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