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"Lola" - WreckDiver1321's 2005 Nismo Build and Adventure Thread

Hey guys, been lurking around here and answering questions for a few people every now and then. This is my second Frontier, previously I owned a 2003 Crew Cab SC, which is what this truck replaced.

A little background first. I live in central Montana, in the state's largest city. I've spent my life exploring the woods and mountains of the region, and getting off the beaten path is in my blood. There are a good amount of trails and out of the way places here in Montana, and this truck is meant to be my ultimate expo/overland exploring truck.

So, without further Adieu, this is Lola on the day I bought her:





Like I said, I live in central Montana. There aren't many Frontiers in this neck of the woods. I spent a couple months on AutoTrader looking for the perfect truck. When I found this one, I was pretty excited. The price was awesome, it had reasonable miles, and best of all it had the factory Nismo package that I had been looking for. Only problem was it was located in Yakima, WA. That's not exactly in my neighborhood, but I called the dealership and they said they would hold it for me until the next week. I got hold of my friend who had a weekend free, and two days later we were off on the 730 mile trip to central Washington.

He had to work that Friday, so we ended up taking off at 6:30 Friday evening. We drove his little Honda Fit, which I eventually found out had no cruise control, to Spokane that night. We woke up early the next morning and made the three hour drive to Yakima. I took one look at it and kind of fell in love. I was a little disappointed to find out that it only had 265/70R16s, but at least the tires were good. I popped the radiator cap and to my relief, there was no milkshake. A quick test drive to the local bank and back, and we sat down to do the paperwork. 45 minutes later, I was the proud new owner of a 2nd gen Frontier.

We ate lunch and left Yakima, bound for my parent's place just outside Missoula, MT. We stayed there that night and left the next morning, making it back to town around 5:30 on Sunday. Quite the trip, but I was very happy with the truck I got.

This was last June. I already had a general idea of where I wanted my mods to go, so all that was left was to let my wallet recover for a little bit. But not too long. See, I had already dialed in some trip dates that I needed the truck for. This May, my fiancee and I are going to be attending Overland Expo in Flagstaff, then heading up to Moab to participate in GONE.

"Lola" - 2005 Nissan Frontier NISMO CC/SB
M205 Swap, V8 Pathy axles, 33" Grabber AT2s, ARB bullbar, Warn VR8000, extended Radflos, SPC UCAs, OME MD leafs, Nisstec shackles, Bilstein 5125s, rear e-locker, ARE cap, White Knuckle sliders, Shrockworks skidplate, Hella 4000 Combo Setup, Snorkel, Indel B fridge, 175W inverter, ARB OBA
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The day after I got the truck home, I took stock of it a bit. It had brand new General Grabber AT2s on it, albeit in a smaller size than I would have liked. But it had good tires and everything was in good shape. First thing I did was tackled the bypass.



I topped off the trans fluid and started putting my own gear in the truck. I found a home for my recovery bag, Hi-Lift, flashlights, compressor, and FMRS radios in there. Then I removed the factory splitter from the front.


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M205 Swap, V8 Pathy axles, 33" Grabber AT2s, ARB bullbar, Warn VR8000, extended Radflos, SPC UCAs, OME MD leafs, Nisstec shackles, Bilstein 5125s, rear e-locker, ARE cap, White Knuckle sliders, Shrockworks skidplate, Hella 4000 Combo Setup, Snorkel, Indel B fridge, 175W inverter, ARB OBA
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Independence Mine Trail, June 2014 - Part 1

A friend got hold of me and we made plans to run a trail the next weekend. So, I mounted my CVT rooftop tent and bed rack from my old D22 on the back.



Just from looking at it, I kind of knew I was going to want to put it on a lower rack, but it was what I had at the time. When Friday night rolled around, we all headed out for our camping spot.



I was out with CF member BlueSteel and another friend of ours, who has a Hardbody, and we had a blast.


















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M205 Swap, V8 Pathy axles, 33" Grabber AT2s, ARB bullbar, Warn VR8000, extended Radflos, SPC UCAs, OME MD leafs, Nisstec shackles, Bilstein 5125s, rear e-locker, ARE cap, White Knuckle sliders, Shrockworks skidplate, Hella 4000 Combo Setup, Snorkel, Indel B fridge, 175W inverter, ARB OBA
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Independence Mine Trail, June 2014 - Part 2

Unfortunately, it was too early in the season, and there was a bunch of snow blocking the trail further up. After we stopped for lunch, we made our way back down.















So, after only a week of owning the truck, I had already given it a pretty good shakedown run on the trail. It wasn't anything difficult, but it was a good way to break in a stock truck.

"Lola" - 2005 Nissan Frontier NISMO CC/SB
M205 Swap, V8 Pathy axles, 33" Grabber AT2s, ARB bullbar, Warn VR8000, extended Radflos, SPC UCAs, OME MD leafs, Nisstec shackles, Bilstein 5125s, rear e-locker, ARE cap, White Knuckle sliders, Shrockworks skidplate, Hella 4000 Combo Setup, Snorkel, Indel B fridge, 175W inverter, ARB OBA
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Pryor Mountains Exploration, June 2014

The next weekend I went on a bit of an explore in the mountains to the south. The landscape there is interesting, as it kind of rapidly turns from desert to prairie to mountains.







There is a pretty easy trail out there that runs up to a cave formed by ice thousands of years ago. It is now perpetually full of ice, even in the summer months.



The trail carries on and goes up to a plateau with some nice views of the surrounding area.



The road home is pretty nice too


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Beartooth Mountains Exploration, June 2014

The next week, I had a day to kill, and I had read that the pass over the nearby mountains had been opened for the season. So I decided to go for a drive after I took my tent off.

At the lower part of the valley, there are a couple of trails that run to various hiking trails and campsites.







Then I headed up to the pass.





This highway winds its way up the valley and crests at an altitude of 10,947 feet. Of course, when you make it all the way up there at the beginning of the season, there's a little snow...






"Lola" - 2005 Nissan Frontier NISMO CC/SB
M205 Swap, V8 Pathy axles, 33" Grabber AT2s, ARB bullbar, Warn VR8000, extended Radflos, SPC UCAs, OME MD leafs, Nisstec shackles, Bilstein 5125s, rear e-locker, ARE cap, White Knuckle sliders, Shrockworks skidplate, Hella 4000 Combo Setup, Snorkel, Indel B fridge, 175W inverter, ARB OBA
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For some reason, the forum is trying to merge this post with my previous one.

After I had driven around with the tent on the old rack for a week, I decided it really needed to be lowered. It was definitely having a negative effect on my mileage, and it just looked plain old ugly. So after a lot of research on the best way to go, I ordered a Yakima roof rack system as a replacement.



Installation is pretty simple, just drill a couple holes. I did need to run to Ace a couple times for some longer hardware, but eventually I got it all together.







The reason I went with the Yakima rack was that it is easy to remove. It only takes a couple seconds to unmount the bars and lift the tent off. Then all you're left with is this:



It's a pretty decent system to go with, but definitely something I'm going to update later on down the road.

"Lola" - 2005 Nissan Frontier NISMO CC/SB
M205 Swap, V8 Pathy axles, 33" Grabber AT2s, ARB bullbar, Warn VR8000, extended Radflos, SPC UCAs, OME MD leafs, Nisstec shackles, Bilstein 5125s, rear e-locker, ARE cap, White Knuckle sliders, Shrockworks skidplate, Hella 4000 Combo Setup, Snorkel, Indel B fridge, 175W inverter, ARB OBA
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While I was waiting on help with mounting my tent (my fiancee was having back problems), I decided to tackle the diff breather mod.

As you can see, my old breather was looking a bit rough.





I did the install using the Toyota connection.











Now I can drive through water without fear!

"Lola" - 2005 Nissan Frontier NISMO CC/SB
M205 Swap, V8 Pathy axles, 33" Grabber AT2s, ARB bullbar, Warn VR8000, extended Radflos, SPC UCAs, OME MD leafs, Nisstec shackles, Bilstein 5125s, rear e-locker, ARE cap, White Knuckle sliders, Shrockworks skidplate, Hella 4000 Combo Setup, Snorkel, Indel B fridge, 175W inverter, ARB OBA
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This site really likes trying to merge my posts.

Anyway, I was finally able to get my tent put on the lower rack.









I really like it down lower. Funny thing about doing this is it actually brought the mileage up from stock numbers. I was averaging 19.5 on the highway without the tent. 17.8 with the tent on the tall rack. Now with the low rack, the truck started to get 21 on the highway. Not too bad!

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On the 4th of July, we decided to take the long weekend and go for a camping trip. I had my sights set on a trail out in the Beartooth Mountains, and there are tons of places to camp down there.



We spent the whole day running that trail. Lucky for me, my fiancee loves this stuff. She can spend a month living out of a backpack if need be.





It's pretty rough. Not technical, just really rough. There's a lake way up near the top that we stopped at for lunch.



After lunch, we tried making it to the top of the road, but the last switchback was snowed in.



I made a couple of attempts at the switchback, but it was a bit steep. I only managed to bend the trailer plug bracket.



We made it to the top after a short hike. The view is totally worth it.





Great way to spend the fourth! The reliability of this truck was seriously impressing me, even after owning a D22 for the previous year. Even after all the rough terrain it had seen, it was working like a champ.

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