I have all the stuff I need except for compressor, tank, lines, and... oh yeah a C NOTCH. Damn.
This is a picture of my dirty engine compartment. I don't know why I uploaded this picture, it looks really bad. Notice the pace setter header installed two years ago. I know it was two years ago because I was just required to smog for California registration. I have been shitting my self about that because I know Pace Setters are not smog legal for Nissan Hardbodies in California, however if they neglect to perform a careful inspection or just don't recognize the piece as an after market part you are in the clear. Luckily pace setter headers come with O2 sensor and EGR piping inlets. So I think the guy just thought they were stock - or maybe he just didn't care. The engine is really tip top, since I change the oil so damn much. I rarely let the oil stay for longer than 2000 miles. I heard that if there is one thing that will make your Nissan last forever, is to make sure the oil gets changed regularly! 120 thousand miles and still going strong. The emissions were so low the smog guy complemented me and said I have kept my truck in new condition. The only major things I have had to do, was to... nevermind that was the clutch. Hmmm. I have never had a problem with my engine. It could be because I have installed a strong ignition system (MSD 6A, Blaster 2 coil, Accel 8.8 wires, Bosch Platinum 4s) and opened up the Intake. The APC "INTIMIDATOR" didn't do all that much performance-wise, but it did do a lot from my wallet, which I recouped most by selling it on EBAY. I found that if you take all the old air box stuff, along with a K&N, you can make the same, if not better performance and sound. You get the deep throaty hussle at WOT, without having to pay APC, who apparently has the Monopoly on Hardbody Intakes, a fah king grip. Yo.
Here's a picture of the underneath after the installation of the sway bar. It is a really good upgrade because now the truck is very stable at high speed, and around corners I don't feel like I am going to fall out of my seat. Belltech sells these for a reasonable price, but some downsides will be that it limits you on the size wheel and tire you can fit. The inside might rub. Currently I am running 225/45/17 Michelin pilot sport in the rear and they will rub under extreme cornering. I know this because one time, my mom was really getting on my nerves because she telling me how to drive (she wanted me to drive faster) because she was late for some important appointement (she is a real estate agent) so I really hauled ass around this left-hand corner going onto a onramp to a freeway, which I normally drive about 15 mph. Well as I sped -fed it into the corner, right after I shifted into second, I heard the wheels rub and I thought, "Oh deyam, I hope my tires are ok." Then I felt the rear break grip and begin to slide around and "OOOOH SHIIIT" it scared the shit out of me, luckily I had the sense to dive into more throttle, and I forced it straight. After I did it, I realized, "wow I just drifted in my truck. I am the shit." I asked my mom if she wanted to give me any further instructions on how to drive. Needless to say she was silenced. But I did feel bad because I threatened my own mother's life (she is a little asian lady by the way) for the sake of my own impatience. But, fuck yeah, I drifted in my truck, I am the shit. I don't think I will take that corner again so fast though.
I recently took of the green factory stripe off. After years of dilusion (I thought, hey the stripe looks bad ass. I realized, no... the stripe is gay) I finally decided to take it off. Then I wondered, hmmm... how can I take this off without messing up the paint. I thought it might take a heat gun or blow dryer and stuff, but actually no... I found out the easiest and best way is just to pick at the corner, like you would a sticker, and then slowly (The more patient you are, the less damage you will do. Trust me) peal at a 45 degree angle. There were some areas where I was impatient and the resin was left over, and even a small area where a little piant came off. But, a little buff, and you've got a nicer looking truck!
UPDATE! Here's my most recent upgrade (as of January 5, 2003). I am stoked. I just did a full ugrade on my brakes. That includes PowerStop cross drilled rotors, Axis Metal Master semi metallics, and steel braided lines (from 4x4parts.com) for both the front and the rear. So far, I havene't put them to the limit yet. I want them to set in nicely. But I know they are quiet. Its so nice to have clean and quiet brakes!
I didn't do the installation myself. Call me a pussy or whatever, I just don't trust my skills yet (as a mechanic) to put my life in my own hands. SO, I took the parts to my good friend Bob at TIREMAN in Thousand Oaks. I figure, if I'm doing brakes, might as well pay the extra BLING for the satifaction of knowing they are installed properly (BOB does brakes 6 days a week, probably for the rest of his working life). I busted out 50 bones and was on the road.
I was pleasantly syrprised at the quality of the DOT braided lines from 4x4parts.com! Everything looks nice... almost too nice compared to the dirty underchasis of my 9 year old hardbody.
I wanted to do my entire brake system so I even got Axis shoes for the rear drums. The steel braided lines in the rear look dope. Notice the nice fittings too!
One of the very first dramatic upgrades I ever did was the front billit grill. I found out, as now it has been at least 5 years since I did it, that this is an upgrade you should wait for, because these grills loose their luster with time.
Well, at least my paint and body are in good shape. These times are crucial to me. If I get lazy and let my truck go with out a wash or wax for too long, I know it will start showiing its age. Ahh. The satisfaction after a good wax is the best!
Here's a picture of my truck at night. It it it much brighter with the brake lights on. I definitely recomend getting genuine (when I say genuine I mean not some no-name piece-of-crap off Ebay)lights. The clear corners I got for the front are pieces of crap. The chrome plated plastic is starting to show its age (1 1/2 year old).
Look at that ass! Nice.
Here's a nice picture of my cat-back exhaust system professionally mandrel bent by the skilled artisans at Muffler Time in Camarillo.
DON'T FORGET THE RIO!
I have climbed the mountain and it is good. I love driving like a banshee in crisp weather, with the window rolled down. My home turf fahking rules.
Bladou look at this now... my dog Tatoo posing with my rear wheel. By the way the rubber on that rear wheel is a 205/45/17 Yokohama Parada (which by the way are too small, even if you drop 4 inches, and are very ghetto tires - they are crappy - never get Paradas, they look cool, but have all the worst qualities you can expect of a cheap tire. Nice move for Yokohama though, soaking up the profits from kids, like me, who want good looks above all else. Fuck, I am dumb. Paradas suck. Don't invest in spec 2's you will roll the dice on those. Trust me I worked at a wheel shop. If you really want a bad ass tire. The the new Sport Contact by Continental is great AKA the FAH KING BIZZ OMB FO SHEEZY MY NEEZY. So anyhow, back the main issue...). For some reason the wheels tuck better on the right side, anyone know why? I was thinking, when I had my wheels custom machined, the guy forgot to shave two wheels. But then I switched the left side to the back, asking Hector to remount and balance because they are directional, to the rear which naturally lets the wheels set in more than the front. But alas, the wheels were not of lesser offset. I ended up using a 1/4 inch spacer on the rear so they can look even with the front. Why does the left stick more out! Does it come from the factory like that?
YO. Here's my other dog GOBI SAN. He's such a wimp. Whenever I take him in the truck for a ride he hates when I wick the throttle. He looks around, eyes wide, like Smokey on PCP in the movie Friday. It really freaks me out because I don't want him to shit on my seat. I drive as nicely as possible with him in the car.
I like the way my truck looks at night. It looks mean, yet doesn't attract too much attention.
This is what I like. A nice sunny day, with a slight chill in the air. A nice shady area to work on my car. In this case, that would be my parent's house.
Yes, got to love that ass.
I think even Tatoo is mesmerized by that ass.