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Raine's 2014 4x4 "KEIRA" Build Thread

2014 Frontier SV CC 4x4 "KEIRA" Build Thread
Thanks for stopping by. You're either here because you want to see what I've done to my truck, or you got suckered in by clicking the link in my signature. Anyhow - welcome.












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USERNAME: Raine
YEAR: 2014
MAKE: Starts with an “N”
MODEL: Frontier
TRIM: SV 4x4 Crew Cab
COLOR: Night Armor


SUSPENSION
(#179) Bilstein 5125 Shocks, for 2-3" Lift
(#179) PRG/Deaver 2-leaf AAL, 2.5" Lift
(#179) Nisstec Axle Degree Shims
(#179) Nisstec U-Bolts
(#185) OEM Nissan LCA Camber/Caster Bolts
(#185) Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
(#203) King Shocks 2.5" Custom Coilovers (also see #455)
(#221) OEM Front Sway Bar Removal (also see #270)
(#235) Extended Travel Suspension Notes
(#318) PRG 1/2" Front Lift Spacers
(#362) Ride Height Compared to a Stock Frontier


WHEELS, TIRES, BRAKES
(#130) Level 8 Bully Pro 6 Wheels
(#131) BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tires
(#131) Custom Rash Ring Bolts
(#142) R1 Motorsports Drilled & Slotted Rotors
(#142) Red Painted Brake Calipers


EXTERIOR/ARMOR
(#006) Truxedo LoPro Qt Tonneau Cover
(#006) OEM Nissan FR/RR Splash Guards
(#006) OEM Nissan Side Window Deflector Set
(#008) Rocky Mounts Clutch SD Bike Mounts
(#018) Phillips Crystal Vision Headlamp Bulbs
(#018) Phillips White Vision LED Reverse Bulbs
(#080) Firestik NGP Antenna
(#105) Mitsuba SH-1/SL-1 Truck Horns
(#114) White Rhino Light Bar
(#118) PIAA 520 ATP 6” Off-Road Lamps
(#153) OEM Nissan Pro-4X Oil Pan Skid Plate
(#153) OEM Nissan Pro-4X Transfer Case Skid Plate
(#245) OEM Nissan Titan "4x4 Off-Road" Decals
(#303) White Knuckle Off-Road DOM Steel Rock Sliders (also see #304)
(#305) Hi-Tech Industries GT-5000 Traction Tape
(#425) Rear "Shuttle Camera"
(#431) Rigid Industries D-Series LED Driving Lamps
(#438) D-Series Wiring Notes and Output Photo
(#463) P&P Front Recovery Points


INTERIOR AND ACCESSORIES
(#007) UltraGauge EM-Plus (also see #384)
(#018) LED Interior Bulbs
(#026) Dynamat Extreme - Doors
(#034) Dynamat Extreme - Rear Wall and Floor
(#066) LED Floor/Display Lights
(#078) Midland CB Radio
(#149) Raingler Headrest Handles
(#263) Viair 300P Portable Compressor


AUDIO/VIDEO
(#022) JL Audio 10TW-1 Subwoofers x2
(#022) ASC Prefab Dual Subwoofer Enclosure
(#022) Alpine PDX-V9 5-Channel Amplifier
(#043) Kenwood Excelon DNX-892 Navigation Head Unit
(#043) Modified OEM Bluetooth Microphone
(#043) Working OEM Steering Wheel Controls
(#043) Working OEM USB Port w/Audio
(#043) Working OEM Back-up Camera
(#241) Remote HDMI,3.5mm A/V, and 2x USB Connectors
(#398) JL Audio TWK-88 Digital Signal Processor
(#399) Hertz Audio HSK-165 6.5” Component System
(#401) Hertz Audio Dieci DCX-165.3 6.5" Coaxial Speakers
(#425) Rear Auxilliary "Shuttle Camera"
(#485) Kenwood KAC-M3004 2-Channel Amplifier


CUSTOM MODS/MISC INSTALLS
(#014) Power Tailgate Lock Mod
(#018) UtiliTrack LED Light Mod
(#080) Firestik NGP Custom OEM Location Install, part 1
(#095) Firestik NGP CB Antenna Custom Install, part 2
(#113) Xterra Switch Install (also see #438)
(#141) Quickie Firestik Antenna Shrink Mod
(#152) Fender Trimming for Tire Clearance (Part 1)
(#169) Front Lip Spoiler Trim (Part 2)
(#171) Front Fender Liner Trim (Part 3)
(#177) Mudflap Trim at Lifted Height (Part 4)
(#342) Club Frontier "Lifetime Member" Decals
(#426) PIAA Wire Wrap
(#454) Painted OEM Radiator Skid Plate
(#455) Custom External Reservoir Mounts (also see #456)
(#485) Under-seat Amplifier and Processor Platforms


ENGINE RELATED
(#006) Stant Locking Gas Cap
(#109) Blue Sea Fuse Block
(#122) Engine Ground Fix


HOW-TO MODS
(#013) How-To: Trailer Plug Relocation Mod
(#018) How-To: Trailer Plug Bracket Delete Mod
(#067) How-To: Rear Axle Vent / Diff Breather Mod
(#072) How-To: Navara Emblem Swap
(#328) How-To: Genuine Nissan Rogue Key Swap
(#328) How-To: Program Your New Rogue/Switchblade Key Remote
(#411) Nissan "Switchblade" Flip Key Mod


TRIPS AND OTHER STUFF
(#004) The First Day Home
(#021) Mountain Biking at M-Trail, Riverside, CA
(#068) Getting Lost in Cleghorn Ridge, San Bernardino Mountains, CA
(#073) Mountain Biking at Snow Summit, Big Bear, CA
(#079) Camping in Cleveland National Forest, CA
(#088) Azusa Canyon OHV Exploring, San Gabriel Canyon, CA
(#108) Return to Cleghorn Ridge, San Bernardino Mountains, CA
(#123) Mountain Biking at Marshall Canyon, La Verne, CA
(#140) Some Photos Before the Rain at Pomona, CA
(#162) Lytle Creek Afternoon Trail Run, San Bernardino Mountains, CA
(#207) Return to Azusa OHV (with New Suspension!), San Gabriel Canyon, CA
(#263) Silverwood Trail Run, San Bernardino, CA
(#375) The Other "Ride": Commencal Meta V4 Mountain Bike


EOL / ITEMS REMOVED
(#006) OEM Nissan Wheel Lock Set
(#006) OEM Nissan Side Step Rails
(#011) Custom Phone Holder
(#012) Audio Control Epicenter Processor
(#012) JL Audio XD300/1v2 Mono Amplifier
(#012) Kicker C10 Subwoofers x2
(#018) Phillips Crystal Vision Foglamp Bulbs
(#021) Pipeline Rail Rack Bike Holder
(#022) Alpine RUX Control Knob
(#042) Image Dynamics CXS v.2 6.5” Components
(#042) Custom Upper Dash Speaker Mounts
(#043) Amazon Fire TV
(#043) Forward Facing Camera
(#061) MiniDSP DSP 2-Channel Processor
(#061) MiniDC Regulated Power Supply
(#173) Morimoto XB Type-S LED Fog Lamp Install
(#173) Lamin-X Yellow Overlays for LED Fog Lamps


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INTRO
Buy a truck, do stuff, take pictures, and end up with a build thread… by the time I started this thread I’ve had my truck for a little over a year now, and I’ve been steadily doing stuff to it since the first day I drove it home so I decided it was time to make my own build thread to keep track of everything I’m doing.

Speaking of the beginning… without getting too complicated, I had a change in lifestyle. I started mountain biking, I started camping, and I started to realize that having a lowered SC300 (build thread here if you're bored) was no longer practical. I was always a Nissan guy at heart (previously had a Maxima, Pathfinder, 200SX SE-R, 240SX... don't ask me how a Lexus got in there) so I knew the next vehicle was going to be a Nissan Frontier. That said, what basically happened next was:



NOTE –This is my third vehicle named “Keira” because I'm in love with Keira Knightley. I had a Nissan 240SX named "Keira", my Lexus SC300 was named “Keira”, and now my Frontier is named "Keira." We’ll just leave it at that.

Ok - with the intro out of the way, let's get to the thread, listed from oldest to current. Oh, and feel free to comment or ask questions if you like :)

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Looks good. What size tires?

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It's about time...geez! Just kidding. Good start. Looking forward to the rest.
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Exactly What I Was Looking For (09.26.14)

It took about 6 months after making the decision to change vehicles before I sold my 1995 Lexus SC300 at my asking price, and it finally happened in August of 2014. With the SC300 gone, I pretty much knew what was next; After researching models, options, dealer stock in my area, and thoroughly debating between the SV and Pro-4X, I decided on the SV with the Value Truck Package, which had a lot of stuff that was not standard on the Pro-4X (unlike the 2016 models now) – plus the Pro-4X had a lot of stuff that I’d probably swap out someday (OEM Bilsteins, wheels, etc.)

Since it was year-end clearance time, the challenge was to find a 2014 SV 4x4 Crew Cab in Night Armor with a short bed and VTP. That’s exactly what I wanted, nothing more and nothing less. Lucky for me I found one in the exact spec I wanted about 30 minutes away at Metro Nissan in Montclair, CA. It took 3 visits all week and a lot of hard-nose negotiating to get the type of deal and payments I wanted, and they finally gave in after the third night of seeing me there.


Super factory stock mode, with no plans on modding anything at this moment. LOL

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Looks good. What size tires?
265/75

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It's about time...geez! Just kidding. Good start. Looking forward to the rest.
It's going to take longer than I thought because of the automerge, jeniorNV said it's about a 5 minute gap before it resets and lets me post consecutively.

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TYPE CREW CAB SV 4x4 VTP COLOR NIGHT ARMOR LIFT 3.5"/2.5" NAME KEIRA

SUSP: Custom King Shocks . Total Chaos . Level-8 . Deaver . Nisstec . Bilstein . PRG . BF Goodrich
EXT: Rigid Industries . P&P . PIAA . White Knuckle . White Rhino . Truxedo . Firestik . BlueSea
A/V: DNX-892 . TWK-88 . PDX-V9 . HSK-165XL . DCX-165.3 . 2x 10TW1-4 . Dynamat . 2x Cameras
MODS: Reservoir Mounts . Power Tailgate Lock . Custom CB Antenna Mount . Trailer Plug Relocate
MORE: Midland . UltraGauge . Raingler . Working OEM SWC, Bluetooth, USB . Some Cool Stickers
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Day One Mods – the First Weekend (09.27.14)

The title sounds contradictory, but oh well – anyhow, the day after I took the truck home I hit the road and headed to a local auto parts store to pick up some cleaning supplies, and I also bought a Stant locking gas cap (part #10504); this was technically my first mod, heh. After that I went to a couple local Nissan Dealerships (closer to me than Montclair) and dropped some cash on a few genuine Nissan accessories that caught my eye in the catalog – originally I just wanted the mud guards and wind deflectors; the parts guy said he’d give me a deal on the side steps ($150 flat!) because they were just taking up space in the back, and he even offered to throw in a free set of wheel locks… so why not!


OEM mud guards, wind deflectors, side steps, and free wheel locks.


You know that feeling, buying something and installing it at night because you can’t wait.


First non-OEM “mod” gets a picture, even if it’s boring.

The next day I went to Costco to pick up some stuff, and I couldn’t help but constantly look in my rear view mirror the whole way home, so I decided I needed a tonneau cover. I looked at the tri-fold style at first, but I realized it would be a pain to have to remove it every time I wanted to load my mountain bike up for a ride, so I shopped around for the roll-up style. I went with the Truxedo LoPro QT because it had a very low profile to it, and it had a lot of great reviews online. Ordered it on Amazon Prime, 2 days later I installed it in about 1 hour. I’ve had it for over a year now and I’m happy to report that there are still zero signs of sagging, no weathering, and no color fading whatsoever – looks and works just as good as new.


The LoPro QT is an excellent tonneau cover, with a nice, tight fit.
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Keeping an Eye on Things (10.02.14)


I’m getting better gas mileage because of this thing changing how I drive.

When I saw the UltraGauge EM-Plus in my brother’s Tacoma, I had to have one. Install was a snap – plug the cable into the OBD2 port under the dash, run the cable along the back of the knee panel, up along the side trim, and I stuck it on the dash with the vertical mount. It actually took me longer to get everything programmed to how I liked it.

The gauges I normally have setup for daily driving are (clockwise in the photo): short trip miles driven (resets at key off), short trip MPG (resets at key off), average MPG (so I can compare across an entire tank of fuel), engine temp (I prefer a number over a vague needle), distance to empty, and gallons of fuel left (changed this to “miles travelled” later on).

It’s a pretty useful little gadget – it doesn’t do ECU reprogramming or anything of that sort – but after using it for the first couple of weeks I realized how heavy my right foot was, and eventually changed my driving habits because of it. If you're thinking of an OBD scan tool, I'd strongly suggest you consider the UltraGauge.

By the way, the 22.1 MPG shown was achieved during a long road trip back home from the casino in Valleyview, CA.
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For the Mountain Bike (10.03.14)

Just in time for the weekend, I bought a pair of RockyMounts DriveShaft SD bike mounts. The Driveshaft SD was designed to bolt right into the UtiliTracks in the bed, and I particularly liked the fact that it can accept 9mm, 15mm RQ, and 20mm QR axles and has a built-in key lock.

These things are pretty heavy and super solid; my mountain bike doesn’t budge or sway one bit while driving. I thought they were a little pricey at first, but they’ve been rock solid for over a year now. Maybe I’ll post my bike specs later on.


Here’s my bike attached securely by the DriveShaft SD.


Side view, the fork easily clears the rolled up tonneau cover.


Super solid clamping action, and the built-in lock is a nice feature.

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Welcome to the fun and torture of documenting how much money you've spent and what you spent it on : )
And nice bike!

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Oh I already know this feeling well - did the same thing for my SC300 on the Lexus forums a few years back. It's a vicious cycle. It hurts but we keep doing it haha

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TYPE CREW CAB SV 4x4 VTP COLOR NIGHT ARMOR LIFT 3.5"/2.5" NAME KEIRA

SUSP: Custom King Shocks . Total Chaos . Level-8 . Deaver . Nisstec . Bilstein . PRG . BF Goodrich
EXT: Rigid Industries . P&P . PIAA . White Knuckle . White Rhino . Truxedo . Firestik . BlueSea
A/V: DNX-892 . TWK-88 . PDX-V9 . HSK-165XL . DCX-165.3 . 2x 10TW1-4 . Dynamat . 2x Cameras
MODS: Reservoir Mounts . Power Tailgate Lock . Custom CB Antenna Mount . Trailer Plug Relocate
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