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#1 (permalink) Old 12-31-2008, 01:33 AM
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'04 Xterra Front end conversion (Photo intensive)

I have began doing my Front end conversion to that of an 03/04 Xterra.

Hope you enjoy!

I ordered my lights a few nights ago and installed my fiberglass fenders last night... took a total of about 4 hours including a dinner break in between and another to do battle in wii tennis. I'm still searching for my grill and a used hood.
The 03-04 Xterra fiberglass fenders are direct replacement on 1st gen frontiers and will use stock headlamps on 98-2000 frontiers. If your wondering what the difference is between the two fenders, the body line that runs along the body under the windows takes a curve down that follows the fender instead of ending behind the head lamps.

Here is the story:

Washed and removed bumper cover

Sprayed the inside of the glass with undercoat and let it dry while I worked.

The hood was open until I was ready to align the hood and fender lines.

Had to pop off the plastic hood cover to access this bolt:

Removed the 9 screws and the fender came off with a little finesse.

The red trim piece did not want to fit with the edge of the fender to I removed it and the grill.


And followed that by cleaning and applying two generous coats of duplicolor undercoat to everything exposed.

Also, literally tore off my airbox resonator. I drove it today and it made a huge difference in acceleration. You may say im exaggeration but I was trying to figure out where my new power came from today until i picked up my cousin and he reminded me we removed the resonator.

Before and after pics of a cut I made in order to properly align the top rear corners of the new fenders:






I figure fiberglass can't be expected to be a precision part so all I did was sight down the holes and drilled where I felt comfortable... this was the result:



In the darker photos you can the the curved body line I was talking about better.


In these two photos you can see a gap that measures 1/4" outwards and down. I fixed this via 5 bucks worth of shim washers that I picked up thi[B]s afternoon( I did this yesterday).

Also installed my new taillights while I had the tool box out.


Had to trim away at the bulb socket a little to make it fit right



And my new plate:

For those of you that don't speak Spanish or don't have an imagination... it says FRiJoLeRO... Beaner!

-Danny

BTW, nothing along the doors or anything rubs and the fenders are on there solid enough to grab them and rock the truck with.

-Danny

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haha.

very nice truck there. can't wait to see it done.

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Cant wait to see it myself. Still hoping to score used or junkyard grill, headlamps and hood because Ill still have to repaint everything. The cheaper I do this the more Ill have left over for my suspension. Im in no rush since everything fits the way it s now.

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Thanks for the pics... looks good so far.
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Have always loved the Gen I Xterra fenders on a Gen I Frontier since Andy (Desert Rat on may board, but this one) did it. Makes the truck look meaner. Good job!

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2002 Nissan Xterra for parts

I left a message and sent an email. Cant wait to try and call back tomorrow.

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hey man did you get your fenders from 4x4parts or from hanneman?

that link you posted , the guy also has titans and tundra's hmm

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hey man did you get your fenders from 4x4parts or from hanneman?

that link you posted , the guy also has titans and tundra's hmm
Titans and tundras?...I'm not sure what you mean but I don't think so.
I got my fenders from Hanneman, I called them them the 22nd in the afternoon and they were ready the 24th in the morning. I drove my mom's camry to save some gas. Anyway, I spent $375 with tax at Hanneman and less than three days. It would've been over $500 at with AC and probably over a week with shipping. BTW, Hal Hanneman is a pretty cool guy and DAMN my fenders were ready fast.

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the link you posted , the guy also has titan and tundra parts , so im wondering if its a salvage place or scam cause he has the exact same post listed for titans and tundra's , i emailed him as well about some titan parts
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By looking at the address on the "frontier for parts" ad, its a salvage yard in south San Diego, near the border where all the salvage yards are.

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