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KK it looks really good dude!! I'm sure your new bride will enjoy it as well instead of climbing into a jacked up truck.. If was anything like Bad350's . As long as it rides good on the highway, does what it needs to on the sand is what matters.
I love white vehicles for myself. Every vehicle I own is white, all my company cars were white...Now you need to drag your Candy Ass down in April ..
Yea I'll be sticking to white from here on. It wasn't quick as tall as Chris's but still a big girl.
What turns on in April? That's big bass n blues here and doing a tarpon charter in the keys at end of the month.
 

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Drum should be turning on about then.. Hopefully the Tree Hugging Bird Nazis Won't close The Point down because the American Oystercatchers and Plovers are having sex As they've done in years past. Bring some Busch Beer and maybe Garbo will teach you how to cast a Heaver... I hope he is still around come April.
 

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Drum should be turning on about then.. Hopefully the Tree Hugging Bird Nazis Won't close The Point down because the American Oystercatchers and Plovers are having sex As they've done in years past. Bring some Busch Beer and maybe Garbo will teach you how to cast a Heaver... I hope he is still around come April.
Yeah Kracka I will be happy to teach you a little to throw a heaver, will even let you borrow one of mine if you are around me on the beach. I was practicing my pendulum cast for an hour here in KDH this morning. Wonder why I waited so long for the pendulum, the way I am doing it is actually pretty compact and does not take up as much space as my previous styles did.
It bombs it on out there.

I checked this thread thinking Dave had been let back on, and he was giving us an update on his Locker's. Guess Dave is still down for the count...

Jam has a Xterra.

In 1987 I had a one ton GMC Sierra jacked up with a four inch lift and 38" inch Monster Mudders, it had a 327 Corvette motor in it and four speed manual transmission, but it was real slow with the big tires. My Father hated that truck, I likely will never buy a jacked up vehicle again, as long as I don't go in dicey areas my Grand Cherokee goes down the beach and road much more smoothly than that GMC vibrating wailing monster (it would wail when you got the 4-barrel on the Holley carb opened up, in a foot race the Grand Cherokee would smoke it in a 1/4 mile race.

So many Cops on the OBX hunting for infractions you cannot get much over the speed limit these days before you have Blue Lights a flashing in your rear view mirror. For some reason I think about a Ford F150 second generation Lightning for driving to the pier parking lot from time to time. No 4x4 but it makes a nice grocery getter and makes the right kind of growl when the supercharger gets spinning..
 

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Yeah Kracka I will be happy to teach you a little to throw a heaver, will even let you borrow one of mine if you are around me on the beach. I was practicing my pendulum cast for an hour here in KDH this morning. Wonder why I waited so long for the pendulum, the way I am doing it is actually pretty compact and does not take up as much space as my previous styles did.
It bombs it on out there.

I checked this thread thinking Dave had been let back on, and he was giving us an update on his Locker's. Guess Dave is still down for the count...

Jam has a Xterra.

In 1987 I had a one ton GMC Sierra jacked up with a four inch lift and 38" inch Monster Mudders, it had a 327 Corvette motor in it and four speed manual transmission, but it was real slow with the big tires. My Father hated that truck, I likely will never buy a jacked up vehicle again, as long as I don't go in dicey areas my Grand Cherokee goes down the beach and road much more smoothly than that GMC vibrating wailing monster (it would wail when you got the 4-barrel on the Holley carb opened up, in a foot race the Grand Cherokee would smoke it in a 1/4 mile race.

So many Cops on the OBX hunting for infractions you cannot get much over the speed limit these days before you have Blue Lights a flashing in your rear view mirror. For some reason I think about a Ford F150 second generation Lightning for driving to the pier parking lot from time to time. No 4x4 but it makes a nice grocery getter and makes the right kind of growl when the supercharger gets spinning..
I have never even attempted to throw a conventional in my life, 1 birds nest and I don't think I would ever touch one again.

Funny you mentioned a lightning.......I'm highly considering picking this 03 up this weekend. I checked it out on Sunday and it was clean as can be, low miles too. (89k)

 

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You know Garbo.........them Toyota tundras have an option for a blows.........here in the Chevy dealer world were going to start offering Whipple blowers as an accessory, looking forward to putting those on
 

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I have never even attempted to throw a conventional in my life, 1 birds nest and I don't think I would ever touch one again.

Funny you mentioned a lightning.......I'm highly considering picking this 03 up this weekend. I checked it out on Sunday and it was clean as can be, low miles too. (89k)

Sits too low and no extra space.You'll never get used to std.cab
 

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You know Garbo.........them Toyota tundras have an option for a blows.........here in the Chevy dealer world were going to start offering Whipple blowers as an accessory, looking forward to putting those on
I am now thinking about a new F150 with Ecoboost 2.7L the base model 4x4 is about $15K more than the used Lightnings and it goes down the sand just fine.

2.7L Ecoboost not quite as fast as the Lightning but faster than the 5.7 Hemi and the GM 5.3L. and cheaper than the 6.2L in a Silverado which is about $15K more minimum.

Wish GM would put the 6.2L in a base model Silverado 4x4 with plastic floor and seat and that would be what I would be most interested in.

Porpoises were blasting Trout or Sea Mullet this morning in fairly close, about 100 yards or so off the beach. Went Trout fishing by Avalon Pier this morning but nothing hit the Gulp tipped jigs.
 

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I am now thinking about a new F150 with Ecoboost 2.7L the base model 4x4 is about $15K more than the used Lightnings and it goes down the sand just fine.

2.7L Ecoboost not quite as fast as the Lightning but faster than the 5.7 Hemi and the GM 5.3L. and cheaper than the 6.2L in a Silverado which is about $15K more minimum.

Wish GM would put the 6.2L in a base model Silverado 4x4 with plastic floor and seat and that would be what I would be most interested in.

I saw alot of complaints about f150 with an ecoboost getting dug in right down to the frame in the sand...something about too much torque from that engine..I did alot of homework before purchasing and it all came down to tundra vs silverado.ruled out ford f150(getting stuck).. and dodge due to trans issues...nissan titan wasn't even in the running.Tundra did not have a locking rear diff or an auxilliary tranny cooler ...Chevy did ...went with the silverado with the 5.3l...couldn't be happier ...and I averaged 22.06 mpg on my last tank of gas ..that beats tundra by 7 mpg's ! ...I talked to several guys in the construction trade ..they have driven everything out there and seen all kinds of problems with every brand...they were big on GMC sierra as having the least issues..After driving a few sierras - I found the seat in both the slt and sle versions to be uncomfortable ..Silverado is the next of kin...and the seats were like sitting on my living rm couch..Sold.
 

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If the steering ever gets sloppy due to idler arm bushing wear I have found that bandit4x4 makes some bronze bushings that replace the factory plastic ones and last MUCH longer.

If you do not upgrade the suspension and tires then the factory bushings will probably last you a long time.
 

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I guess that I ought to chime in....2015 Xterra S with less than 20k miles.
 

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I'm considering an Xterra in the next few months. My hypothetical all in budget would be up to 15K. This will be my beach buggy, and back up vehicle. I'd want it to be reliable enough to make the 4hr trip from RVA to Hatteras without issues. I don't know much about these, mostly just what I've read in this thread. Typically I like to put some aftermarket wheels aggressive tires (Nitto Trailgrapplers have kept me happy) in a 33-35" size. The biggest size I can squeeze with a leveling kit, as adding a suspension lift isn't usually in my budget. I would be open to one that already had a modest suspension lift (up to 6").

Being that this is the 4x4 forum, and my intended use is for beach driving, i feel kind of inclined to only look at the Off-Road model. If I drop that requirement, and search autotrader for all 4x4 Xterra's the results are about 10x the results.

Can any current or former Xterra owning beach driver comment on the need of the Off-Road package?
Other than the 2004-2008 models, any other years to stay away from?
 

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Off-road model isnt needed for beach, theres not really anything extra that you'd use on the beach over a standard one. Biggest you can fit is a 33" with a 2" lift being budget friendly. If you want 35s ve ready to spend a lot more to lift it up to clear them.
As far as reliability, I bought my 2010 in October 2016 and have put a little over 45k miles on it. Been to FL twice, GA once, NJ and DE a million times, OBX once. Took it on the sand and it did absolutely amazing. Blew my 04 grand Cherokee out of the water
I have 150k miles on mine now and only thing I've had is a cam sensor go bad.
 

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Off-road model isnt needed for beach, theres not really anything extra that you'd use on the beach over a standard one. Biggest you can fit is a 33" with a 2" lift being budget friendly. If you want 35s ve ready to spend a lot more to lift it up to clear them.
As far as reliability, I bought my 2010 in October 2016 and have put a little over 45k miles on it. Been to FL twice, GA once, NJ and DE a million times, OBX once. Took it on the sand and it did absolutely amazing. Blew my 04 grand Cherokee out of the water
I have 150k miles on mine now and only thing I've had is a cam sensor go bad.
Just wait till the tranny blows up...they're famous for that ...Just ask your buddy lucky OC on SOL ...he cooked his tranny at AI one day....notoriously WEAK nissan trannies !
 

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Just wait till the tranny blows up...they're famous for that ...Just ask your buddy lucky OC on SOL ...he cooked his tranny at AI one day....notoriously WEAK nissan trannies !
oh look here comes the clown spouting off while he knows nothing about shit. The transmissions are completely fine on them, the 05-09 had an issue with the radiator/trans cooler which would cause the fluids to mix and take the trans out. This can be fixed/avoided by installing an updated radiator. The other way people fix it is bypass the trans cooler in the radiator but then you're going to overheat it when wheelin'.

I'd swear you were queer as a 3 dollar bill for as much as you follow me and try to ride my ass.
 

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My suggestion would be to AIR DOWN (alot of folks skip this step because they are lazy or dumb or both). Yes you MIGHT be able to traverse certain sections of beach without airing down but you are cooking your transmission. You wont know this because vehicles mostly dont have transmission temp gauges. When I had my 350 yes it would work without airing down and 4wd high, but it took alot of skinny pedal and I watched my transmission temp gauge almost peg.
Aired down to around 18psi and put it in 4wd low and she cruised right along on top of the sand and my transmission temps never got higher than around 100* over ambient air temp.
 
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