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Thread: My ongoing Xterra build thread

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2015

    Default My ongoing first gen Xterra build thread

    I have a 2002 Supercharged 5spd manual xterra and it's still pretty stock, mostly been doing a lot of maintenance and little things, but I've got some cool plans in mind for it still, just gotta keep pecking away at the list as finances allow.
    Quick run down of what I've done to it in the year and a half I've owned it:
    New power steering pump
    New brake booster
    new distributor
    new plugs and wires
    Repacked wheel bearings
    New brakes
    Replaced the Knock sensor
    New Valve Cover gaskets
    New upstream O2 Sensors
    New Cd player
    Bandit 4x4 Steering idler arm bushings
    Total Chaos Steering Idler arm brace
    And I've just ordered a set of Bilsteins for it.

    Things I still want to do to it.

    New tires - Looking to get some new shoes for this thing in the next couple months
    Rebuild the heads - with new lifters and high performance cams...
    While I'm doing that I'm gunna throw on a set of headers as well that will really bring the supercharger to life, just waiting for the cats to pack it in to do all that.

    Now for some pictures:

    The day I got it, the plastic grill was covered in some sort of yellow build up, that I quickly took care of with some elbow grease, wd40 and a (old)dish sponge. I ripped those dumb double mudflaps off as well.

    The next thing I did was change out the bad knock sensor, took about 10 hours since I did valve cover gaskets and spark plugs as well (Which ended up being the wrong ones, and I had to change them out again once everything was all assembled)

    There I think I was doing my wheel bearings, I wanted to post this to show how much cleaner the grill is now.. Also I had painted the headlight surrounds a darker gray colour.

    Just a lame picture of the steering idler arm bushings and brace.

    Now I hope this is allowed, I would like to share some of the pictures of my X in its natural environment.

    This is out near Carmanah Walbran Provincial park

    This was the road to Obstruction point, at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National park (Great spot definitely recommend everyone to go there)

    On the beach at Ocean Shores, Washington

    In the Redwoods

    Somewhere in Idaho along the clearwater river

    Near Nahmint lake on Vancouver Island

    The beginning of the Lolo Pass in Montana

    Lassen peak, California

    Our campsite north of Ft Bragg California.

    I'll try to keep on top of what I do to my truck in a timely fashion.
    Thanks for looking, questions and comments always welcome
    Last edited by Bigfnhammer; 01-09-2018 at 02:01 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Missoula, Montana
    Nice X! Great looking travels too..
    -A guy and dog in a truck

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Happy early birthday to me

    Im pretty sure these were OEM.

    These weren't, but were garbage anyways.

    Cutting the rear sway bar free was a bit of a pain but it's gone... what a useless item that was. I have my front sway bar off too, and now with the new shocks its way more tolerable.

    I know, I know. Exciting stuff, but it will get better, cheers guys.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Behind the Orange Curtain, CA
    Nice upgrades, those shocks will make a big difference. Looks like you've taken your X quite a few places, that's really cool! Welcome to ExPo, and keep on using that thing, it's what they're made for.
    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.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2015
    So my engine decided it was tired of being an engine and really wanted to be a sewing machine..

    So... in to the shop it goes.

    hey look its inside! good thing my toolbox has wheels.

    pulled the intake and rads

    Recovering the refrigerant, cause im legit like that.

    After I dropped the diff she came right out, they sure dont like to give ya anywhere to lift off of though..

    Dont be ignoring those P0420/p0430 codes else this will happen to you, seems to me that this cat let go and the debris got scavenged back into the cylinders and took out my rings..

    Got er on a stand and ready to strip down

    Oh look this first causality.. Bank 2 cam decided to chew on my head a little bit...

    Bank 2 head... eew

    Bank 1 Head.. pretty normals

    Cyl2 and 4 sure had a lot of play in em and they look gross

    I'm amazed that cy; 2 and 4 had so much play in the bore yet the cylinder walls looked mint.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Looks great. How many miles did those OEM shocks have on them?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2015
    like 135 thousand miles roughly.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Now we're cookin.. These showed up today, my block and heads are at the machine shop right now and I'm waiting on parts.
    hopefully get some new tires soon, and at least ill have the engine to turn em.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    New Hampshire
    Nice headers. What sort of power goals do you have, with the performance cams and these headers? Do you have to go with an aftermarket tune, or with the stock ECU be able to adapt to the increased air flow? I imagine you have some sort of upgraded exhaust in mind too?
    My vehicle: 2004 Nissan Xterra XE 4x4 5-spd.
    Wife's rig: 2004 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4 w/General Grabber AT2s

    For sale: 2005 BMW 330xi 6-spd. (SOLD!)

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    What kind of cams did you plan on running?

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