Ownership Verified: CraigB's 2014 Nissan Frontier (Navara) Pro-4X

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CraigB

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So after owning this truck for nearly 5 years, I finally bought a lift kit for it (Well, it was actually 2.5 lift kits, but that's another story).

The front is lifted with Bilstein 5100 struts. These replace the factory struts (Bilstein 4600 in the case of the Pro-4X models) and have adjustability in ride height (from 0" to 2"/0 to 50mm). I went with 1.5"/38mm to try and even out the fender gap from front to rear, after I had added a pair of Rough Country 1.5"/38mm lift shackles. I also have an add-a-leaf that I might swap out, but after consulting with @Blind_Io , he confirmed what I had suspected, the rear leaf springs are dead. So I'll have to get by with what I have for now and think about some better leaf spring packs in the near future.

The shocks seem to be valved a little firmer over the 4600s that have been on the truck for 110k miles/177k kilometers, but not harsh and really seem to help it rider nicer.

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And the obligatory "flex" shots:

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While I was at it I also installed some 1.185"/30mm wheel spacers and removed the mud flaps (mostly because the tires rubbed hard while turning sharply).

I'm happy that I lifted it, but I do want to sort that leaf spring situation out as soon as possible. Mostly because I don't like how far the truck squats while towing.

Still need to buy/build some rock sliders in the future, but until a trip to Moab is in the cards, there really isn't a reason to...
 

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When we last left I had just lifted the truck and fitted (literately) a camper shell. Since then we have:

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Parked in the woods in Michigan.


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Parked in the woods in Missouri.


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Parked on a rooftop parking garage of an ex-bank.


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Parked behind some bleachers while hauling a small utility vehicle.


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Parked at a Mexican restaurant in Missouri, somewhere, while hauling a smaller truck.


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Parked in my driveway under a full moon.


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Parked in my yard and worked on some other trucks.


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Parked near a cabin in Arkansas.


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Parked at sunset.


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Parked near other trucks of varying size.


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Parked at a business and strapped pipes to the roof rack. (First time I have done this in 5 years of ownership.)


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Parked in some snow.


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Parked in some snow, in the woods.


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Parked in some snow, in the woods, from far away.


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Parked in the yard, again, while towing a smaller truck, again.


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Parked on a dragstrip in Texas.


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Parked on a concrete pad, in front of a shop building, while towing a trailer.


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Parked on a dragstrip in Missouri.


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And, to bring us full loop again, parked in the woods in Missouri.


But the most important thing of all, I paid the thing off today. It is mine now. To another 6 years and 125k miles. :cheers:
 

CraigB

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Today is cold, rainy and just not conducive to wanting to be outside, but I didn't want to be in the house, so I decided to go for a dirt road drive.


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Found this rotten barn full of rotten hay.


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And this neat old church.


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And a rafter of turkeys.


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Things started icing up, so I decided it was time to head home before the roads became slick.
 

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I very like post like this. Not just technical "I did this and this to the car", but inbetween just showing where the car lives and the surroundings. Great pictures. (y)
 

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Slight hiccup today, the truck left me stranded for the first time. Luckily, only half a mile from home, when I'd shut the truck off while waiting on a train. Went to restart once the tracks were clear and only got clicks from the starter. The factory battery had finally perished after almost 9 years and 145k miles (233k km). Gena was able to come down with her Altima to give me a jump.

I think it's amazing the battery lasted that long and honestly I didn't notice any degradation in starting power until I went to start it this morning. It definitely wasn't putting out the amps it needed anymore. I figured I'd have a couple days to get a replacement, but I was sadly mistaken.

Oh well, $220 at the auto parts store and I had a new battery with a 3 year nationwide warranty.
 
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