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Username: OVRLND
Year:2013
Make:Nissan
Model: Frontier
Trim:pro 4X
Color:Black
Mods:

Interior:Ewok hanging on the rear view mirror, CB radio, Bao Feng ham radio

Exterior: ARB rooftop tent, ARB awning (1250) front runner bed bars, rhino rack roof rack bars and pioneer roof rack. CB antenna.

Drivetrain: Stock

Suspension & Tires:Nisstec supplied OME HD coil overs/ Dakar HD leaf springs

Armor: Shrockworks Front bumper and Skid

Performance: Stock

Gear and Other: N/A

In Progress:
Hot water heating system, water reservoir in spare tire area, overland type kitchen in a pelican box. (Distant Future): SPC upper control arms, 2 inch front spacers to get rid of the stink bug look.


Previously had a jeep wrangler TJ, which i learned to off road with, and a lifted Diesel Silverado.Had this truck about 5 months now, and very pleased with the stock capabilities of this truck. It reminds me of my jeep. So my goal for this build is to make it overland ready. I really like camping where people haven't camped before, which is why I like thru hiking. Three years ago I hiked 120 miles of the John Muir Trail and fell in love with the idea. My wife on the other hand lovess to car camp, she big into photography and likes some of the amenities car camping affords. So overlanding is where our two loves meet. After reading Expedition Portal on the frontier (Mark's truck?) I knew that was the vehicle for me. I like the tacoma, but dollar for dollar the frontier is worth more. I opted for the Pro 4x version, because it gave me the capabilities I wanted right away, even though a lot of what makes it a Pro 4x will be upgraded. So stay tuned!

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Here's the install of my suspension. Pretty simple (almost no experience required)

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First get it up on jack stands, remove the front tires, and disconnect the ABS wire.

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Next Disconnect the sway bar. Do it on both sides so you can rotate it out of the way.

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Disconnect the knuckle on the tie rod end( lower) the loosen the upper nut and hit the ball joint end (upper) with a hammer to set it free.

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At this point you can loosen the strut nut and top nuts(three on the outside, not the inner one) and pull the coil over out, and install the new one. Just do the reverse to reassemble.

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Over all pretty easy. The back wasn't too bad, but I don't have pictures as I was doing it alone. Just jack up the truck remove tires, remove lower shock bolt, then the U bolts. I disconnected the front of the leaf first, the removed the rear of the leaf from the shackle, without removing the shackle. I just disconnected the plate and pulled it off. I used white lithium grease on the Poly bearings that came with the kit(napa). Then just reinstalled everything.



Front only



Front and rear.

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Next up was the Shrockworks install. Went up exactly like Nomads build (Thank you Nomad 13). The only thing different I did was use a transmission Jack since I was alone.


It angled the bumper perfectly so I could get the bottom bolts in. Once that was done, and I cut everything I needed too, I pushed on the top of the bumper with my hand and rotated it up to get the other 4 bolts in.



Picture of it now. while I was at work.

Coming next week is the Snorkel install!
 

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And not a single pic of the Ewok.... =(
Well...you're right. Here you go. A little difficult as interior mods go, but I managed by myself. There wasn't any you tube videos on it, so I had to wing it.


Over all, pretty happy with the install.

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Mod of the day

Well...you're right. Here you go. A little difficult as interior mods go, but I managed by myself. There wasn't any you tube videos on it, so I had to wing it.


Over all, pretty happy with the install.

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Can we vote on "MOD OF THE DAY?" because I nominate the EWOK for MOTD!
 

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Wow , Truck looks great ...Shrockworks bumper !!!!
I was thinking we could start a "Group Buy" thread for the Ewok mod. I bet we could get a great group discount.
 

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Wow , Truck looks great ...Shrockworks bumper !!!!
I was thinking we could start a "Group Buy" thread for the Ewok mod. I bet we could get a great group discount.
Yea, the EWOK helps performance quite a bit, I don't have an older frontier, but I hear it can prevent the SMOD. Just make sure you review the instructions, it's not an easy install.

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Ok, so just got done with the CB antenna install. Pretty easy over all. I have the Midland unit, which allows for easy car hook up. Routed the coaxial cable through the grill, around the outside of the engine compartment to the drivers side, where I went though the grommet.


Antenna mount sucks, used an ARB light mount which was not big enough (had to get creative with L brackets), so I have a Rugged Ridge bar mount coming later this week, which will hopefully fit.



Here's the grommet I went through. Drivers side. Used a punch and knife to make the hole big enough for the coaxial end to get though. I had an 18' coaxial cable, and that was more than long enough, even zip tying it neatly around the edge.



Here's where I mounted it. It's just one of those cell phone vent mounts I got from best buy. I unscrewed the clip on the back of the CB, and moved it over, the the clip is holding it very securely to the mount. Very stable, and won't shake loose.



Lastly here you can see where it plugs in, and connects to the coaxial cable. Completely removable if I don't want it in view. Very happy with the install!


Up next is the Snorkel! Should arrive this week.

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Thanks for the update / CB install , This will be my next mod.
Any particular reason you chose the Midland 75-822 over the Cobra 75 WX ST ?Cobra Electronics: C 75 WX ST CB Radio & CB Radio Reviews
I am going to purchase one or the other...any feedback on the midland ?
What did you get for an antenna ? Wilson Flex ? , Firestik ?
Looks like it is mounted on a spring is it the heavy duty spring?

Thanks in advance.
-Carl
 

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I chose the Midland because I can also unclip it and make it a hand held unit. I do a lot of hiking , so another method of communication off road away from the truck was desireable if I get into any trouble. The spring I used was the Heavy Duty spring, as you suspected, and the antenna is the 4' firestik. The CB works great so far. Still need to tune it, I loaned mine out, so waiting to get it back. But even even right now, I get a lot of CB chatter from the truckers.

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Installed the eBay snorkel today, haven't installed the inner ducting to air box, ran out of time. So that will be later this week. Install went pretty much like the eBay snorkel install post said. Nothing too complicated.


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Inner ducting for the snorkel was done two weekends ago, just haven't updated it. For those doing this, do both at the same time, inner and outer parts of the snorkel. Practically had to remove the snorkel to get the inner ducting on, also a note I had to buy a 3 x 3 flexible hose for the connection. The one it came with didn't work.

In other news, my rhino rack roof top bars came in, so I installed those! Very easy to do.




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How much wind noise or decreased MPG's do you get with that snorkel? I've been wanting one but haven't made up my mind yet.
Fully installed on the 18th, snorkel and internal ducting (drove it a week with just the exterior as I ran out of light) here is my fuel log:


Negligible difference, maybe a slight increase? As for noise, I can hear a tiny bit of wind noise at around 80 mph, but nothing else.

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Just a heads up. It looks like you have the exact front end setup as I do. I've had my shrockworks bumper and skids for almost 3 years now. I love the setup, however the last couple weeks I've been getting a slight knocking sound when turning corners or hitting large bumps. I ended up narrowing it down to this, the sway bar moves just a bit in the sway bar bushing and on both sides of the sway bar mount it has a raised ring around it that I'm guessing prevents it from sliding to far. Well when it slides that ring slides right into the skid plate mount and hits just a bit in the corner.
I took a grinder today and notched about 1/2 inch on the inside skid plate mount and that fixed the problem. Just a heads up in case you ever run into that.
 
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