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Thread: "The Moose" 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Build Thread and some stories MNCarl

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    Default "The Moose" 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Build Thread and some stories MNCarl

    ***I AM IN TH PROCESS OF RE-LINKING ALL MY PHOTOS FROM PHOTOBUCKET TO IMGUR***
    ***THIS WILL BE A LENGTHY PROCCESS RE-ADDING ALL MY PICS***

    "The Moose"
    2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X



    MNCarl 2012 Pro-4X / The Moose

    Username: MNCarl
    Year: 2012
    Trim: PRO-4X Luxury Package
    Color: Lava Red
    Truck Name: The Moose

    Mods:

    Interior:
    CoverCraft SeatSaver seat covers (front)
    Garmin 2730 GPS with XM Radio
    10" Samsung SM-T580 tablet PC mounted to dash
    Weather tech floor mats front and rear
    ClinoMeter
    Xterra off-road lamp switch

    Exterior:
    Leer 100XQ Cap/Topper with Thule rack system, removable front window
    ACI Off Road Spot lights, 42W 8 degree spot beam pattern, 2800 Raw Lumens
    Tailgate seal/weather stripping
    EZDown Tailgate strut
    Redline Tuning QuickLIFT Hood Struts
    Ziebart rust proofing
    GrillCraft black mesh grill
    Antec Sliding bed tray
    3M Clear Bra Film on hood
    Nissan Chrome Tailgate Applique (Remove?) was on truck when I purchased it used.

    Armor:
    Shrockworks Front Bumper
    Shrockworks Rear Bumper
    Shrockworks Sliders
    Shrockworks Radiator Skid
    Shrockworks Engine Skid
    Shrockworks Transmission Skid
    Stock Pro-4X Transfer case skid and stock gas tank skid
    PRG Rear Diff cover

    Performance:
    Magnaflow 15580 SS Cat-Back Exhaust (Drone included)
    Extended Stainless Steel Brake lines

    Suspension:
    Front-Radflo Extended coilover W/650lb spring , SPC upper control arms , 1" top lift spacer.
    Rear-Bilstein 5125 Shock for 2-3" lift, Stock leaf with PRG Deaver 2"lift, Two leaf (add a leaf) & PRG lift shackle at highest height setting.

    Recovery:
    Winch: Superwinch TS9500 with steel wire cable
    High-lift Jack , mounted to utili-track
    High-lift off-road base / foot
    High-lift Neoprene jack cover
    Shackles x2 cheapo 3/4 inch
    Recovery Strap 3" x 30'
    Tree Saver Strap

    Tires & Wheels / Rims:
    2012 Stock PRO-4X rims W/ BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 LT285/75-16 E (Summer /Off-Road tires)
    2014 Stock PRO-4X rims W/ BF Goodrich Rugged Trails P265/75-16 (Winter / Street tires)

    Winter config:
    Removed Leer topper
    Added Access tonneau cover
    Swapped rims and tires
    Swapped out the original 2012 tailgate for a 2014 tailgate with the wing/airfoil (plasti-dipped black) , it was white in color off a base S model Frontier

    Last edited by MNCarl; 10-04-2017 at 04:53 PM.
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    The short story....
    A while back I traded in a pretty much stock 2012 Nissan Frontier SL crew cab / long bed for a modified 2012 PRO-4X crew cab.
    Old Truck:


    The long story.....
    Approximately a couple / three years ago I had purchased a used Silver 2012 Nissan Frontier SL Crew Cab long bed to tow my little Lund fishing boat. All was great until I had seen and read about all upgrades , mods and off-roading fun everyone on the forum website clubfrontier.org was having. So I thought I will lift/upgrade the suspension on my existing silver 2012 Nissan Frontier SL CrewCab Longbed, and maybe get some Shrockworks bumpers and armor.

    Fast forward about a year...one day while trolling craigslist one day looking for Frontier items , I had seen an ad/post from a guy right in my neighborhood selling a stock rear bumper because he had purchased a Shrockworks rear bumper. So I messaged him through CL and said hey I am a fellow Frontier owner and live just down the road from you...do you mind if I come over and look at your new rear Shrockworks rear bumper as I have never seen one for real /in the flesh. So I went over to Sam's house and there it was, a lifted Pro-4X with Shrockworks sliders, rear bumper and some other mods/upgrades. I was amazed and in envy of Sam's truck. After that first meeting with Sam I would stop by his house once in a while to say hi and check out his truck, contemplating what mods I was going to do to my CC LB.
    Now fairly recently I was on the internet trolling local Toyota dealerships websites to see if any of them had the new 2016 Tacoma(I had a way over my budget pipe dream about trading in my 2012 CCLB on a new 2016 Tacoma) I know, I know hit me with a rock please. While on the Walser Toyota dealership website I clicked on the "Used" vehicles for the heck of it and BAM! there is was right on my computer screen Sam's lifted Shrocked out 2012 Pro-4X , he must have traded it in. I immediately called the dealership and test drove it that day and then on my way home from work stopped by Sam's house to find out what the deal was ? Why did he trade it in? Was there something wrong with it? Sam was not home but I talked to his wife and she said no there was nothing wrong with the truck , Sam just wanted to trade it in on something different.
    So the next day I went back to the Toyota dealership and traded in my 2012 Frontier for a 2012 Frontier LOL. I don't think the people at the dealer ship had any idea of all the aftermarket items added to the used 2012 Pro-4X they were selling off. It was hilarious...sales people: "Why are you trading in a 2012 Frontier for a 2012 Frontier?" ...Me: laughing inside my head "Um...This Crew Cab Long Bed is just to long , It is hard to park , I want a Crew Cab Short Bed....I wasn't really lying LOL. But I do miss my long bed sometimes.
    I don't want to get into the dollars $.$$ too much here but with taking a hit on my trade-in value of my CC LB and the mark-up of retail price of the Pro-4X , I would say I came out pretty even on the money.... probably a little ahead. If you look at it like this: If I were to add all the aftermarket items Shrockworks bumpers, skids, sliders, Topper/Camper shell and many many more items to my CC LB that I traded in and I would not have a locking rear diff.

    Stay tuned.... up next:
    For sure:
    Extended length Coilovers (Installed)
    Upper control arms (Installed)
    Tires 255/85-R16 Cooper ST MAXX ...Ended up getting new 285/75-16 BFG KO2's off craigslist (Installed)
    Additional Shrockworks armor: Transmission(Installed) , Transfer case , and Fuel/Gas tank skids.

    On the radar:
    CB radio *Installed Done*
    Winch *Installed Done*
    Double din Android head unit.
    Gone Moab?
    Last edited by MNCarl; 07-02-2017 at 01:46 PM.
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    Default Gathering parts for more lift / better suspension.

    Spring time 2016

    This post is from February 2016 from my build thread on www.clubfrontier.org
    I have had my truck for a while and the stock suspension (Stock Bilstein coilovers with a 2" spacer lift)was pretty much shot from all the extra weight from the shrockworks bumper and skids.
    I was going to buy some TJM extended coilovers and SPC UCA's from Nisstec Lifts but every time I called Nisstec the TJM coilovers where always on back-order from Australia.

    Then this happened.....
    I was driving my daughter to gymnastics practice and out of the corner of my eye I see this:






    A Titan swapped Xterra parked outside a local bicycle shop.
    So I went into the bike shop and asked the guy behind the counter who's Xterra that is in the parking lot ?
    So the guy yells out hey Xxxx it's another guy asking about you Xterra.
    Mr. X comes out from the back and we go out and look at his Xterra and my Frontier and I tell him I just have a 2" coilover spacer on top of my stock Bilsteins coilovers and they are sagging and bouncy due to all the extra weight from the Shrockworks bumper and armor. So Mr. X tells me he has his pre titan swap extended length coilovers and upper controls arms.
    So I ended up buying these from Mr. X






    Needless to say the Minnesota winters and road salt had taken its toll on these rusty Radflo 2.0 extended length coilovers and the SPC upper control arms.

    So I ordered new rubber bushings and ball joints from SPC and got to work on refurbishing the SPC upper control arms.
    Ball Joint SPC part number 25001
    Rubber Bushing SPC part number 25546

    I took a saws-all and cut and removed the rubber bushings.



    Then I tried to remove the ball joints with a 32mm socket I rented/borrowed from O'Reilly auto parts. I could not get the 32mm nut on the ball joint to budge with multiple attempts , breaker bars , cheap-*** harbor freight air impact guns nothing worked. So I gave up and gave them to my mechanic neighbor, he just laughed and said no problem.
    My neighbor brought the UCA's to his shop and removed the 32mm nut off the ball joints with a heavy duty impact wrench and to my surprise bead blasted the rust and flaking powder coat off.....sweet.

    Old Ball joints and Bushing



    Then this:
    Sanded
    Naval jelly treatment
    Paint prep spray/wax remover
    3 to 4 coats of VHT epoxy paint,
    2 coats Duplicolor spray on bed liner.
    Note: Prior to applying the bed liner I masked off the UCA where ball joints and rubber bushings would be when assembled.



    Installing the new SPC rubber bushings
    If you don' t have a press you need
    1/2" all tread
    2 nuts
    2 small washers
    2 big washer
    dish soap

    Lightly coat the inside of the receiver ring and the edge of the rubber bushing.
    Then start cranking making sure you angle it in toward the inside vent hole.



    Done


    Did any of you SPC upper control arm guys notice the grease nipple?
    Good news !!
    SPC updated/ re-engineered there ball joints.
    Grease nipple and some sort of spring mechanism to keep the ball tight.



    I will soon be shipping the used Radflo coilovers into Radflo to be refurbished / re-built with 650lb or 700lb springs ....can't decide what spring rate I want. I am waiting to send them in , as I think you get a year warranty after the rebuild and I dont plan on installing the Radflo's until this spring after the cold Minnesota winter is done.
    Last edited by MNCarl; 07-05-2017 at 05:36 PM.
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    Welcome to ExPo. Amazing looking Fronty! Look forward to seeing what is next.
    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee: SOLD
    The Build: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...expedition%27s

    2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4X4:
    Rear axle breather, and more to come!!
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...venture-thread!

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    Default Off-roading, Chainsaws, and ATV's & minor trail damage

    This post is from January 25th 2016....

    Weekend Trip Report

    So one way (of only a few) to legally off-road in Minnesota (the state where nothing is allowed) is to get special permission from the county to cut down some dying tree's on county land in north central MN where my buddy has a hunting shack/cabin.

    My buddy Jerry asked me to help him cut down some tree's for fire wood at his place up north and said we needed to drive my truck back in the woods with a trailer to haul it out....I was like heck ya!!!

    Had a little scare on the way up north to Jerry's Cabin late Friday night driving up hwy 65 thru swamp country. I went to pass a slow car (two lane highway) 34 degree's out, road appeared to be clean and dry until I go to pass the slow car my truck started sliding sideways from some magical swamp dew fog ice that was in the center of the road and in between the car tire tracks on the other lane. Jerry yells out ICE!! and I was sliding sideways at 60mph looking at the car I was passing (using all the driving skills I had) thinking oh my god I am going to slide right into them. I slightly over corrected and then started sliding the other way sideways then corrected back to forward/straight and completed the pass. All was well. I am guessing traction control saved me from rolling the truck or hitting the car next to me. My heart was jumping out of my chest. I have been looking at buying a dash cam now.

    Jerry and I get up Saturday morning and head out in the woods to cut down some tree's



    The Honda quad with snow chains on the rear tires was struggling in the snow. The truck was in 4-low sometimes fighting for grip and I was trying to keep my head from hitting the roof of my cab.





    We arrive at the destination



    The victim (tree)





    All loaded up ready to head back



    The load was extremely heavy, had to keep my momentum... truck was bouncing up and down all over the place.
    But we made it back safely.

    Jerry locking the gate (he got the key from the county)



    It was quite the fun day, the only thing that would have made it better is if we would have shot some guns/target practice. Maybe next time we can make things go bang.

    Minor trail damage
    So I get back into town and drive thru the car wash then while drying my truck off I notice a bunch of condensation in my third brake light on the back of the cab. WTF ? So I climb up there and see my third brake light is cracked and a chip in the paint on my topper/camper shell where the topper camper shell flexed write into the cab from driving back in the woods, I am assuming it happened on the return trip with the heavily loaded trailer in tow.

    Last edited by MNCarl; 07-06-2017 at 04:23 PM.
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    Default Used Radflo coilovers re-built by Radflo with new 650# springs and SPC UCA install

    From April 2016:

    Used Radflo coilovers re-built by Radflo with new 650# springs SPC UCA install.



    Getting ready



    About halfway done with the drivers side.
    Drivers side rear UCA bolt cut and removed.
    Stock UCA out
    Stock Bilstein shock/coilover removed
    Coil bucket trimmed/ground







    Install complete
    Extended length Radflo's / 650lb spring
    SPC upper control arms
    1/2" coil lift spacer, about 1/4" actual height
    What a long day, I did it all myself, except the neighbor had to help me cut the drivers side UCA bolt(needed someone to hold the bolt with a channel lock, while I saws-all'ed it.

    Last edited by MNCarl; 07-06-2017 at 04:29 PM.
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKexpedition View Post
    Welcome to ExPo. Amazing looking Fronty! Look forward to seeing what is next.
    WKexpedition,
    Thanks for the welcome
    -Carl
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    Welcome to Expo MNCarl! Nice write up, and great looking truck. If you ever get a chance, take some height measurements of your truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bijanjames View Post
    Welcome to Expo MNCarl! Nice write up, and great looking truck. If you ever get a chance, take some height measurements of your truck.
    Thanks for the welcome and complement bijanjames...
    With your new topper...you, wreckdiver and myself have pretty much the same exact truck/build.

    Measurements:
    Front 23" from center of wheel hub to top of fender arch = 3" lift
    Rear 23" & 1/4" center of wheel hub to top of fender arch = 2" & 1/4" lift

    I just removed my topper (hanging in garage) and swapped out my new LT285/75-16 tires off and put on my extra set of rims & tires I run in the winter P265/75-16 so I dont have any good measurements for clearance under front skid and rear axle pumpkin ect.
    Last edited by MNCarl; 11-08-2016 at 02:47 AM.
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    Default New Bilstein shocks for 2-3" lift and 1" Coilover spacer lift install

    From April 2016

    New Bilstein shocks for 2-3" lift and 1" Coilover spacer lift install.



    New Bilstein shocks for 2-3" lift install complete.
    I did this solo ...so had to get creative with a homemade breaker bar.





    I moved up on the PRG lift shackle from the middle position to the highest position.



    I swapped out the 1/2" spacer for a 1" spacer.



    I also ground the coil bucket down some more to insure the ball joint boot on the SPC upper control arm clears the coil bucket when I bring it in for an alignment sometime this week.



    It was a very tight squeeze to re-install the Radflo coilover with the 1" spacer on top.



    Well that is it for today...
    Front 23" from center of wheel hub to top of fender arch = 3" lift
    Rear 23" & 1/4" center of wheel hub to top of fender arch = 2" & 1/4" lift

    Last edited by MNCarl; 07-06-2017 at 04:35 PM.
    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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