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Old 03-17-2021, 07:37 AM   #22781
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D A M N ! Nice!!!
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What he is saying is the aerodynamics of a D21 is a brick in the wind.
Probably at least as bad as a Jeep so worse than a cow.
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Brother, I can testify to that. (Hardbodies are bricks in the wind for aerodynamics.)

Mine actually rides better and drives better when it has a fat load under the canopy.

I didn't do much for the truck today, but the stimulus money showed up and I bought a new battery for wifey's 98 Pathy. Not the cheapest, but not the Gold Series stuff either. She's planning to sell it and get herself an 03-04 Xterra with low miles and all the goodies that came with those years of Xterras, this summer. Those really were the two best years for the Xterra. It was before they made them into tanks, and when they added all the nice options. When they went to the next gen on those Xterras, they made them bigger, put bigger engines into them, and messed with the Prime Directive. After that, they started selling fewer of them each year until Nissan finally stopped selling them.

The story of the Xterra is much like the story of some Microsoft software. MS would issue a great piece of software, and then keep 'improving' it until it didn't work for people as much anymore. "If it ain't broke, don't keep fixing it," as my old man used to say. This is like the Xterra. Nissan missed the point that people LIKED an SUV that wasn't too big, got pretty good gas mileage, and was loaded with nice options in certain years. But no...they had to make it into an Armada.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:56 AM   #22783
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amdilligaf1, 2 great posts with loads of information.

You should start a build log so others will be able to find these posts later.
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:45 AM   #22784
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amdilligaf1: Really nice job on the tailgate. I was happy to see you painted out the name Frontier. Sure...your truck is NOT a Frontier...but it actually looks better without the name on the back anyway. That setup just looks super cool.

What I did on the 97 today: To the car wash. Then I came back and installed the new battery into the wife's 98 Pathy, aka 'The Black Beast'.

Before she got the Pathy, she drove a frickin 91 Civic which was a problem child from the start. But she says the best thing about the Beast is that people don't pull out in front of her anymore at stop signs.

I told her, "That's because they don't want to get killed..."

Black Beast Below: Black primer, god knows why the previous owner did that, but I wangled it for her for a mere 800 bucks and it runs like a top. Mileage 160K.



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Old 03-18-2021, 06:59 AM   #22785
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thanks for the kind words, guys.

yes, JP2CODE, i think i might need a build thread !! very good idea...



so tonight i ordered new TYC amber front turn signals from rock auto. about $45 for both, shipped. they're about the same on ebay, but they made my shipping cheaper on other stuff.

still may buy clear lenses from ebay, just to have an option.


i also ordered KYB gas-a-just shocks.

fronts are KG4605A, and the backs are KG5473, $29.79 and $32.79, respectively. these are for 2WD. 4WD was about the same.
shipping is $11.99 for all 4.
these were $55-$60 each at advance, autozone, o'reilly, and NAPA.

and KYB has a rebate thing going on, $25 off if you spend between $125-$300...my shock order is $125.16, so 4 for $112 delivered.

had always planned to buy gabriels or monroes, but i took Deerhurst's advice and stayed away from the cheaper stuff.


also ordered Bendix caliper slide pins, Beck/Arnley valve cover plugs for the cam, an Energy Suspension leaf spring bushing set,

a VDO blower motor for $8, a Baldwin fuel filter (a VERY good brand, i use baldwin oil filters on my chevy 4.3s, never had a problem),
Fel-Pro crankshaft seals and oil pan gasket, Victor Reinz timing cover gasket,

Fel-Pro & Victor Reinz intake manifold gaskets ($1 each), and a Victor Reinz exhaust manifold gasket set and valve cover gasket.

and bought 2-55watt H3 light bulbs for my "pulled from a pathfinder" OEM
fog lights, $3.93/each!
and Performance Tool #W80647 and #W80648 trim removal tools. i will need these for tailgate bezels and door cards, at least.

$45 total for the lights.
$236, plus $36 shipping, for everything else.

i do need to find a good timing chain set, probably Beck/Arnley or Japanese vendors.

anybody have links to the good stuff?

they have both Melling & Cloyes brand timing chain guides on rock auto, may buy later to compare. they are $11-$14 each
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Old 03-18-2021, 11:52 AM   #22786
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The best timing chain tensioner in existence was designed by the guy in Spokane.
https://www.martin-industries.net/
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Old 03-18-2021, 10:09 PM   #22787
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Ordered a new slave cylinder line.
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Old 03-19-2021, 12:17 AM   #22788
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Hi. New member here. I've been reading through some of these threads -- a lot of great info. What have I done to my D21 today? I built a model of it since I no longer own one. I had a '93 SE V6 4x4, 5-speed manual in Super Black. Bought brand new in January, 1993. Got stolen 18 months later. Replaced it with a '94 4x2 XE 4 cyl 5-speed manual, added a suspension lift, wheels and tires. Drove that for 7 years. Then got into a 2001 Pathfinder SE 4x4 5-speed manual. Drove that for 16 years until it got rear-ended and totaled. Now I'm in a 2018 Frontier Pro-4X. I should add, prior to the D21 I drover a brand new '85 D20 ST King Cab 5-speed manual for 9 years. Anyway, I still miss the '93. The Hardbodies are just timeless, great-looking trucks.
Here's my late, great D21 and its 1/20 scale plastic cousin:





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Hi. New member here. I've been reading through some of these threads -- a lot of great info. What have I done to my D21 today? I built a model of it since I no longer own one. I had a '93 SE V6 4x4, 5-speed manual in Super Black. Bought brand new in January, 1993. Got stolen 18 months later. Replaced it with a '94 4x2 XE 4 cyl 5-speed manual, added a suspension lift, wheels and tires. Drove that for 7 years. Then got into a 2001 Pathfinder SE 4x4 5-speed manual. Drove that for 16 years until it got rear-ended and totaled. Now I'm in a 2018 Frontier Pro-4X. I should add, prior to the D21 I drover a brand new '85 D20 ST King Cab 5-speed manual for 9 years. Anyway, I still miss the '93. The Hardbodies are just timeless, great-looking trucks.
Here's my late, great D21 and its 1/20 scale plastic cousin:

https://www.rdperry.com/posted_image...n_Hardbody.png


https://www.rdperry.com/posted_image..._SE-V6_4x4.JPG
BAD ASS!!!

The stance, height and color are awesome!

Love that plastic model you made! You are a true enthusiast!
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i do need to find a good timing chain set, probably Beck/Arnley or Japanese vendors.

anybody have links to the good stuff?

they have both Melling & Cloyes brand timing chain guides on rock auto, may buy later to compare. they are $11-$14 each
The Beck/Arnley and OSK kits are one and the same. Don't bother with any cheap off brand ones. I bought one on Amazon a few years ago but it doesn't appear that they sell them anymore. Also get an Aisin water pump. Hitachi is the OEM but the Aisin pumps are just as good, if not better.

Here's a link. You don't necessarily need to buy from this website but this is the kit you need:
https://frsport.com/osk-13028-40f01-...240sx#pReviews
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