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How do you like your Hertz HiEnergy/HSK replacements up front?
 

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How do you like your Hertz HiEnergy/HSK replacements up front?
They might not be the most expensive or the most high end speaker set available, but if I myself like the sound (which I do) plus I am constantly getting praise from passengers telling me how good the sound is, I think they're doing pretty well. Also, considering that I haven't even thought of "maybe I should try ____" for the almost 2 years that I've had them installed, that means my ears are pretty happy =)
 

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I just finished the Rear Axle Vent Mod / Diff Breather Mod and here are some notes:

1. I used vacuum tubing instead of fuel line. I don't think it will make any difference. There is only one place it gets near the tailpipe and even then it is a good 6 inches away.
2. I have a PRO-4X so the plug for the rear diff lock is where you attached your filter. I couldn't use that spot so I just fit the filter up between the heat shield and the truck bed. It fits in there nice and snug.

Everything else went as outlined in your write-up. Thank you Raine for all the time you have invested in this thread. It really helped me and has given me some great ideas for projects for the future.
 

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2014 Frontier SV CC 4x4 "KEIRA" Build Thread
Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my build thread!

LATEST UPDATE: 08.31.19 Audio System Diagram updated for 2019, see #880.













INTRO
Buy a truck, do stuff, take pictures, and end up with a build thread… by the time I started this thread I’ve had my truck for a little over a year now, and I’ve been steadily doing stuff to it since the first day I drove it home so I decided it was time to make my own build thread to keep track of everything I’m doing. Speaking of the beginning… without getting too complicated, I had a change in lifestyle. I started mountain biking, I started camping, and I started to realize that having a lowered SC300 (build thread here if you're bored) was no longer practical. I was always a Nissan guy at heart (previously had a Maxima, Pathfinder, 200SX SE-R, 240SX... don't ask me how a Lexus got in there) so I knew the next vehicle was going to be a Nissan Frontier. That said, what basically happened next was:



NOTE –This is my third vehicle named “Keira” because I'm in love with Keira Knightley. I had a Nissan 240SX named "Keira", my Lexus SC300 was named “Keira”, and now my Frontier is named "Keira." We’ll just leave it at that. Ok - with the intro out of the way, let's get to the thread, listed from oldest to current. Oh, and feel free to comment or ask questions if you like :)

INFO
USERNAME: Raine
YEAR: 2014
MAKE: Starts with an “N”
MODEL: Frontier
TRIM: SV 4x4 Crew Cab
COLOR: Night Armor

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SUSPENSION
(#179) Bilstein 5125 Shocks, for 2-3" Lift
(#179) PRG/Deaver 2-leaf AAL, 2.5" Lift
(#179) Nisstec Axle Degree Shims
(#179) Nisstec U-Bolts
(#185) OEM Nissan LCA Camber/Caster Bolts
(#203) King Shocks 2.5" Custom Coilovers (also see #455)
(#221) OEM Front Sway Bar Removal, Part 1 (also see #270)
(#235) Extended Travel Suspension Notes
(#270) OEM Front Sway Bar Removal, Part 2
(#318) PRG 1/2" Front Lift Spacers
(#362) Ride Height Compared to a Stock Frontier
(#455) Custom External Reservoir Mounts, Part 1 (also see #456)
(#456) Custom External Reservoir Mounts, Part 2
(#553) King Reservoir LED Accent Lamps
(#___) Upper Control Arms TBA

WHEELS, TIRES, BRAKES
(#130) Level 8 Bully Pro 6 Wheels
(#131) Custom Rash Ring Bolts
(#142) R1 Motorsports Drilled & Slotted Rotors
(#142) Red Painted Brake Calipers
(#601) Modded FJ Spare Tire cover
(#___) Tires TBA

EXTERIOR/ARMOR/LIGHTS
(#006) Truxedo LoPro Qt Tonneau Cover
(#006) OEM Nissan FR/RR Splash Guards
(#006) OEM Nissan Side Window Deflector Set
(#006) OEM Nissan Side Step Rails
(#008) Rocky Mounts Clutch SD Bike Mounts
(#080) Firestik NGP Antenna
(#105) Mitsuba SH-1/SL-1 Truck Horns
(#114) White Rhino Fabrication Light Bar
(#153) OEM Nissan Pro-4X Oil Pan Skid Plate
(#153) OEM Nissan Pro-4X Transfer Case Skid Plate
(#245) OEM Nissan Titan "4x4 Off-Road" Decals
(#425) Rear "Shuttle Camera"
(#454) Painted OEM Radiator Skid Plate
(#463) P&P Front Recovery Points
(#624) Dee Zee Truck Bed Mat

LIGHTING RELATED
(#018) LED Interior Bulbs
(#018) Phillips White Vision LED Reverse Bulbs
(#018) UtiliTrack LED Light Mod (also see #553)
(#066) LED Floor/Display Lights
(#113) Xterra Switch Install
(#118) PIAA 520 ATP 6” Off-Road Lamps
(#426) PIAA Wire Wrap
(#431) Rigid Industries D-Series LED Driving Lamps
(#438) D-Series Wiring Notes and Output Photo
(#553) King Reservoir LED Accent Lamps
(#747) Katana LED Headlamp Bulb Upgrade (Full Write-Up)

INTERIOR AND ACCESSORIES
(#007) UltraGauge EM-Plus (also see #384)
(#026) Dynamat Extreme Part 1 - Doors
(#034) Dynamat Extreme Part 2 - Rear Wall and Floor
(#078) Midland CB Radio
(#149) Raingler Headrest Handles
(#263) Viair 300P Portable Compressor
(#584) Dual 2.4A USB Charging Ports
(#665) Center Armrest Cloth Cover

AUDIO/VIDEO
Current System Diagram (2019), see #880
(#022) JL Audio 10TW-1 Subwoofers x2
(#022) Alpine PDX-V9 5-Channel Amplifier
(#043) Modified OEM Bluetooth Microphone
(#043) Working OEM Steering Wheel Controls
(#043) Working OEM USB Port w/Audio
(#043) Working OEM Back-up Camera
(#398) JL Audio TWK-88 Digital Signal Processor (also see #847)
(#399) Hertz Audio HSK-165 6.5” Component System
(#401) Hertz Audio Dieci DCX-165.3 6.5" Coaxial Speakers
(#425) Rear Auxiliary "Shuttle Camera"
(#485) Under-seat Amp and DSP Platforms (also see #644)
(#584) Super NES Classic Retro Gaming Console
(#642) Soundstream ST2.1000D 2-Channel Amplifier
(#656) SiriusXM Satellite Tuner
(#859) Kenwood Excelon XR DNX-995S Navigation Head Unit

CUSTOM MODS/MISC INSTALLS
(#014) Power Tailgate Lock Mod
(#080) Firestik NGP Custom OEM Location Install, Part 1
(#095) Firestik NGP CB Antenna Custom Install, Part 2
(#141) Quickie Firestik Antenna Shrink Mod
(#152) Trimming For Tire Clearance (Fenders), Part 1
(#169) Trimming For Tire Clearance (Front Lip), Part 2
(#171) Trimming For Tire Clearance (Fender Liners), Part 3
(#177) Trimming For Tire Clearance (Splash Guards), Part 4
(#342) Club Frontier "Lifetime Member" Decals
(#454) Painted OEM Radiator Skid Plate
(#455) Custom External Reservoir Mounts, Part 1
(#456) Custom External Reservoir Mounts, Part 2
(#601) Modded FJ Cruiser Spare Tire cover
(#634) System Refresh, Day 1 - Cable Management
(#641) System Refresh, Day 2 - Upholstered A/V Panels
(#642) System Refresh, Day 3 - New Rear Fill Amplifier
(#643) System Refresh, Day 4 - Bass Controller + Voltmeter
(#644) System Refresh, Day 5 - Reinstalling Everything
(#696) Custom Tweeter Pods, Part 1
(#701) Custom Tweeter Pods, Part 2
(#847) Custom Mounted JL TWK-88 Control Knob

ENGINE-AREA RELATED
(#006) Stant Locking Gas Cap
(#109) Blue Sea Fuse Block
(#122) Engine Ground Fix
(#496) Off-Road Gorilla Hood Strut Kit
(#595) Interstate 640 CCA Battery

HOW-TO WRITE-UPS
"The End-All Guide to Camber Bolts and UCAs for 2nd-Gen Lifted Frontiers"
(#013) How-To: Trailer Plug Relocation Mod
(#018) How-To: Trailer Plug Bracket Delete Mod
(#067) How-To: Rear Axle Vent / Diff Breather Mod
(#072) How-To: Navara Emblem Swap
(#328) How-To: Genuine Nissan Rogue Key Swap
(#328) How-To: Program Your New Rogue/Switchblade Key Remote
(#411) How-To: Nissan "Switchblade" Flip Key Swap
(#536) How-To: EZ-Down Tailgate Damper Kit Install

TRIPS AND OTHER STUFF
(#004) The First Day Home
(#021) Mountain Biking at M-Trail, Riverside, CA
(#068) Getting Lost in Cleghorn Ridge, San Bernardino Mountains, CA
(#073) Mountain Biking at Snow Summit, Big Bear, CA
(#079) Camping in Cleveland National Forest, CA
(#088) Azusa Canyon OHV Exploring, San Gabriel Canyon, CA
(#108) Return to Cleghorn Ridge, San Bernardino Mountains, CA
(#123) Mountain Biking at Marshall Canyon, La Verne, CA
(#140) Some Photos Before the Rain at Pomona, CA
(#162) Lytle Creek Afternoon Trail Run, San Bernardino Mountains, CA
(#207) Return to Azusa OHV (with New Suspension!), San Gabriel Canyon, CA
(#263) Silverwood Trail Run, San Bernardino, CA
(#490) Just a photo of my rear window decals
(#515) Photo Swapping/Updating Thread Pics
(#565) TPMS Replacement / Manual Programming Notes (also see #587)
(#667) Saturday Audio Tuning w/Umik-1
(#797) My Truck on the White Rhino Fabrication Website

THINGS THAT TOOK SOME TRUCK MONEY
(#375) The Other "Ride": Commencal Meta V4 Mountain Bike
(#520) The New "Mod Stopper": 2018 Commencal Supreme SX
(#861) Another Distraction: Commencal Meta Power 29

EOL / ARCHIVED / ITEMS REMOVED
(#006) OEM Nissan Wheel Lock Set
(#011) How-To: Custom Phone Holder
(#012) Audio Control Epicenter Processor
(#012) JL Audio XD300/1v2 Mono Amplifier
(#012) Kicker C10 Subwoofers x2
(#012) ASC Prefab Dual Subwoofer Enclosure
(#018) Phillips Crystal Vision Headlamp Bulbs
(#018) Phillips Crystal Vision Foglamp Bulbs
(#021) Pipeline Rail Rack Bike Holder
(#022) Alpine RUX Control Knob
(#042) Image Dynamics CXS v.2 6.5” Components
(#042) Custom Upper Dash Speaker Mounts
(#043) Kenwood Excelon DNX-892 Navigation Head Unit
(#043) Amazon Fire TV
(#043) Forward Facing Camera
(#061) MiniDSP DSP 2-Channel Processor
(#061) MiniDC Regulated Power Supply
(#131) BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tires
(#173) Morimoto XB Type-S LED Fog Lamp Install
(#173) Lamin-X Yellow Overlays for LED Fog Lamps
(#185) Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
(#241) Remote HDMI+USB Connector
(#303) White Knuckle Off-Road DOM Steel Rock Sliders (Also see #304)
(#305) Hi-Tech Industries GT-5000 Traction Tape
(#485) Kenwood KAC-M3004 2-Channel Amplifier
(#607) For Now... Half the Bass (Temporary)
(#643) CT Sounds UBK + Voltmeter
Looks great I just got my frontie a month agao. looking to go out with people and do some good whelin...are you in cali. any good trails around. I'm waiting for wheels and tires... gonna be very soon. I have a 2017 sv v64x4, can't wait to use it. take care...Dave
 

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are you near ventura county? I saw a pic of a trail you were on can I get the info on it please? have a good day
You're gonna have to be more specific than that dude... Where did you see the pic? Did you even try looking through my thread index for a clue?

No I'm not near Ventura. Ventura is about an hour northwest of where I am.
 

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Nice.

Damn this just reminds me I need to get another alignment before I buy new tires. I've called 4 or 5 different shops and most refuse to touch modified stuff
 

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I'd read this thread from start to finish before I'd even collected my truck. Fantastic project, fantastic write-ups. I've added the EZ-Down dampers to my tailgate tonight after seeing your guide on them. Did the neoprene washer trick and just need to get some 5/8" heatshrink to finish them off nicely.

Glad to hear you're still enjoying the audio upgrades. I'm keen to get mine done. Got all the kit waiting in the wings as it never got installed in my old Tacoma. Too many other projects took priority. Will definitely try and carve out some time in the New Year. I'll get busy re-reading your install notes in the meantime.

Thanks again. Keep up the good work 👍
 

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It's going to take longer than I thought because of the automerge, jeniorNV said it's about a 5 minute gap before it resets and lets me post consecutively.
No idea what you're talking about.
 

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After the alignment, my truck tracked straight and true. There was no noise from the new SPC UCAs, and because of the added adjustability (compared to the Total Chaos UCAs) my alignment tech easily got the front wheels aligned to what I like to call "exact spec" - in other words, when I get an alignment done, I prefer all the numbers to match from left to right.
What caster angle are you running? After my Titan swap, I am unsure what caster to aim for. In the end, I have decided to go for higher angle (I think the tech set it to about 5 degrees) to avoid tire rubbing in turns.
 

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My last alignment I went with 2.5-degrees to clear the front splash guard (after modding it)
 

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I was not worried about the front because the Hefty's front bumper increased the front clearance. With about 2-degree caster, there was some rubbing when the wheels were fully turned so I have asked the tech to redo the alignment with a larger caster and 5 degree was what he could do. Just curious, thanks.
 

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How-To: Trailer Plug Relocation (11.05.14)
Quick question. There was a piece of plastic that I dremmeled off, it’s the piece right above where the tab is to lift open the socket cover. When I drilled it off there was a hole there. Do you happen to remember if that hole was there anyways? Is it a drain of some kind (even though the socket has the rubber gasket)? I ended up putting some JB weld on it to fill in the hole but then I came up with the thought that maybe it’s supposed to be there, because it looks like it might have been on yours too? Maybe I’m overthinking.
 

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Quick question. There was a piece of plastic that I dremmeled off, it’s the piece right above where the tab is to lift open the socket cover. When I drilled it off there was a hole there. Do you happen to remember if that hole was there anyways? Is it a drain of some kind (even though the socket has the rubber gasket)? I ended up putting some JB weld on it to fill in the hole but then I came up with the thought that maybe it’s supposed to be there, because it looks like it might have been on yours too? Maybe I’m overthinking.
You're like literally asking me if I remember something from 5 years and 10 days ago haha

... no I don't.
 
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