The Xterra meet is open to all generations and build types. With over 50 registered Nissan 4x4s at the event, the first annual National Xterra Meet was a huge success.The Xterra meet is open to all generations and build types. With over 50 registered Nissan When the Nissan Xterra debuted in early 2000 it was promoted as an off-road–capable SUV designed for the adventure-seeking outdoor enthusiast. While the new platform didn’t immediately convert the hardcore wheeling majority, it did gain considerable notoriety with Nissan enthusiasts—so much so that not long after the Xterra’s release, enthusiast websites dedicated to the Xterra began to emerge. Fast-forward over a decade later and the Xterra has become an extremely popular wheeling platform that continues to collect an enthusiast following. These body-on-frame SUVs have even gained respectable attention from the aftermarket. Given the Xterra’s popularity, the Nissan X community thought it was only fitting that a National Xterra Meet should take place. Using the power of the Internet, two of the largest enthusiast-driven Nissan Xterra forums (www.clubxterra.org and www.thenewx.org) pooled their resources to form what is slated to be an annual Xterra event. Since this was the first National Xterra Meet, the event coordinators thought what better place to kick off the meet than in North American Nissan’s home state of Tennessee? Over the three-day event, registered Xterra owners were treated to a Nissan production facility tour, a car show, and a wheeling day at Wooly’s Off Road Park. We caught up with the Xterra gurus just as they were heading out onto the trail system at Wooly’s in Cornersville, Tennessee. After spending a day with Xterra devotees we were impressed not only with the Nissan’s capabilities off-road, but the genuine good nature and enthusiasm of the guys and gals sitting behind the wheel. To find out how you can become part of next year’s event, visit www.nationalxterrameet.com. Given the spring outbreak of tornados in the south, the Xterra owners decided to use their meet to help out some of those affected by the storm. Ryan Davenport used his Xterra to pull an entire enclosed trailer filled with goods and supplies for the tornado victims in Alabama. After wheeling all day at Wooly’s, the crew left early Sunday morning and convoyed down to ’Bama to donate the supplies and lend a helping hand.Given the spring outbreak of tornados in the south, the Xterra owners decided to use their A popular conversion for hardcore Xterra enthusiasts is to swap in the front-end components from a Nissan Titan. Bryan Necomer’s ’07 was fitted with the Titan conversion, along with a host of other upgrades. Sporting 35-inch TreadWright Mud Terrains, the well-equipped Xterra tried some of the toughest obstacles the park had to offer.A popular conversion for hardcore Xterra enthusiasts is to swap in the front-end component James Drake’s Xterra was one of a few factory supercharged ones at the event. Since the Xterra shares a lot of its DNA with the extremely popular Nissan 350z, we figure it’s only a matter of time before a 500hp twin-turbo X comes whistling over the dirt!James Drake’s Xterra was one of a few factory supercharged ones at the event. Since the Xt Our trail leader for the day was Luke Pankow. With 11⁄2-inch suspension and 2-inch body lifts, Pankow’s ’04 Xterra cycled the 33-inch Dura Trac tires with ease and worked well over the dry and rocky Tennessee trails.Our trail leader for the day was Luke Pankow. With 11⁄2-inch suspension and 2-inch body li There are a few generations of the Xterra, and all were in attendance. Though we were surprised that we didn’t see any solid-axle conversions, the IFS front and leaf-sprung solid axle rear configuration seemed to work well for the Xterra.There are a few generations of the Xterra, and all were in attendance. Though we were surp What in the heck is a fullsize Toyota doing at a Nissan event? Carrying our camera gear and supplies, that’s what! This heavily modified Tundra belongs to Ultimate Adventure alumnus Jonathan Cooper. We are told that a few modified Nissan Titans wheel with the Xterra club from time to time, but on this weekend Cooper’s solid-axle Toy was the lone fullsize wheeling the park.What in the heck is a fullsize Toyota doing at a Nissan event? Carrying our camera gear an Kelly Martin was one of a few female pilots attending the meet. A representative for WeatherTech and an avid Xterra enthusiast, she was promoting the company’s new products while hammering down on the trail with her modified ’06 Xterra.Kelly Martin was one of a few female pilots attending the meet. A representative for Weath Jay Anderduren and his fiancée, Jessica, made the drive down from Portsmouth, Virginia. He did a great job of using his five-speed manual to control his ’02 Xterra SE during the many twisting downhill sections at the park. Equipped with a 2-inch body lift and 32-inch MTRs, Anderduren’s Xterra was a great example of how well a daily driven Xterra can perform off-road.Jay Anderduren and his fiancée, Jessica, made the drive down from Portsmouth, Virginia. He The National Xterra Meet welcomes all makes of Nissans. Morgan Staal drove his ’05 Frontier all the way up from Jacksonville, North Carolina, to attend. With his late-model pickup fitted with a Titan front-end conversion, Calmini 5-inch lift, and a selectable rear locker, the quad cab crawler had no trouble navigating the forest.The National Xterra Meet welcomes all makes of Nissans. Morgan Staal drove his ’05 Frontie By Ali Mansour Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!