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I think I fixed all the links in the thread, it took about an hour, no problem.
 

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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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Yeah I'm in SoCal
 

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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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Sold the White Knuckle Sliders (06.01.19)

YES - This is late, but blame it on the really stupid forum redo/fiasco BS that we all had to endure over the summer.
OKAY well here's a quickie update:

First thing's first - back in June I sold the White Knuckle rock sliders. Long story short - after liking the look for about 3 years or so, it didn't make sense anymore to carry 130 pounds of DOM steel on my truck at all times when I'm not even using them for what they were made for - so I sold the sliders to a local buyer. Then I made a few calls to all the local Nissan dealerships, and found a parts guy who agreed to sell me a brand new set of OEM side steps they had in stock for $100 out the door. About 30 minutes after I got off the phone I picked them up and installed them when I got back home.



With that out of the way, a month later I decided to swap out another part of my build - but I'll save it for the next post.
 

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New Adjustable Upper Control Arms (07.14.19)

Somewhere in the middle of July I removed my King front shocks in order to get them serviced:


...and while I was under there I ended up also removing the Total Chaos UCAs and temporarily installing my OEM stock UCAs and shocks:


..and then within 3 days, this arrived in the mail:


So I had a fresh new pair of SPC Adjustable Upper Control Arms (UCAs) ready to go, and after a couple more days my Kings arrived freshly serviced. Obviously both would be installed at the same time. Here's a couple pics for reference first:




Above is a visual comparison of (L to R): OEM Nissan stamped UCA, Total Chaos UCA, and SPC UCA.
Okay - so I decided to go with SPC this time around because:
  1. Like the TC UCAs, the SPCs use comfortable, quiet urethane bushings on the main pivots;
  2. Also like the TC UCAs, they are a direct bolt-in on the chassis side;
  3. I like the accessible adjustability of caster and camber on the outboard side.
Was there anything wrong with the TC UCAs? Not at all. The only thing I could think of was that getting the TC UCAs aligned was a fine process due to the fact that all the alignment adjustments were still 100% done with the LCA camber bolts only.

The install began as any other UCA/coilover install would go:


...except I now had to do the coil bucket mod in order to be able to use the SPC's adjustable ball joints as intended. There's other threads covering this mod, but basically the modification involves grinding away part of the coil bucket lip (that does not affect the integrity of the coil bucket) for clearance. There were no special tools needed for this - all I needed was a $19 Ryobi 5.5-amp angle grinder from Home Depot (grinding wheel included!). First I installed the SPC UCAs on the inboard side (to the chassis):


Next I moved the outer ball joint to the inner-most position (most camber). This was my guide; from here I would drop the UCA until there was contact with the coil bucket lip, mark where the contact is with a Sharpie marker, then grind away slowly, checking clearance every minute or so. After about 20 careful minutes (doing the other side was much faster once I knew how the process went) of grinding a little, checking clearance, then grinding some more, I had enough material removed from the coil bucket lip to clear the SPC's ball joints:


The last step to the mod was to protect the grinder area with a paint marker to prevent any chance of rust forming:


Once this was dry, I re-installed my King coilovers, attached the SPC UCA's to the spindle, and it was off to get an alignment the next afternoon.


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.

Fun Fact: Regular alignment shops will make adjustments until the numbers fall within an acceptable window, which can mean the your alignment will be "within spec" but the left camber and right camber might be two different actual angles.

So for me, "exact spec" is a custom alignment where caster, camber, and toe are matching exactly from left to right... so if the left wheel has 1.00 degree of negative camber, the right wheel must also have exactly 1.00 degrees of negative camber. Likewise if the front right wheel has 2.55 degrees of caster, the front left is also adjusted to exactly 2.55 degrees of caster. Same with toe adjustment. Also, I make sure the tech does not compensate for road crown - this is when regular alignments have some built-in pull to the left, to compensate for how most roads are sloping to the right (for drainage) anyways. With zero road crown compensation, when I have my steering wheel straight, I know that the wheels are pointed exactly straight. Call it picky, but if you've been following my thread then you'll know that this is normal for me. LOL

 

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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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