Extraction, Refraction and lots of Satisfaction
Last month our Project Xterra was fit with the requisite lift and tires to make it a vehicle worthy of the Four Wheeler name. All told, we added new Rancho RS 9000 shocks, JKS sway-bar disconnects, Rancho's 21/2-inch lift and new tires and wheels in our first installment. In addition, we pruned off those lame running boards.
This month, the next step of our Xterra upgrade sees us adding a mean-looking ARB bumper, Warn XD9000 winch, Rancho steering stabilizer, an idler arm brace, IPF Rally lights and covers and a TJM snorkel. As expected, the bumper and winch, along with the lights, idler arm brace and steering stabilizer were all fairly rudimentary bolt-on installs. Generally speaking, it's stuff you can do at home on any given Saturday.
The snorkel install, however, was a different beast altogether. Since the snorkel kit was developed for the Nissan Navara, a version of the Nissan Frontier, its installation on our X required some extra cutting and modifying. The vehicle's precleaner adapter tube, for instance, was too large to properly fit into our snorkel's intermediate tube. Also, we needed to bend part of the quarter-panel to fit the snorkel's intermediate tube into the wheel arch properly.
Despite the mild hassles, the snorkel, and by extension our '01 Xterra, looks great. Besides its quite intimidating profile, the X now possesses plenty of four-wheeling heart, highlighted by a super stout bumper, top-flight illumination and a Warn winch.