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When it comes to lifted, diesel-mo­ti­vated pick­ups, Nis­san is not a make you of­ten hear about. Jimbo Tay­lor from Ok­la­homa City, Ok­la­homa, is here to change that. After own­ing a se­ries of Fords, Jimbo wanted some­thing dif­fer­ent and de­cided to pick up one of Nis­san’s 310-horse Nis­san Ti­tan XDS. Thanks to a 5.0L Cum­mins with a two-stage (com­pound) turbo sys­tem, the Nis­san makes a 555 lb-ft of torque at a mind-bend­ing 1,600 rpm—plenty of torque to move big tires.

Jimbo in­stantly bumped up the unique­ness fac­tor right after he ac­quired his ’17 Ti­tan. He started by mod­i­fy­ing the frame, fill­ing an as­tound­ing 116 holes, and smooth­ing the en­tire chas­sis. There was no lift “kit” for the sky-high look that he wanted, so he hooked up with Cal­i­for­nia Cus­toms out of Ok­la­homa City to have one built. The team started out with the axles, as Jimbo wasn’t sure that the stock­ers would be up to the task—es­pe­cially the front in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion. He bor­rowed from his Ford her­itage here, as a solid ’13 F-250 front axle and ’13 F-250 rear axle got the call to move the Nis­san down the road.

The sus­pen­sion that Jimbo and Cal­i­for­nia Cus­toms came up with has very lit­tle to do with the fac­tory in­de­pen­dent front, leaf­spring rear. Start­ing with cus­tom four-link set­ups front and rear to hang the Ford axles, Cal­i­for­nia Cus­toms added Fox Rac­ing triple-by­pass coilover shocks to both ends. Jimbo fur­ther up­graded the ar­range­ment with Wil­wood six-pis­ton calipers at all cor­ners, along with cus­tom brake lines. The front sus­pen­sion also re­ceived cross­over steer­ing for the re­vised axle ar­range­ment. The rest of the Ti­tan is out­fit­ted with mod­i­fi­ca­tions that add to the over­all feel of the ve­hi­cle, rather than de­tract from it. Light­ing and elec­tron­ics were ar­eas that were im­proved, as LED lights were added to the fen­der wells and frame, and an in­tense stereo sys­tem was in­stalled in­side the truck. Jimbo paint-matched vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing that could be matched and also added an RK Sport hood, Gravel Em­pire grille insert, and AMP Re­search Pow­er­steps. Both the front and rear bumpers were re­placed with Vengeance bumpers from Fab Fours, and the bed was topped with an Ul­tra Flex bed cover from Un­der­cover.

New trucks have such nice in­te­ri­ors that we don’t of­ten see up­grades in this depart­ment, but again Jimbo bucked pop­u­lar trends by go­ing over vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing. The fac­tory seats were up­graded with Katzkin black leather and blue suede in­serts with cop­per stitch­ing. Jimbo ex­tended the cus­tom suede to the head­liner and door pan­els, and then painted the dash and in­te­rior pan­els to match. There’s also LED light­ing sur­round­ing the Nis­san’s Rock­ford Fos­gate amps and speak­ers.

There’s no deny­ing it. Jimbo Tay­lor has cre­ated one beau­ti­ful truck—but even more than that, it’s a fairly unique one on the diesel scene. We’ve seen a few Ti­tans, but not many whose own­ers have gone to the lengths this one has by in­stalling an enor­mous cus­tom sus­pen­sion lift and a straight front axle. We see plenty of cus­tom trucks, but not many with a smoothed and filled frame. We’ve seen trucks with LEDS, but hardly any other light­ing scheme can match the one on Jimbo’s Nis­san. So there’s one thing that’s 100-per­cent cer­tain—this 2017 Ti­tan is vir­tu­ally one of a kind!

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