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So this installation is alot more usual than the nexus build DjSpindz is doing, but there isn't a whole lot of documentation or write ups on what everyone has done to do it. Some have the headunit poke out way way out of the screen opening that they have to add material and fiberglass to smooth everything out. I'm hoping this build avoids that. I just got all my materials in today and besides the measuring I did in other N16 Parts threads, am finally getting to work with all the pieces involved.

In this build I'm using a Almera Center Console piece from Oto Car Parts like DjSpindz, along with a JVC NT3HDT Nav unit I just picked up as well. This headunit features a removable faceplate which I think will clean up the look of the sentra while still having security. Where the original headunit goes, I'm gonna be dropping in a din pocket from either a older maxima or forester that feature a flip lid. Onto pics!

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Headunit with detachable faceplate

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Original Bezel which made the reported installation dimensions way bigger than what it really is. Won't be used.

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View to show how close the headunit comes to perfectly fitting the screen opening, only a little trimming will be needed.

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How far back the headunit sits when placed at the very back of the screen opening. Hopefully won't be an issue when screen opening is widened and opened up the accomodate for the size of the headunit so that I can be mounted a little more forward.

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Planned cuts with a dremel. Red lines show excess material that will be cut away. Yellow lines show slits that will be made at the corners of the screen opening so that the areas highlighted in pink can bend out of the way. This material won't be removed for now since the tension from it pressing against the headunit once installed may keep the entire thing from vibrating and making weird noises. That's what I hope for at least.

I'll continue to update this post, probably once I start dremeling and test-fitting. I need to see and take pictures how the whole thing will sit as it with the headunit plopped on top of where the vent ducts are in the center console.
 

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Nedimv who did one of the original Almera double din installs told me he'd post up some of his original install pics in the next couple days. Should be a great help to both me and the rest of you guys interested. pretty psyched.
 

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Alright so... when I did this a while back I also did the shifter trim from the almera which was by far the easiest. everything was a direct swap over and the dash already had all the necessary cutouts for the pop out cup holders

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As for the dash i had to cut the almera up quite a bit to fit it.. basically you only reuse the top of the almera dash but the bottom portions for climate control and so forth are entirely different than the b15 dash layout. I cut the almera dash at an approximate location then bolted everything in the car with a radio delete panel and added the bondo while both the pieces were installed in the center. i added just a little bondo to bond the two pieces together so i knew everything was going to line up good then removed it from the car for fiberglassing the radio delete panel to the top of the almera dash.

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The two pieces of the almera dash are connected on top by two screws. I used these screws to adapt a few "L" brackets that i could use for the radio mount. Honestly this worked at the time and never broke even after driving the car fairly hard however id recommend either fiberglassing the "L" brackets in to hold the radio by using the screws first then the L brackets in addition with fiberglass. I think it would be safest. I recall i was able to pick up the entire dash with the double din installed by the sides of the dash and the radio was held in securely.

Now the biggest downfall to all of this I clearly remember was that the AC system vents are going to be in the way if using a double din. The double din will protrude too far towards the front and the dash will not be able to clip in fully without cutting away some of the AC system vents. The only fix to this would be to install a display screen only or a tablet like some have been doing. I remember there wasn't a lot of hacking required but the center vents will not blow as strong unless it is also fiberglassed after removing the necessary material. Again this was the biggest disappointment but i think it can be easily overcome at the time i just got a little impatient with the project. Also the hazard switches were not compatible at least to my knowledge so I ended up relocated the switch entirely.
 

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Sweet man!! Nice to see this thread popping up and look forward to your updates/install....looks like you have a little extra work with fitment
 

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Went to town on this thing today. There was alot of material to cut away but let me just the pictures convey that.

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The first and main cut from the dash piece is pretty straight forward, under the vents where it starts the next opening for the almera radio, cut it off. I used tape to line it up and a dremel with a cutting wheel to make short work of it. Those yellowish lines are where the Almera brackets screw in to hold the screen. I may or may not use these exclusively.

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Before making cuts to the screen opening, I removed the backing piece and the vents as well as the hazard button. The back piece and vents come off by undoing the gold screws and unlatching little plastic locks. The hazard button has a push button lock that will let you slide it out the front of the dash piece. Highlighted are dash mounting tabs that came broken on my center console, but regardless are horizontal rather than vertical found in our B15's. Rather than make a notch in the points on the B15, I just cut off the protrusion. If you don't it won't fit right and you'll have a gap like the next pic.

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Dash piece sticking out due to different mounting tab styles

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All ground down and fitted.

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Notice the gap from the different style center consoles. It doesn't bother me for now, but eventually I'd like to flush it up using bondo and fiberglass like Nedimv did with his.

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How my double din sits in the dead space. After a little tinkering around, I double i'll have to mess with the vent and ducts at all. This may be a smaller double din than others.

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Initial cuts, I tried to make the slits like in my first post but there wasn't enough give and still not enough clearance to allow the headunit to pass through. Alot of cutting followed. Using the dremel and cutting wheel though, I did short cuts [like quarter inch at a time] and fitted. Trial and Error but it just gave me peace of mind that I wouldn't over cut.

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Got dark out but after alot of cutting, I threw everything back together to see how it fit. I thought that I might be able to trim enough so that the headunit without the detachable face could sit flush with the back of the opening, but it looks like I'm gonna need to cut it so that the headunit can pass through freely through the opening. =\ Might have another update while I work inside my apartment on cutting away at the screen opening a bit more.
 

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Well that didn't take too long, went to work again cutting at the screen opening and everything fits together nicely.

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All mocked up

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Detachable faceplate sticks out a good amount but it's not a deal breaker

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Without faceplate, mounting surface is flush with the cut screen opening

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Nothing holding them together right now but tension from the corner points. Good sign since I wanted this to help cut down on vibration

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Another view from the back

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The cuts; ALOT got cut down. I never touched the top however since the mounting screws for the back piece are there and would rather not mess that up. At the corners are reliefs to account for the rectangle shape. Alot of trial and error but for a rectangular double din, you gotta square up looking at the opening from the front and just make each side as straight as you can while sizing it just right for what you're putting in there.

Next update will be all mounting. Custom brackets, wiring, all that jazz. I'm glad with how much I got done so far and hope for this project do be done soon.
 

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I was thinking of doing something similar, following this thread :bigok:
 

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No picture update this time, but I picked up plenty of hardware and mounting materials.

Got mounting hardware for the bracket to the double din as well as #14 Sheet metal screws that would screw into the base of the center console for the bracket support. Got a variety of thin gauge drilled L brackets as well as a thin sheet of milled aluminum that I could cut and bend on my own.

HOWEVER, I think I may initially go a different route using 3M dual lock mounting strips, much like you might see used with EZ-Passes, only bigger. I picked up some today and could use it secure the double din to the bracket and also the bracket to the center console. This stuff is strong and allows for alot less trial and error lining up and drilling. With this I can just peel and stick, peel and stick, until things are just right. I think my mentality is the detachable faceplate will help with security, but if someone is gonna go that far to break into my car anyways, a few screws versus these mounting strips won't stop someone from tearing off the Almera console and gorilla fisting the unit and tearing it off regardless. It'll save me alot of time and headaches. Update probably this weekend! Hopefully it'll be done. I already finished soldering and heat shrinking my harness.
 

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DONE... for now

Phew, long two days between class and banging out this project in the blistering New England cold this week.

I'll explain with pics. Day 1 sucked, while Day 2 today was good tying up loose ends

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mock up of full size brackets [they were trimmed down as necessary] with dual lock strips holding it down.

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Them strips.

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Fitment was a little weird at the end of day 1, there wasn't enough give in the material to let the console sit flush with the dash.

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A little but of wittling down the ends and top and bottom a bit more with a razor blade let it sit more horizontal.

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Mounted up with the strips on the brackets and the head unit. Surprisingly this thing was in there snug and had little to no wiggle. Supported the weight while also allowing for infinite repositioning while seeing what angle and depth was best for the dash piece to fit over.

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Test fitment before wiring everything, Once the dash piece is snagged over the double din, nothing moves. The dash piece snaps in at the back like the regular top bin, and then i have it held in place with more dual lock strips where I grounded down the original clipping points.

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Wired up an everything works, it does stick out like a bitch, but I'll be thinkin of ways to work with it and mold it or smooth it out. I've never fiberglassed anything but maybe there is an easier solution.

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From the front, it looks tits. The gps antenna is mounted behind the double din under where it clips and the mic for the hands free is wired through to the gauge cluster attached to the steering column.
 

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awesome so far. Definitely putting this on my priorities to do this spring/summer. Where did you get that JVC model?
 
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Nice job I'm working with a Pioneer model and am probably goin to cut the ac venting to make room for the radio housing. I'll post some pics here instead of djspindz since that is for a Nexus. I am excited! IMG_20130223_175612.jpg IMG_20130223_195122.jpg IMG_20130223_195148.jpg IMG_20130223_233422.jpg Sorry pics are a bit fuzzy. I'll use the camera next time! They looked better before they blew up
 

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Hey were can I get this
DONE... for now

Phew, long two days between class and banging out this project in the blistering New England cold this week.

I'll explain with pics. Day 1 sucked, while Day 2 today was good tying up loose ends

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mock up of full size brackets [they were trimmed down as necessary] with dual lock strips holding it down.

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Them strips.

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Fitment was a little weird at the end of day 1, there wasn't enough give in the material to let the console sit flush with the dash.

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A little but of wittling down the ends and top and bottom a bit more with a razor blade let it sit more horizontal.

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Mounted up with the strips on the brackets and the head unit. Surprisingly this thing was in there snug and had little to no wiggle. Supported the weight while also allowing for infinite repositioning while seeing what angle and depth was best for the dash piece to fit over.

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Test fitment before wiring everything, Once the dash piece is snagged over the double din, nothing moves. The dash piece snaps in at the back like the regular top bin, and then i have it held in place with more dual lock strips where I grounded down the original clipping points.

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Wired up an everything works, it does stick out like a bitch, but I'll be thinkin of ways to work with it and mold it or smooth it out. I've never fiberglassed anything but maybe there is an easier solution.

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From the front, it looks tits. The gps antenna is mounted behind the double din under where it clips and the mic for the hands free is wired through to the gauge cluster attached to the steering column.
Hey guys i'm wondering where i can find this ?? very freakin great stuff !!!
Were can I get this
 
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