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Username: Justwork
Year: 2015
Make: Nissan of course
Model: Frontier
Trim: Pro-4x, luxury package
Color: Arctic Blue
Mods: Bumpers, skids, sliders, spacers,

Interior: Car seats

Exterior: Colour matched LineX between box and cab (bed cover wasn't friendly with the cab). LineX black lower rocker panels and around the wheel well (not the full flare).

Drivetrain: Nothing

Suspension & Tires: Pro-4X suspension with 3/4" Front Spacer, 265/75R16 BFG AT KO2's

Armor: Front Shrockworks Bumper, Rear Shrockworks Bumper, Shrockworks Rock Sliders, Shrockworks full skid package

Performance: Volant CAI, BullyDog, Optima Yellow Top D34/78

Gear and Other: Some recovery gear: ARB tree saver, ARB winch line extension, ARB snatch strap, ARB snatch block, rugged ridge winch line damper.

I'm also still trying to decided on lift options, what UCA's to go with and if I want to replace the entire rear spring pack. The lift will be installed this spring.
 

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Justwork,

Glad to see you are starting a build thread.....I seen your pic of the new Warn winch on the "What have you done" thread.
I am in the same boat as you....I have a Shrockworks front bumper (installed on truck) and a Superwinch TS9500 winch sitting on my work bench.

I already clocked my winch clutch handle so it points down when the winch is mounted foot forward (I will be able to access the clutch handle thru one of the access holes under the Shrockworks bumper).

If you think of it take some pics during the winch install and post them ?
-Carl
 

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Yeah I for sure will. I think it would fit without the control pack relocation, but I like the look of the control pack on top of the bumper instead of inside it. I'm not a big light guy so I feel like the top of the bumper needs something in the middle of the hoop. I also ordered the warn wireless controller as well as the synthetic winch cable that Shrockworks sells. After my last order Mark cut me a pretty good deal on the winch and winch accessories.
 

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Hoping you can consolidate the pics of your rig here. Nice work so far!
 

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Bought it in Calgary, January 2015. It belonged to my wife's uncle who bought it new and it only had 7000km on the clock. Turns out he wasn't a "truck guy".




We were all on vacation together in Florida when I bought the truck. So instead of flying home I flew to Calgary and picked it up, then promptly drove it across Canada to my home in New Brunswick.

Day I got home I did an oil and filter change.


I had previously owned a Gen II Xterra, so I knew the platform well and I had a good idea what I wanted to build. On the drive from calgary to New Brunswick I kept an eye on Kijiji, sure enough I found a set of shrockwork sliders in Ontario, so I made a detour to pick those up, and installed them after the first oil change. They were a few years old so the PC was a little chipped but I just finished having that refreshed.

At some point, I suspect on the cross country drive, the box cover moved up tight against the cab and rubbed the paint clean off:



Thinking it would be more durable I had the LineX shop in town colour match it:


In the Spring came new boots:
 

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I do all my work solo. My oldest son is 4 and can't really help much but he sure knows how to hold a light. It can get a little tough when things get heavy, like steel plate bumpers.

First bumper I be replaced was the rear. The factory rear bumper got bent in the woods, so I jumped on the shrockworks group buy.


The rear bumper install is pretty much as straight forward as it gets. I did extend the wiring for the back up sensors but found out later this wasn't necessary. Only issue I had was the fit on the frame was nice and tight. Trying to muscle the bumper in place wasn't working, I couldn't get it on the frame rails. So I used a good ratchet strap on the frame to pull it in and the bumper went on smooth.


The front bumper I just finished, just as simple as the rear only difference is you need to cut your current bumper in half (unless you have a two piece bumper). I was feeling extra lazy that day and didn't have the energy to test fit the bumper and take a bunch of measurements. Instead I read on here that someone had done this and cut about a half inch above the body line... throwing caution to the wind I got my jig saw and a blade for cutting plastic, tapped it off and got to work. I used a long file to smooth out the only hump in the cut.

 

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Powder coat shop makes me want to choke someone...

So, like I had mentioned, I recently took my sliders in for a facelift and had this shop sand blast and re coat them. I actually dropped them off in december and said I'd be gone for about a month and would pick them up mid January. Fast forward to last week, pick them up, install done... so I thought, about 2 days after I notice this:


So I call them up and they say for me to just pull them off and bring them back... I love laying on the garage floor in the winter, even a heated garage around here has a floor like ice. So I drop them off, actually just the one, and he talks about maybe some water in his air line and blah blah blah. Pick it up last night, he kindly left it outside because I came after hours. Took me awhile to break it free from the frozen earth but I got it done. Tonight I installed all the shrockworks skids and re installed the drivers side slider. Just as I'm cleaning up my work light catches something:



What could that be? It's rough and looks like rust but it can't be. Thoughts? Anyway, he told me to just lay on the frozen tundra and pull it off so he can redo it. 3rd times a charm or should I drive up there just to get a refund?
 

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As I mentioned, I purchased a Warn Zeon 8 winch. I also got some amsteel blue synthetic winch line from Shrockworks. My winch came with steel cable, so it will be nice to have that as a backup. The amsteel line comes with a eye that can be bolted to most winches, but the Zeon uses a "puck" to lock the line to the drum not a fastener. In order to secure the amsteel you need to modify the end that will be secured to the winch drum. To do this you'll need a sharp knife, marker, measuring tape, and ideally some rope splicing tools... I used a pen and some smooth painters tape. I then just followed this youtube video to do a locking brummel splice.







It was my first attempt at any sort of rope splicing, and there is surely room for improvement but I thought for my first crack it at least looks okay.
 

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I have the Warn Zeon 8 winch installed. A couple of things with this winch.
1) It's big. It just fits inside the Shrockworks bumper. I had anticipated it not fitting and ordered the control pack relocation kit. I had planned on putting the control pack on top of the bumper, but the bumper isn't wide enough. So the control pack stayed on the winch and is all tucked in.
2) with the control pack on the winch it is extremely difficult to plug the winch controller in. There are a couple ways to fix this. The first is to go with a wireless controller, this is what I did. If you're planning on running synthetic winch line then go with the warn zeon 8-s platinum, which comes with synthetic line and a wireless controller. The second way around this is to get a controller cable extension with would allow you to mount the plug to the top of the bumper where shrockworks has set up for this.
3) If you're installing synthetic line then I would suggest feeding the line through the winch, then tying a locked brummel, insert the puck from the winch and pull the line tight. I had tied the knot and tried to feed the line through and it just wasn't working so started over and fed the line through then tied the knot, was easy but a waste of time.

I'll try to do a write up but it's pretty straight forward and I didn't take a lot of photos.
 

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Congrats on getting the winch installed , I bet it was quite the job.
You already answered my question about the control pack (being able to mount it on top of the middle of the Shrockworks bumper).
 

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Congrats on getting the winch installed , I bet it was quite the job.
You already answered my question about the control pack (being able to mount it on top of the middle of the Shrockworks bumper).


Yeah it's not even close. I was thinking about notching out the upper valence, but I'd have to go right into the grill.
 

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"installed" the Warn wireless controller today. Pretty difficult. Just plug and play. Hardest part was deciding where to put the controller. I didn't want to drill into my interior to mount the controller so I used some 3M velcro and stuck it under the lid of the centre console.

Part number for the wireless winch controller is 90287. Really small transmitter. I took the truck out and pretensioned the winch today using this controller. Works pretty slick, there is about a 1 second delay when you press the button, so if you're trying to inch the line in it will be pretty difficult.
 

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Pretty basic stuff. Here you can see how the winch sits in the bumper. Feet first. You can also see how far back the control pack sits in the bumper. At this point I was worried there would be clearance issues with the radiator.


I read about these support tabs with the one piece bumpers. One poster cut the off with a Dremel, I was however to lazy... I just bent it with my hand to clear the winch. A keen eye will notice my horn location. Moved the horn there when I did the Volant CAI install. Winch power cables are also what is zip tied to the support bracket.



Put on the synthetic line, won't look nice and blue for long I'm sure.



Installed a Shrock fairlead, make sure you do this before you put the winch line on ::grin::


And the warn wireless controller, I just used some 3M Velcro to secure it to the inside lid of the centre console.


 

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Here are a couple shots of my truck when I picked it up from LineX:




I did the top and bottom of the rear bumper, bottom to help prevent rock chips and top so I don't slip off it when it's wet. I really like the look of the lineX and was happy to get it done. It also covered a ton of trail rash from my first outing, where myself and a full size dodge were stuck for hours. Also the motivation to buy a winch.
 

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Dealer offered me $34,000 today if I traded it in on a new Titan PRO-4X with the cummins.They're also offering $13,000 off the Cummins Titan, plus a Nissan "loyalty" discount... I'm just starting to get this truck where I want it. Time to think.
 

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Wow the line-x looks great and super tuff....I like the idea of having it on top of the rear bumper.
A Titan Pro-4X with cummings ? Man o Man , I would have to sell my house and live in the truck to purchase that thing.
 

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Wow the line-x looks great and super tuff....I like the idea of having it on top of the rear bumper.
A Titan Pro-4X with cummings ? Man o Man , I would have to sell my house and live in the truck to purchase that thing.
I'm in full "pay the house off" mode right now, doing double mortgage payments plus an extra %15 and trying to max out my annual lump sum which is %20 of the original loan amount, make any more payments and I get stuck with a penalty. Plus with 3 kids under 7 we are also putting almost $800 a month into their university fund.

I've never had a car loan, I've always put money away until I was able to pay for it with cash. Our family van (Honda Odyssey) is likely going to need to be replaced in the next 2 years so we are saving for that right now too.

So the Titan PRO-4X with the cummins is listed right now at $66,000 (Canadian) so if I traded in my truck I'd owe $32,000 on the titan. OR keep my Frontier, which is almost exactly where I want it. So, typing all that out makes the decision pretty simple, the Frontier stays. I'd say I can be okay with it for at least 5 more years before I'll need a full size to jam the family all in.
 

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Had the drivers seat heating element replaced yesterday on warranty. Just in time, was -18 when I jumped into it this morning.
 

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New toy...

 
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