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Figure I may as well start a build thread, I've done enough to the vehicle and have plans for the future.

Truck is a 2015 Frontier SV, not a value truck package model, crew cab, long 139.9" wheelbase, 4x4. This means a crew cab with a 6' bed. It's a V6 automatic with 3.357:1 differential gears and C200K axle in the back.

I'll expand out the modifications by consolidating posted info from around the forum but so far here's what I've done:
Modifications that I'm already slated to do based on parts I already have or have ordered:
  • Replace squared-off rear axle u-bolts with inverted round U-bolts
  • Install backup camera into the tailgate
Modifications I have some parts for but have not yet determined when or if I'll do them:
Modifications I am considering that I do not yet have parts for:
  • ID1000 TPMS display (ford protocol, aftermarket sensors will work with this)
  • A-pillar replacement plastic for gauge pod(s)
  • Transmission temperature sensor
  • Reinstallation of front lower valence
  • Replacement of rear bumper (current one is bent twice)
  • Reconfiguration of infotainment/radio dash
    • single-din broadcast radio receiver with large external screen
    • in-dash communications radio
      • GMRS?
      • Amateur?
      • CB?
    • Australian rooftop commercial radio antenna in center spot
    • communications radio antenna to replace factory spot on passenger cowl
  • Used M226 rear axle with electric locker most likely would go helical LSD in C200k instead
  • M205 front diff and Pathfinder V8 CV shafts
  • Installation of fog lights
  • Replacement of stock headlight bulbs with aftermarket/brighter
 

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pic of the skid plate:

 

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I didn't realize you got your upper extended ball joints in, how did that work out? Right ones the first time.. anxious to see the long term on these!

Also curious as to why you may put the front valance back on? I was thinking of trimming mine down on the end sections for looks wise.

You've done a lot to it .. I've been following most of your mods but somehow missed the extended ball joint conclusion. No mention of ill affects above so I take it their working as intended. Keep up the good work!
 

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I didn't realize you got your upper extended ball joints in, how did that work out? Right ones the first time.. anxious to see the long term on these!

Also curious as to why you may put the front valance back on? I was thinking of trimming mine down on the end sections for looks wise.

You've done a lot to it .. I've been following most of your mods but somehow missed the extended ball joint conclusion. No mention of ill affects above so I take it their working as intended. Keep up the good work!
They went right in no problem, friction press-fit even when just pulled out of the freezer. 46.2mm if memory serves. Ended up having to reuse the old snap rings which I'd read might well be the case. The zerks were missing of course, but they were the cheapest ones I could get. $3.00 on zerks at the ace hardware solved that part. And obviously greased them.
 

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No pictures of it, but during today's oil change while waiting for the oil to slooowly drain through the fumoto-type drain plug, I decided to put the front lower valence / air dam back on. This proved more involved than I expected.

Sorry, I didn't take any pictures.

First, I realized that due to the design of the three-piece air dam, I would have to reverse how my shackles are slid into the 1/2" plate for the recovery points. The problem is that the factory thin sheet metal radiator protector thing juts out too far to the sides, so the bolts for the D-rings couldn't clear enough to slide in. So I took the thing off (which gave me easier access to remove the filter anyway) and I took a hammer to the outer lower corners, bashing them in enough to make for clearance for the shackle bolts. this required a couple of times working the metal, and I'm not 100% thrilled as the driver's side will still be mildly challenging to deal with, but I can get the shackles in and out with the bolts sliding in from the center now.

Then I cut the opening for the side that lacked it (driver's?) and test-fit. Ended up having to trim a little more material around the holes, but I was able to get things to fit. Then it was just a matter of putting the outer parts on, mostly reaching through behind the wheel well insert. Also ended up driving one screw through on each side where the air deflector pieces meet, since they were not lining up real well. It'll do.

Even with my 255/75/17 tires and camber-bolts thrusting the front suspension more forward, there was no rubbing. By like, an eighth of an inch. Even with the mild lift.
 
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