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    Default CoastalDefender's '05 Frontier build thread

    In response to Mike's nudging, I'm going to breakdown the mods to my rig.

    Now, I've done a little bit to it, nothing nearly as cool as much of you, but it's still in the "beginning stages".

    I liked 2K54X4's formatting of his Build Thread, so I'll use that as a template.


    OWNER: Kadar (Yes, that's my real name, and I'm a normal dude. lol)
    LOCATION: Washington State Coast

    YEAR: 2005
    MAKE: Nissan
    MODEL: Frontier SE Edition

    ENGINE: 4.0lt. V6
    TRANSMISSION: 5-Speed automatic

    SUSPENSION:
    FRONT: PRG 2" Spacers
    REAR: Rancho 9000 Shocks and Automotive Customizers Add A Leaf pack
    Rear Diff Breather Extension Mod
    TIRES:Toyo M/T 255/85R16
    WHEELS: Stock Nissan 5-spoke, but sanded and painted black
    BRAKES: R1 Concepts Premium Slotted/Holed Rotors and Ceramic Pads

    ELECTRICAL:
    Pioneer AVIC-D3
    Cobra Compact CB radio
    Firestik CB antenna mounts and coax
    Rear-View Camera
    LED 3rd Brake Light w/ "Blinking Smart Stop"
    Yaesu FT-7900R

    RECOVERY:
    Hilift mounted to KMA rear MultiCarrier Bumper
    20k lb tow line
    Pierced steel planking sand mats

    OTHER:
    Yakima Rack on cab of truck
    ARE Canopy
    Yakima Rack on canopy
    4 Yakima crossbars
    Yakima Load Warrior
    Steel braided brake lines in rear
    Sanded/Painted Grill
    KMA Multi-Carrier Rear Bumper
    Shrockworks Front Bumper w/ Warm M8000

    FUTURE MODS:
    Fog Lamp setup

    Bought my Frontier January 15th 2005. They were so rare we got the 4th one to make it to Washington. Actually visited 3 dealerships who were all trying to sell me this exact same VIN which happened to be in Burlington, WA.

    This truck has seen both coastlines, lived two winters in Indiana, been our daily driver since it's purchase, and still held up like a champ. And we've only got 60k miles on it, w/ nearly 1/4th being 100% highway (roadtrips). It's also towed a 4000lb trailer from WA to Indianapolis, and back, and took the hills better than my 2006 Kenworth could.

    Pic is of my truck when it was bone-stock.
    Last edited by CoastalDefender; 04-10-2012 at 03:47 AM. Reason: Updated
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    Short lived marriage w/ Toyo M/T, before I went with the Dean/Coopers. And Glamour pic of Yosemite.
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    Ubehebe Crater, 20 Mule Team Canyon
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    As she stands today,
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    How do you have your lights mounted in the front?
    Mike
    2005 NISMO CC 4X4-ICON 2.5 coilovers,AC 3 leaf pack,Bilstein shocks, 3" Body lift, Titan front differential, Pathfinder half shafts, 305/70R16, American Outlaw Colt wheels, KMA rear bumper, Black Widow Off Road hi-lift mount, Home made utilitrac spare tire mount, Airflow snorkel, Shrockworks sliders and skids

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    The next few crappy pics are from my cellphone, as my wife forgot to charge the camera after she last used it.

    All these were taken today.

    First, the Bedbox/Hi-Lift Mount fab. Most fabbing I've done on the truck. Everything else was plug-n-play as far as the installs.

    Pulled the two side utilitrack rails (thank God Nissan took into account many of us would use BedBoxes, and cut their Utilitrack just right for that.)

    Anyways, pulled the side rails by unscrewing the Torx head screws with an Impact Drill (T-35 I this it was?). Then put the Hi-Lift on top of the Box and measured evenly from each side to a logical meeting for the rails. Drilled appropriate sized holes for the screws, put the rails down, siliconed the holes, and screwed in the screws. Easy as pie.

    The actual way I mounted the Hi-Lift though leaves a LOT to be desired. I like the Hi-Lift mount on MCM4090's truck so much better, I think I am going to adapt that. My current method uses 4 cleats and bunji's/chain to keep it from rattling around. Crude, but effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcm4090
    How do you have your lights mounted in the front?
    I drilled straight into the bumper. Those are about teh lamest mod I did. They worked for only a few days and water shorted them out. They were free, so I get what I paid for.

    I'd rip them out entirely if I wasn't going to just replace the bumper w/ a Shrock anyways. So they'll just sit until then.


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    Last edited by CoastalDefender; 07-27-2008 at 06:13 PM.
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    Rancho's, AC AAL Pack (notice no spring inversion? )
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    And finally, the reason the KMA is next on my list.

    Actually got the same damage as 2K54X4's stock rear bumper, doing the same thing! lmfao!

    Crawling up a hill (more like bouncing and slipping my way up) when my ascent turned into a descent, but facing the wrong direction. Hitting a tree at the bottom, not real hard, but hard enough to bend the bumper into the quarterpanel, I'm now in the market for a decent bumper.
    Last edited by CoastalDefender; 07-27-2008 at 08:50 PM.
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    Sweet use of the utilitrack!

    I love your truck, she's a beauty.
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