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"Anything off-topic, not necessarily about Pathfinders. Keep it clean!"

 

Uh oh, sounds like a loophole to let in 4Runners has been left!

 

I've found all the Toyota forums to be a great resource for information about mods and repairs, but as far as a place to host a build thread they don't seem very inviting, not to mention that the one I had been using the most (t4r.org) seems to be quite outdated and has had some sketchy things going on lately making me concerned that it may disappear if the owners don't do something; the new NPORA seems like a much more secure (and of course inviting) place.  Now don't worry, I won't be flooding NPORA with Toyota hubba-bubba, but seeing as I lurk around so often I was feeling kind of strange having no content to let you guys know what's going on with me in terms of vehicles right now, as that is the general topic of the forum after all.

 

For anybody who's newer and wants to know what in the world I have to do with Pathfinders, here's a link to my build thread from when I had an R50:

And for additional details about my QX4 and 4Runner (since I'm going to try not to post here a lot; it is a Pathfinder forum after all), you can check out my Instagram profile in my signature as well as @projectrustyrunner.

 

Not sure what you guys would want to know about the vehicle, so I guess I'll just list the most significant modifications and leave a pic or two.

 

The previous owner put on some basic American Racing wheels which are beginning to corrode so I'm hoping to replace them with some Level 8 MK6 wheels along with new, larger tires.  I have also put on Bilstein 5100 series adjustable front shocks to level the ride, as well as some Monroe rear shocks for a quick fix after one of the 180k mile old original shocks had the mounting stud snap off.  I've got my CB mounted in a way that I am very happy with (although I intend to improve it further by running separate wires directly to an accessory fuse box I want to add under the hood).  Being a Toyota the frame is quite rusty and I plan to replace it sometime in the next 2 or 3 years, which means I'm beginning to gather parts now.  Should be a fun project.  On the interior I've swapped almost all the lights to LED (just the HVAC screen and instrument cluster left), added OEM and WeatherTech floor mats in the passenger area and trunk respectively, installed a Jensen double din head unit with built in navigation, and just generally done my best to clean things up and replace little missing/damaged parts.  This summer's big project will be gutting the interior, addressing whatever rust I can find on the body, and putting in new carpet.  In a few minutes I'm going to go outside and hopefully figure out what's loose in the front end, because I'm going offroading on Saturday.  Anyways that's about all there is to say about that, so onto the pics:

 

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Awesome! I love seeing what other people do to their trucks, so I’m all for this thread!

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11 minutes ago, PathyDude17 said:

Awesome! I love seeing what other people do to their trucks, so I’m all for this thread!

 

Hopefully you won't be dissapointed, as I intend to do a lot to it.  May take some time though, as I'm trying to save and do a major chunk of it all at once with the frame swap.  Ideally I'll have a rolling chassis with all kinds of goodies ready to accept my body and drivetrain.

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Lol love the name of this thread

 

Also I’m all for this build thread. You can take the Nissan away from the man but you can never take the Nissan out of him! Really though it’s the people of this forum that make it what it is and the way we treat each other. For instance, most places you can’t ask a freakin question without someone chastising you about using the search button. I swear, this forum is 50%(my entire suspension is in a mountain of boxes waiting to be replaced and I have to buy a shop press freakin never ends or it’s more like 25%) of why I like owning a Pathfinder.

 

Anyway said all that to say that you’ve proved yourself a true part of this group of people and I’m excited to see your new venture!

 

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34 minutes ago, onespiritbrain said:

Lol love the name of this thread

 

Figured a simple play on the standard thread naming convention was appropriate.

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Lol love the name of this thread

 

Also I’m all for this build thread. You can take the Nissan away from the man but you can never take the Nissan out of him! Really though it’s the people of this forum that make it what it is and the way we treat each other. For instance, most places you can’t ask a freakin question without someone chastising you about using the search button.

 

Anyway said all that to say that you’ve proved yourself a true part of this group of people and I’m excited to see your new venture!

Couldn’t agree more. I laughed at the thread title & intro as well.

@mjotrainbrain You have contributed a ton to this forum & continue to even though you’ve moved on to a Toyota. You have plenty of Pathy experience & general truck knowledge that are a welcome addition to this forum (as well as still running the TOTEM thread). You have one of only 2 4G T4Rs I follow on IG. I live on T4R.org as well (mostly in the 5th Gen areas) but there’s no comparison to NPORA. I do have a nice MDXers.org forum I follow but it’s content is obviously different-though behaviors are good. NPORA has a great community. Personally, I think it’s a selection bias of the kind of people who are willing to invest time & effort into a decade & a half old truck. You’re definitely part of our community & we’re glad to have you stick around.

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44 minutes ago, RainGoat said:

Couldn’t agree more. I laughed at the thread title & intro as well.

@mjotrainbrain You have contributed a ton to this forum & continue to even though you’ve moved on to a Toyota. You have plenty of Pathy experience & general truck knowledge that are a welcome addition to this forum (as well as still running the TOTEM thread). You have one of only 2 4G T4Rs I follow on IG. I live on T4R.org as well (mostly in the 5th Gen areas) but there’s no comparison to NPORA. I do have a nice MDXers.org forum I follow but it’s content is obviously different-though behaviors are good. NPORA has a great community. Personally, I think it’s a selection bias of the kind of people who are willing to invest time & effort into a decade & a half old truck. You’re definitely part of our community & we’re glad to have you stick around.

 

Thank you very much for the kind words!  I hope I can continue to help this forum even if I have moved to Toyota (although once my T4R is all sorted out there's nothing saying I won't double dip :new576:).

 

...You know, I suppose that emoji isn't holding up the number 2. ;) :lol:

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Frame swap should keep you busy! I'm interested to see how you pull that off. I remember somebody a while back built a couple of timber A-frames in their backyard to body-swap a rolled WD21.

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On 1/16/2019 at 12:13 AM, Slartibartfast said:

Frame swap should keep you busy! I'm interested to see how you pull that off. I remember somebody a while back built a couple of timber A-frames in their backyard to body-swap a rolled WD21.

 

Yeah, should keep me busy for sure!  Not exactly sure how I'm going to pull it off, but I'm suspecting a wooden frame to set it on temporarily, lots of pizzas, lots of friends, and maybe some moving straps will be used.  I plan to remove the seats and all removable body panels to make it as light as possible; a couple extra hours of work will be worth it I think.

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7 minutes ago, mjotrainbrain said:

 

lots of pizzas, lots of friends

Been there more than once, good plan!

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I like your black roof rack so much more than the color matched rails and grey bars on the limited ones.

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2 hours ago, joshrichard said:

I like your black roof rack so much more than the color matched rails and grey bars on the limited ones.

 

You know, I actually considered painting them silver but once I saw it on a white 4Runner in the junkyard I decided I didn't like the look.  Sticking with black for the time being with no plans to change it.

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You know, I actually considered painting them silver but once I saw it on a white 4Runner in the junkyard I decided I didn't like the look.  Sticking with black for the time being with no plans to change it.

Yep, I want to paint the silver bars on our white 5th Gen or change over to the 2010-13 Trail Edition Black Bars
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22 minutes ago, RainGoat said:


Yep, I want to paint the silver bars on our white 5th Gen or change over to the 2010-13 Trail Edition Black Bars

 

I do like the TE roof rack.  Being situated towards the back like that reminds me of an Xterra.

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Unfortunately the Trail bars aren’t parallel & taper towards the rear. In general, I find the roof rail system on my Pathfinder much better. There’s no roof anchor point forward of the rear passenger compartment on the 5th Gens.

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47 minutes ago, RainGoat said:

Unfortunately the Trail bars aren’t parallel & taper towards the rear. In general, I find the roof rail system on my Pathfinder much better. There’s no roof anchor point forward of the rear passenger compartment on the 5th Gens.

 

I was unaware of the limitations of that setup, sounds inconvenient.  I've found my 4th gen to be adequately similar to an R50 up there which I like.

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Ordered some new tires, they'll be put on next Friday.  Falken Wildpeak AT3/W in 265/75R16 load E.  Can't wait to actually have traction in the snow; my current old Cooper's are pathetic in the slippery stuff and the deep stuff.  18/32" tread depth is gonna be cool too.

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