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DMSKI's 2006 Xterra

paulforeman

Active member
Nice looking drawers. I've always though that storage would be at a premium in the back of the Xterra but it seems like you're making it work really well. (y)
 

Dmski

Adventurer
Nice looking drawers. I've always though that storage would be at a premium in the back of the Xterra but it seems like you're making it work really well. (y)
Thanks! I've never felt like the xterra has been tight on space per se (although i don't have children yet either). I find that now I'm trying to get more headroom back for sleep inside, I need to get more creative around how i store my recovery gear and spare parts. I do miss the idea of a full open back of a truck for storing mountain bikes and such, but the Xterra does pretty well for now.
 

Dmski

Adventurer
The molle panels worked out well. Trail tested. I need to figure out where to put a select few recovery gear items, as it turns out I needed a strap in a bit of a pinch up to hawkins mountain and mine was buried in the back (classic). Have yet to get the non cell phone photos off mine and a friends camera so I'll try to get those sick shots of AlbatrossCafe flexin and making easy work of the trail uploaded soon.




 

Dmski

Adventurer
Cross posted from TNX:
I have been dealing with a vibration and worn leaf spring bushings on my OME HD leaf packs. I may need to write a separate how to post for this because I was truly shocked at what a difference these upgrades made. Got the idea from a few members on here but Glamisdude was the original person that mentioned these. Basically tore it all down, added in the home depot thin metal pieces to reduce metal on metal contact, new leaf spring pad bushings, new paint and grease. Holy smokes! DO THESE MODS NOW IF YOU HAVE OME LEAF SPRINGS!

Essentially free mods, and i'm so impressed with how it rides now. I'm convinced that all springs were just metal on metal and simply not allowing any spring compliance and rode very harsh. Now, it actually soaks up bumps and rides normal. Most of the noise and creaking is gone, although it's still there (just due to how OME is designed and still having the top three springs running metal on metal). Also removing my pinion shim has my pinion angle within 2 degrees of the drive shaft. I only have a vibration at 30mph so I'm going to decide if getting a 1-2 degree shim is worth the trouble, play with the shackle height to get it down a tad or just live with it.


Removing them


New pads vs old pads, old yellow OME were paper thin and useless:


Home depot specials. Drill out the hole to fit your center pins:


Leaves apart:


Rubber bushings out back, much improved NVH:


Painted and put back together:
 

Dmski

Adventurer
It has been a busy year and I’ve welcomed an new member into our family! While off-roading has been a little light this year I’ve been preoccupied with more ADV rides when I can get a chance. Proof I’m still playing in the dirt ;)







Obligitory stuck photo. Not fun riding in snow I've decided...


And later in the season up near Spada Lake:


 

wreckdiver1321

Overlander
Ha, I like your method of quieting the leafs down a bit better than my zip-tie fix. It worked, but it was a little unsophisticated. Truck is looking good still, and glad you have the bike to keep getting in trouble with. :LOL:

My buddy and my brother-in-law keep working on getting me to buy a bike. I want to, but I'm restoring my Land Cruiser and trying to buy a house, so it's got to wait. I'm also pretty convinced I want a Royal Enfield Himalayan, but they're working on a new model with a 650 instead of the 411, which like doubles the HP. Should be a cool toy to go on trips with and blast around in the dirt.

I've got to work on getting back out to Washington some time. Need to meet up with you and @jhberria with the new hooptie.
 

Dmski

Adventurer
Ha, I like your method of quieting the leafs down a bit better than my zip-tie fix. It worked, but it was a little unsophisticated. Truck is looking good still, and glad you have the bike to keep getting in trouble with. :LOL:

My buddy and my brother-in-law keep working on getting me to buy a bike. I want to, but I'm restoring my Land Cruiser and trying to buy a house, so it's got to wait. I'm also pretty convinced I want a Royal Enfield Himalayan, but they're working on a new model with a 650 instead of the 411, which like doubles the HP. Should be a cool toy to go on trips with and blast around in the dirt.

I've got to work on getting back out to Washington some time. Need to meet up with you and @jhberria with the new hooptie.
Thanks for the comment! I'm in favor of anyone getting a moto, they are too much fun. When/if you get into one I'd say try and incorporate a hitch carrier setup on the LC so you can take it camping with you. Might mean a smaller/lighter bike like a WR250/XR250 to wrestle it up on the hitch carrier, but I've always like the Himalayan styling, and they are simple and reliable from what I've heard. I'd wait for the 650 though, they are a bit anemic when it comes to power as is, and I hope they don't add any additional unnecessary weight with the new 650. I've seen some really great Himalayan builds and a few flat tracker styles that have me drooling. But probably house and LC makes the most sense.

If you're back in WA feel free to hit me up. I'm also trying to get out east as a few friends live in Kalispell that my wife and I would like to go see at some point so if I'm ever that way I'll pick your brain on good camping spots.
 

wreckdiver1321

Overlander
Thanks for the comment! I'm in favor of anyone getting a moto, they are too much fun. When/if you get into one I'd say try and incorporate a hitch carrier setup on the LC so you can take it camping with you. Might mean a smaller/lighter bike like a WR250/XR250 to wrestle it up on the hitch carrier, but I've always like the Himalayan styling, and they are simple and reliable from what I've heard. I'd wait for the 650 though, they are a bit anemic when it comes to power as is, and I hope they don't add any additional unnecessary weight with the new 650. I've seen some really great Himalayan builds and a few flat tracker styles that have me drooling. But probably house and LC makes the most sense.

If you're back in WA feel free to hit me up. I'm also trying to get out east as a few friends live in Kalispell that my wife and I would like to go see at some point so if I'm ever that way I'll pick your brain on good camping spots.
My brother-in-law has the KTM 790, and my buddy is looking to get into a more adventure bike, so we'll see what happens. I need to get my endorsement, then there's a place only 45 minutes from my house that rents Himalayans, so I can try it out and see how I feel about it. I'm fairly convinced to wait for the 650, but the entry point on the 411 is SOOOOO cheap that it's tough to say no to.

I doubt I'd do that with the hitch carrier. It could be a good time, but that's a bunch of extra weight to haul around, and I've already got kids and the like. More fun time with them rather than ripping around in the dirt. But I can see the argument either way.

Sounds great, let me know if you're headed out this direction. My parents live about 90 minutes from Kalispell, so I am familiar with the area and might even run up there. Love that part of the state.
 
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