2002 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner - Front Clip - Project Desert Dragger: Episode I

Bring Down The Trojan Horse

Lance MartzSep 2, 2009
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In this, our very first installment of the buildup of our 2002 project, a brand-new Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Supercharged V-6, we'll do one of the most radical modifications ever photographed. In this episode, you'll see the off-road-chassis-equipped Nissan (that means the suspension is both wider and hangs lower than a typical 2wd chassis to lay frame) be modified to lay out flat. From our efforts to slam the too-tall Frontier, we found out that this modification would work perfectly to bring a Nissan Pathfinder, a Nissan 4x4, or other vehicle with too much ground clearance down to the ground somewhat inexpensively. Despite what you might think, this isn't the most difficult process you've ever imagined, but it does take some seriously large cajones. For more information, please contact the companies that have assisted us in the buildup of the Frontier. If you want to see the finished product of our efforts, you'll have to wait until the next SEMA Show in Las Vegas rolls around in November. That's where you'll get to see the impossible made reality at the Primedia/Mini Truckin' booth at the show. Lucky for you, we'll be covering every aspect of the truck's progress right here.
Sources
California Mini Truck Dismantlers (front frame clip)Dept. MT
4002 State St.
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 622-1381
Mac's Springs (suspension needs)
Dept. MT
26746 E. Base Line
Highland, CA 92346
(909) 862-4811
www.macsspring.com
Suspension Dimension (fabrication)
Dept. MT
1364 Camino Real, Ste. 135
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 381-5014
www.suspensiondimension.com

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