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Xterra Suspension Technical Info

If you are reading this then you likely watched my Nissan Xterra suspension lift kit video over on YouTube. If you have not, then WHY not? Go check it out at the bottom of this page.

This post is designed as a supplement to that video, giving you all the parts, tools, and torque specs to get the job done right. Lets start with a list of tools:

Tools need for the install

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Parts List

I ordered my entire kit from All Dogs Offroad: https://www.alldogsoffroad.com/

Front End
Springs
Shocks
Cam Bolts
If are are going to build the front suspension yourself you will need:
Upper strut mounts
All rubber mounts and bushings for the front

Rear End
Leaf packs
Leaf pack bushings
shocks
Mount Plates (You can drill out and reuse your stock plates if you like)

Torque Specs

Front suspension
Rear Suspension

The Video…

Another new ride

I’m back at it again. We seem to have gotten the Mustang bug again (this time a little worse). I have been working on this 06 GT and honestly I really love it. I love the way it drives, the style, the power, I love it all. I do remember loving my first mustang but not like this. I think that while you work on a car and transform it into something that makes it uniquely yours you almost bond with it. You feel a sense of pride in your car that you cannot get my simply writing a check and getting behind the wheel.

I digress, a couple months ago husband purchased a new Ford Fiesta ST and its been a really fun car to drive. Its not all that powerful but it feels far more sporty than it is (probably due to its size). The more we drove it the more power he wanted. He was eyeing a few rides to fill his need for speed, the new Supra, the new mid-engine Corvette, and Camaros. After talking about it I asked that he take a look at Mustangs. We’re very similar people and I really love my mustang so once I got him into a newer S550 is was all over.

We drove a few GT’s with the performance package but the place we went to had a seriously sick GT350. It was that amazing avalanche matte (but not matte) gray and had low miles. About 1 mile into the test drive I knew he was in love. We talked about it later that night and decided that we had to do it. It didn’t matter that the Fiesta was like 30 days old. We ditched that bitch like a bad date and just 24 hours later we were the proud owners of a 2017 Shelby Cobra GT350. Take a look at the new baby below.

A far as videos are concerned I would not expect much out of this car. He does not want to modify it all that much and everything is pristine on it.

Thanks for reading!

2006 Mustang GT Torque Specs and patterns

This blog post will act as my running list of all of the torque specs I run across while working on the Mustang. I occasionally forget to mention them in the videos so the idea is that you should be able to come here and find what you need. Also, its just nice to have one consolidated list. I will have it all sorted by part name and the patterns will all be at the bottom of the list.

** Requires specific torque pattern, See diagrams at the bottom of the page.

PartTorque Spec Lb-Ft (In)Newton Meter
A/C Compressor18 lb-ft25 Nm
Camshaft Bearing Caps **89 lb-in
Cam Sproket/Phaser30 lb-ft +90 degrees40 Nm
+ 90 degrees
Cam Position Sensor89 lb-in
Coolant Pump/Water pump Mount18 lb-ft25 Nm
Coolant Pump/Water pump pulley18 lb-ft25 Nm
Cylinder Head Bolts **30 lb-ft + 90 degrees (x2)40 Nm
+ 90 degrees (x2)
Engine Front Cover / Timing cover **18 lb-ft25 Nm
Exhaust Manifold (header) Bolts **18 lb-ft25 Nm
Fuel Rail Mounts89 lb-in
Generator (alternator) Mount18 lb-ft25 Nm
Generator (alternator) Bracket89 lb-in
Generator (alternator) Terminal Nut71 lb-in
Intake Manifold Mount **89 lb-in
Knock Sensor15 lb-ft
Motor Mount Bracket41 lb-ft
Oil Drain Plug19 lb-ft
Oil Pump Mount89 lb-in
Power Steering Pump Mount18 lb-ft25 Nm
Spark Plugs25 lb-ft
Throttle Body89 lb-in
Timing Chain Guides89 lb-in
Timing Chain Tensioner Mount18 lb-ft25 Nm
Valve Cover Bolts89 lb-in

Camshaft Bearing Caps

89 lb-in

Cylinder Head

Stage 1: 30 lb-ft
Stage 2: Additional 90 degrees
Stage 3: Additional 90 degrees

Engine Front Cover

18 lb-ft

Exhaust Manifold LH

18 lb-ft

Exhaust Manifold RH

18 lb-ft

Intake Manifold

89 lb-in

The next Project Car

As of late I walk out into the driveway, look at the X, and just do not see a project truck. I have completed all of the major repairs, created videos on all of the major maintenance items, and made the changes I wanted to make to it. I’m not gearing up to get rid of it or anything but I really am seeing it as a bit of a dried up well.

What this says to me is that its time for another project car…

I have been going back and forth on a few different vehicles but at the end of the day I wanted a car that’s very different from the X. My criteria included:

Sports car
Manual/paddle shift transmission
Rear wheel drive
2 or 2+2 seating

The rest really doesn’t matter to me. Things like color, whether or not its a convertible, engine size, etc.

Now there are plenty of cars that fit all of those criteria. Rides like the Mazda Miata which is a classic and incredibly popular roadster. The Toyota MR-2 which is (relative to the miata) rare and rather unique looking. The Mustang, Corvette, Camaro, Challenger, BMW’s, Audis, etc…

I got to thinking about all of my options and referenced the list of cars I have already owned. I did this to remember why I hated certain cars/brands and reminisce about the cars I loved to decide if I wanted to relive any of that magic. Going back through that list reminded me of how much I hated my German cars so that immediately helped me eliminate any of those (like the Z4, TT, 3 series, and slk). I have always loved the “domestic muscle cars” so when I got to the Mustang on my list I knew the search was already over. It was cherry a cherry red GT convertible, manual, loud and ridiculous. I remembered how fun it was and how powerful it felt to drive a nice big V8.

That being said I immediately started shopping for my next mustang! I found one that fit the bill and now the fun begins! Take a look at the video below as my introduction to it!

More Moves

By now you probably think that I am running from the law…..

I really do move a lot. I feel like I say this every time but I am hoping to stay here a while. We have relocated to another city in Florida. I’m particularly excited about this move as this place has a really sweet garage. I mean look at it. Slat walls all over the place. TONS of tool storage and plenty of workbench space.

You may have noticed that I have already made a few videos here. Its working out well for the most part other than a particularly noisy water heater.

Anyways that’s all. Just wanted to update you on my latest move and show you newest studio space. Move videos coming soon!!

10,000!!!

Ry The Car guy just made it to 10,000 subscribers!

If you are here reading this then you are more than just an average viewer. You are what makes this channel special and I cannot thank you enough for being such a huge part of this.

A few years ago I bought an SUV that had a lot of issues. I knew that I could not be the only one experiencing these problems so I grabbed my (cheap ass) camera and just recorded the first few jobs. I remember being so excited after posting those videos and getting my very first subscriber. I could not believe that someone was interested enough in my content to actually want to watch more! Now those same few videos have close to 300,000 combined views.

I know in the grand scheme of things on You Tube 10,000 subscribers is relatively small but it’s still a great milestone. It means that the channel is growing and is as healthy as ever. I cannot wait to keep making content that entertains, educates, and excites all of you.

Thanks again and keep a look out for the next video!

If you want to go back and take a look at my first ever video here it is. It was recorded three years ago as of yesterday… enjoy!

 

Taking a Short Break

A while back I mentioned that I need to move back to Florida. If you watch my videos you know that I just cannot stand the cold winters of Michigan. So a few months ago I started looking for a place down south and signed a lease about 3 weeks ago in the Orlando area. I have been creating content and stock piling it so I can release it during my move. I hope to only have a few weeks of gap while I get settled in and will hopefully be back to making videos on a regular basis shortly.  Below are some things that I am hoping to accomplish in future videos:

– Painting the trim on the X

– Painting the rims on the X

– Installing off-road lights on the X

-Install seat heaters in the X?

– Vinyl wrapping parts of the 300

– Cabin filter replacement on the 300

– Radio install on 2005 Mustang

– More radio reviews

– Car Review of the X

I am really looking forward to returning to the tropics. I will be able to make videos throughout the winter and not be stopped any incredibly crappy weather. I’ll be making the move in just a few more weeks and I hope to be seeing you soon from down in sunny Florida!