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Reaver's 03 Xterra XE "Gamora" build thread

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Ok, just got back from a 3 Day trip on Sunday, and here are some observations I've made....

New switch panel needs to come out, as something is interferring with the circuit for my gauge cluster lights, and my light bar won't come on (I've checked the fuse for the dash lights, and it's fine, so it's probably a bad ground somewhere).

I also have made the decision to switch to a 50Ah LiFePO4 batter in the X to power my aux stuff. There are a few reasons for this.

  1. Using a LiFePO4 battery (with proper charging protection) will give me more runtime on the fridge, and allow me to use the battery packs for other things. I don't REALLY need solar in the rig, but if I decide that I want to add it later, I can just add a cheap solar charge controller in addition to the DC-DC charger.
  2. I can hardwire my fridge. Currently, I use a voltage stabilizer that I wired inline between the fridge and the battery pack. The stabilizer plugs into my unregulated 540Wh (45Ah) battery pack. My fridge then plugs into the stabilizer, so that I can use the entire battery pack. While this has been working fairly well, I've had many instances where the fridge has come unplugged and lost power. Ultimately, I just don't trust the connection.
  3. I really want to try out DC-DC charging, and see how that works, in preparation for when I build the trailer

Amazon had the Renogy 20A DC-DC charger on sale for $88, so I figured why not. Let's give it a shot, and see how it does. I've been doing a lot of research on this charger, and it features simple use, multi-profile, and has low temp protection built in.

Now all I need is a 50Ah LiFePO4 battery....
 
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Awesome thread man I was just looking around and possibly building a storage and sleeping platform that keeps the seats and this is exactly what Im looking for. Great looking X and cant wait to see where it goes!
 
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Awesome thread man I was just looking around and possibly building a storage and sleeping platform that keeps the seats and this is exactly what Im looking for. Great looking X and cant wait to see where it goes!
Thanks man! The storage setup definitely makes life easier, that's for sure. I'm actually considering building a second, modular layer to the setup that sits on top of the platform, and bolts in, giving me extra organized storage for when the family goes. As it stands right now, stuff ends up EVERYWHERE.

Before that happens though, I have a couple of weeks to sort out an issue with my dash lights. I'm 99.9% sure it's related to my new switches I wired up, as it worked before we went out on our trip, but stopped working when we hit the trail (headlights still worked, but no taillights, dash lights, or aux lights).
 

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Thanks man! The storage setup definitely makes life easier, that's for sure. I'm actually considering building a second, modular layer to the setup that sits on top of the platform, and bolts in, giving me extra organized storage for when the family goes. As it stands right now, stuff ends up EVERYWHERE.

Before that happens though, I have a couple of weeks to sort out an issue with my dash lights. I'm 99.9% sure it's related to my new switches I wired up, as it worked before we went out on our trip, but stopped working when we hit the trail (headlights still worked, but no taillights, dash lights, or aux lights).

Did you do any sleeping back there without the platform and do you notice any problems sleeping back there with the extra height?
 

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Did you do any sleeping back there without the platform and do you notice any problems sleeping back there with the extra height?
No sleeping back there without the platform. With the way the seats fold (not flat), it would have been very uncomfortable. When I go without the family though, I always sleep in there. It's a bit tight with the fridge, and lower ceiling, but very comfortable once I lay down. Especially with my 3" insulated pad on top of 4 inches of foam. ;)
 
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No sleeping back there without the platform. With the way the seats fold (not flat), it would have been very uncomfortable. When I go without the family though, I always sleep in there. It's a bit tight with the fridge, and lower ceiling, but very comfortable once I lay down. Especially with my 3" insulated pad on top of 4 inches of foam. ;)

Cool, we have done 2 trips with a 3-4" blow up mattress back there with just the seats down in our 02 and its not too bad, my only worry with the storage is the clearance but sounds like its not too much of an issue. Looking forward to more pics and see where the truck goes from here.
 

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Cool, we have done 2 trips with a 3-4" blow up mattress back there with just the seats down in our 02 and its not too bad, my only worry with the storage is the clearance but sounds like its not too much of an issue. Looking forward to more pics and see where the truck goes from here.
Well, overall, the truck is more or less done. I might lift it a bit down the road, replace shocks, etc, but for the most part, I've been very happy with it as is. These things are awesome, and don't require much in the way of mods. I still haven't put my front locker in, or my 180 amp alternator. I haven't really felt the need to yet.

Then there's the matter of my other vehicle. I'm waiting for my AAL's to show up, then I can lift the Fronty 2 inches. Then I need to put a relay system in that for aux lighting, sell the fiberglass tonneau cover, get a soft topper, and if possible, build a modular bed rack that can go over the soft topper, where I can remove the crossbars, in case I need to put something tall in it. You know.....truck things.

Then there's the trailer.....but that's a whole different thread.
 
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Well, overall, the truck is more or less done. I might lift it a bit down the road, replace shocks, etc, but for the most part, I've been very happy with it as is. These things are awesome, and don't require much in the way of mods. I still haven't put my front locker in, or my 180 amp alternator. I haven't really felt the need to yet.

Then there's the matter of my other vehicle. I'm waiting for my AAL's to show up, then I can lift the Fronty 2 inches. Then I need to put a relay system in that for aux lighting, sell the fiberglass tonneau cover, get a soft topper, and if possible, build a modular bed rack that can go over the soft topper, where I can remove the crossbars, in case I need to put something tall in it. You know.....truck things.

Then there's the trailer.....but that's a whole different thread.

Yea I've been impressed by the performance of mine for sure. Did the poor mans lift and put 33's on it with some cutting and the only rubbing is very little at full tuck in the rear and on hard right turns due to the cover in the wheel well. So far Ive only not been able to pass one thing, some deep offset holes that I would have been able to drive through if I had a front or rear locker, or took a better path, but I was able to back out of without issue.
 

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Whelp, Gamora finally got some new shoes!




She's now sitting on a set of Kenda Klever At2s in. 265/75r16 load E.

If these tires are half as good as I hear they are, then I will be very happy.

Also, I think I need to look into adjusting my rear shackles, as the back end is definitely lower than the front. But that's a warmer weather project.
 

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So, a while ago, I pulled out the chincey 6 switch plastic panel, and replaced it with a metal 4 switch box and dual usb quick charge/voltmeter combo.

The switches have been wired up for a few months now, but I finally got around to wiring up the USB ports:


It's wired up so that it switches on with the ignition.

It's too cold to do any major projects, but I can tackle some smaller stuff right now.
 
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