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mail4youtoo
03-16-2014, 09:07 AM
This is just a simple head unit install. I made a couple of modifications to make my life a little easier and I'm very happy with the way it came out.

I did a lot of research on stereo installs and asked many questions on multiple forums. I may have gone a little overboard with tools and items that I bought but I wanted to do this right.

I have a 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5S with factory ( non-Bose ) stereo with manual climate controls.

The AUX port on the front of my stereo was a little touchy and would crackle and hiss while listening to my Iphone which ****** on rough roads. The LCD display would act as if in slow motion when it was cold outside and fade out all together when it got to hot. I wanted something better!

I wanted a good but not to expensive double din stereo that

1 - I could sync my phone to for music and phone calls.
2 - Has USB support. I listen to audiobooks on long trips.
3 - Has a touch screen that I could customize to my liking.
4 - Has Pandora controls when synced to my phone.
5 - I could add to later if I wanted ( Sirius/XM , Amplifier )

I decided to go with a newer model Kenwood. The DDX371
Kenwood DDX371 (http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113DDX371/Kenwood-DDX371.html?showAll=N&search=ddx371&skipvs=T)

http://i.imgur.com/7NuVZssl.jpg

I ordered from Crutchfield and as such, the stereo came with the additional parts to install

Nissan Altima In-dash Receiver Kit (http://www.crutchfield.com/p_142NN1642B/Nissan-Altima-In-dash-Receiver-Kit.html?tp=3121)
http://i.imgur.com/AWuynZfl.jpg

The Metra 70-7552 Receiver Wire Harness (http://www.crutchfield.com/p_120707552/Metra-70-7552-Receiver-Wire-Harness.html?tp=2977) and Metra 40-NI12 Antenna Adapter (http://www.crutchfield.com/p_12040NI12/Metra-40-NI12-Antenna-Adapter.html?tp=2569)
http://i.imgur.com/LiWm5CNl.jpg

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I did not like the look of the Scosche dash kit. It was made of a dull black plastic which did not match my cars interior at all. That is when I decided to do some more research and found a few posts saying that you could get a factory NAV kit from Nissan. The part number is 68260-JA00A. This part will work ONLY if you have the manual climate controls.

I ordered mine from autopartscheaper.com (http://www.autopartscheaper.com/2006-2008-Nissan-Altima-Navigation-Installation-Ki-p/68260-ja00a.htm)

It arrived in a Genuine Nissan parts box.
http://i.imgur.com/vrQeTzEl.jpg

It may be hard to tell but the Nissan part is textured to match the cars interior perfectly
http://i.imgur.com/FedMjlol.jpg

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I picked up a few other items such as panel removal tools, heatshrink, solder etc from Harbor Frieght.
http://i.imgur.com/xbTZk8ms.jpg?1 http://i.imgur.com/9tvVjyts.jpg http://i.imgur.com/8druCp0s.jpg

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I gathered up the materials and attempted to solder the wiring harness together.
http://i.imgur.com/C1r2vuHl.jpg

I learned an interesting detail about myself. I can't solder to save my life. I got it all done but it was messy as hell. At least the heatshrink tubing covered most of it up.
http://i.imgur.com/O8ELQtGl.jpg

I did not connect the orange 'illumination' wire as the stereo has adjustments of its own. I also connected the blue wire on the antenna adapter to the blue/white 'P CONT' wire from the Kenwood harness. After asking on a few forums I was told that the normal blue wire on a Kenwood harness may not supply a sufficient 12V.

Now to remove the factory stereo

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There is a great video on Youtube for the removal of the factory radio here.
Nissan Altima 2007-2012 Car Stereo Removal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djUg9jPSunM) This video was very easy to follow and I have my factory radio out in a few minutes.

EDIT: I guess I can only include 10 pictures in my post so I will continue this install blog in a comment to this post.

mail4youtoo
03-16-2014, 09:21 AM
I brought the factory stereo inside to change the climate controls over the the new Nissan dash and to install the new Kenwood
http://i.imgur.com/22eT1gel.jpg

I needed to use the original metal brackets on each side of the factory stereo on the new install so I had to take them off. There were 5 Torx20 screws on each side to remove

http://i.imgur.com/MxTambAl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/mSlTbSql.jpg

I also needed to remove the 2 Torx20 screws at the top of the plate

http://i.imgur.com/hAFRKjal.jpg

Once all the screws were out the metal brackets came right off.

http://i.imgur.com/PxDTQO9l.jpg

After the brackets were out, I removed the climate control module which just involved opening up a few tabs.

Placing the new pieces together was a breeze. The only problem I had was that I could only use 3 of the bracket screws to install the Kenwood. The 4th hole would not line up on either side.
http://i.imgur.com/Qxk9tySl.jpg

Everything still seemed to come out okay.
http://i.imgur.com/ogpnEdtl.jpg

Once I had all that secure I wanted to make a change. I wanted to put the microphone from the Kenwood in the faceplate. All that involved was a pilot hole and a 1/2 inch spade bit.
http://i.imgur.com/t7NJDsgl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/10hNLUOl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3Rmxcydl.jpg

EDIT: I will post a part 3 with the continuation of my install

pickup1
03-16-2014, 09:28 AM
I like your work bench!

mail4youtoo
03-16-2014, 09:37 AM
Once the hole was cut I also had to remove the little 'ball' from the microphone so that I could feed the wire through.
http://i.imgur.com/UECg86al.jpg

I can NOT guarantee that this size hole will work with all microphones. However it was the perfect size for the Kenwood mic included with the DDX371
http://i.imgur.com/5BawbL7l.jpg

Now back out to the car

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I wanted to feed the rear USB cable from the Kenwood down into the little cubby storage under the climate controls. This storage area has a door and allows me to access the USB cable easily. I did a little research on how to remove the storage compartment and it involved removing the gear shift knob and plate. I really did not want to rip the car apart anymore than I have already so I did a little searching.

I removed the passenger side kick panel
http://i.imgur.com/7BFhNPdl.jpg

Looking underneath I could see the side of the storage bin. There were a few wires in the way but I thought if I was careful, that I could drill a hole into the storage bin large enough to feed the USB cable through. I didn't want to use a power tool for this so I pieced together this.
http://i.imgur.com/wysa4iql.jpg

I believe it was a 3/4" spade. Using this I was able to drill the hole into the side
http://i.imgur.com/1dHRbYDl.jpg

It made a little bit of a mess but I am happy with it.
http://i.imgur.com/BOUT9GXl.jpg?1

I was easily able to squeeze the USB cable into the storage bin.

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After this point the rest of the install was easy. I just had to get everything back behind the new Kenwood and screw it all back into place.

I grounded the black ( ground ) wire and the green 'parking brake' wire to the frame by attaching the wires to the 2 top screws that hold the stereo in the dash.

The only thing left to do was reconnect the battery and play with my new Kenwood stereo =)

http://i.imgur.com/CbaHbAZl.jpg

pickup1
03-16-2014, 10:42 AM
that nissan part fits real nice...

sprocketser
04-21-2014, 09:27 AM
Top job on the Alti mate !

SnakeSYNDRM
04-23-2014, 11:22 AM
I recently bought the DDX371 and i have a 07 altima and this tutorial came in very clutch. thank you for sharing.
question, when you drilled the hole for the microphone, which side of the dash kit did u drill it through - face or back ? or does it not make a difference?