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MODIFICATION CHRONOLOGY | NISSAN NAVARA NP300

MEET GENERAL GREY | STEDI NISSAN NAVARA NP300 AT DAY 1

Stock Nissan NP300

Here we are at day 1. Our brand new MY17 Nissan Navara ST. About a stock as they comes  except for the fender flare kit which is a Genuine Nissan item. 2 weeks blew by as we sat idle waiting for the postman to turn up with some boxes. 

NP300 WHEELS | BULL BAR | SIDE STEPS 

Nissan NP300 Bull Bar & Wheels fitted

Things escalate quickly with some of the key items turning up.   

  • WHEELS & TYRES: 18inch GRID GD04 in Gunmetal Grey wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain K02 285/60/18  | 
  • FRONTAL PROTECTION: Rhino 4x4 Evolution Bull bar. 
  • SIDE STEPS: Rhino 4x4

HIGH BEAM TRIGGERED 8" ST4K LED LIGHT BARS 

Navara NP300 Light bar inside bull barNavara NP300 Light bar inside bull bar

While we were waiting for our roof rack to arrive we snuck in a couple of cheeky ST4K-12 LED Light bars, which fit perfect inside the Rhino bar cavity. These were wired in to the high beam using the STEDI Plug & Play NP300 Specific Wiring Harness.  

LED FOG LIGHT UPGRADE

LED fog Light upgrade for Nissan NP300

While we had our head stuck under the car, we upgraded the LED fog Lights which offer a significant upgrade over the included generic LED fogs. Our newly released Type-A Fog Lights also fit the Rhino 4x4 Bull Bars.  

ROOF RACK & REAR LIGHT BAR | TICK √

Ironman Rear Bar Nissan NP300 NavaraRhino Rack with Backbone Nissan NP300 D23 Navara

Next up was the installation of our Ironman Rear Bar (Thanks to Mick at Extreme 4x4 in Hoppers Crossing) & Rhino Rack Platform with Backbone. At the time Rhino Rack did not offer a backbone specifically for the NP300, so we went ahead adopted the backbone designed for the Holden Colorado. Word on the street is that Rhino Rack are in the process of releasing an NP300 specific backbone. Word of caution guys, we recommend waiting for the official Rhino kit to be released, as the installation is not for the faint hearted.  The drilling points are very close to air bag canisters and require precision.

Our 10W Mini Osram Work Lights were bolted directly in to pre-existing holes found on the Rhino Rack. Our 10W Mini Work Lights are staff favorite among our team due their very low 0.5A power draw, compact design, perfectly suited beam shape/performance for the application. We used nylon washers to give us the ability to pivot the work lights by hand as and when required.  

The lift kit was supplied by www.performancesuspension.com.au. Upfront we lifted 3" to compensate for all the added weight. The lift kit consists of height adjustable Bilstein front struts fully assembled with Kings coil springs and PSR HD top mounts, PSR adjustable upper control arms and HD front sway bar link pins. The rear 2" kit contains Bilstein struts all pre-assembled with Kings coil springs and HD strut tops, King Springs 2" rear coils, Bilstein rear shocks and headlight aim bracket.

STEDI ST2K LIGHT BAR MOUNTED BELOW RHINO PLATFORM 

STEDI ST2K LED Light Bar Mounted below Rhino Platform

Our ST2K-16L 40.5" LED Light Bar was commissioned to take care of the mid to long range wide-beam. Using the included side bracket of the ST2K and some shims, we bolted the side brackets directly to the Rhino Backbone. We did have run some 20mm spacers between the backbone and platform in order to gain adequate clearance for the light bar. The ST2K range offer an incredible amount of mid to long range volume and tie in perfectly with the other auxiliary lights we already have fitted.  

REAR TUB LIGHTS 

Rear Tub Lights for Nissan NavaraRear Tub Lights turned on at Night NP300

We needed some tub lighting with minimal power draw, for those long night photography & video sessions. Our LED Rock Lights provided the perfect amount of illumination with negligible current draw. As can be seen in the image on the right, our rock lights installation is a great example of picking the right work lights for the right application. Each rock light draws less than 0.1A and offers more than adequate tub illumination. 

IF IT'S WORTH DOING, IT'S WORTH OVERDOING. 

4 STEDI Spot Lights on Rhino Bull bar4 Spot Lights on Navara

We couldn't think of any good reasons why shouldn't run 4 x STEDI Type-X LEDs on the bull bar, so we did. The two small outer shown are our 7inch Type-X and two centres are our 8.5inch version.  Each driving light was fitted using our 48mm Tube Mounting Brackets 

NISSAN OE TYPE PUSH SWITCHES | A PERFECT FINISHING TOUCH. 

Interior switch Navara D23 dash Navara switches near cup holders

Like any pro-installation OE style switches are the ultimate finishing touch. We have two options for the NP300. Shown on the left is our shorter dash console Nissan switches. The Right Images shows our taller Nissan switches mounted near the cup holders.  

ARB TWIN AIR COMPRESSOR | AIR ON BOARD

Nissan Navara NP300 Twin Compressor InstallationARB Twin Compressor Install

We've got a talented pool of team members at STEDI, some of whom have an extensive background in 4x4 fitting. Liam from our team managed to mount an ARB Twin Compressor underneath the passenger seat with adjacent remote coupling. We reshaped the steel remote coupling mounting bracket and made provision to mount one of our round dime switches. This location still allow for the seat to slide without any inhibition. 

NAVARA NP300 EXHAUST UPGRADE 

Nissan NP300 Standard ExahustNissan NP300 Navara Jaques Spamer Exhaust

All the bolt on modification were really weighing down on power delivery and so our first step to resolving ths was to free up some of the restriction of the standard exhaust. Jaques Spamer who is regarded among the NP300 community as being the go to guy for pipe work, supplied us with a beautifully crafted bolt on kit. The end result was a far more responsive engine. 

CHASSIS MOUNTED DUAL BATTERY SYSTEM | NP300

NP300 Dual Battery Under tray

Navara ARB Dual Battery with REDARCUnder Chassis Mount Dual Battery D23

Our team extensively use General Grey for field testing and night photography & video projects, which takes place in the pitch black condition without any ambient light whatsoever. This often means that the car is power lights whilst the engine is not running. Enter the ARB Chassis mounted auxiliary battery kit. Thanks again to www.traxindustries.com.au for supplying the REDARC BCDC charger and their wealth of expertise in getting the install carried out correctly. 

NP300 ENGINE TUNE | +35% GAIN  IN TORQUE & POWER

NP300 Navara Dyno tune

The final step in recovering some of the lost performance was an engine dyno tune. We opted BSC Performance to carry out a towing optimized map which emphasis low down torque gains. Our baseline dyno was 101.5kw, and as shown in the above dyno graph we ended up with a very healthy 136.4kw and a massive 580nm at the rear tyres. Needless to say this has completely transformed the performance of the General making it far more drive-able, and more importantly has successfully corrected the power to weight ratio. Having now spent quite alot of time behind the wheel, this has to be one of our most worth while modifications.  Not only has we have seen and excellent improvement in fuel economy, but the additional torque now means only a light squeeze of the throttle is all that is necessary to get things going. We recently headed up to the hut at Mount Terrible (1325m above sea level) via Donald Track with the 4 passengers and a fully loaded tub the General powered up track with very little throttle input up what is considered to be a very steep and prolonged climb. 

BLACK MAXTRAX FASTENED TO RHINO RACK 

Nissan Navara Maxtrax fitted with Rhino Flat BracketRoof Mounted Maxtrax fitted with Rhino Flat Bracket

We used the Rhino Pioneer Maxtrax Flat Bracket to secure a set of Maxtrax MK2 recovery system. We opted for a black to achieve a stealth look.  On a separate note; We are often asked where & how we ran our cables for the roof mounted lights. For those with a keen eye you may have already spotted the flat twin core making its way down from roof channel and then in between the windscreen seams. A few dabs of silicone was used to keep the cable in place. 

ARB ELEMENTS FRIDGE WITH SLIDE

ARB Elements Fridge with Slide on Navara Np300

The overall dimensions of the ARB Elements Fridge (60L) with the slide checks out perfectly in the tub.  As can be seen in the photos below the fridge fits without bulging the tonneau covers. A quick release of the rear flap reveals fridge temps. 

ARB Fridge Temperature Display in D23 NavaraTub mounted ARB Fridge 60L with Cover

UPGRADING REVERSE BULBS TO LED  

This is an easy win 

REAR AUXILIARY WORK LIGHTS 

Navara D23 Nissan Rear Work Lights 

Our newly released ST3301-2L work lights shown above fitted to the rear sports bar using our 76mm Vice Tube  Check out the night shot below - These are the perfect auxiliary reverse lights for reversing on those tight bush tracks. Check out the night shot below. 

Reverse Lights on Navara NP300