After years as a mild daily driver, this '06 Nissan Frontier was overdue for a transformation. We knew this V-6, 2WD, midsize pickup had great potential to be upgraded to the next level of off-road appearance and performance without busting the bank. After making a few phone calls and getting some suggestions, we decided to level the suspension out with a Daystar 2-inch front leveling kit. To allow the mighty Frontier to take on some occasional challenging terrain, a set of Ultra Goliath 18x8-inch matte black aluminum wheels were consumed in Falken's new Wild Peak A/T LT275/65R18 rubber. To help enhance the torque and power under the hood, the factory air intake system would be replaced with a much more productive Volant Cool Air intake. To equalize the intake and improve the exhaust flow, a Gibson three-inch cat-back system would be added to the engine performance equation.

Our first stop was Custom Truck Shop where owner Louie Morosan assigned installation tech Luis to install the Daystar two-inch leveling kit. Luis also would mount and balance the Ultra wheels and Falken Wild Peak A/T tires. His final gig would be installing the Volant Cool Air intake system. We then cruised over to Gibson Performance located in Corona, California. There, Shawn used the DynoJet chassis dynamometer to record a couple baseline dyno pulls before installing the Gibson after-cat exhaust system. Shawn performed a couple of final dyno pulls to record the torque and horsepower gains. Follow along and see how we transformed this mild everyday driver into a trail assault vehicle in just one day.

Since the install, we can honestly say everything that we bolted to the Frontier is a true upgrade. The 18-inch Ultra wheels look great and the Falken tires are a perfect fit with a cool sidewall and tread pattern. The leveling kit was accurate and lifted the front enough to where we've had absolutely no rubbing issues whatsoever. The intake and exhaust have given the truck noticeable power when we call for it-the dyno numbers don't lie. Overall, we're completely happy with all the upgrades. We still have a factory ride with a great look and more power.


Time Spent Working: 8 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Beginner

Tools Needed:
15mm, 17mm, wrenches, impact gun, pneumatic tire changer, tire balancer, Phillips screwdriver, 7mm, 10mm, nut driver, assorted metric sockets, MIG welder, DynoJet chassis dynamometer.

Parts Used:
Daystar 2-inch leveling kit KN09106BK $129.00
Falken Wild Peak A/T tires LT275/65R18 $888.00
Gibson Cat-Back exhaust system 12211 $478.50
Ultra Wheel Goliath 224 18x9-inch wheels $580.00
Volant Cool Air intake 12640 $341.00

Total: $2,416.50
(prices do not include tax, shipping, or labor)

Volant Cool Air Intake
10285 Indiana Court
Rancho Cucamonga
CA  91730
841 S. 71st Avenue
AZ  85043
Custom Truck Shop
846 W. Cienega Avenue
San Dimas
CA  91773
Falken Tire
13649 Valley Boulevard
CA  92335
Ultra Wheel Company
570 N. Gilbert Street
CA  92833
Gibson Performance Exhaust
1270 Webb Circle
CA  92879
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