"spacer on the front and 1.5" AAL in the rear and that was great for a few months but I already knew that in the future I would go higher. Recently I purchased the Bilstein 5100 front shocks, Bilstein 5125 4" extended shocks, OME 2607 medium duty springs and a 1" rear block spacer. The rear block spacer and rear shocks took me about an hour to install. However the front bilstein 5100 and OME assembly was a challenge. Primarily because on the first one I put the coil bucket on the wrong way. After that was corrected, things went smoother. Took me about 4 hours total for the fronts which included doing a quick alignment. Rears were about an hour total for both sides.

Definitely love the way the truck sits now. Front is a bit higher but with some slight suspension settling and the addition of a winch in the bumper, that should go down a smidge. Overall with the larger 33" tires and the suspension lift, I gained a total of 3" in the rear and 4 1/4" in the front. I also ordered some aftermarket camber/caster alignment bolts and it took me about 6 hour total to install these. The main delay was due to the oem bolts being seized up in the bushing so I had to cut them out and order new control arms. They are all finally installed and the truck alignment looks much better then after the initial install without the bolts. Going to get alignment done tomorrow.

I also cut up some 1/4" plate, drilled and painted and then used my own set of bolt, washer and wing nuts to mount to the utilitrack in the bed. Then I mounted up my quick fist clamps so that I can carry my axe and shovel out of the way of the rest of the cargo. I also picked up a Rough Country Pro9500 S synthetic winch which needed slight modification. Since my bumper is enclosed and pretty tucked up, the factory solenoid location and the free spool clutch arm were in the way. Took me about 20 min with no instructions to remove the controller and clock the gear on the winch so that the clutch arm is facing the front. Winch is going in tomorrow as well.

Also found a great deal on some used moto metal 16x8 rims with a +10 offset. Paired it up with some 285/75/16 Milestar Patagonia MT tires. Final pictures of the truck will be posted after alignment is done.

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Thanks a lot guys. Got more future plans but for the time being I’ll be helping others. Got a ‘18 Tacoma to lift this weekend, bumper weld up for a 90s Cherokee and a 2004 gx470.
 
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