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Unread 06-30-2010, 06:40 PM   #31
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Anything has potential to be ugly when the body is 3" off the frame with nothing but air between the frame and body lol

Even a jeep..

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Unread 06-30-2010, 06:47 PM   #32
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Anything over 1.5" unless it's a big mud bogger or trail rig looks like total **** IMNSHO.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 07:05 PM   #33
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I don't really see why the Xterra is Nissan's "off road" vehicle. I like the locking rear diff option but it still has the IFS and the rear end is leaf-sprung. Plus the body is just huge and full of parts that are vestigial. I think the pathfinder would make a much better off-roader. I mean, it still has the IFS like any soccer mom SUV is going to, but it does has coils front and rear and the body is a whole lot smaller than the Xterra.

My ex girlfriend's mother had one of these and ruined her Xterra's transmission by backing over a small water meter cover that was maybe 6" off the ground. It's obviously not designed to smash into a steel pipe but that's been my experience off the road.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 07:38 PM   #34
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I don't really see why the Xterra is Nissan's "off road" vehicle. I like the locking rear diff option but it still has the IFS and the rear end is leaf-sprung. Plus the body is just huge and full of parts that are vestigial. I think the pathfinder would make a much better off-roader. I mean, it still has the IFS like any soccer mom SUV is going to, but it does has coils front and rear and the body is a whole lot smaller than the Xterra.

My ex girlfriend's mother had one of these and ruined her Xterra's transmission by backing over a small water meter cover that was maybe 6" off the ground. It's obviously not designed to smash into a steel pipe but that's been my experience off the road.
hey man many a toyotas were IFS and those things crawl. SA and IFS both have their own pros and cons.

Clubxterra.org check it out most you guys would change your opinions after seeing some of the rigs there on trails. There are a couple on there I would put up against any Jeep any day any trail. All this coming from a Jeep person
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Unread 06-30-2010, 09:14 PM   #35
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the 2nd gen nissans sit really low, even fourbys. i gots the cal****ty drop bracket kit on my frontier, its ok. im waitin to get some actual rear springs and some coilovers to make it perform better, or as good as it can with ifs. i can post up some pis if youd like
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Unread 06-30-2010, 09:22 PM   #36
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hey man many a toyotas were IFS and those things crawl. SA and IFS both have their own pros and cons.

A lot of people who have IFS and like to play in rocks do a soilid axle converion

Clubxterra.org check it out most you guys would change your opinions after seeing some of the rigs there on trails. There are a couple on there I would put up against any Jeep any day any trail. All this coming from a Jeep person
It seems to me that you like xterras better than jeeps

My friends brother has an xterra, and i think it would make a pretty sweet expidition rig. But that being said, id take my jeep over his xterra any day.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 10:25 PM   #37
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If anyone is thinking of buying one, then use this video as a guide to get a good price.

YouTube - Dwight Buys Andy's Xterra
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Unread 07-01-2010, 07:32 AM   #38
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Who makes a decent lift for them, that isn't going to cost me three arms, a leg and my firstborn son?
I had a rancho 2.5" SL and a 2" Body lift on mine with 33's....a 2002.

There is ALOT of trimming to do to fit anything bigger than a 30-31" tire even
with lifts.




Then I got the JK.....






Looks line a totally different vehicle now......
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Unread 07-01-2010, 08:35 AM   #39
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The yellow one looks good. That's done cleanly. But next to the Jeep it's non comparison
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Unread 07-01-2010, 10:22 AM   #40
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Yeah...it's striking me that modifying an Xterra, while the end result would look nice and probably still be very capable, is more of a pain in the *** and not very cost-effective when I can just get a newer Cherokee, spend a lot less, and potentially have more offroad capability.

I think I'll stick with Jeep for now. Thanks for your feedback, everyone!
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Unread 07-01-2010, 10:39 AM   #41
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Yeah...it's striking me that modifying an Xterra, while the end result would look nice and probably still be very capable, is more of a pain in the *** and not very cost-effective when I can just get a newer Cherokee, spend a lot less, and potentially have more offroad capability.

I think I'll stick with Jeep for now. Thanks for your feedback, everyone!
I agree. Modifying the JK was 10x easier than the Xterra, and cheaper....
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Unread 07-01-2010, 07:24 PM   #42
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I like them and would consider owning one if I don't wait for a Rubicon...
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Unread 07-01-2010, 07:26 PM   #43
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I wheel with a couple of them, the front doesnt cycle and the core supports eventually crack to pieces. both of my buddies front ends have fallen apart after a couple years of wheeling. the drivetrain is solid and theres a good aftermarket following.
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the 2nd gen nissans sit really low, even fourbys. i gots the cal****ty drop bracket kit on my frontier, its ok. im waitin to get some actual rear springs and some coilovers to make it perform better, or as good as it can with ifs. i can post up some pis if youd like
I bought a Frontier and was going to have to mortgage my house and sell my kids to get any decent lift on the thing. I also couldn't fit a midget in the back seat.
Sold it and bought my 6th trusty 92 4runner. Put 4 inches of lift, Dana front and rear and 35's for less than the cost of two Frontier Payments. I dont have a Jeep cuz I need a daily driver so depending on the trail I either take my Toy or hop a ride with my family with a Jeep.
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Unread 08-15-2010, 03:21 PM   #45
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I was looking at xterras a few months ago. I decided to get the GC instead because they were nicer and had more features for the same price.
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