Some folks just gotta be different. For those with a need for a fullsize truck, who want to depart from the multidecade parade of Detroit-made iron, Nissan has introduced its '04 fullsize Titan.
Merely sporting a different brand banner wasn't enough for Richard Gautreau. Richard owns Rich's Motorsports in Corona, California. The welding tables at Rich's are usually busy melting chassis tubing together for NASCAR cars and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pickups. The NASCAR production was halted by a brief interlude sufficient to turn Rich's Titan into a truck that turns heads and piques curiosity.
Despite Rich's having squarely hit his mark, that was just the beginning for this Titan. The truck has since gone back into the shop for custom long-travel suspension. Look for the big T soaring over the Glamis sand dunes sometime soon.
In a sea of multihued, overdone bling-mobiles, Rich's Nissan takes a bold, understated approach. Athan's Body Shop applied the House of Tints graphics at its Covina, California, shop. Nissan saw fit to equip the Titan with 33-inch tires from the factory and a Dana 44 rear axle. The workhorse Dana 44 has been a part of scores of successful vehicles through the years and enjoys a host of gear ratios and locking differentials available from the automotive aftermarket. For off-road grip, 37x13.5R17 Pro Comp Xterrain Tires wrapped around Pro Comp 17x9-inch Xtreme wheels fill the wheelwell voids. Bilstein dampers control the rear wheels' bump and droop.
The Titan takes a cue from archrival Toyota's Tacoma and Tundra models, with its factory coilover front suspension. If we had our druthers, we'd see coil springs under the front of every OEM offering. Why? Coil springs offer excellent ride quality. Coils reliably suspend the vehicle, while only taking up space between the wheel and frame. Coils are also easy to tune, either by substituting a stiffer or softer spring, or by adding preload tension. To gain the height necessary to clear the 37-inch Pro Comp Xterrains, Richard brought CST's 8-inch Titan lift kit on board. The kit boasts taller steering knuckles, with upper uniballs for longevity and long travel. CST's design allows the CST upper control arm to remain anchored to the factory mounting points, while the OEM lowers find their places in a one-piece CST cradle.
The Titan's front facade was beefed up and dressed up to suit Richard's needs for performa
Anyone who's been elbow-deep in a grimy engine bay can appreciate a motor that's clean eno
Nissan painted the Titan using bold strokes. Although the company is Japanese, the look, s
Stock tailgates are among the first items to part ways with a custom truck. Rich's Motorsp
To fit the 37s under the rear wheelwells, Rich's Motorsports used a time-honored method an
|Owner/hometown:|| Richard Gautreau/Corona, California|
|Year/make/model:|| '04 2WD Nissan Titan|
|Engine:|| Stock with K&N air filter|
|Suspension: Front:|| CST 8-inch lift with leaf springs; rear: Bilstein dampers at all four corners|
|Tires: ||37x13.5R17 Pro Comp Xterrains |
|Wheels: ||17x9-inch Pro Comp Xtremes |
|Other sponsors:|| Lee Stonebreaker Design, Inland Powder Coating|