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Thread: Partsflyin's Mild 03 Frontier Build

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    Default Partsflyin's Mild 03 Frontier Build

    I thought I would start to document the mild build of my 03 Frontier.
    Long time Nissan guy, I think I lost count of all the 720's I have owned. The last one was an 85 that I DD'ed for several years.
    I suffer from muscular distrophy and finally had to sell of my last 720, due to difficulty with the manual transmission as my MD has progressed.
    Heres a pic of the ol girl...... Boy do I miss her !

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    I had wanted a CC Frontier since they first came out, so my search for a new ride (with an auto) lead me to an 03 at a local stealership. I drove about 6 different trucks and ended up going back to the very first one I drove.
    She was a bone stock 03 XE CC. Only real mod was the shell.
    I do alot of canoeing so the first necessary mods were to help make boat haulin easier, bolted on a hitch for towing of the canoe trailer , also needed a rack for the trips when I wasn't taking the trailer. After much pondering on how I wanted to violate the nice shell with some holes I came across a thread here on expo with some neat Ideas for mounting.
    Ordered up a set of Yakima roof rails, and went to the hardware store for some fasteners.

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    A little detail on the mounting of the roof rack I scavenged from the 720 before selling it.

    Yakima roof rails with carriage bolts in the tracks to keep as low a profile as possible.

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    Picked up some stainless hardware and fender washers for mounting the tracks. While planning the mounting I came with the idea to add some mini D-rings on the bottom side of the mounting bolts for some overhead storage.

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    Bought a roll of bungee cord and threaded it through the d-rings.

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    Added some super track rails on the bed rails.

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    Was dying for a lift but that was gonna require saving some pennies. After what seemed an eternity I had enough to order up the 3" Deluxe kit from AC.
    Went with the Rancho RS9000's and added a steering stabilizer while I was at it.
    Installed the lift myself at home, not near as bad as I thought it would be. I have lifted umpteen vehicles but this was my first IFS kit.
    In progress.

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    Rear 3 leaf add-a-leaf kit.

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    UCA's and torsion bars

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    Idler arm brace.

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    Completed lift....... Needs some new tires.

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    81 E-350 Quigley "The Spirit of Adventure" (for sale)
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=40668
    78 Bronco on tons and stuff
    85 Nissan 720 DD (Gone but not forgotten)
    03 Nissan Frontier (New DD)

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    Sweet frontier! I'm loving the little wave of them on here
    2002 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 (R50)
    Leveled OME MD Lift, 245/75r16 Cooper AT3s, Rigids, HIDs, Skidplates, Sleeping Platform, Bilstein 5100s, Magnaflow, Rack, CB, odds and ends.

    "Some men climb mountains because they're there. Some men drive off-road because it's nowhere." - Tom Collins

    Huell Howser made me do it.
    Allof75

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    I like the rack on the campershell/cap mounted low, always wanted a basket. ohh and very nice truck btw.
    2011 Toyota Tundra TRD Rock Warrior W/
    1996 Cache Camper
    1995 Toyota T100
    2014 Ti Fatback with some bikepacking bags
    1984 Koga-Myata Traveler full road tour kit FOR SALE
    1995 Trek 930 dirtbag bike

    Expedition Portal Member #4318

    Past rigs:2000 Nissan D22 Last-Frontier-Build
    1974 VW Type II
    1985 BMW E28 euro M5 Summer

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