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In memory of "Shinken".
Previous xTerra Build

Joined: 2017
Username: jferdon
Real Name: John Ferdon
Year: 2017
Make: Nissan
Model: Frontier
Trim: Pro-4X
Color: Magnetic Black

Mods

Exterior/Armor:
Current:
- Factory

Planned:
- Sliders
- Shrockworks Skids
- Shrockworks Front Bumper with 9500 pound rated winch with synthetic line
- Shrockworks Rear Bumper with halogen backup lights and sonar mounts


Engine:
Current:
- Factory

Planned:
- Volant CAI W/Pro-5 (5120) Filter


Communications/Interior:
Current:
- Yaesu FT-8800R Dual Band Ham Radio
- Yeasu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld Ham Radio
- Kenwood TK-7180H VHF Type Accepted Mobile (County Fire/USFS/SAR)
- Vertex VX-459 VHF Type Accepted Handheld (County Fire/USFS/SAR)

Planned:
- Interior V-LED map/dome lights
- GoPro 3+ Black Edition with battery eliminator


Wheel/Suspension:
Current:
- Stock

Planned:
PRG Performance Frontier Advanced Coil Over Kit
- PRG Radflo 2.0 Coilovers with springs upgraded to 700lb rating.
- PRG Upper Control Arms
- PRG urethane bumpstops
- PRG Deaver 2-Leaf Spring Packs
- Bilstein 5125 Rear Shocks


Safety / Recovery Equipment
Current:
- 5lb Dry Chem Extinguisher
- SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger (Distress/Recovery System)
- Thomas EMS Aeromed Pack - BLS
- Philips HeartStart FR-2 AED - Infant/Child/Adult Pads
- Hi-lift jack with neoprene cover, off-road base, tube mounts,
- Nisstec Lotus Slider Adapter
- Smittybilt 2781 Air Compressor
- Staun Automatic Tire Deflators Calibrated for 16PSI
- Warn Industries Medium Duty Winching Kit with additional 15K and 20K rated tow straps
 

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Welcome,
Congrats on the new truck.
Looks like you had a excellent build on the Xterra.
I especially like the Lowrance HDS7M homemade dash pod !!

What happened to the Xterra? traded it in ? Sold it?
 

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Welcome,
Congrats on the new truck.
Looks like you had a excellent build on the Xterra.
I especially like the Lowrance HDS7M homemade dash pod !!

What happened to the Xterra? traded it in ? Sold it?
Thanks for the warm welcome. I was in a traffic collision and ended up on my right side. Insurance totaled her, she'll make one heck of a trail rig for someone. She is listed on copart.com and is in their Rancho Cucamonga lot.

The HDS7M setup is from Rugged Routes (Steve Lutz). He and Kenny put that together. My xTerra was the test bed for it. I still have it. Contemplating if it will go back into the Fronty.
 

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NMO Antenna Mount Installation

Took some documentation photos while installing a couple antenna's today. Since there aren't a lot of photos showing "under the headliner", I wanted to help anyone who is looking to roof mount antenna's to not have to work too hard and avoid extra drilling from hitting cross members.

Note: If you are installing a ham type or commercial type antenna, remember you need a minimum of 19" for effective ground plane for the antenna.

I established some "reference zero" points, using the taper at the rear of the cab and roof, and based measurements on those.

Here's the "reference zero" from the driver's side.


If you measure 12 1/4" from reference zero, you will get to the rear edge of a double cross member. This cross member is 4 5/8" wide. To ensure a good ground plane for your antenna, measure 19" from reference zero. Note: This position is just about the middle of two cross members, and works out nicely (you'll see in a later photo).


Here's a look at the roof showing the reference zero, and 19" minimum for the ground plane.


From the center of the roof, I measured out 10" either side to see where it would fall. It was too close to one of the groove/land borders, so since I had plenty of space, it worked out nicely to go 12" from center and that put me on the center of a land.


Here's a look underneath showing a good NMO attachment and the cross members (as promised):


Underneath the "Land" that you mount the antenna to makes for a nice place to put a cable attach point to keep things neat.


I routed the coax carefully into the corner and BEHIND side curtain airbag.


I secured it to some existing wiring and also marked one of the coax with vinyl tape to help keep things straight later on. I then routed it behind the trim panels and brought it out behind the seat belt pass through, then to its respective radios.
 
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