by Matthew Scott

The Nissan Xterra is a fantastic choice for someone who is looking to have a vehicle that can not only handle most trails you throw at it, but also drive to work on Monday. It’s often considered a good alternative to the Toyota 4Runner, in which it shares comparable reliability and performance figures. With a utilitarian design and functional upgrades such as the ones ARB has fitted, it’s no wonder that people were so envious of the Xterra wherever it went.

The 2009 Nissan Xterra, nicely modified.


An ARB Deluxe Bullbar has been fitted along with IPF 900XS Lights and a Warn 9.5XP winch.

The Coil-Over-Shock Old Man Emu front suspension addresses the extra front weight of the bumper, and winch.

The Warn 9.5 XP Winch and IPF 900XS Lights

The Walker-Evans bead- lock wheels ensure the ability to run at incredibly low tire pressures without losing the bead

OME Leaf-Springs and OME Nitrocharger Sport Shocks were fitted.

A Dual purpose ARB Air Compressor was fitted to engage the rear air locking differential.

The Vehicle Dynamic Control switch is conveniently located next to the 4wd selector switch.

Molded into the rear bumper is a footstep, perfect for retrieving items on a roof-rack or the built in cargo rack.

The Xterra features ample storage in the rear cargo area. For utility when the rear seats are folded they come together with the rear cargo area floor to create a level durable storage surface.

The Warn 9.5 XP Winch

Detail of the IPF 900 XS Lights.

The Xterra at night.



IPF Lights - 

ARB Deluxe Bullbar –

ARB Locking Differentials –

OME Suspension –

Warn 9.5 XP Winch –

Walker Evans Beadlocks –

BFG KM2 Mud Terrain Tires –

Vehicle Feature : ARB Nissan Xterra

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About the Author: Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a dedicated photographer, vintage car enthusiast, and regular contributor to Overland Journal. Growing up in Chicago in a family that valued “all things automotive” as much as exploring the region’s back roads, provided a solid platform for a career as an automotive journalist. He departed the Windy City in lieu of Prescott, Arizona, and the great open spaces and adventure opportunities of America’s Southwest. @matthewexplore