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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
2014 Frontier SV CC 4x4 "KEIRA" Build Thread
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LATEST UPDATE 09.01.2020: (#940) Stealth (Rear) Power. (09.01.20)

VISITORS PLEASE NOTE: I have created a standalone project:KEIRA website to highlight this build.
I will still add any new truck updates in this original forum thread for the benefit of Club Frontier members.

MORE THINGS TO READ: If you're looking for more content, please take a look at the following threads as well:
Nissan Frontier Audio Upgrade Guide
The End-All Guide to Camber Bolts and UCAs for 2nd Gen Frontiers

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 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 :)

YEAR: 2014
TRIM: SV 4x4 Crew Cab
COLOR: Night Armor


NOTE: The number at the beginning of the list items below goes to the original post # in this thread - the text link goes to the project:KEIRA website post.

(#179) Bilstein 5125 Custom Length Rear Shocks (for 2-3" Lift)
(#179) PRG/Deaver 2-leaf AAL (for 2.5" Lift)
(#179) Nisstec 2.5-degree Axle Shims
(#179) Nisstec Zinc-Plated 7.5" U-Bolts
(#185) OEM Nissan LCA Camber/Caster Bolts
(#203) King Off-Road Custom 2.5" Coilovers w/ Compression Adjustment
(#221) OEM Front Sway Bar Removed
(#235) King Shocks Suspension Down Travel Notes
(#318) PRG 1/2" Front Lift Spacers
(#455 / #456) Custom External Mounts for King Reservoirs
(#553) Custom External Reservoir LED Accent Lamps
(#890) SPC Adjustable Upper Control Arms (UCAs)

(#130 / #131) Level 8 Bully Pro 6 Wheels
(#142) R1 Motorsports Drilled & Slotted Rotors
(#142) Red Painted Brake Calipers
(#601) Modded FJ Spare Tire cover
(#901) Hankook DynaPro AT-M (RF10) Tires
(#906) New Hubcentric Rings and Lug Nuts

(#006) Truxedo LoPro Qt Tonneau Cover
(#006) Genuime NIssan Side Step Rails
(#006) Genuine Nissan Front & Rear Splash Guards
(#006) Genuine Nissan Side Window Deflector Set
(#080) Firestik NGP External CB Antenna
(#105) Mitsuba SH-1/SL-1 Truck Horns
(#114) White Rhino Fabrication Light Bar
(#153) Genuine Nissan Pro-4X Oil Pan Skid Plate
(#153) Genuine Nissan Pro-4X Transfer Case Skid Plate
(#245) Genuine Nissan Titan "4x4 Off-Road" Decals
(#454) Painted OEM Radiator Skid Plate
(#463) P&P Front Recovery Points
(#624) Dee Zee Heavy Duty Fitted Truck Bed Mat
(#937) OEM Nissan Rope Hooks (w/added Security)

(#018) LED Interior Bulbs
(#018 Phillips White Vision LED Reverse Bulbs
(#018) UtiliTrack Bed LED Lights
(#066) LED Footwell and Under-Seat Display Lights
(#113) Genuine Nissan Xterra "Off-Road Lamps" Switch
(#118) PIAA 520 ATP 6” Off-Road Lamps
(#426) PIAA 520 ATP Custom Wire Wrap
(#431) Rigid Industries D-Series LED Driving Lamps
(#455 / #456 / #553) Custom External Reservoir LED Accent Lamps
(#747) Katana LED Headlamp Bulb Upgrade
(#933) Push Button Night Lights

(#007) UltraGauge EM-Plus OBD2 Monitor
(#026) Dynamat Extreme Sound Deadener (Doors)
(#034) Dynamat Extreme Sound Deadener (Rear Wall and Floor)
(#078) Midland 75-822 In-Cabin/Handheld CB Radio
(#149) Raingler Rear Passenger Headrest Handles
(#665) Center Armrest Cloth Cover

(#022) JL Audio 10TW-1 10" Subwoofers (2X)
(#022) Alpine PDX-V9 5-Channel 1000w Class-D 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
(#399) Hertz Audio Hi Energy HSK-165 6.5” Component System
(#401) Hertz Audio Dieci DCX-165.3 6.5" Coaxial Speakers
(#425) Pyle PLCM38FRV "Shuttle Camera"
(#485) Under-seat Amp and DSP Platforms
(#584) Super NES Classic Retro Gaming Console
(#642) Soundstream ST2.1000D 2-Channel Amplifier
(#656) SiriusXM SXV-300 Satellite Tuner
(#859) Kenwood Excelon Ref. Series XR DNX-995S Head Unit

(#014) Custom Power Tailgate Lock Mod
(#080) Firestik NGP Custom OEM Location Install
(#095) Fabricated Custom Mounting Base for Firestik NGP CB Antenna
(#141) Quickie Firestik Antenna Shrink Mod
(#152) Trimming Fenders For Tire Clearance (Part 1)
(#169) Trimming the Front Lip For Tire Clearance (Part 2)
(#171) Trimming the Fender Liners For Tire Clearance (Part 3)
(#177) Trimming the Splash Guards For Tire Clearance (Part 4)
(#454) Painted OEM Radiator Skid Plate
(#455 / #456) Custom External Mounts for King Reservoirs
(#601) Modded FJ Cruiser Spare Tire cover
(#634) System Refresh, Cable Management (Day 1)
(#641) System Refresh, Upholstered A/V Panels (Day 2)
(#642) System Refresh, New Rear Fill Amplifier (Day 3)
(#643) System Refresh, Bass Controller + Voltmeter (Day 4)
(#644) System Refresh, Reinstalling Everything (Day 5)
(#696) Custom Speaker Pod Fabrication (Part 1)
(#701) Custom Tweeter Pod FInishing and Install (Part 2)
(#847) Custom Mounted JL TWK-88 Control Knob and LED
(#940) Custom Rear Bed LED Power Buttons

(#006) Stant Locking Gas Cap
(#109) Blue Sea Systems 6-Circuit ST-Blade Fuse Block
(#122) Engine Block Ground Replacement Cable
(#496) Off-Road Gorilla Hood Strut Kit
(#595) Interstate 640 CCA Battery

Nissan Frontier Audio Upgrade Guide

The End-All Guide to Camber Bolts and UCAs for 2nd-Gen Lifted Frontiers
Why Outside Mounted Window Deflector Visors are Better

(#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
(#173) How-To: Install or Swap Fog Lamps
(#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
(#565) How-To: Program an OEM Nissan Tire Pressure Sensor (TPMS)
(#750) How-To: Aim Your Frontier Headlamps the Correct Way
(#936) Update: Rear Axle Vent Mod, 5 Years Later (?)
(#937) How-To: Install OEM Nissan Rope Hooks (w/added Security)

(#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
(#797) My Truck on the White Rhino Fabrication Website

(#375) 2016 Commencal Meta V4 Mountain Bike
(#520) 2018 Commencal Supreme SX
(#861) 2019 Commencal Meta Power 29

(#006) OEM Nissan Wheel Lock Set
(#008) Rocky Mounts Clutch SD Bike Mounts
(#011) How-To: Custom Center Dash 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) Lamin-X Yellow Fog Lamp Overlays
(#185) Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
(#241) Remote HDMI+USB Connector
(#303) White Knuckle Off-Road DOM Steel Rock Sliders
(#305) Hi-Tech Industries GT-5000 Traction Tape
(#485) Kenwood KAC-M3004 2-Channel Amplifier
(#643) CT Sounds Universal Bass Knob w/Voltmeter

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Exactly What I Was Looking For (09.26.14)

It took about 6 months after making the decision to change vehicles before I sold my 1995 Lexus SC300 at my asking price, and it finally happened in August of 2014. With the car gone, I pretty much knew what was next; After researching models, options, dealer stock in my area, and thoroughly debating between the SV and Pro-4X, I decided on the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4×4 SV with the Value Truck Package, which had a lot of stuff that was not standard on the Pro-4X (unlike the later model years) – plus the Pro-4X had a lot of stuff that I’d probably swap out someday (OEM Bilsteins, wheels, etc.)

Since it was year-end clearance time, the challenge was to find a truck on a dealer lot in Night Armor with a short bed and VTP. That’s exactly what I wanted, nothing more and nothing less. Lucky for me I found one in the exact spec I wanted about 30 minutes away at Metro Nissan in Montclair, CA. It took 3 visits all week and a lot of hard-nose negotiating to get the type of deal and payments I wanted, and they finally gave in after the third night of seeing me there.

This can also bee seen at project:KEIRA

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Discussion Starter #5
Looks good. What size tires?

It's about time...geez! Just kidding. Good start. Looking forward to the rest. :thumbup:
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.

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Day One Mods – the First Weekend (09.27.14)
The day after I took the truck home I hit the road and headed to a local auto parts store to pick up some cleaning supplies, and I also bought a Stant Locking Gas Cap (part #10504); this was technically my first mod!

After that I went to a couple of local Nissan Dealerships (closer to me than where I bought the truck) and dropped some cash on a few genuine Nissan accessories that caught my eye in the catalog – originally I just wanted the OEM Nissan Splash Guards and OEM Nissan Wind Deflectors; the parts guy said he’d give me a deal on the OEM Nissan Side Step Rails ($150 flat) because they were just taking up space in the back, and he even offered to throw in a free set of McGuard Wheel Locks… so why not!

One day I went to the market to pick up some stuff, and I couldn’t help but constantly look in my rear view mirror the whole way home, so I decided I needed a tonneau cover. I looked at the tri-fold style at first, but I realized it would be a pain to have to remove it every time I wanted to load my mountain bike up for a ride, so I shopped around for the roll-up style.

After looking through hundreds of different brands and models on all kinds of websites, I decided to go with the Truxedo LoPro QT because it had a very low profile to it, and it had a lot of great reviews online. Ordered it online, and just 2 days later I installed it (in about 1 hour).

This can also be seen at project:KEIRA
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Keeping an Eye on Things (10.02.14)

When I saw the UltraGauge EM-Plus in my brother’s Tacoma, I had to have one. Install was a snap – plug the cable into the OBD2 port under the dash, run the cable along the back of the knee panel, up along the side trim, and I stuck it on the dash with the vertical mount. It actually took me longer to get everything programmed to how I liked it.

The gauges I normally have setup for daily driving are (clockwise in the photo): short trip miles driven (resets at key off), short trip MPG (resets at key off), average MPG (so I can compare across an entire tank of fuel), engine temp (I prefer a number over a vague needle), distance to empty, and gallons of fuel left (changed this to “miles traveled” later on).

It’s a pretty useful little gadget – it doesn’t do ECU reprogramming or anything of that sort – but after using it for the first couple of weeks I realized how heavy my right foot was, and eventually changed my driving habits because of it. If you’re thinking of an OBD scan tool, I’d strongly suggest you consider the UltraGauge.

By the way, the 22.1 MPG shown was achieved during a long road trip back home.
This can also be seen at project:KEIRA

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Discussion Starter #8 (Edited)
For the Mountain Bike (10.03.14)
Just in time for the weekend, I bought a pair of RockyMounts DriveShaft SD bike mounts. The Driveshaft SD was designed to bolt right into the UtiliTracks in the bed, and I particularly liked the fact that it can accept 9mm, 15mm RQ, and 20mm QR axles and has a built-in key lock. These things are pretty heavy and super solid; my mountain bike doesn’t budge or sway one bit while driving. I thought they were a little pricey at first, but they’ve been rock solid for over a year now.

This can also be seen at project:KEIRA
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Welcome to the fun and torture of documenting how much money you've spent and what you spent it on : )
And nice bike!

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Welcome to the fun and torture of documenting how much money you've spent and what you spent it on : )
And nice bike!
Oh I already know this feeling well - did the same thing for my SC300 on the Lexus forums a few years back. It's a vicious cycle. It hurts but we keep doing it haha

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Custom Phone Holder Mod (10.18.14)
I normally use Waze while I drive so I needed a way to hold my iPhone 6 Plus where I can see it. I have used the MacAlly Mcup in other vehicles with great results, but because of the position of the Frontier cupholders (back near the elbow) I had to come up with a solution. The idea: directly mount the Mcup onto the console bin at the top of the center console.

For power I used a 2-meter USB extension cable and an Anker Lightning Cable. It had to be that long so I could run the extension from the OEM USB port under the center arm rest through the center console area and up behind the OEM radio. After mounting the Mcup assembly into the top bin, I had my iPhone front and center – making navigation use easily visible and accessible.

Used a Dremel to cut some small holes into the console bin.

Just enough for a Lightning cable to fit through.

Modified the base of the Mcup to use a ¼” bolt.

Tied a loose knot to limit the exposed cable length.

A regular fender washer provided a strong, sturdy mounting base.

Bolted together now; cable exit hole is barely noticeable.

USB extension cable from center armrest USB port.

How it looks completed. Phone can be clamped/released with one hand, and clamp rotates to any viewing angle.

UPDATE 03.07.2015: Mod removed when Kenwood DNX-892 Head Unit was installed.
This can also be seen at project:KEIRA
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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)

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Where'd you get the sub enclosure?

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Thank you sir!

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What did you do about the trailer plug bracket afterwards? did you cut it off?

Chopped off as much as I can, blended it in with Steelstik, then painted with matte black spray paint (info added to the trailer plug post, above):

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