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Date Registered: 11-2005
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Newbie from Newcastle and Stockton Beach trip


Hi everyone.

This is Josh Marshall from Newcastle reporting in. My wife & I got an XTrail Ti at the end of September. So far we are very happy with it, having traded up from a yellow 1990 Pulsar GX. We got a good deal, since we shopped around, and ended up getting the darker silver Ti in manual with nudge bar and roof racks, rust proofing, cargo barrier, towbar, etc.

I've been looking in and lurking on this forum once in a while and appreciated the handy hints. A special thanks to Jalal and Rich for their websites.

The Exxy had it's first off-road adventure last weekend, as around 50 guys and 20 4WD's from our church headed off to Stockton Beach. This was my first time driving off-road, and was a fantastic experience, particularly once I lost that initial nervousness.

We had in our group some Cruisers, Prados, a Rodeo, a Vitara, a Pathfinder and 2 Foresters. When driven by my mate Matt, who actually knows what he's doing, emoticon, it keeps up fine with the others. I'm learning... We only got it bogged once, when we had to veer right and left while hooking up a dune, and I didn't quite make it.

Unfortunately, while initally learning to drive on sand I took a crest too quickly, and performed a nice little nose dive using the nudge bar plastic as a sand scoop! We lost the bash plate under the left hand side, and now the aircon compressor and belt is fully exposed. I read in the forums that some people have had a steel bash plate fabricated. I would be definitely interested in this! Failing that, does anyone know the cost of replacing the plastic ones?

My only other quibbles with the car is the easy to scratch interior plastic and the poor illumination of the reversing light. We also got $40 of rubber from Clark Rubber and made our own boot liner, instead of paying the $400 or so Nissan wanted.

This is a proud me and the Exxy on Stockton. No action shots, sorry, as I was the one driving.

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So, say hi if you want. I'll be around, and hopefully learning more 4wding!

(EDIT) Number plates have been edited out for privacy reasons.

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Hi Josh and welcome to the forums.

Congrats on your new purchase, am sure you won’t be disappointed with it.

Straight into action! This is the way to do it mate and you'll be surprised what the exy is capable of.

It is also a good idea to go through one of these 4WD training courses, although I have never done one myself and chose the way of "self learning" hehehe emoticon

In regards to the plastic guards that you have lost while in action, don't even bother asking about the price from Nissanemoticon it's a killer!!

From memory it was something like over $400 for them.

You can get them from the wreckers however and even better replace them with a steel bash plate instead. (I have one now)

Enjoy your stay on the forum and give us a yell if you need any help.


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Hi Jalal

Thanks for the welcome. I figured it would be a horrific price for the bash plate. How did you get your steel one made? This is what all my "serious" 4wding mates recommended too.

Once I got over the nerves, "oh no, my wife's going to KILL me", it was fantastic. When my friend drove it up "the big hill" he hit the rev-limiter, but it was amazing to watch.

Who needs low-range? We can just drive FASTER.

Any recommendations from people for NSW-based 4WD courses?

Thanks,
Josh
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Hi Josh,

The bash that I now have used to belong to Shane (who had an xtrail at that time and now upgraded to a Patrol) he had this bash plate made locally not far from where you're.

You can send titanx04 (Shane) an email PM through the forum and ask him for details of where it was made, but I believe he had a relative or a friend make one up for him then.

I have tested it off-road and it was a great protection to have, but the downside is that its a bit too heavy (around 20kg I think)

]HERE is the thread about the bash plate I described above (when it was fitted to Shane's exy)

In regards to NSW 4WD Training Courses, check out ]THIS thread for good info.

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Hi Josh.

You already beat me welcoming you by sending me the PM...

I did forget to say that there are also a few people in our church keen on 4WDing (not as many as yours, though!) so maybe that camping trip I PM'ed you about might turn into an even bigger camping trip emoticon

Welcome to the forums and enjoy your stay. We also look forward to your contributions.



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