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DIY: 2nd gen. Versa Sedan Speaker Installation

Updated 4/25/2013

After successfully installing my single DIN stereo I decided to put in my speakers in the rear since the weather was so nice out.

Again, this is just a quick DIY to help you guys out. Also, there are currently no aftermarket installation kits for single DIN stereos or quick connects for installing speakers without cutting the factory wires for the 2012+ Sedans.

What you need:

Screwdriver
Allen Wrench
Wire Cutters
Wire strippers
Soldering iron
Solder
Rag
Black rubber sealant (optional)
Speaker adapter plates
Electrical Tape
Heat shrink
Lighter
AA or AAA battery (optional)


Here is the door panel with manual crank windows:




First thing we need to do is to remove the window crank. Make sure the window is up and the handle is pointing up. There is no need for a special tool that you will only use once. Instead, use a soft microfiber cloth and slide it between the crank and the black circular piece behind it. It is important to do it just as the picture shows because the clip is in a position where the cloth can remove it.



Good job. You should now have this:



Next, use an allen wrench to remove this little bolt. After you remove this bolt you can pull the pocket out. It is clipped in there so it takes a slight tug to get it out.



It leaves you with this



Not you need to remove this screw which holds the panel to the actual door:



Here, take a small flathead screwdriver to pop out the middle tab which will allow the whole plug to come out.


After you get this plug out all the holds the door panel on is clips and the lip on the top. I always start to pop the door panel off on the left side of the speaker since there is a lip that you can grab and pull. After getting the door panel off you have this.


Remove the screws holding the speaker, remove the plug into the speaker, and pull back the foam to see what color wires you have.



I looked all over and could not which was positive or negative. So, I took a AAA battery and put a wire on each end. I just used the wires that came with the aftermarket speaker. Heres what it looked like.



Then I put the wire on the leads to the factory speaker. NOTE: Doing this can cause possible damage. But, since it is the oem speaker it isn't much concern to me. When the speaker cone moves OUTWARD you have successful wired it up correctly. This tells you which side is positive and which side is negative. In my case, the red wire is positive and the white wire is negative. Phew! Glad we got the figured out! (Though some people hook them up backwards on purpose...won't do any damage)


Now that we've got the polarity figured out you can cut off the factory plug (which i hate doing). Make sure you have plenty of room to strip some wire insulation as well.



Now, solder the wire/connectors that come with your aftermarket speakers to the OEM speaker wires. Generally, the bigger tab is positive and the smaller tab is negative. Also, be sure to solder PROPERLY. An improper solder with be dull and can increase resistance and likelyhood of breakage. here you can see I have great shiny solders.



Heat shrinked


Whole wire



I added electrical tape as well just to make sure everything is insulated.



After looking things over and not having any rubber grommets I decided this was the best place to route the wiring. I punctured a hole in the plastic.


Then I put tape over the hole and pierced it again. This will prevent the plastic from cutting and separating. You dont want that to happen because then the wires will be against metal and can rub through the insulation causing very bad things to happen.



I've got the wire routed through the hole and I also added tape to the wires just as another barrier in case there is any rubbing.



Here is a picture of the speaker adapters you need. Note that the foam came with the aftermarket speakers.



HOWEVER, I bought these for the front speakers off ebay for $13 shipped hoping they would fit (Nissan/Infiniti OEM Bose speaker adapters). THEY DO! There was NO modification needed and they already have foam on the backside. PLUS, they have the same prongs that go into the door as the OEM speakers so there is no way the speaker can move around. The ONLY thing I had to do was install the Right Front speaker adapter on the drivers door and the Left Front speaker adapter on the front right (this made it so the baffle was up so it would wash water away from the speaker instead of acting like a cup and collecting it.






Attach the wires to the speaker terminals.
Attach the speaker to the speaker adapter.



With that done, I used the black rubber sealant:



And here is is on the speaker adapter ring right before I mounted it to the door. I use this to create an airtight seal and also to prevent rattles. These are the adapters I used for the rear speakers. They fit great without any problems.



Here it is all done! Now your ready to listen to decent quality audio instead of the terrible OEM speakers/headunit.



Now all you have to do is put everything back together!

Feel free to ask questions. Hope this helped you guys!


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Side Note:

I just ordered some 6.5" Kenwood 3 way speakers for the front doors. While I am sure the speaker wires will be the same color as the rear I will report back if they differ.

Hope this DIY has been helpful
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Did u have to. Order the speaker adapters? Or they are what the stock speakers are put in?
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Did u have to. Order the speaker adapters? Or they are what the stock speakers are put in?
You have to order them unless you want to screw the speaker directly into the door with self tapping screws.
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You can try local junkyards as well. I got mine off an Infiniti G20 for $10...along with BOSE speakers. Adapters required small trimming but for the price I couldn't pass them up.

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Took off the front door panel today and noticed that there is a plug with 4 or 5 wires that is not being used. For you guys with power locks/windows do you know what the plug is for? It looks just like the speaker plug but has four or five wires going to it.

The speaker adapters I bought online for the rear are no longer anywhere to be found so I am going to see if I can find them locally tomorrow.

EDIT: I bought a pair of OEM speaker adapters for Nissans with the Bose sound systems like JoshG said he did. Paid $13 shipped so hopefully they fit. I will update the thread when I get them in,

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Adapters look just like mine. Mine required some trimming but not bad for the price.

Did you need different adapters for the front doors?

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Adapters look just like mine. Mine required some trimming but not bad for the price.

Did you need different adapters for the front doors?
I agree! The price was great especially since they cost less than the aftermarket speaker adapters.

All the speakers brackets are the same for the front and rear. What trimming did you have to do?

The auction didn't say what year/model that adapters came out of so maybe it was a newer Infiniti/Nissan since I didnt have to modify mine.
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The half-circle things on the back didn't fit my doors so I had to cut those. After that, installation was a piece of cake.

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If your a cheap ass like me. You can take the OEM speaker housing and take a cutoff wheel/Dremel and can cut mounting surface so that new speakers can seat properly. By doing this route you have to pop out your OEM speakers but I was Okay with that. The OEM were Doo Doo anyways and I was surprised that they were Hecho En Mexico.
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