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Nutsandboldts '99 Frontier build

Username: nutsandboldts05
Year: 1999
Make: Nissan Frontier
Model: Off-Raod
Color: Red
Mods:

Interior: Aftermarket head unit and a 12" sub behind the driver seat

Exterior: Broken/Removed mud flaps and left flare extension piece, Soft top tonneau cover (bought from Fusion)

Drivetrain: nothing yet, plans for the future

Suspension & Tires: Minor T-bar crank, Fixed and replaced a few stock leaf springs, and 31 Wrangler Authority A/T

On order: Deluxe Suspension Package with 3 leaf add a leaf pack

A few days after I bought the truck:


The day I got my new tires:


A commercial worthy picture, and the way it sits for now:
 

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Received most of my lift components:


The Rancho shocks, the 9000's are BEEFY:


A quick pic before the idler arm brace, looking all plain and what not:


And added a little character with an idler arm brace:


I haven't received my sway-away heavy duty torsion bars yet, which come with the kit. So I called AC and talked to Volrick. He called me back after trying to get a hold of Sway Away. Good customer service so far.

I started working on installing the new UCA's and broke my camber bolts. So the truck is sitting until I get new ones. I'll post a link and pics of the camber bolts after I get them, for future reference.
 

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Did some searching for Camber Bolts and came up with several things: 1. Go to a Nissan dealership, pay approximately $60 2. Courtesy Nissan has the parts individually, at their prices, similar to dealerships I think and 3. This is probably the best option if you order these ahead of time, AC (4x4parts.com) sells them in a kit. They don't list the kit online for camber bolts, so email or call them and ask for it.

Started the front UCA's, we are cutting the camber bolts off tomorrow morning.
Before:


after:


^That's how the driver and passenger side are sitting right now. I'm waiting for the torches to get here, gonna buy my own set this summer.

And this is why we are cutting them out:


PITA, my grinder won't fit in to cut these bolts, and a saw-zall would be just as big of a pain. I recommend torches.

Quick pic of the work in progress, notice me working in shorts :hick:


A few rear passenger leaf pics, left the over load spring in:






Started working on the driver side springs. I knew the secondary leaf spring was broke on this side. That's why I decided to go with the lift at this time; however, I didn't know the main leaf was on the brink of total destruction. We pulled the center bolt off, and the retainers on the springs and the main leaf broke the rest of the way.

 

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Update: I've been working insane hours lately so I haven't gotten on and posted anything yet. The lift is installed, I ended up removing the overload spring. In the mean time, the torsion bar adjuster bolt stripped so I'm waiting on the new ones to arrive. Once I get those installed and get the truck aligned so the tires sit straighter, I'll grab some finished pics.

A question for those who have installed this SL from AC: Did you get a ridiculous vibration that wasn't there before the lift? I get one through all my gears and I'm not sure what it is. Any help is very much appreciated. First thought is the U-joints, but they seemed fine when I checked them.
 

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I don't notice the vibration a whole lot anymore. After I fixed the height of the front end (T-bars quit settling and I got BJ spacers) the vibration settled a little, I think. After some use and miles on the truck, it seems to have settled a little. I'm still thinking about doing ht U-joints eventually.

My problem now is I cant get a good alignment. I'm kinda lost on what to do with it cause my front passenger tire is getting chewed up. The mechanic said with the type of lift I have, its hard to get a true alignment. They recommended returning to stock height.

I've been quite busy with work this summer, not leaving me much time to get on and post my updates of things I've done to the truck. 2 weeks left until I go back to college. I'll try to get pics up sooner then later of the carnage and beautification.

I need to get updated pics of: The lift after installation; removal of the front bumper valance in a mud hole mod; Volant CAI; new rims and lights purchased from FusionFronty.

I've got plans for a Shrockworks winch bumper in the near future as well.
 

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im looking for some updatess dooooddd

you got my rims, my lights... other crap... i want pics and i want em now! (JG wentworth commercial style)
 

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Much needed updates, Fusion said so...

So I've got a working camera, a working computer, and plenty of time so here are my updates:

This is about a month before the lift, with the 31's newly installed:


Since the lift in May, I have yet to grab an actual pic of the lift with my camera, all the pics are on my phone which takes crappy pictures. So I have a couple pics with my mods since after the lift.

First, a night shot of the Carr light bar with 4 KC's... Purchased from FusionFronty:

The headlights are no comparison, I have plans of adding 2 more KC's...wait...do you see that...what's that around the headlights...

Also purchased off Fusion, are my black rims:

Still running the previous 31's from before the lift. I'll just up it to 32's or 33's once these are worn out. Won't be anytime soon though.

Some all-star with a baseball bat thought it would be fun to practice on my truck. He broke the grill and headlight and scratched the hood and fender. After being arrested and my insurance company going after him, I got a new headlight and grill


Had a tornado rip through a couple months ago and ripped the shingles off the roof. My landlord agreed to help pay for most of the new paint job needed after this:

Might not look too bad here, but there are some deep scratches in the hood.

Going mudding and burying the truck up to the front bumper, while skipping the valance can cause a valance delete mod:


I thought it was a little ugly chilling like this, so nearly a $1000 and a month wait later, I received this:

By the way, friends are great when installing heavy items such as this one.







I like how the Shrockworks looks down there.

I couldn't wait, I took my last class off and got right to installing it. So here are some installed pics:


A piece of wood and the jack worked great to lift this and align "stuff"


These pics are also decent at showing the lift I gained in the front. Can't wait till I get my bigger tires.

Right now the stock bolts are holding it onto the stock locations. I gotta sharpen my drill bits so I can drill the new holes for the new hardware they sent with it. It looks WAAYYYY better in person then in the pics.

Since then, I've also bought and installed a Volant CAI, and have loved it ever since. Bought it from Autoanything.com and had an awesome deal. Days pics of the lights and the Volant to come.
 

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I have no pics of the Nismo exhaust, or the pipes that delete the secondary cats... But I have this pic from when I replaced my lower ball joints:

The ball joint press I rented from Autozone. I also have a few pics of some fun I had over the summer after adding my lights and the front bumper... we need more off-roading places in my area:








My brother got me new tail lights and fog lights for my bumper. I'm lacking pics of quite a few things so I'll be grabbing them in the next couple days, maybe tomorrow if time allows it.
Pics to come: Volant intake, KS relocation, 2nd cat delete, Nismo exhaust, tail lights, and maybe the fogs.
Mods to come: ARB snork, Rock sliders, rear bumper (wanna try for Fusion's or one like it), 33x12.5's...
Distant future (someday): SAS and 35's, VG33ER swap or upgrade my engine. Why? Because I like my truck, and I ain't gettin rid of it, voluntarily, anytime soon.
 

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I'm loving this thread, looks just like my truck... except mine is stock lol. I might hit you up later down the road for tips if I decide to build my truck a little.
 

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My truck looked exactly like yours a year and a half ago, except I didn't have the side rails. Feel free to hit me up.

My truck goes in next week to a body shop. Getting the rocker panels repaired and new front fenders painted for it. I have rust holes that come inside the cab so my body shop guy is gonna repair those, and rhino line everything from the body line down. I'll grab pics once its all done.
 

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I have a could new additions to my truck. My stock steering got extremely sloppy and my UCA bushings went bad already. So I ordered new bushings from AC, and picked up a used SLR performance steering upgrade kit from a guy over at NEXTerra. Fusion found the kit for me, thanks bro. I got this installed as well, pics to come shortly.
 
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