Mark D Stephens: Adventurer, writer, photographer, ambassador of the sonoran desert
Built for Expedition:
2005 Nissan Frontier / Navara D40 Series, Crew Cab

My 2005 Nissan Frontier with PRG lift bfg tires eezi-awn tent winch bumper
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Basic Specs of my 2005 Nissan Frontier
Frontier, SE Crew Cab
dohc V6, 4.0L, 241 cu. inches
Suspension, Front:
Independent coilover
Suspension, Rear:
Spring-over-axle leaf springs
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
70.1" (stock)
Curb Weight:
4226 lbs (stock)
5666 lbs (stock)
Standard Payload:
1482 lbs (stock)
Fuel Capacity:
21.1 gallons
265 hp @ 5600 rpm
284 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm
Power assisted rack and pinion (engine speed sensitive), 20.4:1 ratio, 3.55 turns to lock
Bed Width:
61.4" (@ C-channel)
Bed Length:
Bed Depth:

Modifications Mods to my 2005 Nissan Frontier
Details about these mods are in the article series at Expedition PortalExpedition Portal 2006 Project Vehicle
Official 2007 Expedition Portal Project Vehicle


  • Shrockworks rock sliders
  • Shrockworks front winch bumper with Warn M8000 winch
  • Kennesaw Mountain rear Multi Carrier with gas can and Hi-Lift mounts
  • NISMO skid plates for fuel tank, oil pan, t-case
  • Shrockworks differential guard

Suspension and Drivetrain

  • Front PRG leveling kit
  • Rear add-a-leaf packs
  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags
  • Old Man Emu N85 shocks
  • 285/75r 16 BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, load range D


  • Deflecta-Shield Challenger 5920 LP truck bed tool box
  • Custom bed cap enclosing the cargo bed, Yakima load bars, control towers mounted on top
  • Custom storage drawers in truck bed


  • Shrockworks front winch bumper with Warn M8000 winch
  • Xtreme Hi-Lift jack (48")
  • Hi-Lift Handle-All
  • Tow straps
  • StrapLock
  • Rear Multi-Carrier incorporates two large clevis mounts
  • Cheerful, enthusiastic friends


  • Uniden 520XL CB radio, mounted inside center console
  • Yaesu FT-7800 dual band (144 MHz and 440 MHz) HAM radio with remote mount face
  • Larsen NMO mount antenna for dual band radio, mounted on fender/hood junction
  • Garmin GPSMap 76CS on a RAM Mount, w/ external Gilsson antenna
  • Rear back-up camera with Kenwood DDX6019 monitor (touch screen DVD/CD player)


  • Eezi-awn roof tent mounted over the bed on custom installed Yakima crossbars and control towers
  • On-board freshwater system; 15 gallon tank, sureflo 2.8 gpm pump, trigger shower sprayer
  • Custom sun shade awning made of ripstop nylon and converts into a privacy room or shower shelter


  • Lightforce 170 Striker lights
  • 20 liter Scepter fuel can
  • 20 liter Scepter water can
  • Adventure Trailers can holders
  • Dual battery system with Optima yellow top auxiliary battery and Wangler NW management
  • Two auxiliary Blue Sea fuse blocks, one interior, one exterior
  • No-Loss valve caps
  • Engel MT 35 Fridge/Freezer
  • Yakima 66" load bars mounted on roof with control towers and landing pads
  • ScanGauge II with BlendMount
  • Yakima SprocketRocket bike trays

Modification pictures:
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285/75r 16 BF Goodrich BFG AT all terrain KO tires Nissan Frontier
285/75r 16 BFG KO
Custom made shade awning and privacy room ripstop nylon
Custom shade awning and privacy room
Larsen dual band antenna
Larsen dual band (70cm & 2m) antenna
Auxiliary battery optima dual battery with wrangler NW battery manager isolator
Optima auxiliary battery
custom bed cap deck for Eezi-Awn roof tent nissan frontier, tool box
Custom bed deck, Eezi-Awn mount, and tool box
Custom storage drawers nissan navara D40 Frontier
Custom storage drawers
Eez-Awn roof tent nissan frontier D40  navara
Eezi-Awn Roof Top Tent
Engel fridge refridgerator nissan frontier navara D40
Engel Fridge/Freezer (MT 35)
Front PRG suspension lift nissan frontier
Front PRG suspension
Yeasu FT-7800 ham radio nissan frontier D40 navara
Yaesu FT-7800 dual band radio
auxiliary fuse block nissan frontier navara
Interior auxiliary Blue Sea fuse block
GPS inside nissan frontier Navara D40
Garmin GPS
lightforce 170 striker lights
Lightforce 170 Striker lights
kennesaw rear multi carrier bumber nissan frontier d40
Custom Rear Bumper
Nissan navara d40 frontier suspension old man emu, firestone air bags add a leaf
Rear Suspension w/ Old Man Emu shocks
scan gauge nissan frontier with blendmount
ScanGauge with BlendMount
touch screen dvd cd camera monitor
Kenwood touch screen camera monitor DVD player
Shrockworks winch bumper nissan frontier
Shrockworks winch bumper
shrockworks nissan frontier rock sliders
Shrockworks rock sliders
Yakima sprocketrocket bike tray holders nissan frontier d40
Yakima SprocketRocket bike tray
nissan frontier d40 navara utilitrack
Nissan Utili-Track custom mounted
quick connect water port
Quick connect shower port
Water tank on nissan frontier
Fresh Water Tank
Yakima roof rack nissan frontier load bars with sunroof crew cab
Yakima roof rack load bars
What i think of my 2005 nissan Frontier truck
I like:
  • Body styling
  • Easy capacity for 32" tall tires
  • Strong and trustworthyV6 engine
  • Easy-to-customize rear suspension
  • Robust drivetrain from the front constant velocity joints to the rear axle
  • In-cab storage: dual glove box, compartments under rear seats, center console with 12V power
  • Decent throttle and brake response
  • Good highway economy (given the weight of this pig)
  • Utilitracks
  • Boxed frame
  • The front seats - nice n' comfy for long days
  • Spacious cab

I don't like:

  • Not having solid low-end power. It seems to me that the Frontier D40 (Navara) is designed more for highway performance and towing. Hello . . . her max torque output is up at 4000 RPM. That makes her difficult to manage gracefully in the ol' technical terrain.
  • Short bed: perhaps we should have waited to get a long bed version, which became available with the 2007 model year.
  • Interior plastic is very maleable
  • A recurring P1446 trouble code (vent control valve)
  • Back seat is not nearly as comfortable as the Tacoma
  • The short front suspension travel and low clearance height behind front wheels
  • Electronic 4WD control is a little picky: shifting from 4-High into 2 wheel drive often requires turning the switch about 100 yards prior to hitting pavement to let the transfer case shift while on loose ground
  • That I don't get to drive it more often
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Project Concept:
Building an innovative expedition vehicle for environmentally responsible adventure travel throughout the Southwest U.S. and Mexico . . . with the whole family.

Project Articles:
See Expedition Portal for each article.
Also see the Promotional Page for this project vehicle.

Equipment Reviews

Lightforce 170 Striker

Suspension Theory 101, PRG Spacer and AC Shackles

Old Man Emu suspension lift Nissan Frontier D40 Navara
Rear Suspension: Old Man Emu Rear Leaf Springs, Nitrocharger Sport shocks, & Greasable Shackles

KMA Multi-Carrier Bumper

On board vehicle nissan shower
On-board shower

Nissan frontier roof rack yakima
Yakima Roof Rack

Eezi-Awn1200 Roof Tent with custom bed deck

Custom storage drawers and fridge mounting

On-board Air

Custom vehicle shade awning

Mark D. Stephens: Adventurer, Writer, Photgrapher and Ambassador of the Sonoran Desert