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I didn't trust myself with this job, so I hired a local car stereo shop to install the OEM radio and backup camera. I sourced a Nissan OEM Display Audio radio from eBay for $80, an Axxess AX-NIS-ADD-CAM1 harness from eBay for $17, and a backup camera from Amazon for $17. You can also get the Axxess harness from autotoys.com for $24 if it’s not available on eBay. Instead of buying this harness, you could build one yourself. Just do a search for Nissan OEM radio swap and look for pinout diagrams for the 32-pin harness, buy a 32-pin connector and pins from Mouser electronics and fabricate/solder your own harness. This is a less expensive option, but since I didn't have the proper tools to build a harness, I opted to buy an Axxess harness which is already wired and pinned.
I also got a USB connector for iPhone/iPod control & charging from eBay for $8, a USB extender cable from monoprice.com for $2, and a USB to Lightning adapter on Amazon for $4. I connected all three together and ran it from the back of the radio to the glove compartment.
They used a non-marring plastic pry tool to pry the radio bezel from the dashboard. The radio is easily removed by unscrewing the 4 Phillips head screws that secure the radio into the dash, pulling the radio out halfway, disconnecting the three harnesses, then pulling the radio completely out.
The gray AM/FM antenna and white main connector harnesses on the back of the new radio are plug-n-play. However, the Bluetooth steering wheel controls, audio steering wheel controls, and backup camera have to be spliced with butt connectors into the Axxess harness
The Axxess harness HAS to be implemented to connect the:
-Bluetooth steering wheel control wires
-audio steering wheel control wires
-backup camera wires
to the radio. This Axxess harness lets you use any aftermarket backup camera with your factory radio. But this is also where we ran into trouble, I thought the pinout were identical the Altima and Frontier radio pinout diagrams I found online (vehicles I've seen on other Nissan forums that have done the similar upgrade), but they're a little different. My installer is going to call Nissan this week to get the actual pin outs. So the Bluetooth steering wheel controls aren't working right now. However, the audio steering wheel controls work fine.
Placed the new radio halfway in and connect the AM/FM antenna harness, main harness and newly wired Axxess harness.
They installed the backup camera into the rear license plate finisher (the lip just above the rear license plate) by drilling a hole into the finisher, running the camera wire through the hole, and bolting the camera to the finisher lip. To feed the camera wire through the inside of the hatch door, a non-marring plastic pry tool was used to pry the interior trim panel from the rear hatch, to gain access to the inside of the hatch door. The camera cable wire was run from the camera through the inside of the hatch door, through the protective boot that houses additional rear hatch electrical wiring at the hatch door hinge. The camera harness/cable is fed through the headliner, down the C pillar inside the plastic interior side panels, out of the cargo area, into the back seat area, and underneath both door sills to the dashboard, behind the radio/kick panel. There it's tapped into the reverse wire for power and wired with butt connectors to the Axxess harness.
Finally, we secured the radio back into place with the 4 mounting screws, snapped the radio bezel back into place, and tested it.
The reverse camera works fine, but there's an extra set of parking assistance parking lines that appear on screen. One set is from the camera, the other set is from the radio. The camera offered lines are easily disabled by cutting the green wire in the harness which I'll have done when I take it back for adjustments.
iPod control and charging is working as well. What's playing on the phone/iPod appears on screen and the iPod menus can be navigated with turning the right side control knob and pushing the right side control knob Enter/Setting button.
I'm taking it back there next week after my installer learns the correct pin outs for the steering wheel controls. But for now, the kid has a backup camera, iPod control and charging, and a better sounding headunit.
Last edited by colonel clink; 02-04-2017 at 12:52 PM.
Reason: The audio steering wheel controls have always worked, it's the bluetooth (handsfree) steering wheel controls that don't work.