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Drive a 5-speed 2015 Versa Note S:
  • Imported 2016 Note ePower Taillights
  • Replaced stock instrument cluster with a 2017 Versa cluster
  • Installed Tanabe front strut tower bar
  • Installed 5-speed Subaru Cobb shift knob
Things already done: windows tinted, installed an Evil Energy 2" in / 3" out exhaust from Amazon, replaced my stock rear bumper with the SR style bumper, debadged my car, replaced the front grille with the mesh SR grille, installed Vogtland lowering springs (and chopped an inch or two off of the front springs for a more even look), installed an HPS short ram intake, replaced all bulbs with LED's (minus headlights because I'm not a d*ck with reflector housings), new rims / tires, painted the break calipers turquoise, and put on universal Rally Armor mudflaps. I may have done more, but that's all off the top of my head.

Minor things to note -- ePower taillights are gorgeous, however the stock bulbs and wiring harness won't work (blinker bulbs are the same, reverse bulbs are different, and I'm not sure about the rest). For the Cobb shift knob it doesn't fit right out of the box; you'll either need to thread your shifter or just (gently) pound it on there, but keep in mind the stock shift boot is a) too short to reach b) too large of an opening to properly fit, so you may need to get an aftermarket shift boot (which I'm ordering). The cluster swap is GORGEOUS and is easy plug-n-play... however there are some major caveats -- first of all you can't switch through the sub-displays (such as avg MPG, current MPG, etc. -- it's left on the default which is current MPG) because in the SR you control that with a steering wheel button which the S doesn't have, so the only thing you can change is the brightness; regardless it still shows current MPG, odometer, and trips A / B which is enough for me. Another thing, despite being digital the mileage is stored in the cluster -- so the mileage displayed will be incorrect. Despite being plug-n-play, it doesn't fit perfectly so there will be small spots of open space that will bug some people if they're OCD. Lastly (and definitely the worst), when you turn your running lights / headlights on, your interior lights that would normally light up (A/C dials, steering wheel buttons, etc.) will not turn on -- and to make things worse the stock head unit dims (it remains on, but the orange illuminating light goes out, so the only light in the cabin is from the cluster (and overhead lights obviously). This is something I'm going to work on and if I find a way to fix this I'll post it in the future.

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In regards to my prior post, here's some pictures of stuff mentioned but not shown (i.e. Versa Note SR front grille, turquoise brake calipers, mud flaps, cheap Evil Energy universal exhaust (which honestly sounds incredible -- no droning at high RPMs, doesn't sound tin-y or rice-y -- definitely the best cheap universal exhaust in my opinion), realistically what the Cobb shift knob looks like with the stock shift boot, and lastly my issue with the interior lights turning off / not turning on with the new cluster.

Displayed here is two pictures of the new cluster: first with the headlights off, then with the headlights on. If anyone has any idea as to why none of the front lights (steering wheel, A/C, head unit, etc) come on with this new cluster I would love some assistance. Also, notice how the only interior change with the headlights turned on is the head unit display dimming.

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Look in the IPDM fuse box under the hood. Replace the fuse marked tail lights.
At least that is what it is on the 1st gen V's.

The cluster absolutely MUST come out of a car with identical options (auto/auto, cvt/cvt, manual/manual, sedan/sedan, Note/Note), otherwise you will have problems.
I just did a swap on my 09. I looked at wiring in service manuals to make sure I wouldn't have any issues.
Found an 11 and works perfectly. Did send out the cluster to have the odometer corrected before I put it in.
 

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Appreciate the reply. As far as taillights, they work perfectly -- I just worded my post very poorly. The stock wiring harness will not work, so I ordered the ePower wiring harness / bulbs with the taillights and everything works flawlessly; my fault for not clarifying.

And yeah, I figured so on the odometer -- currently everything works flawlessly on it, it just makes other things not work flawlessly lol Like my interior lighting when headlights are on. The I thought the wiring was the same (minus the obvious steering wheel button that changes the mini display), but clearly I was wrong. Again I'm sure there's a work around, it's just gonna take some tinkering to figure it out.
 

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I do not know if it changed between generations, but the fuse on gen. 1 labeled Tail Light also is the fuse for the dash lights as well.
Regardless, the fuse will be in the IPDM which is under the hood.
 

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Well, if you were talking about 4 Oct 19, I was getting rear-ended in my 2014 Versa Note by a girl talking on her phone while sitting at a traffic light
 

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Flushed My brake fluid. The was a odd noise from under my hood shortly after I started the car. It sounded like a rusty buzzer. I assume It's something to do with the ABS charging.
I took a look at my brake fluid and Yikes! it was the color of maple syrup. Time for a flush.


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Installed some knockoff Bride seats from Ebay. Turned out pretty well -- a lot of DIY had to be done. The seats came with sliders, however ended up not using them. Decided to use the OEM brackets and sliders from the stock seats -- just had to weld together some plates / tabs to have the seats properly sit on the stock sliders, as well as a tab on the side for the seatbelt. As far as connectors go, just removed all of the connectors from the bottom of the seats and placed them in the bottom of the new ones. As far as seat airbags, that's still a work in progress. I removed airbags from the side of the stock seats (surprisingly easy -- didn't have to tear the seats up to do it), and currently have them sitting under the seats and still plugged in (I'm aware it's not the safest location -- this is a temporary fix until I properly fit the airbags. This was just to get rid of the airbag light on my dash).

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Installed some knockoff Bride seats from Ebay. Turned out pretty well -- a lot of DIY had to be done. The seats came with sliders, however ended up not using them. Decided to use the OEM brackets and sliders from the stock seats -- just had to weld together some plates / tabs to have the seats properly sit on the stock sliders, as well as a tab on the side for the seatbelt. As far as connectors go, just removed all of the connectors from the bottom of the seats and placed them in the bottom of the new ones. As far as seat airbags, that's still a work in progress. I removed airbags from the side of the stock seats (surprisingly easy -- didn't have to tear the seats up to do it), and currently have them sitting under the seats and still plugged in (I'm aware it's not the safest location -- this is a temporary fix until I properly fit the airbags. This was just to get rid of the airbag light on my dash).

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Nice job with those seats! The car looks nice.

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Did this a few months back, but I replaced the $30 universal Evil Energy Exhaust I had welded on my 2015 Note with an imported HKS Silent Hi-Power Exhaust (part#: 32016-AN017 ; meant for the Japanese Note Nismo). Fit like a champ. Sounds really solid; relatively deep without sounding gratuitous or extra, considering it's a Versa Note lol Uploaded a short video on YouTube showing it off (apologies for not including heavy revs, I just last minute grabbed some old videos off my phone and threw them together).
 

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Also a few months ago lol I installed a low profile subwoofer (Rockville RW10CA 10") -- using a Nissan Divide 'n Hide cargo divider to maintain space in the back -- a backup camera, and new head unit (Sony XAV-AX100). I got the discontinued head unit used off of Ebay for $200, though it came with some of the required wiring -- speaking of: all required wiring is included in the video description of the video I linked. A few months back I tried to make a video showing off the wiring because it took me God knows how long to figure it out (ended up having to reference two different brand installation guides to figure how to get the steering wheel controls working -- I'll include those two diagrams below), but the end result of the video is trash. You probably won't learn much from it so I apologize in advance; but I figured I'd upload it regardless.
As for the subwoofer, there was no decent place to get through the firewall, so I had to the power from my battery through a side panel -- turned out better than expected. Maybe here soon I'll make an update video properly explaining / showing things off -- but no promises; I've been feeling lazy.
Also down below I'll include the image I used for my head unit wallpaper, in case anyone is interested.
 

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Turns out I had way more pictures than I realize -- so I'm sorry for the spam. Here's the subwoofer power cable coming through the side panel, both instruction sets for the steering wheel controls, and the wallpaper I used for my head unit. I'm done.
 

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How are those headlights working out for you?
Honestly, I still haven't tackled the full retrofit yet I almost forgot about this thread, I need to be active on here more. I'm waiting to purchase a new set of headlights first before I go through with it. I've heard non-OEM headlights are easier to remove the lenses and retrorubber, but I'm sticking with OEM anyway. Once I have a new set in my hands, I can be working on the new headlights and take as much time as I need, while still having a working set on the car in the mean time.

I've admittedly been buried in the Versa Facebook groups I admin over the last few months, but they're getting stale...not surprisingly, the only engaging conversation and actually relevant info about our cars gets shared here in forums, social media is just people sharing their plastidipped wheels and fishing for likes anymore seems like. I'm trying to drift away more from FB gradually, especially with the COVID-19 outbreak flooding my feed with garbage.

As far as an update on the Versa...

Raven has been out of commission since around late September of last year, waiting on parts that were on backorder (and a lot of that got pushed further out due to the virus as well). But I've certainly been busy, and I'll post more updates here as soon as I'm able!

Here is a short list of what has been done over the last 6+ months:

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- Installed VMS Racing 1L oil catch can. New lines, baffle, and hose clamps. Will upgrade to AN fittings and braided lines down the road.

- Removed front bumper cover, repaired running light wiring short, installed new stainless mounting hardware throughout.

- Removed yellow Oracal 651 lens tint from the Morimoto XB LED fog lights, back to 6000k.

- Installed custom rear roof spoiler (to be finalized and copies sold on my online store, soon).

- Interior FULLY stripped. Foam floor boards (you read that right, weird huh?), rear seat, headliner, rear deck, trunk liner, everything removed. Approx. 80-100 lbs removed altogether. Roll cage build will likely have to be postponed until next year

- Removed A, B and C pillar covers, side curtain air bags, and rear seat belt motors.

- Removed rear drum brakes, painted KH3 black (color match), new OEM bearings pressed in, installed new NENGUN Nismo extended 60mm lug bolt studs, shoes cleaned, lithium greased joints & reinstalled

- Removed front hub & knuckle assembly, painted knuckles enamel black (avoided contact areas and ABS sensor tunnel), installed new NENGUN Nismo extended 60mm lug bolt studs in two brand new hubs for the fronts, pressed in new OEM bearings, cleaned & awaiting installation (CV axle differential side oil seals otw)

- Removed front CV axles, drained transmission fluid. New CV axles are waiting and ready to go, just waiting on new CV differential side oil seals, new crush washer, drain plug and transmission oil (999MP-MTF00NP) to arrive in the mail so I can reassemble the car.

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Works still in progress:
- LED 3rd brake light strip (holding back on ordering since they're all shipped from NJ, just bad timing)

- Paint trim pieces & install new Note SV black painted center dash console

- Reassemble front end

- Install new wheels & tires (shhhhh)

- New Cobra Suzuka seats & harnesses are next on the list, whenever that happens. Being 6'3" sucks when you're shopping for racing seats, can confirm.

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(you can follow me on IG @static_n17 for images of some of my recent progress)



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Hey man, do you have a part number for that lip on your front bumper (the one with the Note sticker)? I've been looking around for that part and haven't been able to find it to save my life. And what year Note do you drive?
You have a Facebook? I can link you to one of the groups I manage, a good friend of mine Phillip Franklin there would definitely be able to point you in the right direction.

(A little back story. I created the below linked group only for important discussion and related info (unlike most of the other Versa Facebook groups), sort of like a forum inside Facebook. I share, categorize and organize everything Versa related I've found across the web and IRL there for easy finds. It's actually much easier and more intuitive for me to organize the information and content there than here in the forums, sadly. But between that group and the forums, there's YEARS of knowledge at our fingertips now.)



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