Lifted 2nd Nissan Xterra on 35s Built for Some Serious Off-road Action

The Nissan Xterra has a long history of being an off-road powerhouse on wheels. The first generation of this SUV was introduced in 2000, and it quickly gained popularity among those with an active lifestyle. The Xterra’s 4×4 capabilities and spacious interior made it a viable alternative to well-established competitors like the Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler.

2nd generation Nissan Xterra was produced from 2005 until 2015 and gained huge popularity among the fans of off-roading. The truck has a perfect base for starting a 4×4 project, as it’s equipped with a 4WD, low range, and rear locking differentials, plus it’s spacious, reliable, and relatively easy to maintain.

Tricked out 2nd Gen Nissan Xterra with overland style gear

Although production of the Xterra ceased in 2015, this SUV remains popular among off-road enthusiasts. Thanks to its robust design and wide range of features, the Xterra is still considered one of the best off-road vehicles on the market.

This black tricked-out Nissan Xterra on 35s is built for some serious off-road action. What was once meant to be a simple weekend getaway SUV has turned into an all-out adventure machine capable of tacking its owner to long and demanding overland-style trips in the wild.

2ng Gen Nissan Xterra on Blackrhino Raid wheels, Mickey Thompson tires Baja Boss M/T 35/12.5/R17 and Boraoffroad 2.5” spacer for the rear
It sits on a set of Bronze 17×8.5 BlackRhino Raid wheels with Boraoffroad 2.5” spacer on the rear and wrapped in Mickey Thompsontires Baja Boss M/T tires sized 35×12.5R17

2nd gen Nissan Xterra with Heftyfabworks Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier

Thanks to its oversized tires and increased ground clearance, the Xterra is now able to tackle even the most challenging terrain. Along with its beefed-up suspension and loads of functional overland-style upgrades, this Nissan Xterra is more than equipped to take on any adventure.

Offroading in a 2nd gen Nissan Xterra

The Specs


  • Nisstec Titan Swap Kit
  • Nisstec MKII front coil-overs with 650lb springs
  • Radflo shocks 2.5 w/ remote resi long travel rear shocks
  • Specialty Products Company Titan UCAs
  • Alcanspring custom 3” lift leaf springs w/ 1000lb additional payload + adjustable shackle
Expedition One Trail Series Front Bumper with Heftyfabworks Steel Skid Plates
Expedition One Trail Series Front Bumper with Heftyfabworks Steel Skid Plates


  • Expedition One Trail Series Front Bumper
  • Heftyfabworks Steel Skid Plates
  • Heftyfabworks Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier
  • Whiteknuckle Offroad Products Rock Sliders


  • Auxbeam lighting LED switch panel
  • Baja Designs Squadron Pro Amber lights wide/cornering
  • Baja Designs LP6 Pro Amber lights
  • Baja Designs OnX6 Dual Control Amber/White LED Light Bar
Baja Designs Squadron Pro Amber lights wide/cornering, LP6 Pro Amber lights, OnX6 Dual Control Amber/White LED Light Bar
Baja Designs Squadron Pro Amber lights wide/cornering, LP6 Pro Amber lights, OnX6 Dual Control Amber/White LED Light Bar

Nisstec Titan Swap Kit Nisstec MKII front coil-overs with 650lb springs Radflo shocks 2.5 w/ remote resi long travel rear shocks
2nd Gen Nissan Xterra with a 4 inch lift on coilovers and leaf springs

Wheels and Tires


  • All products purchased from Z1 Offroad:
  • aFe power Twisted Steel Headers
  • Magnaflow Catalytic Converters
  • Nismo Off-Road Catback Exhaust
  • Volantperformance CAI
  • Airflow Snorkels Xterra Snorkel
2nd gen Xterra with a CVT Tents Roof Top Tent — Mt. Hood 56”
CVT Tents Roof Top Tent — Mt. Hood 56” and Bushcompany 270 XT awning

Recovery Gear

  • Smittybuilt 98612 XRC 12K Gen 3 Winch Comp Series
  • Hiliftjacks jack
  • Maxtrax hq Xtreme Desert Tan Recovery Board w/ Metal Teeth
  • Bubbarope Power Stretch Recovery Rope 7/8” x 30’
  • Bubbarope Gator-Jaw 176745Pro Synthetic Soft Shackle


  • Uptop Overland Platform Roof Rack
  • CVT Tents Roof Top Tent — Mt. Hood 56”
  • Dometic dual zone refrigerator/freezer
  • Jackery USA Explorer 500 Portable Battery
  • Jackery USA Explorer 1500 Portable Battery
  • Malooracks Seat Covers
  • Midlandusa MicroMobile 15W Two-Way radio
  • Trasharoo spare tire trash bag
  • MR heater Buddy 4k-9k Portable Propane Heater
  • Smittybuilt 5.65 CFM Air Compressor
  • Morrflate Quad inflate/deflate hose and gauge
  • Bushcompany 270 XT awning
  • Roamadventureco 95L Rugged Case (x2)
  • Renogy 175w flex solar panel (x2)
Nissan Xterra 2nd gen cargo area storage overland style with Dometic dual zone refrigerator/freezer
Dometic dual zone refrigerator/freezer

2nd gen Nissan Xterra custom sleeping platform


  • Rammounts iPad mount
  • Gaia gps
  • ONX offroad
  • Garmin inreach mini

The Interview

Why did you choose a Nissan Xterra for your project?
– I chose the Xterra platform based on recommendations from a professor I had in college and a family friend who also had one. I originally wanted a 4Runner on an FJ Cruiser, but at the time I couldn’t afford those, and I knew Xterras had a good reputation.

What is your favorite mod on the truck?
– My favorite mod is hard to choose. I think for the camping aspect I would choose either my 270 awning or my solar panel setup. Both of these make base camp that much more convenient and comfortable. For off-road capabilities definitely the Titan Swap suspension I just recently upgraded to. It’s just so smooth, and makes the rig so much more capable than the previous suspension.

2nd gen Nissan Xterra overland offroad build

What was the most difficult part about putting it together?
– The most difficult part of putting it all together would probably be just finding the vision of what I want out of the build. My wants and needs behind the build have changed over time. When I first started building the rig. I was doing primarily weekend trips. But now the rig has the ability to do much longer trips and has now become more of an overland vehicle.

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Any future plans on improvement or installing new parts?
– Future plans definitely include a front diff locker and upgrading the front differential to an m205. Along with regearing to better accommodate the 35” tires, to hopefully gain back some gas mileage.

Watch the progress and find out more about this Nissan Xterra project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @conheck_offroad!

2nd gen Nissan Xterra steeloff-road bumper with a warn winch

Related Parts & Mods

– Inspired by this Nissan Xterra build and looking to prepare your own SUV for off-road adventures? Some parts used on this vehicle were sourced from custom shops or custom made, but our team has put together a list of products and accessories available online that may help you to achieve similar results:



Roof Top Tent



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