Reaver's 03 Xterra XE "Gamora" build thread

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I feel the Nissan platforms are horribly under rated even in stock form. I'm constantly getting kudos from jeep Rubicons, that are impressed with what my essentially stock X can do.
Amen!
Especially the Xterra, wasn’t it specifically built for this stuff?
 

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Amen!
Especially the Xterra, wasn’t it specifically built for this stuff?
Pretty much, yeah. I've had instances where I was able to get over an obstacle in 4hi, and the jeep behind me ended up needing lockers and 4lo to make it over.
 
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Amen!
Especially the Xterra, wasn’t it specifically built for this stuff?
Pretty much, yeah. I've had instances where I was able to get over an obstacle in 4hi, and the jeep behind me ended up needing lockers and 4lo to make it over.
That’s probably the craziest and funniest thing I’ll hear all day. What’s he on some subpar tires or something?
 

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It sure is!

Sounds like you are better at finding the right line than some jeep owners lol
Honestly, I think it was more a matter of momentum than anything else. I may have just used a bit more skinny pedal than he did.

I would have high centered in the Fronty though.
 
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It sure is!

Sounds like you are better at finding the right line than some jeep owners lol
Honestly, I think it was more a matter of momentum than anything else. I may have just used a bit more skinny pedal than he did.

I would have high centered in the Fronty though.
Ooh, you got my attention. Why so on the fronty but not the x?
 

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Ooh, you got my attention. Why so on the fronty but not the x?
Wheelbase and ground clearance. D22 X VS D40 frontier. The Fronty has all season tires VS all terrain (albeit worn) tires.
Noted! I thought there was an inherent flaw in the frontiers, but going d22 to d40 would def make a difference there
 

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Noted! I thought there was an inherent flaw in the frontiers, but going d22 to d40 would def make a difference there
Nope. I'm not aware of any flaws per se, other than SMOD and timing chain guides, which were resolved after 2010.
 
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The short wheelbase is definately a plus. my fiance has a 2000 ford ranger ext cab 4x4 on same size tires as mine with about the same lift. The steering is more precise due to having rack and pinion but the 125" wheelbase compared to my 104.3 makes it not so pleasant off road. The xterra, full u-turn on three lane road. The ranger, 2 point turn at best. Anytime I know I'm going deep back in the woods I'm going to take xterra without a doubt.
 

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The short wheelbase is definately a plus. my fiance has a 2000 ford ranger ext cab 4x4 on same size tires as mine with about the same lift. The steering is more precise due to having rack and pinion but the 125" wheelbase compared to my 104.3 makes it not so pleasant off road. The xterra, full u-turn on three lane road. The ranger, 2 point turn at best. Anytime I know I'm going deep back in the woods I'm going to take xterra without a doubt.
Makes sense. I have a D22 extra short Crew cab and WD22 (wife’s) I haven’t noticed much of a difference between the two. But now I’m picking up what you’re putting down
 

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Makes sense. I have a D22 extra short Crew cab and WD22 (wife’s) I haven’t noticed much of a difference between the two. But now I’m picking up what you’re putting down
The turning radius of the first gens is WAY better than the second gens. I've noticed that vehicles with steering racks don't turn NEARLY as well as those with pitman/idler arm setups.
 
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Makes sense. I have a D22 extra short Crew cab and WD22 (wife’s) I haven’t noticed much of a difference between the two. But now I’m picking up what you’re putting down
Yeah. the xterra is so stinking easy to drive in tight parking lots and traffic without even thinking about. It just whips right where you point it. The ranger on the other hand, NOPE! You have to really think about where the wheels and the side of the truck is. It's kind of frustrating at times.
 
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A little update.

I spent last weekend disassembling and painting my drawer system (finally).

While it was out, I figured I'd take the time to clean up, and properly secure all my wiring in the back.

Went from this:


To this:


Much better looking, IMHO. now I need to get the hardware reinstalled, and get it back in the truck.

I've also found a metal switch box that will fit in the cubby in the center stack that I'm going to buy to replace my cheap plastic switch holders.

Then I need to figure out some folding legs to support the front of the sleeping extension.

That's all for now. If I can find time to get it back in today, I'll update the post.
 

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A little update.

I spent last weekend disassembling and painting my drawer system (finally).

While it was out, I figured I'd take the time to clean up, and properly secure all my wiring in the back.

Went from this:


To this:


Much better looking, IMHO. now I need to get the hardware reinstalled, and get it back in the truck.

I've also found a metal switch box that will fit in the cubby in the center stack that I'm going to buy to replace my cheap plastic switch holders.

Then I need to figure out some folding legs to support the front of the sleeping extension.

That's all for now. If I can find time to get it back in today, I'll update the post.
Looking good Brian.
 
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Looking good Brian.
Thanks Mike! I also took the time to build a wiring diagram, so that in a year, I can look at it, and understand what this mess of wires actually does!



Although, in the diagram, I just realized that the rooftop light bar switch goes to the wrong relay! Whoops!! Fixing that in the diagram right after I post this....;)
 
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Thanks Mike! I also took the time to build a wiring diagram, so that in a year, I can look at it, and understand what this mess of wires actually does!



Although, in the diagram, I just realized that the rooftop light bar switch goes to the wrong relay! Whoops!! Fixing that in the diagram right after I post this....;)
Do you use Sketchup? They have plugins for doing wiring diagrams as well.
 

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Do you use Sketchup? They have plugins for doing wiring diagrams as well.
Nope, never used it. I did this in Dia. It's clear enough for my needs. I can trace the wires and see what they're attached to if I ever run into an issue.
 
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