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post #1 of 7 Old 02-18-2017, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Cool arudlang: 2016 Versa S

Hi everyone, my name is Andrew and I am a happy owner of a Graphite Blue 2016 S purchased new in November 2016.

I am a software engineer by trade but also enjoy dabbling in mechanics and electronics. My father is an ASE certified master mechanic and he taught me everything I know about cars. I have two project cars I tinker with, three engine rebuilds under my belt, four vehicles total that I own and maintain and drive. I got the versa because it was the cheapest new car available and I was looking for a cheap daily driver, something simple with a manual transmission and a stout warranty, so I could always have something to drive to work while messing with or fixing my other buggies. I was able to snag my new versa for just under 10 grand which was a sweet deal but as you know, you don't get much with the base S model. Hence here is my thread to keep track and organize my various mods and upgrades and improvements that will come over time.

As far as project cars go, this is merely a daily driver so its not going to get anything too crazy (I don't think) but that being said I do plan to take this largely blank canvas and throw in some creature comforts and custom upgrades as I ultimately spend the most time in this car out of my collection and I want to be comfortable and have a few nice things going to and from work. I am hoping to eventually meet or exceed feature parity with the more upscale versas although there will be a few things I omit and probably a few things that no versa has from stock.

The first thing I wanted, having bought the car right at the start of a Minnesota winter, was a long range two-way remote starter system. A lot of mornings its very cold here, thick ice/frost on the windshields and although we can debate whether or not its good for the engine its nice for the driver to be able to fire it up from the comfort of the living room or office a few minutes before departing to get a jump on heater output and defrosting the windows. You can read more specifics about the install I did in this thread that I made about it: https://www.nissanversaforums.com/gen...n-5-speed.html
Contrary to popular belief you can indeed install a remote starter on a manual transmission car, its really no big deal as long as you are able to make yourself a reliable neutral safety switch.

The next thing I was after was bluetooth streaming music. I like the stock radio well enough but I wanted to be able to stream my music without an AUX cord so I added my own bluetooth module and soldered its output to the back of the AUX port so I wouldn't have to look at it. I made a post about that here: https://www.nissanversaforums.com/i-c...ock-radio.html
Although it is safe to say at this time I am not finished with that mod, I have some ideas for improvements I plan to carry out this spring, so more to come on that.

Upcoming mods are going to be things like power door locks, possibly power windows as well. At some point I expect to add the fog lights the fancier versa have. In the next month or so I plan to swap out the shift knob and do some leather wraps on the steering wheel and handbrake. I've been playing with arduinos lately and have some wild ideas about things I could do with them to improve the car but you'll have to wait and see what does or doesn't come of that.


I suppose this would be a crappy thread if I didn't include a picture of the car, so here you go:




I am a big fan of special and unique parts and I stumbled across and snapped up something for my versa which, as far as I can tell, is a pretty rare part but I am not sure how rare. I found this on ebay and googled and googled to see what car these might have came from or what special edition or concept model or what, but except for the one ebay listing I could not find any reference to any stock OEM nissan steering wheel control switches like these ones. What makes these ones special is the color, they are BLACK. Has anyone ever seen BLACK steering wheel switches like these? There will be more pics and video to come on this but they just arrived in the mail today so here is the teaser video:


I searched pretty hard to try and find what the origin of these black switches were, do they come on a special edition of the car? One of the foreign variants of the car? Are they from another nissan platform like the Sentra who shares our steering wheel? Are they off a concept/show model? Other than the ebay listing, I have not turned up even one picture of these switches in this color. Where do they come from? They are 100% oem nissan parts. The listing described them as coming off a car with zero miles. Are there more of these out there? Who knows. Possibly somebody will chime in here and solve the mystery, but for the moment I am feeling excited about having some potentially pretty rare oem parts like this. Makes me feel better about the price I paid for the silly things too

Thats it for now, the ball is rolling slowly on this car but I've committed to a few things and plan to run the wheels clean off this car if possible so I look forward to participating in the forum and trading ideas and information!

-Andrew
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-19-2017, 12:21 AM
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The listing described them as coming off a car with zero miles.
I doubt anyone will take them from the new car unless the car was totaled before or right after being sold, which is very unlikely. The probable source them coming right from the OEM supplier.

Anyway, they look awesome, the way it should be!

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Nice to know. Maybe we all should do an intro post?

Hey, not going to tell us your other rides?

Maybe one of us can make some shirts for the S model with the Man Pedal?

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Nice to know. Maybe we all should do an intro post?
Hey, not going to tell us your other rides?
It took me a while to figure out that this "Car Showroom" section of the forum was the equivalent of what we normally call "Project Threads" in the other forums I am a member in, so now that I know this is the area where a project thread is supposed to be I figured I'd start one up! I was also holding off because I haven't done a lot yet but I've started buying things so there will be updates, just waiting for some stuff to ship from China so could be a couple weeks yet before I've got anything new to show.

I am going to get those steering wheel switches installed but I've got to probe them out and get familiar with them on the work bench because I plan on using an arduino to monitor the switches' resistance ladders and do some custom things with them. The left side I am pretty much going to leave alone and let it do what it already does (answer calls and turn the volume up and down, etc) but the right side which is normally for cruise control I think I might use those switches for controlling something totally different. Have to do a lot of planning and thinking things through but I've got neat ideas, just going to be a slow moving project because I have a lot of other things going on in my life (going to get married next year!)

Anyways, the other rides you asked about Cobb:
1986 Pontiac Firebird - My sweet highschool car, t-tops and entirely rebuilt engine and drivetrain but the paint/body has seen better days
1987 Chevy Sprint (Suzuki captive import) - My previous commuter car, used to drive 300 miles a week to visit my fiancee before she finished college and moved here, so having this 1.0 liter 3-cylinder was great on gas mileage but low on frills. Complete rebuild on that engine as well.
1997 Chevy S10 Blazer - The workhorse of the fleet for all heavy lifting and hauling, almost perpetually has the trailer hooked up to it. Has a poor-mans rebuild (did not go to machinist or get new pistons like the others)
And if you want, you could maybe count the 3 times a year I get to drive my girlfriend's 2016 Turbo Civic coupe but mostly I do not get to drive that car, but it lives in my driveway and my name is on the title so it counts for something eh? xD

I drive the firebird in the summer only, I like to tinker with that one when time allows. The sprint I plan to restore someday for a fun of it, kind of a unique go-cart like machine.
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3D Printed Front Axle Dust Caps

Sorry for the low quality video, I was cold and in a hurry. Nothing real exciting, but I had rotated my tires a week ago and didn't bother to put the wheel covers back on because I knew I would need to check the torque on the lugs after a couple hundred miles. I felt bad for the axle nut and the last bit of threads sticking out there.. Our stock wheel covers have little tubes to sort of protect the lug nuts and the last bit of stud threads from water and dirt which should help keep off the rust a bit, but no such protection for the end of the axle.

I have a feeling in some number of years I will need to remove that nut and it would be nice if those threads were not rusted to hell when we reach that point, so I slathered it up with anti-seize and whipped up a simple dust cap model for my 3D printer. They came out pretty nice, I happened to have some blue ABS filament on hand which makes a nice sturdy product and I am pleased with the fitment of the result. For all I know you an easily buy this sort of thing online but when you have access to a 3D printer its easy to shell out quick simple things like this for yourself and the cost is very low, probably cost only $2.50 for me to make these.

This may go down in history as the most boring mod ever but I'm playing the long game, rather than make it go fast I'd rather make it last

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Oh gawd, hes got a 3d printer....

Interesting....
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Hello the controls should have a part # sticker inside, that can be a start to find out more about it.
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