Sebastian Build

2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X


If you’ve read my about page you know that while I use to live nomadically out of my car — today I only pretend to on the weekends. The objective of the Sebastian build is to create a very capable, self-sustaining, gear sherpa ready for backcountry adventure. While remaining a competent daily driver (keep it simple, don’t overbuild).

Top of the World – 10/2017


Click here to see all the blog posts that chronicle the trials and tribulations of the build.

Factory Goodies

  • A thirsty 261HP DOHC 4.0L V6 (mod)
  • Fully boxed ladder frame
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • Dana 44 (M226) rear with e-locker (mod)
  • Hill descent control
  • Bilstein HD shocks
  • Front sway bar
  • Rear sway bar
  • Radiator, engine, transfer case, and gas tank skid plates
  • 265 75 R16 tires (31.7″) with full-size spare
  • Rooftop off-road lights
  • Rooftop gear basket (mod)
  • White-faced dash gauges
  • Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system
  • Gentex auto-dim and compass mirror
  • Nevada tow package
  • Mud flaps x6
  • Badges


Planned & Incomplete

Suspension & Wheels



  • ARB bull bar winch bumper
  • maXTERRA rear bumper with swing-arm and LED backup lights
    • Front Runner drop-down table
  • Bed line bumper fascia, rockers, lower door and lower fenders
  • Shrockworks rock sliders
  • Shrockworks radiator skid
  • Shrockworks engine skid
  • Shrockworks transmission skid
  • Shrockworks transfer case skid
  • Shrockworks gas tank skid
  • Shrockworks diff skid
  • Nisstec shock skids






*OEM unless noted below. Here’s a handy reference guide.

Non-Maintenance Repairs :’-(

  • Fan clutch – OEM failed, replaced with OEM (60,884)


Safety & Navigation

Sleeping, Kitchen & Bath