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Hi everyone. I was looking into buying a new truck but decided to keep my Titan instead. It only has 103k miles on it so I think that it still has a long life ahead of it. I have been very lucky with it, the only issue I have had is the warped rotors which I fixed a couple of years ago with the Frozen rotor upgrade and the paint fading . Rear axle has not given me any issues, maybe it was the True Trac that I had installed shortly after buying it brand new. The manifolds and radiator have held up so far. Okay, so here is the list of things to come in no particular order.

JBA long tube headers - installed
Cajun Bpipes - installed
Ultra quiet resonator - installed
Uprev tune - final tune installed
3.36 - installed
Retro-Solutions - installed
Vent mod - installed
Stillen radiator - installed
Hellwig helper spring - installed
Rough Country traction bars - ordered
Tow mirrors - installed
Tow relays - installed
Weathertech - installed
Audio upgrade (still shopping around)
Wheel spacers - installed
GrillCraft MX series - installed
Autometer Tranny Temp gauge - installed
CalTrend seat covers - installed
4-6" lift (maybe)
35" tires if I add the lift

There is a couple of other things that I'm forgetting right now. I will update the post as time goes. I am open to any suggestions and advice on any experience you all have had. Please let me know if you have had any issues with any of the products or know where I can get some great deals. Thanks for reading.


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Hi everyone. I was looking into buying a new truck but decided to keep my Titan instead. It only has 103k miles on it so I think that it still has a long life ahead of it. I have been very lucky with it, the only issue I have had is the warped rotors which I fixed a couple of years ago with the Frozen rotor upgrade and the paint fading . Rear axle has not given me any issues, maybe it was the True Trac that I had installed shortly after buying it brand new and the radiator has held up so far. Okay, so here is the list of things to come in no particular order.

JBA long tube headers
Cajun Bpipes
Uprev tune
3.36 gear swap
Spyder/Anzo headlights, Spec-D/Volant tail lights, Spyder fog lights and Spyder 3rd brake light.
Vent mod
Stillen radiator
Hellwig helper spring
Rough Country traction bars
Tow mirrors
Tow relays
Audio upgrade (still shopping around)
Wheel spacers (still shopping around)
MasterCraft grille
4-6" lift (maybe)
35" tires if I add the lift

There is a couple of other things that I'm forgetting right now. I will update the post as time goes. I am open to any suggestions and advice on any experience you all have had. Please let me know if you have had any issues with any of the products or know where I can get some great deals. Thanks for reading.

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Your mod list looked great until the end my friend! You will spend a lot of money waking up your truck with these mods just to throw it away with big heavy tires. Do what you want, but I think you could have a street monster will these upgrades less the lift...

She's just getting broken in! We'd like to see the build you have visioned, keep us updated

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I'm with you on the headers, bpipes, uprev but then I'm going straight to lift and 35s. Cracked headers are the only reason I'm not doing loft and tires first. The titan is replacing my 98 rodeo which has been all through moab and Colorado. Hoping the titan can take its place.

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For wheel spacers, tires, and (I assume) you'll want some wheels too check out Custom Wheel Offsets they have an awesome youtube page giving tons of info on this kind of stuff, and their website is super helpful too!
 

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Nice plan, But I have to break it to you gently: That's not a refresh, that's a full-on BUILD!

Definitely keep us in the loop with your progress.
 

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I'm with you on the headers, bpipes, uprev but then I'm going straight to lift and 35s. Cracked headers are the only reason I'm not doing loft and tires first. The titan is replacing my 98 rodeo which has been all through moab and Colorado. Hoping the titan can take its place.

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I would like to see pics of that when it happens.

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For wheel spacers, tires, and (I assume) you'll want some wheels too check out Custom Wheel Offsets they have an awesome youtube page giving tons of info on this kind of stuff, and their website is super helpful too!
Thanks, I will check them out. I already have some decent wheels but they are almost flush with the body. Looking at spacers to give me that wider stance without having to spend a fortune on a new set of wheels.

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Thanks for the support. Just got back to the states yesterday, now I'm waiting for things to start coming in the mail. Driving the truck home I notice that it has what sounds like an exhaust leak somewhere up front, haven't had the chance to look. Wonder if it's a manifold gasket leaking. Will check in the next few days once I get a chance.

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Thanks for the support. Just got back to the states yesterday, now I'm waiting for things to start coming in the mail. Driving the truck home I notice that it has what sounds like an exhaust leak somewhere up front, haven't had the chance to look. Wonder if it's a manifold gasket leaking. Will check in the next few days once I get a chance.

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The nissan oem gaskets are good and I haven't heard of them leaking...they could, but if anything it will be a cracked manifold...common issue

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The nissan oem gaskets are good and I haven't heard of them leaking...they could, but if anything it will be a cracked manifold...common issue

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That's what I thought but it sounds like an exhaust leak. Is that what the crack manifold sounds like? It tought it would be a loud tick type of sound.

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I just made the same decision as you on my 07' titan, I just couldn't let the old girl go.
Im currently upgrading a whole mess of things on her I'd love to here how some of these go especially the tow upgrades your doing.

I just switched my head and tail lights to the halo spyders, and and spec-d in the back. Sounds like your doing the same they look great and are a super fast install.Be advised you will need to install blinker bulbs they do NOT come with the headlights all other bulbs were included. You do have the remove your front grill to install these. If your installing a new rad to id do this at the same time as it will save you some double work.

I replaced my rad twice, the second time i switched it to and all metal radiator instead of the stock metal with plastic top and bottoms. This was years ago and i haven't have a problem since,the radiator is definitely a worth while upgrade.

If your getting it repainted make sure the guys are extra careful with your door seals. The ones that run near the roof are not really able to be reused and they are really expensive seals (300+ from a dealer).

Im currently adding a level kit and new shocks and struts but i have a 2wd so this will be different. But id like to hear what you end up doing and if you add those wheel spacers/adapters and what tire size your gunna go with.

Cheers and have fun fixing up your ride.
 

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I just made the same decision as you on my 07' titan, I just couldn't let the old girl go.
Im currently upgrading a whole mess of things on her I'd love to here how some of these go especially the tow upgrades your doing.

I just switched my head and tail lights to the halo spyders, and and spec-d in the back. Sounds like your doing the same they look great and are a super fast install.Be advised you will need to install blinker bulbs they do NOT come with the headlights all other bulbs were included. You do have the remove your front grill to install these. If your installing a new rad to id do this at the same time as it will save you some double work.

I replaced my rad twice, the second time i switched it to and all metal radiator instead of the stock metal with plastic top and bottoms. This was years ago and i haven't have a problem since,the radiator is definitely a worth while upgrade.

If your getting it repainted make sure the guys are extra careful with your door seals. The ones that run near the roof are not really able to be reused and they are really expensive seals (300+ from a dealer).

Im currently adding a level kit and new shocks and struts but i have a 2wd so this will be different. But id like to hear what you end up doing and if you add those wheel spacers/adapters and what tire size your gunna go with.

Cheers and have fun fixing up your ride.
I would love to see pics of your lights. I do plan on changing the radiator and grille so it's makes sense​ to do them in conjunction with the lights, thanks for the tip. I thought about adding the LED bulbs while I was at it too. Towing is one the big reasons for making some of these upgrades, I hope to have a noticeable difference when I'm done. I'm moving to Florida in a few months and will towing a trailer the whole way.

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Just to put in my 2 cents. I just replaced all my exhaust with JBA long tube headers, Cajun Bpipes, and JBA catback and it sounds great. However, like yourself, I have a 4x4 and it's not as easy to do the headers. Most people say to loosen the motor mounts and jack up the engine, except that on 4wd models the front diff is in the way and you can't get to the motor mount bolts. So I ended up taking out the exhaust manifold studs to get the new headers in. Just a heads up. Also uprev is great. I was impressed with how quickly they got my maps made and sent to me. But I'm super happy with everything. Good luck with the project. Keep us posted.


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Just to put in my 2 cents. I just replaced all my exhaust with JBA long tube headers, Cajun Bpipes, and JBA catback and it sounds great. However, like yourself, I have a 4x4 and it's not as easy to do the headers. Most people say to loosen the motor mounts and jack up the engine, except that on 4wd models the front diff is in the way and you can't get to the motor mount bolts. So I ended up taking out the exhaust manifold studs to get the new headers in. Just a heads up. Also uprev is great. I was impressed with how quickly they got my maps made and sent to me. But I'm super happy with everything. Good luck with the project. Keep us posted.


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How hard was it to get the studs out? Were they reverse tread?

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Not very hard. The hardest part was getting to them, but you just do that the same way as you took off the nuts. They're not torqued down very much at all. Just make sure you have an E socket set (star sockets) and that's all you need. Also before you begin, I would suggest going to your Nissan dealer and getting a few spare studs and nuts. Probably 3-4 of each, just in case. I had to use I think one stud and 2 nuts, because the old ones wouldn't go back on very easy. But that's it


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Just to put in my 2 cents. I just replaced all my exhaust with JBA long tube headers, Cajun Bpipes, and JBA catback and it sounds great. However, like yourself, I have a 4x4 and it's not as easy to do the headers. Most people say to loosen the motor mounts and jack up the engine, except that on 4wd models the front diff is in the way and you can't get to the motor mount bolts. So I ended up taking out the exhaust manifold studs to get the new headers in. Just a heads up. Also uprev is great. I was impressed with how quickly they got my maps made and sent to me. But I'm super happy with everything. Good luck with the project. Keep us posted.


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It can be done. Just did mine a month or so ago. The trick is to take the motor mount apart, then slide it out. Either way it suckks, no doubt. Just me, took about 8 hours

Get a good 14mm ratcheting wrench and go to town

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It can be done. Just did mine a month or so ago. The trick is to take the motor mount apart, then slide it out. Either way it suckks, no doubt. Just me, took about 8 hours

Get a good 14mm ratcheting wrench and go to town

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I had a hard time getting a socket or a wrench on the motor mount bolts and had enough room to get leverage, mine are in pretty tight. Not saying it can't be done, I just heard of someone else pulling the studs so I went that route.


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Thanks for tips. I put my order in for the JBA long tubes, Cajun Bpipes, Ultra Quiet resonator and UpRev today. My tow relays came in today and the tow mirrors should be in by the end of the week. Should be ordering the lights in the next day or two.

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I had a hard time getting a socket or a wrench on the motor mount bolts and had enough room to get leverage, mine are in pretty tight. Not saying it can't be done, I just heard of someone else pulling the studs so I went that route.


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That's innovative. I'd be scared of breaking one of those off. Then you'd be in all kinds of trouble...Good thing it worked out for you.

The motor mounts were a pain in the butt. I recommended in my install post that it would be best to start on the drivers side. More crap is in the way and makes the passenger side a lot more enjoyable...Besides the pretzel shaped distick!

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